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February 10, 2014

Panel to advise city on PEGASYS

ENID, Okla. — Enid City Commission has tapped a group of locals to advise the city on its public-access television station.

There will be seven voting members of a panel that now includes a former executive director and a current board member of PEGASYS, who lost the rights to operate the station.

Allison McCune Davis helmed the agency from 1995 to 1998. She has a degree in film and TV production and spent 16 years in the industry. Since moving back to Enid, she has produced several series for PEGASYS.

“I’ve always been fascinated with the power of the visual medium, and mass distribution of it,” she told Enid City Commission, also noting she hopes it will move beyond just a cable outlet.

Curtis Tucker is another member picked to serve on the board. He operates Enid Buzz, an online multimedia community bulletin board. He said that the city’s TV station is lacking because it does not take advantage of online technology.

“I have not seen PEGASYS for years and years,” he said. “I haven’t seen anything because I’m not allowed to, because I don’t have Suddenlink. I think it’s unfair.”

Current PEGASYS board member Dallas Krout also was selected to serve, as was Sherry Stotts, who came to Enid in 1996 and began working for PEGASYS. She was instrumental in creating the “Community Talk” segments seen on the station, she said.

“I believe in PEGASYS and I believe in Enid, and I’d like to be a part of its future,” Stotts said.

With three decades in the TV production industry, Jack Quirk hopes to bring the latest technological expertise to the panel. Prominent community volunteers Penny Bishop and Mark Keefer round out the seven.

Mayor Bill Shewey picked Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser to be the city’s representative on the board, a role he serves on the PEGASYS Board of Directors. Vanhooser instigated the push for the city to withdraw funding and reacquire assets from the nonprofit entity. City Public Relations Director Steve Kime also will be a non-voting member of the board.

Each seat on the board has a three-year term. Because it is a new entity, the first terms on the advisory board will be staggered. Davis, Quirk and Tucker will each serve a concurrent three-year term. Stotts and Keefer will serve two years before being considered for reappointment, while Krout and Bishop will serve at least one year.

For the next three months, a smaller advisory panel will make recommendations to Enid City Commission on how to structure the station when the new budget year begins July 1. Until then, the station is under management of the Enid PR department.

The meeting Monday was a special meeting and was rescheduled from last week.

In an informal study session before the commission meeting, officials were told to expect a comprehensive plan to be generated this year. The city also will see the outcome of a transportation plan. Discussion on these topics were spurred by a trip several Enid officials took to North Dakota to study its response to massive growth in the energy industry.

Engineers also presented three estimates to create a bike lane along East Broadway. For $1.6 million, commissioners could narrow the road and get a 12-foot wide bike lane and trail. Building a 6-foot bike lane along the 1.1 miles of Broadway would cost the city $900,000. The least-costly estimate was $50,000, which would pay for bike lane marking and striping along the existing roadway.

After a private executive session to discuss personnel matters, the commission agreed to extend the employment contracts of municipal judges Jim Long and Linda Pickens until the next meeting on Feb. 20. At that point, new contracts will be available to consider based on negotiations made Monday night.

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