Minutes, January 8, 2007

Minutes, January 8, 2007

Postby dougadmin » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:48 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Monday, January 8, 2007 – Douglas Municipal Center

Prepared by Mitch Cohen

Members present: Tom Devlin, Mitch Cohen, Rich Preston, Carol Field
Staff present: Daniel Harlow
Absent: Paul Crandall, Fred Fontaine, Eben Chesebrough
Audience: None

1. Tom Devlin called the meeting to order at 7:10pm.
2. Tom announced the donation of two lavaliere microphones, Sony SCM-77B, by James Donahue of Plainville, MA. Tom will send a letter thanking Mr. Donahue.
3. Tom noted the annual Alliance for Community Media conference will be held July 25, 2007, in Minneapolis.
4. Much discussion took place on budget policy. By consensus it was agreed that we would follow the town’s Fiscal Year timeline for preparation and tracking of our budget. General categories would include operating expenses (including salaries), supplies, equipment and other capital items, and a “bank” for future studio expansion.
5. It was agreed we should bank $5,000 to $10,000 per year for a future major studio expansion.
6. Rich suggested that the annual subscriber fee of fifty cents per subscriber go to the Cable line item. Mitch indicated that many communities use this for legal expenditures, as a way of “saving up” for negotiations.
7. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Mitch, that The Cable Advisory Committee requests that the annual subscriber fee, currently fifty cents per subscriber per year, be allocated to a revolving or otherwise similar account for purposes relating to Cable expenditures. Vote unanimous in favor.
8. Tom updated the Committee on the employee review process.
9. The next regularly scheduled meeting would take place on a holiday. That meeting will not take place, and will instead be held on January 29, 2007.
10. Rich discussed the video course, and recommended we formalize the process and procedures relating to the course. Rich will bring a proposal to the next meeting.
11. Mitch discussed the possible purchase of an additional editing computer, based on increased demand and difficult scheduling for our current editing systems.
12. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Carol, to allocate up to $4,000 for the purchase of an iMac computer and related software and rolling desk. Vote unanimous in favor.
13. It was agreed to wait until the next class began to order the new computer, in order to take advantage of any new computer models or software upgrades.
14. Tom noted that Annual Report submissions are due January 30, and that he would be writing on behalf of the Committee.
15. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Rich, to adjourn the meeting. Vote unanimous in favor.
16. Meeting adjourned at 8:40pm.

Amendment: In the original version, item #7 had Rich both making the motion and seconding the motion. The corrected version reads that Mitch seconded the motion. This amendment was made and approved at the meeting of March 12, 2007.
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