Tuesday, October 20, 2009
October 20, 2009
Present: TPAC Members: Michael Freeman, Gerry Geyer, Russ Fertitta, Marshall Tuttle, Mark Ewell, Justin Burns, Amber Robinson, Jeff Eichers, John Nuwer
Staff: Curlie Mathews, Kathy Lake
Guests: Brian Bleike-Colorado Sprigs Utilities, David Sered-Comcast, Mark Pratz-Zip Broadband, Sue Skiffington-Blumberg-City of Colorado Springs Public Communication
CALL TO ORDER
A quorum was present and the meeting was called to order at 7:35 a.m.
Two new TPAC members were introduced and welcomed to the committee:
- Mr. Jeff Eichers
- Mr. John Nuwer
Mr. Gerry Geyer made a motion to approve the September minutes. Mr. Russ Fertitta seconded the motion, all were in approval, and the motion passed.
TPAC elections were held for the Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary positions. The committee voted and elected the following to serve for one year:
- Chair: Mr. Russ Fertitta
- Vice Chair: Mr. Mark Ewell
- Secretary: Ms Amber Robinson
Mr. Mark Ewell made a motion to thank Mr. Michael Freeman (outgoing Chair) for his leadership over the past year. The committee endorsed this motion.
Ms. Jackie Julaton will check with the Mayor?s Office to determine if the vacant alternate position will be filled.
Cable Video Franchise Updates
· Comcast: Mr. Sered briefed the Newsmaker program is a big success as it allows non-profits and elected official to get their message out. Comcast will continue this effort in 2010.
· Falcon Broadband: No update.
· Zip Broadband: No update.
All items have been corrected.
· Legislative Matters Sub-Committee
· Franchise Performance Sub-Committee
No report - Mr. Geyer will scan quarterly results and send out to the committee.
· Broadband Infrastructure Task Force
Review, Planning and action status - TPAC support to City IT
· Other cities' eGov systems and capabilities:
· Future Projects:
Ms. Amber Robinson and Mr. Mark Ewell will provide an update on the draft letter to local phone providers.
· Ms. Sue Skiffington-Blumberg gave an excellent 50 minute overview on the Springsgov.com website. Ms. Skiffington-Blumberg's office, City of Colorado Springs Public Communication, is funded through 2015 by the Comcast Franchise fee that the citizens pay. Highlights of the briefing were:
o Demo of the public communication page
o Channel 18 and 601 (Fire department uses from training)
o Showed the committee how to watch city council meetings (either live or via Internet)
o Showed how the staff reacts to public concerns by publishing current information on various ?hot? topics
· Top Issues:
o Focus on issues as directed by City Council
o Obtain self sustained funding for staff and equipment
· Need ethics training for the two new members and perhaps refresher training for the rest of the committee. Ms. Jackie Julaton will coordinate with the legal department to set up the training.
· Mr. Curlie Matthews, CIO will provide an update on the IT Upgrade/Consolidation Project.
ADJOURN: There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 8:47 am.