Abington: Residents Want More Transparency from ACAM Board of Directors

In Abington, residents want to see more transparency from the Cable Access and Media Board of Directors.

Minutes for Executive Session meetings that were held from May to September have been requested by residents. ACAM is an independent corporation, and not a town-run board.  

In October, dozens of people attended the Annual ACAM Meeting to voice opposition after former Executive Director Justin Shannahan and the Board of Directors entered into a separation agreement. He had worked 17 years with ACAM, but what lead to the separation was not disclosed.

“The idea is to make sure that the public is hearing what is going on. The more the public hears, the better off it is for all those concerned – including the board members,” said Joseph Shea, President of the ACAM Civic Group. “Hopefully that has been addressed and we solved some of those issues.”

Redacted minutes from the executive sessions were released by the Board of Directors on Tuesday. The board entered Executive Session on May 16, 2019 to discuss “personnel status of Abington CAM.”

That meeting was not closed for 12 meetings until November 7, when the board voted to close them.

“We’re not trying to hide anything from anybody. Part of the problem here is that we are a private corporation, incorporated in 2009,” said Lisa Bezanson, the President of the Board of Directors. “There were apparently no policies and procedures written, none that I’ve seen, until I started with the board in June of 2018. We’re trying to make up for lost time.”

She says the board is trying to get ACAM where should be after 10 years in operation.

“If I had known there was such a thing as a working meeting and not Executive Session meeting, that would have been more appropriate for what we were doing,” said Bezanson. “We were just trying to work together as a Board of Directors and write things that had not been written in the nine years before we came along.”

Bezanson hopes more people will get involved with ACAM.

The next meeting was scheduled for February 11th.

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