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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


October 21, 2008

Chairman Mike Listman 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

Owen Plato                              Allen Gemmrig

Carl Hendricks             Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely                            



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve the minutes from the previous meeting with the correction to spelling on “Rohn”, Barry Coleman 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.       Allen Gemmrig is still working on draft of Tower Standards.   

b.      Inventory of items on towers – Still being worked on.

c.       Jack Buell pulled equipment off tower – no longer a customer.  We do have a new radio customer planning to come on board in the spring.


5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.       Mike Ladely completed running the conduit wire and put the PLC in on Black Mountain.

2.      Digital to Analog – KSPS bought a digital to analog converter box and that was installed.  KSPS is now operating as digital.  Mike Ladely is building a splitter board to split out the signals.

3.      Converter boxes – Mike picked up a couple of converter boxes from Radio Shack to install and test.  If these don’t work, we will need to purchase the commercial boxes to be installed and will be at a cost of approximately $1,000 a piece.

4.      Copper  Creek – new batteries installed but they still went dead.  Mike Ladely is still looking into why this would be happening.

5.      The Translator from Priest Lake called and they are interested in leasing some analog equipment.  The old equipment we have is not of any use to us.  Mike Listman suggested selling the equipment to them for a minimum amount of money and not bother with leasing.

  1. Rent from Verizon – Mike Ladely reviewed the equipment that Verizon is currently housing on Black Mountain to determine the rent amount to be charged against the contract we currently have with Verizon.  Previously, Verizon built one of the buildings on the mountain and their $100 rent amount has been applied against the total they paid.  They are also supplying the cost of power and air-conditioning for one unit.  Mike Listman recommended charging them for antennae space and rack space.  Antennae space currently being used is 30 feet with one rack foot.  Total rent would be $350 ($300 plus $50).  Barry/Allen motioned to contact Verizon and notify of rent increase.  Mike Ladely will get with Debbie Youngwirth to compose notification.
  2. Tower Replacement - we need to establish a replacement plan to begin changing out towers.  We will look to begin the first steps of this in the spring.
  3. 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.
  4. Copper Creek – Batteries failed and were replaced.
  5. 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.
  6. Antenaes – received a $1600 quote from John Bartnett for antennae.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the purchase, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.
  7. Additional antennae for amateur radio club – they may be in need of an additional antennae.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the Amateur Radio Club to install a second antennae if needed, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.
  8. 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.


14.                        New Business:

a.        USFS Site Survey – Deb Youngwirth and Mike Ladely will update the list of customers on the USFS survey listing.  There are 8 stations listed, but only 6 are known to be there. 

b.      Anthony Compton – did some testing on Black Mountain with a Spectrum Analyzer.  There was a lot of noise floor that seemed very high.  More testing needs to be done.  The board again discussed the need to have a log of all persons going to Black Mountain and the need to have a log of what activity is occurring on the mountain that could possibly be causing interference problems. 

c.       North Idaho.Net has a rather large outstanding amount due.  The balance is at about $3200.  The office will send him a letter asking for payment to be brought current within 90 days or contact the board with alternative payment plan.  The board will take into consideration the possibility of charging a finance charge.  The issue of charging finance charge will be tabled to next month’s meeting.

d.      Reimbursement of meals for travel expenses – it was decided that expenses would be reimbursed at the standard mileage rate for miles, and actual expense for lodging and meals up to $45.


15.                        Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


16.                        Emergency Response Committee Report:

1.       Border Patrol had a tabletop exercise at Eastport – it was well attended and overall went very well.  It was determined that better communication was needed.

2.      County Emergency Operating Procedure is still being worked on to be updated.


Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn the meeting, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, November 18, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.