AGENDA ITEM #4F
May 6,2014
Introduction
MEMORANDUM
May 2,2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative
AttorneycflTV.~"u..lJ.l
Introduction:
Organizations
Bill 28-14, Cable Communications -
Community Media
Bill 28-14, Cable Communications - Community Media Organizations, sponsored by the Council
President at the request of the County Executive, is scheduled to be introduced on May 6, 2014. A
public hearing will be scheduled at a later date.
Bill 28-14 would expand the scope of the County's community media contracting authority and
generally amend County law concerning cable communications. The Executive's transmittal
memorandum explains that the revisions' would allow the County to contract with community
media organizations to provide content, training, and distribution of community-created content
over multiple media platforms. Additionally, Code amendments are recommended to implement
revisions consistent with by-law changes of the County's current vendor (Montgomery
Community Media) that the Council and Executive responded favorably to.
This packet contains:
Bil128-14
Legislative Request Report
Memo from County Executive
Fiscal and Economic Impact statements
Letter from MCM requested comments on by-law changes
Executive response to MCM
Council response to MCM
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Bill No.
28-14
Concerning: Cable Communications ­
Community Media Organizations
Draft No.
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Revised:
4/16/14
Introduced:
May 6, 2014
Expires:
November 6, 2015
Enacted: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Effective: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
Sunset Date:
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Ch. _ _, Laws of Mont. Co. _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
By: Council President at the Request of the County Executive
AN
ACT to:
(1)
(2)
expand the scope of the County's community media contracting authority; and
generally amend County law concerning cable communications.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 8A, Cable Communications
Sections 8A-3 and 8A-32
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County Councilfor Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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Sec. 1. Sections SA-3 and SA-32 are amended as follows:
SA-3. Definitions
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provides services to:
(1)
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Community [access] media organization
means a nonprofit corporation that
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support the production oflocal programming or the operation oflocal
access channels, or both;
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(2)
(3)
serve viewers as well as program producers; and
promote high quality productions, responsible and diverse points of
view, and balance in subject matters.
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(a)
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SA-32. Community [access] media organizations.
The County may contract with one or more community [access] media
organizations using funds from the Cable TV Special Revenue Fund or
any other funds the County designates for community [access] media in
the
approved
County
budget
and
under
the
County
cable
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communications plan. Unless prohibited or otherwise. limited under its
contract with the County, the cable communications plan, or any
executive regulation, a community [access] media organization may
also receive revenues from other sources.
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The purpose of
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community media organization
community media training,
community media
eng~ement
IS
to provide
and
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equipment,
facilities,
centers,
platforms to enable residents, businesses
eng~e
and community organizations to
with, connect
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and inform
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other residents, businesses, community organizations, governments and
agencies
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using community media.
Supporting community
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engagement, communication, and education through community media
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and use of community media engagement platfonns builds better
understanding among
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diverse population, increases opportunities for
participation in and awareness of local culture and government, and
promotes quality of life and economic development.
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[(b)]
(£)
The County may require a community [access] media organization to
perfonn one or more of the following functions as specified in the
contract between the County and the community [access] media
organization:
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manage the community media engagement platforms, including
public access channels assigned to it by the County and
community media websites, and social media, and manage
community media centers, facilities and equipment;
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(2)
establish policies and procedures for the [fonn, content, and
scheduling of public access channels] use of any community
media engagement platfonn and any community media center,
facility, or equipment;
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(3)
train members of the community in the production of [cable
programs] community media and use of any community media
engagement platfonn;
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maintain [facilities
and]
any community media engagement
platfonn and community media center, facility, or equipment for
community use, including use
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the general public, any
community organization, and the business community;
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provide technical [access channel] community media engagement
platfonn and community media center, facility and equipment
assistance and support to the County, any participating
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[municipalities] municipality, and any educational [institutions]
institution;
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promote the use and benefits of [the public, educational and
government access channels] community media and any
community media engagement platform;
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produce and [transmit] distribute local community media,
including community
media content; and
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undertake any other [cable] community media-related activity
specified by the County as being in the public interest.
[(c)] @Acommunity access organization must:
(1)
determine independently in the public interest and without
government interference the content and scheduling of
programming for [the public access channels assigned to it] any
community media engagement platform;
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develop and implement policies to ensure fair, non-partisan and
unbiased coverage of issues on [the public access channels
assigned to it] any community media engagement platform and
may not promote the candidacy of any candidate for public
office by extending opportunities for use not extended to other
candidates for the same office;
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[and other] programs and other
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[Any officer, director, and executive director of a community
media organization must file a confidential financial disclosure
statement in accordance with Chapter
19A
with respect to all
communications-related activities and interests] develop and
implement policies and programs that promote organizational
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sustainability and
Viae-ty;
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[(4)
have on its board of directors one voting member selected by
each ofthe following:
(A)
the Montgomery County Chapter of the Maryland
Municipal League;
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(C)
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the City of Rockville
the City of Takoma Park; and
each franchise except for limited franchisees;]
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develop and implement fair and reasonable procedures to allow
members of the community access organization to nominate and
elect 8 residents of the County to serve on its board of directors.
Member means any individual who resides in the County and, at
least 15 days before the deadline for voting for directors;
(A)
is certified by the organization to use the organization's
equipment or facilities; or
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request the organization's program guide;]
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[(6)](il promote and encourage [programming] creation of community
media content representing a diversity of community interests
and needs; and
[(7)]ill make a good faith effort to meet the affirmative action and
minority, female, and disabled procurement goals that apply to
County government.
Any officer, director, or executive director of
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community media
organization must file
statement
under
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confidential financial disclosure
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with
respect
to
any
Chapter
communications-related activity or interest.
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A community [access] media organization must provide a copy of its
current articles of incorporation and bylaws to the County Executive
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and the County Council before the organization contracts with the
County. Any proposed amendments must
be
submitted to the County
Executive and County Council for review and comment at least 60 days
before the organization takes [mal action on the amendment.
The
organization must submit a copy of all adopted amendments to the
Executive and the Council within 5 working days of adoption. The
organization's articles of incorporation and bylaws are subject to all
County laws, including those enacted after the County contracts with
the organization.
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(g) A community media organization must provide the County with
regular and complete financial reports as well as all other reports
required under its contract with the County.
In
addition, it must provide
the County with an annual independent audit, including a copy of any
accompanying management letter.
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Approved:
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Craig Rice, President, County Council
Date
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Approved:
Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk ofthe Council
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill
28-14
Cable Communications
-
Community Media Organizations
DESCRIPTION:
Amends Chapter 8A, Section 32 of the County Code to reflect
changes in media technology and organizational sustainability needs
by: expanding the scope of County's existing authority to contract for
community media services distributed over cable television systems
to enable the County to explicitly contract with a community media
organization that will provide services and training for community
media distributed over multiple media platforms;' and by enabling the
contracted community media organization to elect board members
who will help ensure the sustainability and viability of the
community media organization.
This portion of the County Code is significantly outdated.
When this County Code section was last amended in 1996, cable
television was the primary means by which residents created and
distributed media content and the Internet was nascent concept. Thus
the County Code primarily references access cable television. Today,
media content is still being created for cable television, but is also
streamed via the Internet. Video can be shared on we bsites and via
mobile devices. In addition, social media - such as Facebook,
Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest - provide other media platforms to
share community information.
The County Code needs to be
updated to expand the scope of the County's contract authority to
directly include community media training, creation and distribution
over the many media platforms now used by the public.
Moreover, while the County will continue to support community
media, a community media organization also needs to be able to
generate other means of financial support and to provide outreach to
the other members of the community who are not current users of the
community media facilities. The community media contract funding
is provided solely by the County with the municipalities funding
separate cable television centers. However, the current County Code
requires the community media organization's board to be comprised
of three residents from municipalities, one representative selected by
each cable franchisee, and eight residents of the County. While the
current County Code permits the community media organization to
raise additional funds, the stated requirements for selecting board
members do not necessarily advance the organization's ability to
recruit board members who will facilitate organizational
sustainability. To address this, the currently contracted community
media organization has updated its by-laws to promote election of
board members that will advance organizational sustainability and
submitted such changes for County Executive and County Council
review as required by the County Code. However, unless updated,
the older County Code board membership requirements in Section
8A-32 will continue to constrain a community media organization's
ability to elect a board that advances organizational sustainability and
viability.
