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Technology Committee

Minutes - May 11, 2016 (Draft, subject to correction)

Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 5:19 PM.

Present were: Committee members Merle Bragdon, Bill Butler, Brett Jones; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon.

Minutes, January 14, 2016 – Brett moved to approve the minutes as written, Bill 2nd.  Vote in favor was 2-0, Bragdon abstained.

Time Warner Franchise Agreement – Merle suggested looking at the terms of the offer and the current agreement in regard to homes per mile.  He said there are some misconceptions about what the 15-homes/mile provision means.  Brett said would help if satellite dishes could be removed from the calculation with a homeowner waiver.  There was a discussion about cable and satellite services along with subdivision cable service.  A discussion followed on when to get the town attorney involved, and to get the contracts from Hancock and Trenton to share the attorney costs.  Bill moved to offer to the Board of Selectmen to work jointly with Trenton and Hancock on agreement renewals.  Merle 2nd to get the ball rolling.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

School Wiring – Brett said there doesn’t seem to be any value in wiring up a classroom in addition to the gym.  There was a discussion about placing 2 vs. 3 cameras in the gym.  Bill asked whether the school would actually use the live channel.  Brett said the principal is fairly pro-active about such things and would use it.  Bill said a staff member will have to coordinate with the students to motivate productions. 

Bill moved to approve the plan to wire the gym with cameras, and to send it to the school department to see if there is staff support.  Brett said the school anticipates that something would be coming, and the school board has approved the plan.  He said the money is available and is collecting dust, and doing nothing would be a mistake.  A discussion followed on speaking with the school about what the expectations would be.  Merle 2nd the motion to present the plan to wire the gym.  Vote in favor was 3-0.  The committee requested that Stu revise the written plan and send it to the school committee.

Personnel – Bill noted that Tim Sobel was appointed as the CTV operations manager, but he does not have transportation and has never been able to work.  He moved to recommend to the Board of Selectmen that Mr. Sobel’s position be filled by someone else.  Brett 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.  After a brief discussion on how to fill the job, Merle moved to have Stu make any hiring recommendations.  Brett 2nd.  A discussion followed on whether the compensation needs to be improved to attract a responsible candidate.  It was concluded the compensation could be worked out between the appointee and the Selectmen.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Windows 10 – Stu reported one of the computers automatically installed Windows 10 a few weeks ago, and now that computer (used by the town clerk) is not playing well with the other computers in the office.  After a lengthy discussion, the committee agreed that Stu should use his best judgment in upgrading machines in the office to the Windows 10 system.

On Line Streaming Review – The conclusion was that people love the on-line streaming option.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:58 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen