Town of Lamoine, Maine
Town Hall
Fire Department

Lamoine Cable TV Channel Committee
Minutes of November 23, 2004


Chairman Henry Ashmore brought the meeting to order at 7:15 PM

Present were: Committee members John Wuorinen, Frank Murray, Nicholas Pappas, Patty Heath, Henry Ashmore and Secretary Stu Marckoon

Minutes – Without objection, the minutes of September 21, 2004 were approved.

Equipment Installation – Stu reported that JMAC had installed the equipment and a representative had planned to be present this evening, but was unable to attend due to a family emergency. He said someone would be here to train the committee at the next meeting. Members took a quick tour of the facility and equipment. There was a short discussion about putting a TV in the meeting room and an on-air demonstration.

Volunteers – Henry said he spoke with Bob Maddocks at Hancock County Technical Center (HCTC). He said HCTC has a television production course and the students work with the Ellsworth cable TV system. He said they’re also interested in working with Lamoine.

The committee felt advertisements should go on the cable TV channel, on the e-mail system, in the school newsletter and elsewhere for volunteers to operate the equipment during meetings. Henry said he would e-mail Bob Maddocks as well. Nicholas said he was interested in doing some meetings. Patty said her son Chris is also interested.

The committee discussed videotaping some events at the school such as basketball games and concerts. Nick said he’d be willing to do some of that. Patty noted the first home basketball game is December 21st.

Programming Policy – Henry said his draft is pretty much a copy of the Wells policy, with minor changes to reflect Lamoine. He said he had no problems with the recommendations sent in by Laura Trepanier. He said Laura’s comments asked who the station manager would be and what the definition of a season would be.

The committee reviewed the draft section by section and proposed a number of changes to the draft. Stu said he would make the changes and submit it to the Selectmen.

Frank moved to adopt the policy as edited. John 2nd. Vote in favor was 5-0.

Budget – The committee discussed paying volunteers to run the equipment. It was agreed that no pay would be offered at this point. After a brief discussion, the budget was proposed as $3,500 for equipment, $1,000 for repairs, and $500 for supplies. John moved to submit that request to the Budget Committee. Frank 2nd. Vote in favor was 5-0.

Next Meeting Date – The committee will meet next on December 15, 2004 at 7:00 PM for a training session with JMAC.

On-Air Test Run – Nicholas offered to try airing the Budget Committee meeting on Monday the 29th.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:20 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary