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Northwest Corner Public Access, Inc.

In November of 2010, Tri-State Public Communications asked me if I would be interested in forming a non-profit organization to assume the responsibility of operating the Public Access facilities at Geer Village in North Canaan.  They reasoned that their radio operations had become significant enough that they no longer had much interest in the television system and were willing to support an effort to assume operational and financial responsibility.

I happily accepted and started the process.  As a result, Northwest Corner Public Access, Inc. was born on April 27, 2011.   NCPA (as we will refer to it) is a Connecticut nonstock corporation.  Within the next month NCPA held its organizational board meeting, adopted bylaws, and was registered with the Connecticut Charities Unit.  Members of the Board of Directors and myself contributed money to help finance filing costs and open a bank account for the organization.

NCPA’s current Board of Directors consists of four members.  The bylaws provide for as many as seven.

  • President:  Terry Cowgill
  • Vice President:  Patricia Chamberlain
  • Secretary:  Paul Bartomioli
  • Treasurer:  Phylis Bernard

I am the Executive Director.  I work for the Board and am in charge of the daily operations under their guidance.

As the agent for NCPA I began working with Comcast’s Government and Community Relations Manager John Bairos.  This process involved a variety of tasks including budget projections, operational plans, rules of operations and assorted other items.

In August of 2011 we were preparing to obtain the last pieces of information that would be required for presentation to the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA).  This Connecticut State agency would ultimately approve or deny our request.

The final task was to obtain recommendations from the Cable Advisory Council and the local Municipalities.

Up to this time NCPA had the full support of Tri-State Public Communications.

Suddenly things took an unexpected turn!

(to be continued …)         (To read this story from the beginning, scroll down to ‘Changes and some explanation of what has been happening … ‘)

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