Supervisors OK purchase of equipment for programming

Posted: March 27, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Frederick County should soon be able to produce more original content for the locality’s Comcast cable channel.

The Board of Supervisors during its Wednesday night meeting voted 7-0 to approve a $9,000 supplemental appropriation to the county’s General Fund for the purchase of video equipment, including a camcorder, microphones, lighting gear and battery packs.

The locality will receive funding for the full amount through the Comcast Public Education and Government Grant program, which Frederick County is eligible for through its franchise agreement with the communications company, according to Deputy Administrator Jay Tibbs.

Several county departments are interested in making programs — such as public service announcements or commercial programming — for broadcast on the cable channel, and the equipment would allow officials to film either in their offices or out in the county, Tibbs previously said.

The county currently shows broadcasts and reruns of Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings on Comcast’s channel 16.

Also during the meeting, the supervisors:

Awarded Andrew L. Baker, an officer at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center, the Employee of the Month award for March.

Voted 7-0 to endorse — pending comments from the Virginia Department of Transportation — two resolutions supporting grant applications for railroad track improvements from the Winchester & Western Railroad Company. The grants — which require matching funds from the company — would come from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

Voted 7-0 to approve a $280,000 General Fund supplemental appropriation to cover overtime expenses for Frederick County Fire and Rescue. The overtime is needed because of several staff vacancies in the department, according to Chief Dennis Linaburg.

Voted 7-0 to approve a $75,853 General Fund supplemental appropriation for Winchester Regional Airport. The money is needed because of declining sales of aviation fuel, according to airport Director Serena “Renny” Manuel.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com