Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
April 8, 2010
- Bernie Hart
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Michael Marshall
- Mary Rigby
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Joe Thomas
- Alan Turner
- Jeff Warnica
- Andrew D. Wright
Minutes of last meeting
The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:40 pm.
The minutes of the Board Meeting of 11 March
were approved as circulated. Moved by Alan.
Seconded by Marilyn.
Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the Financial report.
The revenue for March was $5945 compared to $7910
for March 2009. The expenses for March were $4088
compared to $11681 for March 2009. Andrew is the
only employee and he is on half salary. The Eastlink
lines are less that half the number we used early in 2009.
The Bank balance on March 31 was 23650. Since then
$10000 was placed in a 30 Day revolving certificate.
Alan moved his report accepted as tabled. Jeff seconded
the report. Carried.
Alan suggested that CCN reinstate Andrew to full salary.
Andrew declined, but did state he would request the payroll
firm deal with the $2500 bonus he was to receive in
accordance with the minutes of the February Board Meeting.
Marilyn requested that the Board table Alan's suggestion
and revisit it as a motion in future.
Johnathan noted a filter which checks for and rejects SPAM
before it is on CCN has greatly reduced the amount of mail that goes
into junk mail and allows the mail programme to work
much more efficiently
All the equipment needed for Gerard Hall and
the initial wifi installation for Joe Howe Manor
is in house. The equipment installation on
Gerard Hall will be done when the university
gives the okay.
Meanwhile Johnathan and Andrew will upgrade their
safety certification in April and Andrew will apply for
the insurance CCN should hold before further rooftop
or exterior wall installations are undertaken. A copy
of the insurance policy will be attached to the Metro
Housing Authority lease required for installation of
equipment. There is no cost associated with to this
lease but it is a legal requirement.
Our meeting with the Joe Howe Manor residents was
in September. We have distributed two letters to those
people who attended the meeting; one in November and
one in February, and forwarded followup letters to the
Metro Housing Authority in both cases. However, as
Marilyn noted, if activity is put off much longer CCN's
credibility will suffer.
Johnathan presented a quote form for equipment that
would replace the ageing mail server. The total purchase
price for the four items, processor mother board
video card and bracket was $951.46.
Alan moved that CCN purchase the equipment as itemized
for $951.46. Michael Seconded the motion. Carried.
Wiki potential utilization
After a discussion lead by Jeff's suggestion that the
development of a Wiki using Confluence software could
enhance CCN capability to act as a moderated discussion
and clearing house for information and activity on topics
such as fibre to the home, the Board decided such an
installation might be useful. Jeff been able to the secure
the equipment and the software as well as arrange
for the the licensing for a year. CCN facilities are
very cramped making installation on site very difficult.
However, Jeff confirmed installation need not be on site.
Jeff moved to set up Wiki and operate it with
Confluence software off site with fibre to the home
being to focus for a moderated discussion. Michael
seconded the motion. Carried.
Bernie attended the recent Halifax Regional Community Access Program
meeting at Veith House. This was the first meeting held since the
decision to make substantial cuts to the funding was reversed. Over a
dozen active members in the metro area were present and everyone was
relieved to know funding was intact for at least this fiscal year.
Library Town Halls
Michael secured three Library site
for Town Hall Meetings and these will be
advertised in the forthcoming bimonthly
The programme times are 7:00pm to 8:30pm
- Woodlawn Library Tuesday May 18
- Alderney Landing Library Wednesday May 26
- Bedford Library Wednesday June 9
Board members were asked to assist in publizing
Marilyn hopes the Chronicle Herald might publish
her op-ed piece around the time of the first date.
Mike will try to get an appointment with Mrs Brown
in the administrative office of the Library system
in order to set up additional Town Hall programmes
installation in the Fall.
Annual General Meeting and Board Election
Two members have accepted to stand for election:
Dan Robichaud and Deborah Dostal. One Board position
will be vacant if no one else steps forward.
The audited accounts will not be ready for the AGM,
however Alan will review his 2009 end of year report
it will serve as the Financial Report for that evening.
The audited report will be done in time for the June
report to CRA and will be placed on the website
when it becomes available.
The AGM will held Thursday evening April 29.
Room 1009 on the ground floor of the Rowe Building
across the street from the Student Union Building,
at the corner of Seymour and University Avenue,
The presentation at the AGM will be a mini Town
Hall and Andrew and Michael will handle it.
The next meeting of the Board will be decided
after the AGM as Thursday evening may be in
conflict the availability of new Board members.
Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.