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Lamoine Cable TV Committee
Minutes of February 17, 2010
The meeting was called to order at 6:30 PM by Chair William Butler
Present were William Butler, Merle Bragdon, Stu Marckoon and Brett Jones
Consideration of Meeting Notes of September 21, 2009 – No changes were proposed to the notes. During the review, there was a discussion about the acoustics at the school gym.
Total Info Package – Stu reported renewal of the package which came with the Nexus system is $900/year. Bill asked if is worth the cost. Merle suggested letting the subscription expire and see if people call to say they miss it. Brett said there are lots of RSS feeds available via the Internet, and perhaps we could rig something up from that. There was no objection to letting the subscription expire.
Equipment – Bill said he used his home computer to edit the video of the school play last year. He said it would be useful to have an in-house system. Stu noted there was a request for a public service announcement recently, and a video editing system would be needed to make that effective. Brett said he favors purchasing the hardware and software for that. He said he spoke with the Historical Society about producing programming, and video editing would be needed. Stu asked what the budget would be. A short discussion about software followed.
Brett and Bill agreed that an Apple computer and the I –Movie program would be the way to go. Bill said that would be compatible with the school laptops. Brett moved to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that a computer and software be purchased for an amount not to exceed $2,500. Merle 2nd (following discussion of a budget amount). There was discussion about whether to purchase a laptop vs. a desktop. Vote in favor was unanimous.
Bill said it would nice to have a video switcher, both as a field unit for off-site productions using multiple cameras and as a backup for the switcher at the town hall. There was a brief discussion about a bad fan in the town hall switcher. Bill said he looked over the Edirol system e-mailed to him by Stu. Cost is $1,795. Merle moved to recommend purchase to the Selectmen. Brett 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.
Stu reported the on-air light is installed, but it is not yet functional. He said he has been in contact with Brookside Technologies and awaits their return from Africa.
Stu reported that he has contacted Bill Ducharme about making up a video cable that is well shielded because there is some video interference between the Nexus system and the modulator. He said that would be done after Mr. Ducharme returns from Mexico.
Volunteer Recruitment – Bill said he has yet to speak with a teacher at the Lamoine School, but will do so soon.
Franchise Fees – Stu reported that Time Warner has paid its franchise fee which exceeded $10,000 this year.
Hot Spot – Merle asked if the town hall could become a “hot spot” for high speed internet. He asked if a separate account would have to be set up with Time Warner. Brett said a router should work for that purpose, as there are separate IP addresses. There was a discussion about it being a convenience factor, and some policy issues. Merle moved to recommend this to the Selectmen. Brett 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous. Merle said he would like to see the ball rolling on that as soon as possible.
Inappropriate Language – Stu reported the last Selectmen's meeting saw a couple of incidences of use of inappropriate language, and he put up a warning overlay when the program is being replayed. He said he received an e-mail message from one of the Selectmen about that. There was a discussion about policy, and Stu said he would check the Cable TV policy to see if that is addressed. Those present agreed the warning was appropriate.
Next Meeting Date – Those present said they would like to meet with the Selectmen on March 4th . Merle will not be able to attend.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:20 PM
Stuart Marckoon, acting secretary