PROBLEM:
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GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
The first objective of the County Code amendment is to expand the
scope of the County's contracting authority to explicitly enable the
County to contract with an organization that will distribute
community-created media over mUltiple media platforms and offer a
robust variety of media training opportunities for residents, local non­
profit organizations and small businesses.
The second objective is to enable the contracted community media
organization to become more vibrant and relevant by electing board
members who will assist the community media organization in
supplementing County financial support with other means of
financial sustainability. The revised County Code specifically
requires the community media organization ''to develop and
implement policies and programs that promote organizational
sustainability and viability," and removes references to a specific
number of board members, allocation by residency, or
recommendation by cable franchisee.
The revised County Code retains the provisions that the organization
submit by-law changes to the County Executive and County Council
for review, have board members and the executive director submit
financial disclosure statements to the County, and continue to
promote diverse programming and procurement compliance.
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
Department of Technology Services
The Department of Technology Services estimates that no additional
work years are required to implement this bill and that there would be
no fiscal impact from the proposed changes to the County Code. The
County Code enables the County to contract for community media
services but does not obligate the County to fund community media.
Community media contract appropriations are made annually as part
of the County Executive's proposed and County Council approved
annual budget.
Revision of the County Code will enable the County to contract for
services which enable the community, non-profits and small
businesses to enhance their use of media to better communicate ideas
with the public, potential customers, decision-makers and elected
officials.
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
WITmN
MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
N/A
Mitsuko
R.
Herrera, Department of Technology Services,
240-777-2928
N/A
N/A
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OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND 20850
Isiah Leggett
County Executive
MEMORANDUM
March 24, 2014
TO:
FROM:
SUBJECT:
Craig
Rice,
President
County Council
Isiah Leggett,
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Coun~
Executive---k::f'
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Legislative Request - Revision of Chapter 8A) Section 32, Community Media
Organizations
[ am requesting that the County Council enact legislation to revise Chapter 8A,
Section 32 ofthe Montgomery County Code, to expand the scope of the County's current
community media services contracting authority.
The attached proposed revision of County Code Section 8A-32 seeks to expand
the scope of the County's current contracting authority to explicitly authorize the County to
contract with community media organization(s) to provide content, training, and distribution of
community-created content over multiple media platforms
(i.e.,
in addition to cable television,
Internet video and social media as well). The attached legislative request to revise the County
Code further specifies that the community media organization must develop and implement
policies and programs that promote organizational sustainability and viability. The County
Code, however, does not require the County to fund community media. Appropriation of
community media funding is addressed as part of the annual budget.
In
addition, the attached legislative request to revise County Code Section 8A-32
no longer
~ecifies
an allocation of board members by geography or recommendation from the
cable franchisees. The organization's by-laws govern the board election proCess. The revised
County Code retains the provisions that amendments to the organization's by-laws be submitted
to the County Executive and County Council for review and comment, that board members
submit financial disclosure statements to the County, and that the organization continue to
promote diverse programming and procurement compliance. The County's current community
media vendor has submitted revised by-laws for review and both the County Executive and
County Council have responded favorably (see attached response letters). To complete revision
of the proposed by-laws, the County Code needs to be amended as discussed above.
The current County Code Section 8A-32 authorizes the County to contract with
one or more community access organizations to manage public access cable television channels
and provide training to the public. A portion of cable television franchise and public,
educational, and government access fees are allocated to support this contract. This section of
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Craig Rice, President, County Council
March 24,2014
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the County Code was last updated in ] 996, when cable television was the primary means of
distributing community-created media and prior to the widespread use of the Internet and social
media to distribute community media. Thus, the current County Code primarily references
contracting for cable television-related services. In addition, there was less need in 1996 for the
community access organization to find other sources of financial support to supplement funding
provided by the County under the contract. The current County Code permits the community
media organization to raise revenues from other sources but does not place any specific emphasis
on doing so. Lastly, the current County Code requires that the community media organization's
board members be comprised of three residents from municipalities, one representative selected
by each cable franchisee (Comcast, RCN and Verizon), and eight residents of the County. The
municipalities provide no funding to support the community access contract, but rather, provide
that the municipalities fund their OWn cable television stations. Under federal law, the cable
franchisees are prohibited from controlling the content of community media television channels.
I respectfully request that this proposed legislation be submitted to the County
Council. IfYQu have any additional questions, please contact Mitsuko Herrera, 240-777-2928.
cc:
Timothy Firestine, Chief Administrative Officer
Bonnie Kirkland, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Ramona Bell-Pearson, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer
Harash (Sonny) Segal, Director, Department of Technology Services
Ivan Galic, Acting Cable and Broadband Administrator, DTS
Mitsuko Herrera, Policy, Planning and Special Projects, DTS
Attachments: By-Law Comments Letter from Isiah Leggett, County Executive to Nancy Poole,
Chair, Board of Directors, Montgomery Community Television
By-Law Comments Letter from Nancy Navarro, President, County Council. to
Nancy Poole, Chair, Board of Directors, Montgomery Community Television
Legislative Request Report
Economic Impact Statement
Fiscal Impact Statement
Draft Bill to Revise Montgomery County Code Section 8A-32
Montgomery County Code Section 8A-32, As Would be Revised
Current Montgomery County Code Section 8A-32
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Economic Impact Statement
Expedited Bill xx-14
t
Community Media OrganizatioDS
Background:
This
legislation would amend Chapter 8A, Section 32 ofthe County Code to reflect
changes
in
media technology and organizational sustainability needs that would:
• Expand the scope of the County's existing authority to contract for comnll.mity
media services distributed over cable television
• Enable the County
to
contract with a community media organization (CMO)
that
will
provide
services
and training, and
• Enable
the
contracted CMO
to
elect board members who will help ensure
sustainability
and
viability
of
the
CMO.
1. The sourees of informatioD., assumptions, and methodologies used.
Department ofTecbnology Services (DTS)
2. A description of any variable that could affect the economic impact estimates.
DTS
assumes
that
there
is
no fiscal impact from the proposed changes to
the
County
Code. The
proposed
changes
to
the
County Code will also
have
no economic
impact
on County employment,
spending~
saving, investment, incomes, and property values.
3.
The Bill's
positive
or
negative
effect,
if
any
on employment,
spending,
saving,
investment, incomes, and property values in the County.
Because the expedited
bill-amends the County Code to reflect changes in media
technology and organizational sustainability, it
will
have no economic
impact.
4.
If
a Bill is
likely
to have
no
economic
impact,
why
is that the case?
Please see paragraph 3.
5. The following contributed
to
and concurred with this analysis:
David Platt and
Rob
Hagedoom,
Finance;
and Mitsuko
Herrera,
Department
of
Technology Services.
J
F. ach, Duector
Department
of
Finance
Page
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Fiscal Impact Statement
Council Bill XX-14, Community Media Organization
1. Legislative Summary:
This legislation would amend Chapter 8A, Section
32
ofthe Montgomery County Code to
reflect changes inlmedia technology and organizational sustainability needs that would'
• Expand the scope ofthe County's existing authority to contract for community
media
~ervices
distributed over cable television;
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• Enable the County to contract with a community media organization that will
provide services
and
training; and
• Enable the contracted community media organization to elect board members
who will help ensure sustainability and viability ofthe community media
organization.
2.
An
estimate of changes in County revenues and expenditures regardless of whether the .
revenues or expenditures are assumed in the recommended or approved budget. Includes
source of
informa~on,
assumptions, and methodologies used.
The bill does not change County revenues or expenditures. It amends the scope ofthe
County's current fluthority to contractfor community media services. Changes in
revenues and expenditures for community services are addressed as part ofthe annual
budget process.
3. Revenue and
exp~nditure
estimates covering at least the next 6 fiscal years.
