Those include a $16,786 bid to replace computer servers, which he said is critical to keeping the state's public television stations on the air.
"We're subject to [computer] crash at any time," Adkins said. "We could go black -- we could go off the air."
Likewise, a contract to replace roofing at the Beckley studio, home of the master control room for the public TV network, has been on hold for more than a month.
"Anytime you've got a roof leaking on your control room, that's scary," he said.
* Personnel issues. Education and the Arts has held up posting several personnel vacancies, including for a full-time master control technician. Adkins said an April 30 retirement would leave public television short-handed, requiring him to pay overtime to other technicians on staff.
"We're running three stations 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said of the need to fill the vacancy. "We have to have the staffing because the plane can't fly itself."
He also stressed the need to be able to advertise for temporary, part-time production engineers.
Those positions, which in the past have been filled by Marshall and WVU students, are called in as needed for productions requiring additional staff, such as coverage of the Legislature and the state Music Hall of Fame inductions, he said.
On Monday, the committee voted to lift all contract and hiring freezes, except for three pending leases for state vehicles.
The committee will meet again May 7.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-34-1220.