NEWTOWN AREA TELECOMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF NOVEMBER 5, 2008

 

Members Present: Harry Stevens, Chairman; Robert Hafner, Member and Barbara Jankowski, Member Representing Newtown Township; Patrick Foster, Vice-Chairman/Treasurer; John Leonard, Member and Gerard O’Malley, Liaison Representing Newtown Borough. Not present were James Manahan, Member and Jerry Schenkman, Liaison Representing Newtown Township.

No representatives from Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. or Verizon attended the meeting.

CALL TO ORDER:

Chairman Harry Stevens called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M.

MINUTES OF OCTOBER 1, 2008:

Barbara Jankowski made a motion to approve the minutes of October 1, 2008. The motion was seconded by John Leonard and passed unanimously with two members abstaining (3-0-2).

COMCAST REPORT:

Harry Stevens reported that Mike Gallagher advised him on a Comcast customer having a problem with Channel 63. The members had no prior knowledge of the problem.

The members discussed the complaint received from Stewart Mash with regards to Comcast and the Big 10 Network.

The members discussed correspondence received from Brian Jeter with regards to the Big 10 Network.

VERIZON REPORT:

OLD BUSINESS:

Discuss changing the meeting night in 2009

Harry Stevens advised that the Committee would begin meeting on the first Tuesday of the month starting in January 2009. He reported that Jerry Schenkman has advised him that he can not make the new meeting night and would no longer be the Board of Supervisors Liaison. Harry Stevens reported on informal discussions with Phil Calabro with regards to taking on the liaison position. The members discussed the liaison being appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

NEW BUSINESS:

OTHER BUSINESS/MEMBER COMMENTS:

The members discussed the work being done by the Technology Committee.

The members discussed the Committee meeting bimonthly or quarterly. It was agreed that the Committee would meet quarterly, with the meeting schedule as follows:

  • January 6, 2009
  • April 7, 2009
  • June 2, 2009
  • October 6, 2009

The members agreed that the meeting dates were subject to change and that the Committee would schedule additional meetings if they were needed.

The members discussed the Committee report to the Board of Supervisors.

Gerard O’Malley advised that he would review the Borough ordinance to verify that meeting quarterly would not be a problem.

Barbara Jankowski made a motion to change the meeting schedule to a quarterly format meeting the first Tuesday of the month in January, April, June and October and an ad-hoc meeting if necessary for 2009. The motion was seconded by Robert Hafner and passed unanimously (5-0).

The members agreed that both Comcast and Verizon should attend the quarterly meetings and send monthly reports to the Committee.

The members discussed canceling the December 3, 2008 meeting.

Patrick Foster made a motion to cancel the December 3, 2008 meeting. The motion was seconded by Robert Hafner and passed unanimously (5-0).

Harry Stevens reported on discussions with former member Scott Harp with regards to competition and looking for a third provider.

The members discussed posting DirecTV and Dish Network on the website as satellite providers.

Patrick Foster advised the members on the construction taking place at the Borough Fire Hall and that the January meeting would be held at the Newtown Fire Hall.

Gerard O’Malley reported that the Borough is having audio problems with their Comcast PEG channel and that they are looking into resolving the problem.

ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned at 8:14 P.M.

The next meeting is scheduled for January 6, 2009. The meeting will begin at 7:30 P.M., in the Newtown Fire Station located at Newtown Municipal Complex.

 

Respectfully Submitted:

 

Christy Holley, Recording Secretary