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April 10, 2008 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
April 10, 2008


  • Ed Dyer
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Jim MacLennan
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Alan Turner
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Richard Connolly
  • Bill Matheson
  • John McKay

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6:30 pm.

Minutes for the March meeting were approved. Moved by Alan. Seconded by Jim.


Committee Reports

Technical Report

Ed Dyer presented the Technical Report. One wifi node has been operating for 15 days. However, the addressing system is not functioning properly and Johnathan is working on this problem. The demonstration at Spencer House during the AGM on April 23 will run smoothly unless an unforeseen situation arises.

Spam continues to plague the system with the rate of 1 million messages of this ilk per day. The legitimate traffic passing though Chebucto is in the order of 1% -2% of the total received. Johnathan completed a mail upgrade last night.

Financial Report

Alan Turner presented the Financial Report. The revenue for the month of March was $11295, which included $5000 cash from the redemption of a GIC. Without taking these latter funds into account the revenue was $6295. This was significantly less than the same month the previous year, income for March 2007 was $8104. Expenses for March were $6226 which was significantly less that March 2007 when they were $9291. The bank balance on April 1 was $10430 and the reserves stood at $13418.


Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The AGM, scheduled for 7:30 pm Wednesday April 23, 2008 at Spencer House, will begin with a wifi demonstration session. This will take up about 20 minutes followed by a 10 minute question period so the formal meeting should start at 8:00 pm. Bernie Hart, Alan Turner, Ed Dyer and Andrew Wright will present the Chair's, Treasurer's, Technical and Policy Reports, respectively. The slate for election was discussed. The names of four people will be presented to the AGM and nominations will be accepted from the floor. There are four positions to fill, two two year terms and two one year terms. The latter arose recently when two board members who have each served one year of their two years term tendered resignations.



Joanne Eddy's excellent graphic will be copied and the poster will be available at the AGM. Members who would like to make arrangements to display a poster will be asked to take copies.



Andrew met with staff from both the daily Metro publication and the weekly paper printed by Transcontinental. The Mousepad should be used in the weekly community papers beginning in May.


Resource Recovery Fund Board

Bill Matheson was not able to attend the April 4th meeting of the Atlantic Canada Electronics Stewardship (ACES) meeting at the Continuing Education office in the Sexton campus of Dalhousie. Mary attended in his stead. The ACES programme regulating the disposal of computers, printers and televisions became effective in February 1. Nova Scotia is the only Atlantic province implementing the programme at the moment, but it is under consideration in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.


Other business

Andrew, at his own insistence, will remain on half-time salary until after the AGM at least.

Meetings with the United Way and Lake City, and a submission to the Federal office of Horizons for Seniors will be scheduled after the AGM.


Next Board Meeting

The next Board Meeting is scheduled for May 8, 6:30 pm, in the Chase Building.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.





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