Town reaches out via TV, Web
New Castle residents with cable television can now receive government and education information as well as post their own events and listings on the town’s public access television channel.The town has taken over Channel 10, which was previously run by Talbott Enterprises Inc. for many years.”When we renewed our contract with the Comcast cable franchise, part of the negotiation was that we would receive an upgrade in software from what Talbott’s had,” Town Clerk Lisa Cain said.The new system allows for more graphics and colorful pages, although advertisements are not permitted.”What we want is if you are a nonprofit or government organization and have something to put on, we are happy to do it,” Cain said.That information can include general information, events, volunteer opportunities, chamber news and school functions. A two-week advance notice is preferred.Eventually, the town hopes to air the bimonthly town council meetings.”We’re heading toward that, but I’m not sure when,” Cain said.Videotapes of up to two hours in length can also be aired, but will not be returned as the tapes must be spliced to eliminate dead air time.Town laws are also now available to citizens via the Web site at http://www.newcastlecolorado.org. Everything from animal and public peace ordinances to zoning regulations can be found by following the “municipal code” link from the town’s home page. “We’ve completed our municipal code from 1888 to the present and it’s organized by subject matter,” Cain said. “We’ve never done this before – it’s something we adopted this summer.”There are more than 700 ordinances in the town’s code, but many either have been repealed or are no longer pertinent. The applicable ordinances can be found online and new ordinances will be added as they are approved, as will the town’s home rule charter. The municipal code and the home rule charter are also available in bound copies.”The code takes ordinances that are applicable as of today and organizes them by subject matter,” Cain said. “This has been a long time in coming.”Those wishing to submit information to the public access Channel 10 or who have questions about the online municipal code should call Cain at 984-2311 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.Those wishing to submit information to the public access Channel 10 or who have questions about the online municipal code should call Cain at 984-2311 or e-mail to email@example.com.
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