Interim Manager Broadway pointed out that the committee met on January 27, 2003 with Mr. John Howell, CEO of Telecommunications Consulting Associates, of Waynesville, North Carolina.
...Mr. Howell has over 23 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.He recently retired and now serves as a consultant to cities and counties across the southeast in cable franchise renewals and in conducting franchise fee audits that traditionally uncover franchise fee underpayments.Mr. Howell
has acted as lead negotiator in the cable franchise renewal process for several cities and counties, including Buncombe
, and Mecklenburg counties, and most recently, McDowell County.
...The committee feels that in working with Mr. Howell, these agreements can be renegotiated for the best interest and benefit of the county and its citizens.
An invitation has been extended to Bakersville and Spruce Pine governments to join in this effort and they have both expressed a desire to do so.Mr. Howell will perform work as outline in the Scope of Work (a copy is attached hereto and becomes a part of the minutes) at a charge not to exceed $3,750.00 or actual hours, whichever is less.
Charges will be divided among the three entities, with the county's portion being taken from the Systems Administration budget.