CAR 25 Questions

 

KEY QUESTIONS REGARDING OUTSOURCING CAR25 OPERATIONS
1. Was CAR25 staff consulted regarding the RFP, Official Notice #7 and #15, and what were their recommendations?
2. Was CAR25 staff given the opportunity to make any recommendations in order to keep managing the channel?
3. What are the new benefits that this company can provide that our staff, volunteers, or current members cannot provide?
4. The RFP to outsource channel operations to a business also includes advertising programs. What do our policies, procedures and ordinances say about advertising on CAR25? What do our municipal and state franchise agreements say about this? What are the legal implications?
5. What does WCM say about advertising on PEG channels?
6. Has the City met with Time Warner and AT&T to discuss advertising on the channels?
7. Why can’t Racine save the extra $20,000 for Professional Services that does not serve the community in any way, and is not needed for this and put it to better use, especially in times of financial crisis?
8. What was the reason for the 2nd RFP Official Notice 15 if multiple bids were received for Official Notice 7?
9. Why was Official Notice 15 not made available to the public for 30 days or advertised in the Journal Times, and offered equally to all companies in and around Racine?
10. Why did Ron Thomas not vote in the ad-hoc sub-committee when reviewing the proposals?
11. Why did Mayor Dickert instruct MIS staff to throw away documents offering a $10,000 donation to the channel and community?
12. Why did Tom Friedel tell Ald. Ron Hart to disregard the $10,000 donation offer to the channel and community?
13. Why did an open ended contract to outsource CAR25 operations get added to the Finance agenda without going through the Cable Commission or Common Council when the only other item related to CAR25 was removed?
14. Why did the City Clerk say that the missing item was an oversight, but then was changed to say it was due to Ald. Hart not being able to attend?
15. What questions does Ald. Hart have about the donation that he could not ask at the meeting, and what questions did he have any questions related to outsourcing CAR25 operations?
16. Why did Ald. Hart not contact the company making the donation offer any time after the initial presentation at the Cable Commission meeting and again at Common Council when he had all of the details in writing plus direct contact information?
17. Was the Cable Television Commission consulted regarding the RFP, Official Notice #7 and #15, and what were their recommendations?
18. Were any former Cable Commissioners or Aldermen contacted or consulted with regarding the RFP to provide input?
19. What companies were contacted for Notice 7, and who submitted proposals for Notice 7? Who selected this list, and what was it based on?
20. What companies were contacted for Notice 15, and who submitted proposals for Notice 15? Who selected this list, and what was it based on?
21. Did the City contact businesses it has previously contracted video-related production services with?
22. Did the bidders for Notice #7 present to the Cable Commission or Committee of the Whole?
23. If you are qualified to make decisions about CAR25 operations, can you describe the equipment and hardware/software used at CAR25?
24. Wouldn’t a company from Racine be a better fit to manage a Racine Community Television channel and resource, rather than a music production company from Kenosha?
25. Who will provide the training for the new provider? Who will provide support?
26. Does the company have any experience working with CAR25? Have they volunteered in the past? Have they offered any donations or additional contributions?
RFP PROCESS:
1. Why were the bidders not given the opportunity to present?
2. Why was there no budget in the RFP?
3. Why were there no financial details or budget in the recommendation submitted to enter into a contract at the Finance meeting?
4. Why did the item get referred to go through Finance and enter into a contract before the sub-committee even went back to the Cable Television Commission?
5. What experience do Mary Osterman and Ald. Ray DeHahn have working with CAR25 or managing PEG television or CAR25 operations?
6. Did any of the bidders meet with CAR25 or go through the walk-through?
7. Who authored Official Notice #7 and #15?
8. Who originated the idea for RFP, Official Notice #7 and #15, and what was that based on?
9. Who was consulted regarding the RFP, Official Notice #7 and #15, by the author(s)?
10. Who will be making the recommendations and decision, and what experience do they have working with CAR25, or with other PEG Programs and Services?
11. Did the City use the Wisconsin Vendor Net System in the RFP process?
12. Will the Cable Commission get a copy of the proposals to review in advance of the next meeting?
CABLE COMMISSIONERS:
1. Why has Rob Krug not attended any meetings since he authored the RFP?
2. Why has Rob Krug not been removed from the Commission for lack of attendance?
3. How many meetings has Rob Krug attended since May 2010? (est. 30 months – Cable Commission meets once per month, on the 3rd Monday)
4. What experience does Rob Krug have working with CAR25?
5. What are the details of Rob Krug’s analysis of CAR25 operations, and what are they based on?
6. Why is Jim Rasmussen not on the Cable Commission any longer?
7. Why is Gary Alvarado not on the Cable Commission any longer?
8. Why is Pamela Hoadley not on the Cable Commission any longer?
9. Why is Chase Hendrix not on the Cable Commission any longer?
10. Is there a term limit to appointments on the Cable Commission?
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8 Responses to CAR 25 Questions

  1. Another Concerned Citizen says:

    I would encourage you to put these questions in shorter from on the jt comments section in their car 25 propaganda piece. It would open some people’s eyes.

  2. I will advise the writer of your request. I cant change the copy sorry. I hope you come a speak at the upcoming meetings

    • Another Concerned Citizen says:

      File a complaint with the District Attorney’s Office if the proper procedures weren’t followed.

  3. Robert Krug says:

    I thought since there are a number of questions directly related to me (Rob Krug) that I should answer them to keep the record straight.

    1. Why has Rob Krug not attended any meetings since he authored the RFP? A: For the last few months I have not attended meetings as a result of a stroke I suffered in my left optic nerve. I have spent this time at the Medical College undergoing testing and rehabilitation. The result of this stroke has left my optic nerve permanently damaged and I now have vision in only my right eye. The commission was informed of this and I had both their blessing and support for recovery. In addition, I did not write the RFP the city did. I wrote a vision paper for what I believed to be a positive future direction of CAR25 which included many different possible plans.

    3. How many meetings has Rob Krug attended since May 2010? (est. 30 months – Cable Commission meets once per month, on the 3rd Monday) A: I have not been on the commission since 2010. I joined the commission in June of 2011 and have attended almost all meetings until my stroke in 2012.

    4. What experience does Rob Krug have working with CAR25? – While I am not a producer for CAR254, I do have more than 20 years of professional experience in the field of television, photography, multi media, web and design. I am also a life long resident of Racine and firmly believe in CAR25 and it’s purpose. My current portfolio of work in all areas of media can be found at randumcreativegroup.com where I serve as the creative director. I am more than happy to provide my work history for verification and this can be provided at the above website via inquiry on the contact page.

    5. What are the details of Rob Krug’s analysis of CAR25 operations, and what are they based on? A: I base my recommendations on years of watching CAR25, looking into the future at how broadcasting will be done, declining TimeWarner subscriptions, decreasing budgets, Federal laws changing on right of carriage for PEG stations and a strong need to provide local producers with a better facility, better equipment, more opportunity, youth training to foster more future producers and as a way to be a positive voice for the city at the same time. I hope this helps in answering your questions and feel free to contact me in person if you have further questions.

    Regards,
    Robert Krug.

  4. Thank you Mr. Krug for answering the questions. The official minuets of the Commission states you are the author of the RFP. You may want to talk to Mr. Thomas about getting them changed.

  5. RRPlayer says:

    That’s funny, that the commission obviously had no idea this guy was going to be MIA for 6 months, thus they proposed having Krug removed from the commission just last month. I love how these people think everyone is so stupid, do your research on Mr. Krug, call around, verify some of his claims as a professional

  6. I know of others who are looking into the member’s background in media. I am being told lots of connections to the Mayor are being found.
    Can’t forget the calls I have been getting from not only Racine but out of State.
    This whole RFP mess is not making the City look very good

  7. RRPlayer says:

    Some people were talking about investigations after the conclusion of the meeting out in the hallway. From what I heard and read, this whole process has really made the city and committees look dumb. I was in attendance last night, and I think that meeting insulted everyone’s intelligence.

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