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Minutes - November 22, 2016 (Draft, subject to correction)


Chairman Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 5:30 PM.

Present were: Committee members Brett Jones, Bill Butler, Merle Bragdon, CTV Operations Manager Melissa Johnson, and Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon.

Minutes – October 19, 2016 – Brett moved to approve the minutes with one minor correction.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0 (Bragdon abstained).

Time Warner Franchise Agreement Renewal – Merle suggested several amendments to the proposed agreement.  There was a discussion about the density requirement and inclusion of satellite dish information as excluded homes, but no definitive change suggested to the attorney’s draft.

The committee suggested changing the off-road length from 125-feet to 300-feet; addition of some customer service standards which Merle supplied from Castine’s CTV Franchise Agreement, changing the franchise fee to allow the Selectmen to annually set the fee to no more than 5-percent, and adding basic Internet service to the services provided to the town hall, fire station and school.

School Wiring – Stu reported he sent the latest proposal to Connectivity Point and received an e-mail from them that they had received it, and would get back to the town with a proposal.  Bill moved to table any action until a proposal is given.  The committee briefly discussed positioning cameras in the gym, and whether the school committee understands what is being proposed.  Brett assured the committee that the school committee is up to speed on the project.  Brett 2nd the motion to table.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

Next Meeting Date – The committee will meet after hearing back from either or both the town attorney and/or Connectivity Point.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:01 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen