Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2010
- Terry Dalton
- Bernie Hart
- Michael Marshall
- Kent Murray
- Mary Rigby
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Joe Thomas
- Alan Turner
- Andrew D. Wright
- Richard Connolly
- Marilyn MacDonald
Minutes of last meeting
The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:35 pm.
The minutes of the Board Meeting 10 December were
approved as circulated. Moved by Joe. Seconded by Terry.
Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement
for the month of December and reviewed the situation for
year as the whole.
The revenue for the month was $4300, providing a total
income for the year as $82451.
Expenses for December were $3314. The expenditures
for the year were $86976.
Revenues and expenditures for 2009 were were both
about $10000 less than they were in 2008.
The bank balance as of December 31 was $15862
Alan noted CCN's financial status at this time was slightly
better that what had been predicted. This situation is largely
due to the lack of expenditures over recent months; Andrew
is the only employee and he is on half salary. Alan noted that
if expenses for the year can be held under $50000, and the
decrease in revenue is <15% CCN should, by the second
half of the year, hold enough funds to allow us to pay some
of the salary owed to Andrew.
Acceptance of the report moved by Alan. Seconded by Terry.
MOTION: That CCN invest $8000 in two, one year, GIC's with
the Atlantic Credit Union. The actual investment in each of the
GIC's will be left up to Alan and Andrew.
Moved by Alan. Seconded by Johnathan. Passed.
Johnathan noted the system functioned without
problems, during the two week Christmas holiday
Re-establishment of user training
Focusing on particular topics would be a useful format; people would come
to a session knowing what topic to be covered.
Most members considered hands-on sessions would be preferable to
discussions so CCN needs to look into locations where participants can use
computers onsite. The forthcoming newsletter might include a question
asking members to forward topics they would like to see covered in these
Updating website and newsletter
Bernie and Andrew will meet next week to review the website and work on a
newsletter to the members.
C@P and CCN
CCN is now considered a member of HRM's regional C@P (Community Access
Program) and recently received funds from the local office. These funds
which were over $2700 will noted in January's financial report. 2009 may
have been the final year for C@P's own funding but offices across the
country and working together to secure further funding as there is a great
deal of work in the field of access left to do.
Andrew will be a member of the roundtable held during
Podcamp 2010 hosted by the Halifax Public Libraries
and C@P at the Alderney Gate Library on 24 January.
Joe Howe Manor project
MOTION: The equipment needed for installation on
the Gerard Hall and Joe Howe Manor be ordered from
a Montreal supplier with the understanding the cost will
be under $600 and it will be delivered in early March.
Moved by Alan. Seconded by Johnathan. Passed.
Johnathan will move forward on the above.
MOTION: An email to the Metro Housing officer responsible
for the Joe Howe Manor, and letters to the residents who
expressed interest in the wireless projects will inform them
them the equipment is on order and CCN anticipates that the
project will go ahead in March. Moved by Alan.
Seconded by Mike. Passed.
Mary will move forward on the above, and will ask the
Metro Housing officer for copies of the documents regarding
liability insurance and safety precautions HRM would like
to see in place before the project begins.
Northwood Computer Installation
Bernie brought the newspaper article (Chronicle Herald
10 January 2010) focused in the computer facilities planned
for the new seniors complex in Bedford to attention of
Corner store initiative
Since Richard was not able to attend the meeting discussion on this topic
will be held over until the February meeting. However, Bernie noted the
wireless initiative with Joe Howe and other locations might be
instrumental in moving the Corner Store promotion forward.
Bernie has written an email to MLA Leonard Preyra
and will contact Councillor Dawn Sloane. Alan will
contact PJ Temple, the HRM officer is charge of grants.
Town Halls/ Community Forum
Members agreed that a series of scaled down
Town Halls, basically community fora/forums focused
on a particular topic would be the most effective way
for CCN to inform the public and act as a lobby to initiate
action. Internet access is a good topic, but may
not be provocative enough to catch public interest.
The presence and availability as well as the potential
of fibre optics may be a good topic at this time. At least one
meeting, perhaps in Spryfield, should be held by early March.
Mike will call a meeting with Terry, Andrew and Bernie
within the next week.
The next meeting will be Thursday, 11 February,
Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.