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Minutes of the HACTAC Meeting of June 18, 2014






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Excused Absence: See Above

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The meeting was called to order at 7:10 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.

Minutes:
A motion was made by Dave Raney and second by Bill Stephenson to accept the May minutes as presented. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report:
See Attached. A motion was made by Bill Stephenson and second by Carol Hartman to accept the May Treasurer's report subject to audit. Motion passed.

There is a CD that will be coming due in August. Dick asked Dave if we should leave it where it is or move a portion of it to the checking account. Dave felt that some should go into the checking account and the rest into a CD. The final decision on the amount to transfer will be left up to Dave when the CD comes due in August.


Town Reports:

Bloomfield:
Jesse advised that the most recent event that was televised was the awards night. Many students received scholarships. Some received scholarships from UConn, one (1) to Duke who will also have the opportunity to go to either law or med school under that same scholarship. Another student received a scholarship to Boston College. A few students also received scholarships from Comcast.

East Hartford:
No one in attendance to report.

Hartford:
No one in attendance to report.


Simsbury:
Ken reported that they replaced Jason the assistant. He had moved on to another job. Christian Dickerson is the new assistant. SCTV elected a new President to the Board at the last meeting. She is Althea Greany. Ken was voted as Vice President.

Dick advised that the station has been busy.

West Hartford:
Zena reported that it is graduation time. They taped Conard and Hall High last night. The editing staff pulled an all nighter so that they could broadcast the event tonight at 7:00 pm.

The station had a booth at Celebrate West Hartford and streamed live. They were able to get an unscheduled interview with the governor. They invited as many as the non-profit organizations that had booths at Celebrate West Hartford to come before the cameras and describe their organizations.

Windsor:
Carol had nothing to report.

Bill reported that the station had some problems with broadcasting recently. It appeared to be a server problem. Jen thought it was a splitter in the studio and was going to get someone in to check. They were getting one channel with audio and no picture and one channel with audio and no picture. It appears to be fixed at this time.

COMCAST:

NOTE:All complete reports appear in the DPUC reports available on-line from the DPUC. See below for e-mail address.
John welcomed everyone to the Comcast Berlin office, which is their regional headquarters. At this location they have tech operations, technicians that handle the Hartford and Plainville area are located here, they have dispatch for the entire state, a warehouse and administration office that includes marketing and senior leadership. From this location they manage all operations from the Canadian border to Long Island Sound.

John showed everyone the various plaques and awards that they have received from various organizations for Comcast's sponsorships and support of their initiatives.

John reported that there will be a couple of name changes on the channel line up. Fear Net, which is primarily horror movies, will no longer be available as of July 30. On July 31 they will be launching Encore Espanola.

He also reported that one of the regional winners from the contest that Comcast was running is from West Hartford. A copy of the announcement is attached to these minutes.



Committee Reports:
A T & T

Carol reported that the meeting was last week. See SVAC Notes attached to these minutes.

Statewide Advisory Council:
See attached.

Legislative Committee Report:
Nothing to report.

Public Relations Committee Report:
Nothing to report.

Nominating Committee:
Nothing to report.

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 advised that Zena Kovack will be resigning from the HACTAC Board. Zena advised that she has enjoyed her time on the Board and representing West Hartford. She will not be leaving the Public Access world. She will be on the WHTV Board. She felt that what she has learnt on the HACTAC Board will be very useful.

Dick sent a letter to the Bloomfield Mayor requesting a replacement appointment for the HACTAC Board.

Dick also advised that he received a letter from Carol Hartman resigning from the HACTAC Board. Dick asked Carol if she would remain as the HACTAC representative on the Statewide Advisory Board. She will talk to him about that later.

HACTAC e-mail address: HACTAC@yahoo.com

Complaints:
None received.

Old Business:
Dick brought up for discussion the HACTAC scholarship program. He did not want to discuss it too much as Penny Leto was not able to attend the meeting. He asked Jesse if he would be willing to help Penny with the program. He agreed to help out and will be getting in touch with her.

Dick did not have any update on the Cloud program. Dick has talked to a number of people and several companies are running things off the Cloud technology.

New Business:
Dick asked for a vote to keep the meeting locations the same for the coming year. Bill Stephenson made a motion and Dave Raney second to keep the meeting locations the same. Motion passed. Bill Stephenson made a motion and Dave second to keep the meetings on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Motion passed.


Schedule 2014-2015:

Sept. 17, 2014 Hartford
October 15, 2014 East Hartford
November 19, 2014 Windsor
December No Meeting
January 21, 2015 Simsbury - Holiday Meeting
February 18, 2015 West Hartford
March 18, 2015 Simsbury
April 15, 2015 Hartford
May 20, 2015 Bloomfield
June 17, 2015 Comcast - Berlin


Adjournment:
As there was no additional information to be brought before the Board, a motion was made by Dave Raney and second by Ken Picard to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm.

Next Meeting and Location:
The next meeting will be on September 17, 2014 in Hartford.