BY PRESIDENT REINERT:
The Duluth City Council does hereby resolve that the deadline for submission of responses to the request for formal renewal proposal for a cable franchise is hereby extended to July 17, 2006.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Pursuant to Resolution 06-0136, adopted February 27, 2006, the city of Duluth issued a request for formal renewal proposal for cable franchise. The deadline for submission of responses to the request for formal renewal process was to be no later than June 1, 2006.
Following the adoption of that resolution, Charter expressed interest in attempting to reach agreement through negotiation. The parties have worked diligently and in good faith to reach agreement. The result is the cable franchise ordinance (Ordinance File No. 06-013-O) which is before the council tonight for first reading.
Since Charter and the administration have put all their energy and resources into working to reach agreement, Charter has not had sufficient time to begin a response to the formal process should that be needed. Charter feels it needs a safeguard in the event the council does not adopt the franchise ordinance following the second reading on May 8, 2006. Charter has requested an extension until July 17, 2006, within which to respond. Administration and staff recommend the extension. Should the council approve the franchise ordinance, the extension will be moot.