RCTV Cable Committee
Minutes for the meeting of March 25, 2009
Raymond High School Studio
Present: Kevin Woods, Marc Vadeboncoeur, Jim Holmes, Ron Edgar. Cheryl Killam,
new representative from the Board of Selectmen is down with a back injury; School
Board Representative Gretchen Gott is in a School Board meeting.
Kevin recognized a new volunteer Ed Smith, who was taping the cable committee
meeting. It will air live next month (assuming we do not scare off Mr. Smith) and it will
be replayed this month as well as put on the streaming web site.
1. Approval of Minutes –
• Motion by Ron Edgar to approve the minutes of 2/26/09 as distributed, 2nd
by Jim Holmes, motion passed (Marc abstained)
• Motion by Ron Edgar to approve the minutes of 3/9/09 as distributed, 2nd
by Jim Holmes, motion passed (Marc abstained)
2. Public Input – No public present
3. Purchases – No outstanding purchases in process. Committee was to
recommend a model to replace office desk monitor that would handle VGA and
NTCC video. Will replace 2 monitors currently on desk. Ron, Marc, & Kevin to
4. Coordinators Report – Programming back to pre Election Day schedules, some
equipment repairs needed.
5. Resignation – Christie has submitted her resignation from the committee due to
• Motion by Ron to accept resignation and that chair send a letter of thanks
to Christie for her years of service. 2nd by Marc, Motion passed
6. Re-appointments -
• Motion by Ron Edgar, 2nd by Jim Holmes to recommend Marc
Vadeboncoeur for re-appointment to the cable committee. Motion passed
• Motion by Jim Holmes 2nd by Ron Edgar to recommend Kevin Woods for
re-appointment to the Cable committee. Motion passed unanimously
• Motion by Ron Edgar to recommend Joe Lucafo to full time position to fill
out the remainder of Christies term, 2nd by Jim Holmes, Motion passed
After discussion committee members agreed not to recommend an alternate to
replace Joe until we could speak with other volunteers about their interest.
7. Election of Officers
• Motion by Ron Edgar, 2nd by Jim Holmes to table elections, continuing
with current slate of officers until committee is full and possibly until
Selectmen approve committee expansion to seven. Motion passed
unanimously. Kevin to prepare agenda for April.
8. Cable Committee Appointments
Kevin reviewed his interest in have committee members take on responsibility for
specific projects and areas i.e. Budget development, public relations, outreach,
volunteer recruitment. Kevin recommended tabling this item until committee is at
full strength. Committee members agreed.
9. Cable Budget Development – In process, Kevin will report with Joe next month
10. RCTV Capital Improvement Plan – In process
11. RCTV Policy for Editorials – Kevin still has to draft policy changes, will report
12. IT Network re-design - New network running well, Kevin has directed Marc to
discontinue Fairpoint DSL
13. New Business –
Ron reported on work he is doing on Console 2. Video has intermittent flickering. It may
be the video switcher. He has installed new patch panel and will continue to
Ron reported on his work on edit suite computer. He has determined the problem is with
the CPU fan/heat sink. The fan is not working. Mother board is no longer in
manufacture, He has found a replacement fan/heat sink and will purchase and install.
Marc noted that we may want to look into upgrading the version of Adobe Premier the
editing software as we are about 3 versions behind. Estimated cost is $300.00
Ron reported on video serving project. Kevin explained that this was a new way to
download programming from a volunteer site in Maine and that he had asked Ron to
chair the research. Ron noted that NH Coalition for Community Media (NHCCM) had
made a bulk purchase of computers with large (1.5TB) hard drives designed to connect
to the PEG media site in Main for downloading programs. It can also be used to upload
Raymond programs such as Back stage in Raymond to the Maine site for distribution to
other access stations. Ron motioned, 2nd by Jim to approve purchase of computer,
motion passed. Ron will continue research this new tool and coordinate with Marc on
things like, bandwidth, scheduling, etc. Kevin asked if this could be used to make
Raymond government meetings available for download directly to people’s computers.
Both Ron & Marc agreed that it could.
Jim reported that he hopes to seal walkway as soon as weather is warm enough
Kevin reported that he is working with the High School on an Extended Learning
Opportunity (ELO) for two students. Kevin will act as mentor. Program will begin as
soon as school runs a background check on Kevin and competency requirements are
Kevin reported on presentations he made to the Board of Selectmen regarding
expansion of the committee to 7 and the disposition of surplus electronic equipment.
The Board said it would be back to the committee. Kevin noted that Selectman’s Chair
Frank Bourque indicated last week it would be on the April 6th agenda.
Marc discussed the possibility of using re-chargeable batteries for things like wireless
microphones. Kevin asked him to look into what unit he would recommend and
purchase if below $100
Kevin reported that he is working with a fellow member of St. Josephs church to
determine of there is an audience for putting church services on the streaming web site.
This would make it available to congregation members not only in Epping and
Raymond, but also other towns served by the parish.
Next meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 22, 7:00 RCTV Studio
Meeting adjourned at 8:25pm