Minneapolis Telecommunications Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Board Members Present: Floyd Child, Robert Vose, Joel Rainville, Marido Huber, Kevin Jenkins, Joan Higinbotham, Tom Cassidy
Board Members Absent: Tamir Nolley
Ex-Officio Present: Lance Leupold
Others Present: Pamela Colby, John Akre, Jim Derks
Child called the meeting to order at 6:11 p.m.
I. Opening business
A. Comments from public, staff, and board Akre announced Member's Screening night
B. Approval of agenda. MSP Rainville, Higinbothan
C. Minutes from the April board meeting. MSP Vose, Huber
A. City of Minneapolis C. John Harrison was not present
B. Minneapolis Public Schools Colleen Kosloski was not present
C. Time Warner Lance Leupold presented
The current number of subscribers is 78,522. Leupold will be moving into the new Time Warner headquarters next week. He will invite the board to visit the new offices.
D. Executive Director's Report Pam Colby presented
The MTN Audit has been completed. Treasurer Huber reviewed the document and sent it back to the audit firm for correction and completion. The Finance Committee will review it and bring it to the board for recommendation at the next meeting.
New cameras are installed in the van for community events coverage.
This summer MTN is working with Jewish Community Center for a two week media camp, as well as a Spanish language media camp.
Colby handed out a community events schedule.
MTN will have a booth at the State Fair that will be shared with other access center from around the Twin Cities. Hallanger is working on that.
Colby was awarded the Ninth Ward Citizen of the Year and Akre was awarded as a Neighborhood Volunteer of Year in the Third Ward.
Deutsche Welle is up and running on Channel 76. The Annenberg Channel is currently out. The Minneapolis Public Schools will be getting a new dish for the Annenberg Channel.
There was some discussion about expanding the youth Media Camp model in the future.
E. Treasure's Report Huber presented
Huber presented the April Profit and Loss Statement and reported that all items are in line with the budget. Motion to accept the report. MSP Vose, Rainville.
A. Public Relations Committee Rainville reported.
The PR Committee met and discussed the State Fair booth. They also discussed the handbook and worked on developing a strategy for placing ads and using releases for free publicity. Future discussions will focus on how the committee will rally resources to create buzz.
B. Equipment Committee Child asked Derks about the condition of the van. Derks reported that it took a great deal of troubleshooting to get the new van cameras working
C. Renewal Committee Vose reported that the committee met with the city in respect to the city's work on franchise renewal. Members were given an update, but there is nothing that requires an action at this point.
Vose added that based on the work of the Renewal and Grievance Committees, MTN board members may be asked for quotes from reporters. Vose suggested that the Chair speak for the organization.
Next meeting Child suggested that the board meet during July meeting will be on July 14th.
Meeting adjourned at 6:35 p.m. MSP Huber, Rainville