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Minutes of September 21, 2009 (Draft, subject to correction)

Chairman Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 7:06 PM.

Present were: Chris Tadema-Wielandt , Patty Heath, Bill Butler, Stu Marckoon, Brandon Cote and Brett Jones

Minutes Bill read aloud the minutes of March 16, 2009. Those present had no changes to offer

Chairman Selection - Chris nominated Bill to continue as chair. Patty 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous

Equipment Stu reported the hard drive issue has been solved the 3rd hard drive is working properly on the NEXUS system. The previous two had been part of the same bad batch. Stu said he would like to have the monitors for the 3 cameras mounted on a shelf over the switcher instead of in the rack. There was no objection. Bill noted that new speakers have been installed at the school gym through the Jina's Gym fund, and will prove useful during televised events. Stu said the cables to plug into the receptacle for the speakers are in house and were paid from Cable TV funds.

System Scheduling Stu explained an error in scheduling that resulted in a portion of the Board of Assessors meeting being telecast without the Board's knowledge. He said it happened because the previous week the Historical Society meeting had been scheduled, and he had not changed the Wednesday schedule for the week of the Assessors meeting. Those gathered agreed that an on-air light would be the most beneficial change that could help prevent that. There was also discussion about placing a monitor in the meeting room. There were concerns about having a monitor, though, with feedback potential, and changing the station for other things and forgetting to change back, thus defeating the purpose of having it.

Programming Stu reported a pair of exercise shows from Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is airing daily at 7AM. He said the idea of putting the Maine AIRS audio on the power point show has not worked out all that well. He said pulling the audio from the Internet slowed down the internal network. He said the Maine AIRS folks sent a pair of receivers, but there was no reception inside the building.

The group discussed possible programming produced by the school, as students have laptops with editing capabilities. Bill said he would try to talk with someone at the school. There was a discussion about opening a dialogue with the Historical Society about producing programming. Brett said he would ask the Historical Society about that. Stu noted the society's annual meeting is Wednesday at the town hall.

There was discussion about possibly purchasing a 2nd computer for the system with video editing capabilities.

There was discussion about getting a 2nd camera for use at remote tapings along with the video switcher. The group agreed that would be a good idea. Stu said he would buy a reasonably priced one and make sure it has a live video output.

There was discussion about possibly purchasing another video switcher for field production. It was noted the fan in the current switcher is starting to make strange sounds.

There was an extensive discussion about getting the cable channel allocated for the school operational for live events. There was considerable opinion on whether this would be an RSU or a local decision.

Volunteer Recruitment Bill mentioned that he occasionally runs a public service announcement on the radio, but there has been no interest. Brett said he would be willing to switch the cameras on occasion.

The group agreed to discuss purchasing a 2nd computer at the next meeting.

The next meeting will be at the call of the chair.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:01 PM

Respectfully Submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen/committee member