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March 16, 2010

DCN Board Minutes March 2010

Approved April 20, 2010

Davis Community Network Board of Directors Meeting
March 16, 2010 at 5:15 p.m.
City Computer Lab, A Street, Davis, CA

 Members Present (11): Tsui Chang, Jim Frame, Brian Gegan, Teri Greenfield, Anne Hance, Russ Hobby, Steve McMahon, Jan Meizel, Robert Nickerson, Kimball Sargeant (Chair), Richard Yamagata
Members Absent (0):
Also attending: Administrative Assistant Sheila Evans and City Liaison: Rick Guidara,

1. Call to Order 5:21 p.m. by President Kimball Sargeant

2. The agenda was approved by consensus

3. Public comment: None

4. The minutes of the 2/16/10 regular board meeting were approved with the following corrections:

    Members Absent (6):  Brian Gegan, Anne Hance, Russ Hobby, Robert Nickerson, Richard Yamagata.

Was corrected to say:

    Members Absent (5):  Brian Gegan, Anne Hance, Russ Hobby, Robert Nickerson, Richard Yamagata.

    City Liaison: Rick Guidara

5.      Report on Google ultra-high speed broadband networks trial application

         Rick Guidara outlined the steps he is taking on behalf of the City to create a City / Community application to Google for this opportunity. He stressed the importance of getting the word out and of being able to attach letters of support to the City's application. DCN will write a letter of support and send it under the DCN President's signature to the City as a PDF.

6.      Follow-up on DMA contact

    Kimball will follow-up with the DMA board member who contacted him.

7.      City Cable Franchise Fee budget 2010

    The question of whether or not to request some much needed funds from the Cable Franchise fees this year was debated without a final decision. There was sentiment for asking for the amount that the income from the fees will have increased this year, which was countered by sentiments that regretted any appearance of depleting amounts traditionally allotted to other entities.

8.      Status of DCN Advisory Board and Tom Stanionis; next steps

     ACTION ITEM:  It was moved by Kimball Sargeant and seconded by Brian Gegan that the Executive Committee should develop a description of a proposed DCN Advisory Board's structure and responsibilities. This is to be brought to the next Board meeting for action. Approved by consensus.

    Tom Stanionis of the Yolo County Elections Office was not re-elected to the DCN Board in January because the nominations committee was unable to reach him for his answer to its invitation to renew. Sheila Evans will check DCN's MOU with the Yolo County Elections Office to see if a liaison / representative on the DCN Board is required or suggested.

9.      Board recruitment report

         Brian Gegan reviewed the sub committee's recruitment activities and Russ Hobby described the conversations at a recent Executive Committee meeting with a potential board prospect.  Brian then invited board members to suggest additional people who might be approached to join the board.

10.     Celebrate Davis! (5/13/10)

    It was agreed that the OPC (Outreach and Promotions Committee) chaired by Teri Greenfield would take the lead on making arrangements for DCN's participation this year. Sheila Evans will do the application paperwork.

11.     Committee reports

    OPC:  Teri reported on the committee's recent work and the board members expressed appreciation for producing DCNews and for the continuing development of the Facebook page noting that fans now number more than 100 and so the page has been able to apply for a unique name ( Teri noted that the committee is working on completing the process of defining its structure, responsibilities, and modus operandi.

    RAC: Jan Meizel reported that the RAC consistently receives applications from local groups.  Jan also asked to have a Simple Site set up for her to use as a sandbox when explaining to new groups how their DCN resources work. The web team chair agreed to create one for her.

    Web Team:  Steve McMahon reported that the spring series of classes will start on Thursday, March 25.

12.     Announcements:  None

13.     Adjournment: The chair adjourned the meeting at 6:38 p.m.

NEXT BOARD MEETING:  April 20, 2010

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Anne Hance

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