PALERMO — Selectmen have approved a draft cable television ordinance that’s ready for a public hearing scheduled next month.

Since resident Richard Reitchel asked them last fall to see about getting cable service in Palermo, board members have researched procedures and talked with a representative of Time Warner.

At Thursday’s meeting, Selectman Harry Dean Potter had a draft ordinance satisfactory to the other two board members. A public hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 5.

Selectmen have authority to adopt the ordinance, after public notice. Once an ordinance is in place, they have authority to enter into a franchise agreement with a cable service provider, again after notice and an opportunity for public comment.

The other matter requiring public notice that came out of Thursday’s meeting is a request for bids for one of the three snowplow routes in town.

Selectman Paul Cowing said contractors Avery Glidden and Daryl Horak signed three-year contract extensions. Terms are the same as for the past three years, he said, except for a new condition that if fuel prices reach $4.99 a gallon, the contractors may ask selectmen to consider an increase in their hourly rates.

Selectmen unanimously approved the contract extensions.

Cowing said Scott Childs indicated he is unlikely to extend his plowing contract. Once selectmen have Childs’s decision in writing, they intend to advertise for a contractor to take over his route.

In other business Thursday evening, Animal Control Officer Peter E. Nerber reported that all but about a dozen dogs in Palermo have their 2012 licenses.

Nerber said he will send owners of still-unlicensed dogs registered letters as a final reminder. If there is no response, the next step is a court summons.

Thursday’s meeting was followed by refreshments Potter provided in recognition of board Chairman Sophia Glidden’s last meeting. After six years on the board, Glidden was not a candidate for re-election in the poll vote Friday.

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