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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


March 11, 2008

Chairman Greg Garrison called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 10:05 a.m. 


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                         Michael Listman

Greg Garrison                           Sherrie Hendricks

Carl Hendricks


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely

Gary Garrett                            


Owen Plato (Prospective Board Member)

Allen Gemmrig (Prospective Board Member)

Anthony Compton (Prospective Board Member)


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman moved the minutes be approved, 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, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.


4.     Old Business:

a.       Converter Boxes – Greg Garrison found an article in the Spokesman Review providing a phone number to call for more information.  The number is 1-888-DTV-2009.

b.      Minutes posted on website – they have not been posted on website for some time.  Mike Listman will let Debbie know which months are missing and will update the minutes posted.    

c.       Draft letter to Gary Garret & Gary Gage - Greg Garrison’s name needs to be replaced with the new chairman’s name.  The office will send out the letter.


5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       Converter Box to test out – Mike Ladely got a converter box to test out but had some problems.  Mike Ladely is still working this out. 

b.      Channel 91.9 – Mike Ladely turned off channel 91.9 again as he received complaints of interference after turning back on after last meeting.  An application for new license will need to be pursued.  As soon as weather is permitting Mike Ladely will begin some testing on Black Mountain to establish what the interference issues are.  Currently Channel 91.9 is turned off.  Mike Ladely may need to turn on periodically to avoid loss of license.     

c.       Mike Ladely has put together a log-in sheet for having people sign in prior to going up to Black Mountain and in addition, they will need to have a key.  Eric Lederhos is reviewing.  This issue tabled to next month’s meeting. 

d.      Minimum Standards were provided to all board members as drafted by Mike Ladely.  There is some concern on the costs of equipment to be required and it is understood that some of the changes will need to be phased in to allow for tenants to make the changes without financial hardship. 


6.     New Business:

a.       Greg Garrison resignation – in addition to Greg’s term being up, Carl Hendricks term is also up.  Sherry Hendricks would like to withdraw at this time as a board member and Carl would like to take her place.  That leaves two board vacancies.  The translator board can have up to 9 members on its board.

b.      New board members and appointment of Chairman – three potential new board members were in attendance – Owen Plato, Allen Gemmrig, and Anthony Compton.  Barry Coleman motion to recommend the new board members to the commissioners, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.  Barry Coleman motioned to appoint Mike Listman as Chairman, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.

c.       Boise Stations – the question was brought up by Carl Hendricks if Boise news stations could be re-broadcast through our translator.  This is something that will need to be researched further.  Mike Ladely will do some checking on what digital signals would be available.  This issue tabled to next month’s meeting. 

d.      Gary Garrett – North Idaho.Net – problems with interference issues on Black Mountain.  Gary Gage does not seem to be having any issues currently.  Gary Garrett however is still having some issues.  He will be working with E.L. Automation to get some of the changes made.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       Still some concern on potential flooding.  No additional updates at this time.

b.      Interference issues – still some concerns there but has lessened since channel 91.9 was turned off. 


   10.  Adjournment:

Barry Coleman moved and Carl Hendricks seconded, the meeting adjourn, motion carried.  Meeting adjourned at 12:05.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, April 8, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.