P. O. Box 87

Newtown, Connecticut

~ Minutes ~

Minutes of Public Regular Meeting –

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Newtown, CT


There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 13, 2010 by Chair Carmella Amodeo at the Charter Communications facility, Newtown, Connecticut.


ATTENDEES: Bob Bell (New Fairfield), Joe Hurley (New Milford), George Fletcher (New Milford), Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), George Linkletter (Sherman), Stephanie O’Rourke (Kent), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Carl Braun (Woodbury).

From Charter: Steve Drescher (Technical Operations Manager).





Bob Bell moved to approve the minutes of the Charter Advisory Council meeting on May 11, 2010 as presented.  Jim Lang seconded.  All in favor.


Carl Braun gave his report: Total of $21,917.57 between checking, money market, and CD.  Motion to accept Lang, second Bob Bell, unanimous.



Steve Drescher:

·        CTV-21 staff are being honored with two trophies at the NECTA Public Service Awards this week.

·        Charter is looking in to create a booth at the Ives Concert Park in Danbury to raise awareness for CTV-21.

·        New cameras and tripods have been purchased to upgrade current equipment available for loans to community members.

·        New carpeting is being installed in the control room and edit suite.

·        There were 62 edit sessions, the studio was signed out 12 times, there were 18 field equipment loans, and a total number of 43 new shows were produced.

·        Three community members recently visited the studio for a personal tour.

·        The summer internship began June 3, and 10 members of the community are participating.

·        The application and course schedule are available in office as well as the website for the Fall internship.

·        Two truck shoots occurred during the last two months, but advisory council will ask Greg Van Antwerp about increasing this number at the September meeting.




·        A Woodbury resident asked about adding more HD channels soon.  Steve commented that they will not add any more this year.

·        George Linkletter commented that the eastern part of Connecticut don’t like the green lights on the equipment poles, which tells the status of the cable.  Steve understands that the light is bright, and is working on coming out with a dimmer light.

·        Stephanie O’Rourke commented that since the last meeting, she decided she didn’t want the sports channels.  She contacted Charter, and minutes later, her tv, internet and phone was cut off.  She called back on a cell phone, and soon everything was back on.  She also said that she has AT&T for her phone, so she didn’t understand why it went out.  The council asked Steve how this is possible, and he didn’t know.

·        Carmella Amodeo said her son was recently connected to Triwire.  It took 4 hours to hook up cable, including mounting the box on the side of the house.  The technician was the only person hooking up the cable, and had to call for help.  Steve said that this person might have been a new employee, and Charter does train their employees, as well as train the trainers.

·        George Fletcher mentioned that when he had outages on his tv, he called Charter to ask to come out to help, and George suggested it was the box.  The technician changed the couplings, and after an hour, agreed it might be the box.  The box was changed out, and now the cable works fine.  George said there was time and money lost on this simple fix.

·        The council asked Steve if there was a sign on the customer room that says “if we could not solve your problem, please call ____”.  Steve wasn’t aware, and he would look in to it.








The meeting was unanimously adjourned at: 8:55 PM.  Respectfully submitted by:  Tiffany
Wolfe, Recording Secretary






Text Box: NEXT MEETING: September 14, 2010 at Charter Communications offices in Newtown at 7:00 PM.  






Text Box: ~ 2010 Meeting Dates ~
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010