JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD

WEDNESDAY MARCH 3, 2004


MINUTES OF MARCH 3, 2004: 

James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of March 3, 2004.  The motion was seconded by Walt Iwaskiw and passed unanimously. 


Members Present: Walt Iwaskiw, Chairman; James Manahan, Member; and Scott Harp, Liaison Representing Newtown Township; Patrick Foster, Vice-Chairman; and Don Smith, Liaison Representing Newtown Borough. Not in attendance was James Bowe, Member Representing Newtown Township.

Not present was Joseph Czajkowski representing Comcast Cable Communications, Inc.

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Walt Iwaskiw called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m.

MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 4, 2004:

Walt Iwaskiw advised he had one change to the minutes. On page 2, under Old Business, the committee was discussing the Local Alert System not the Community Alert Network. Patrick Foster moved to approve the minutes of February 4, 2004. The motion was seconded by James Manahan and passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

OLD BUSINESS:

The members discussed the Committee’s Mission Statement. The committee reviewed an updated draft copy of the proposed Mission Statement. Walt Iwaskiw advised the members on any changes the BOS made to the proposed Mission Statement.

The members discussed the license agreement between Newtown Township, Council Rock School District, and the Bucks County Community College for use of the cable channel. The committee members agreed they would like to review the agreement further and discuss at an upcoming meeting before advising the BOS. Don Smith advised he would forward a copy to the Borough’s attorney for review.

The members discussed the Newtown character generator. Some members advised they have not seen the tape Walt Iwaskiw recorded while in Ocean City, NJ last summer. The committee agreed to discuss further once all members have viewed the tape.

The members discussed the Township’s channels with regards to realigning the programming as follows:

Members agreed to discuss the above matter further before advising the BOS.

The members discussed scheduling a meeting with the local Universities within the community to discuss content for the Township’s channels. The committee agreed to schedule the meeting for April 2004.

The members discussed cable competition. Scott Harp advised the committee on his meeting with Patriot Communications. The committee discussed several over-builders in the United States. Members agreed to continue to look for cable competition.

COMCAST UPDATE:

The committee members discussed the report received from Joseph Czajkowski updating the members on the following:

The committee members discussed the OTN.

The committee members discussed the status of the Newtown Industrial Commons.

The committee members discussed the price increase.

The committee members discussed Comcast’s bid for Disney.

The committee members discussed The Riding of Newtown. Walt Iwaskiw advised he would discuss further with James Bowe to see if he has met with Continental Property with regards to The Ridings of Newtown.

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The committee discussed the following:

ADJOURNMENT:

James Manahan made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Patrick Foster. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 7, 2004. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Newtown Borough Hall.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary