It was moved by Jamie Carroll and seconded by Ed Dyer that Andrew Wright
be confirmed as the CCN Webmaster. Passed.
B. Hart asked whether there should be provision for an understudy to
ensure that there would be continuity. Marilyn indicated that Johnathan
would be providing this role.
It was agreed that Bernie would contact Steve Gallagher who is preparing
training materials for CAP sites and arrange a meeting with Alan. He
would then report to the External Committee with the results. The
External Committee will report to the Board on this project.
In response to a question about the implications of withdrawing
sponsorship Ed indicated we would not be able to develop a number of the
products which we wish to have to meet existing needs.
It was moved by Jamie Carroll and seconded by Andrew Wright that Chebucto
inform OLT that we are withdrawing sponsorship of the CSuite Upgrade
funding proposal with the provision a) that CCN may wish to resubmit a
proposal in the future and b) that Jamie inform David Murdoch and Gary
Shearman of this decision via phone prior to informing OLT.
It was agreed the Executive would be asked to review the status of the
CSuite Software to determine ownership and the rights which belong to
Chebucto. The Executive will also address the issue of whether we wish to
prevent others from improving the software.
Chris Watt, the current Treasurer, was not present. Marilyn explained
that Chris will be moving away from the area and has resigned his
position. Marilyn pointed out that the key finance issues have to do with
the Audit and the Banking arrangements. She is now working with a Linda
Grainger at the Royal Bank. There is a need to transfer $13,000 from the
Royal Bank to the Credit Union. However, first the signing officers must
be recognized by the Credit Union.
Following a discussion of the role of the Treasurer it was moved by John
McKay and seconded by Jamie Carroll that Chris' resignation be
accepted and that Jeff Warnica be appointed Treasurer. Passed
It was moved by Mark Rushton and seconded by Jamie Carroll that Chris
Watt's name be removed as a signing officer and that in his place Jeff
Warnica be given signing authority.
Marilyn reported that two significant donations had been received since
the last meeting. One of $5,000 and another of $1,000 which she had
managed to obtain while in Ontario.
Ed reported on the UPS upgrade and the problems which had been associated
with this change. The source of the problem was a switch which had to be
replaced. This has resulted in an increased speed for the Text service -
all are now 28 or 33; however, due to the linkage to the service the
service is limited to 19.6.
Five more lines will be added to PPP as well as four additional lines for
the Dal Dial Up Service. This leaves 32 lines for the Text service. Ed
indicated there has been some discussion of Dal setting up its own Dial-up
Service as there is now more space available.
CBC had donated an equipment rack and more may be available. Ed indicated
the intention is to move from 33K modems to 56K for the PPP service and
perhaps for Text as well. In response to a question about Chebucto
withdrawing from Dal and setting up its own servce - Ed pointed out there
are two issues to address. First is the cost of equipment and the second
is the cost of lines.
Tom Fullerton raised the problem of CCN voice mail service and the
difficulty it poses in enabling users to find out about service problems.
Andrew outlined the limitations of the present voice mail arrangement and
it was agreed Tom would meet with Andrew and report back to the Board with
Discussion then turned to the Switch which Ed had acquired and the merits
of exchanging this for one which would provide additional functions,
particularly more ports. Ed has negotiated with the Company to take back
the initial switch and replace it with a more suitable one for a total
cost of $900.
It was moved by Jamie Carroll and seconded by Mark Rushton that Ed Dyer be
given approval to purchase the new switch at a cost of $900. Passed
The following points were raised:
- Marilyn asked about staightening out the the Board listserv and
changing Doug McCann's ownership status. She added that the Ext List is
still not functioning.
- Ed agreed to look into discontinuing the membership report template
which is generated each month.
- Marilyn asked about being added to the Tech List.
Ed reported that he has been approached by several organizations which
indicated an interest in having CCN host their web site for up to $50. per
month. Ed pointed out that if this service was to be expanded it would
mean acquiring a new server which is estimated to cost approximately
$2,000. Quite apart from the hosting feature there is the aspect of
having a secure server for financial transactions.
Marilyn reported a meeting of the Committee had been scheduled for next
week and the concentration would be on Membership and Word on the Street.
Marilyn indicated she is concerned about the lack of an Internal Committee
and she would continue to raise this issue until the Board is able to
respond to the need.
John McKay asked if members had been receiving calls from Robert Speirs.
Ed indicated he is and will be reporting this to the Police. John urged
all members to report each incident.
Jamie reported that Johnathan has been hired for ten hours per week at a
rate of $10 per hour. A Letter of Understanding has been prepared and
signed. Johnathan will keep a log and report on a bi-weekly basis.
Ed raised a concern about Johnathan being involved in dealing with Tech
issues without the knowledge of the Tech Committee. Andrew and Jamie both
assured Ed they would work in concert with the Tech Committee.
There was a question about continuing the Editor in Chief position which
is presently held by Michael Cormier. Marilyn pointed out that this is
another role for the Internal Committee. There was also a question about
the selection of the Feature IP on the Home Page. Ed pointed out this was
being done by Chris Majka and there was a procedure being followed.
However, he would look into this matter.
The next meeting will be on June 26th.