PO Box 87
Newtown, CT 06470
July 10, 2001 Minutes
Cable Advisory Council
P. O. Box 87
Regular Meeting - Tuesday, July 10, 2001
TOTAL FUNDS = $19,976.91
to accept as submitted was made by T. Joyner, seconded by K. Cornet and
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.
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".
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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