Huron Valley Community Network
Board of Directors Meeting
Minutes
July 12, 1995

Board Members Present:
Lemuel Amen, Arnold Barr (Chair), Ed Hayes (Treasurer), Rebecca Head, Jennie Meyer Howard, Keith Stanger (Secretary)
Community Members Present:
Steve Weiss (Chair, HVCN Technical Committee)

The meeting was held in Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union and was called to order at 7:15 a.m.

The minutes of the meeting of June 28, 1995 were approved.

Mr. Hayes distributed the Treasurer's Report for the period ending June 30, 1995. It was approved.

Mr. Barr reported that he met with Paula Drummond of the Ypsilanti District Library to discuss how the HVCN might work with the Library to apply to the Library of Michigan for a Library Service and Construction Act 1996 Title I Discretionary Grant for community information center development. He distributed a document from the Library of Michigan describing the FY 1996 LSCA Title I funding areas. Mr. Barr reported that Joan Durrance, of the University of Michigan School of Information and Library Studies, was interested in helping the Ypsilanti District Library apply for a grant.

Mr. Barr distributed a copy of a research proposal by Gary Kilbourn, a student from UM SILS. Mr. Kilbourn's project was originally to interview community groups in Flint, Michigan to assess how they might be helped by the community network in Flint. Mr. Kilbourn wanted to shift the focus of his investigation from Flint to Washtenaw County and the HVCN.

Mr. Barr reported that he attended a meeting of the Michigan Internet Council on July 10, 1995. Ms. Howard and Mr. Weiss also attended. Mr. Barr distributed copies of some materials he picked up there, including the agenda well as the executive summary of the Governor's Michigan Information Network plan.

Mr. Weiss reported that he sent to the Isthmus Corporation a list of the things that he wanted Isthmus to do for HVCN. He wanted Isthmus to: 1) update HVCN's records with the InterNIC to point to izzy.net; 2) update their DNS to define hvcn.org as having an IP address at Isthmus Corporation; 3) establish a separate http server on the machine that binds to the hvcn.org address; 4) provide space on the machine for Mr. Weiss to place HVCN pages. Currently, Mr. Weiss has the HVCN demo pages at http://www.sils.umich.edu/~hvcntech. After the pages are moved to the Isthmus server, the public HVCN address will be http://www.hvcn.org. Mr. Weiss said the Board should consider paying for a modem ($300) and telephone line ($20/month) at Isthmus to test the HVCN system. Mr. Weiss suggested that the name of the HVCN guest account should be set to "hvcn." Mr. Weiss said the Board needed to decide what services HVCN was going to provide and what, if any, fee structure would be instituted. He said he would configure the software to work appropriately. Mr. Weiss said he intended to recompile the Lynx program from the source code already available at Isthmus. He wanted to implement a feature which would provide the option to drop into non-Lynx programs (e.g., Pine mailer) from Lynx. Mr. Weiss reported that in the absence of a corps of volunteers to work on creating web pages, he would continue the web page development he started. He was beginning to work on an education section. Mr. Weiss reported that both Valerie Mates and Steve Gibbard responded to his hvcn-tech call for help. Both said they would like to help but had little time.

Mr. Weiss reported that he would be attending a meeting of the Jewish Community Center Computing Committee on July 13, 1995, at the request of Mr. David Abramson, President of the Beth Israel Men's Club. Mr. Weiss will talk with them about HVCN's plans, as well as share some of his expertise about computer conferencing. He said the group would be a good organization to help sharpen his thinking as to what HVCN's religious InfoCenter might look like.

Mr. Barr distributed copies of an article that appeared in the Ann Arbor News on July 7, 1995 about the Isthmus Corporation's contract with HVCN. He reported that Sandy Walke, Isthmus President, received a call from the Raisin Valley Land Trust, a 501(c)3 environmental group, about working with HVCN to get a world wide web presence.

Mr. Barr announced that a meeting was scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 16, 1995 at the home of Ms. Howard to discuss HVCN services and the business plan. Mr. Barr distributed copies of an e-mail message he received from Penny Cass of the Eugene (Oregon) FreeNet (a community network not affiliated with the National Public Telecomputing Consortium). It described how the EFN rewards those who contribute money (minimum of $7/month) or time (volunteers) to the organization with Priority Access to the EFN modem bank.

Mr. Weiss said he planned to write a script allowing people to request an HVCN account while on-line. He said the Board needed to find someone to serve as "guru of hvcn accounts" before the system went "live."

The next Board meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, July 19, 1995 at 7:00 a.m. at Eastern Michigan University's McKenny Union.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Keith Stanger, Secretary