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May 19, 2010 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2010


  • Mary Ansell
  • Richard Connolly
  • Terry Dalton
  • Deborah Dostal
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Kent Murray
  • Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Alan Turner
  • Andrew D. Wright


  • Jeff Warnica

Minutes of last meeting

Alan moved approval of the minutes and Bernie seconded.



Bernie passed out the nominations report:
  • Chair - Alan Turner
  • Vice Chair - Marilyn MacDonald
  • Treasurer - Marilyn and Alan
  • Secretary - Deborah Dostal
  • Technical Director - Johnathan Thibodeau
  • Past Chair - Bernie Hart


Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan passed out the financial report and noted that it has been a good month for revenue since more organizations joined and there were some designated donations from the United Way campaign. He explained that unusual expenses were accounted for with the one time payment to ACORN and the petty cash expense. To date, CCN has reduced expenses by fifty percent. Alan moved acceptance of the report and Marilyn seconded; carried.

Technical Report

Johnathan reported that $900 has been earmarked for networking switches and batteries. The switches have already been installed and he will pick up the batteries in Dartmouth. During a power outage, the computer holding the mail shut off. A battery is gone and two hard drives failed. The mail has since been restored from a back-up system. Last month, approval was received to buy new hard drives and that is in progress right now. Last Saturday, one hard drive stopped working which shut down storage. A new hard drive was installed later in the day

Andrew and Johnathan took fall prevention training as required by the insurance to install wireless equipment at the top of Joe Howe Manor. They will get the results in a couple of weeks. They do not have permission yet from Dalhousie to install the equipment at Gerrard Hall.


CAP Report

Bernie spoke about the threat from Industry Canada to withdraw most funding for the CAP sites. The decisionswas reversed within 24 hours. Funding has been extended for 1 more year, but the CAP Board will be working on getting Industry Canada to continue to fund the program.


Woodlawn Town Hall and Upcoming Sessions

There were 5 members attending in addition to the Chebucto Board members. Alan reported that the presentations were good and the main message was that there needs to be fibre optic service to the home. HRM should be installing it and adding it to the tax bill. It was suggested that CCN should pursue this and put forth a strong business case. One idea was to have a community fibre box and the telecom companies could bring the service to the box.

Two more Town Halls are planned, one at Alderney and the other in Bedford. For the Bedford meeting on June 9th we should have information on bringing communications networks to the homes. It was planned to get out information on the Town Hall meetings in the fall, particularly in the Library Guides. Andrew will send out a poster on the Town Hall meetings. He will need a high definition camera to record the meetings.

After this round of Town Hall meetings, CCN will assess where to go from here. A 20 minute presentation to the Chamber of Commerce is possible to introduce the fibre optics awareness and how communities can benefit in terms of costs and services. A community in Bedford might be a possibility. Terry will make the presentation at the next two meetings and Michael will be attending.


Canada's Digital Strategy

CCN at present only has digital hook-ups but there is a need to offer high speed through WiFi. Andrew will do a rough draft of the CCN response to Canada's Digital Strategy and will bring it to the next Board meeting or send it to the Board list. The deadline is in July.


Next meeting

Bernie moved adjournment at 7:55 p.m.

Next Meeting: June 16, 6:30 p.m.





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