Minutes, April 9, 2008

Minutes, April 9, 2008

Postby dougadmin » Thu Jun 26, 2008 6:50 am

Douglas Cable Advisory Committee
Meeting Minutes
Wednesday, April 9, 2008 – Douglas Municipal Center

Prepared by Mitch Cohen

Members present: Tom Devlin, Mitch Cohen, Fred Fontaine, Eben Chesebrough
Staff present: None
Absent:, Mark Willand, Carol Field, Rich Preston
Audience: None

1. Tom Devlin called the meeting to order at 7:33pm.
2. Tom noted a letter from Charter containing a new channel lineup card and other related information.
3. Tom noted a DTC rate hearing notice, to take place May 14, 2008 in Boston.
4. Tom distributed a handout on the FY08 and proposed FY09 budgets.
5. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, to accept the FY09 budget as presented. Vote unanimous in favor.
6. Tom noted the March expenses were Wages: $1488.20, Office Supplies: $66, Equipment: $87. Year to date total expenses were $10,057.
7. Tom noted the keyless entry system is operational, and we will soon be receiving letters to pick up the FOBs.
8. Tom and Mitch updated the Committee on the new camcorders ordered last meeting (awaiting delivery).
9. Tom will be discussing the Cable Coordinator position with the Personnel Board tomorrow night. Interviews will be scheduled shortly.
10. Discussion took place on video copy requests. Motion made by Fred, seconded by Eben, that the Cable Committee adopt the following policy: “Although the Cable Adivisory Committee is not the keeper of the records, we will made copies of programs as requested for a free to be determined by the Cable Advisory Committee.” Vote unanimous in favor.
11. Discussion took place on possible costs for duplication. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Fred, that the costs be as follows: No charge for up to three DVDs per week, and $5.00 each additional DVD. VHS copies are $10 each. Fees could be waived by vote of the Committee. Vote unanimous in favor.
12. Discussion took place on videotaping the upcoming Town Meeting on May 5.
13. Eben asked if there was anything new with the Orange Street Charter complaint. Tom has spoken to Charter and was told there was “no capital money.”
14. Fred asked if the Library would want copies of meetings for community distribution. Tom wasn’t sure if there was demand. It may be preferable to view meetings online, if Library computers are capable. Tom will discuss with the Library Director.
15. Next meeting will be Wednesday, May 14, and will include interviews with the Cable Coordinator applicants.
16. Motion made by Mitch, seconded by Eben, to adjourn the meeting. Vote unanimous in favor.
17. Meeting adjourned at 8:12pm.

Note: These minutes were approved with one amendment. In item 10, “for a free to be determined” was changed to the corrected “for a fee to be determined.” The corrected version is shown above.
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