JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD

WEDNESDAY APRIL 17, 2002


MINUTES OF APRIL 17, 2002: Due to the lack of a quorum the committee could not officially meet and take any action.


Members Present: James Bowe, Chairman, Walt Iwaskiw, Vice Chairman and Scott Harp, Liaison, Representing Newtown Township.  Not in attendance are Dr. Joe Ugras, Member, Representing Newtown Township and Stuart Myles, Treasurer and Ernie Bancroft, Member, Representing Newtown Borough.

Also present was Michael Sinback representing Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman James Bowe called the meeting to order at 8:03 p.m.

Note: The minutes for April 17, 2002 can not be approved due to the fact there was not a quorum at the meeting.

MINUTES OF MARCH 20, 2002:

The minutes could not be approved at this meeting due to the fact there was not a quorum. Walt Iwaskiw advised the committee on one change to the minutes, on page 2 the committee discussed the status of the OTN, not OTM.

NEW BUSINESS:

The committee discussed creating a Volunteer Video Group. James Bowe suggested finding volunteers to learn how to use the township’s equipment on-site to record the Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission meetings. The members talked about having Video Gold train the volunteers. Walt Iwaskiw advised he would talk with Ron Weaver. James Bowe advised he would look into getting a copy of the contract with Video Gold. The committee discussed how the program would run. The committee discussed recommending to BOS.

OLD BUSINESS:

COMCAST UPDATE:

James Bowe updated the committee on the status of the property belonging to Kelly Rufus, a resident of Newtown Crossing.

The committee discussed the status of Newtown Commons.

The committee discussed the Internet/Email service outages. James Bowe asked Michael Sinback where Comcast was in reference to providing the committee with information on the percentage of downtime and the percentage of customer calls. The committee discussed the possibility of Comcast having an automatic call back system. Michael Sinback advised he would look into.

The committee discussed the status of Tyler Walk – Phase II. Mike Sinback agreed the pedestals need to be replaced.

SATELLITE DISHES:

The committee discussed the progress they have made in reference to Satellite Dish Regulations. Scott Harp suggested Walt Iwaskiw speak with Tom Harwood.

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The committee discussed member attendance. Scott Harp asked the recording secretary to call members prior to the meeting to verify if they are able to attend. Jim Bowe advised that an email is normally sent. The committee discussed sending a letter to Marsha Skull at Newtown Borough. James Bowe advised he would draft correspondence to Marsha Skull.

The committee discussed who could attend the Council Rock School District Cable Advisory Committee meeting or the Joint Cable TV Advisory Committee for Bucks County meeting.

The members discussed the possibility of increasing the number of members on the committee.

James Bowe advised the committee he would call Liz Johnson tomorrow in reference to what the Newtown Area Cable TV Advisory Committee is up to. He advised he would also contact Mr. Winslow. 

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned at 8:32 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15, 2002.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary