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October 10, 2000 Minutes
 
     
Charter Communications
Cable Advisory Council
P. O. Box 87
Newtown, Connecticut

MINUTES

Public Regular Meeting - Tuesday, October 10, 2000
Charter Communications - Newtown


There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:35 p.m. October 10, 2000 by Chairperson, Carl DeVoe at Charter Communications offices in Newtown, Connecticut.

ATTENDEES:
William Stratton, Fred Standt, Treasurer, John Danscuk, Jill Zaloski, Eileen Sundstrom, Eugene Rosen, Camella Amodeo, Judith Eslami, Ken Cornet, Carl DeVoe, Chairperson. For Charter: Janice Vance, John Dee, Greg Van Antwerp.

Carl De Voe introduced William Stratton as a tentative new member representing Bethlehem.

PUBLIC INPUT:
No one present from the public.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
MOTION: To approve the minutes of the August 8, 2000 meeting was made by John Danscuk and seconded by Jill Zaloski. Motion carried unanimously.

TREASURER'S REPORT:
Fred Standt issued the Treasurer's Report
Opening balance of the checking Account was . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153.00
Closing balance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153.00

Opening Balance on the Money Market Account (6/13/00). . . . . . . . . . . . . $16,010.39
Interest (7/30 and 8/30/00) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63.00
Withdrawal (8/28/00). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(10,000.00)
Closing Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6,073.28

1 yr. plus CD @ $10,000.00 + int. cred. 8/31/00 $5.18 = $10,005.18

F. Standt noted that $10,000 had been transferred to a money market account at People's earning 6.5% interest.
MOTION: To accept the Treasurer's Report was made by Ken Cornet, seconded by John Danscuk, and carried unanimously.

The Chairman indicated the Council just received checks from Charter and SNET, which will increase the balance by $4,000. That will be reflected in the next report.

COMMUNICATIONS AND CORRESPONDENCE:
The Chairman indicated receipt of the reports to the DPUC from Charter on rebuilds, etc. as well as a letter from the DPUC regarding use of meeting access facilities. He also indicated receipt of a letter from James Root of Newtown, requesting the French Channel from Canada, a letter from Mr. Bertram Martis of Brookfield, commenting regarding the newspaper not reflecting Charter channel changes, a letter from Mrs. Porcella in New Milford having to do with the channel realignment and a letter from Mr. William Wiemels of Newtown complaining of lower channel interference. J. Dee indicated that they are working with Comcast to resolve this issue. He indicated this has been an ongoing problem but it seems to be worse this year, especially with digital systems.

CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS REPORT:
J. Vance gave an update on upgrades in various towns and indicated that the Heritage Village system will be upgraded to deliver the same channel line-up as the rest of Southbury. J. Eslami questioned service provided to Pomperaug Woods, and J. Vance responded that agreements vary, but she will check Pomperaug Woods, and East Hill Woods to see what is available and will contact J. Eslami directly. J. Vance further indicated they would be meeting with Heritage Village residents the end of October to review what services are available to them as a result of the upgrade. J. Vance further indicate there is a new service for digital subscribers called My Town. This enables you to go directly to a web site or do channel hyperlinking without Web TV. She further indicated that the Worldgate service is being upgraded from analog to digital service. J. Dee indicated the digital Worldgate service will be more reliable and less costly than analog. J. Vance reported that 2100 people visited the Animal Planet animal rescue at the Pratt Center. J. Vance also mentioned that Charter is ready to wire the Sherman school for educational access broadcasts. Charter will supply the fiber, the transmitter and receiver, set up the equipment. They need to purchase a modulator and character generator and, depending on what type of programming the school wants to transmit, cameras and other equipment as well. J. Vance indicated there would be another demo on high speed internet service in the New Milford Studio on October 23 at 7 p.m.

G. Van Antwerp reported on studio usage, new equipment purchases, and an update on Homefront Live. He discussed the Halloween show, which would include town historians from Newtown and Brookfield and feature live calls from the public. He also distributed the new issue of the newsletter. J. Zaloski asked about the status of the truck, and G. Van Antwerp indicated it was at H. B. Communications, being outfitted with the equipment needed for live to tape. He indicated he would be going down with two cameras in another week, and then some final assembly would take place, followed by registration of the vehicle. He anticipates it should be ready for operation in a month. K. Cornet questioned parameters for use of truck, indicating he would like to see more outreach to the community. J. Dee indicated Charter would send letters to the towns, outlining guidelines for scheduling, types of events covered, etc. He indicated there is a system already up and working in Willimantic which can be utilized as a model for establishing guidelines and procedure for utilizing this vehicle. Charter will provide the Council with a copy of this document.

OLD BUSINESS:

C. De Voe discussed that individuals previously involved in the development of a web site are no longer serving on the board. He will make contact with some people to obtain bids on developing a web site to facilitate communication between the public and the cable advisory board.

NEW BUSINESS:
John Danscuk questioned reappointment of those individuals whose two-year term had expired. He suggested contact be made with the Selectman for reappointment or new member appointments.

W. Stratton questioned services Charter provides to local schools. J. Vance stated that Charter provides free cable access to schools and libraries, and C. De Voe indicated coordination is done through the high school. W. Stratton will follow up with the high school.


ADJOURNMENT:
There being no other items to come before the Council, a motion to adjourn was made at 8:42 p.m. was made by John Danscuk, seconded by Judith Eslami and carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by: Lorna J. Szalay, Recording Secretary

NEXT MEETING: Tuesday, December 12, 2000, at Brookfield Town Hall, 7:30 p.m.

 
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