Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

Postby Cable Committee » Sun Jul 22, 2012 11:27 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Douglas Municipal Center
Meeting Minutes
Monday, May 21, 2012

Mitch Cohen called the meeting to order at 7:07pm
Attendance:
Committee: Mitch Cohen, Bob Werme, Fred Fontaine, Chris Menn
Staff: Pat Aldrich
Guests: Bill Solomon, Tom Devlin
Cable License Negotiations: Bill Solomon gave an update on the protocol and what needs to be done to move forward; including a draft operating budget and a draft capital budget. The goal set for the next meeting would be to finalize the budgets. Bill discussed some general methods of negotiations, as well as what kind of needs the committee should address in the next steps.
Correspondence: Charter - Annual Notices: Customer notifications, channel lineup, sample subscriber bill, rate information, annual form 500 (outages/complaints).
Meeting Minutes: March 12, 2012 - Bob motioned to accept, Fred 2nd, unanimous favor.
Financial Report: Ending 4/30/12: Wages: YTD: $18,434.57, MTD: $1,917.46, Repairs: YTD: $434.44, MTD: $78.76, Total: YTD: $23,295.28, MTD: $1,996.22.
Coordinator Report: Public Channel Productions: St. Patty’s Sr. Center Lunch, Douglas High School Film Festival, School Groundbreaking, and the Historical Society’s “Baseball Memorabilia” all currently being broadcast on Channel 11. Two (2) CPI equipment packets have been returned and recycled into inventory.
Staff Update: Bob Werme recused himself and left the table. Mat Ofcarcik and Tess Werme have given their notice. Tess wrote a letter and asked to be kept on as an additional recording assistant on her vacations from school. Bob Werme came back to the table. Pat submitted a draft advertisement for “help needed” to be placed on various bulletin boards and online. Tom Devlin mentioned that it could help to write a small article and the pay to advertise papers might run it for free. Pat can help cover meetings short term.
Community Room Update: The Community Room is an integral part of the Cable program, housing many of the government meetings. Camera 2 is currently inoperative. Camera 1 needs an update. There are many complaints about the quality of programming produced in that room. Pat spoke with a rep from B&H and submitted some ideas for Camera replacements. The audio had previously been discussed and approved at an earlier meeting. Fred motioned to spend up to $750.00 to buy 2 cameras complete with accessories to update the Community Room, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
Policy: Council on Aging recording update - starting in September we will be scheduling their quarterly meetings.
Membership: Fred Fontaine resigned from the Committee, opening up another spot, but Tom Devlin announced that he will be rejoining the Committee. Mitch will write a letter of recommendation to the Board of Selectmen in support of Tom. One vacancy remains.
Other Business: Open session for topics not reasonably anticipated 48 hours in advance of meeting.
Next Meeting: Possible next meeting when applications come in for Recording Assistants. Next meeting with Bill Solomon set for Monday, July 9, 2012
Adjourn: Fred motioned to adjourn at 8:12pm, Bob 2nd, unanimous favor.
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