Staff recommends approval of the contract for Broadcast Technician services at Lakefront TV.
On December 19, 2008, the City of Leesburg began contracting services with Matthew Sowers to take over the broadcast technician position at Lakefront TV. He worked under contracted management of Jim Archey, who left the City in July 2010. Under this agreement, Mr. Sowers is a contracted full-time employee with benefits, but is not entitled to raises, bonuses, or severance in the event of layoff. Such an agreement acknowledges the tenuous nature of the position with regard to annual funding.
Since July, 2010, Mr. Sowers has worked alone at the studio and has assumed considerable additional responsibilities to keep up with required operations. His duties include day-to-day operations of the City’s cable television channel, recording and editing several shows each week, repairing equipment, programming show schedules, and creating titles and descriptions that appear on cable systems’ on- screen menus. He also assists other contractors with the production of certain shows.
Mr. Sowers’ previous contract was for $25,875 per year. This contract represents an increase of $2,000 (7.7%) over the 2008 contract. The term is for one year.
1. Approve the proposed contract amount for Broadcast Technician services; or
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
The increase will be covered by Lakefront TV’s current budget.
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RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING A CONTRACT INCREASE OF $2,000.00 FOR THE BROADCAST TECHNICIAN POSITION AT LAKEFRONT TV; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
THAT the Commission hereby authorizes the $2,000.00 increase to the contract for the Broadcast Technician position at Lakefront TV;
THAT this resolution shall become effective immediately.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, at a regular meeting held the _14th____ day of _November________ 2011.