Agenda 

Cable Access Advisory Commission

 

February 14, 2007

7:00 PM

City Hall, Council Chambers

 

 

Contact MCTV staff at 837-3474 if you can’t attend the

 meeting.  Please arrive by 6:50pm.  Meeting will be

cablecast “LIVE” on MGTV5.

 

 

 

Agenda topics

 

Action Items in Bold

 

I.     Call To Order/Roll Call

II.    Approval-November 8, 2006 Minutes

III.  Public Comments

IV.  Old Business

 

 

1.      CAAC Goals, 2006-07

2.      Friends of MCTV Update

3.      Legislation

 

 

V.   New Business

        1.    Cable Communications Fund

        2.    MCTV Ordinance/Rules Revisions

        3.    CAAC Terms

VI.  Announcements

Open House, Saturday, April 21, 10am-2pm

 

 

VII.  Adjournment

         Next regular meeting-May 9, 2007-7:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION

November 8, 2006

 

PRESENT:  Jason Brown; Don Deibert; Linda Malekadeli, Norm Neher

 

ABSENT:  Ernest Bedford, Bob Granstra, Roy Green

 

ALSO PRESENT:  Melissa Barnard – Library

 

I.                    CALL To Order

By Malekadeli at 7pm

 

II.                 APPROVAL - of October 30, 2006 Minutes

Minutes approved as submitted. 

 

III.               Public Comments-None.

 

IV.              Old Business

1.      Proposed Revisions-Ordinances & Rules

Beacom reviewed the proposed changes to the MCTV Fees Ordinance and Rules and Procedures as submitted to the commission (agenda packet). In addition to the public input received at the October 30 meeting, MCTV received two more e-mails in support of the changes (agenda packet).  Deibert voiced support for the changes. Neher would like to see a scholarship program for those with financial need. Deibert suggested scholarships provided by the Friends of MCTV. Ordinance doesn’t allow for a waiver of the fee.

Motion to recommend to City Council to adopt these changes by Neher, second by Deibert. Motion approved 4-0.

 

2.      CAAC Goals, 2006-07

Beacom reviewed goals for this fiscal year.

 

3.      Friends of MCTV Update

Beacom reported planning for Honors Night fundraiser underway. Fund with the Midland Area Community Foundation has been opened. Membership drive also underway.

 

V.                 New Business-None.

 

VI.              Announcements

1.      Beacom said Honors Night will be held on Thursday, November 30 at 7:00p.m. in the Library Auditorium. Silent Auction and reception will be held in Lounge both before and after the program.

VII.            Adjournment

Meeting adjourned at 7:20p.m. Next meeting-February 14, 2007-7:00pm.

 

 

 

SUMMARY REPORT TO CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION

for Commission Meeting of February 14, 2007

 

 

SUBJECT: Proposed Revisions to MCTV Ordinance and Rules and Procedures

 

RESOLUTION SUMMARY: THIS RESOLUTION WILL SET _______________________ AS THE DATE FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE PROPOSED REVISIONS TO THE MCTV ORDINANCE AND THE MCTV RULES AND PROCEDURES.

 

ITEMS ATTACHED:

 

1.        Resolution to set Cable Access Advisory Commission public hearing.

2.        Proposed Revisions to MCTV Ordinance and Rules and Procedures.

 

 

COMMISSION ACTION:

1.        4 votes required to approve resolution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ron Beacom

MCTV Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Proposed changes are noted in strikethrough, and bold italic.)

 

 

DIVISION 2. MIDLAND COMMUNITY TELEVISION (MCTV)*

 

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     *Cross reference(s)‑‑MCTV fines, fees and other charges, §§ 21-120, 21-121.

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Sec. 15-130. Purpose of MCTV.

 

(a)  The Midland Community Television (MCTV) studio has been established at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library to provide production equipment and support services necessary for the creation of locally produced television programs.

 

(b)  It is the purpose of MCTV to provide the people and organizations in the Midland area with an opportunity to be involved in using the television medium to inform, communicate, educate and entertain. It is also the purpose of MCTV to provide the Midland community with locally produced programs of public interest.

 

(c)  The following television channels shall be operated by MCTV:

 

     (1)  Channel 3. This channel shall be known as the "public access channel" and shall be used solely to cablecast non-profit, non-commercial programming produced or sponsored by individuals or organizations in the Midland area. When the aforementioned programming is not scheduled, this channel may cablecast either an electronic message board to be known as the "public access electronic message board" or the Channel 15 electronic message board. The public access electronic message board shall be used solely  for promotion of the public access channel and recognition of underwriting support for MCTV and shall not be used for "for-profit" commercials or advertisements. Messages cablecast on the public access electronic message board may not contain any of the following:

 

          a.   Obscene material as the same is defined and regulated under Act No. 343 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1984, being MCL 752.362 et seq.

 

b.              Slanderous or libelous material.

 

 

 

 

 

 

     (2)  Channel 5. This channel shall be known as the "government access channel" and shall be used solely to cablecast non-profit, non-commercial programs produced or submitted by government agencies. When the aforementioned programming is not scheduled, this channel shall cablecast an electronic message board containing only government related messages submitted by government agencies to be known as the "government electronic message board." As determined by the city administration, electronic messages advising of emergencies, including but not limited to weather emergencies, shall take precedence over all other programming on this channel.

 

     (3)  Channel 15. This channel shall be used primarily to cablecast the electronic message board. Public access programming that would have been cablecast on Channel 3 but for scheduling constraints may also be cablecast on Channel 15.

 

(Ord. No. 1384, § 1, 8-25-97; Ord. No. 1437, § 1, 3-8-99)

 

Sec. 15-131. Program restrictions.

 

(a)  No program, production or presentation shall be cablecast that contains any of the following:

 

     (1)  Information which relates directly or indirectly to a lottery, gift, enterprise or similar scheme, offering prizes dependent upon lot or chance.

 

     (2)  Obscene material as the same is defined and regulated under Public Act 343 of the Public Acts of the State of Michigan of 1984, being MCL 752.362 et seq.

 

     (3)  Slanderous or libelous material.

 

(b)  Cablecasting of programs, productions or presentations shall be for noncommercial, nonprofit purposes only and accordingly, the following shall be excluded:

 

     (1)  Material, the primary purpose of which is to promote a commercial service, product, trade or business.

 

     (2)  Program material which identifies any product, service, trademark or brand name in a manner that is not reasonably related to the noncommercial use of such product, service, trademark or brand name, portrayed on the program material.

 

     (3)  Any solicitation for funds or other goods that would benefit the access user or his/her agent.

 

(Ord. No. 1384, § 1, 8-25-97)

 

Sec. 15-132. Channel 15 electronic message board restrictions.

 

(a)  The electronic message board cablecast on Channel 15 is for informational purposes only and may be used for:

 

     (1)  The promotion of community activities, meetings or events by organizations or individuals.

 

     (2)  Editorial messages, the source of which shall be identified and included with the message.

 

(3)  Recognition of underwriting support for MCTV.

 

(b)  The electronic message board shall not be used for "for-profit" commercials or advertisements.

 

(c)  No electronic message shall be cablecast that contains any of the following:

 

     (1)  Obscene material as the same is defined and regulated under Act No. 343 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1984, being MCL 752.362 et seq.

 

     (2)  Slanderous or libelous material.

 

(Ord. No. 1384, § 1, 8-25-97; Ord. No. 1437, § 1, 3-8-99)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MCTV Rules & Procedures

 

 

6.3       Persons utilizing MCTV facilities and equipment on MCTV’s premises shall, at all times, be under the supervision and authority of MCTV staff.  All use of MCTV facilities or equipment, or granting of authority to do so, will be subject to permission received from the MCTV staff.  MCTV equipment and facilities must be utilized only primarily for the purpose of producing a videotape program to be cablecast on MCTV, although qualified access users will be given the opportunity to use the equipment in organized practice sessions.

 

 New   6.4        Commercial use of MCTV’s studio and production trailer by  

professional video production companies may be permitted for a fee at the sole discretion of MCTV’s Coordinator.

 

  New  6.5        Qualified access users are not representatives, employees, or agents of MCTV.  Any qualified access user who represents himself or herself as such may have his or her program discontinued.  Continued violations may result in revocation of the person’s qualified access user status.

 

 

  Rule 12         Personal Use, Profit, or Gain

MCTV facilities or equipment shall not be utilized by access users for programs that are not intended to be cablecast over MCTV channels.  Under no condition may MCTV equipment or facilities be used by access users with the intention of generating personal profit or gain.  If the qualified access user is found to violate these conditions, MCTV shall cause the qualified access user to be invoiced for the use of MCTV’s equipment and facilities at a rate equal to the lowest equivalent commercial rate available in the Tri-City area for similar services.  Additionally, the qualified access user may be suspended from further use of any MCTV facilities or equipment at the sole discretion of the MCTV Coordinator.

 

 

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BY COMMISSIONER

 

WHEREAS, City of Midland staff have presented to the Cable Access Advisory Commission proposed revisions to the MCTV 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

 

RESOLVED, that a public hearing will be held on _______________________ for the purpose of receiving public input on the proposed revisions to the MCTV Ordinance and MCTV Rules and Procedures.

 

 

YEAS:

 

NAYS:

 

ABSENT:

 

 

I, Judy MacDonald, MCTV Office Assistant, City of Midland, Counties of Bay and Midland, State of Michigan, do hereby certify that the foregoing is true and correct copy of a resolution adopted by a         yea vote of all the Commission members present at a regular meeting of the Cable Access Advisory Commission held Wednesday, February 14, 2007.

 

                                                                        ______________________________           

                                                                        Judy MacDonald, MCTV Office Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cable Access Advisory Commission

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.”

                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terms

Cable Access Advisory Commission as of February 14, 2007

 

Expires June 30, 2007

Don Deibert, citizen at-large

Norm Neher, MPS representative

 

Expires June 30, 2008

Bob Granstra, MCTV access user

Roy Green, citizen at-large

 

Expires June 30, 2009

Ernie Bedford, citizen at-large

Jason Brown, Media Professional

Linda Malekadeli, MCTV access user