MILLINOCKET, Maine — The Town Council and Town Manager Eugene Conlogue love the idea of sharing Katahdin Area Television with East Millinocket and Medway.
Especially, councilors said, if those two towns share in the public access station’s costs.
That’s what councilors and Conlogue said during a meeting Thursday in which Councilor Michael Madore and others expressed interest in expanding usage of KAT-TV and Conlogue rebutted claims made by East Millinocket resident Scott Dorr, a founding member of KAT-TV, that Conlogue was against the notion.
“It is my belief that expanded usage of KAT would be of great benefit to the whole area,” Conlogue said in a letter to East Millinocket’s Board of Selectmen dated Oct. 2.
“As you know, there are a number of residents in East [Millinocket] who regularly tune in to watch KAT, and more programming from East [Millinocket] and Medway would provide greater use of the station by all cable subscribers,” Conlogue wrote.
Dorr has said he will meet with the Medway Board of Selectmen on Oct. 19 to discuss his idea of establishing a channel for the two towns, possibly on Polaris Cable, which serves Medway and other parts of the region.
The East Millinocket board expressed some interest in the idea at its meeting on Sept. 28, but members doubted that money for the venture would be readily available. The town’s budget is set.
It would take $2,000 to $9,000 to launch public access TV in East Millinocket and Medway, Dorr said. Besides grants, the television effort could be paid for by business sponsorships, advertising and private donations.
Among the ideas suggested was sharing time with Millinocket on its Channel 13. Another option would be using an unused or underused KAT- TV channel and sharing it between Medway and East Millinocket. Dorr is exploring that with Polaris’ operators, he has said.
Madore said he thought it would be worthwhile if the two towns also could share in KAT costs and that residents would probably be interested in seeing meetings of both towns’ boards of selectmen.
KAT broadcasts Millinocket School Committee and council meetings regularly.