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November 17, 2010 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
November 17, 2010

Attending:

  • Mary Ansell
  • Deborah Dostal
  • Bernie Hart
  • Marilyn MacDonald
  • Kent Murray
  • Johnathan Thibodeau [arrived part way through meeting]
  • Alan Turner
  • Jeff Warnica

Regrets:

  • Richard Connolly
  • Terry Dalton
  • Andrew D. Wright

Minutes of last meeting

Bernie moved approval of the October 15, 2010 minutes and Marilyn seconded; carried.

 

Committee Reports

Financial Report

Alan reported that income exceeded expenses for both September and October. Expenses were all in line except for the insurance. At the year to date, the income will exceed expenses by about $12,000 which will put CCN in a positive position. Alan moved acceptance of the report and Marilyn seconded; carried.

Technical Report

Johnathan was yet not present at the meeting. Alan reported on the power outage. The equipment did not come back on so Andrew and Johnathan came in on Sunday morning to restart it.

 

Progress on Gerard Hall

There needs to be a qualified person to install the cable. Marilyn put forth a motion to approve the cost of training for Johnathan and Andrew to get certification for cable installation at a cost of about $200 to $300; Mary seconded. Jeff noted that they will need to have experience in the field before they can install the cable. The Board will take this back to Andrew and Johnathan. An amendment to the motion was made to approve the cost of training if it will serve our purpose; motion carried with one contra.

 

Approach to the CRTC

Bernie heard back from Bell Aliant and read the letter to the Board. They are not going to offer us a special rate. Assuming a minimum of 100 people, the cost is prohibitive. There was no response from Eastlink. Andrew had suggested that we get in touch with our business contact at Eastlink. Bernie made a motion to give Eastlink another two weeks then to write a letter to CRTC regarding the response from both companies. Marilyn seconded and the motion was carried.

 

Role of Board Members and Relationship to Staff

Richard and Deborah had met and put together a list of terms of reference and expectations of Board members. This was distributed for discussion at the next Board meeting.

 

Remuneration

Marilyn outlined the demands on Johnathan and Andrew including working nights and weekends. The Executive had met to discuss remuneration and brought recommendations to the Board meeting. It was recommended that Johnathan be given an honorarium of $3500 and that Andrew be put on full salary for six months with CCN monitoring the sustainability. If it is not sustainable after six months he will be put back on half salary. Andrew would rather be put on full salary rather than receive an honorarium because of tax implications. Jeff pointed out that this might change the nature of the relationship between the Board and staff. Deborah moved acceptance of the package for Johnathan and Andrew and Mary seconded; carried.

 

YouTube presentation

We now have the equipment to do a good presentation to put on YouTube. It is hoped that Terry will help to put on a shortened version of a town hall presentation. It should motivate the community to think about what can be done to provide Internet access for those who can't afford commercial access. The message should go out to the government and community that the Digital Divide does not just refer to rural/urban, but also to age and affordability. Andrew will be told to go ahead with the presentation.

 

Other business

Jeff passed out a submission which puts forth a list of issues we should be considering as infrastructure requirements.

 

Adjournment

Bernie moved adjournment at 7:35 p.m.

Next Meeting: December 15, 6:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 


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