March 12, 2013
VICCO – Officials in Vicco say a reality show on day-to-day life in the city will not be forthcoming, and all negotiations for one have halted.
Vicco gained national notoriety early this year when the city council approved a fairness ordinance that prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, making Vicco, a town of just over 300 people along the eastern border of Perry County, only the fourth city in the state to approve such an ordinance.
City Attorney Eric Ashley announced at last month’s city council meeting that five production companies, including the ABC network, had been in contact with officials in Vicco about the possibility of filming an unscripted reality series. The council voted to give Ashley authority to remain in contact with the companies, but according to information he released to the Herald on Tuesday, officials have decided against any further negotiations.
“After much discussion amongst the city council and residents, the city of Vicco has decided it will not continue negotiations with any production company regarding any reality television series,” Ashley said.
Vicco Mayor Johnny Cummings has remained progressive in his work to improve the city’s infrastructure since taking office in 2012, and Ashley added that officials are hoping to continue to work toward that goal in the coming months.
“Also, the city is ready to move forward from the publicity regarding the fairness ordinances so that we can continue to work towards fulfilling Mayor Cummings’ vision for the future of Vicco,” Ashley added. “The city of Vicco would like to express its thanks and appreciation to any and all companies/individuals who have shown, and continue to show, an extraordinary amount of interest in our extraordinary town.”