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Board approves funding for school television station

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The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen made their Monday meeting brief by unanimously passing nine agenda items.
Among the other items, a $393,769 funding for the Germantown Municipal Television Station passed. The fund stems from the Public, Education and Government (PEG) channels, channel 99 on AT&T U-Verse or 17 on Comcast.
The City of Germantown receives PEG funding from AT&T and Comcast based on the number of subscriptions on a quarterly basis. The funds are redirected to the PEG designated station by the Germantown Municipal TV Station
A television station has been set up at Houston High School with one of its goals being to provide an instructional television program for Houston students. Funds from the PEG will ensure that students get to use quality equipment in the studio.
The board also authorized the payment of $12,135 to Shelby County Books from Birth.
Books from Birth provides age-appropriate books for children from birth to the age of five. Studies show that the program increases children’s vocabulary and enhances learning.
While it invested heavily in education, the Board also invested in updating the city’s facilities. It authorized the purchases of a brush chipper, a back hoe, and an RTV for a total of $153,068.
The brush chipper, Bandit Model 990 HD from Williams Equipment and Supply Company ($36,822), and back hoe, 2015 Caterpillar Model 420F2 from Thompson Machinery Company ($103,090), are both meant to replace existing machines from the late 90’s that have exceeded their dependable life cycles.
The RTV, a Cushman Hauler Pro 72 from 4 Seasons Equipment Company ($13,155.09), will be used for general maintenance at the Farm Park, but can also be used in other parts of the city for special events.
The Board also:
• Approved the purchase of seven Motorola portable radios for the Police Department.
• Approved repairs to a High Service Pump at the Johnson Road Water Treatment Plant.
• Authorized the payment of the State Facility Maintenance Fee to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
• Donated $450 to the Germantown Fire Dept.