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Revenue and expekditures for community media are currently allocated to and from the
Cable TV Spedal 'tlevenue Fund The Cable Communications Plan directs the use ofthe
revenues in this Fund Revenue from Franchise Fees and PEG Operating and Equipment
Grants are used to fund the current Community Media expenditures as well as other
similar media organization expenditures. From the FY15 Preliminary Cable Plan:
FY
Franchise Fee (Revenue) PEG Operating and
Equipment Grant
(Revenue)
,
:
Community Access
Programming
(Expenditures)
$2,369,000
$2,472,000
$2,578,000
$2.690.000
$2,810,000
$2,938,000
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019
$16,719,000
$17,091,000
. $17,238,000
$2,239,000
$2,293,000
$4,138,000
$4,138,000
$4,179,000
$4,221,000
t
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$17,437,000
$17, 709,000
$17,990,000
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4.
An
actuarial
analY.sis
through the entire amortization period for each bill that would affect
retiree pension or
~oup
insurance costs.
The bill has no impact on retiree pension or group insurance costs. The bill affects
County contracting authority and does not alter County staffing levels.
5. Later actions that may affect future revenue and expenditures if the bill authorizes future
spending.
The bill expands the scope ofthe County's current community media contracting
authority. Ii does ;not authorize future spending nor create juJure spending obligations.
Decisions
regardi~gfuture
spending for community media are addressed through the
County budgetingjprocess.
6.
An
estimate
ofth~
staff time needed to implement the bill.
Routine stafftime ;associated with County Executive and County Council review ofa
proposed bill, and administrative stafftime to update the County Code
if
enacted.
7.
An
explanation ofhow the addition of new staff responsibilities would affect other duties.
The bill expands the scope ofthe County's current community media contracting
authority. Impact: on staffresponsibilities to address the revise scope ofmedia services is
de minimus and part ofthe normal course ofrevising RFPs as contracts are renewed
8.
An
estimate of costs when an additional appropriation is needed.
No additional appropriation is needed
9. A description of any variable that could affect revenue and cost estimates.
Cable franchise revenues and changes in restrictions for use ofthose
funds
could affoct
the amount ofrevimue available to support community media. County Executive and
County Council interest in expanding or reducing the level ofexpenditures for community
media could affoct revenue and cost estimates.
10. Ranges of revenue or expenditures that are uncertain or difficult to project.
The bill expands the scope ofthe County's current community media contracting
authority. It does 'not affect revenues or expenditures. Decisions regarding expenditures
for community media are addressed through the budgeting process.
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11.
If
a bill
is
likely to have no fiscal impact, why that is the case.
The bill expands the scope ofthe County
'$
current community media contracting
authority. It does ,not affect revenues or expenditutes. Decisions regarding expenditures
for community media are addressed through the budgeting process.
12. Other fiscal impaCts or comments.
None.
13. The following corltributed to and concurred with this analysis: (Enter name and
dep~ent).
Mitsuko Herrera, 'Pepartment ofTechnology Services.
Dennis Hetman, Office ofManagement
&
Budget
~d~
enniti
A.
Hughes,
~
Office of Management and Budget
Dat~1
3/1/14
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mcm
January
is,
2013
The Honorable Nancy Navarro
President
Montgomery County Council
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Dear Ms. Navarro:
As Montgomery County's community media center, Montgomery Community Television, Inc.,
doing business as Montgomery Community Media (MCM), has made great strides recently in
improving its level of service to our county. We are extremely proud that the Alliance for
Community Media named MCM the best Public, Education and Government access
organization in the U.S. for 2012. While this achievement is a great honor, we must always
strive for continuous Improvement
To that end, on November 7, 2012 the MCM Board of Directors voted to revise its current
bylaws making the most significant changes to MCM's governing structure since the
organization was created in 1985. The goals of the new bylaws are to:
• Make MCM a more self-sustainable nonprofit organization by focusing the Board's efforts on
strategic planning and fundraising to assist MCM management in diversifying its revenue
streams beyond the County Cable Communications Plan.
• Decrease the large size of the Board from the current maximum of 26 members to 15
members and establish term limits. Twelve members who possess relevant skill sets to
assist management in strategic planning and revenue development will be selected from
among our diverse community. Three members will be MCM access users elected by MCM
access users who pay an annual fee to use MCM's equipment and facilities. All Board
members will be limited to serving two consecutive 3-year terms.
