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October 11, 2007 Board Minutes

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Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
October 11, 2007

Attending:

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

Absent:

  • Matthew Newton

Minutes of Previous Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 6.35 pm.

Minutes of the meeting held September 13, 2007 were approved as circulated. Moved by Alan Turner, seconded by Jim MacLennan.

 

Committee Reports

Technical Report

Ed Dyer gave the Technical report. The scheduled power outage did not present a problem itself, but work was necessary to get the the mail backup sorted out, and the servers running smoothly. This served to illustrate the mail system does not have much spare capacity. Jim wondered if hardware damage might result from even planned power outages. Ed noted such problems might arise, but there was no evidence of such as yet.

A rumour suggesting that spanners are going to mount an all out assault in December is circulating. This will be monitored but there is little that can be done until the threatened situation arises. At present all junk mail caught by the spam filters is expurged after 30 days. CCN receives some 400,000 messages per day. Less than 10% of this material is real mail.

Wifi is moving ahead, slower than hoped. Fortunately Johnathan has been able to overcome each problem as it arises. The latest glitch is a driver problem at Fenwick but this will be cleared tomorrow. The two nodes will be tested next week. 50-100 nodes could be feasible in the present southend focus location. A loan of some equipment may allow for a second area to be assessed and tested in November.

There may be a need to find volunteers who would be able to work on code. Ed, Andrew and Johnathan will discuss the job description.

Financial Report

Alan Turner gave the Financial Report. The financial situation has not changed over the last month. Revenue is about $15,000 below last year, but fortunately expenses have been kept to a minimum. Total revenue for August was $8184. Total revenue for the year to date is $81867. The total expenditures for August was $9502,and for the year to date was $83454. A GST rebate of $3312 was received.

Alan chose to reinvest the $15,000 term deposit for the higher rate and longer term as there is a smaller one which can be cashed if funds are needed. Alan moved his report be accepted, seconded by Kent Murray. Passed.

 

Replacement of Board Member

Bernie Hart informed those present that Bob Adams resigned from the Board and asked if members might suggest a replacement. After some discussion Alan moved that Marilyn MacDonald, past president and presently a non-voting member of the board, be accepted as a full voting member of the Board and therefore replace Bob Adams on the Board. Seconded by Kent Murray. Passed.

 

Resource Recovery Fund Board

Bill Matheson noted although there had been no meetings during the month it was understood the Minister of Labour and Environment had accepted the terms of the stewardship programme. It is expected that depot sites for the return of electronic equipment will soon be identified. Committee members will have a telephone conference later in October. Board Members present agreed that CCN might be able to publicize the programme once the depot sites have been named.

 

Mousepad

Marilyn noted that The Daily News is not interested the column at present, but the wifi story would certainly be of interest. Bernie noted it is important to make sure City Council members are well aware of the wifi project before any contact with the newspaper is made.

Richard suggested the community based newspapers might be interested in running the wifi story and maybe even be able to use the Mousepad.

 

Other business

Bernie noted HRSDC acknowledged their office received CCN's application.

Publicizing the wifi project and CCN itself is important. The Daily News is interested and no doubt the Chronicle Herald would be too. Marilyn reminded members that when contacted last June the CBC said they would take up the story. The community papers may be interested and particularly so if there is wifi capability in the area they serve or it may soon be there.

 

Next Board Meeting

Next meeting scheduled for Thursday November 15, 6:30 pm

Meeting adjourned 7:35 pm.

 

 

 

 


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