Monday, December 20, 2010

Monday, December 20, 2010

Postby Cable Committee » Wed May 11, 2011 12:47 pm

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Monday, December 20, 2010 - Douglas Municipal Center
Prepared by Pat Aldrich

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

Staff Present: Pat Aldrich, Daniel Harlow

Mitch opened the meeting at 7:05pm

1.) Meeting Minutes: 10/25/10 – Bob motioned to accept minutes as presented, Michelle 2nd, unanimous favor. 11/22/10 – Kellie motioned to accept minutes as presented, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
2.) Policy - Public Event Recording: 3rd reading of the policy with new changes noted. Michelle motioned to accept the document as presented, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor. Pat was charged with putting together a calendar of Town events to present to the committee as a map for events to be recorded. The approved policy will be posted on the Town website.
3.) Cable Coordinator Job Description: At last meeting, Cable Coordinator Amendment was approved. Mitch went before the personnel board and they recommended some changes to consider before final grading of the position. Mitch read the specific clauses that the personnel board requested in the language, including the current rank = 220 points or OA3 (Office Administration 3) pay range, which is right on target for where the DCAC had already placed the current pay. Bob moved to amend the Cable Coordinator job description as discussed, Michelle 2nd, unanimous favor. Mitch said he would take the amended description to the Personnel Board.
4.) Cable Recording Assistant Job Description: Bob recused himself from the discussion. A short discussion was had on whether or not the committee still held quorum without Bob at the table finding that they would move forth as if and deal with it again if they need to. Mitch read the changes made by Kellie, with some discussion about the changes and language clarification. Decided to place “High School education is preferred” for the position. Michelle motioned to accept the Cable Recording Assistant Job Description document as amended, Kellie 2nd, unanimous favor. Mitch reminded everyone that he would find out about the quorum question. Bob stepped back to the table.
5.) Charter: Modulator problem solved, reconnected and fixed by Charter technicians and the broadcast looks much better now. Memos: Price increases – basic tier from $13.34 to $16.87 up approximately 20% in price. Premium prices have gone up as well individually for some channels. Mitch announced that the DCAC have no control over Charter pricing and that they are the Town’s advocate, not the cable companies. The rising price of basic reminded the committee that they need to continue seeking competitive pricing from alternate companies as well. Douglas is an expensive town to build out to, due to geographically large size and relatively small population. Mitch agreed to send a letter to Charter asking about the price change.
6.) Equipment: Recording sign for resource room so that people can tell when a meeting is being recorded. ILife software update for studio computers. Some discussion was had about adding a fourth camera to the Resource room, but the committee wanted more time to weigh the pros and cons. Kellie mentioned possibly re-couping expenses by selling old equipment, Mitch said he would check with Town Accountant to find out about that. Some discussion about experimenting with a fourth static camera on a tripod to tie into the current recording rack and seeing if a fourth angle really would boost the production quality as theorized. Mitch suggested installing a wall bracket for true testing with a camera from the current inventory. Kellie motioned not to exceed $300.00 for the recording sign, ilife update, and a wall bracket, Michelle 2nd, unanimous favor.
7.) Christopher Menn: Applied for Cable Committee opening, but could not make the meeting to have an interview. The committee decided to hold off on recommendations until meeting the applicant.
8.) Next Meeting: 1/10/11
9.) Adjourn: Michelle motioned to adjourn at 7:52pm, Kellie 2nd, unanimous favor.
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