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MInutes -April 4, 2019


Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 5:15 PM.


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


Minutes – October 30, 2019 – Merle moved to approve the minutes as written.  Brett 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.


Line Extension Estimate – Stu reported that he wrote an e-mail to Mike Edgecomb, but he has retired from Sewall Company.  He said Brian Lippold stopped by earlier this week and would come up with an estimate to do a project.


TV Quality Improvement – Stu reported that he spoke with Connectivity Point and a salesman will drop by next week to look over the current system and suggest some quality improvements.  Stu said he planned to talk to him about improving the school feed as well.


CTV School Channel – Stu said people power is needed to operate the channel at the school.  Brett Jones said Technology Director Tim Hilton is at the school.  A brief discussion followed.


Justin said he found a program that should allow remote access for the school and town office systems from home.  After a brief discussion about options including Team Viewer and installing a VPN Switch, Justin agreed to set up a trial run with Remote Access.


School Lighting Purchase – The committee reviewed a list of items supplied by the school regarding a lighting purchase.  Brett contacted Principal Dawn McPhail to clarify what items they actually were requesting that would be appropriate for the CTV fund.  Brett said it was for lighting items, and suggested a cap of $400.  Merle moved to recommend to the Selectmen that up to $450 be approved for lighting purchases at the school through the CTV fund.  Justin 2nd.  Vote in favor was 5-0.


Website Policy – Stu said he receives, from time to time, unsolicited requests for links to be placed on the town’s website.  He said there is no policy for doing so, and could use some guidance.  Brett said it should be up to the Board of Selectmen to make a policy.  There was discussion about limiting links to local civic groups.


Other – Merle asked about contacting Shelly Winchenbach of Spectrum/Charter to see if there could be a face to face meeting.  Stu said there was an e-mail from Dean Tyler of Hancock earlier today and he recalled that Mr. Tyler had planned to meet with Mrs. Winchenbach.  Merle said he would be happy to set up a meeting with Mrs. Winchenbach.  Stu said he could send an e-mail to her and also inquire about whether Wolf Run has been wired for cable yet.


Merle noted that Consolidated Communications might be another high speed internet option. The committee briefly discussed a recent news report that the Town of Brooklin has started a project with that company to provide some level of broadband town wide.


Bill suggested having a complete list of what options for internet service are available in town.  A brief discussion followed.


Brett noted that a committee has started to study the feasibility of a community center, and there will likely be some technology related needs to discuss in the future.  He also reported that a school renovation project is under discussion.


Next Meeting – Merle suggested setting a date sometime in May once more information is in on some outstanding matters.   Stu said he would suggest available dates.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:52 PM.


Respectfully submitted,


Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.