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January 14, 2010 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2010

Attending:

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

Regrets:

  • Richard Connolly
  • Marilyn MacDonald

Absent:

  • Jeff Warnica

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.

 

Committee Reports

Financial Report

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. Passed.

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.

Technical Report

Johnathan noted the system functioned without problems, during the two week Christmas holiday period.

 

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 sessions.

 

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 the members.

 

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.

 

Follow-up contacts

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.

 

Next meeting

The next meeting will be Thursday, 11 February, 6:30 pm.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:55 pm.

 

 

 

 


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