CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD OCTOBER 9, 2009 A meeting of the Cable Television Advisory Board was held Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:30 a.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber.

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CABLE TELEVISION ADVISORY BOARD


OCTOBER

9
, 200
9



A meeting of the Cable Television Adviso
r
y Board was held Friday,

October

9
,

200
9

at 8:
3
0

a.m. in the Aldermanic Chamber.



Members of Committee present:

Andrew Cernota






Paul Johnson, Citizen Represen
tative

Dennis Ryder, Citizen Representative

Thomas Yuro
v
check








Ed Lecius






John Barker






Larry Artz








Members of the Committee absent:

Brian Morrissey, Fire Chief






Charlie Matthews






Mark Sousa







Thomas Joyce






Alderman
-
at
-
Large Brian McCarthy






Rick Farrenkopf


Miriam Swanson






Dorothy Clarke, Esquire


















Also present:




Jeff Poehnert







READING OF MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING



FINANCIAL STATEMENTS


John Barker


Is Mr. Johnson going to be here?


Jeff

Poehnert


Here's away.


The CTAB financial report for the month of
September

2009 has been submitted. Our current
balance of
our

operating account 6013 is $
2
9
6
,
646.19
.
The

current balance of
our

capital
equipment fund, the 6012 account, is $16,5
0
8
.
9
1
.

The expenses for September

2009, including
salaries, totaled $
22
,7
79
.
52
.


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We had 478 cable casts total in September of 2009. That broke down to 11 live on Channel 16
and 8 live on Channel 99 to make a total of 19 live. We had 459 playbacks from the s
ervers of
which 193 were on Channel 16 and 266 on Channel 99.


The RFP for the studio control room and field equipment, which would be the cameras, tripods,
switches, and audio, etc. has been completed. If anyone wants to see a copy of the proposals
whe
n received, please let us know. On the studio lighting RFQ for the broadcast equipment and
installation is in progress still. We have an RFP for the robotic systems that we've completed for
3 perspective locations. That would be the aldermanic chamber, C
ity Hall auditorium, and North
High lecture hall.


Final inspection in the PEG facility at 9 Riverside Street by the Fire Marshal has been
accomplished and passed for our permanent occupancy. The RFPs, like I said, that are in
progress or completed to e
quip the facility. We have our quotes for furniture and subsequent
purchases are being finalized. All the locks have been permanently installed in the facility and
we are not awaiting the key card security system install.


Over the past month Jeff
Poeh
nert

and Pete Johnson have been gathering information pertinent
to the routing of the broadcast signal over the Comcast network in the city fiber network. An
October 21st meeting has been scheduled with the technical team to discuss these findings and
fin
alize a design. On the public access side, public access request for proposal has been in
development. As Resolution R
-
09
-
224 has passed, any aldermanic debates will be funded by
the initial $106,000 that was put in the budget.


John Barker


Just a not
e for the record on the public access RFP. I'm pleased to announce that a draft has
been completed. It's going to city staff this morning for review. It's large. It's about 70 pages. It
has a lot of legal context to it, and legal department will need
to do a sufficient review of it and
then at that point, there are others I know who have expressed an interest in possibly reviewing it
and I can respond to those requests at that time.


Andrew Cernota


One quick question about the resolution. The repor
t here mentions aldermanic debates. Is it
specific to aldermanic or does it include other city offices?


John Barker


I'm relatively certain
-

I thought it said the word "aldermen". So I think
it's

probably very specific
to that. I'd have to have it in

front of me, which I don't unfortunately but I have a degree of
confidence that it says aldermen specifically on there. It also has a caveat that to be able to host
that, all of the candidates on the ballot need to be invited to that debate as well. So
you can't
cherry pick the people that you bring into the debate.



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Ed Lecius


Mr. Chairman I note later on the agenda we've got the letter from Ms. Hynes requesting the
waiver

for the Channel 99 to show any Board of Education debates. It appears at least
those 2
fields would be covered in some manner by 16 and/or 99.


Andrew Cernota


Actually that was related to my question. That's why I was asking to see if the aldermanic
resolution specifically approved that presentation on Channel 99.


Dennis Ryder


Pe
rhaps Mr. Poehnert has the resolution?


Jeff
Poehnert


No, I do not with me.


John Barker


We're moving along so swiftly, we can go off and get a copy if you wish.


Dennis Ryder


For the record, I've been invited as a candidate for the School Board to app
ear before a panel of
students and discuss the issues along with the other four candidates.


Andrew Cernota


Right. That's actually what Ms. Hynes' letter is regarding
-

the presentation of that forum.


Ed Lecius


I believe the is minimal cost, if any, in
volved because this is part of the class that Mr. Pfeiffer
teaches that these students are involved in. So it is part of their ongoing educational process.


Andrew Cernota


That's my understanding as well.


Ed Lecius


She's just seeking the waiver to be

able to televise it. I think that's a good idea when we get to it.




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Dennis Ryder


If you're at a point where we can discuss that, I was wondering how the city was going to handle
this proposal. What the procedures were.


John Barker


I actually had n
ot seen the proposal prior. If it's permitted under the existing resolution, then it's
merely a matter of scheduling it. If it's not permitted under the existing resolution, then someone
has to put forward a resolution to permit it.


Ed Lecius


Well ba
sically Ms. Hynes is asking us as we did last time to grant a waiver. We were allowed to
do a waiver the last time to allow the student interviews to be broadcast on 99.


John Barker


I'm not certain that CTAB has the authority to grant a waiver or I woul
d wonder why did we need
the resolutions through the Board of Aldermen.


Ed Lecius


Because they wanted to get paid. The expenses to be paid. I think that's why the resolution
went through the Board of Aldermen. There's no cost incurred with...


John Ba
rker


I don't know that it's in regard to the payment. I don't think the payment was the point of the
resolution. I think it was to basically authorize the coverage. It's not first time that a resolution
has been done around debates.


Ed Lecius


Well
I know we approved the kids to do the Presidentials.


John Barker


I mean to be frank, I'm not the attorney. I'm not in the legal department. This is something that
we would have to discuss with the legal department to get an opinion of whether we have t
he
authority to do
that
.


Ed Lecius


Well I think past practice comes into play here. We did it in October of 2007.


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John Barker


Once again with respect,
it's a legal question and whether it's past practice permitting it or not,
legal needs to weigh in o
n that.


Dennis Ryder


I
believe

the resolution did specifically authorize the costs should come out of this $104,000.


John Barker


For that particular resolution it authorized any costs related to it to come out of the 106 that had
been funded for public
.


Dennis Ryder


I was just interested on what procedure you're going to use if the candidates wanted any
individual candidate wanted to speak. Are they allowed to? Are they allowed to present a tape?


Paul Johnson


I think under the Policies and Procedu
res, we can't have an individual candidate (
inaudible
) views
on 16 or 99.


John Barker


That would political commentary.


Paul Johnson


It would be political commentary. Whereas if the idea of being the debates would be different
because all the parties
would be invited and basically it would be a forum and part of the
governmental function of running an election.


Dennis Ryder


It depends what that resolution says. We should look at that.


John Barker


Would you like me to continue on the report in his
absence. So that finished

the public access
portion. On production, no issues to report on the video servers. Although I don't believe this
report mentioned that we will be once we finalize the design of how we're going to serve the
content through our
city network. We will be issuing some kind of a purchasing mechanism
whether it's an RFQ or an RFP to get some additional automation pieces which would include
some video servers and the like. So that's coming. Although we're not ready to ask for that n
ow.

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Would you like me to read it?


Andrew Cernota


Please.


John Barker


"R
-
09
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224. Authorizing the use of the government access channel, Channel 16, or the
educational access channel, Channel 99, for 2009 municipal election debates and forums and
autho
rizing payment of the videographers expenses from the public access channel account"


Where's the text of the...? This is just the announcement. You need to get the actual text.


Ed Lecius


I think the text sums it right up. You can do both
-

education,

forums, and debates in 2009.


John Barker


For the record, I want the full body read in. There is some additional language such as that all
candidates need to be
-

I want all that to be recognized in this discussion. So he'll come back
with that and then

we'll make sure we get all the information.


Dennis Ryder


I think simple and that we should in view of the time remaining.


Andrew Cernota


If you'd like to continue with the Channel 99 report.


John Barker


So educational channel 99. The programming
accomplishments in September. Education TV
provided residents 267 telecasts. That's about 307 hours of local programming. (inaudible).
The new programs that were developed in September included 2 new episodes of (inaudible).
We also covered 3 high sch
ool football games,
including

the Nashua North, Nashua South, and
Bishop Guertin. Some additional notes
-

more sports coverage will be coming this month,
including several North/South games this week as part of the "Battle for the Bridge". The staff
did
meet with the editorial staff from the journalism club at Bishop Guertin to talk about
opportunities

for educational TV and the
possibility

of their producing a television program as part
of their work. Three new episodes of Story Time were produced this
past Saturday for future
broadcast. Students of
Nashua

High

School TV productions class are in the process of
producing several shows, including one on the H1N1 virus and a new series on the arts in
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Nashua. We're working in
conjunction

with the students
to present the live forum with the
members of the
Board

of Education to air later in September. Is that what we're discussion
here? Is that something different?


Ed Lecius


That sounds to be the same that Ms. Hynes is referring to yes.


John Barker


They

are still working on the Policy and Procedure Manual, which in the past had been
erroneously referred to as an Operations Manual. It's a Policy and Procedure Manual. Work
progresses on that.


