Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Board Members Present: Marido Huber, Joan Higinbotham, Floyd Child, Kevin Jenkins, Joel Rainville
Board Members Absent: Robert Vose, Tamir Nolley, Andrew Hedden, Tom Cassidy,
Ex-Officio Present: Delpha Harris, Michael Hestick
Others Present: Pamela Colby, John Akre, Jim Derks
Huber called the meeting to order at 5:34 p.m.
I. Opening Business
A. Comments from public, staff and board no comments
A. Approval of the agenda. Amend the agenda with the addition of an "Item F. Next Meeting Date." MSP Child, Higinbotham. Approve Amended Agenda: MSP Child, Higinbotham.
A. Approval of Minutes from the May board meeting. MSP Child, Jenkins.
A. Minneapolis Public Schools Colby reported for Edie French
They covered the high school graduations and those programs are now playing on the public schools channel.
A. Comcast Delpha Harris presented for Leupold
Ten "Cable's Leaders in Learning" were awarded nationally. Dr. Scott McLeod of the University of Minnesota was one of those winners. He informs leaders in elementary education about the importance of technology.
C. Executive Director's Report Colby presented
Colby and Tom Borrup are working on developing the Task Force for MTN's Long-Range Planning effort. The group will be set at the end of June.
Colby is working with staff on developing Performance Reports.
The Playback Server Encoder is now working correctly.
Colby has been planning sections of the ACM Conference. A former Voices student will lead the Conference?s Youth Media Camp.
The new production truck arrives next week with interior work completed.
Live Northeast parade coverage will be next Tuesday. MTN will be using a production truck from Blaine Community Television.
Child asked if the four second issue delay could be resolved. Colby said that the delay will remain. Derks explained that in February 2009 all broadcast and cable programming will be digital and will have that delay.
D. City of Minneapolis - Michael Hestick reported for Harrison
The Performance Agreement is in the hands of the City Attorney. Video on Demand was not provided for Public Access in the franchise agreement. Harrison received the invoice for the extra funds MTN is owed by the city. City Cable is debuting a new program called ?"How Government Works." The first show will promote rain gardens. They are also working on "On the Scene." The next show will focus on juvenile crime issues. Harrison has provided National Night Out PSAs for MTN and Comcast to run.
May subscriber numbers are 72,184 households or 36.8% penetration. Huber asked that Harrison provide an update on the 2008 contract.
E. Treasurer's Report Rainville presented
Colby said that a review of the audit is needed. Huber suggested the Finance Committee meet before the next board meeting to do this. Huber asked that Colby e-mail the audit so they can review it.
April's P & L report was passed out. MTN is slightly under budget for revenue. Expenses are also under budget. Huber pointed out that production services numbers were low. Colby suggested that she would work to get more production work from non-profit organizations. Motion to receive report MSP Child, Jenkins.
E. Next Meeting Date
Motion to cancel the scheduled July meeting and meet instead on August 2. Board members are encouraged to attend the ACM Conference in lieu of the July meeting. MSP Rainville, Child. Colby said she would e-mail appropriate sections of the conference schedule that board members might find interesting.
Next board meeting August 2
Meeting adjourned at 6:10 p.m. MSP Rainville, Higinbotham.