CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
PRESENT: Ernie Bedford, Don Deibert; Bob Granstra, Roy Green, Linda Malekadeli
ALSO PRESENT: Melissa Barnard – Library Director
I. CALL To Order
By Beacom at
II. WELCOME New Member
Beacom reported there is a change in the representative for the Midland Public Schools. Norm Neher will be replacing Jim Huber and Neher should be at the next meeting. Beacom introduced Ernie Bedford, a new citizen-at-large member.
III. ELECTION Of Chair
Beacom opened the floor for nominations. Deibert nominated Malekadeli. Green seconded. No other nominations. Beacom called for vote. Motion to make Malekadeli chair passed unanimously. Malekadeli will serve as chair.
called for nominations of Vice-Chair.
Deibert nominated Granstra. Green
seconded. No other nominations. Deibert moved to close nominations.
APPROVAL - of
Minutes approved as submitted
V. PUBLIC Comments
VI. OLD Business
1. Cable Communications Fund
Beacom presented an update on the status of the Cable Communications Fund. City Council approved the one-time payment of the $106,100 this fiscal year. For the fiscal year 2007-08, MCTV will be looking at the same deficit issue. MCTV will also have to consider the impact of the pending legislation that could cause more of a reduction in revenue if it is passed.
2. Commission Vacancy
Beacom stated the position for a Media Professional is still vacant. City Council may consider another citizen at large or MCTV volunteer to fill the position.
1. Annual Report, 2005,06
Beacom reviewed the annual report to be submitted to City Council (agenda packet). Green moved to accept the annual report as submitted. Deibert seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
2. CAAC Goals, 2006-07
presented the proposed goals to the commission (agenda packet). Deibert emphasized the importance of the third
goal which is to increase awareness among the public and the access users about
the challenges facing MCTV.
3. Friends of MCTV
reviewed the purpose of the Friends of MCTV.
Stated Malekadeli and Deibert held meetings in June, July and August,
and planned meetings for September, October and November. Deibert stated the initial goal of the
Friends was to obtain a 5013c. Denise Spencer from the Midland Area Community
Foundation had indicated another option would be to set-up a fund with the
Foundation, using their 5013c status which means fund raising could start right
away. Deibert stated the paperwork for
the setting up the 5013c could be started at the same time as the agreement is
made with the Community Foundation. Need to formalize the documents and have
$5,000 to open the fund with the Foundation. Also should raise another $1,000 for
fundraising costs. Beacom stated the
foundation approved the agreement with the Friends of MCTV, still need to come
up with the $5000. Malekadeli stated $2,250
has been raised so far. Have sent out letters to large organizations that use MCTV to raise
the start-up money. Now have to start planning fundraising events. Honors
Night will be the first. Beacom said
Deibert has been handling the legal aspects while Malekadeli has headed up the
fundraising committee. Membership/Public relations committee has been working on how to price the
membership fee and determine the benefits of being a member. Also
working on how to promote access television in
4. Ordinance & Rules Changes
reviewed the proposed changes to MCTV Fees Ordinance and the Rules and
Procedures which includes the addition of an access user annual fee and a
revision in the video duplication fees and policies. A special hearing in
October will be needed to get pubic input on the proposed changes, tentatively
Discussion followed on pros and cons of assessing the access user fee and raising costs for training. Also discussed the pros and cons of assessing access user fee on the occasional message board user.
Deibert made a motion to raise initial training fee from $10 – $20. Green seconded. Motion passed unanimously. Deibert made a motion that the annual user fee w not apply to the persons who take the initial training that calendar year. Granstra seconded. Motion failed 3-2.
Yeas – Deibert, Granstra
Nays – Bedford, Green, Malekadeli
stated a public hearing date needs to be set if October 11 does not work. Thursday, October 19th is
available. Beacom read the
resolution. Granstra motioned to accept
(NOTE: Hearing now changed to Monday, October 30th because of conflicts for the commission with the October 19th date)
5. Meeting Dates, 2007
Beacom presented meeting dates for quarterly meetings for 2007. Deibert made motion to accept meeting dates as submitted. Green seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Beacom updated commission on the legislation. On the federal level, the House passed the COPE Bill last spring. The Senate is now working on the Stevens bill. House version is more favorable to access. On the state level, the House version (HB6456) is worse than the federal legislation. Could reduce franchise fee by 30%. Deibert asked whether these bills allow cable providers to provide phone service. Beacom stated they already can.
Beacom stated a couple of staff members have been out of the office battling illnesses.
next ACM conference is in
Next meeting, Special meeting