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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


April 19th, 2011

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

Rita Pensmith                                      Anthony Compton     

Roger Fraser                                        Allen Gemmrig


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                      Marlaina Davy


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve last month’s minutes and Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.



3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.                   Exemption List - Barry Coleman moved to have E.L. Automation check for signal strength at the residencies on the exemptions list. The motion was seconded by Anthony Compton with all in favor.  E.L. is to document the signal strength at each location.

b.                  Meeting Times – The monthly meetings will be held on the Third Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center.

c.                   Snowmobile surplus and upgrade – Rita Pensmith motioned to dispose of the 1997 snowmobile Anthony Compton seconded the motion.  All in favor.  Mike will ask the Commissioners on the procedures to dispose of the snowmobile.



5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Avista needed a phone line at Black Mountain and Verizon said they could supply a phone line.

b.      There is no snow access on the old building on Black Mountain.  So the building was snowed in and had to be shoveled out.          

c.       Homeland Security updates – Jimmy was more than willing to talk to E.L. Automation.  They can not pay a monthly fee but they are allowed to donate things that could be valuable to the District.  Jimmy would like to go to Copper Creek site.                                            


6.     New Business:

a.       HD Broadcast update from Mike Listman – Tabled until next meeting 

b.      The board is requested to think about a replacement channel for the rock station.  The board thought the rock station would provide the local news which we are not.  E.L. Automation will look into the stations that are available.  Tabled until next months meeting.

c.       New Board member information packet – Rita suggests something basic such as we have two sites, the rent we charge per antenna foot, access to the Bylaws / code.  Rita will email Deborah Youngwirth’s CPA office to see about getting the information. 

d.      Signature Cards – Deborah Youngwirth’s office will see about getting new signature cards and inquire if Allen is still a signer.  Deborah Youngwirth’s Office is authorized to have the old signers removed from the signature cards at Mountain West Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.  Rita Pensmith and Allen Gemmrig will be added to both accounts.  The current signers should be Michael Listman, Barry Coleman, Anthony Compton, Roger Fraser, Rita Pensmith, Allen Gemmrig, and Deborah Youngwirth.

e.       Board Policy regarding meeting attendance – Barry Coleman motion to remove the meeting attendance policy from the agenda.  Rita Pensmith seconded the motion.

f.       Homeland Security on Copper Creek – update in Maintenance report

g.      The Contact list for Board members was approved for in house use only.

h.      In the absence of the chairman and vice chairman the senior chair member will be the chairman for the meeting.  The need for a vice chairman is tabled until the next board meeting to study the code. Elections for the chair are tabled until the next meeting.

i.        Avista did not like the lease – They did not like the clause to do with the 24 hour notice for being on the tower.  Avista might be able to have a key like Verizon does where they could enter the building at any time.  Right now if Verizon does maintenance we are unaware.  If they change towers Chris normally notifies us since he has the key for Verizon.  Deborah Youngwith’s office will draft an email requesting a twelve month history of after hours / emergency access to other sights.  The Board will wait for a response from Avista on how to proceed.  Nick Johnson will find out how much the keys are so we can see about getting one to replace the Avista key if it is given out. 



7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       ERC Meeting on the 30th of April in Sandpoint


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None



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



Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 24th, 2011, 5:00 p.m.  @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.