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Cable TV Committee

Minutes of March 7, 2011 (Draft, subject to correction)

Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM

Present were: Bill Butler, Brett Jones and Stu Marckoon

Minutes of February 17, 2010 Bill moved to approve the minutes as posted. Brett 2nd . Vote in favor was unanimous.

Committee Officers Brett moved that the officers remain the same (Bill as chair, Stu as Secretary). Stu 2nd . Vote in favor was 2-1 (Butler opposed)

Tech Room Reconfiguration There was a discussion about the ground looping problem that is causing a line to scroll up across the video. There was no opposition to the reconfiguration plan submitted by Stu. It was noted the Selectmen approved reconfiguring the room several months ago.

Media Storage There was a discussion about the external hard disk drive which had become full. Stu reported when he deleted some of the older programs, that freed up space and the system is recording again. Brett and Bill discussed possibly configuring a RAID drive for the system.

Total Info Programming Stu reported that he had renewed the subscription based on an informal e-mail survey of committee members.

TV Crew for Town Meeting Bill reported he's not able to assist this year. Brett said he would help out. Stu said he will as well, but it's difficult when he's taking part in town meeting.

Operations Manager Stu reported he briefly mentioned the idea at the Selectmen's meeting last week only to say that the CTV committee would be discussing it this week. Bill said he thinks a part time person could help produce shows and be part of the field production crew. He suggested a paid internship might be attractive to a student at the New England School of Communications. Compensation was discussed the $10-$12/hour range was mentioned.

Stu offered to write up a job description and formal proposal for presentation to the Selectmen.

Wiring the School There was an extensive discussion about wiring the school for video and audio. Stu said the first thing to do would be to discuss it with the Local School Advisory Committee. Brett, who is chair of that committee, said he would put it on the next agenda for next week, but he suspected it would be something the school would embrace. Several creative ideas were discussed, and it was felt the school principal would be invited to the next CTV committee meeting.

Other Bill said he would like to revisit the idea of historical society productions. Brett said he has not yet been able to edit what he recorded last summer at a historical society presentation. It was agreed that a joint meeting with the historical society might be a good idea.

Next Meeting The next meeting will be sometime in June at the call of the chair.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:56 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Secretary