By Robert Barron Staff Writer



PEGASYS board members renewed the contract of Executive Director Wendy Quarles and tabled a proposed contract with the city of Enid during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday.

Quarles' contract was altered to allow for a bonus based on outside fund-raising.

The organization has attempted to raise funding since the city began cutting the percentage of the Cox Cable franchise fee two years ago. Quarles successfully has cut the organization's budget but has not been able to find outside funding because public-access television is a different type of entity than what normally receives grant funding, she said.

The board made the change in Quarles' contract to allow for a bonus based on the amount of funding she is able to acquire.

Before the contract discussions, Quarles told the board she had contacted a professional grant writer who had some funding leads. She asked the board's permission to pursue those possible funding sources.

Board members voted to table a proposed contract by the city that does not establish the amount of funding cut to be cut. The original proposal by former City Manager Bill Gamble was to cut the public-access television station to 50 percent of its original funding. Quarles has been trying to get the city commission to hold the cuts at 30 percent.

Gamble resigned a year ago, but commissioners apparently seem ready to continue the Gamble plan. However, they seem to be split over how much more to cut.

Resignations of Bob Farrell and Marcie Mack were accepted by the board, and Molly Helm was appointed to succeed Mack.



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