CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
ALSO PRESENT: Melissa Barnard – Library; Brandi Pfohl – Secretary
I. CALL To Order
By Malekadeli at
II. WELCOME New Members
Jason Brown, Video Professional,
and Norm Neher,
APPROVAL - of
Minutes approved as submitted. Neher abstained.
IV. PUBLIC Hearing
Ordinance and Rule Change
Beacom reviewed the proposed changes to the MCTV Fees Ordinance and Rules and Procedures as submitted to the commission (agenda packet). Malekadeli opened the public hearing for public comments.
Cynthia Chilcote, director of the
V. OLD Business
1. CAAC Goals, 2006-07
Beacom reviewed the goals. He stated the joint meeting with City Council will not be scheduled in December.
2. CAAC Annual Report, 2005-06
Beacom stated the annual report was sent to City Council on the consent agenda and was accepted without comment.
3. Friends of MCTV Update
Beacom stated the $5,000 needed to open an Operating Fund under the umbrella of the Midland Area Community Foundation has been raised. Malekadeli stated the group is working on the Honors Night fundraiser. Sponsorship letters were sent out. Access users will receive a letter asking them to become members and make a donation. A silent auction will also be held at Honors Night. Beacom stated the Articles of Incorporation were filed by Drummond Black, local attorney and former mayor. He thanked Don Deibert for his work on the legal aspects of setting up the Friends. Officers were elected: Ann Kerns-President, Linda Malekadeli-Vice-President and Treasurer, Judy Kuehl-Secretary, Don Deibert, Jim Malek and Robert Clark- Board members. Beacom stated a show will be taped on November 14 to introduce the Friends of MCTV and their goals to the public. Next Friends meeting will be on November 15 at the MCTV studio. Malekadeli encouraged people to attend.
4. Legislation Update
Beacom reviewed the status of the
video franchise legislation being discussed at the state and federal
level. Besides the loss of some of the
franchise fees, Beacom said the proposed legislation would require MCTV to pay
for the equipment needed to send the access channels signals to the phone
company when it starts to provide video service. Deibert asked what will the cost be.
Beacom stated that depends on the technology but it could be up to
$15,000 per channel. Beacom also said this legislation still allows the phone
company to “cherry pick” which customers they want to serve, while the cable
company is currently required to pass by every home in the city. Neher voiced
concern about the reduction in the franchise fees because the schools receive a
portion of that for
for Brandi Pfohl, Wednesday, November 1, . ACM Fall Conference will be held in
VII. ADJOURNMENT – Next Meeting, November 8,
Granstra moved to adjourn, Deibert seconded. Meeting adjourned at