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Minutes of the HACTAC Meeting of November19, 2014

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Prior to the meeting, the Board and guests listened to a presentation on TelVue Connect Media Exchange and the opportunities it has to offer to public access television stations.

The meeting was called to order at 7:50 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.


A motion was made by Claudett Miller and second by Alan Budkofsky to accept the October minutes as presented. Motion passed.
Treasurer's Report:

See Attached. A motion was made by Claudette Miller second by Alan Budkofsky to accept the October Treasurer's report subject to audit. Motion passed.

Town Reports:


Alan did not have any new information to report to the Board.

East Hartford:

Irene reported that work for the elections is over. Students from the high school are joining the video club. Some are making videos and some are editing videos.


Penny also reported that the work for the elections is complete. They are in their 6 week cycle of programing.


Ken and Karen did not have anything new to report.

West Hartford:

Jen reported that all is well in West Hartford. There is a lot going on at the station.


Bill reported that the station has started planning and working on the Ollies. They have a new server that will enable them to get their old VHS tapes stored digitally.


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

John reported that the customer service issue from last month has been resolved. He also reported on some changes. The National Geographic channel will be moved from Digital Preferred to Digital Startup package at no additional charge to the customer.

Committee Reports:

A T & T (Now Frontier)

Statewide Advisory Council:

Dick advised that we need a new representative from the HACTAC Board to sit on the Statewide Advisory Council. After the meeting was over, Lenworth Walker agreed to be the new representative.

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.

Copies of the HACTAC By-Laws were handed out to new members.

Dick advised the members that he had sent out letters to all the Peg stations, all the Town Halls, private schools in the area and all the Superintendent of Schools advising them of the presentation tonight. The only station he heard back from was Simsbury. He said he must have sent out over 45 letters with no response. He apologized for the small turnout to TelVue.

HACTAC e-mail address: HACTAC@yahoo.com



Old Business:

Dick brought up for discussion what themes the group would like to have for the scholarship program this year. Last time it was Driving Distracted and Bullying. Ken Picard suggested one serious and one fun theme for this year. A motion was made by Jesse White and second by Bill Stephenson to have the first theme for the contest be Internet/Cell Phone Addiction. Motion passed. Claudette Miller made a motion and Alan Budkofsky second to have the second theme be "Give me a Break". Motion passed. Penny felt that we needed to get the information out to the schools in January with a deadline to return submissions in April.

Dick stated that he will ask for a list of schools in each station area. The program is open to children in grades 9-12. The information on the program will be delivered to the Peg stations and they will deliver them to the schools. We will need to know from each station how many posters they will need. West Hartford asked for 7. Simsbury will need 4. The other towns were asked to get back to Penny. Children's submission can be delivered to their area Peg station.

A motion was made by Penny Leto and second by Jesse White to award $500.00 for first place, $250.00 for second and $100.00 for third place. Motion passed.

New Business:

Dick received the letter from Windsor naming Lenworth Walker to the HACTAC Board effective Sept. 1, 2014.

Schedule 2014-2015:

Sept. 17, 2014 Hartford
October 15, 2014 East Hartford Town Hall basement 740 Main St.
November 19, 2014 Simsbury – Simsbury Library Hopmeadow St.
December No Meeting
January 21, 2015 Simsbury - Holiday Meeting Simsbury Inn
February 18, 2015 West Hartford – Town Hall 50 South Main St.
March 18, 2015 Windsor – LP Wilson Community Center 599 Mantianuck Ave.
April 15, 2015 Hartford – Veeder Place 20-28 Sargeant St.
May 20, 2015 Bloomfield 330 Park St.
June 17, 2015 Comcast - Berlin


As there was no additional information to be brought before the Board, a motion was made by Claudette Miller and second by Irene Cone to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 8:15 pm.

Next Meeting and Location:

There is no meeting in December. The next meeting will be the holiday meeting on January 21, 2015 at the Simsbury Inn in Simsbury, CT.