September 2016


September 7, 2016 Minutes

MINUTES of CTAC of Hamden, New Haven and West Haven
Meeting Date: September 7, 2016

Call to order: A regular monthly meeting of CTAC was held at CTV Offices at 843 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. President Tad Weinstein presiding. Don Levy Secretary. Meeting called to order at 6:04.

Members in attendance:

Tad Weinstein, Chair (WH), Don Levy, Secretary (H), Johnes Ruta (NH), Peaches Quinn (NH),
George Alexander (H).

CTV representative Joe Schofield was present.

Minutes from the previous meeting were adopted.

Joe Schofield reported that CTV was not yet being cablecast over the Frontier system. He said that one new cable must be laid within the building to get CTV up on the Frontier system. Joe said he sent an email to Frontier representative Steve Gemmell expressing his frustration that CTV had not yet been added to the Frontier system despite more than two years of promises to do so. Joe also noted that volunteer training had been resumed. He also said that CTV had made a personnel reorganization which eliminated the position of the Front Desk attendant. He also said that CTV had put a new computer system in place ( which would make it easier for viewers to request retransmissions of CTV programs at times convenient for the viewers. He also said that the new system for retransmission of CTV programs would allow people who took part in a program to make copies of the program for themselves at no cost thus saving CTV resources. In reply to a question by Johnes Ruta Joe said that CTV has the capability to tape or to stream events of public interest in the three municipalities live. Joe said that people seeking to cablecast their events would have to provide CTV at least two weeks notice.

Council members noted that no progress had been made to finish the upgrade of the CTAC website to facilitate ease of use. George pointed out that the CTAC Cable Television Excellence Grant program could not move forward until the grant pre-application was posted to the web site. Peaches Quinn encouraged all Council members to seek out web site developers to hire in order to meet these dual requirements of the CTAC web site. People interested in working as contractors were urged to submit bids in writing which satisfied the Request-for-Proposals which George had generated.

Tad noted that the current one year terms of CTAC officers was about to expire. The Council voted to appoint Johnes Ruta and Ashley Sklar to act as a nominating committee charged with putting forward a slate of candidates for the upcoming year.

The Council voted to hold the annual CTAC Dinner meeting at Carmine’s Restaurant at 1500 Whalley Avenue, New Haven on December 7 beginning at 5:30 pm. Don volunteered to make reservations for 12 people. The Council agreed with Peaches Quinn’s proposal to invite former CTAC member Jenn Sacco to attend as a guest.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Don Levy, CTAC Secretary.