The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 23, 2014

PEGASYS pushing forward ahead of key vote

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — With just hours before they'll know their ultimate fate, the PEGASYS board moved ahead with plans to study better ways to operate the cable-access channel.

The board also declined to take any disciplinary action against its executive director Wendy Quarles for sending a letter to churches with an inaccurate statement.

The board agreed to create a panel to come back with a report within 90 days on ways to update and improve PEGASYS.

Enid's city commission meets later tonight and Commissioner David Vanhooser has proposed dissolving the PEGASYS Board of Directors and bringing the station under control of the city's PR department while a similar study is conducted.

Vanhooser is an appointed member of the PEGASYS board.

Board member Bill Maxwell, an Enid attorney, was selected to represent PEGASYS to the commission this evening. The regular meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. with an informal study session at 5 p.m.

During PEGASYS' special meeting today, Vanhooser pushed for a closed-door meeting to discuss personnel matters relating to a letter written by Executive Director Wendy Quarles. In the memo to six churches that transmit their services through PEGASYS, she wrote that if the city takes over the station's operations there will not be a chance to show religious services over the air.

"I will admit, I was incorrect. I should not have sent the letter," Quarles said Thursday. "I was upset and I was told I really should send a letter out to all the churches about what was going on."

She declined to say who told her.

The board tied on a motion to discuss the situation privately, so the motion failed. Instead, Quarles was directed to write another letter, without comment, withdrawing the first.