• Secure funding to. provide for additional DigitallMedia Literacy programs to increase
residents' and local nonprofit organizations' understanding of the rapidly expanding New
Media and Social Media communications platforms.
montgomery community media
mymcmedia.org
access.
19
7548StandlshPlace •
Rockvlll~M02085S
• Phone301.424.1730 Fax301.294.7416
SeNlces
of
Montgomery CommunityTelevislon,lnc.
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Page 2 - The Honorable Nancy Navarro
According to County Code, Section BA-32, Community Access Organizations,
a
Any proposed
amendments [to the bylaws} must be submitted to the County Executive and County Council for
review and comment. .•before the organization takes final action on the amendment." While the
Code offers a period of 60 days for your comments on our proposed bylaws, it would
be
most
. helpful to receive your advice sooner. In addition to the proposed MCM Bylaws,
I
have also
enclosed for your reference the current MCM Bylaws, the current County Code Section 8A-32,
and the proposed County Code, Section BA-32.
We hope that you and the entire County Council will join in our excitement about the positive
changes these new bylaws will bring as MCM moves toward becoming a more self-supporting,
sustainable, and impactfu[ nonprofit organIzation serving all of Montgomery County.
Sincerely,
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President, Board of Directors
Enclosures:
Current Montgomery Community Television Bylaws
Proposed Montgomery Community Media Bylaws
Current County Code, Section BA-32, Community Access Organizations
Proposed County Code, Section 8A-32, Community Access Organizations
cc:
Councilmember Valerie Ervin
Councilmember Hans Riemer
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OFFICE OF THE COUNTY EXECUTrVB
R.OCKVILLE. MARYLAND 20850
Isial! Leggett
COrlllty
Execufive
February 14, 2013
Ms. Nancy Poole, President
Boal'd of Directors
Montgomery Community Television
7548 Standisll'Place ,
Rockville, Maryland 20855
Dear Ms. Poole:
Thank
you for sharing
with
me the new bylaws for Montgomery Community
, Television, Inc., and for giving me the opportunity to pl'ovide feedback on this thoughtful
document.
While
r
continue to
support
Montgomery
Community Television's funding
through the Cable COlnmunications Plan, 1 applaud your efforts
tc?
move the organization
into
a
more sustainable position as
a
nonprofit that
can effectively
serve the diverse
communities ofMontgomery County.
Although change is never easy, the
MeT
Board ofDirectol'S has demonstJ:ated
courage
in
taking this important step forward. The
bylaw
cbanges will enable
MeT
to
better meet the demands that face llonpt'ofit organizations today.
Thank you for your efforts, and for finding new ways to enrich the quaHty of life
for all who live and work ill Montgomery County.
Sincerely,
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n~
lsiah
Leggett
C.01.1~tY E.xec~ltlve
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MONTGOMERY COUNTY COUNCil
ROCKVILLE,
MARYL.AND
OFFICE OF
THE COUNCIL. PRESIDENT
February 26. 2013
Ms. Nancy Poole, President
Board ofDirectors
Montgomery Community Television
7548 Standish Place
Rockville, MD 20855
Dear
Ms.
Poole,
Thank you for providing a copy of the proposed new bylaws for Montgomery
Community
Media.
The Council is encouraged about the direction
MCM is
taking, especially
your efforts on new media
and
social media platforms. These activities are already expanding
community engagement, and will be a great resource for the Council as
we
move forward with
our Open Data
and
broader Digital Government initiatives.
We are also grateful to the Board of Directors fol' your efforts to
enhance
sustainability
for MCM. By reconstituting your governing structure
and
broadening its base of support, you
are
adding
diverse skill
sets
to your organization
as
you grow new revenues and selvices to the
community. We have no
particular
comments on the bylaws, and look forward to receiving the
final adopted version for our files.
We know these are challenging times, and we applaud your efforts
in
facing these
challenges head-on as you strive to meet
the
communications needs ofMontgomery County
residents.
Sincerely,
tt~
Council President
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