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July 10, 2001 Minutes
 
     
 
Cable Advisory Council
P. O. Box 87
Newtown, Connecticut

MINUTES

Public Regular Meeting - Tuesday, July 10, 2001
Brookfield Town Hall, Brookfield


There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:35 p.m. July 10, 2001 by Chairperson, Carl DeVoe at the Brookfield Town Hall, Board of Education Curriculum Room, Brookfield, Connecticut.

ATTENDEES:
William Stratton, Fred Standt, Treasurer, John Danscuk, Eileen Sundstrom, Tom Morey, Eugene Rosen, Carmella Amodeo, Judith Eslami, Joe Mustich, Ken Cornet, Tom Joyner, Carl DeVoe, Chairperson. For Charter: Janice Vance, John Dee, Greg Van Antwerp.

PUBLIC INPUT:
No public present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
A motion to accept the Minutes of the May 23, 2001 meeting as submitted was made by F. Standt and seconded by T. Joyner. The minutes were approved by a vote of 11 in favor, 0 opposed, and 1 abstention.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Fred Standt issued the Treasurer's Report
Opening balance of the checking Account (5/10/01). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 382.51
CHECKS WRITTEN: Newtown Secretarial Svc. (#155 -$233.71)
F. Standt (for P.O. Box 87, Newtown (#156-$80) (313.71)
DEPOSIT (6/2/01) 500.00
Closing balance 7/10/01. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 568.80
Opening Balance on the Money Market Account (5/9/01). . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 9,406.12
Withdrawal (to checking - 6/2/01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (500.00)
Interest ( to 5/30/01) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14.08
Closing Balance (5/9/01). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 8,920.20
1 yr. plus CD @ $10,431.95 + int. cred. = $10,487.91

TOTAL FUNDS = $19,976.91

MOTION to accept as submitted was made by T. Joyner, seconded by K. Cornet and carried unanimously.

COMMUNICATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
C. DeVoe reviewed notice of rate changes, second notice of printed programming changes and CATV reports for May, April, and annual reports dated April 1, as well as a copy of Charter's 2000 Year in Review. In addition, he noted correspondence regarding the refranchising and emergency plans had been received. F. Standt indicated that a $2,000 check was received from Charter, but nothing yet has been received from SNET.
C. DeVoe indicated that he had met with Hickory Mountain Associates to discuss the needs survey relative to the refranchising.


CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT:
J. Vance reviewed changes effective August 1, 2001, and indicated they are in the final stage of converting from analog to digital. She indicated they would be adding the Hallmark channel (previously Odyssey). Based on a prior customer survey, Odyssey had been proposed, but due to change to Hallmark was not included. She noted that programming would be similar to that previously on Odyssey. K. Cornet questioned how the survey was done and suggested putting the results of such surveys on the web site. P. Hopper suggested putting the results of the survey in the local newspapers. J. Vance indicated the results have been published. J. Vance also indicated they have received a lot of phone calls regarding sports channels. She stated this is due to changes in network contracts, and further stated sports channels are the most expensive. J. Dee updated the Council on the status of work at Heritage Village and indicated it should be completed by the second week in September.

C. DeVoe asked about Western Connecticut State University. J. Dee indicated they now had a feed from Comcast, which eliminates most of the problems of co-channel interference. He also indicated they will also have direct feeds from Hartford, which will improve quality of reception. He further indicated that Charter Pipeline is selling well. Charter will be increasing the number of phone lines for customer service, and he indicated they are recruiting from SNET personnel that has been laid off. G. Van Antwerp distributed the public access report as well as information on various public service awards and the July issue of The Newsletter of CommuniTy Vision 21. He indicated they just started the 10th intern session and had completed the second truck shoot. He further indicated the next scheduled truck shoot would be at the end of July in Trumbull. C. DeVoe commented that the live broadcast of the Brookfield High School graduation went well and was very professional.

OLD BUSINESS:

Van Use Policy - G. Van Antwerp indicated a letter will be going to all school superintendents, providing suggestions for truck shoots. C. DeVoe discussed the possibility of a high school game-of-the-week and suggested that may be something Charter can get subsidizing for to help defray the cost. J. Dee suggested coaches may not be open to that. K. Cornet suggested getting community people involved.

Scholarship Committee Report - P. Hopper reviewed proposed framework for the James Diaz Scholarship/Grant. Following discussion on criteria, etc., F. Standt motioned that a grant be established in the amount of $1,000. E. Sundstrom seconded the motion. J. Dee indicated that Charter Communications would be willing to match the amount of the grant. The motion passed by a vote of 11 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstention (W. Stratton). P. Hopper indicated the committee would meet again prior to the September Council meeting.

Web Site - T. Joyner discussed web site development. C. DeVoe reviewed past Minutes for discussion on web site and T. Joyner will follow up.

Needs Assessment - C. DeVoe passed out sample survey and business cards for Hickory Mountain Associates. He indicated they were not available to attend the Council meeting in July, but would be available by telephone for any questions/comments Council members might have. C. DeVoe further stated that, in the essence of time and unavailability of Hickory Mountain Associates personnel for the July meeting, he met with them in the interim in order to discuss with them the specific concerns that have been discussed at Council meetings over the past year or so. A number of Council members were extremely irate that this meeting took place without them, indicating they felt they were representatives of their communities and, as such, should have been present. Furthermore, they insisted that Hickory Mountain Associates make themselves available for a special meeting and/or the DPUC be contacted and convinced to postpone the survey until such a meeting could be held. (K. Cornet asked about someone from DPUC coming to a Council meeting to discuss issues. C. DeVoe indicated he would check to see if they would be agreeable to attending a meeting. T. Joyner suggested checking with the DPUC to see if an extension can be given to allow Hickory Mountain Associates personnel to come to the next Council meeting. P. Hopper suggested writing a letter to the DPUC, expressing displeasure with the survey. J. Eslami suggested they should call all Council members and ask the questions, so they would know what is being asked. J. Dee suggested calling Hickory Mountain Associates to see if they would make themselves available for a meeting and to indicate any changes which may have been made as a result of the Council's input. He also indicated he would contact the DPUC regarding postponing the survey until this meeting could be accomplished. J. Mustich requested that the Minutes be verbatim, however, no motion was made in this regard.) P. Hopper requested that all members be supplied with a list of names/addresses for Council members.

By-Laws Discussion - T. Joyner expressed a concern that there was a legal conflict of interest for some Council members as they are actually producers of CommuniTy Vision 21 shows, indicating that they may be reluctant to criticize Charter since they work closely with Charter in producing the community access shows. P. Hopper voiced her disagreement with this, stating that she feels this would discourage people who also want to produce shows from serving on the Council. Several Council members present fall into this category and denied any conflict exists. There was some discussion relative to the requirements for a quorum, but it was determined that a previous amendment had been made to add the word "active".

ADJOURNMENT:
F Standt motioned to adjourn the meeting at 10:15 p.m. J. Danscuk seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by: Lorna J. Szalay, Recording Secretary

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, September 11, 2001 at New Milford Public Library, 24 Main Street, 2nd Floor, 7:30 p.m.

   
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