Dennis Ryder


I presume that should say later in October.


Jo
hn Ryder


Yes you're right. Instead of September. Thank you. So that would conclude the PEG program
report.


Andrew Cernota


As we're still a person short from our quorum, perhaps...


Dennis Ryder


Can I ask a couple of questions here?


Andrew Cernota


Yes, please.


Dennis Ryder


You're talking about robotics and you had the 3 locations
-

the aldermanic chamber. North High
lecture hall. Why would that be CTAB's responsibility and not the school
departments
. I'm just
curious in this area.


John Barker


Because we use that venue routinely to broadcast the School Board meetings and other
government and education related meetings there. We were asked by the schools to consider
putting robotic systems in that venue as well. We
said

that it would really d
ep
end on the
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availability of funds but that we would make sure the RFP included that so we could see what the
costs were and make a
reasonable

judgment.


Andrew Cernota


Things in schools tend to have a certain amount of wear and tear on them. What sort o
f
maintenance
-

would we be responsible for the maintenance of those systems once they're
installed?


John
Barker


Yes.


Andrew Cernota


Would we be basically in control of who would be operating them?


John Barker


Yes that as well. Yes. We don't contro
l the audio system per say over there. Although I don't
know how many people still do anything with that besides ourselves and a few others. But the
robotic camera system will be
totaled

under control. It's also up.
Certainly

it could be vandalized
if
you wanted to work at it, but it's not easily gotten at.


Ed Lecius


For the most part Mr. Chairman, I believe that lecture hall is limited to Board of Ed. meetings and
other city type meetings. I don't believe it's used regularly by students or teachers
there. It's
pretty secure.


Andrew Cernota


So you have the resolution.


John Barker


Yes. All right. I have the actual wording of the resolution.
Again
, the title of the resolution is
,
"Authorizing the use of the government access channel, Channel 1
6, or the educational access
channel, Channel 99, for 2009 municipal election debates and forums and authorizing payment
of the videographers expenses from the public access channel account". The body of it is,
"Resolved by the Board of Aldermen of the Ci
ty of Nashua that notwithstanding any ordinance,
regulation, or policy to the contrary, cable casts of candidate debates and forums incident to the
2009 municipal election to which only all candidates who will be on the ballot have been invited
may be show
n on the government access channel, Channel 16, or the educational access
channel, Channel 99, as scheduling permits either live or on tape. The cost of the videographers
compensation will be charged to the public access
channel

account."

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Dennis Ryder


Can you repeat that bit about candidates on the ballot through the wording that you said?


John
Barker


Sure

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notwithstanding any ordinance, regulation, or policy to the contrary, cable casts of
candidate debates and forums incident to the 2009 municip
al election to which only all
candidates who will be on the ballot have been invited may be shown on the government access
channel, Channel 16, or the educational access channel, Channel 99, as scheduling permits
either live or on tape".


Dennis Ryder


So
does that wording require that the school department if it has its forum invite all of the
candidates that are on the ballot?


Andrew Cernota


I believe they actually have.


Dennis Ryder


I believe I heard that wording there.


John Barker


(inaudible)...we

don't have to accept, but they have to have been invited.


Dennis Ryder


They wouldn't be able to do what they're proposing right now, which is have the candidates for
the Board of Education.


Ed Lecius


Yes. They've invited all 4 of you I understand.


John Barker


It doesn't mean that every candidate for every municipal office has to come to that debate. It's
relevant to the office being...




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Dennis Ryder


That's precisely that I'm just suggesting that that wording does say that.


John

Barker


No. Pe
r the legal department, which I did consult with, it is only relevant to the seat as you said
that is being contested.


Dennis Ryder


You're ahead of the game as
usual
.


John Barker


The only

thing I will point out is the as scheduling permits so people wi
ll know what that means.
We have a resolution already, don't ask me the number I don't know it off hand, that provides a
prioritization of what will go on the air, what will be live, and then what will be prioritized for taped
rebroadcast. So what this a
lluding to is the fact that this would not bump an aldermanic meeting
let's

say that had a higher priority under that exiting
resolution

or any other meeting that would
have a higher priority. Then in addition, of course, if the venue is not a place where

live
broadcast could even be done, then it would be taped as well. I'm not sure what's going on in the
night that's been requested here. Certain, I don't think we can live from...


Ed Lecius


Looking at Ms. Hynes' letter, they're taping Tuesday, October

20th. So it's not even live. It's
going to be a taped student interview for the Board of Education positions.



Andrew Cernota


I think there's going to be a pretty substantial production effort aspect to it as well because it is
part of a graded assign
ment.


Dennis Ryder


My question is who is going to initiate this debate? Who's going to do the planning, organize the
meeting rooms and everything else?


