Earlier in the meeting, Carter presented the Stanford police force plaques recognizing their efforts in the case of Tanya Shelton, the nurse who allegedly kidnapped a newborn at Fort Logan Hospital. Police Chief Keith Middleton, Detective Rick Edwards and Sgts. Greg Hill, Jim Steberl, T.J. Hill and B. Allen were honored.
"When you're small, you have to do it all," said Middleton. "And I appreciate all that these guys do."
City's storm warning system discussed
In other business, the council discussed the use of the city's storm warning system and asked Fire Chief Ken McDaniel to find out the cost of adding more sirens so that more areas of Stanford could hear the warnings.
Middleton also reported that no traffic problems have occurred since the signals on Main Street were taken down for repair.
"I've had 20 people at least say they wish (the signals) never go back up," Carter said.
Council member Lucas brought up the issue of rising basic cable rates in the community. He said the rate had risen from $16.02 per month to $17.95, an increase of $1.93.
"What they're doing is gouging us," Lucas said of Aldephia Cable Co. "I hate to be taken advantage of. I wished they'd told us they were going to get the $11,000 back by raising rates." Lucas was referring to money the city received from the cable company as part of its new contract.
Carter agreed that the cable company is difficult to deal with.
"They're arrogant, arrogant people," he said.
Hill, the city attorney, said the council could take action with an audit, if it felt basic cable rates had been raised unfairly. The council cannot act against increases in premium cable packages, she said.