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Minutes - September 7, 2017


Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM.

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

Minutes – July 11, 2017 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed.  Brett 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Nexus System at School – Stu explained that another device is needed to allow for broadcast from multiple sources, and Connectivity Point has proposed installing it for $4,450.70. He said the channel is still not operational as Spectrum has not been able to install the modulation equipment and laser guide yet.    Brett moved to recommend purchase of the device to the Board of Selectmen, Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Sewall Company Proposal – Stu said he knew there were a lot of questions about the proposal from the Sewall Company.  Bill said he is not sure if the committee should make any recommendation, and instead leave it up to the Selectmen to make their own decision.  He said the representative from Sewall could answer their questions.  He moved to go forward without a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen and let the Selectmen decide on which if any proposal to accept.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

Franchise Agreement – Merle asked if it might be possible to meet with a Spectrum engineer to discuss some of the distance aspects of the franchise agreement and ask why it has taken so long to get a channel running at the school.  Stu said he would be glad to ask both Shelly Winchenbach and the spectrum business class folks to see if such a meeting could be set up.   Stu also reported that a Surry resident reported to him that they got a Connect-ME grant and fiber optic lines are being installed this week.

Next Meeting – The committee agreed to meet at the call of the chair after the Selectmen make their decision regarding the Sewall Company proposals.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:45 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst. to the Selectmen