Monday, February 7, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Postby Cable Committee » Wed May 11, 2011 12:49 pm

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Monday, February 7, 2011 - Douglas Municipal Center
Prepared by Pat Aldrich

Members Present: Mitch Cohen, Rich Preston, Michelle Fontaine, Kellie Malo, Bob Werme

Staff Present: Pat Aldrich

Mitch opened the meeting at 7:06pm

1.) Charter Communication: Press Release: Increasing Internet speed. Some levels of subscriptions will fluctuate in price. Annual form 500: Outage/Complaint report. No complaints, only a couple of interruptions.
2.) Meeting Minutes: 12/20/10 – Bob motioned to approve, Kellie 2nd, unanimous favor, Rich abstained.
3.) Cable Recording Assistant Job Description: Bob recused himself from the table. At last meeting, Cable Recording Assistant job description was approved by Committee, but there was a question as to the legitimacy of the quorum as Bob had not been officially at the table for the vote. Town Administrator asked for the DCAC to vote again with a quorum. Some discussion was had about the changes made to the document. More discussion about the appropriate number of assistants we should have ended with Pat saying 4-5 people with varying availabilities is the ideal setup. Pat was asked to create a slide/ad for recording assistant availabilities (mainly daytime) to be placed on any free venue we can find (minimum pay per meeting included). Kellie motioned to approve the Cable Recording Assistant job description as reviewed, Rich 2nd, unanimous favor. Bob returned to the table.
4.) Equipment: Neither iLife, nor Recording sign yet, as Mitch had been waiting for iWork upgrade.
5.) Coordinator’s Report: Tiger Scouts visited the Cable studio to complete badges. Working on matching up inventories from Tom Devlin’s original and the new version Pat had started. Looking into the Town Calendar, how to gather that information. Pat also mentioned that we may want to look into streaming info on the public channel, Mitch said Leightronix is working on a built-in device that would enable things like local weather and other info.
6.) Wi-Fi Access in Municipal Center: Mitch discussed with John Ducharme (Town IT), about providing general public access to Wi-Fi through the Cable studio’s server as a courtesy to people who visit the Municipal Center for various reasons. The Committee was comfortable going forward on this request with the understanding that any budgetary issues would come out of the IT budget, and John would keep the DCAC informed on any changes.
7.) Requests for Re-Runs on Channel 12: A request came in to re-run a government meeting on Channel 12. Mitch responded that current policy is under the discretion of the Cable Coordinator. Pat agreed with the other members that any request like this would be taken up by the Committee for consideration. Mitch did mention that sometimes-pertinent information from a previous meeting could be useful in preparation for a Town vote or something like that, but should be handled on a case-by-case basis.
8.) Christopher Menn: Christopher was invited up to the table to discuss his application to the Cable Committee. Mitch went over Christopher’s resume, education, and interest in town government. Mitch briefly explained the basic idea of the Cable Committee, including the background and general operational protocol. After some general question/answer, Christopher mentioned that he was very interested in the possibility of Fios coming to town and had become interested in the DCAC through that particular item. Christopher said his availability is solid and is interested in being a part of the DCAC. The Committee was comfortable by consensus to recommend Christopher’s appointment to the Board of Selectmen, offering a term that would end June 30, 2011 – at which point he would need to be appointed to a new term.
9.) Other Business: Bob Werme noted that there was a reported issue with the latest Planning Board meeting had no audio on the televised version.
10.) Next Meeting: 3/14/11
11.) Adjourn: Rich motioned to adjourn at 7:48pm, Kellie 2nd, unanimous favor.
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