Boundary County Translator District


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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

May 18, 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 - Excused Allen Gemmrig

Anthony Compton – Excused Roger Fraser

Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth Mike Ladely

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting


Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes from last month’s meeting Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.

3. Treasurer’s Report

a. Barry Coleman motioned to approve treasurer’s report as presented Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried. E.L. Automation will be paid $5,000 of the $13,000 owed.

b. Accounts Receivable – North Idaho.Net Account Balance – received $500 payment from Gary Garrett. The office will send a letter stating he has 30 days to pay or termination will occur. Barry Coleman wanted the letter to reflect how often he has been 90 days past due, establishing a history of nonpayment of late pay. Roger Fraser seconded, motion carried.


4. Old Business:

a. NTA Meeting – Allen Gemmrig discussed some of the issues that were discussed at this years NTA Meeting. Some of the issues included, Local Community Radio Act; Community Broadcast Association is no longer in existence; Translators cannot show profit on services provided and therefore must be careful what services are provided.

b. Gap Filler – is a small transmitter to rebroadcast to areas with poor or no TV reception. A vendor Allen met at the NTA meeting would be willing to give us a box or two but we would need FCC licensing for it. John Bartnet recommends doing so if the vendor is willing to provide the equipment at no cost. The vendor would like an opportunity to test out its product by having a few in the field.



5. Maintenance Report

1. Digital Grant – still no new information.

2. Reliable Builders – gave a verbal quote of $55,000 to replace the towers with something similar.

3. Mike Ladely met wit the guy doing the tower study for Verizon. Mike Ladely will be getting additional information for him when he can get up there.


6. New Business:

a. Country Cable – wants to rebroadcast their signal on our translator. Cable subscribers get an exemption currently so we should be charging Country Cable for rental on the tower. We should have formal agreements with the signals we rebroadcast. Mike Ladely will bring what files he has to review.

b. Password Paging – letter – Jerry Mason to review – Agreement to lease versus lease agreement.

c. Allen Gemmrig – resignation letter. Barry Coleman motioned to accept, Roger Fraser seconded, motion carried.

d. County Commissioners gave a verbal approval of appointment of Rita Pensmith to the board. A written approval will be in the mail.


7. Emergency Response Committee Report:

a. All County mitigation plan is in the process of being reviewed – it is due every five years.


8. Tax Waiver Applications:

a. None.


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

Next Meeting: Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 4:00 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.