East Central Vermont Telecommunications District (ECFiber)
Governing Board March 12, 2019 – Minutes
Call to Order: Chair called the meeting to order at 7:12 p.m.
Chair called the roll and established that a quorum of member towns was present. See attached attendance record for details.
2. Introduction of Guests
Marty Blumberg (Treasurer), David Rottmayer (ValleyNet), Richard Dybvig (Tunbridge), David Brown (Woodstock)
3. Changes to Agenda
4. Public Comments
5. Accept Minutes of February 19, 2018 Meeting
Motion to accept the minutes of February 19, 2018 meeting. (M/Graham, S/Brand) – passed
6. Executive Committee Report
The Executive Committee spent considerable time discussing Government Relations developments at this month’s meeting and they reviewed the bylaws in regard to an Executive Committee vacancy created by George Sadowsky moving out of the area. An election to fill the position appears later on the agenda.
7. Government Relations Update
Irv provided an update on broadband progress in the Legislature and notified the Board of the House Committee on Energy and Technology having introduced bill H.513 as a result.
8. Construction and Operations Update
David reports that we are at 3344 customers now and he discussed the details town-by-town, the specifics were included in the Board Packet. We are working on developing a closer relationship with the designers and installers to improve our quality control. We moved one employee laterally from Installer position to fill the Network Engineer opening. Will be working on contract improvements with particular attention on performance clauses.
West Fairlee has expressed an interested in joining and a discussion ensued about bringing new towns into ECFiber. The consensus of the room seems to be that interested towns should simply send representatives to our Governing Board meetings as a first step in the process.
9. Executive Committee Special Election
Irv discussed the need to elect replacement for George Sadowsky who vacated his Executive Committee and Governing Board positions last month. Clare nominated Betty Warner and Dan Childs nominated Dan Leavitt.
Both candidates spoke briefly. Irv described the makeup of the Executive Committee and the up-coming May elections. Paper ballot vote conducted, Betty Warner prevailed, 10 to 7.
10. Quechee Balloon Fest Planning
Irv reported that ECFiber is eligible for their non-profit rate and called for a motion to appropriate funds for attending the balloon festival.
Motion to authorize up to $1000 to cover the $225 entry fee and other associated expenses for the Quechee Balloon Festival. (M/Gillette, S/Graham)
11. Old Business
12. New Business
Motion to adjourn (M/Childs, S/Graham) – 8:40 PM.
Note: The next Governing Board meeting will be April 9, 2019.