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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


April 27, 2010

Chairman Mike Listman 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                              Allen Gemmrig

                        Anthony Compton                    Roger Fraser  


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                Mike Ladely                 Rita Pensmith


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Anthony Compton motioned to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting Owen Plato seconded, motion carried. 


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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

b.      Accounts Receivable – North Idaho.Net Account Balance – letter to Gary Garrett stating terms – payment made in full by set date (according to agreement terms) or will be turned off.


4.     Old Business:

a.       NTA Meeting – reservations have been made.  Board would like Allen to gather information on towers and grant opportunities.



5.     Maintenance Report                                                                       

1.      Digital Grant – still no new information.

2.      Returned four converter boxes and waiting for portable digital TV.  Should have credit for converter boxes.

3.      Trailer – received insurance proceeds – will hold off on buying new until later this summer or fall.

4.      Verizon – load study – any time Mike Ladely spends on this needs to be billed to Verizon and not the district. 

5.      USFS – no response yet on letter submitted by board.

6.      Requests from users on borrowing of signal strength meter.  The board does not feel it is appropriate to loan out the equipment.

7.      3ABN – are upgrading their antennaes – Mike Ladely will keep board updated.

8.      Eric Lederhos – buying used towers from a vendor that may be able to supply us with what we need.  Mike Ladely will get more information.

9.      Copper Creek – all is running ok.


6.     New Business:

a.       Public Hearing to raise assessment – commissioners consulted legal counsel and we do not need to hold a public hearing to increase the levy currently assessed to residents.  More discussion to follow at next month’s meeting.

b.      Budget – need to start submitting a budget each year.  Mike Ladely will contact Reliable Builders who installed the last two towers on Black Mountain to get a general idea for budget purposes on cost of replacing towers. 

c.       Gary Gage – Mike Ladely spoke with Gary Garrett who stated he installed some equipment about a year and a half a go that may be in competition with what Gary Gage wants to do.  The board agreed we can reserve space as requested by Gage, but cannot reserve frequencies.  Barry Coleman motioned that we can not grant exclusive construction period but can reserve the space requested by Gary Gage.  Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

d.      Board Member Service – Commissioners are leaning toward a board member signed statement stating that they qualify as a board member.  Two of the three board members in question may need to resign as members.  Rita Pensmith is willing to serve as a temporary board member to ensure a quorum.  Barry Coleman motioned to recommend to the commissioners to appoint Rita Pensmith as temporary board member, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.        Preparing for fires and had an ICS 300 training course this month.


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.                               None. 



Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn the meeting, Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 4:00 p.m.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.