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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


November 2, 2010

Chairman Mike Listman called the special meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order.      


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                                   Michael Listman

Rita Pensmith                                      Anthony Compton                   

Roger Fraser   


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth              Eric Lederhos             

Allen Gemmrig                       Nick Johnson



2.     User Concerns on Black Mountain:

a.       Monday, October 25th, Mike Listman received a call stating the following:  Gary Gage was on Black Mountain looking to put up equipment on the tower in the space where he has been paying rent for the past several months.  There was other equipment there already.  Mike Ladely could not identify whose equipment it was.  Listman stated to disconnect or turnoff.  Tuesday he started getting calls regarding lack of service from Gary Garret internet customers.  Mike Listman also received a call from Gary Garrett stating the equipment was his equipment and what could be done to turn back on.  Mike Listman gave permission to turn back on. 

Special meeting was called to further discuss.  Roger Fraser questioned why the need for a special meeting?  Mike Listman stated we would need to give Gary Garrett time to get equipment off the mountain if that was the decision of the board.  With winter coming, time was of the essence.  Eric Lederhos stated that no key has been checked out by Gary Garrett since 2008 which leads them to believe he has a key of his own.  Garrett has denied having a key.  Eric Lederhos recommended that it be stated clearly that is it imperative that a key is checked out prior to access to Black Mountain.  It is stated in the policy.  A DVR system will record entrance into the building to verify authentication of those entering the building.  A text can also be sent to operator notifying of entrance.  At a minimum – we immediately need to change the locks out to each of the two buildings.  Currently EL Automation is incurring a bill for the activity to turn off & turn on.  There was no way to identify the equipment as belonging to Gary Garrett.  If the equipment had been property marked we would have known who it belonged to.  The old equipment was not removed and is still hanging there.  That is a violation of the site standards and would also need to be cleaned up. 

After much discussion on possible consequence, Barry Coleman motioned to draft a letter to Gary Garrett stating the violations to site standards, in addition to having to pay for cost of EL Automation services to turn off and turn on again.  He is also required to label and cleanup old equipment within 30 days and be in compliance with all other site standards by May 31st.  The board would also like a signed letter back from Gary Garrett stating he is in compliance.  Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


Barry Coleman motioned to change the two locks at Black Mountain with “do not copy” keys.  The cost from E.L. Automation not to exceed $500.  Roger Fraser seconded, motion carried.


Eric Lederhos brought up issue of use of windmill at Copper Creek.  He has seen it work well for Round Rock and estimates the cost is $9,540.31 for 30 ft tower.  The issue may be that the footprint would not be the same and the Forest Service may not approve.  The board previously agreed to run as usual until spring.


Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried. 


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 4:00 p.m.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.