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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


September 16, 2008

Vice-Chairman Carl Hendricks called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 10:10 a.m.      


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                         Michael Listman - Excused

Owen Plato - Excused              Allen Gemmrig

Carl Hendricks             Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely                            

Sherrie Hendricks


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Due to no quorum present at the August meeting, the July minutes were presented for approval.  Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve the July minutes with a change to the roll call for Barry Coleman from “Absent” to “Excused”, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the August minutes, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve the treasurer’s report as presented, Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.


4.     Old Business:

a.       Inventory of items on towers – Allen Gemmrig and Mike Ladely have been working on this.

b.      Website – needs to be updated – has not appeared to have been updated in a few months.

c.       Reimbursement form – Deb will email a draft form for approval for reimbursement of expense form.

d.      Allen Gemmrig is working on the draft of Tower Standards.


5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

a.       PLC Piping – all materials have arrived and are ready to be installed.  Mike Ladely will be going to Black Mountain soon to complete.  Generator would manually need to be switched over when needed.

b.      Copper Creek – batteries failed and were replaced.

c.       Converter Boxes – Mike Ladely borrowed KUID’s digital to digital box to test and it worked well.  Mike still needs to test Copper Creek.  Mike tried three different converter boxes that did not work.  He ordered two of the same brand KUID uses since we know that one worked.

d.      Antenaes – received a $1600 quote from John Bartnett for antennae.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the purchase, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.

e.       Jack Buell pulled equipment from the tower.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the Amateur Radio Club to install a second antennae if needed, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried. 

f.        Digital Conversion – still need FCC approval from Canada.  Anthony will try to contact Huissein to see if he can get any further information.  We need to know how long we can reasonably expect to take to switch to digital.  Anthony recommends we consider purchasing commercial version of converter boxes to avoid potential customer interruptions.



6.     New Business:

a.        USFS Communications Site Tenant/Customer Inventory – Deb and Mike Ladely to work on and update for current year.  Due by 10/15/08.

b.      Tower replacement – we currently have a few towers that are Roahn 45 which will need to be replaced due to the safety concerns on these make and model towers.  The cost will include the tower itself plus cost to install.  Allen Gemmrig recommends we get a quote/bid from professional tower installers.  Six towers in all need to be replaced.  Allen Gemmrig talked with USFS and they stated to come back when we know what we want to do.  Mike Ladely will work on this in the spring.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       LAPC – SO is talking about having a second communication location. 

b.      Border Patrol – are having a table top exercise this month.

c.       County Emergency Operation plan is continuing to be reviewed and revised. 




Next Meeting:  Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.