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~ Minutes ~

Minutes of Strategic Action Committee Meeting –

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Newtown Municipal Center

Newtown, CT

A meeting of the Strategic Action Committee of the Cable Advisory Council was held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at the Newtown Municipal Center, Newtown, Connecticut.

Chairman Gregory Davis called the meeting to order at 7:15pm.

ATTENDEES: Chairman Gregory Davis (Roxbury), Vice Chairman Carmella Amodeo (Newtown), Ken Cornet (Washington), Jim Lang (Trumbull), Paul Katzmark (Southbury), Joe Mustich (Washington) and Ken Swain (Bridgewater). Committee member Donna Cassidy was not in attendance.

The purpose of the Strategic Action Committee is to guide the chairman and to determine roles and responsibilities of the Advisory Council and how to better serve subscribers.

The committee members affirmed that the minutes for the October 9, 2012 Strategic Action Committee meeting were accurate as submitted.

Chairman Gregory Davis provided the committee with a packet of information which included:


Chairman Davis spoke of a response he received regarding motions made at the September 11, 2012 Cable Advisory Council meeting and subsequently sent as inquiries to PURA.

Treasurer Carl Braun submitted the following opinion regarding the mileage reimbursement proposal: I suggest reimbursement for travel expenses start with the first meeting of 2013 and be payable by mailed “check” at the end of the year. Based on attendance, “all” members will be compensated at the 2013 approved rate (56.5 cents/mile) calculated as the distance from their home address to Charter’s facility times the number of meetings attended (special meetings would be tallied on a similar basis). Attendance will be taken from the Council’s meeting attendance sheets. Chairman Davis noted that reimbursement would only apply to members with current appointment letters.

There was a discussion among the committee members regarding the Council’s annual budget and the expense involved with reimbursement. It was noted that the process for reimbursement should be as simple as possible. It was noted that the Council’s annual budget is $2,000/year which would not cover the expense of reimbursement. Chairman Davis will ask everyone to calculate the mileage from their home to Charter at the January meeting. There was a discussion of possibly asking Charter for an increase in funds. It was decided that Gregory Davis will confer with Tom Cohan (Director of Government Relations for Charter) regarding this issue before the January meeting.


Chairman Davis asked the committee to give ideas, strategies and concepts of priorities that the committee should focus on. Ken Cornett suggested that the council members talk to their First Selectman to see what issues are a priority and which ones should be brought up to State Representatives to best serve and represent the constitutes.

Ken Cornett noted that a priority that should be addressed is the price of a cable box and Charter’s policy for charging per box. There was a suggestion that letters written to local papers may encourage Charter to rethink their policy.


Gregory Davis made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 9:02pm. Paul Katzmark seconded the motion- Vote 7-0-0 (Motion approved)

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