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December 10, 2009 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2009


  • Terry Dalton
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Michael Marshall
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Joe Thomas
  • Alan Turner
  • Jeff Warnica
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Richard Connolly

Minutes of last meeting

The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:35 pm.

The minutes of the Board Meeting 12 November were approved as circulated. Moved by Joe, seconded by Alan.


Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement for the month of November 2009.

The revenue for the month was $5014, providing a total income for the year thus far of $78151.

Expenses for November were $4747. The expenditures for the year thus far are $83662.

The bank balance is $13378

Alan noted CCN's financial status at this time was more positive that he had predicted. The revenues have been modest, but the expenses have been minimal. If operational costs remain low CCN should be able to remain in survival mode while we attempt to find the right mix of project development and fund opportunities.

Acceptance of the report moved by Alan, Seconded by Joe. Passed.

Technical Report

Johnathan summarized ongoing work.

The Mail Scanner system was replaced as the power supply on the older system no longer functioned.

Discussion with Dalhousie technical staff have been positive. The only fee associated with placing transmission on the roof of Gerard Hall would be a $100 hook up charge. The cables can be run from the machine room on the 11th floor. The network facility would be complete there would be no need to add bandwidth. Joe Howe can be reached from Gerard.

It may be possible to place the webcam, formally on on Fenwick Tower, on the roof of the Biology/Oceanography Building.


Discussion of Chebucto's future

Members present participated in an open discussion focused on the future of CCN for about 45 minutes. They were asked to consider points noted in a two page handout, to priorize these points, and think about taking on responsibilities noted under the following 7 points which could be considered as the tasks ahead.


Gerard Hall

Andrew and Johnathan will move ahead with installation based upon timing arranged with Dalhousie. Once the equipment is in place and transmission to Joe Howe Manor has been been tested we will contact housing authority staff and manor residents and begin to establish the initial wifi project with them.


Coordination with HRM C@P

Andrew and Bernie will contact Dan Robichaud and discuss ideas about cooperation and alternatives with him.


Contact with municipal, provincial and federal representatives

Board members should think about representatives or staff they know or think would be interested and pass names on to Bernie or Marilyn. Contacts and discussions should be coordinated.


Town Hall

A second or perhaps a series of Town Hall type meetings could be very useful. t was suggested these should be off campus, perhaps in community centres. Mike, Andrew, Jeff and Terry will pursue this.



Terry will continue to consider of the role or roles CCN might play as the fibre network available in the province continues to be mapped and the Consortium of interested organizations begins to develop.


Recruiting Userhelp

Members suggested that we begin to consider this when and if either or both the Joe Howe Manor project and the Corner Store initiative go ahead.


Corner store initiative

This project might better be focused on wifi connectivity, and if so revitalization of a volunteer user group/team would be very useful.


Next meeting

The next meeting will be Thursday, 14 January, 6:30 pm.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.





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