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Bemidji City Council: Upstream TV to request funds

BEMIDJI – Representatives from Upstream TV, the city’s public-access television station, will appear before the city council Monday as they request funds.

Upstream TV is requesting $20,000 in public education government fees, or PEG fees, and $20,000 in general fund dollars for the organization’s operation.

The city receives PEG fees as residential cable customers are charged 50 cents each month. Those fees are then remitted to the city. Bemidji has about $73,000 available in PEG fees, which must be used toward public, educational or governmental television use.

Upstream TV is a nonprofit that launched in 2011. It offers video cameras, green and blue screens, and video-editing capabilities to the public. Videos then are aired on cable station 18.

According to council documents, Upstream TV will ask the city council to allocate $20,000 in PEG fees to purchase new equipment and software.

Upstream TV also is seeking $20,000 in general funds for editing services, rent, maintenance and office supplies.

The city council will meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at Bemidji City Hall. The council also will convene at that time as the Canvassing Board to approve election results from last week’s primary election.

Prior to the regular council meeting, the city’s Public Affairs Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall to discuss liquor store operations and the legal department.