To The Daily Sun,
Some months ago, Laconia City Council meetings as well as Planning Board meetings were lost to a large segment of residents residing in the southern portion of Ward 4. There being over 200 homes in Briarcrest alone, this meant a loss of city information to the many people who regularly followed the proceedings.
I contacted City Manager Scott Myers, and he in turn contacted MetroCast and our city purchasing agent, Jonathan Gardner. Jonathan got in touch with MetroCast Communications General Manager Edward Merrill. It was a very difficult problem for MetroCast, as the feed for this area of Ward 4 is via Belmont rather than Laconia and because a small segment of Briarcrest lies within Belmont; it was difficult to overcome this problem.
After months of studying this problem, the MetroCast team came up with the only viable solution to provide the Laconia access channel to the area.
The solution is to insert this channel to these people on Channel 98. This will access meetings to most Briarcrest residents with the exception of a portion of Benton Drive and four homes on Brewer Court, and five homes on Darby Drive.
With this solution, 19 Laconia video subscribers will not have access. The rest will be able to once again view city business. It is not perfect, but it is better and can be activated within two weeks.
I would like to thank MetroCast, particularly Ed Merrill, general manager of communications, Scott Myers, city manager, and Jonathan Gardner, purchasing agent for the city of Laconia.
Laconia City Councilor, Ward 4
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