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Minutes of the HACTAC Meeting of April 16, 2014

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The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm

Note: All attachments referenced in these minutes are available either on mentioned e-mail addresses or at your public library; or questions to the DPUC may be addressed to peter.pescosolido@po.state.ct.us.

Station Managers Report:

Gill Martinez is the new Executive Director for Hartford TV. He is a native of Hartford. He has been producing programs for Hartford Public Access on and off throughout the years.

He has been contacting all of the Legislators and is hopeful that the funding will be reappropriated so the station will be able to address the end of life issues that are taking place with equipment. Dick asked Gill to send him a copy of the letter that they have sent to their Legislators so that HACTAC can send a follow-up letter. Gill heard today that the bill died in committee that day but the representatives are still working to move it forward.

The Board of Directors for Hartford TV has six (6) members. They have four (4) meetings a year.

They station has several outreach programs that they run throughout the year. They are currently establishing relationships with the Urban League and other non-profit organizations within the City of Hartford. Most recently their most successful outreach program has been their relationship with Our Piece of the Pie, which is funded through Dept. of Labor dollars and Capital Workforce Partners. This has enabled them to have four (4) interns. These interns are now working at the station and being paid by funding through Dept. of Labor and Capital Workforce Partners.

The station recently covered the UConn parade. Hartford Public Library is another example of outreach. They have a meeting next week that will allow them to bring the broadcast feed back up and running at the Hartford Library and also bring things back from the library. As of last week the station has created a new partnership with the Hartford News. The News will be publishing a list of the stations programming in their weekly publication.
The station is in the process of revamping their volunteer programs. They started compiling a database of past and present volunteers.

The station has begun some intratown programing. They have been able to have some programs broadcast at other stations. The station has just started airing a program series from MA. Looking to expand to try and add more educational programming and arts and cultural programing.

The station has two (2) Board meetings a year that allow producers to attend and give their thoughts and ideas.

Regarding the budget, with having to utilize money that you normally use for staffing to replace equipment, that tends to bring on issues. The station has been very conservative and now they need to build partnerships that will support programing. Gill is confident that they will have a bright future.

The station does produce the monthly Board of Education meetings and they video taped and do workshops for any special meetings. In the process of discussing videotaping and broadcasting the superintendent's that are being considered. The station is doing quite a bit with the City of Hartford and the Hartford Has It marketing series. Working very closely with B. Henry and the Mayor's production team and getting the best of what Hartford has to offer promoted.

As far as the public, the station actively looks for producers. Russell Williams will start producing this Friday his program called "The Solution". This program is based on all the positive things going on in the City of Hartford.

Dick asked if he had any personal feelings regarding HACTAC and if he knows what they are all about. Gill advised that he has been doing some research. He is glad that it exists as the station needs all the support they can get.


A motion was made by Jeffrey Stewart and second by Zena Kovack to accept the March minutes as presented. Motion passed. Penny, DeVaugh and Ken abstained.
Treasurer's Report:

See Attached. A motion was made by Bill Stephenson and second by Penny to accept the March Treasurer's report subject to audit. Motion passed.

Town Reports:


DeVaugh advised that this was his first meeting. He is very excited about learning what is going on at the public access stations.
The station just filmed the spring concert at the Bushnell.

East Hartford:

Nothing to report. No one in attendance.


The only item that Jeffrey added from the Station Manager's report was that the Mayor of Bloomfield needs to make some new appointments to the HACTAC board.


Ken Picard is a new representative for Simsbury. Simsbury has been busy with filming budget meetings.

West Hartford:

Zena asked Jennifer to report on what is going on at the station as she has been away.

Jen reported that they are in the process of change. They are currently in the process of upgrading their website. Their goal is to launch the new site by Memorial Day. The station is in the process of testing the Cloud.

The station has recorded the basketball championships. It is a busy time of the year with the end of the school year approaching and budgets. The station just had a sold out "Be The Media" workshop. The station had 27 participants from grades 3 through 5.


Bill reported that not much has happened in Windsor since the "Ollies". Carol reported that the station has started the new edit class and for the first time they used the final cut ten. It went very well. Dave reported that the office has been cleaned up and it is looking very nice.


