Adelphia contract renewed
By Jesse Phelps
Apparently technical difficulties
and lack of reception during the world's premier sporting events
can't dampen the enthusiasm of the Ojai City Council.
Despite a total drop in its service for much of the valley during
last year's playoff series between the Los Angeles Lakers and
the San Antonio Spurs and, almost incomprehensibly, a similar
snafu during the Super Bowl just two years earlier, Adelphia
Communications' exclusive contract will be retained for another
year by Ojai's lawmakers.
The city cited its ability to oversee the quality of service
for Adelphia customers as the primary reason for renewing the
contract. City Manager Dan Singer told the council that not renewing
the contract would keep the city out of the loop in terms of
"helping to control standards."
Singer said that Adelphia's recent bankruptcy shouldn't present
any problems and that the company is upgrading its service levels.
"As they come out of bankruptcy," Singer said, "they
are working on some rapid upgrades for our system."
Citizen speaker Bill Miley came out in support of the city's
action, saying he's seen the Adelphia trucks around quite a bit
and is impressed with their service levels.
In another major action, the council elected unanimously to proceed
with imminent domain hearings against landowner Denise Wizman,
in order to take possession of land between Fox and Bryant Streets
for the Ojai Valley bike trail extension project.
Wizman, who bought the property from the Union Pacific Railroad,
has refused to sell at the city's offered price.
Apparently in an agreeable mood, the council voted unanimously
on several other actions. A monetary release to boost library
service hours, detailed here several weeks ago, was passed.
Also, bids were received and agreed upon for the 2003-2004 street
maintenance project and the city manager was authorized to file
a claim for transportation grant monies for the coming year.
But the big news remained the city's willingness to take land
for the bike trail (see inset story) and it's eagerness to continue
its contract with Adelphia, despite past service deficiencies.
Mayor Joe DeVito said he'd been given assurances that some of
the problems of the past would stay in the past. "When we
met with Adelphia," he said, "they promised we would
get the Super Bowl, unlike a couple of years ago."
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