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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


December 16, 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 - Excused         Anthony Compton


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely

Gary Garrett                



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes from the previous meeting, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

a.        Barry Coleman motioned to approve the treasurer’s report as presented, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.

b.      Comparison Financials – Deb Youngwirth will email a year to date comparison to everyone for last year to date.

c.       Accounts Receivable – Garry Garrett was present at the meeting to discuss a payment arrangement of $664 per month to catch up by year end of 2009.  Gary agreed to send in a letter with payment proposal in writing.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.



4.     Old Business:

a.       None.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.      Digital to Analog Grant – installed new recive antenna and worked with coverter boxes.

2.      Digital signal at Booster site – incoming signal is weak.  Tested channel 11 and it works well.  UHF unit in for repair and is three months out.

3.      PLC install in Old Building – generator monitoring not wired yet.  All customer circuits wired and programmed.

4.      Digital to Digital Converter boxes – recommend purchasing three or all.  They will be about $2600 each.  Currently we are using Mr. Crambits converter box on channel 32.  We will continue to use for channel 32 and buy other when ready to use.  Finished installing digital to analog converter boxes on channels 11 and 46.  All units receiving digital signal. 

5.      Amp for incoming signal of channels 14 – 69 – amp was received from John Barnnet on 12/9/08 and was installed in a weather proof box.  The weather has been too bad to install on the mountain yet. 

6.      Digital Conversion – received approval from FCC on channel 11 & 32 to go digital.  We need to advertise for a February 17 switch over on channel 32.

7.      Signal Strength Meter – New meter was received 12/10/08.  Mike would like to purchase a case for it for approximately $115.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve purchase, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.

8.      Cabling identification on towers – B.C.T Radio’s are done and color sheet is implemented.

9.      Out dated licenses displayed on mountain – a notice will be put in with the billing to update copies of displayed licenses with equipment.

10.  Grounding Bars in Building – bars have been mounted but not tied in yet.

11.  Filters for output of Radio Translators – currently we have no filters, but did install a temporary one on 100.9 so it won’t overpower 97.3.

12.  Tests Signal at Copeland – were able to receive clear picture without amplifier and clear shot at Mt. 70 mile antenna.

13.  1997 Yamaha Snowmobile – needs a new track.  It has bearings failing on the drive and will cost about $500-$1000 for repair. 


6.     New Business:

a.       None.


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Harvey Gordon – Tall Timber Rd, Moyie Springs – in an area that does not receive transmission.  Tabled until further investigation is done.

b.      Joan Mackey – South Division St., Moyie Springs – gets Direct TV – this waiver was denied by the board – coverage can be received, but customer chooses not to, therefore waiver request denied. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

1.       Emergency Response procedures – still being worked on.

2.      ICS 300 class will be offered in Sandpoint.


Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn the meeting, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.



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