Minutes, March 26, 2008

Minutes, March 26, 2008

Postby Mitch Cohen » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:50 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 – Douglas Municipal Center

Prepared by Mitch Cohen

Members present: Tom Devlin, Mitch Cohen, Rich Preston, Fred Fontaine
Staff present: None
Absent:, Mark Willand, Carol Field, Eben Chesebrough
Audience: None

1. Tom Devlin called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.
2. Tom indicated the annual PEG grant from Charter of $39,392.81 has been received. This is our funding for FY09.
3. Tom will present a budget for FY09 at the next meeting.
4. Tom noted the February expenses were $988.72 for Salary, with no other expenses for the month. Year to date expenses total are $8413.04.
5. Much discussion took place on a simple recording setup, primarily on camcorders. Mitch presented three options, of $600, $900, and $1400 each. The $1400 option has audio input. Discussion took place on technical aspects and specifications. All were agreed audio inputs are critical. Rich suggested purchasing tripod wheel bases in the future.
6. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Rich, to spend up to $3000 on two camcorders for meeting recording and studio use, with accessories. Vote unanimous in favor.
7. Tom updated the Committee on the keyless entry system. It is installed and will be activated very soon.
8. Tom noted the Cable Coordinator position has been advertised, and two applications have been received. Tom will attend the Personnel Board meeting on April 10 to discuss the job description. Interviews will be scheduled for the near future.
9. Rich updated the Committee on the video production class. He suggested a start date of April 26 for the Spring class. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, to begin a video production class on April 26, 2008. Vote unanimous in favor with Rich abstaining.
10. Brief discussion took place on the accounting and use of franchise funds received from Charter, which is 50 cents per subscriber per year. Mitch suggested holding this item off until the fall, as the FY09 budget was essentially complete. All were in agreement.
11. Mitch presented options for network-based computer backup devices. Much technical discussion took place. There was consensus on providing maximum backup capacity. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, to spend up to $2000 on a network backup system. Vote unanimous in favor.
12. Rich started a discussion on space needs and secured storage. Fred suggested the future purchase of a laptop computer for student editing. Consensus that this is a good idea. Mitch will assemble a specification for a future meeting.
13. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Rich, to adjourn the meeting. Vote unanimous in favor.
14. Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.
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