CCN Board Minutes
July 9, 2009 Board Minutes
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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
July 9, 2009
- Bernie Hart
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Michael Marshall
- Mary Rigby
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Joe Thomas
- Alan Turner
- Jeff Warnica
- Andrew D. Wright
- Richard Connolly
- Kent Murray
Minutes of last meeting
The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:35 pm.
The minutes of the 11 June Board Meeting were
approved as circulated. Moved by Alan, seconded by Marilyn.
Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement
for the month of June 2009.
The revenue for June was $6712. Individual memberships
were responsible for all but $1000 of the total. The revenue for
this year to date is $45901. This is slightly less than that at the
end of June 2008 when the revenue to date was $46393.
June expenses were $5743. This reflects both the lower payroll
costs, as Andrew is paid on a half time basis, and the reduced
cost of line charges which has been in effect for a few months.
The year to date expenses stand at $50346.
Alan noted the revenue is above the amount predicted in the
budget. The year to date expenses appear significantly higher
than the revenue, but CCN has no outstanding bills and routine
costs of operation for the remainder of the year are assumed to
less than those of last year.
Alan moved his report be accepted. Seconded by Marilyn.
A new version of the webmail software has been installed
and is running smoothly. Older browsers may encounter
problems, but none of the new versions support the very
The hard drives of two servers were replaced with
A new network switch and batteries cost about $1000.
Johnathan will provide Joe with the information on the
items needed so a application for can be made to Emera
in their next run of funding in September.
Templeton Properties plans to move their main office to the
ground floor of Fenwick which means they will require network access
there. It may be feasible for CCN to provide
that to them as part of an arrangement which allows CCN
to maintain the present equipment on the roof of Fenwick.
Andrew will discuss this possibility with the Dalhousie staff
member on Friday. He may be able to talk to Templeton staff
on Monday. Senior members of the Templeton are very busy
and it is difficult to make arrangements to meet with them but
Andrew will try and set up up a meeting time so that Bernie
can attend a meeting at Fenwick with him.
After a discussion about working arrangements, the contents of
written agreement or contracts between Templeton and CCN
it was decided that Andrew, Jeff would correspond on this topic
via email and other Board members could join in as they wished.
The consensus of the Board was that if there is to be any long-term
working relationship will be necessary to have a legally recognized
contractual arrangement between Templeton and CCN
Joe Howe Manor
It has proven difficult to get in contact with senior staff at the Metro
Housing Authority. Bernie will contact Bill Matheson with the hope
that Bill might assist CCN in getting this initial senior residents
The project could be handled without the present facility on
Fenwick Tower, but time and staff energy would have to be
devoted to the development of other arrangements. For now
it is assumed that Fenwick will remain available and functioning.
Corner Store Initiative
Richard was unable to be at this Board meeting. He is unable to devote
any specific time to further development of this project, but
would happily work on a training session for others. No members
have offered to work to this project. So far no new members have
been solicitated through the stores displaying the information.
Serving Seniors Alliance (SSA)
CCN is on the banner of the Association, and brochures and
Andrew's card are on the display tables whenever the SSA has
a booth. The most significant opportunity may be the SSA 's
own programme in October. It is a one day event which will be
held in the Dartmouth Holiday Inn.
CCN has never had a policy for Website contents. However, as the
website is the "face" of CCN as whole it would be beneficial of have
a policy statement in place for ourselves, users and other viewers.
Bernie and Marilyn will work on a draft policy statement.
CCN's 15th Anniversary
Bernie, Andrew and others will work on arrangements for a "hotdog"
barbecue in celebration of CCN's 15th year of operation. Hopefully we
will to be able to hold it at the Parade Ground area in front of City
Town Hall Meeting - Future of the Internet
Bernie circulated the summary Joy Woolfrey prepared from
teleconference focused on the possibility of CCN being involved in
hosting a Town Hall type meeting on the future of the internet. Joy,
Bernie, Mike and Jeff had a discussion with 2 CCPA staff
(Marita Moll in Ottawa and Christine Saunier in Halifax) and Steve
Andersen in Vancouver, who is a member of Savournet. Mike
and Jeff will explore the feasibility of CCN's involvement in such a
meeting further and report back.
The question of maintaining CCN as an active internet service
provider is ever constant in the minds of Board members. The
latter half of next month's (August) meeting will be devoted to
The next meeting will be Thursday August 13, 6:30 pm
at the Chase Building.
Meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
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