City Council Delays Request for Proposals for Cable TV

City Communicates OnFocus – The Marshfield Common Council delayed consideration of a new Request for Proposals (RFP) for cable TV services in the city for a new contract to begin April 1, 2019. The current contract with Tri-Media for Marshfield Community Television is set to expire on March 31​.

Several Council Members expressed concerns over the timeline, since the current Communications Committee is planning to make a recommendation on improving city communications.

Alderman Tom Buttke, Chair of the new Communications Committee, wasn’t in favor of the timeline. “We hopefully will be done the 27​th. We don’t even know what direction for sure we’re going with any of that yet. I mean this is sort of, why are we having the committee, if you’re going out for proposals on something that we aren’t recommending yet?”

“This came as a recommendation from the Cable TV Committee. I don’t think they’re really directly working in conjunction with that new committee that you’re a part of,” said Steve Barg, City Administrator. “You can certainly try to delay the timeline a little bit. This was just their best shot thinking. If we get proposals by October 31, then here’s a way we’ll go through reviewing them.”

Alderman Tom Buttke moved to delay consideration of the RFP for a month. Alderman Tom Witzel moved to amend the motion for it to be delayed until the next council meeting on September 25​​. Both motions passed on a 7-3 vote with Alders Jockheck, Earll, and Spiros voting no on both the amendment and motion.

The RFP debate will be resumed at the September 25 meeting.

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