Buckland Select Board Meeting

Due to a failed internet connection, the Aug. 25 Buckland Select Board Zoom video is missing the last few minutes of the meeting that included Public Comment and the Volunteer Recognition of Alex Meade from the Conservation Commission. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Zoom Select Board Meetings

Shelburne and Buckland Select Boards are now using Zoom for virtual meetings. Falls Cable can not broadcast them live but they are available for viewing/listening here on this web site. And, they are rebroadcast on Channel 17 – Shelburne at 2 and 7 PM on Monday and Wednesday and at about 4PM on Saturday and Sunday – Buckland at 2 PM and 7 PM on Tuesday and Thursday and 2 PM on Saturday and Sunday.

Buckland Select Board Special Meeting

A special meeting of the Buckland Select Board was held on Tuesday, March 17 to approve a Declaration of Emergency. Details of the Declaration will be available on the Buckland town web site.

https://www.town.buckland.ma.us/

The video of the meeting is available here on this web site. Due to social distancing considerations the meeting was held in the main hall at Buckland Town Hall. Because of the size of the room the sound quality is somewhat less than what we are used to recording.

Buckland Select Board Meeting – March 10, 2020

The new equipment is installed. We hope that anyone who saw the live broadcast noticed a difference. Unfortunately, with new equipment there is a “learning curve” and we are working on getting the recorded version of the meeting ready for re-broadcast and to be seen here on the Falls Cable web site. Hopefully it will be ready on Friday. Our apologies for any inconvenience. We’ll post the Town Administrator’s text update here as soon as we receive it.

DVD snafu again

Once again, the dreaded DVD gremlin was in attendance at the Buckland Select Board meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. It decided to stop recording before the end of the meeting and the last 30  minutes is missing. I’ve been told that the new equipment will be in place by the next meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Upcoming Surveys

The Towns of Buckland and Shelburne have entered the negotiation phase for a new Television Services contract with Comcast. The current contract does not expire until 2022 but negotiations can start within 36 months of the expiration date. The contract term will be 10 years. The Town’s respective Cable Committees have joined together in a joint cable advisory committee that will represent the towns in a joint negotiation with Comcast.

As part of the “ascertainment” process the towns are required to hold a public hearing to provide a forum for local residents to express their comments about Comcast and their suggestions for the Towns to consider in a negotiation for Comcast Television Services ( the contract is only for Television Services, it does not include Internet or Phone or Mobile services provided by Comcast/Xfinity ).

Preliminary to setting a date for the public hearing Buckland and Shelburne will be distributing a survey to local residents to gauge their satisfaction levels with Comcast. The Town of Shelburne’s upcoming 2020 Census mailing will include a one page survey that Shelburne residents can fill out and return. The survey will also be available at soon to be selected locations.

The Town of Buckland will make the survey available to their residents at the Town Hall and other soon to be selected locations in January 2020.

 

In addition, Falls Cable will be developing a survey for Buckland and Shelburne residents regarding Falls Cable’s Channel 17. It will be available online and at soon to be selected locations. More information will be coming in January 2020. The questions will be focused on the resident’s viewing habits, satisfaction levels and will ask for comments and/or suggestions about Falls Cable’s programming on Channel 17. It will also ask for feedback about this web site.

Updates will be provided when available.