February 5, 2020 Minutes

CTAC Meeting Minutes February 5, 2020 —FINAL

Attending members: 
Peaches Quinn – (New Haven) –  Acting Chair
George Alexander – (Hamden) – Treasurer
Yvonne Manning-Jones  – (New Haven) – Advisor
Laurel Coleman – (Hamden) – Advisor
Anthony Cardo – (Hamden) – Advisor
Johnes Ruta – (New Haven) – Acting Secretary

Visiting attendee – Tad Weinstein – former CTAC Chair.

Meeting called to order at 6:09 pm.

1. Minutes

January 2, 2020 Minutes
a,   Laurel Coleman asks about “gift card” to Tad Weinstein for his service. Peaches notes that
this should read “Thank You Card” as there was no gift or renumeration included. Johnes
accepts this correction to be made to the January Minutes.

b. Yvonne Manning-Jones makes Motion to accept the January Minutes as amended.
Anthony Cardo seconds this Motion. Vote is unanimous to accept .

December 2019 Minutes.
   a.    Paragraph #2 – George questions what he was “concurring” with. “…evidence data” added to end of previous sentence to clarify.

b.  Peaches made motion for minutes procedures: initially publish “draft minutes” to all attendees. Upon approval/amendments made, minutes will be labeled FINAL and sent to George for posting.

Yvonne seconds . Motion carries.


  1. Treasurer’s Report

George presents an audit letter from PricewaterhouseCoopers describing that Comcast issued
a check to CTAC in the budget year 2016. They asked for confirmation the check was received. George will look back into financial records to confirm.

3. Old Business

a. CTAC Annual Report
George Alexander and Peaches Quinn prepared the CTAC Annual Report . It was submitted to PURA January 31 (their deadline). Acknowledgement made that report should have been published first to Council members.

Laurel presented a list of questions regarding meeting minutes contained in annual report. PQ will review and respond to questions by next meeting.

Reminder to all: Monthly minutes should be carefully reviewed and questions asked/corrections made prior to final approval.

b. CTV PSA– Laurel Coleman made motion to approve her finalizing outine/script for CTAC PSA
(Public Service Announcement) to promote public knowledge of the work and role
of the Cable Television Advisory Council. She recommends that all CTAC members
be available to appear in this PSA video recording.

Yvonne seconds and motion carried. Laurel will continue to coordinate PSA taping to be done prior to March 4 regular meeting.

  1. c.  Membership- Need to fill slots. Tad’s, West Haven seat remains unfilled. Also noted,
    there continue to be no Board of Education representatives for any of the three towns (New Haven,
    Hamden, or West Haven), and no City Libraries represented from Hamden or West Haven
    (as described in CTAC By-Laws).

    4.   New Business

  2. George Alexander states that the CTAC Funds Balance is presently $9,178.68.
    The CTAC is therefore in the position to make Community Awards George restated motions for multiple grants of $2,000, including one to Hamden Partnerships. Motion to approve deferred to next month pending identification of a senior center recipient in West Haven.

b.Anthony made motion to target 2020 financial gifts to help veteran groups. Johnes seconds. Motion carries.


  1. Correspondence

George read a statement from Comcast to Citizens TV (that CTAC received) describing number of subscribers in three towns for last quarter, 2019.

George made motion for PQ to followup with Comcast to determine was this an error or is it a new Comcast procedure and what does it mean. Yvonne seconds. Motion carries.

Next Meeting to be Wednesday, March 4th at offices of CTV at 6:00pm. Reminder: Arrive at CTV for 5:00 PSA taping.
Meeting adjourned: 7:25 pm.

February 5th, 2020 Minutes respectfully submitted by Johnes Ruta (New Haven)
Acting Secretary.   February 25th, 2020.