February 2015


February 4, 2015 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven

Meeting Date: February 4, 2015

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at DiMatteo’s Restaurant, 2100 Dixwell, Ave. Hamden, Connecticut on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy secretary. Meeting started at 6:00.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH)

Peaches Quinn, Vice Chair (NH)

George Alexander, Treasurer (H)

Don Levy, Secretary (H)

Sharon Codeanne, COMCAST Representative

CTAC’s January meeting was cancelled due to illness. The February meeting was held at DiMatteo’s Restaurant in Hamden Plaza because of limited parking at CTV as a result of snow in the parking lot.

COMCAST representative Sharon Codeanne presented Chair Weinstein with its annual contribution of a check in the amount of $2,000.00 toward covering CTAC’s administrative expenses. Ms. Codeanne also presented the COMCAST report which highlighted the fact that the annual COMCAST Volunteer Day will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at a location to be announced, in New Haven.

Chair Weinstein asked Ms. Codeanne to look into a customer complaint CTAC received in the mail regarding spotty internet service at Tower One in New Haven.

Vice Chair Quinn reported that to her regret no submissions had been made to the CTAC Excellence in Community Video Award contest by the final deadline of January 31, 2015. Members expressed disappointment that the community had turned a deaf ear to CTAC’s attempt to inspire young people to get involved in community cable programming. Member Levy indicated that next year CTAC should open up the submission process to all community youngsters in our target demographic and use its public relations acumen to encourage participation.

Chair Weinstein presented a draft of testimony on behalf of Area 19 Cable Advisory Council Chairman Gregory Davis. Mr. Davis’ proposed to tax all Connecticut internet subscribers to pay for community access cable programming such as is provided in our cable area by Citizen’s Television. Several members pointed out that many internet-only subscribers would be thereby paying for a cable television service they could not receive.

The February regular meeting of CTAC was adjourned at 7:06 p.m..

Respectfully submitted by D. Levy, CTAC secretary