Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Postby Cable Committee » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:10 pm

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Douglas Municipal Center
Meeting Minutes
Monday, December 19, 2011
• Call to Order
Mitch Cohen called the meeting to order at 7:07pm
Committee: Mitch Cohen, Bob Werme, Christopher Menn
Staff: Pat Aldrich
Guests: Mike Guzinski, Bill Solomon

1.) License Negotiation: Met with attorney Bill Solomon, an experienced cable license negotiator and municipal law attorney. Bill explained the negotiation process and the manner in which he plans to handle it for the town, including some rough ideas on cost and work to be performed. Bill talked about his background and passion for the job, highlighting certain key goals for negotiations. Motion was made by Bob to request the Board of Selectmen name attorney Bill Solomon as special counsel for cable licensing and related issues to conclude at the execution of the license agreement, 2nd by Chris, unanimous favor.
2.) Correspondence: Charter letter about “competitive pricing” regulations is being looked at by Bill Solomon – who also explained some basic rate regulatory language. 11-28-11 rate change notification to which Mitch suggested the committee send a letter asking them to re-think the rate increase. 12-9-11 disaster emergency contacts.
3.) Meeting Minutes: 10-24-11: Bob motioned to accept as amended (with location), Chris 2nd, unanimous favor. 11-28-11: Bob motioned to accept as amended, Chris 2nd, unanimous favor.
4.) Financial Report: Thru 11/30/11. Wages: YTD: $8,062.09, MTD: $1,736.10, Repairs: MTD: $198.16, Office Supplies: MTD: $0.00, Total YTD: $8,548.71, MTD: $1,934.26
5.) Membership: Still one vacancy, but would like to have it filled to help with negotiations with Charter.
6.) Coordinator’s Report:
o Level 1 Video Class is currently out of the “classroom” phase and is in production phase. Winter class is set for February 2012, date to be decided. Early sign ups are welcome.
o Cable Staff Meeting to be set for late December 2011 or early January of 2012. Items to be discussed: scheduling issues, employee suggestions, new job descriptions.
7.) Equipment: Green Screen, Lighting Kit, Walkie Talkies have been delivered. Pat tested the Green Screen, should be fairly user friendly. Proposed purchases - Nexus playback system replacement: UltraNexus $3,995.00 – we would order a refurbished UltraNexus, have it delivered, install into rack and then send the old Nexus back to the company. There would be a one-year warranty on this product. Nexus Upgrade $3,445.00 – we would send the old Nexus in to the company for a hardware upgrade to UltraNexus. We would get the same machine back, only refurbished with new parts and no warranty. Mitch suggested to Pat to get in touch with Nexus about the possibility of an extended warranty on either option. HB Communications quote – 360 Systems MAXX-500 2TB $13,303.00. MAXX-1000 4TB $15,349.00. iMac: $2,468.00, motion was made by Bob not to exceed $2,700.00 for the new iMac, 2nd by Chris, unanimous favor. Software: $429.96, motion was made by Bob not to exceed $500.00 for the new iMac software, 2nd by Chris, unanimous favor. Some discussion about the fixed cameras to replace current Community Room camera setup. Mitch suggested to Pat that he make some phone calls in order to narrow the search. It was also suggested that an entire rehab be researched and planned, both audio and video.
8.) Other Business: Bob mentioned that the school may want to be involved in the negotiations. Mitch agreed to send an introductory notice.
9.) Next Meeting: January 9, 2012
10.) Adjourn: Chris motioned to adjourn at 8:26pm, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
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