Boundary County Translator District


Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

March 23, 2010

Vice-chairman Barry Coleman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order.

1. Roll Call Present:

a. Board Members:


Barry Coleman Michael Listman

Owen Plato - Excused Allen Gemmrig

Anthony Compton Roger Fraser

Also Present:

Marlaina Davy Mike Ladely Gary Gage

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting


Roger Fraser motioned to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting with change to spelling of word with on the Maintenance Report. Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

3. Treasurer’s Report

a. Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve treasurer’s report as presented Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

b. Allen Gemmrig motioned to pay E.L. Automation $5,000 of the balance owed, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


4. Old Business:

a. Equipment Lease – review changes for draft review – Mike Listman motioned to approve lease as is, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

b. Communications Law – contracting with John Bartnett – It was discussed and decided that to pay the fine assessed as opposed to the cost of fighting further. Allen Gemmrig motioned to pay, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

c. NTA meeting – Anthony Compton motioned to approve sending Allen Gemmrig to the NTA meeting, Roger Fraser seconded, motion carried.

d. Tax Waiver Update – Mike Listman discussed this issue with the county and the county’s legal representative. Mike was told it is really up to the translator board to decide who is eligible for exemption and how to enforce this. Anthony Compton motioned to adopt the new affidavit form, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.


5. Maintenance Report

1. Copper Creek report – USFS Noncompliance letter – Three options were considered. Option one: install a power line straight up from Feist Creek to Copper Creek about one mile in length. The board thinks this is the best idea and is cheapest and safest. Option two: have a 500 gallon tank at the sight which will eliminate all of the small propane tanks and need to be filled only



one time a year. It would be filled by stringing a line of one inch up to fill the tank and then removed. Option three: fix what USFS wants fixed. Roger Fraser will draft a letter and email to the board for approval. The letter will focus on selling the idea of having electric power. Anthony Compton motioned to approve, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.

2. Digital Grant – information was submitted and should hear back by the first of the month.

3. Copper Creek signal marginal – signal to noise ratio may be the problem.

4. Trailer Purchase – the purchase of a trailer to replace the stolen unit was put on hold until more information can be determined from insurance. A copy of the quote and the police report is needed.

5. Verizon Antenna Upgrade – would like to upgrade antennas on Black Mountain. They would like to go on the new tower below the 45 to 50 foot section. They would like to install 12 – 8’ panels. They are going to do a load study and Mike will go to the site with them to discuss at Verizon’s cost.

6. Old Equipment on Ebay – is listed, but no word yet.

7. Purchase of Batteries – estimated cost of $2,000. We will not need batteries if USFS accepts the proposal above.


6. New Business:

a. Roger Fraser – Community Television – white space TV provider – after much discussion the board motioned to hear a presentation after receiving more information in writing. Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

b. Gary Gage – needs another frequency and was approved to have 365 – 360 reserved. He is going to pre-order the equipment (Motorola Canopy) and will pay the site fee for the reservation of channels. Although frequencies cannot be reserved via the translator board, there seems to be no issues with the availability of space on the tower. Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve this proposal, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


7. Tax Waiver Applications:

a. Daniel Myers – 517 Two Tail Road

b. Leo Sanders – 1019 Moyie River Road

c. Rae Jeanne Adams – 989 Moyie River Road


It was decided by the board that we would accept all applications and give them to the county. We will keep a copy in our file and review each summer, prior to the deadline to have changes to the county for exemptions. If the tax has been paid via the county, and later determined that exemption applies, no refund will be given for prior payments made.

Allen Gemmrig motioned to adjourn the meeting, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:00 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.