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Technology Committee

MInutes -October 30, 2018 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to over at 5:32 PM.

 

Present were Technology Committee members Michael Risoldi, Justin Zinke, Merle Bragdon, Bill Butler; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, and Dean Tyler (Town of Hancock).

 

Minutes – September 18, 2018 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as distributed.  Bill 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0.

 

Cable Line Expansion – Eagle Point – Dean Tyler said that he had spoken with the Connect ME people and they advised him to do everything possible to avoid getting a Connect ME grant.  He said he has been dealing with Melinda Poors of Spectrum/Charter but has not received any response other than the Hancock side of the subdivision does not meet the density requirement.

 

Discussion followed regarding the number of homes on both sides of the town line and measuring from Mud Creek Road.  Bill remarked that he wondered why Charter is still balking if the two towns combined met the density requirement.  More discussion followed regarding the connection point and the distance to Heather Lane.  There was discussion about subsidizing hookups and meeting jointly with Charter.  Mr. Tyler said he would contact Charter to see if a meeting could be arranged with both communities.

 

Stu noted that a ConnectME grant was turned back in because the local community could not come up with the matching funding.  The committee asked Stu to contact Heather Johnson at ConnectME to see if a reapplication needed to be made. 

 

The Committee also asked Stu to contact Charter to see what the status was on Wolf Run.

 

Audio Gear Update – Stu reported that he had purchased new microphones, cords and stands and they are at the town hall, and the old box of microphones cords and stands are at the Lamoine School for use by the school channel.

 

Sewall Study – Members had looked over the report from Sewall Company in the previous discussion regarding Eagle Point.

 

High Definition Conversion – Merle said that was his request.  He said since Charter has converted everything to digital, the Lamoine channel is pretty fuzzy.  He said if the cost is reasonable to convert over to a high def channel, we should.  The committee agreed that a consultant should be sought to come up with a price.  Stu said he would contact Connectivity Point.

 

Last Mile Consultant – Merle suggested contacting a consultant to see what it might cost to hook up the unserved areas and put some money in the town budget.  After discussion, the committee asked Stu to contact Mike Edgecomb of Sewall Company to see if that’s something they could help with.

 

Other – Merle asked if the school channel was part of the town’s streaming.  Stu said it was not, but perhaps it could be done by running a distribution amplifier on the output from the cable channel for the school into the Nexus for the town hall system.  He said it should not cost too much.  Mike moved to fund the purchase, Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 4-0. 

 

It was asked how the remote access was coming along.  Stu said he was still awaiting a link form Bill on an appropriate program.  Bill said he would send that along.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:12 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.