Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
September 10, 2009
- Bernie Hart
- Marilyn MacDonald
- Michael Marshall
- Mary Rigby
- Johnathan Thibodeau
- Joe Thomas
- Alan Turner
- Jeff Warnica
- Andrew D. Wright
- Richard Connolly
- Kent Murray
Minutes of last meeting
The meeting was called to order by Bernie at 6:35 pm.
The minutes of the 13 August Board Meeting were
approved as circulated. Moved by Alan, seconded by Mike.
Alan Turner, Treasurer, presented the financial statement
for the month of August 2009.
The revenue for the month was $6024, providing a total income for the year
thus far of $60587. Expenses for August were $6297. The expenditures for
2009 stand at $64169. The bank balance is $14530 Acceptance of the report
moved by Alan, Seconded by Marilyn. Passed.
Johnathan summarized the work done over the past month
and noted ongoing technical activity.
A three hour power outage was experienced during Hurricane
Bill but the backup system was sufficient and CCN experienced
no problems. However, last week when university shut off
electricity to do some work on the water system CCN
experienced some delay in receiving mail. The work
was expected to take two hours, but it took four to complete.
CCN users may have noted a slow-down in receiving mail,
but there was no problem with outgoing mail.
When a personal account lapses the website is now removed.
Previously the websites were left on for several months.
The websites were not used nor were they updated
so they simply took up space - removing them as the
associated personal accounts lapse frees up space.
Annual Security Certificates are due this month.
The cost will be about $700. Last time the certificates were
renewed the annual fee period was extended to 18 months.
The extension was based on the fact that CCN
is a charity. Hopefully the same timeframe will be granted again.
The contract relating to CCN's equipment on the roof of Fenwick
Tower has been returned to Templeton Properties with comments
arising from a meeting of the Executive. Andrew will be in contact
with Templeton during the coming week.
One of the stipulations in the contact is that CCN purchase insurance
for the equipment placed on the rooftop. Bell and Grant suggests the
insurance cost would be in the order of $700. This is the same
insurance HRM will require us to have. It seems additional locations and
the cost of other roof top installations can be added to the initial
Joe Howe Manor
Marilyn summarized the meeting CCN staff and executive members had
with over 20 residents of the Joe Howe Manor on Victoria Street in South
End Halifax this morning.
Marilyn proposed "CCN staff move forward on ordering equipment
required for the Joe Howe Wifi project holding costs within a budget
of $1000". The motion was seconded by Alan. Passed.
Johnathan will circulate a list of what is needed for the Wifi
installation at Joe Howe, including approximate cost and order time.
Considering the work involved in installing the Joe Howe Wifi projects and
the arrangements staff must make with regards to becoming ill with Swine
Flu symptoms, there is a need to arrange for volunteers to cover office
hours. Members were in favour of assessing this need and considering
Presentation to HRM Council
CCN has been given a 5 minute time slot for a presentation to HRM
Council on the evening of October 6. Marilyn will give the presentation.
Bernie suggested a board meeting to deal with the contents of the
presentation be held at least a week before that date. A press release
will be needed in conjunction with the presentation.
Internet Town Hall Meeting
Mike, Jeff and anyone else able to make a meeting at noon tomorrow
will be meeting with the Dal Student Union Vice-President and a member
of the Students Computer Club to look into a feasible location and date
for a Town Hall meeting on the future of accessibility to the Internet.
ACORN would assist in the publicity for the Town Hall, and continues to be
interested in paying for some advertisement dealing with CCN's 15th
The next meeting will be Thursday, 8 October, 6:30 pm. However, prior to
this date a meeting will be called primarily to develop the presentation
Meeting was adjourned at 8:05 pm.