By Tim Cox
Hometown Cable, a start-up cable, telephone and Internet service provider in Coldwater, should start offering services sometime in mid-February.
Representatives from the company addressed Coldwater Village Council at Monday's regular meeting.
Launching service has been delayed somewhat by problems getting the necessary equipment in place, council members were told. After the new equipment is installed, the company will begin connecting homes to the new system.
Hometown will be the town's second cable and multimedia service provider. Adelphia Communications already operates in the town.
"They're doing some in-home wiring now to get ready to connect the homes to the poles," village Finance Manager Clyde Bellinger said. After work is completed in Coldwater, the company will turn its attention to St. Henry. Its expansion plans beyond that are not known.
Also Monday, village council members approved the $11,000 purchase of two new hand-held utility meter readers. The new machines will replace some outdated models that must be sent away annually to have the batteries replaced. The new meter readers run on regular batteries that can be purchased locally, Bellinger said.
Problems with the existing readers led village officials to make the move.
"We weren't too confident with the ones we've got," Bellinger said.
In other business Monday, council members:
¥ Appointed councilmen Rob Fisher and Doug Bertke to serve on the Volunteer Firemen Advisory Board. The panel meets only in the event a volunteer firefighter is killed or severely injured on the job. Two other members are appointed by the fire department and a fifth member is appointed by the other four members. The terms are all for one year.
¥ Heard that the water tower restoration is completed along with the final touches at the new water plant.
¥ Rescheduled the next meeting for Dec. 29. A finance committee meeting is Dec. 19 to discuss the 2006 budget.