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April 20 2004

DCN Board Minutes April 2004

DRAFT until Approved

A duly called regular meeting of the Board of the Davis
Community Network was held
5:15 P.M., Tuesday, April 20, 2004
at the City of Davis Training Room
600 A Street.

Present: (9 of 15 active Board Members) Tsui Chang, Rick
Guidara, Anne Hance, John Jones, Steve McMahon, Keith
Prior, Kimball Sargeant, Tom Stanionis, Richard Yamagata
and Executive Director Richard Lowenberg.
Absent: Ronda Adams, Tony Bernhard, Jim Frame, Jan
Meizel, Richard Reid, Robert Nickerson,

1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by president Kimball
Sargeant at 5:18 P.M.

2. Agenda Approval:
The Agenda was approved, by consensus, with a couple
of items added to the agenda that was distributed.

3. Public Comment:
No members of the public were in attendance.

4. Minutes:
The minutes of the March 17, 2004 were approved, by
consensus, with the correction of two typos and the addition
of Richard Reid's name as not in attendance.

5. Update - City Council e-Forums Project: Kimball
explained that a handful of people met several weeks ago, at
the invitation of Kevin Wolf, to set up an e-Forum for public
input on City Council retreat topics. The idea had originally
been put forward by Ruth Asmundsen but was abandoned
when it transpired that other council members did not
approve of the timing. The idea may be resurrected later.

6. Report: I-Net, Cable Franchise: Steve commented that the
I-Net ball is currently in Comcast's court and that DCN
needs to step forward and re-affirm its commitment to
getting the I-Net organized. The contract progress is slow
but Comcast is already working to improve the physical
Community Media Center: Richard Lowenberg
reported on the status of this project which was initiated by
DCTV. The Walnut Park, DCTV/DCN/Yolo Library is still
in the running. The Library will need to mount a bond issue
for funding a library in Walnut Park but DCTV has some
equity in its building and could put a down payment on
construction of a facility for itself. DCN has been asked if
we would be willing to be responsible for the Computer Lab
in a media center.
Computers: Rick explained that the City has a large
number of computers with no software and no monitors but
otherwise in working order that can be distributed to
deserving causes. He asked for DCN's help in this.

7. The May 20 Celebrate Davis Event: Richard Lowenberg
reported that arrangements are progressing but work still
needs to be done on all aspects of DCN's participation.

8. Fund Raising:
a) Board member annual cash contributions: As
agreed at the last Board meeting Anne presented proposed
wording for a resolution concerning Board contributions.
The following statement was approved by consensus on a
motion by Steve, seconded by Keith as a policy (not a

"Upon election to the Davis Community Network Board
each member has a responsibility to make an annual cash
contribution to DCN during the February of each year
served. The amount is voluntary but the making of the
contribution is considered a matter of principle. The
contribution has several purposes: augmentation of DCN's
annual unrestricted income, and evidence of the Board's
100% commitment to the DCN mission. All Board members
are expected also to give of their time, skills and effort. The
extent of such service to the organization does not defray the
expectation of cash contribution."

It was agreed that the Board Secretary would send out a
notice to the Board alerting members to the new policy and
explaining the method of payment which is by mail to the
DCN Office. Anne encouraged members to be as generous
as they are able.

b) Richard L. reported that a DCN insert
encouraging donations was included in the recent Chamber

9. Steve reported that the Yolo County Recorders Office is
looking at expanding its online activity and will solicit
DCN's assistance. This will require upgrading DCN's NOC
hardware. This is in hand.

10. Richard L. reported that 3 of the 12 classes in the current
series have been quite successful. There are signups for
most of the remaining 9 classes.

11. Committee Reports:
IPC/RAC: The name IPC will continue to be
findable on the DCN web. It will be aliased so that both
names work.

Web Team: The DCN calendar is being set up for
use by City staff. It should be ready to be demonstrated on
May 20 at the Celebrate Davis event.

12. Executive Director's Report:
David Siedband has signed a two month contract to revise
the DCN organizational pages on the DCN Website.
DCN may participate in a grant funded project with the
Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee. The grant will
being submitted soon - DCN will participate but will not be
the leading partner.

9. Adjournement: 6:52 P.M.

Submitted by Anne Hance, Secretary

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