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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


February 17, 2009

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




2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes from the previous meeting with the addition to 6(a) “The code states if a user receives a direct signal from the repeater they are eligible for exemption.”, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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

b.      Accounts Receivable – Gary Garrett dropped off a letter as requested and a check for $650.  He will need to stay current with the agreement to remain as a tenant.



4.     Old Business:

a.       Advertising/Outreach for switch over – Radio Shack is going to provide a free demonstration on March 7, 2009 regarding analog versus digital and how to set up converter boxes and antenaes.  Owen Plato would be willing to discuss transition with JoJo Baker on the radio.

b.      Review of current tax exemptions – cable service is a valid reason for exemption but satellite is not.  The office is currently working to update the list of physical address to review status of existing waivers.  This issue tabled to next month’s meeting.

c.       Budget Planning – the office prepared a packet of information including 2007 & 2008 fiscal year income statements showing income and expense.  Additional information will be emailed out and will be discussed at next month’s meeting.

d.      HD Radio – Mike Ladely looked into this further and it does not appear to be much different than the AM stations.

e.       NTA Convention – no board members are yet able to commit.

f.        Snowmobile Purchase – current quote received from Dream Marine for $9500.  Owen Plato motioned to approve purchase conditional upon price not exceeding the $9500 quote, Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.   



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.      Portable Handheld LCD HDTV – Mike Ladely is still looking into this.  A portable 7” and 19” would allow Mike to be able to leave one on the mountain and have a portable to take to Copper Creek or other locations.  There are USB cards available that allow television to be received via computer, but the district does not have a laptop available for this use.  A portable TV would be the least costly solution.

2.      Mike Ladely has switched channel 32 to digital and so far there have been no complaints of service not working.  Final switch over will require re-tuning and Mike Ladley will talk with John Bartnett about doing this work.  It may be more cost effective to have John come onsite as opposed to sending out each individually.  Mike Listman will look into if we need to notify FCC of switch to digital.

3.      Snow mobile Licensed – Mike Ladely questions if we need to have the snowmobiles licensed or have a license plate.  We will have to look into this further as it is likely we need to have them licensed.


6.     New Business:

a.       Questions being received via email to the general translator email box will be answered by Mike Listman unless he needs specific information from Mike Ladely or someone else.

b.      Received the renewed lease from USFS and have use through 2016.

c.       Discussed revenue opportunity of transmitting additional channels via digital channels being broadcasted.  This is not something the board is interested in doing currently, but may be something to look into further in the future. 


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None.


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

1.       No meeting held this month.


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



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, March 17, 2009, 10:00 A.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.