John Barker


What we've done up until this point is we sent a message to all of the aldermen a coup
le of days
ago essentially saying that if they knew of anyone who wanted to have a debate hosted and
uncovered that they needed to send to us some information. I believe we wanted to know what
the seat was, who the candidates were, what the date and time,

what the venue was, and that
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kind of information. That's what we will be doing here. We'll contact Ms. Hynes. We'll ask her
for that information whatever we don't have already in this letter, and then we'll work out the
details there.


Dennis Ryder


So you're basically waiting for the candidates to contact you?


John Barker


No. It's the person who is putting together the debate. Why I sent that out and what I want to
make clear is it isn't the responsibility of PEG to look around and find the debat
es and schedule
the
coverage
. They have to be requested. So once they're requested and we get the
information, we will expeditiously get it scheduled up. That's what we'll do here as well. We'll
work with whomever. Clearly, yes, we would not arrange t
he debate for them but will arrange all
of the production details that we need to be able to tape and rebroadcast the event.


Dennis Ryder


So at this point there isn't anybody appointed or identified that's going to be the organizer of the
debate?


Ed Le
cius


I think if you look at the letter, its Mr. Pfeiffer's class at the high school is doing the student
debates for the 4 candidates for the Board of Education specific to that debate. It's going to be
taped at the high school south TV studio October 20
, 2009. All 4 candidates have been invited.
As the Chairman mentioned, this is part of their instruction in that class. So the students will be
producing it, asking the question, editing it, and making sure it gets to the production stage not
only as a
service to the candidates running for the Board of Ed. but as part of their training and
education piece in Mr. Pfeiffer's class.


Dennis Ryder


I've asked specifically on the other part of the slate.


Ed Lecius


I'd like to think that the others will be

as well organized.


Dennis Ryder


That's precisely my question Sir.




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Andrew Cernota


At this point, no one has approached us to cover another quorum.


John Barker


No we've been approached tentatively about one, but I'm waiting for confirmation. One
ward
debate, but I haven't received final confirmation yet. So that's as likely to happen as not right
now. But we've received no other requests. They requests should not come to CTAB. They
need to come to the PEG program department.


Dennis Ryder


O
ne of the candidates is on the slate has asked me questions in this area and I've only directly
them to Mr. Poehnert because he seems to be a little vague at this point on how it's going to
happen. That's why my questions were being directed to you Mr. Ba
rker.


John

Barker


Is there anybody who
-

if you can help disseminate the message that they request it from us and
then we'll just tell them what information we need, that's a wonderful thing. Thank you. Thanks
for clarifying things. I appreciate it.


Ed Lecius


Thank you for your resolution information.


Andrew Cernota


Mr. Lecius is there anything from the Education Committee other than...


COMMITTEE REPORTS




Education Channel


Ed Lecius


Other than the letter that's coming before you, which the Commi
ttee supports, we will not formally
be meeting until this coming Tuesday the 13th. We've had to move our meeting time to 10 a.m.
rather than 9 a.m. because Superintendent has a 9 a.m. meeting that same day. So it will be
Tuesday the 13th at 10 a.m. at th
e conference room at the school district office.




F
ederal/State/Industry (FSI) Subcommittee





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Paul Johnson


I don't have a report this month.


Andrew Cernota


We still don't have a quorum so there's no voting on the minutes or anything like that.


Ed L
ecius


Mr. Chairman I know we don't have a
quorum

but if we get a sense of the committee, I think that
would be helpful so as not to delay the school district from moving forward. It's scheduled for
Oct. 20th. We won't be meeting again before then. So i
f everyone just kind of gave a sense if
they are either opposed or in favor of what the school district is planning in terms of the student
debate I think that would be permissible.


Andrew Cernota


I think it would be
permissible
. I'm not sure if it migh
t be moot in light of the aldermen specifically
granting

that authority already. I know I'm certainly in favor of this sort of a forum. If we want to
go around the circle.


Larry Artz


Yes I'm in favor of it.


Paul Johnson


As am I.


Ed Lecius


I'm in f
avor.


John Barker


Resolution calls for it, I do what the law says.


Dennis Ryder


I'm in favor.


Unidentified Male Speaker


I would be in favor of it.


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WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS





Letter from

Stacey Hynes




OLD BUSINESS




PUBLIC COMMENT




COMMITTEE ME
MBER REMARKS



Ed Lecius


Thank you and thanks to John and Jeff for their due diligence on the new studio and everything
surrounding that.


Dennis Ryder


I'd like to commend Mr. Barker to his 70 page report. It must have taken one heck of a lot of
time.

Thank you. I haven't seen it yet, but thank you for doing it.


John Barker


It's a lot of legal stuff.




The
informal
meeting was declared closed at
8
:
55

a.m.




Committee Clerk