LACONIA — Lakes Region cable TV subscribers, thanks to LRPA-TV, will have an open window this weekend to re-live two government meetings that they probably were unable to witness in person, but can now see for themselves why the meetings received newspaper headlines.
The first was the Belknap County Convention meeting this past Monday night. What has regularly become the case when the Convention meets jointly with the Belknap County Commission, both issues and personalities seem to become lightning rods and sparks fly.
At Monday night's meeting, the sparks began flying over who controlled the county's operating budget with respect to a supplemental appropriation of $200,000 to enable the nursing home to offer rehabilitative services to Medicare patients. There rarely was a quiet moment during the one hour and twenty minute meeting. Cable viewers wanting to see and judge for themselves can do so for the first showing on Channel 26 tonight at 7:30 p.m.
The second meeting, a more local one but with regional significance, was the Belmont Board of Selectmen. When the board met on Monday night the pressing issue on the agenda was whether the board should re-visit their decision to withdraw the town's financial support of LRPA. The dollars at stake are $15,067 from the Belmont budget, but the issue is whether Belmont wants to originate both governmental and public programs on Channels 25 and 26.
The Belmont Central Baptist church services are an every week occurrence on Channel 25, and the Selectboard meetings used to appear on Channel 26 until the board was unable to obtain volunteer services to film their meetings. The selectmen heard from local residents who were not restrained in speaking their views, which were contrary to the Selectmens' previous action. This two hour give-and-take can be viewed on Channel 26 Saturday night commencing at 9 p.m.
Both programs will play again Sunday morning starting at 5 a.m. Subsequent showings can be learned by visiting http://www.lrpa.org/show_schedule.php.