JOINT CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD

WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6, 2004


MINUTES OF OCTOBER 6, 2004: Patrick Foster moved to approve the minutes of October 6, 2004. The motion was seconded by Steve Erwin and passed unanimously.


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

Also present was Ronald Weaver, Newtown Township Technology Manager.

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

CALL TO ORDER:

Vice-Chairman Patrick Foster called the meeting to order at 7:36 p.m.

MINUTES OF SEPTEMBER 1, 2004:

James Bowe moved to approve the minutes of September 1, 2004. The motion was seconded by Steve Erwin and passed unanimously.

NEW BUSINESS:

OLD BUSINESS:

Don Smith advised the committee members that Verizon has applied for permits within the Borough.

Barbara Jankowski advised the committee members that Newtown Crossing has received written notice from Verizon advising residents work is scheduled to begin.

The committee members discussed Channel 78. The committee members discussed the equipment being donated to the Township/Borough from Holy Family University and LaSalle University for use on theTownship/Borough Educational Channels. Ron Weaver advised the committee members he was unaware of the donation. Committee members discussed the current programming schedule between BCCC and CRSD. Walt Iwaskiw advised members he has been in contact with David Snellman, BCCC, who advised him that any problems experienced are normal, usually after a power outage. James Bowe advised the members that his contact at BCCC advise him that BCCC programming is not being aired outside the campus. James Bowe advised the committee members he would look into the matter further and update the committee.

The committee members discussed the character generator. The members agreed they would like to improve the content of the character generator. Ron Weaver explained to the committee members how the character generator works and the equipment being used to run the character generator. Ron Weaver explained that the events being advertised are related to government, he also advised the committee members on past complaints due to the content of the character generator running too long. Ron Weaver advised the committee to discuss their recommendations with the BOS. Ron Weaver advised the committee members on the equipment in the video control booth. Ron Weaver advised the committee members that he is meeting with Upper Makefield Township Manager Richard Gestrich to discuss their character generator, he will update the committee after his meeting. The committee members discussed the possibility of having a Power Point presentation running on the character generator. The committee members discussed the videotape recording of the Ocean City, NJ character generator. The committee gave the videotape recording of the Ocean City, NJ character generator to Ron Weaver for his review. The committee members thanked Ron Weaver for his time.

COMCAST UPDATE:

The committee members discussed an email received from Joseph Czajkowski advising that he could not attend tonight’s meeting, updated the committee members on the following:

The committee members discussed the OTN with regards to the hanging fiber cable. Walt Iwaskiw referred to the September meeting where Joseph Czajkowski advised the project should be complete by October 1, 2004. Walt Iwaskiw advised the members he would contact Joseph Czajkowski for a new date for the expected completion of the project.

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The committee discussed the following:

Walt Iwaskiw updated the committee members on an email received from a local Newtown wireless Internet business. Walt Iwaskiw advised the members that he has invited the representative to the November meeting. James Bowe advised the Mayor is interested in the service. The committee members discussed wireless Internet service.

ADJOURNMENT:

James Bowe made a motion to adjourn the meeting, which was seconded by Walt Iwaskiw. The motion carried unanimously. The meeting adjourned at 8:55p.m.

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 3, 2004. The meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m., in the Newtown Borough Fire Station located at 14 Liberty Street, Newtown.

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

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Christy Holley, Recording Secretary