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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


April 08, 2008

Chairman Mike Listman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 10:00 a.m. 


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                         Michael Listman

Owen Plato                              Allen Gemmrig

Carl Hendricks             Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely

JoJo Baker                               Kim Benefiled

Sherri Hendricks                       Gary Garrett                            



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman moved the minutes be approved, Carl Hendricks 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.       New Board Members – change in board members was verbally approved and email confirmation received from commissioners.  No written approval yet received, but there were no concerns from the commissioners at this time.


5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       Grant For Digital Upgrade – received from FCC.  Mike Ladely has a list of items that he would like to purchase with the dollars received and needs to verify if the all parts will meet the requirements of the grant dollars received.

b.      Tower Climbing – no new information yet.

c.       Boise Channel - Looked into picking up a Boise channel and would only be able to be received through satellite.  The satellite receiving is not always the best reception because of snow maintenance issues and the need to continually remove snow from the dish during winter months when transport to the mountain is not the most ideal.  One option could be that a dish is located down the mountain with antennae relay set up to transmit.  Mike Ladely will do more research on this. 

d.      Password Paging – has experienced some problems and Mike Ladely has gone up with them to respond to the issues.  The problems appeared to be with their own equipment.

e.       Channel 35 – Mike Listman has been having problems receiving channel 35, but no other reports have been received.  Mike Ladely will check the channel to make sure there are not issues. 


6.     New Business:

a.       Jo Jo Baker & Kim Benefield – Radio Station Changes – KPND has been moved.  KBFI - .  KBFI is going to replace a transmitter over the summer with an updated systems.  The old equipment was subject to problems with weather conditions when rain or snowing.  These problems should be resolved this summer.  KPND has been historically 1000 watts in Sandpoint.  In 1994 the wattage increased to 100,000 watts, but with limitations.  Now at double the coverage area with changes made, however coverage in Boundary County decreased.  Some changes have also occurred with format and the types of information and music offered.  Will continue to address regional issues in North Idaho.  Request to change 99.9 (receiving) (currently KXLY and not KPND) transmitted on 107.1 to be changed to transmit KPND (95.3).  The format is similar to what is currently being transmitted on The River, but where that channel is mostly Spokane information, KPND would be geared towards North Idaho information and news.  The future holds changes in high definition radio transmission over the next year and a half, that will begin to hold some of the same issues as we’ve seen with television.  Would be willing to offer help financially with the changes to be needed as well as offer location on other towers to assist with transmission.  Jo Jo proposal – Advertising & Press releases – would like to offer the two radio stations up here for four months, three times a day, 7 days a week, between 5am and 12am for a sixty second spot.  Cost would be $1932 per month, but KPND will cover the $932 for a final cost of $1000 per month for a radio package.  In addition, if the above change is made on the station coverages, KPND would be willing to negotiate further.  The board is in favor of the idea of providing additional local coverage through KPND however would like to do their due diligence and ensure the stations are similar and no complaints will be received regarding the change in stations to listeners.  Barry motioned to make the switch to KPND with KPND offering a year worth of advertising at no cost, pending there are not issues to making the switch, Carl seconded, 5 board members in favor, 1 opposed due to wanting to gather more information and confirming if the format is similar to what is currently being transmitted.  Motion carried.

b.      Budget Levy Workshop – CDA May 7, 2008 – 8:30 to noon.  Carl & Sherry Hendricks would like to attend.  Deb will get the information to them regarding location.

c.       Planning List – Mike Listman provided the board with a project list to be addressed in the future.  Including the digital switch over.  Research for list of other translators and resource contacts to assist the current board to expand knowledge.

d.      Annual Report – has not been generated yet this year.  Mike Listman will generate a draft and present to the board for approval.

e.       New Date of Meeting – Allen motioned to change the meeting date to the third Tuesday of the month.  Barry seconded, motion carried.  Next meeting date would be May 20th, 2008.

f.        NTA Meeting is next month in Spokane.  May 16, 17 & 18th.  Mike Listman will send out an email for registration and all interested board members can let Deb know at the office in order to make arrangements.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       The LDS church did a region wide test that resulted in favorable response. 


   10.  Adjournment:

Barry Coleman moved and Allen Gemmrig seconded, the meeting adjourn, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 20, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.