Mr. Barr reported that he and Ms. Head, Mr. Hayes and Ms. Vengroff attended a Washtenaw Comnet organizational meeting on June 26, 1995. He said he got the impression that the group was not interested in cooperating with the HVCN in creating an electronic public information commons for the community. He stated that it appeared New Center and the Comnet group perceived that the function of gathering and providing information on the Internet could or should be separated from the function of providing access to the information. New Center/Comnet suggested they would put up information and potential access providers like HVCN, Arbornet, and Grex should worry about connectivity issues apart from content. Mr. Barr expressed serious concern about the lessening of wide community support for the community networking concepts of HVCN resulting from the separation of these functions. The Board agreed to go forward with its plans to develop HVCN. If Washtenaw Comnet does its job well, HVCN will acknowledge the work and put up pointers to the Comnet site on HVCN.
Mr. Amen asked if the HVCN/Isthmus Corporation contract was consistent with the goals and vision of HVCN. The Board agreed it certainly was--it will provide the infrastructure (computer, phone lines, Internet connection) to deliver community information content and interpersonal/interagency communication.
Mr. Barr asked about the status of the conference system for HVCN. Ms. Howard said she would talk to Charles Roth about the status of his World Wide Web front-end for the Caucus conference system.
Mr. Barr scheduled a meeting with two Ypsilanti police officers to discuss how the Neighborhood Watch program might benefit from an HVCN presence.
Mr. Hayes introduced a motion stating that the HVCN Board authorized Mr. Barr and Mr. Stanger to execute the HVCN contract with the Isthmus Corporation. The motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Barr said he would contact Lana Straight, of the Ann Arbor Public Library, about convening a meeting of the HVCN Content Committee.
Ms. Howard suggested that she and Mr. Stanger meet with Jim Barnes and John Cordani, EMU Professors, about getting EMU independent study students to work on the community network.
A few Board members had started a discussion via e-mail about the mix of HVCN services that should be offered and the possibility of charging a membership fee to receive some services. It was agreed to discuss these ideas at another meeting and to copy-in Mr. Weiss on any further e-mail exchanges about the subject.
The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, July 12, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 a.m.
Keith Stanger, Secretary