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Shady Cove gets a new cable co.

SHADY COVE -- Subscribers will write their checks to a different company next time they pay their cable bills after Phoenix Cable Vision was purchased by Blackstone Cable LCC.

The city council this week approved the transfer of the franchise agreement to Blackstone, which has promised to upgrade the system in Shady Cove.

The city has a 10-year cable agreement. When it's near expiration, the council hopes to include three elements in a new contract: the right to increase the franchise fee; a voice in the rate structure; and a say in the station offerings, says Mayor Tom Anderson.

In other action, the council approved $7,280 to order more topographical maps from Photogrammetric Data Services, which surveyed the Shady Cove area last year. The maps will be ready in case Jackson County revives a 23-year-old plan to build a bypass north of Shady Cove.