Fraser Rec TV translator outage sparks debate about its future
December 13, 2011
FRASER – Last week’s Fraser Valley Metropolitan Recreation District board of directors meeting hosted a full house, specifically Fraser residents asking about the future of the TV translator system and future funding.
A Thanksgiving week translator outage lasted one week and, according to Board President Dan O’Connel, the problem was Dish-related, not a translator problem. He said the outage was caused by high winds.
The Dish Network receiver and the Rec District translator are located near the top of the Iron Horse lift on top of Mary Jane, and it is difficult to access.
Rec District Director of Parks and Recreation Scott Ledin said he hopes it doesn’t happen again because of the remote location. He also noted that it took longer than usual to repair because of holiday-related staff absences.
Board member John Glancey said, “We want to maintain our TV translator system and keep it. We are not thinking of cutting it. I’m happy to hear that people want to talk about it.”
He asked the people who use the service to take the district’s survey or call the district to let them know they want to keep the service.
However, Andy Chasin, treasurer, stated that there is a finite life expectancy of the system.
The monthly fee for the Dish Network service is $36.
“There is money (in the budget) to continue this service,” said O’Connell, addressing rumors that the district is about to discontinue its analog TV service.
The TV translator system takes digital signals from Denver through Dish Network and converts them to analog signals, which are broadcast to the residents in the valley who have line-of-sight to the translator.
Another issue brought up during the meeting was about the light generated from the Ice Box skating rink at the Fraser ballfields.
Frank Mannix of Fraser commented that the light from the ice rink “floods your eyes.” He said he thinks there should be a rule about the light.
O’Connell stated that he talked to Grand County Commissioner James Newberry about the issue and was told there is no rule about the light. According to the Grand County planning department, unincorporated Grand County only has light pollution regulations for subdivisions where downward-facing hooded lighting is required.
The planning department received one phone call last year about the light from the ice rink according to officials. In response to the complaint, the Fraser Recreation District said they would look into it and suggested putting a screen on the end of building as a courtesy, but no action has been taken yet.