Boundary County Translator District

Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

June 15, 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 Rita Pensmith

Anthony Compton Roger Fraser - Excused

Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth Mike Ladely

2. Minutes of Previous Meeting


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

3. Treasurer’s Report

a. Anthony Compton motioned to approve treasurer’s report as presented Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried. E.L. Automation will be paid $5,000 of the $11,000 owed.

b. Accounts Receivable – North Idaho.Net Account Balance – received payment from Gary Garrett to bring his account current.


4. Old Business:

a. Digital Grant – we were only approved for half of what was applied for. Mike Listman will call to follow up on why.


5. Maintenance Report

1. Reliable Builders – gave us a quote for the replacement of two towers on Black Mountain for $83,400. This will include one 100’ tower and one 40’ tower. The district is not currently prepared to move forward with the towers this year with time and financial constraints.

2. Avista – wants three floor spaces and two 4’ sections of antennae for new radio system. Mike Ladely will see if Avista and Verizon can work together on a load study to determine what the current towers can handle.

3. Repair is needed to 101.7 and Mike Ladely recommends sending it out for repair to John Bartnett. Barry Coleman motioned to approve, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

4. Copper Creek – Batteries are shot and need replaced. Mike Ladely presented a proposal from E.L. Automation for $15,795 for a new windmill system. An alternative to this expense, is that E.L. Automation is willing to install the



system and charge the district $300 monthly for a minimum 5 year term. The board questions whether this amount covers all the power needs of the district and if a backup generator and fuel will also be needed which will still cost the district additional funds. Mike Ladely will talk with Eric to clarify.


6. New Business:

a. Rock 1067 – Mike Ladely recommends filters on any current and new stations. Some board members thought we were already doing this. It was discussed, but has not yet been rolled out in our new site standards.

b. July meeting is usually held at Black Mountain. This year the board agreed to hold the meeting at Copper Creek. The board will meet at the Visitors Center at 10am to drive up to the site.

c. Rita Pensmith – official letter from county was received on appointment as board member.

d. Written statements to commissioners – not all board members have done this, but all are required to. Written statements are required by all board members stating they qualify as a board member under the requirements of the law.

e. Blue Sky Broadcasting – wants a third station. Mike Listman suggested the district do an inventory of what we have available on Black Mountain before we make a decision.

f. Mike Listman presented a proposed budget to submit to the county as required. The proposed budget includes an increase to the tax assessment from $10 per year to $20 per year and allows for a fund to be established for replacement of the towers as OSHA changes have deemed necessary. Barry Coleman motioned to approved the budge as presented, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


7. Emergency Response Committee Report:

a. None.


8. Tax Waiver Applications:

a. None.


Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn the meeting, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 10:00 a.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center – meeting to be held at Copper Creek. Everyone will meet at the Visitor’s Center to then drive to the Copper Creek site.