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October 19 2004

DCN Board Minutes October 2004

A duly called regular meeting of the
Board of the Davis Community Network
was held at 5:15 P.M., Tuesday, October 19, 2004 at the
City of Davis Training Room, 600 A Street, Davis.

Present: (8 Board Members) Jim Frame, John Jones, Jan Meizel,
Steve McMahon, Robert Nickerson, Keith Prior, Kimball Sargeant,
Richard Yamagata and Executive Director Richard Lowenberg.

Absent: Tony Bernhard, Tsui Chang, Rick Guidara, Anne Hance,
Richard Reid (on leave of absence), Tom Stanionis.

1. Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order by president Kimball Sargeant at
5:20 P.M.

2. Agenda Approval:
The Agenda was approved by consensus.

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

4. Minutes:
The minutes of the September 21, 2004 meeting were approved by

5. Annual Report:
Richard Lowenberg presented the annual report for the fiscal year
ended June 30, 2004. A motion by Keith Prior to accept the
report and direct Richard Lowenberg to make minor changes arising
out the discussion was approved by consensus.

6. Community Media Center Update:
Richard Lowenberg provided the Board with an update on the
Community Media Center project in South Davis. He noted that the
Yolo County Library continues to move forward with its plans to
build a library on the Walnut Park site, and that it is still in
discussions with DCTV about the possibility of incorporating a
CMC in the project. DCN will remain engaged in the process and
is open to participation in any eventual project that is
consistent with its goals and means.

6A. 2X2X2 (not agendized):
Steve McMahon presented an overview of the recently-launched
2X2X2 meeting held by representatives of the City of Davis, DJUSD
and DCTV to determine an equitable method for dividing monies
generated by renewal of the cable TV franchise. The group plans
to entertain proposals put forward by interested parties that
describe appropriate use of the funds. Steve explained that if
DCN wants to realize its vision of using the Inet for community-
oriented applications, it must formalize that vision quickly in
the form of a proposal and get it before the 2X2X2 group. He
noted that partnering with a community institution will be a
practical necessity for any competitive proposal, and used the
County Library and DCTV as examples of logical candidate
partners. While no formal action was taken by the Board, there
was general agreement that this is a matter worth pursuing. The
2X2X2 process is to be fairly short, with proposals due perhaps
as early as its November 17 meeting, and a report to be delivered
to the City Council in December. For this reason, Richard
Lowenberg will prepare and circulate to the Board a document that
will serve as a starting point for formulation of a proposal.

7. Committee and Director's Reports:

Webteam: Steve was pleased to inform the Board that the city is
now using the DCN calendar as its own.

TechOps: Steve noted that the committee considered
specifications for the server that will replace velocipede. The
committee has not formally approved the most recent draft
specification, but the absence of controversy around same favors
its use in executing the purchase.

RAC: Richard Lowenberg stated that four applicants appeared at
the last committee meeting, and that the committee continues to
allocate resources at its disposal.

Executive Director: Richard Lowenberg told the Board that
classes on the calendar, mailman and Simple Sites are ongoing.
In addition, two special classes have been created: an
introduction to the Internet held recently for parents of
homeschooled children, and one for PTA newsletter creation (yet
to be scheduled). Richard also noted that he met with the city's
new Economic Development Director to introduce him to DCN and its
possible roles in city economic development programs.

8. Announcements:
Jan Meizel told of the difficulties that Davis High School
teachers have been experiencing in getting web pages published so
that they are accessible from outside the district's network.
She asked if DCN would be available to host teacher's pages on
its servers. As a result of the ensuing discussion, Jan will
coordinate with school and district staff in developing a formal
request for DCN's assistance in the matter.

9. Adjournment: 6:45 p.m.

Jim Frame

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