CABLE ACCESS ADVISORY COMMISSION
September 12, 2007
PRESENT: Ernest Bedford; Don Deibert; Bob Granstra;
ABSENT: Jason Brown; Roy Green
ALSO PRESENT: Melissa Barnard – Library; Judy MacDonald – Secretary
I. CALL To Order
By Malekadeli at 7pm
Motion and support for the
Motion and support for the nomination of Norm Neher as vice-chair. Unanimously approved. Norm Neher is elected vice-chair for 2007/2008.
III. APPROVAL - of March 5, 2007 Minutes
Minutes approved as submitted.
IV. PUBLIC Comments
V. OLD Business
1. Cable Communications Fund
Beacom reviews the 2006/2007 year end numbers for the Cable Communications Fund. Revenue side review shows:
§ Franchise fees - $470,000 (budgeted); $486,000 (actual)
§ Taping fees – actual was almost double what was budgeted
§ Workshops – some increase over what was budgeted
§ User fees – generated almost $5,000 (have more than 200 users to date)
§ Total revenue gain - $21,570
Expense side review shows:
§ Personnel Services – already modified to reflect change in Office Assistant position
§ Office supplies & Equipment and Maintenance – spent less than anticipated
§ Reserve for contingencies – revised from $12,000 to $8,500
§ Total expense reduction - $12,000
Revenue & Expense review shows:
§ An overall increase of about $33,000
Items that could impact the budget include how the new state video franchising law and anything on the federal front will affect revenues, and whether Charter will charge for in-kind services. There are efforts being made in response to this new law such as:
a) The state chapter of the Alliance for Community Media filed a complaint that was initially discarded and they are waiting to see if other municipalities want to get involved.
b) There is an idea to amend the law to allow for an additional 2% collection in franchise fees to cover any charge for in-kind services.
c) Municipalities are looking at local ordinances that affect the right-of-way. The boxes that AT&T is putting on people’s outlawns and property are fairly large (the size of a small refrigerator).
Deibert first commented on the
favorable support that
Malekadeli also commented on
the favorable support that
1. Annual Report, 2006-07
Beacom presents the draft (agenda packet). Commission members agree the report reflects what happened with no changes necessary. Motion moved and seconded to accept report as submitted. Proposed annual report accepted as presented.
2. CAAC Goals, 2007-08
Beacom presents the proposed goals for 2007-08 (agenda packet). Neher questions the measurability of the goals. Discussion followed with an agreement to amend the goals as follows:
1. Set goals for Midland Community Television for City of Midland’s 2008-09 fiscal year.
2. Quarterly receive a report on the status of the Cable Communications Fund.
Quarterly receive a report on the activities of
the Friends of
4. Quarterly receive a report on Michigan’s new video franchising law.
Inform access users and the public about the
challenges and opportunities facing
Inform the public about the benefits of
Granstra moves to accept goals
as amended. Deibert seconds it. Motion passes as amended. Recommendations were made to appoint a
commissioner to work with the staff to track the quarterly updates, (Malekadeli
volunteers to do so), and to conduct a survey of the users to see if there
other uses that they see for
3. CAAC Goals, 2008-09
Beacom gives presentation regarding setting of goals for boards and commissions. The City’s 2008/09 budget has been reformatted and organized by city services. The City Council’s goals were presented with the explanation that the role of boards and commissions in this process is to provide input for community goals which are to be communicated to City Council prior to the January ’08 goal setting where they will be considered in establishing fiscal priorities.
In light of City Council’s goals, a lengthy discussion followed to develop the goals for 2008-09. Points made and questions asked included:
§ Should the cable communications fund be funded solely by the revenues gained from franchise fees?
§ Services should be maintained, but we should look for more efficiencies.
§ A viable community access TV is an element in a high-class community (a given), with the question being at what level is it given.
§ We currently have great utilization of the use of our volunteers.
§ We need a way to measure to make sure the community is actually getting what they want.
§ We need to show that we are good stewards of what we have and are using it responsibly.
§ Set aside a reserve fund or set a goal to set aside a percentage so that we can sustain the services we provide to the city.
Upon completion of the discussion, the Goals for 2008-09 were set as follows:
1. Determine appropriate level of Access TV service(s).
2. Study stewardship of past and current resources to determine appropriate allocation of future resources.
3. Identify measures for achieving sustainability of services at the appropriate level.
Deibert motions to approve the above drafted goals. Granstra supports. Goals as drafted are approved unanimously.
Beacom presents an update on
the Friends of
5. Meeting Dates - 2008
Beacom presents proposed meeting dates for 2008,(agenda packet), as follows:
Meeting dates approved as submitted.
States Regional Conferences will be held in
The next regular meeting is November 14, 2007 at 7pm.
Bedford moved to adjourn meeting, Granstra supports. Meeting adjourned at 8:50pm.