Cable Advisory Council
of Charter Communications

PO Box 87
Newtown, CT 06470
September 17, 2002 Minutes
Cable Advisory Council
P. O. Box 87
Newtown, Connecticut


Public Regular Meeting - Tuesday, September 17, 2002
Newtown, Connecticut

There was a regular meeting of the Cable Advisory Council called to order at 7:40 p.m. September 17, 2002 by Co-Chair John Sabo at the offices of Charter Communications in Newtown, Connecticut.

Jeffery Jorgenson, Alex Forbes, Jill Zaloski, Paula Hopper, Eugene Rosen, Carmella Amodeo, John Danscuk, Judith Eslami, Richard Kosier, Carl DeVoe, and John Sabo, Co-Chair. For Charter: Dick Elwell, Greg Van Antwerp.

No public present.

J. Sabo read the slate of officers nominated: J. Sabo, Chair; P. Hopper, Vice Chair; F. Standt, Treasurer, and indicated there would be a new position of Membership Chair. A quorum of members was confirmed, and J. Sabo asked if there were any further nominations for the offices of Chair, Vice Chair and/or Treasurer. There being no additional nominations, J. Sabo made a motion to vote the proposed slate of officers into office, J. Danscuk seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. C. DeVoe motioned to amend the agenda and move on to Item 3, Change to By-Laws, before accepting nominations for the office of Membership Chair. J. Eslami seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. C. DeVoe moved to amend the current language of Section 4.01, Officers, to read “The council shall annually elect a chair, vice chair, treasurer and a membership chair whose respective terms shall commence July 1.”
J. Jorgenson seconded the motion. There was discussion among members regarding proposed duties of the newly created office of membership chair. Additional discussion concerned attendance, notification to inactive members of termination of membership, opportunity for individuals who have been inactive but wish to continue as members to request consideration of exception to attendance requirement, and notifying the appropriate town official when appointed members are not attending to request a new appointment. A recommendation was made to have members wear name tags to facilitate a way to track attendance and make it easier for members/visitors to know “who’s who”. A vote was taken on the motion to amend the current language of Section 4.01 of the By-Laws and it carried unanimously.

P. Hopper nominated J. Eslami to the newly created office of Membership Chair. C. DeVoe seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

P. Hopper also asked for all members to look through the By-Laws and provide comments regarding concerns or other recommended changes. C. DeVoe motioned that a quorum should be 3/5 of the active membership and that this should be voted on at the next meeting. P. Hopper seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. Discussion of what constitutes an “active member” ensued. C. DeVoe recommended a sub-committee be set up to discuss this item, and suggested possibly sending a letter to members after they have missed two consecutive meetings.

A motion to accept the Minutes of the May 23, 2002 meeting as submitted was made by C. DeVoe, seconded by J. Jorgenson and carried unanimously.

F. Standt was not present at the meeting and no Treasurer's Report was available. F. Standt subsequently provided a copy of the Treasurer’s Report to the Recording Secretary for inclusion in the Minutes. It reads as follows:

Opening balance of the checking Account (7/10/02). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 641.35
CHECKS WRITTEN: Newtown Secretarial Svc. (#1663 -$233.25)
Closing balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 408.10
Opening Balance on the Money Market Account (6/12/02) . . . . . . . . . . $ 10,593.82
Transfer to checking 6/25/02 1,000.00*
Interest 6/29/02 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10.41
Interest 7/30/02) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8.16
Closing Balance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 9,612.39
1 yr. plus CD @ $10,000 + $1,042.79 int. to date = $11,042.79

TOTAL FUNDS = $21,063.28

*checking deposit shown on 7/9/02 report

The Treasurer’s report presented at the 5/23/02 meeting still needs to be approved. It was decided to wait for next meeting, when hopefully F. Standt will be in attendance.

D. Elwell of Charter Communications presented a check to J. Jorgenson for delivery to F. Standt in the amount of $2,000, representing Charter’s annual payment.

J. Sabo indicated there were two letters received regarding appointment/resignation of council members: R. Levy has resigned; L. Kellerman (Roxbury) has been re-appointed. There was no correspondence/communications for discussion.

D. Elwell indicated the new building is nearing completion. It was agreed that the next meeting would be held in the new building. D. Elwell stated Customer Service will be the first to move. Their current plan is to increase the number of customer service representatives to 70. D. Elwell further indicated there is no rate increase planned until February 2003. He stated they are working on some packages that will be more attractive to a variety of customers. R. Kosier asked about the senior discount, and D. Elwell indicated that the current program will be eliminated, but he did not think it had been eliminated yet. G. Van Antwerp distributed the most recent Public Access Report, discussed the Community Access web site and stated there would be a new internship program starting September 26. G. Van Antwerp also reviewed the recent truck shoots as well as those scheduled for the near future. (J. Zaloski commended Charter on their support of the Relay for Life event. J. Sabo also commended the truck crew on their taping of the Pomperaug High School graduation.)

Scholarship Committee Report – P. Hopper outlined the program for the James Diaz Memorial Award and indicated it would be promoted as a video festival. Participants will be required to submit the video in accordance with certain rules and regulations, and they will be judged based on established criteria. She discussed the methods of promotion and publicity of the program and asked council members to participate by distributing flyers to establishments local to them.

Web Site – J. Sabo indicated he had still not received information from T. Joyner relative to proposed structure/content of the web site. He asked council members to submit any information/ideas in this regard to him at Pomperaug High School or via e-mail at He was hopeful that the web site would be up and running by the next scheduled meeting in November.

C. DeVoe discussed offering of college courses by Wesconn as part of the distance learning program. He indicated the State had cut their budgets, and thus Wesconn would not be able to offer this unless the funds could be obtained elsewhere to subsidize the cost for completing the links. C. DeVoe indicated that Charter was willing to commit $2,000 to this program, and he asked if the council would commit to contributing $2,000 to $3,000 to help subsidize the cost of the remaining hookups required to get this program up and running. He indicated the money would be for equipment to be used in this endeavor, i.e. monitors, cameras, microphones, etc. and that unless they could get commitments for the total funds necessary to complete the project, no money would be expended. His request at this time was for a commitment to contribute if all necessary funds were pledged. C. DeVoe made a motion that the Council invest $2,500 to link Wesconn to the distance learning network. J. Jorgenson seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

A motion was made by C. DeVoe to adjourn the meeting at 9:53 p.m. It was seconded by J. Danscuk and carried unanimously.

Respectfully submitted by: Lorna J. Szalay, Recording Secretary

NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at Charter Communications offices in Newtown, 7:30 p.m.

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