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MCB Statutory Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting - Virtual

Friday, June 18, 2021
12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

Overview of MCB Statutory Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting - Virtual

MEETING DETAILS: 

Massachusetts Commission for the Blind

Statutory Advisory Board (SAB) Meeting

Friday, June 18, 2021

12:00 to 2:00 pm ET

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https://zoom.us/j/98226004558?pwd=VXdlQjNiQTRORlorb05pNHBITjUrdz09

Meeting ID: 982 2600 4558

Passcode: 061821

Phone: 1-646-558-8656

This meeting is being recorded.

If you would like to request an ADA accommodation, please contact MCB ADA Coordinator Kamilia Drogosz at 617-279-3332 or kamilia.drogosz@mass.gov. Every effort will be made to provide a reasonable accommodation.

Agenda

  • Chair Opening
  • Vote to accept the May 14th, 2021 Minutes
  • Welcome to any members of the public attending the meeting and request that they raise questions or comments. 
  • Request that MCB record SAB meetings and make recordings available to the public and that procedure be agreed upon where by consumers may record the meetings. 
  • Comments by representatives of SEIU Local 509 (10 minutes)
  • Status of request to the Commissioner that the SAB be provided with quarterly financials on an ongoing basis (in a format convenient to MCB) and that the CFO be available for a short amount of time to answer budget-related questions. 
  • Commissioner Budget Update
    • Year-to-date MCB financial statements.
    • Estimates-Spending in all accounts- balance of FY21 and  reversions, if any.
    • Status of Senate Amendment #432 that would restore $850,000 to MCB budget.
  • Comments by Joe Abely and other SAB members regarding the budget
  • Update by Commissioner with particular focus on concern regarding next year’s budget and the impact of expected increased demand for MCB services.
  • Brief update from May meeting on:
    • Comprehensive State Needs Assessment  
    • Feasibility Study to Evaluate Establishment of a For-Profit Business Employing the Blind.
    • Feasibility of Blind Business Enterprises on eBay or Amazon
  • Comments by the Commissioner and others regarding the best way to inform consumers of community news and other current developments.  Progress in listing MCB events on Newsline.
  • Brief update from May meeting on “Dashboards” for tracking MCB performance.
  • Brief update from May meeting on strategic plan to track performance of employees and delivery of services.
  • AIM Library update with focus on Kim Charlson’s concern
  • Request that Commissioner provide Friday dates in September when he would be available at noon for SAB meeting.
  • Other business
  • The next SAB Meeting will be held at noon on July 30th.

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