Springfield Township has extended its franchise agreement with Service Electric Cable TV for another 10 years, and there may be some hope for residents of a rural road.
Supervisors voted unanimously for the deal last week, which also covers construction and maintenance. It is also non-exclusive, meaning other communication companies can also provide service.
Under the agreement, the cable provider pays a franchise fee of 5 percent of gross revenue. The latest budget figures show the township received $60,000 in cable fees.
Township counsel Scott MacNair highlighted several positive revisions under the new deal: Service Electric has agreed to extend cable where there are at least 15 potential customers per linear mile; under the old deal, it was 20 per linear mile. He also stated there would be a reduction in waiting time for service; standard installation would occur within seven business days, and the agreement allows the township to recoup additional money if there is a change in the franchise fee.
Speaking at the December meeting, MacNair told supervisors it was unlikely that residents of Slifer Valley Road, a scenic, serpentine route connecting Routes 212 and 412, would get a cable line because of the length of the road and its low housing density.
However, Service Electric representative Jeff Kelly said Monday the company was going to look into the problem. “We’re going to see what the costs would be.”
In other business, the board approved a lease agreement with UBREMS (Upper Bucks Regional Emergency Medical Services) to house an ambulance in a portion of the Road Department building at 2340 Township Road at an annual cost of one dollar. The move gives the EMS provider a permanent base to respond to emergencies. Citing his position on the board of UBREMS, Supervisor Chairman Jim Nilsen abstained from the vote.
Supervisors also directed MacNair to provide a summary of FERC’s 167-page endorsement of the Adelphia Gateway pipeline project. Arianne Elinich of the environmental advisory council (EAC) called Adelphia’s review inadequate partly because it failed to address the township’s concerns over the project.