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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


September 18, 2012


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

Jan Allen          


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                      Marlaina Davy

Eric Lederhos



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Mike Listman had a correction to change the meeting date from July to August. Barry Coleman motioned to approve the meeting minutes with the change Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.                   Pictures of items to be disposed of – Nick Johnson presented pictures to the board of items to be listed as surplus. Nick Johnson estimates nothing to be worth over $50.00.  Mike Listman will check regarding the county procedures to dispose of the items.

b.                  Meeting Minutes and letter for Revised Signature Cards – Approved / Signed

c.                   Verizon Wireless – Mike will discuss with the site manager and give a report at the next meeting

d.                  Oath of Office for Deborah Youngwirth – Tabled to October


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       The tower is up at copper creek. Options are being researched about the propane tanks.

b.      The 1972 Trackster is getting worn out and Eric is unaware of where to buy new parts.  Nick presented a couple of quotes for a new Trackster/ Buggy as we are having many issues with the tracks, transmission along with other various parts.  The Trackster is used to haul propane to Copper Creek and go to Black Mountain in the spring.  Barry Coleman motioned to have Nick Johnson call dream Marine with an approved purchase price of $18,500.00 to purchase a new Buggy to replace the existing Trackster. Rita Pensmith seconded the motion. If Dream Marine is unable to match the approved purchase price the Board will put the Buggy out for bid.

c.       Homeland Security would like to have a one year lease not a five year lease. We could provide a one year contract with the following rates– triple monthly lease rate to $810.00 plus all prep work that EL Automation performs is billed to Homeland Security.  A two year contract could also be provided at a lease rate of $540.00 month with all work performed by EL Automation to be billed to Homeland Security.

d.      Industrial Communication would like to lease on Black Mountain   

e.       The internet link for Copper Creek is not working since the new owners have purchased.  Nick is instructed to call Newmax about the internet being out giving them 24 hours notice to get the problem fixed or the Board will be using a new source of internet.  If the issue is fixed we can revisit the issue this spring.

f.       Copper Creek – Windmill Anthony made a motion to approve and install a windmill at the copper creek site.  With Jan seconding the motion.  Discussion surrounded the propane situation on Copper Creek.  The propane tanks will be filled when the windmill is installed and the usage will be monitored over the winter.  The solar panels are doing very well and hopefully the windmill will cut down on the propane usage. 


6.     New Business:

a.       Bill of Sale – Signed

b.      US Forest Service – Signed

c.       Communications Site Inventory  - Approved

d.      Legal Notice for the FM Lease – No leagal notice will be posted as we have no Channels available at this time.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None.


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Bill of Sale for 1998 Yamaha snowmobile sold to EL Automation - Signed

b.      US Forest Service Black Mtn Application Accepted

c.       Communication Site Inventory – approved and signed by Board

d.      Communications at Copper Creek – see maintenance report – We have 5 functional licenses that are working right now.  The 2 or 3 people that are requesting broadcasting will be notified that it is currently unavailable at this time. 

e.       Mike Listman asked the question if the Board would like to be proactive and offer Roger Frazer some money for his construction permits on channels 14 and 38?  Mike was thinking of offering him $1,000.00 each.  That would give us two years to potentially fill the four stations.  No decision was made at this time

f.       Nick is working on repositioning the antennas to change the positioning three degrees to help provide better coverage. 


  Barry Coleman motioned to adjourn, Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.