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Technology Committee Minutes - November 24, 2020 (Draft, subject to correction)

The meeting came to order at 6:02 PM via Zoom.

 

Present were: Committee members Michael Risoldi, Justin Zinke, Merle Bragdon, IT Director Bill Butler, Adm. Asst. Stu Marckoon, and ex-officio member Bayley Baldridge.

 

Selection of Officers – Bill nominated Justin to be the chair.  Michael 2nd. Vote in favor was unanimous.  Justin chaired the rest of the meeting.

 

Michael agreed to continue as the vice-chair and there was no objection.

 

Stu noted that Bill is filling the role in a similar manner in which he serves the Board of Selectmen and would act as the committee’s secretary.  There was no objection.

 

Minutes – June 18, 2019 – The minutes as printed were approved without objection.

 

Broadband Expansion – Stu noted that the Island Institute has granted the town $5,000 to assist with expanding broadband into unserved areas of Lamoine.  He said he’s not had a chance to discuss what’s next with consultant Brian Lippold, as the grant award was just received yesterday afternoon.   He said he would contact Mr. Lippold and report back and hopefully arrange a committee meeting to plan the way forward.  Committee members had questions regarding pole utilization, funding from Connect-Maine, the cost, and working with Consolidated Communications.  Stu said he would forward those questions to Mr. Lippold.

 

Meeting Room Monitor – Stu reported the Selectmen have authorized up to $1,500 from the CTV fund to acquire a good sized monitor to mount in the town hall meeting room to accommodate hybrid Zoom meetings. Bill said he’d done some digging as to what’s needed to accomplish this.  There was no objection to having Stu and Bill start purchasing the appropriate equipment.

 

Other BusinessOld Mac Computer – Bill offered to purchase the now very ancient (by tech standards) MacIntosh computer that was purchased in 2010 for $100, as it is no longer utilized, and sadly outdated.  Merle moved to approve the sale, Michael 2nd.  Vote in favor was unanimous.

 

Radio Theater Production Equipment – Stu said he’d sent an e-mail earlier in the day from Gordon Donaldson asking about the Lamoine 150! Committee and the Tech Committee splitting the costs to buy appropriate recording equipment to record audio for “radio theater” productions.  There was a lengthy discussion about what might be appropriate.  Bill and Bayley agreed to get in contract with Gordon and Fred Stocking about what their goals are and come up with an appropriate list.

 

Wireless Hot Spots – Merle inquired about potential wi-fi spots in town where people could access the internet.  He said the town hall’s spot is very popular.  Stu said he thinks the school has public wireless access.  Michael said the DMR office has wi-fi, though their location is under construction.  Bill suggested maybe partnering with the Lamoine Baptist Church which has a nice parking area that’s not utilized 6 days a week.  Stu mentioned the Lamoine Grange, and said he would talk with Gary McFarland of the church about potential wi-fi offerings.

 

Next Meetings – The committee agreed to wait for word from Brian Lippold and for Bill and Bayley to have some answers on the radio theater recording equipment until meeting next. 

 

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

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Stu Marckoon, secretary pro-tem