Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Postby Cable Committee » Sun Sep 19, 2010 5:26 pm

Meeting Monday, June 14, 2010 – Douglas Municipal Center
Prepared by Pat Aldrich

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

Staff Present: Pat Aldrich

Audience Present: Pete Tetrealt

Mitch opened at 7:07pm
1. Meeting Minutes: 3/1/10 – Bob motioned to accept as presented, Michelle 2nd, unanimous favor. 4/12/10 – Kellie motioned to accept with typographical corrections (money symbols), Michelle 2nd, unanimous favor, Rich abstained.
2. Pete Tetrealt: Discussion about the importance of utilizing the cable station during the calendar year to highlight events and holidays. Memorial day on the common was brought up as an example. Mitch explained that the form is on the website for updating events, but it is up to someone who represents that interest to promote dates, but some discussion was held on different options with video promotion of annual events within town. Pete brought up a bad quality of Resource Room recordings, which had been addressed recently through the installation of new Charter modulators to clean up the broadcast. More discussion about ways to increase the quality of cable in town.
3. Wrap up FY10: Coordinator Review – Average was 4.7 out of 5. Michelle made motion to make the review official, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor. Mitch explained that the review was not done when scheduled and slipped away, so a pay increase based on the review would be retroactive to the date scheduled, which was July 1, 2009. The Town Accountant had some advice on how to place Pat on a grid for standards so it would be consistent with the way the Town applies pay increases, although due to the difference in funding (cable is funded through Charter Grant, not taxes), the Committee would have more freedom in making the decision. Discussion on the proper way to address pay increases from this point forward. Rich made motion to approve an hourly increase for Cable Coordinator from $15.00 to $15.67 including both the COLA and step increased as discussed, effective retroactively to July 1, 2009, 2nd by Kellie, unanimous favor. Some discussion about possibilities with studio space and a “wish list” from Pat heading forward. Addressing short-term goals is paramount as we build ideas for long term. Rich brought up the fact that we need to try to reclaim the linens that currently hide the boxes in Resource Room. Pat was asked to take a look at what we have and put together some production ideas moving forward. Pat recommended use of recording assistants to help with production.
4. Budget for FY11: Mitch handed out “Budget FY11 Draft Proposal”, showing our annual check from Charter for $41,791.83 received on March 1st, which is available for FY11. Town gets smaller check that goes into Town General Fund. The handout details spending versus estimated budgeting for each item. It was mentioned that the upgraded audio that was approved for the Community room still has not been purchased and installed. Cable funding that does not get spent in fiscal year goes into the “set aside” account each year for saving. Some discussion on the use of and ways to use it going forward. Mitch mentioned that the FY11 pay raises will be for coordinator and video recording assistants as well. Discussion about ways to move forward into new year, including replacing the oldest Imac in the office, or get another laptop, portable recording switcher, increasing light kits, or sound equipment.
5. Cable Coordinator Report: Pat announced that the first of the CPI programs have been turned in by the First Congregational Church. Pat also tested out the cameras for possible use in the Community room, and both the Sony and Panasonic models would work. Mentioned a general problem with the recording rack in the Resource room, perhaps it just needs some TLC. Fred agreed to work out a time to go through the system. Pat mentioned that the cable office is incredibly hot and has seemed to be effecting the equipment and personnel, requesting some sort of air exchange system to be looked at. Mitch said he would contact Ricky for information. Pat also asked Mitch for advice on how to blur the ConCom meeting of 3/15/10 (The Laphams) and move forward with that.
6. Other Business: Michelle dropped off a DVD of the Blackstone Chamber of Commerce. Fred made a correction on meeting minutes to be adjusted. Charter letter about channel changes effective July 5th.
6. Adjourn: Rich made motion to adjourn at 8:47pm, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
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