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Man to get cable service after all

June 5, 2018 GMT

Manteno resident Steve Kolesar exists after all.

On Monday, Mayor Tim Nugent reported that Kolesar, who complained he had been told he could not receive service from Comcast, will be getting it.

At a village board meeting last month, Kolesar said he had been trying to get connected to Comcast at his house in the 1200 block of North Maple Street, but the company refused to provide it.

“They tell me I don’t exist,” Kolesar said at the time.

Manteno has a franchise agreement with Comcast, which provides cable and internet service throughout much of the United States.

In response to Kolesar’s concerns, Nugent said he would call Comcast to figure out why the company would not provide service to someone inside village limits. He said he called the firm the next day.

Nugent said Comcast was prompted when it saw a story about Kolesar’s situation in the Daily Journal, which appeared the day after the meeting. The company reached out to the village and contacted Kolesar.

The mayor said it was his understanding that Kolesar would be able to get service.

“It was the first time we had heard of anything like that. Comcast was contacted the following day. It will provide service to Mr. Kolesar,” Nugent said.

In a text message, Kolesar noted the turnaround.

“Never have so many people wanted to do things for me,” he said. “Installation from the power pole to the house was done today and the installer was very polite. Now all we are waiting on is to bury the drop (cable) from the pole to the house.”

• At Monday’s village board meeting, Nugent said the city planned to eliminate parking on the east side of Main Street between Cook and Baker streets. He said it has been dangerous to have cars parked there with traffic coming around the curve from Cook Street.

“I assume we would do warning tickets for a period of time. I suspect we’ll be painting the curb yellow,” the mayor said.