JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 15, 2003


MINUTES OF JANUARY 15, 2003:  Walt Iwaskiw moved to approve the minutes of January 15, 2003.  The motion was seconded by James Bowe and passed unanimously.


Members Present: James Bowe, Chairman; Walt Iwaskiw, Vice Chairman; James Manahan, Member; and Scott Harp, Liaison Representing Newtown Township; and Rand Jaslow, Liaison Representing Newtown Borough.

Also present was Jeffery Jim representing Video Gold Productions, Inc. and Ron Weaver, Newtown Township Technology Manager.

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman James Bowe called the meeting to order at 7:43 p.m.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

James Bowe congratulated the committee members on being re-appointed to the Board.

REORGANIZATION:

James Bowe requested to remain Chairman for one more year. Walt Iwaskiw made a motion to reappoint James Bowe as the Chairman. The motion was seconded by James Manahan and passed unanimously.

James Bowe made a motion to reappoint Walt Iwaskiw as the Vice-Chairman. The motion was seconded by James Manahan and passed unanimously.

The position of treasurer will remain open with the possibility of a new member filling it.

MINUTES OF November 20, 2002:

James Bowe advised he had one change to the minutes, on page 2, he had only spoken via telephone with Attorney Robert A. Godwin, the attorney representing The Ridings. James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of November 20, 2002. The motion was seconded by Walt Iwaskiw and passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

VOLUNTEER VIDEO GROUP:

James Bowe introduced Ron Weaver, Newtown Township Technology Manager, and Jeff Jim, Producer/Director with Video Gold Productions, Inc.

The committee members explained to Video Gold that they would like to start a volunteer video group. The group would video tape township meetings (Zoning Hearing Board and Planning Commission) and local events.

Jeff Jim said his concerns is with Video Gold’s insurance policy and the impact of having volunteers operating the recording equipment. James Bowe asked Jeff Jim to contact his insurance company to see what changes they would need to see in the contract between the township and Video Gold to allow additional parties in the operating booth. Jeff Jim advised he would look into the matter.

Jeff Jim also suggested the possibility of having a Video Gold staff member in the booth with a volunteer. The committee members questioned what that would cost. Jeff Jim advised he would look into the price.

Jeff Jim also advised that if the insurance company would not approve additional parties in the operating booth, he would offer the service for a discounted rate. The committee members advised Video Gold to make a proposal to the BOS.

The committee members discussed the possibility of videotaping in the field. Video Gold advised the committee they rent video equipment.

The committee members discussed the recording equipment the township is currently using. Ron Weaver asked Video Gold to get the price for a 16 hook up audio board. Jeff Jim advised he would look into and get back to Ron Weaver.

The committee discussed the contractual relationship between the township and Video Gold, and thanked Jeff Jim for attending the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS:

The committee discussed the proposed cable ordinance. Members agreed that there should be seven (7) members. Four (4) members representing Newtown Township and three (3) members representing Newtown Borough. The committee members agreed they would present the BOS and Borough Council the proposed revised ordinance to be reviewed and possibly voted on. James Bowe advised he would email Rand Jaslow a copy of the proposed revised ordinance.

COMCAST UPDATE:

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

Scott Harp thanked the committee members for their efforts. He thanked Walt Iwaskiw for all his research work. He discussed future cable projects. He offered any further help to the committee and to the Borough.

The committee discussed the following:

§         RCN

§         Patriot Media and Communications

§         Black Hills Communications.

§         The new municipal complex with regards to the technology department.

§         Channel 78.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

 

Walt Iwaskiw made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by James Bowe.  The motion carried unanimously.  The meeting adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

 

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2003.  The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Newtown Borough Hall.

 

  Respectfully submitted:

  

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary