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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


January 9, 2007

Chairman Greg Garrison called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order. 


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Greg Garrison                           Barry Coleman

Michael Listman                       Carl Hendricks


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Bud Larson

Mike Ladely                             Sherri Hendricks



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman moved the minutes be approved as read. Mike Listman seconded, motion carried.



3.     Treasurer’s Report

The Board reviewed the treasurer’s report; Barry Coleman moved to accept the treasurer’s report as presented, Mike Listman seconded, motion carried.


The office will pay the USFS site fee bill when the charges are clarified on who should and who shouldn’t be charged.



4.     Old Business:

a.       Tower space and rental fees – proposed incremental increase in rental fees over a number of years.  Bud Larsen worked with EL Automation to come up with a spreadsheet that will make it easier to see what space is being used in regards to floor space and tower space.  Bud will be providing everyone with a packet that shows pictures of users and the location of their equipment.

b.      Airpipe – This is the broadband provider for Meadowcreek Computers.  Mike Ladely will speak with Gary Gage to get more information.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       License for Channel 56 is approved as the companion channel for 32.

b.      Mike Ladely is recommending the purchase of a CH Processor to handle digital signal.  The amount is about $2500.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the purchase of a CH Processor, Mike Listman seconded, motion carried.

c.       With the heavy snowfall and frequent power outages this last month, we are now out of propane on Black Mountain.  In addition there were problems with the generator causing it to continue to run and added to the usage of propane.  Mike Ladely will get an estimate on a rebuild versus replace.  We now have no backup for power.  Mike Ladely will find out the cost to heli a tank of propane to Black Mountain and get back to the board with the information.

d.      Mike Ladely is recommending the district have a PLC monitor all functions of the generator controls that would be able to monitor the generator when Northern Lights power is out.  We would also be able to control the circuits in the building as we did in the new building.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the purchase of parts and labor to begin building the equipment needed, not to exceed $3500 at which point Mike Ladely would need to get approval for additional expense.  Mike Listman seconded, motion carried.

e.       Road Maintenance – Dallas Thompson is the USFS contact and the office is still trying to contact him to establish if we have a road maintenance agreement and if the road to Black Mountain is in the budget for this year.



6.     Bud Larsen Report:

a.     Annual Report – Bud will distribute for publication in the Bonners Ferry Herald, Kootenai Valley Press and online with the County and the Translator’s website.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the publication in these venues, Mike Listman seconded, motion carried.

b.     Reading the same music – Bud has a packet he is putting together that will show floor space and tower use.  See “Tower Space and Rental Fees” above.

c.     Consulting Agreement for 2007 – Barry Coleman motioned to accept Bud Larsen’s new consulting agreement for 2007, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.  Barry Coleman motioned to approval an additional service extension in the amount of $60 for the time spent on tower space and rental fees research.  Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.   


7.     New Business:

a.       Jan & Red Allen – Present at meeting to discuss the possibility of bringing KBMI back online.  The license was revoked and after talking with Mike Ladely they wondered if there was a spot on the tower to translate this station.  The board explained the process that would need to be followed.  A petition needs to be signed by at least 50 citizens of the county and submitted to the board.  At that point a public notice will be posted for 60 days for response. 



8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None.



9.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None.



   10.  Adjournment:

Mike Listman moved and Barry Coleman seconded, the meeting adjourn, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, February 13, 2007, 10:00 A.M.  @ Chic N Chop Restaurant.