Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
March 8, 1995

Board Members Present:
Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Jennie Meyer Howard, Jeff Ogden, Keith Stanger (Secretary), Linda Vengroff

The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:12 a.m. Mr. Barr distributed an agenda.

A draft of the minutes of the meeting of March 1, 1995 was distributed by Mr. Stanger. Approval was deferred until the next meeting.

The Treasurer's report for the period ending February 28, 1995 was distributed by Mr. Hayes. The report was approved. Ms. Howard, the HVCN's first Charter Member, reported that she started a membership database. Mr. Stanger will work with Ms. Howard in updating the database as memberships increase. Mr. Ogden asked about the refund the HVCN was due to receive for overpayment of the 501(c)(3) application fees. Mr. Barr reported that the money had not yet been received.

Mr. Barr said there was no change in the status of the Attorney General filing--it was 99% complete. Mr. Barr attended a meeting with Mary Udoji on March 5, 1995 with the WISD Technology Learning Exchange Committee. The Committee was working on a 'wish list' of services they wanted to obtain from Columbia Cable. Ms. Howard suggested keeping the TLEC informed about the HVCN's activities.

Mr. Barr talked to Lana Straight, acting co-director of the Ann Arbor Public Library, about the possibility of getting some funds from the Friends of the Ann Arbor Public Library. Ms. Straight said that the Friends did not have as much money as they wanted to have and she was not very encouraging about the HVCN getting a grant from the Friends in the near future. The HVCN Board agreed not to go back to them for funding right now. If the Friends say they can't provide a grant the size the HVCN desires, the Board should ask if they could provide financial support in a token way, saying in writing that they very much support the community network concept. Mr. Ogden suggested that the Board might ask the Friends to provide a grant if the HVCN could provide matching funds from other sources.

Ms. Howard suggested that the Center for Entrepaneurship might be a good partner for the HVCN in applying for a Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program (TIIAP) grant. Mr. Ogden suggested that we apply for grant money to seed community network terminals at public locations. A letter of intent to file a grant application must be submitted to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration by March 23, 1995. Mr. Ogden observed that the Great Lakes Free-Net in Battle Creek Michigan has been successful in getting donations from local businesses. He suggested that someone from the HVCN Board contact the president of that organization--Mr. Tumanis.

Mr. Ogden said that the HVCN would have to come up with a strong fiscal agent to tell any grant giving agencies how their money was being spent. Ms Howard suggested that Washtenaw County might serve as the fiscal agent for any grant money received. Ms. Vengroff suggested that perhaps a local university could serve as HVCN's fiscal agent.

Ms. Howard proposed that the HVCN develop an organizational home page on the world wide web that provided information about the help that we needed as well as information about our progress in putting up a functional community network. Mr. Barr suggested that Ms. Howard contact Steve Weiss, chair of the HVCN Technical Committee. Mr. Ogden reminded Ms. Howard to register the domain name hvcn.org.

The next meeting was scheduled for March 15, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger

Secretary