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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


May 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 - Excused              Allen Gemmrig

Carl Hendricks             Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely - Excused

Sherri Hendricks                                  



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.       Boise TV Stations – Anthony Compton spoke with someone from a Boise TV Station and they didn’t sound very optimistic that they could get a Boise station translated to this area. 

b.      Booth at Fair – room is still available on the slab for $30.  The fair is scheduled for the week of August 13 – August 16.  Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve the board set up a booth at the fair to help with advertising for the changes in digital television, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.  Mike Listman will contact DTV people to get handouts for the booth.


5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       Mike Ladely was not available to attend the meeting.  The board discussed items they would like to see from Mike for future meetings:  a service coverage area map and a list of items completed on Black Mountain.


6.     New Business:

a.       NTA Meeting – Update from board members – Allen Gemmrig, Anthony Compton, Mike Listman and Owen Plato were in attendance at this year’s NTA Meeting.  The following items that were discussed at the meeting:

                                                               i.      Converter Boxes – there are two types available – digital only or analog pass-through.  Digital will not allow users to view the TV from our translators because of the analog signal. 

                                                             ii.      Equipment Grant – this grant can be used for certain equipment as long as it is digital related.  There was some concern that the acquisition items allowable would be restrictive.

                                                            iii.      There was discussion of a 65 million dollar grant monies available but there seems to be no details yet.  It could be that we could be eligible and a high priority due to our rural location and population.  The grant could be retroactive to costs already spent, however, this is a nationwide grant so in reality, there is not much money to be spread between all the translators across the country.

                                                           iv.      Full Service Stations – there has been some confusion on the exact date to viewers that digital broadcasting will take effect.  The message needs to be communicated that not all translators will be going to digital at the date being communicated.  Radio advertising that KBFI will be doing for us will be a good source of notice for listeners on effective date.

                                                             v.      HDFM Radio Transmitters – there are two stations in Spokane KXIZ-96.1 and KPBX that are currently HD broadcasters.

                                                           vi.      Towers – there are two types of towers that are no longer OSHA approved and should not have access to be climbed on.  These are the ROHN 25 or 45 model.  They have been deemed to not be structurally sound to hold more than 5000 lbs.  We could have problems with permitting with USFS for new tower.  Allen Gemmrig will get the name of a US Forest Service contact for permit questions.

b.      Digital to Analog Converters – need to be purchased this summer.  Mike Listman will get a list from Mike Ladely on what digital equipment is still needed.

c.       Mike Listman spoke with Michael Cramblit, Field Engineer with KUID/KCDT Idaho Public TV – he has offered to be a source of information for us when any legal issues/questions arise.  Some legal questions that came up at the NTA Meeting included:  Should towers be registered with the FAA?  Large turnover of board members requires notification to the FCC.

d.       Vice Chair – Allen Gemmrig motioned to vote Carl Hendricks to be vice-chairman, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

e.       Translator District Annual Report – a draft was presented by Mike Listman – needs to be published in the paper or sent to county residents.  In addition, it can be posted on the translator website.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.  Mike Listman will make changes as noted by board.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       Emergency personnel are looking for volunteers to sand bag up by Eastport due to rising water.

b.      LDS church is looking to do a table-top exercise in July. 


   10.  Adjournment:

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



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.