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March 13, 2008 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
March 13, 2008


  • Richard Connolly
  • Ed Dyer
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Jim MacLennan
  • Bill Matheson
  • Kent Murray
  • Mary Rigby
  • Alan Turner
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Johnathan Thibodeau


  • John McKay

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6.35 pm.

Minutes for the February meeting were approved as amended.


Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan Turner presented the financial report. The revenue for February $7466 and expenditures for the month were $8946. The revenue was below that for February 2007, which was $8084, and substantially less than the preceding month of January, which was $10807. The expenses were substantially higher that those for February 2007 which were $5294 as well as those for January which were $6962. Alan questioned the apparent differences he sometimes noted when comparing the figures he recorded and those in the online bank record. He and Andrew agreed to review the process for posting transactions at a meeting in the office at 5:00 pm Monday. Alan moved his report be approved, seconded by Kent Murray, passed.

Technical Report

Ed Dyer noted upgrades in the system allowed Chebucto to hold the recent increase of spam at bay, then asked Johnathan to review the the status of the wifi project.

Johnathan noted a wifi demonstration would be feasible at Spencer House for the Annual General Meeting, and that a few users might be on the system operating before that date.

Andrew noted that he will relook at an offer to host advertisements through Google. Victoria BC freenet receives $200 a month by hosting this service.


Activities Emanating from Special March 6 Meeting

Bernie presented a draft of the letter to be emailed to all members, requesting nominations to the Board to be elected at the 2008 Annual General Meeting to be held at Spencer House, the evening of Wednesday April 23, 2008.

Bernie gave members copies of a short letter he would like to send to the city Councillors Uteck and Sloane, who represent the area of the city where wifi would be initially available. Bernie noted that it might be possible to obtain funds from HRM to celebrate the presence of wifi in the southend. It might be feasible as sort of a Block Party. This type of function has received such funds.

Marilyn has almost completed the form to be submitted to the provincial government grant through the Positive Ageing Fund. She will mail a completed copy, but will also hand deliver one to the appropriate office on Monday, March 17.

The staff in the seven seniors centres in HRM have all said they would put up a poster in the centres and/or put a CCN announcement in their newsletters. Material will be mailed to them early next week.



There has not been much luck with the Mousepad with regards to its inclusion in the Daily News community weekly papers. A copy written for the 24th of February issues appeared in the paper focused on Bedford and Hammonds Plains just recently. Other area papers have not carried it at all.


Resource Recovery Fund Board

A meeting of the Board in scheduled for Friday April 4 from noon to 3:00pm at NSCC campus on Morris Street. Bill is not able to attend, but will ask if an alternate would be acceptable. If so Mary may attend.


Other business

Richard mentioned that people of all ages seem to take advantage of internet services provided in malls and street corner booths in both Ireland and Australia. He wonders if development of such a service might work here.

The question of returning Andrew to a full time salary situation was deferred until the next meeting.


Next Board Meeting

The next meeting of the Board is scheduled for April 10, 6:30pm, Chase Building.

Meeting adjourned 7:50 pm.





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