City Hall, Council Chambers
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cablecast “LIVE” on MGTV.
Action Items in Bold
I. Call To Order/Roll Call
II. Welcome New Member
IV. Approval - May 10, 2006 Minutes
V Public Comments
VI. Old Business
1. Cable Communications Fund
2. Commission Vacancy
VII. New Business
1. Annual Report, 2005-06
2. CAAC Goals, 2006-07
3. Friends of MCTV
4. Ordinance & Rules Changes
5. Meeting Dates-2007
IX. Adjournment-Next meeting,
October 11, , Council Chambers.
CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
ABSENT: Fred Johnson, Ron Beacom – Staff Liaison
ALSO PRESENT: Melissa Barnard – Library Director; Brandi Pfohl – Recording Secretary
I. CALL To Order
By Malekadeli at
APPROVAL - of
Minutes approved as submitted.
III. PUBLIC Comments
IV. OLD Business
1. Budget Response Plan
Barnard reviewed what happened at the meeting of the City Council on Monday, May 8. Citizens spoke on behalf of MCTV. Council reaffirmed that they will be going forward with the one year payment of $106,100 to MCTV. Final approval of the City’s budget will be Monday, May 22.
2. Alternative Funding
i. Friends of the Library
Barnard introduced JoAnn
Taylor from the Friends of the Library.
B. Non Profit Status Information
Deibert reviewed the process
for filing for a 501C3. Every
organization that is tax exempt has a 501C3 status. He stated it would be important to find out
how the City Council wants the Friends of MCTV to operate. Establish their own
501C3 or fall under the City’s. If they have their own it would remove any
liability exposure for the City. Deibert
3. Commission Vacancies
Barnard stated the positions vacant on the Cable
Commission are the Citizen at Large and Media Professional. There have been no applicants for the Cable
Commission. She also encouraged anyone
from the public to come forward and apply.
This is a vital time for MCTV and will need a full commission to move
forward. Huber asked how someone who is
interested can apply. Barnard stated by calling the City
Barnard questioned if the commission wanted to hold a special meeting during the summer or keep to the regular schedule. Malekadeli stated the sub-committee would be meeting this summer. Huber stated if sub-committee feels the need for full commission meeting, one could be scheduled.
Granstra stated MCTV staff did a great job in putting the ACM conference together. Malekadeli agreed it was very informative and well organized.
ADJOURNMENT – Next meeting,
Deibert moved to adjourn. Granstra seconded. Meeting adjourned at
Annual Report - DRAFT
Cable Access Advisory Commission
Proposed Annual Report 2005/2006
The Cable Access Advisory Commission:
· Reviewed presentations on the five-year budget plans for the Cable Communications Fund and made recommendations to City Council.
· Began discussions on the formation of a “Friends of MCTV” organization.
· Monitored state and federal video franchise legislation.
GOALS FOR 2005-2006
The Commission developed and approved the following goals for the fiscal year:
and make recommendation to City Council.
2. Promote awareness of public access
a. Develop Speaker’s Bureau for service club presentations
b. Participate in MCTV’s “Honors Night”
c. Participate in public service announcement videos
In May, the Commission began discussions to form a “Friends of MCTV” fund-raising organization. The goal was to form the organization over the summer.
The vice-chair of the
Commission, Jim Huber, presented the Rosemarie Byers Community Voice Award to
the Midland Area Community Foundation at MCTV’s “Honors Night” in October. This
award is presented annually to an organization for its strong use of public
Commission members did not participate in any service club presentations or new public service announcement videos.
In early May, MCTV held the ACM’s Spring Regional
Conference at the Fairview Inn and the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library.
Approximately 60 members attended from four states:
Cable Access Advisory Commission, 2005-06
Dr. Fred Johnson
Cable Access Advisory Commission
Proposed Goals for 2006-07
1. Review proposed changes to MCTV Ordinances and Rules, hold public hearings, and make recommendations to City Council.
2. Review Cable Communications Fund Budget Response Plan for 2007-08 and make recommendations to City Council
3. Increase awareness among access users and the public about the challenges and opportunities facing MCTV
4. Hold a joint meeting with City Council to discuss Budget Response Plan and Friends of MCTV organization
5. Participate in MCTV’s “Honors Night 2006.”
SUMMARY REPORT TO CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
Commission Meeting of
SUBJECT: Proposed Revisions to MCTV Fees Ordinance and Rules and Procedures
RESOLUTION SUMMARY: THIS RESOLUTION WILL SET
1. Letter of transmittal to the Cable Access Advisory Commission
2. Resolution to set Cable Access Advisory Commission public hearing.
3. Proposed Revisions to MCTV Fees Ordinance and Rules and Procedures.
1. 4 votes required to approve resolution.
Cable Access Advisory Commission
In May, City Council approved a $106,100 General Fund subsidy for the Cable Communications Fund budget. This action kept MCTV’s services and staff whole for the 2006-07 fiscal year. Major cuts in staff and services had been proposed because a deficit in the fund is projected in the current five-year plan.
