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Phillipsburg residents want to know why meetings have yet to broadcast on cable TV

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Phillipsburg residents have been told for months that viewing of Phillipsburg Town Council meetings was just a matter of staying tuned, but during Tuesday night's meeting, one Phillipsburg resident wanted to know the reason for the endless black screen.

Town resident Blaine Fehley, asked council members when the meetings would finally be shown on Service Electric Cable Television during a public comment period.

"How are you making out," Fehley asked Councilman John Lynn Jr.

"It's a slow process," Lynn responded, noting technical difficulties with computers as the culprit for the continued delay. "…It will have to be put on a different computer."

"You want me to do it," Fehley shot back.

"No, I'd like to have the opportunity to finish what I started," Lynn responded. ‘But if I need your help I won't be afraid to ask."

The exchange between Fehley, a long-time fierce critic of council and Lynn, often an adversary of his verbal exchanges, took on a decidedly sarcastic tone and even garnered chuckles from the audience. Nevertheless the fact remains that town council meetings still are not being broadcast on the cable television provider, despite the fact that town council has been discussing televising meetings for more than two years. A few months ago, Service Electric donated a server to the township, although it still hasn't produced videotaping. No date when the issue would be resolved was mentioned Tuesday night.

In addition a topic of discussion focused on reexamining parking time limits for the Union Square area and no overnight parking on Riverside Way. While the issue was broached by Councilman James Stettner and Mayor Wyant, no action was taken Tuesday night. Instead town Attorney Richard Wenner was instructed to look into the issue.

Also the landmark town property known as the Ice House, located at 1116 South Main St., which had once served as an ice manufacturing business, now has a new owner. Council has sought to have the building demolished for a long period of time, but on Tuesday night decided to contact the new owner to appear before them at the next council meeting to ascertain their plans for the property before moving forward with the demolition.

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