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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


November 18, 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 – Excused

Carl Hendricks             Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely                

Sherrie Hendricks        



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, with changes to #5 (6) from one to two units, and #14 (d) add “per day” after $45, Carl Hendricks seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Finance Charges on account receivable balances – tabled from last month’s meeting – Carl Hendricks motioned to charge 1% per month finance fee on balances 60 days or older.  A notice in the November bills will be sent to state the new policy to begin January 1, 2009.  All balances at that date will also be charged $5 late fee.

b.      Tower Standards draft – still being worked on by Allen Gemmrig.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.       Event Log – Mike Ladely presented a list of events log to track open project items and due dates of items listed.  Due dates will be determined by board and discussed at next month’s meeting.

2.      Access Log – passed last February to have the log put into place.  The first entry was made last July, 2008.  Mike Ladely presented a copy for the board to review.

3.      Digital to Digital Converter boxes – recommend holding off of purchase as long as possible.

4.      Purchase amp for incoming signal of channels 14 – 69 and install – equipment ordered from John Barnett but is two to three weeks out.

5.      Mike Ladely will bring the Event Log to the next month’s meeting with proposed due dates on each item.

6.      Digital Conversion – still have not received approval from FCC on digital channels applied for.  We have not been able to get an answer from Hussein after multiple attempts.  John Barnett is still working on this.  Since we do not have a deadline to convert to digital, the plan is to make the switch in the spring and continue to pursue FCC approval.

7.      Signal Strength Meter – Barry Coleman motioned to approve purchase, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.

8.      Black Mountain Generator – currently needs to be manually started when needed.  Carl Hendricks questioned if there is a way to set this automatically.  Yes, this could be done, but not without some time spent and down power.  Needs to be planned ahead of time.  Currently Verizon is our backup. 

9.      Priest Lake & Old Equipment – we did not have anything they needed.  Mike Ladely spoke with and recommended they speak with Troy Translator as they just switched to digital and may have excess equipment.

10.  Log of Visitors on Black Mountain – may need some additional information on log – more detail on what was done and what frequency they are on.

11.  Letter to Verizon – Deb Youngwirth to work with Mike Ladely on total equipment on mountain.

12.  FM Stations tested – Owen to identify stations.  He has identified four of the eight stations.  We have six amps and five licenses.


6.     New Business:

a.       None.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

1.       Amatuer Radio has been working to link several repeaters and still working out the bugs.

2.      Emergency Response procedures – still being worked on.


Anthony Compton motioned to adjourn the meeting, Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, December 16, 2008, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.