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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


March 13, 2007

Chairman Tom Peyton called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order. 


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Michael Listman                       Barry Coleman

Tom Peyton                              Carl Hendricks


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Bud Larson

Eric Lederhos                           Sherri Hendricks

Lorretta Honsinger                    Lou Mace


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.



4.     Old Business:

a.       Tower space and rental fees – Mike Listman presented a proposal to incrementally increase the rental fees over a period of the next 12 months.  The noticed will be sent out to users with their site fee billing.

b.      KBMI – Loretta contacted the FCC and found out that if a frequency has not been used for more than a year that the FCC can automatically shut down that frequency.  In order to begin using the existing frequency for KBMI, the Spokane station (mother station) needs to send a letter to the translator requesting to broadcast on our frequency.  At that point the translator will send a letter to the FCC requesting to transmit.  The cost to get going should not be high and KBMI would be able to contribute to the cost.  Eric Lederhos will get more information regarding the cost and let us know.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       Replacement of generator will cost about $5500 and Eric recommended it be ready to install in the spring as soon as the snow melts.  Barry Coleman motioned to buy the new generator with the old being used as tradein towards E.L. Automations services to install the new, with an approximate trade in value of $500, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.

b.      Eric stated that he is in agreement with Bud’s assessment that we need to complete the digital upgrade work as soon as possible, but not before summer of 2008.

c.       Summary of expenses in 2006 – the costs were quite high for maintenance of the translator during 2006.  Eric stated that with new equipment installed there were many bugs to be worked out.  In addition, there were antennae failures and lots of customer service to correct the problems.  We should not have as much work to do this year getting the antennae signal working properly as all bugs should have been worked out at this point.

d.      Eric Lederhos will take a trip up to Black Mountain to take a look at a couple of stations having some issues. 

e.       North Site – Gary Gage has requested to install equipment – Eric feels there is no real benefit to the district other than being able to tie into the voltage to monitor the site.  The cost would outweigh the benefit.  Eric Lederhos will talk with Gary Gage to discuss costs and a plan and he suggests Gary Gage attend the next meeting to discuss.



6.     Bud Larsen Report:

a.     FM Radio Licenses – On 2/26/07 the FCC sent legal documents claiming the district had willfully violated filing its licenses.  Bud has been working to resolve and letters were sent from the board and Bud’s memorandum for record was attached.  The FCC should have received the letter yesterday and no response has been received yet.  Barry Coleman motioned to ratify the action taken to date by letters written, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.

b.     Possible back-billing of maintenance costs – NOAA and Ch. 32 can potentially be back-billed for $875 for their maintenance charges – this issue is tabled to next month’s meeting.

c.     Generator for emergency power – Bud recommends we make the purchase of the generator with no other large expenditures this year until next summer.



7.     New Business:

a.       NTA meeting this year is in Denver – Mike Listman will be able to attend the meeting with an approximate cost of $1500- $2000.  Barry Coleman motioned to send Mike Listman to the NTA for 2007, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.

b.      Tom Peyton’s term is up this month and he is chosing not to continue with the board by renewing his term. 



8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Lou Mace – his antennae is 700 feet from his house and he is questioning the channels available to him.  At this time he is not requesting a tax waiver, but would like someone to come out and take a look.  He will contact Mike Ladely with E.L. Automation to identify the signal strength.



9.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       Continuing with various trainings.

b.      The County Mitigation plan is in place and the Emergency Response Committee is revising S.O.P.’s, etc.



   10.  Adjournment:

Barry Coleman moved and Carl Hendricks seconded, the meeting adjourn, motion carried.



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