Sparta Council Seeks Cable TV Credits For Sandy Outage
Residents told cable company would not offer credits for lack of service.
The Township Council supported a resolution at their last meeting seeking credits from Service Electric Cable Television for the days that the service was off-line during Hurricane Sandy.
Electric power and cable was out for up to two weeks in some parts of Sparta during the Oct. 22 to 29 storm.
The local resolution is modeled on one passed by Andover, demanding the company credit residents for 10 days of service not provided during the storm.
Resident Richard Sullivan said he called Service Electric, which is based in Pennsylvania, and was told the company was not offering any credit for service lost during the storm.
He said another cable provider which serves another municipality where he has a second home offered to credit him on the spot for 20 days of lost service.
Councilman Jerry Murphy said Service Electric has a 10-year contract with Sparta, now in its third year.
He said at the time of the contract renewal, Sparta had sought a two-year contract, but state utility regulators said the contract length must be 10-years.