The Fall of CAR 25

Where do I even begin to talk about what I see as a take over of a City department  the benefit of the Mayor of Racine and the economic benefit of a pal of the Mayor of Racine.

This is very much on going and not a lot we know for sure but the City Council members I have talked to are not liking what they do know and the story as explained to me is very strange.

This morning I put two open records requests into the City of Racine to uncover I hope a smoking gun.

Background

From the City of Racine’s web page

History of CAR25

CAR25 was started in 2003-2004 as a Community Access/Government Programming

channel serving the greater Racine Area. Racine Residents are encouraged to become

Producers with CAR25 enabling them to use channel equipment to produce programming

of their choice, for broadcast on CAR25. CAR25 is Racine’s Offical Source for Common

Council Meetings and Committee Of The Whole Meetings. CAR25 broadcasts on

Time Warner Cable & AT&T U-Verse. Online streaming will be coming soon!

In full disclosure I was a Cable Commissioner for a few years and do volunteer work as time allows.

As I understand it CAR 25 has the smallest budget of any city department and is NOT paid for by tax $$ but by fees paid to the City by Time Warner and ATT. This amount is over 600,000 of that amount CAR 25 gets about 75,000-80,000 of that amount.

Now in the day of Mayor Becker no issues no worries, in fact Mayor Becker was on a few CAR 25 shows done by  both city staff and producers from the public.

He was on my first show I made called Racine Underground Cinema, I believe he was on  many others. Point being he liked and work with CAR 25 and saw the possibilities that CATV offered.

This would all change with the Election of Mayor John Dickert.

Here is just one of the many Stories of Mayor Dickert’s wantin g to turn CAR 25 into IMHO the John Dickert is GOD outlet

From the Racine Post

Mayor’s pick withdraws, city posts part-time CAR25 job

Update 2: Here’s a report from Monday night’s meeting:

After approving the previous minutes, the Cable Commission opened up the meeting for comments from the public, which is the usual procedure. An Alderman and two citizens spoke giving comments that were at times pointedly against the idea of a consultant, and at other times more vague, but seemingly meant to oppose the consultant. Then Mayor Dickert dropped the bombshell of the evening saying that Sandy Petrykowski had withdrawn her name from consideration, and he was then opening up the whole process to the Cable Commission for their input.

This was like throwing the ball into the air and having it explode into a hundred pieces. The Mayor wants an RFP process with the stipulation that if anyone presently on the Cable Commission wants to apply, then they have to resign from the commission. There was a long, far-reaching, usually cordial, discussion that followed, even though a couple of exchanges between the Mayor and Alderman Coe and Alderman Shields might be called animated.

The Mayor scored the point that the $40,000.00 had always been for a personal services contract and that if the Cable Commission did not want a PSC then the money would have to be legally moved. Most of the commission members wanted additional part-time city employees to assist Scott Nelson, the only CAR 25 employee. There was some disagreement in the math about the cost of additional city personnel. Chase Hendrix, Chair of the Cable Commission, said that a consultant is an impossibility, because of the legal definition of contract workers and the requirements of the position.

The atmosphere was very electric considering that this committee labors mostly in total obscurity. Five aldermen, the Mayor, three founding members of CAR 25, a couple of media personalities, and a county board candidate all firing facts, opinions, and hyperbole around the room like a bad game of beach volleyball. After a non-stop hour of discussion some got a little sand in their face even when they had come just to sit in the bleachers. And as with every step of this process, the Cable Commission will convene in two weeks to sort out the twists and turns of the evening. It’s going to take them that long to get the sand out of their teeth. They will then give their recommendation.

Update: The consultant withdrew her name for the $40,000 no-bid contract to overhaul CAR25.

Original post: We’re a bit late on this, but here’s the job posting for a part-time job working for CAR25, which was posted earlier this month. The Cable Commission met tonight to discuss the $40,000 contract Mayor John Dickert hopes will go to Sandy Petrykowski, a professional TV journalist who worked for ABC News, CNN, National Geographic and others. If you were at the meeting, we’d like to hear what went down.

Here’s the CAR25’s open job posting, which is entirely separate from the $40,000 consultant’s contract:

The City of Racine will be accepting applications and resumes for the position of Cable Communications Coordinator with the Cable Access Racine channel (CAR25) until filled. This part-time position is approximately 10 to 15 hours per week and reports to the City of Racine’s Information Systems Director. Responsibilities include bulletin board announcements, program playback editing and video content program production. Salary for the position is $16.30 per hour. A complete job description can be found by clicking here and an application can be found by clicking here. A resume without an application may not be considered. Interested applicants should send both a resume and a signed application to:

The City of Racine Attn: Human Resources Department
730 Washington Ave.
Racine, WI 53403
or FAX 262-636-9585
or e-mail jobs@cityofracine.org

FYI I have yet to talk to anyone who saw the Documentary she was doing  on Mayor John Dickert

Now what we have going on is a RFP for if I understand right to manage CAR 25 however no one knew on the Cable Commission about this before hand or did they?  at 70K for a budget the folks I talked to said no way can anyone do any better then last night the number of 300,000 comes up.

And it gets better in a very interesting way. For now I have to wait for my open records to take place I am hoping that perhaps a source maybe able to provide copies faster. More when I have it

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One Response to The Fall of CAR 25

  1. enicar666 says:

    Find the FOJ (friend of John) and you will get your answer. When you elect a failed Real Estate Agent to Office – what do you expect? How many businesses has Racine lost under the failed and defeated John Dickert and his cousin Tom? CGA just left Racine with 85+ jobs and Racine Railroad Products is moving to Mount Pleasant – away from the anti-business and high tax rates of John Dickert and his cousin Tom. Racine Metal-Fab chose Yorkville for their expansion/new plant INSTEAD of Racine – and it will leave another hole in the tax base. Racine is on a course for economic collapse – and it probably is too late to reverse course! Get out while you can!

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