NOTE:All complete reports appear in the DPUC reports available on-line from the DPUC. See below for e-mail address.

Dick passed a payment check to John. John reported that things have been quiet and he did not have a lot to report.

Committee Reports:

A T & T

Nothing to report.

Statewide Advisory Council:

Nothing to report.

Legislative Committee Report:

Nothing to report.

Public Relations Committee Report:

Nothing new to report.

Nominating Committee:

See New Business

Chairman's Report: Most memos concerning the DPUC are available on the web-site for the DPUC (www.state.ct.us/dpuc/database/htm)

See Attached.

Dick reported that he received a letter of resignation from Daisy Chavez.

Dick advised that a letter was sent by SCTV to the governor and he asked that each station give him copies of any letters that they send out.

A motion was made by Bill and second by Jeffrey for Dick to send a letter to Alan reminding him about requirements of attendance at the HACTAC Board meetings. Motion was approved.

HACTAC e-mail address: HACTAC@yahoo.com


None received.

Old Business:

Dick did contact Mark Hartunian regarding assisting with the HACTAC scholarship program. Although he would like to help, he is not able at this time. Dick asked that others that have been involved in the program in the past, if they would mind trying to start it up. Penny would be happy to take a look at it. Jen from West Hartford would be willing to help. Lenworth asked to be educated on the scholarship. It was advised that it was a scholarship done mainly through the Board of Education in the school systems. The children were given two (2) themes to choose from to record a public service announcement. The original themes were Bulling and Distracted Driving. HACTAC had three judges. Each submittal was very creative. HACTAC originally thought that it would be individuals submitting PSA's but it ended up being groups. The stations then broadcasted the winners. If the costs ran too high, there were organizations that were willing to sponsor the scholarship so that is something that can be looked at again.

Jen gave some additional information on the CT Cloud Consortium. The concept is for them to share costs of infrastructure. The Consortium went from 10 stations down to 3. The three (3) stations involved are West Hartford, Windsor and Newington. West Hartford beta tested a lot of different pieces of it. West Hartford's goal is to have the file sharing piece by Memorial Day. Goal is to cablecast and have everything operational by August 1.

Dick asked how would other stations get involved? Jen advised that they should have a better idea by August 1 of all the capabilities. She will keep HACTAC up-to-date on any changes.

New Business:

There was a question raised regarding forward billing. Unlike utilities such as gas and electricity, Comcast services are not based on usage. On-demand is an example of billed as used or as a one time service.

Dick also talked to Tom Scholtice at PURA to verify what he responded was correct. He advised that their answer to the question is the same. If you cancel your service, your refund is pro-rated.

Jeffrey made a motion, which was second by Zena Kovak, to re-elect Dick Ostop as President, Carol Hartman as Vice-President, Penny Leto as Secretary and Dave Raney as Treasurer. Motion passed.

Penny cast one ballot to accept the slate of officers as presented.

Ken Picard asked a question for the station manager of SCTV of Comcast. For Business Class Customers, they received a notice to enter the Innovations for Entrepreneur's Contest, but as a non-profit, the station does not qualify. Why is that? John will have to get back to Ken. He is not sure of the answer.

Bill also asked John why Turner Classic Movie channel is part of the Sports and Entertainment Package. John advised that the package is called Sports and Entertainment so that is why it is part of that package. ComCast does offer My TV Choice which allows customers to pick what they want. He will get more information to Bill.

Schedule 2013-2014:

Sept. 18, 2013 Hartford
October 16, 2013 East Hartford
November 20, 2013 Windsor
December No Meeting
January 15, 2014 Simsbury - Holiday Meeting
February 19, 2014 West Hartford
March 19, 2014 Simsbury
April 16, 2014 Hartford
May 21, 2014 Bloomfield
June 18, 2014 Comcast - Berlin


As there was no additional information to be brought before the Board, a motion was made by Penny Leto and second by Jeffrey Stewart to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Next Meeting and Location:

The next meeting will be on May 21, 2014 in Bloomfield.