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MInutes -June 18, 2019 (Draft, subject to correction)

 

Once a quorum arrived, Chair Bill Butler called the meeting to order at 5:22 PM.

 

Present were: Tech Committee members Merle Bragdon, Mike Risoldi, Bill Butler; Administrative Assistant Stu Marckoon, Guests Hollis Allen, John Mihalopolous and Dean Tyler.

 

Minutes – Mike moved to approve the minutes of April 12, 2019 as distributed.  Merle 2nd.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

 

Equipment Upgrade – Merle moved to recommend an upgrade to the town hall TV production equipment as proposed by Connectivity Point.  Mike 2nd.  Merle asked if there was any assurance the picture quality would be better.  Stu said the technician who visited said it should improve a lot, even though Spectrum does not broadcast PEG channels in HD yet.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

 

Broadband Expansion Proposal – Casco Bay Advisors has proposed $10,800 to follow up on the study conducted a few years earlier by Sewall Company.  Bill moved to recommend to the Selectmen using the $5,000 raised at town meeting and $5,800 from the CTV Equipment fund to pay for the services.  Mike asked how the cost compared to the Sewall study.  Stu said that mapped out where cable served and prepared a ConnectME grant for $5,000.  He said it the Town of Hancock wanted to help, that would be great.  Dean Tyler said they got an estimate from Spectrum for $70,000 to hook up 32 homes.  He said that would lose points on a ConnectME grant.  Merle said there would have to be some community help to get the cost down.  A very brief discussion followed. 

 

Bill said he’s gotten the vibe from many that wiring the town for broadband is wise.  Stu said it’s part of the Comprehensive Plan.  Mike 2nd. The motion.  Vote in favor was 3-0.

 

Mike noted the new state budget includes $4-million more for internet access.

 

Next Meeting – The next meeting will take place at the call of the chair.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 5:35 PM.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Stu Marckoon, Adm. Asst.