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Minutes of the HACTAC Meeting of April 15, 2015

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The meeting was called to order at 7:02 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 Bill Stephenson and second by Dave Raney to accept the March minutes as presented. Motion passed. Irene Cone and Claudette Miller abstained from voting

Treasurer's Report:

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

Town Reports:


Alan reported that not much has been going on at the station. They did air information regarding the video contest and advertised it at the station but they did not get a submission.

Andrea reported that they are getting ready for Celebrate Bloomfield. It will take place May 30 through June 6. It will be a full week of activities and you should start seeing more information shortly.

East Hartford:

Irene reported that they have been filming the Town budget meetings. They have several graduations coming up that they will be filming. The station is going to be busy. Everything is running smooth at this time.


Gil reported that the station has done a lot of rewiring work. They also applied for a PEG Petia grant. They will be getting 80% of the $240,000 they applied for. This will allow them to replace the control panel, equipment in both control rooms, new cameras in both studios, editing suite and some field equipment.

Gil reported that they have a new program called the Stepping Stone program which allowed them to recruit college graduates from communications programs throughout the state, particularly from the Hartford area. It allows the interns to create as well as produce videos for the various entertainment events and all the other wonderful things that are going on in Hartford.

Gil also reported that the station is close to implementing streaming and on-demand.

They also applied for a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Community Giving. Hoping too use it for new LED lighting.

The station did receive a grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation to develop a Heathy Food Cooking show.

He continues to do grant writing so that they can replace equipment. Gil also asked that if anyone hears of anything taking place in Hartford, to send him an e-mail so that he can send someone out to film it.


Dick advised that the station is getting ready for graduations. They are also currently working on getting on board with the Cloud system. The station is also trying to find space.

West Hartford:

No one here to report.


Bill advised that on-line streaming is happening. The dial up should be coming soon.

Dave advised that the station is converting to digital. They are looking at the budget to see about getting additional equipment. The education programs are working well.


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

John reported that Comcast continues to give back to the communities. The Leaders and Achievers scholarships were awarded. Eight students in Hartford County received $1,000.00 scholarships. The students are from Buckley High School, Bloomfield, Windsor High School, Prince Technical High School and some magnets schools in Hartford, Kingsford Oxford, Metropolitan Learning Center and Hartford Magnet School.

The Comcast Foundation gave five (5) grants to different organizations. They were Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, Easter Seals Capital Region, Urban League of Hartford, Nutmeg Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Center for Latino Progress.

Copies of the new channel line-up were handed out by John. He also advised that the complaint that was still open at our last meeting has been addressed.

Committee Reports:

A T & T (Now Frontier)

Statewide Advisory Council:

Nothing to report.

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 wanted to personally thank Penny for the fantastic job she did on the video contest. Dick is hoping that she will agree to be the lead on the contest again next year. He would also like to thank Hartford TV for their work on the contest and organization of the videos.

HACTAC e-mail address: HACTAC@yahoo.com


None to review.

Old Business:

There were seven videos that were submitted for the contest. The top three will get awards and there will be honorable mention for fourth and fifth place. First place was won by Simsbury, second and third place were from Conard High, fourth from Hall High and fifth place from Conard. The judges did a great job.

Hartford TV offered to put the videos together and send them to the stations so that they can air them.

Dick asked the group what they thought should be done for the contest winners program. Alan felt that because most of the winners were from West Hartford, the ceremony should take place in that town. Possibly Rockledge Country Club. It was suggested to run the meeting and then have the award ceremony. Another spot that was recommended was Concetta's in Bloomfield.

Alan suggested that if possible, the award ceremony should be filmed.

A motion was made by Bill Stephenson and second by Claudette Miller that the awards for the contest will be presented to the winners at the next HACTAC meeting in May. Motion passed.

New Business:

No new business to discuss.

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 Alan Budkofsky and second by Bill Stephenson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 7:32 pm.

Next Meeting and Location:

The next meeting will be May 20, 2015 in West Hartford, Wampanoag Country Club starting at 6:00 pm for dinner and 7:00 pm for awards ceremony and meeting.