Cable Advisory Council
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January 22, 2002 Minutes
 
         
 
Cable Advisory Council
P. O. Box 87
Newtown, Connecticut

MINUTES

Public Regular Meeting - Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Brookfield Town Hall, Brookfield


There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:41 p.m. January 22, 2002 by Chairperson, Carl DeVoe at the Brookfield Town Hall, Board of Education Curriculum Room, Brookfield, Connecticut.

ATTENDEES:
Fred Standt, Treasurer, Jeff Jorgenson, John Danscuk, Jill Zaloski, Leslie Siegel, Eileen Sundstrom, Eugene Rosen, Judith Eslami, John Sabo, Carl DeVoe, Chairperson. For Charter: John Dee, Dick Elwell, Greg Van Antwerp. Public: K. Arnot.

PUBLIC INPUT:
No public input.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
A motion to accept the Minutes of the October 9, 2001 meeting as submitted was made by J. Danscuk and seconded by J. Zaloski and carried unanimously.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Fred Standt issued the Treasurer's Report
Opening balance of the checking Account (11/14/01). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 337.83
CHECKS WRITTEN: Newtown Secretarial Svc. (#159 -$269.84)
Newtown Secretarial Svc. (#160 -$48.59)
Newtown Secretarial Svc. (#161 -$208.09)
Transfer money from money market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500.00
Closing balance 1/22/02. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 325.31
Opening Balance on the Money Market Account (11/13/01) . . . . . . . . . . $ 10,982.99
Interest 10/30/01 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17.02
Transfer to checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 500.00
Interest 11/29/01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15.59
Closing Balance (1/22/02) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 10,515.60
1 yr. plus CD @ $10,000 + $758.33 int. to date = $10,758.33

TOTAL FUNDS = $21,599.44

MOTION to accept as submitted was made by J. Danscuk, seconded by J. Eslami and carried unanimously. In addition a motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report of 10/9/01 was made by J. Danscuk, seconded by J. Zaloski and carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
C. DeVoe indicated a letter had been received from the Pomperaug Regional School District (Southbury), stating that Mr. John Sabo had been appointed to serve on the Cable Advisory Council. Additionally, correspondence was received from Ada Faugno of Trumbull and Donald and Cynthia Ward of Woodbury, regarding customer service issues. These letters were given to John Dee for handling, and he will report back to the council on resolution of these issues. Correspondence was also received from the DPUC, indicating approval of new rates effective February 2002; from the OCC, postponing the late filing hearing to January 29, 2002; and a letter from State regarding programming changes; CATV reports, programming and rate changes. C. DeVoe also reviewed the events of the DPUC hearing in New Britain regarding refranchising. He indicated the DPUC had 17 questions on which late filings were to be done.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT:
J Dee indicated the Heritage Village construction project was complete. He noted that some of the customers wanted to add HSN, QVC and CSpan to their line-up. He has presented them with a proposal and is awaiting their response. J. Dee indicated Charter has added 10 to 12 customer service representatives since September, which has improved response time on the telephones. He also indicated they had received approval on the additional 10,000 square feet of space in the new building. J. Dee indicated the new Video on Demand service had been launched. G. Van Antwerp distributed the Public Access rules and reviewed the “advertising” changes. He also distributed the pubic access report and January 2002 newsletter and indicated he is working on the annual report for the DPUC which is due around the end of the month.

OLD BUSINESS:
Scholarship Committee Report – J. Eslami and E. Rosen indicated they would like to wait until P. Hopper was present to discuss this issue.

C. DeVoe indicated he had only received input from one Advisory Council member (Eileen Sundstrom) for the DPUC public hearings. He reviewed the responses given to the DPUC’s interrogatories.

NEW BUSINESS:
Eileen Sundstrom questioned the availability of a Senior Discount Program. J. Dee indicated a decision had been made to eliminate the Senior Discount and are working towards a needs-based discount. J. Eslami suggested advertising on Channel 17 and/or 21 the fact that there is a cable advisory council and listing the meeting dates/times/places.

C. DeVoe indicated his intent to resign as Chairperson of the Advisory Council. He stated he would open the floor to nominations for Chairperson, Vice Chairperson and Secretary at the next meeting.

ADJOURNMENT:
J. Sabo motioned to adjourn the meeting at 9:25 p.m. E. Sundstrom seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by: Lorna J. Szalay, Recording Secretary

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, March 12, 2002 at Charter Communications offices in Newtown, 7:30 p.m.

   
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