The replacement of most of the Nevada County Digital Media Center’s board of directors last week was only the first monumental change the public access television station will undergo in the coming months, as its supporters look to stabilize its finances.
At the new board of directors’ first fully agendized meeting Monday, the directors appointed Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce co-executive director Keith Davies as board president and nixed the position of executive director — a position that Keith Logan had already taken steps to fill.
Logan, along with former Grass Valley City Administrator Dan Holler, had crafted the plan to keep the Media Center from closing after the old board voted in late August to shutter the station.
When Holler accepted the interim city manager position for Mammoth Lakes in September, Logan appeared to be the point man facilitating the transition of the old board to the new and keeping the station’s government partners — namely Nevada County — from jumping ship.
Holler is a member of the new board, phoning in to meetings from Mammoth. On Monday, he discussed eliminating the executive director position through Logan’s cell phone, which was plugged into speakers.
“I made a personal commitment to Steve Monaghan and to Dan Holler that I would see this through to the best of my capacity. And I will honor that commitment the best I can,” Logan said at Monday’s meeting as the board was talking about eliminating the position he had been pegged for.
“I believe if I were to be fully out of the picture, it may create an appearance that is less than supportive of the objectives of the organization,” Logan said.
The county funnels public broadcast funds to Nevada County Television, or NCTV for short.
Monaghan, the county’s chief information officer, had previously told NCTV representatives that his organization would prefer to have one point of contact and less drama coming out of the station in the aftermath of the previous board’s decision to close.
Monaghan could not be reached for reaction Tuesday.
Directors who favored temporarily eliminating the executive director position cited the station’s limited funding for staff and other nonrestricted allocations.
“I think what we are asking is to get our infrastructure in place (first),” said Cheryl Noble, a board member and a station producer.
“We do know the office can run fine without an executive director.”
Eventually, the board decided to hire Logan’s sustainability consulting firm, Logan & Associates, to continue to work with the county at an hourly rate of $50, not to exceed $2,100.
“At this point, I would decline the position of interim executive director,” Logan said.
“I certainly would be interested in engaging NCTV with Logan & Associates in the capacity of a stakeholder engagement and a county liaison.”
The executive director position is tentatively scheduled to be readdressed at the beginning of 2014, the directors said Monday.
“The station runs fine without (an executive director),” said Gil Dominguez, a prominent NCTV producer. “It is nice to have a public face out there, but it is something we don’t need right now and we can’t afford.”
The board also formalized its members’ roles Monday. In addition to appointing Davies as the board president, the vice chair position was given to Syris Metara, who was also on the previous NCTV board. Noble was appointed as the clerk, and CPA Dai Meagher was appointed as treasurer.
Davies’ appointment is notable because he also is the leader of Grass Valley’s Chamber of Commerce, and he, along with Holler, provided the $10,000 loan to NCTV that allowed the previous board to feel comfortable handing the organization over to others.
He has also offered his guest house as a temporary home for the station and offered to donate at the station’s fundraising telethon Saturday.
“As if he hasn’t done enough,” Dominguez said.
Phil Carville, who was the only other board member who remained from the previous board, resigned Tuesday morning, citing personal obligations, according to Dominguez.
The board is scheduled to meet again Oct. 21 and one of the expected topics for discussion is appointing other board members.
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