Minutes, March 19, 2007

Minutes, March 19, 2007

Postby Mitch Cohen » Tue Aug 14, 2007 6:52 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Monday, March 19, 2007 – Douglas Municipal Center

Prepared by Mitch Cohen

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

1. Tom Devlin called the meeting to order at 7:07pm.
2. Tom noted the receipt from Charter of their annual billing practices statement, sample bill, and rate information.
3. Tom noted the receipt from Charter of their annual franchise fee as required by state law, in the amount of $1233.50.
4. Tom noted the receipt from Charter of their annual license payment, in the amount of $38,245.45.
5. Discussion took place regarding an annual budget. All agreed we should follow the town’s fiscal year for budgeting processes.
6. Tom noted the receipt of FY07 year to date expenditures from the Town Accountant. The total expenses have been approximately $12,500, broken down as approximately $8300 for wages, $548 for office supplies, $768 for training and education, and $2851 for equipment.
7. Rich presented the possibility of a class age policy for cable classes, specifically whether we should have a lower limit for ages of participants. The youngest person in his current class is age 13. Discussion will continue at a future meeting.
8. The wireless microphone has arrived.
9. The DVD duplicator from DiskMakers is not functioning properly. Mitch will discuss with the vendor.
10. Discussion took place regarding a third camera for the resource room.
11. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Fred, to spend up to $1200 for an additional Sony remote-operated camera for the resource room. Vote unanimous in favor.
12. Discussion took place regarding the possible purchase of two JVC DVD recorders at a cost of $379 each. One would be for the rolling recording rack, and one for the School Department. The School Department would use this equipment to record meetings for the Cable Committee’s web page, with the School Department managing the recording process and the Cable Committee managing the conversion to the web.
13. Motion made by Rich, seconded by Fred, to purchase two JVC DVD recorders at a maximum cost of $800 total. Vote unanimous in favor.
14. XLR audio cables are needed, following the replacement of several faulty cables in the Community Meeting Room. Fred noted that he will donate several XLR audio cables to the Committee.
15. Discussion took place regarding the purchase of an additional camcorder.
16. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, to purchase up to $750 on a Sony DCR-HC96 camcorder kit. Vote unanimous in favor.
17. Tom will review the location of a house on Orange Street, where Charter had offered Cable service then apparently declined the order because cost of installation would be too high.
18. The next meeting will be Monday, April 9, 2007.
19. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Rich, to adjourn. Vote unanimous in favor.
20. Meeting adjourned at 8:55pm.
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