NEGAUNEE - The Negaunee City Council has voted to approve a two-tiered cable TV system as recommended by the city's cable board in an effort to keep the cable fund from going into the red.
The new system consists of a basic tier, which includes local channels, The Weather Cannel and several government channels. The basic tier is priced at $20 per month.
The expanded basic would include all 16 channels from the basic tier plus 33 others, including ESPN, Discovery, Nickelodeon and VH1. This tier is priced at $40 per month.
City cable customers currently pay $29.80 for 48 channels. The new prices and tiers will go into effect Oct. 1.
"We're jumping into this two-tiered system to see how it works," said Mayor Paul Gravedoni.
The new system is expected to help increase revenue and bring back some former customers.
"It brings in the dollars we think we need to balance our budget," City Manager Gerald Peterson said. "We're not even sure this will work for us in the long term."
Peterson said he would be issuing a community newsletter specifically discussing the changes to the cable system.
The council also voted to join with Ishpeming and Ishpeming Township in applying for a joint Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant to help with funding the Ishpeming Area Waste Water Authority's sludge composting project.
The project will allow biosolids created by the water purification process to be turned into a high-quality compost that can be sold instead of paying to have that sludge sent to the landfill.
"This is a three-way agreement to apply for a grant," Peterson said. "These are the kind of joint projects state agencies like."
In other action, the council: