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Meeting Notes - November 9, 2011 (Draft, subject to correction)

Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 6PM

Present were: Bill Butler, Kimberly Grindle, Greg Spring, Stu Marckoon

Selection of chair: - By acclamation (though Bill was opposed), Bill Butler was selected to remain as the committee chair.

Meeting Notes of September 29, 2011 Kimberly read the notes as posted on the town's website. No changes were suggested.

Programming Kimberly reported she has finished an internship and should be available on Wednesdays or Fridays. Greg suggested something about public works, the harbor master, or lobster fishing after seeing a lobster car being stored for the winter and being curious about that. It was noted that the recent Lamoine Community Arts plays were recorded. DVD's are being sold to cast members. (The four in attendance also produced the play recording). Kimberly said she would check with Carol Korty in regard to possibly airing some of the plays.

Volunteer Recruitment - Stu reported that he spoke with Ms. Korty about possibly having Lamoine Community Arts involved in Cable TV production efforts. He welcomed Greg to the committee. Bill says he has yet to speak with Chris James and Ben Speed. Kimberly said NESCOM did not produce any help, as it is very far away.

Equipment Stu said he could order a couple more Shure Mics from the Internet Sources. He said he'd be interested in purchasing a couple of higher quality cameras to replace the consumer cameras that are being used. Greg and Kimberly said they would look into some suggestions. There was a brief discussion on the learning curve for a new camera and high definition vs. standard definition.

Budget Stu said he's suggested to the Selectmen and Budget Committee that the Cable TV operation be considered similarly to the Harbor operation which is self funding and outside of the budget process. He said that seemed acceptable to both the committee and the Board. If approved by town meeting, it would allow the Cable TV operation to operate within the confines of the fund balance, but major purchases would have to be approved by the Selectmen.

Other Programming Ideas Kimberly said she would check with school Principal Ann McCann in regard to recording things such as the Christmas Concert. Greg suggested something with the fire department. The dedication for the Veterans Memorial will run on Veterans Day. It was suggested that maybe some interviews with Veterans could be done and something produced for Memorial and Veterans Day. Greg said he'd be glad to put together a photo montage of Christmas lights for that season.

There was a discussion of looking at operations in other communities to see what ideas they might have.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:25 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stuart Marckoon, Secretary Pro-Tem