Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Postby Cable Committee » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:24 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Douglas Municipal Center
Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 13, 2012
Call to Order

Mitch Cohen called the meeting to order at 7:02pm
Committee: Mitch Cohen, Bob Werme, Christopher Menn, Fred Fontaine
Staff: Pat Aldrich
Meeting Minutes: 12/19/11: Bob motioned to accept as written, Chris 2nd, unanimous favor.
Membership: Still one vacancy, but would like to have it filled to help with license negotiations with Charter.
Financial Report: Thru 1/31/12: Wages: YTD: $12,733.07, MTD: $1,967.40, Repairs: YTD: $355.68, MTD: $78.76, Office Supplies: YTD: $427.74, MTD: $218.04, Additional Equipment: YTD: $3,594.49, MTD: $2,897.96.
Coordinator’s Report: Staff Meeting was held 12-28-11, with some great ideas. Camera 2 in Resource Room possible move to help angles instead of adding a fourth camera. Possible program, “Hauntings in Douglas” - find people in town with ghost stories who’d like to participate. Scheduling issues were ironed out, making Thursday the “scheduling” day so everyone knows when to expect their assignments. CPI members have been contacted. 1st Cong submitted programming, others are looking to setup appointments to run through digital video training. Historical Society may return equipment and have recording assistants come do events. Mitch suggested that a recording assistant go to an event with the CPI members, allow them to shadow them for setup with the aim of getting them self-sufficient. Green screen was setup with lighting, experimental video was taken, looks good. Mat Ofcarcik is creating programming with it soon.
Equipment: New Imac is up and running, converts video quickly, good for editing. Old 2005 Imac has no value for cable, but has little financial value, there is an interested party. Town Administrator is going to guide the committee through the proper protocol. Since no other departments use macs and it is too old to run any current software, it is of limited value to the Town. Bob mentioned that he would look into the fan noise in the Nexus if we can order the part.
License Negotiation: Bill Solomon sent information in a packet. Item A: Overview of the negotiation process. Item B/C: Sutton negotiation was recently finished, PEG services and support section is similar to what Douglas should expect. Item D: Charter’s filing for competitive rate regulation waiver was submitted to Atty Solomon to review. Upon researching, he recommends that the Town not submit in opposition, as the process would be arduous and expensive. The committee agreed to take no action on the item. Mitch suggested setting up a meeting with Bill Solomon and his assistants to review the needs and wishes of the town, as well as the policies and financial concerns as we move forward into negotiations. Pat was tasked to go through Items A/Bto help put together information for the next meeting.
Next Meeting: March 12, 2012
Adjourn: Fred motioned to adjourn at 7:27pm, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
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