Minutes, June 25, 2008

Minutes, June 25, 2008

Postby Mitch Cohen » Wed Sep 24, 2008 8:55 pm

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, June 25, 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: Merritt (“Pete”) Tetreault

1. Tom Devlin called the meeting to order at 7:37pm
2. Pete Tetreault came forward to offer “constructive criticism.” Said the government channel is running very well, but has concerns regarding the public channel (channel 11). He recently submitted a program regarding a 1999 Memorial Day celebration at the Common and had a hard time finding the program. Pete also suggested we have a “community hour” or other means of additional local programming, on a regular schedule. Pete thanked the Committee for their time.
3. Mitch suggested we schedule the Channel 11 program guide more frequently, and that he would prepare a proposal for the next meeting on an idea for additional local programming. Tom suggested we add a slide encouraging local video submissions.
4. Motion made by Fred, seconded by Rich, to approve the minutes of January 23, 2008, with one amendment: To change the spelling of the Charter Representative’s name from Kohane to Cohan in item 11. Vote unanimous in favor.
5. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Mitch, to approve the minutes of February 27, 2008, as presented. Vote unanimous in favor.
6. Motion made by Fred, seconded by Mitch, to approve the minutes of March 27, 2008 as presented. Vote unanimous in favor.
7. Motion made by Fred, seconded by Mitch, to approve the minutes of April 9, 2008, with one amendment: To correct the typographical error of “free” to “fee” in item 10. Vote unanimous in favor, with Rich abstaining.
8. Tom noted the annual balance sheet from Charter, required by law, was received.
9. Tom noted the receipt of procedures on end of fiscal year FY08 from the Town Accountant.
10. Tom noted a request from the Executive Administrator that the Committee pay 50% of the annual maintenance agreement for the keyless entry system. Our share of the cost will be $79.29. All were in agreement.
11. Mitch updated the Committee on the operations of the newly purchased Sony hard-drive based camcorders.
12. Rich suggested we consider purchasing wheel bases for the new cameras. Discussion to take place at a future meeting.
13. Mitch noted the backups were going well, following general discussion of computer operations.
14. Rich suggested we consider purchasing an additional computer, perhaps a laptop, for use by the public in editing. Fred agreed, and suggested it be purchased with a hard carry case. Mitch will provide a recommendation at a future meeting.
15. Tom noted that the Board of Selectmen has reappointed Rich and Fred for additional three-year terms. Bob Werme, Jr. was appointed as a new member, beginning July 1. Mark Willand’s term expires June 30, and he did not seek reappointment.
16. Tom noted the year to date expenditures through May 31, 2008, which are: Wages: $10,354.38; Repairs, $323.07; Advertising, $69; Office Supplies, $862.76; Training, $300; Dues, $225; Equipment, $5,947.71; Total $18,081. Tom noted we have been very frugal this year.
17. Tom noted that two good applicants have applied and interviewed for the Cable Coordinator position.
18. There was consensus that Patrick Aldrich was the better fit for the position.
19. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, to offer the Cable Coordinator position to Patrick Aldrich at the rate of $13.00 per hour and to revisit the pay in six months. Vote unanimous in favor.
20. Tom noted that the previous Cable Coordinator, Daniel Harlow, is interested in remaining on as a Cable Recording Assistant.
21. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Rich, to appoint Daniel Harlow as a Cable Recording Assistant. Vote unanimous in favor.
22. Mitch noted the recently publicized issue of Charter Communications collecting internet usage data, and presented a draft letter to Charter expressing significant concern over the practice.
23. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Fred, to send a letter to Charter regarding their internet services as discussed. Vote unanimous in favor.
24. General discussion took place regarding Charter complaints. The Committee agreed to schedule a meeting with Charter’s representative after Labor Day.
25. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Mitch, to adjourn. Vote unanimous in favor.
26. Meeting adjourned at 8:55pm.
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