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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


May 19, 2009

Vice-Chairman Carl Hendricks 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 - Excused

Owen Plato                              Allen Gemmrig - Excused

Carl Hendricks                         Anthony Compton - Excused

Roger Fraser


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes from the previous meeting with the correction to Paragraph #5, Item #4 – computer was repaired at Black Mountain, not Copper Creek, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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

b.      Accounts Receivable – Still no payment has been received from Gary Garrett.  The office sent a letter to Gary Garrett stating he has until December 31, 2009 to have his account brought current or he will be terminated as a renter.   


4.     Old Business:

a.       Review of current tax exemptions – Mike Ladely checked the users on the list of exempt owners from the county and was able to identify users that should no longer be considered exempt from paying the tax due.  Roger Fraser motioned a letter be sent advising those users that they will have 60 days to appeal the board’s decision, before their exempt status will be reversed, Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.  Any testing to confirm the board’s decision will be at the users expense. 

b.      NTA Convention – Update from Allen – Allen Gemmrig was unable to attend the meeting today and his update on the NTA Convention was tabled to next month’s meeting.

c.       Board Position Appointments – Barry Coleman, Mike Listman were re-appointed to the board.  Mike Listman was re-appointed as Chairman.  Roger Fraser was appointed as a new board member.  Letters from the commissioner’s office to confirm appointments should be received soon.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.      Mike Ladely will have the transition equipment in place by July 1, 2009. 

2.      Mike is working on the grant application for money available to go digital to digital. 

3.      Trackster is in need of repair.  Mike Ladely is still researching problem and the repair that will be needed.

4.      Expired license on 97.3 – Anthony Compton was going to follow up with what to do to get license status back.  97.3 is still off the air and will take some time to re-establish.

5.      Mike Ladely has been working with Gary Gage on what will be needed to bring Meadowcreek Computers on line at Copper Creek.  He is encouraging Gary to come to the next month’s meeting to discuss costs and rent.

6.      The 7” LCD portable TV has been purchased and received from Radio Shack.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve the purchase of a case for it, Owen Plato seconded, motion carried.



6.     New Business:

a.       Status of Local Access Programming – Roger Fraser – Roger reported that we do have capability of full video broadcasting through local cable access.  Regulatory issues may be an issue however.  Currently cannot run live broadcast, only pre-recorded.  Getting a license to originate programming could be done, but needs more research.  Licensing issues may arise and Roger is willing to take on this work and further research the possibilities.  Further discussion will be tabled to next month’s meeting.

b.      Review of Code 31-4112 regarding multiple “service” units on a piece of property.  We need to decide if this includes campgrounds and RV parks which have been charged as a single unit previously and decide about duplexes, triplexes, etc which have been charged full rate for each unit in the past.  This issue was tabled to next month’s meeting. 

c.       Mike Listman has updated the website with mailing addresses, minutes, meeting times, etc.

d.      Channel 11 – two users on the Northside have had poor reception for last few weeks or so.  Mike Ladely not aware but will check on it. 


7.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None.


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

1.       New emergency plan has been signed off on by the commissioners and is posted on the website.



Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn the meeting, Roger Fraser seconded, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, June 16, 2009, 4:00 P.M.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.