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Minutes - July 11, 2017


The meeting came to order at 11:45 am at the Lamoine Town Hall

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

It was requested to get a map from Spectrum (Charter) of what areas of the town are currently wired for cable.  Stu said he could ask the town attorney to request that from Shelley Winchenbach.

There was a brief discussion about the density provisions in the proposed franchise agreement.

Proposal from Sewall Company – Brett remarked that the proposal to negotiate a new franchise agreement was really expensive.  Merle said the franchise boiler plate agreement is nearly complete, and while there might be something that could change, the Sewall proposal is expensive, and he could live with what’s negotiated thus far.  He said it reduces the required number of homes per mile, and to include the satellite served homes in the density county.  Bill said the town is also served by Fairpoint.  Brett asked whether it was a municipal responsibility to extend wiring.  An extensive discussion followed on whether a public/private partnership benefits the town. 

Bill noted that schools now require an internet connection, so it could be an investment in education, and that could encourage more building in Lamoine.  He said utilizing Sewall for line extension grants would be a positive as the connections would serve the town better.  A brief discussion followed about internet speed and service.  The committee discussed the proposal and its cost. 

Bill moved to request that Stu contact Sewall in regard to utilizing their firm for grant writing assistance for line extension, but not for the CTV franchise agreement negotiation.  Merle said the Selectmen would have to decide who writes a grant.  He asked if each home would be identified in Lamoine as to whether they are served by Fairpoint or Charter.  There was no 2nd to that motion.  Bill moved to ask Stu to clarify with Sewall the scope of their services in regard to line extension grants, and withhold a recommendation pending receipt of that information.  Brett 2nd  Vote in favor was 3-0.

School Wiring – Stu reported Connectivity Point is finally able to get a video and audio source out of the installed equipment.  He said the project is now waiting on Charter to install a modulator for the new TV Channel.

Franchise Agreement – The committee asked to make sure the start date for the new agreement is the end of the current agreement.  Bill moved to recommend to the Selectmen that the latest negotiated franchise agreement be proposed for approval.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Internet Speed – There was a brief discussion about whether the town is experiencing the optimum internet speed with it’s service from Spectrum. Brett said the town wants to be careful and not jeopardize the static IP service.  He said he would investigate the speed internally.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 12:25 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.