By Roger Amsden, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — The Belknap County Nursing Home will get a new, less expensive cable service provider starting Aug. 31.
Belknap County Commissioners voted unanimously last week to award a five-year contract to Bulk TV & Internet Healthcare for $974.40 a month after hearing from Dan Riley, environmental services director at the home, who said that the Resident Council at the home supported the contract with Bulk TV, which provides 48 channels with a 4 percent yearly increase.
Currently the nursing home is paying $1,279.52 per month to Retirement TV, resulting in a yearly savings of $3,661.44.
Riley said that no bids were received on the request for proposals and that the only communication was an email from Retirement TV which lowered its current cost by $332.75 a month.
He said that the Bulk TV breakdown for costs was $207.06 monthly for 17 rooms in the Department of Corrections, $36.54 for three rooms in the Sheriff’s Department and $730.80 for 60 rooms in the Belknap County House of Corrections. He said that the Sheriff’s Department and the DOC are currently slaved off the nursing home with very bad reception.
The cost to residents for the new system will be about $7 per month, compared to the $11 per month fee currently paid from residents’ accounts.
Other providers costs researched by Riley were $1,375 per month for Stellar Private Cable Services and $1,936 per month for Metrocast.