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Final touches put on cable deal

Town to seek three part-timers

December 18, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — A divided General Government subcommittee voted 3-2 to support the last change need to end the long cable access saga by approving "housekeeping" changes that actually created the three part-time jobs that will replace the former director.

According to Town Manager Christopher Clark, the town has been advertising those three posts in local papers, but the effort "didn't generate as much interest" as Clark hoped, so he's planning to post on a much larger cable access website.

To subcommittee citizen member Stephanie DeMartino, a better place might be to reach out to the broadcasting schools and find a student to do it. She opposed creating the jobs, arguing they combine to cost more — $52,000 to $57,000 a year without benefits compared to the previous full-timer's $46,612 plus benefits.

"I don't see the need in Southbridge to have these three positions created, even if the money is coming from Charter," she said, also noting she'd rather see an effort to reach out to the "whole town," not just Charter subscribers.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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