Executive Director's Report
December 8, 1997
Education and Training:
- I have been working with Bill Swan, Chamber of Commerce Business
Committee Chairman in developing and organizing the Steering Committee for
the W.K. Kellogg Foundation grant, Managing Information in Rural America
(MIRA) This grant provides to approved rural areas, training in
information systems/techologies for use with economic development. There
are 2 areas for proposal by rural communities. The first area is for a
Steering Committee to find a 501-c3 agency that acts as the fiscal agent
of the money and will work with the Steering Committee. The Steering
Committee will then organize 6 - 10 clusters of teams in Taos County,
which are comprised of a diverse membership. These teams will be directed
by the Steering Committee and the host agency to develop the training
desired by each team. The second area for proposal is for a Community
Support Organization to provide technical support, economic development
support, and training to the teams created in the first proposal.
Mr. Swan and I have been instrumental in developing the Steering
Committee for the first proposal. We had the first meeting for the
Steering Committee on Dec. 8 and will meet in Questa on Dec. 9. These
meetings educate the attendants of the grant proposal and the impact on
Taos County with the information technology and training. The Holy Cross
Hospital has been asked to act as the fiscal agent of the money for the
first proposal. A decision has not been made by the hospital. Once the
attendants agree to partcipate on the Steering Committee and a committment
has been received from a host agency the proposal will be submitted to
Kellogg. If Taos County is approved for the grant, Kellogg will make a
site visit in February and the dollars will begin to flow for the training
and other areas of activity.
La Plaza will submit a proposal for the Community Support Organization
to assist will Internet service and training, web development and
training, and economic development in using the Internet. Kellogg has
stated there will be $250,000 available for the community support org. and
depending on the number of approved applicants then the dollars will be
allocated. Rocky Mountain Youth Corp has expressed interest in being one
of the Community Support Organizations, also. As the community teams
develop, the Steering Committee will be helpful in determing the kind of
support needed by the entire Cluster. I feel La Plaza and RMYC will be
the most appropriate agencies for the CSO. Once the decision is made then
we will be able to work with the Steering Committee, develop the proposal
and budget request from Kellogg.
I will keep the Board apprised of the grant. It is very interesting
bringing people together to work together!
- Loretta Suazo, TLC Manager, met with Martin Romero, President of
Centinel Bank, and discussed the donation request for 3 Pcs for use in the
TLC. Mr. Romero is taking the request to his Board for consideration.
- A request was sent to Bob Romero, LANL Community Outreach in Taso, in
August for a printer to be used with the Pcs at La Plaza. Mr. Romero
brought a HP Laser printer on December 8, 1997 in response to the request.
Mike Bearden will develop the network for use by the Pcs.
- I met with Gayle Martinez, Chamber of Commerce Director, and discussed
a partnership with the Chamber and La Plaza. We discussed training one of
the Chamber staff to maintain their Web site in January. Nancy Montano is
scheduling the training.
We also discussed holding seminars for businesses in using Internet
services and email. If the attendant is a Chamber member a 10% discount
for the cost would be provided.
We will also develop a story of La Plaza services for the Chamber
newsletter and possibly have an ongoing column for questions and answers
Chamber members have regarding technology.
- I volunteered to be on the Economic Summitt's task force of
Telecommuniations. The task force was formed as a response to some of the
needs presented at the Economic Summitt meeting in November. I am waiting
for the first meeting to be scheduled.
- Kellogg Content and Development:
One Web class was held in November with 4 participants. Nancy has
trained 15 nonprofit agencies how to develop and maintain their own web
page. There are now 12 new web sites online. She has 3 classes scheduled
for December with nonprofit agencies.
The training has proved to be very helpful for the nonprofits and is
fulfilling the objective to the Kellogg grant for the virtual library
We will develop a class scedule for businesses and charge a nominal
fee for the web class. Nancy wants to begin the classes in January.
- Rocky Mountain Youth Corp attended two training classes for two group
of the youth. The groups have been diverse in participation, respect for
the trainer, and ability to attend to the class information.
- Ten classes were offered in the TLC, with 59 participants in November.
Public Orientation, Intro to Email, Intro to WWW.
- Public Access Users for November:
La Plaza 1056 units
Penasco 146 units
San Cristobal 18 units
Questa no data
- New Registrations for November:
La Plaza 96
San Crist. 2
- New Member registrations: three
- The consultant with Internet Networking Services (INS) reported the
install date of January 16, 1998 for the new T-1 lines by USWEST. Once
the T-1 lines are installed, the digital phones will be installed, then
US Robotics will set up the system. We are projecting, if all goes as
planned, the new hardware and digital phone line system will be ready for
implementation on February 1, 1998.
- If the requests to Centinel Bank and the Johnson Foundation for PC
donations are approved (4 all total) there will be 8 Pcs in the TLC.
There is $4000 designated for computers in the remaining Kellogg money,
which will buy 2 Pcs. That will bring the total to 10 Pcs in the TLC and
all purchases will be completed in January, 1998.
New classes will be offered in the TLC in using Windows, Microsoft,
and the participants will learn on the Pc platform. Two Macs will remain
the TLC and in the kitchen area for Mac users.
- Daniel has completed the group account billing software for the new
fee strucure and billing.
- A Visitors Section to the La Plaza website has been added with links
to things of interest to tourists. A "User's Homepage of the Month" was
started, the December honored recipient is Stewart Warren.
- LAPLAZA DIAL-IN USERS STATS for /97
TOTAL # USERS: 1669
TOTAL # DIAL-IN: 1251 (74% of TOTAL USERS)
TOTAL # PPP USER: 1023 (81% of TOTAL DIAL-IN)
TOTAL CONNECT: 11327.52 (hours)
TOTAL PPP TIME: 9683.22 hours
TOTAL PPP SESSIONS: 31027
AVG PPP SESSION: 18.73 (minutes)
TOTAL CLI TIME: 1644.30 hours
TOTAL CLI SESSIONS: 9884
AVG CLI SESSION: 9.98 (minutes)
AVG NUM SESSIONS: 33
AVG SES LENGTH: 16.61 (minutes)
AVG TOTAL CONNECT: 9.05 (hours)
PENASCO # USERS: 48
PENASCO # SESSIONS: 1214
PENASCO TOTAL TIME: 293.82 hours
QUESTA # USERS: 74
QUESTA # SESSIONS: 2204
QUESTA TOTAL TIME: 750.45 hours
TAOS # USERS: 1152
TAOS # SESSIONS: 37493
TAOS TOTAL TIME: 10283.25 hours
- The annual audit of 1996 financies has not provided the beginning
balances of the two grants needed for 1997 bookkeeping. Linda Trujillo is
working with a consultant to get the balances; thus, we will then have
ending and beginning balances for 1998. The projected 1998 budget will be
completed within the next two weeks for the Board to review.
- As Linda has been involved with the annual audit, the November
financial statement is delayed. However, the following is reported:
Nov 97 billing $9413.57
Nov 97 collected $7958.96
Nov 97 prepaid $ 946.58
- Of the 81 people attending the October Community Meeting, 59
requested the $6.00 free access for a total of $354.00. This was credited
only for the November bill.
- The volunteers and other users who had unused credit hours were
converted to a dollar amount for .50 per hour. The total amount is
$4524.56. This was done as credit hours no longer have a value with the
new fee structure. Each of the 81 people were sent a message with their
credited amount requesting them to consider donating the amount back to La
Plaza. To date, 12 people have responded most of whom have donated the
value to La Plaza.
Once the credited amounts are used or donated, there are no users with
any credit for any reason.
- Jim Tucker sent an unpaid bill from 1995 for payment. Mr. Tucker
stated in his letter that he was never paid by the past administration and
is willing to use the .50 cent conversion for credit hours to his unpaid
account. As the bill was for $1000, a check will be sent to him in the
amount of $500.
- The Department of Commerce grant will be ending Dec. 31. The grant
will be closed out by Barb Hau, project coordinator, in the next 90 days.
The unused grant dollars can be used for administrative costs in closing
the grant. The final report including the program and fiscal reports will
be provided to both the Dept. of Commerce and the Board.
New Fee Structure and Services:
- The majority of the user comments have been positive and agreeable.
One person has requested sponsership beginning in January. A few users
have asked for a group account with their families and/or business.
The new registration form has been completed and is ready to be used
beginning in January. New registrations will be given the option
beginning December 22 to wait until January 2 for activating their account
and be charged just for January. If they want immediate services with 9
days remaining in December they will be charged for December also.