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Minutes of the Lamoine Cable TV Committee
August 10, 2004

The meeting began at 6:00 PM at Ellsworth City Hall with a tour of that facility’s cable television setup.

Present were: Cable TV Committee members Henry Ashmore, John Wuorinen, Frank Murray, Patricia Heath, Linda Feury; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, and Gray Maxim from the City of Ellsworth.

Equipment: Among the equipment the City of Ellsworth owns are a Panasonic Digital A/V mixer model WJ-MX20, Panasonic Camera Controller model number WV-CU360C, and a Mackie Audio Mixer, model # 1642-VLZPRO.

After a review of what equipment the City of Ellsworth owns and how it works, the committee convened in the City Council Chambers.

Minutes – The minutes of July 13, 2004 were approved without objection after changing the word discussion to discuss on page 2.

Role of Cable TV Committee – Henry said he prepared the draft policy passed out this evening. He said it’s nothing like the Town of Wells policy; it’s closer to the City of Bangor. He said the committee should make its own document to present to the Selectmen. Discussion followed about purchasing authority, and who has the final say. It was explained that under the policy, the committee has purchasing authority, but the Selectmen must sign the warrant to approve expenditures.

Frank said it was a fine draft, it’s succinct, and covers what the committee needs. Henry said it’s a role definition instead of a policy statement. Frank said if the Selectmen approve of this as their role, then the committee could develop its own policies.

Stu said this could be presented to the August 19th Selectmen’s meeting, and the committee should attend the meeting if possible. The committee had no objection.

Ellsworth Setup – The committee discussed possible costs and uses. Stu asked what equipment is a must have. The committee said a camera and a sound system, and purchases should be made with an eye toward the future.

There was a discussion about the type of video equipment to purchase. The committee felt at least a camera and a controller should come first, then a 2nd camera and a switcher. The committee would like to be set up to run in September or October. John suggested that if more money were needed than available, donations could be solicited. A short discussion followed on cable penetration vs. satellite dishes.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM. The next committee meeting will be with the Board of Selectmen on August 19th.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary