Monday, September 12, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011

Postby Cable Committee » Sun Dec 18, 2011 7:31 pm

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Monday, September 12, 2011
• Call to Order
Mitch Cohen called the meeting to order at 7:07pm
Attendance:
Committee: Mitch Cohen, Bob Werme, Christopher Menn, Fred Fontaine
Staff: Pat Aldrich

1.) MM: Held until next meeting.
2.) Correspondence: Charter letter.
3.) Membership: Still 5 person board with 1 vacancy.
4.) Financial Report: FY11 final expenditure: FY11 Wages: $21,358.98 Repairs and Maintenance: $434.44 Office Supplies: $1,113.68 Dues: $375.00 Additional Equipment: $ 1,659.06 coming in way under budget. FY11 total Expenditure: YTD: $24,941.16. 20% of the budget is set aside in capital fund. Computers and equipment may need to be upgraded.
5.) FY12 Draft Budget: Nexus upgrade discussion. Pat looking for alternatives that are able to control and broadcast two channels for under $10,000.00
6.) Hurricane : Mitch discussed the recent hurricane power outage issue as it relates to the cable station. Resident safety was considered through use of the town bulletin board to communicate fresh water and shelter information. Some discussion on anticipating future issues was had and how the DCAC can help.
7.) Equipment: Due to the frugality of the previous year, the committee was under budget in equipment updates and replacements. Some discussion was had on putting together a general budget for what we should start working on upgrading this year, including computers and broadcast equipment.
8.) Coordinator Report: Level 1 video class, early November start. Pat spoke with Adam Silva of the Blackstone Valley Tribune about the class, which will be released in the October edition. Planning on working on Octoberfest 2011, assigning shifts to recording assistants to record the whole event. Some equipment ideas: reflective vests with iron on letters, walkie talkies. Ear phone attachments would be multi-use, as it would be good for high school recordings as well. Fred motioned to spend up to $100.00 for the safety vests, 2nd by Bob, unanimous favor. Fred motioned for up to $250.00 for walkie talkies, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor. Pat will take video recordings and create mini-episodes to run online and through broadcast. Replace old Imac. Live public programming in town – Charter INET modulator drop zone would have to be placed by Charter. Studio van idea as a brainstorm stirred some discussion on mobile studio ideas. Community Programming Initiative – update on getting equipment back.
9.) Meeting Data Info: Mitch gave Pat a spreadsheet to help clarify the process of recording government meetings for the committee. The spreadsheet covers meetings that are missed and why they are missed, due to late cancellations and mistakes on the scheduling end. Meetings that were paid for that shouldn’t have been were low. Good reference info.
10.) Community Room Audio: Some discussion on the needs and wants for the Community Room.
11.) Next Meeting: Monday, September 26, 2011
12.) Adjournment: Bob motion to adjourn at 7:40pm, Fred 2nd, unanimous favor.
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