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Action Items in Bold
I. Call To Order/Roll Call
II. Approval-February 14, 2007 Minutes
IV. Public Hearing
V. New Business
Open House, Saturday, April 21,
Next regular meeting-May 9, 2007-
CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
Ernest Bedford; Jason Brown; Don Deibert; Roy Green;
ABSENT: Bob Granstra
ALSO PRESENT: Melissa Barnard – Library; Judy MacDonald – Secretary
I. CALL To Order
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Minutes approved as submitted.
III. PUBLIC Comments
IV. OLD Business
1. CAAC Goals, 2006-07
Beacom reviewed CAAC goals for this fiscal year (agenda packet) and reports the following:
§ Completed process on user fees and will start process to collect new revenues.
have a show on
§ The organizational award went to Memorial Presbyterian Church and was presented during Honors Night 2006 which was held the last Thursday in November. It was a fundraiser and was well attended and raised good money.
Beacom says show’s ongoing and have taped 3 episodes. The last meeting was held the end of January where the aftermath of Honors Night ’06 was discussed. Honors Night ’07 will be held the 1st Thursday in October. Friends discussed fund raising ideas. The challenge is to raise $50,000 over 3 years (or $8,000-$9,000 every 6 mos.). Options for fundraising events are being reviewed and the intention is to hold an event before the end of June. Diebert states he is supportive of Friends, but questions whether Friends should be on CAAC agenda since Council made a challenge to Friends to raise money, Friends are not connected to CAAC and a couple CAAC members are involved. Beacom responds he puts Friends on agenda because it is interconnected, even though CAAC doesn’t have control over it.
Beacom reports that Governor Granholm
signed new video franchising legislation into law. Michigan Public Services Commission, (MPSC),
has drafted a template for communities to use as an agreement with the cable or
Discussion followed with Diebert
siting a WSJ article that describes the difficulty
AT&T and Verizon are having implementing the
technology. Their subscriptions are low
and they have a lot of technical cliches to work
states that it will probably be a couple years before we see anything. Neher asks if Charter has the option of not
carrying our 3 stations? Beacom responds
that the MPSC agreement requires Charter to keep what they currently have. Green asks if legislation takes place at
Federal level, will it supercede the State? Beacom responds that the legislation passed
the House, but got stalled in the Senate.
The FCC has passed some rules that are under a lot a scrutiny in
1. Cable Communications Fund
Beacom reviewed the actions that have been taken
since December 2005 in response to the projected Cable Communication Fund
deficit of almost $500,000 over 5 years.
In summary there were proposed personnel cuts from full-time to
part-time (Production Asst. and Office Asst.), adjustment in fees paid to
Beacom reviewed the Cable Communication Fund Multi-Year Financial Plan. An audit was conducted and Charter’s last two payments have come in higher than several previous payments. Budget revenues were revised to $470,000 based on projections at Charter’s current rate of payments. Personnel services costs went down due to change in Office Asst. position from full-time to part-time. Proposed revenues for the ’07/’08 fiscal year include $15,000 in charge for service for staff time on City in 15, $3,000 in user fees which become effective on March 1st, $10,000 in sponsorships (or underwriting), and $2,000 for equipment rental. In summary, $100,000 is the goal of additional revenues and cost reductions we need to come up with each year. We have $26,000 additional revenues due to increase in franchise fees, $38,000 savings due to full-time position going to part-time, and $30,000 additional projected new revenues. This plan was presented by the City Manager and Fiscal Services Director to City Council at the planning retreat in January and Council looked at it favorably.
Neher questions how investment earnings were calculated. Beacom points out assumptions made in plan; fund balance goal is $75,000, no increase in franchise fees other than the $470,000 we’re talking about this year, 3½% increase in personnel wages and benefits, and investment earnings projections at 3%. Beacom indicates the new projected fund balance after 5 years will be $181,000 instead of a nearly $500,000 deficit. The numbers will be looked at closely from year to year. Neher questions the big dip in fund balance from $103,997 to $17,000 in 2012. Barnard states it’s due to rising personnel costs. Beacom says the flat revenues and increasing personnel costs have an almost exponential negative effect on the fund balance. Diebert states the year before is where the downward trend begins. Diebert concludes that at some point in time we either need additional City funding, or we need to continue cutting services. He also offers that he thinks with what we are doing, we are giving ourselves a number of years to give opportunities for other things to happen that are positive. Neher states that it looks like the projections have been made conservatively, but questions why there is a 3½% increase in personnel. Isn’t that a little high? Barnard states that also includes benefits. Diebert states there could also be a reduction in franchise revenues in a few years due to AT&T taking away business. Beacom says he is comfortable looking 2 years out and beyond that he just doesn’t know. Green questions if the assumption is that there will be no change in franchise fees. Beacom confirms.