City Council instructed City staff, the Cable Access Advisory Commission and supporters of Midland Community Television to study options to help alleviate the projected deficit. Three options discussed at the Commission level during the budget process were user fee, revisions to the fees now charged for video duplications, and more fees for training.
The City has never charged a user fee for the use of MCTV’s facilities and equipment.
An annual fee of $25 per individual is now proposed by City staff. If collected from the current list of access users involved in video production and from individuals and organizations who submit messages to the community message board channel, the projected revenue would be $2,500-$3,000 annually.
MCTV currently charges a video duplication fee of $10 per 30 minutes of content. However, the MCTV Rules and Procedures allow producers to receive one free copy of a program. City staff proposes a revision in the duplication fee and the end of the free copy program.
The proposed fee is $10 per 60 minutes of content with a maximum fee of $30 for programs over two hours in length. The goal of this revision is to generate more requests for copies of popular programs including high school sports and concerts. Current fees are often over $40 for those programs which discourages the public from buying copies.
The proposed elimination of the free copy program would eliminate staff time used to make these copies. Almost half of the requests processed by staff are for the free copies.
The goal of these revisions is to raise more revenue from duplications. Total revenue generated in 2005-06 from video duplications was $2,800. In fiscal year 2004-05, the total was $900. In 2003-04, the total was $1,300.
MCTV currently charges a fee of $10 for the beginning access user training. No fees are charged for advanced training. Staff is proposing a fee of $10 per each advanced training course.
Potential additional revenue is $250-$300 annually.
For the past five summers, MCTV has offered a four-day video camp for children, ages 12-17. The fee charged in July 2006 was $40. Staff proposes a fee of $50 for the video camp. Class size is limited to 12. Projected revenue for each camp is $600.
Ordinance and Rules Revisions
The proposed revisions in the
MCTV Fees Ordinance and the MCTV Rules and Procedures are included in this
document. New language is shown in italics,
while proposed deleted language is shown in
A resolution setting the date
for a public hearing at a special meeting on
WHEREAS, City of Midland staff have presented to the Cable Access Advisory Commission proposed revisions to the MCTV Fees Ordinance and MCTV Rules and Procedures; and
WHEREAS, these revisions are proposed to help reduce the projected deficit in the Cable Communication Fund; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary to provide an opportunity for public input on the proposed revisions; now therefore
that a public hearing will be held on
I, Brandi Pfohl, MCTV Office
Assistant, City of
Brandi Pfohl, MCTV Office Assistant
ARTICLE VII. MIDLAND COMMUNITY TELEVISION (MCTV) FINES, FEES AND OTHER CHARGES*
Sec. 21-120. MCTV fines.
The fines for MCTV services are as follows:
(1) Late equipment returns:
a. Late return of equipment, five dollars ($5.00) per day, starting after the first hour late.
Sec. 21-121. Use fees.
The use fees for MCTV services are as follows:
(1) Annual access user fee $25.00
(2) Training fees:
a. Access user training course (initial) $10.00
b. Access user training course (advanced) 10.00
c, Video camp 50.00
tape duplication fees:
30 minutes of content 10.00
b. 61-120 minutes of content 20.00
c. Over 120 minutes of content 30.00
Videotape duplication processing
fee: a. Processing fee . . . . 5.00
MCTV Rules and Procedures
Use of MCTV Equipment
facilities and equipment are available for use by residents of the City or
a. Paid the user fee established in Article VII, Chapter 21 of the City of Midland
Code of Ordinances.
b. Taken the training course provided by MCTV as specified in paragraph 1.1; or
c. Demonstrated production capability and competence in using the production equipment to the MCTV staff
d. Completed the access user application from, which includes a statement of compliance with these rules. Any violation of these rules may result in the qualified access user being temporarily or permanently restricted or prevented from the use of MCTV equipment facilities at the discretion of the MCTV Coordinator.
8.3 A qualified access user may purchase copies of his or her program on a video format purchased from
. obtain one copy of his or her program for which there will
be no duplication or processing fee.
MCTV will provide the qualified access user the copy on either a new
videotape supplied by the qualified access user or on a videotape purchased
from MCTV. Additional copies will
be made upon request at the rates established in Article VII, Chapter 21 of
the City of Midland Code of Ordinances.
8.4 Members of the public may also purchase
request copies of a program on a video format purchased from MCTV videotape . at the
rates copying and processing fees established in Article VII,
Chapter 21 of the City of Midland Code of Ordinances. will
be charged. New videotape(s) may
be provided by the person submitting the request or a videotape may be
purchased from MCTV.
MIDLAND COMMUNITY TELEVISION (MCTV)
ELECTRONIC BULLETIN BOARD RULES AND PROCEDURES
17. Electronic Bulletin Board Messages.
Messages submitted for cablecasting
may be submitted by any resident of the City or
Messages must meet the criteria of Section 15-132 of the City of Midland Code of Ordinances.
Cable Access Advisory Commission
Proposed Meeting Dates for 2007