NEWTOWN AREA TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

NEWTOWN BOROUGH FIRE HALL

14 LIBERTY STREET

NEWTOWN, PA

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2004


MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 3, 2004: James Manahan moved to approve the minutes of November 3, 2004. The motion was seconded by Patrick Foster and passed unanimously.


Members Present: Walt Iwaskiw, Chairman; James Manahan, Member; Steve Erwin, Member; and Barbara Jankowski, Member Representing Newtown Township; Patrick Foster, Vice-Chairman; and Don Smith, Liaison Representing Newtown Borough. Not in attendance was James Bowe, Member; and Scott Harp, Liaison 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 7:42 p.m.

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.

NEW BUSINESS:

OLD BUSINESS:

Walt Iwaskiw provided the committee members information for their review from TelVue Corporation. TelVue Corporation is responsible for the Ocean City, New Jersey character generator.

Walt Iwaskiw provided the committee members information regarding Horsham Township’s regulations for content on their character generator.

The committee members discussed Verizon. Walt Iwaskiw advised that Scott Harp has a contact at Verizon and he would invite the contact to a meeting to discuss what Verizon is doing within the Township and Borough and what their plans are. Don Smith updated the committee on Verizon’s status within the Borough.

The committee members discussed Franchise agreements. Walt Iwaskiw referred to several emails received from Ralph Douglas regarding Franchise agreements. He advised he could forward copies of the emails to committee members. Committee members discussed contacting Horsham Township to request copies of their Franchise agreements.

The committee members discussed improving the character generator. Walt Iwaskiw advised the committee members that after reviewing the Township’s agreement with Video Gold, he sees nothing to prevent the Township from hiring a consultant regarding the character generator. Committee members discussed the equipment used for the current character generator and the need to upgrade the equipment or outsource the character generator. The committee members discussed the need to have remote access to update the character generator and the web site. Committee members discussed the October meeting with Ron Weaver. The members discussed inviting Bob Pellegrino to a meeting. The committee members discussed the regulations Horsham Township has for advertising on their character generator. The committee members agreed to review the regulations from Horsham Township and begin drafting recommendations on how to improve the character generator at the December meeting. The committee members discussed ways to get feedback from Township residents with regards to the character generator. The committee members discussed the possibility of having a student intern maintain the character generator and the web site. Walt Iwaskiw advised the committee members on his next report to the BOS.

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:

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The committee discussed the following:

Walt Iwaskiw updated the committee members on the status of Starlinx. He advised the committee members that Starlinx plans to meet with the JDNC.

Walt Iwaskiw advised the committee members that he has not heard back from Ron Weaver with regards to his meeting with Upper Makefield Township to discuss their character generator.

James Manahan advised the committee members that per Verizon, they would be out on November 4th to repair the low hanging wires at 77 Newtown-Richboro Road.

Barbara Jankowski advised the committee members on an upcoming Making a Difference meeting on Saturday, November 14, 2004. She suggested Walt Iwaskiw attend the meeting with the possibility to discuss the character generator and web site.

ADJOURNMENT:

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

The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 1, 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