Beacom presents the Cable Communication Fund
projections in graph form. He states
that after 5 years it will be fairly above the fund balance goal of
$75,000. Beacom also discusses the
$12,000 budgeted for contingencies. This
amount was determined by what it would cost if a major piece of equipment had
to be replaced. This contingency has
only been used a few times since he has been with
Beacom reviewed the proposed changes to the
Beacom states the primary use of equipment is to
create programs for use on our channels.
Beacom expresses his intent in regards to equipment rental would be to
honor an access user’s reservation in the case where a commercial operator
requests equipment on a date that is already reserved by an access user. Neher asks whether that is written anywhere
or left up to Beacom’s discretion. Beacom says it’s difficult to write the
perfect rule, there has to be some discretion and a fair amount of authority
Beacom says the process is to present these changes, get public input, then make recommendation to Council. A special hearing will be needed to get public input on the proposed changes and a newsletter will be sent out to access users describing the proposed changes. Beacom read the resolution. Green motioned to accept resolution. Brown seconded. Motion passed unanimously. A public hearing will be held on Monday, March 5th.
3. CAAC Terms
Beacom reviews CAAC terms for informational purposes only. Deibert and Neher’s terms will expire this year and the City Manager’s office will want to know somewhere in early April if they are interested in ‘re-enlisting’.
1. Invoices recently went out for the user fees effective March 1st.
major productions at
3. State chapter meeting of the ‘Alliance for Community Media’ will be held on March 14th with a trade show in the morning put on by the Michigan Assoc. of Broadcasters at the Lansing Center, and a presentation from Leightronics in the afternoon. The MPSC agreement will be covered.
next Friends of
Library Week is April 15-21. Theme is
‘Get in the Game at your Library’ – a connection with baseball and the
Next meeting is the special meeting on
SUMMARY REPORT TO CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
Commission Meeting of
Proposed Revisions to
RESOLUTION SUMMARY: THIS RESOLUTION WILL RECOMMEND TO
3. Resolution to recommend to City Council the adoption of the proposed revisions.
1. 4 votes required to approve resolution.
(Proposed changes are noted in
strikethrough, and bold
DIVISION 2. MIDLAND COMMUNITY
Sec. 15-130. Purpose of
(a) The Midland Community Television (
(b) It is the purpose of
(c) The following television channels shall be operated by
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
promotion of the public access channel and
recognition of underwriting support for
a. Obscene material as the same is defined and
regulated under Act No. 343 of the Public Acts of Michigan of 1984, being
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.
No. 1384, § 1,
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
(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.
No. 1384, § 1,
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
(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
(2) Slanderous or libelous material.
No. 1384, § 1,
6.3 Persons utilizing
for the purpose of producing a videotape program to be cablecast on
6.4 Commercial use of
video production companies may be permitted for a fee at the sole discretion of
6.5 Qualified access users are
not representatives, employees, or agents of
Rule 12 Personal Use, Profit, or Gain
WHEREAS, City of Midland
staff have presented to the Cable Access Advisory Commission proposed revisions
WHEREAS, these revisions are proposed to help reduce the projected deficit in the Cable Communication Fund; and
WHEREAS, the Commission has received input from the public through a formal public hearing and written and electronic correspondence;
WHEREAS, the Commission has deliberated this issue at a regularly scheduled meeting and one special meeting; now therefore
RESOLVED, that the Commission
recommends to City Council that the proposed revisions to the
I, Judy MacDonald,
Ron Beacom, Staff Liaison
As a former intern, current part time employee and volunteer I wanted to voice my support for the proposed changes to the
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