The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 28, 2014

PEGASYS votes to dissolve

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The PEGASYS Board of Directors, now without a mission or money, has voted to dissolve its corporation and terminate the former public-access television station’s nonprofit status.

PEGASYS lost its primary customer last month — the city of Enid — after the city commission voted to end a 28-year relationship. The station operated three public-access channels on Suddenlink, Enid’s franchised cable provider.

During a noon-hour meeting Friday, members of the nonprofit’s board felt resigned to their fate, said board president Jeff Herbel.

“It’s an end of an era, so everyone’s a little reluctant to make it happen. There was no further mission or purpose for the board once our contract with the city was terminated,” he said.

Before PEGASYS can be dissolved, though, Garfield County District Court must decide how to split up the remaining assets it holds. The city of Enid staked a claim on all money that was not contributed by private individuals, and the board responded by filing an interpleader motion.

“Once the interpleader’s done, we’ll file the paperwork to terminate everything. I do not anticipate there will be another meeting,” Herbel said.

Services provided by the station have remained, but now are under the direction of the city of Enid’s public relations department and a citizens advisory board.

“Public, Educational and Government television, which belongs to the citizens of Enid, is making rapid progress. Over the next few months, the citizens advisory board will be making recommendations that will dramatically move PEG forward,” said Ward 6 Commissioner David Vanhooser. “This community is going to be pleased with the changes coming. I am very excited to be a part of this progress.”