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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


May 21st, 2013


Vice-Chairman Barry Coleman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 5:05pm.      


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                                               Michael Listman - Excused

Rita Pensmith - Excused                                 Anthony Compton

Jan Allen          


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                                  Deborah Youngwirth

Paul Allen                   Anthony Jeppesen       Will Wadman 

JoJo Baker                   Mike Brown                Ronnie’s Salon

Bill Bustillos               Mike Manley               Roni Brown

Tim Hanlan                 Barbara Pardee            Loraine Foerstel

Jared Coogan              Laura Roady               Norm Aldridge

Starr Aldridge             Georgie Maring


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Jan Allen motioned to approve the minutes of last month’s meeting.  Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       New Stations in Troy – Troy Translation District gets service from the Boundary County Translator and they have agreed to pay $50 electric share of bill.


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       None.


6.     New Business:

a.       Channel Changes Update – Barry Coleman spoke to the issue and explained how the board came up with the decision to decide which of the two country stations were turned off.  We have also had requests for more rock stations.  Anthony Compton spoke to the fact that the district was not aware of the volume of advertising agreements that were in place with various entities.  JoJo Baker spoke to the fact his employer, Blue Sky Broadcasting has thousands of dollars of advertising each month that will be affected by a change such as losing 102.3.  Mike Manley spoke to the fact that 102.3 is the only station that has local news.  It was questioned why the district would choose to turn off a local station versus a Spokane station that does not broadcast local news or advertise local business.  He stated that if more variety is needed why not ask the county residents for additional funds to support an auxiliary station.  Another person in attendance listed the businesses in town that advertise on KBFI and would be negatively affected.  Norm Aldridge stated there are numerous events in town that are advertised on KBFI and this information is important to get out to county residents.  A local business stated he has been in the process of building his business locally and advertising locally is a key requirement to his success.  Anthony Compton stated that it was clear from the response that 102.3 needs to continue to be rebroadcast.  Many people present stated they were willing to help the translator in any way they could with fundraising in order to support the needs of the district with equipment required to continue rebroadcasting.  One person in attendance asked if Bonner County residents will have an option in what stations will be available.  Anthony Compton stated that Bonner County residents do not pay taxes that support the Boundary County Translator and if a decision needs to be made that is in the best interest of Boundary County but may not be in the best interest of Bonner County then the board is required to do what is in the best interest of the taxpayers.  The issue of postcards and the telephone survey was discussed and some people felt the board misspoke by saying 102.3 would remain on the air when the survey results will be the true deciding factor.  Anthony Compton stated that yes he misspoke and did not have the authority to state 102.3 will for sure stay on the air, but that it was clear from the comments and facts that there were points not taken into consideration with the decision to turn it off.  He stated it would be his vote to not turn off 102.3 and he felt others on the board will feel the same.  Barry Coleman and Jan Allen both nodded their agreement to this statement.  Jan Allen stated that if the people in attendance at the meeting today were an indicator of what the community as a whole felt, then the survey results would reflect that and there will be no need to worry about 102.3 continuing to be heard.  It was clear from the comments and from those in attendance that more work needs to be done to determine any future changes that will be made.  It was suggested that public service announcements and utilization of the county fair could be used as a means to get the word out of any surveys that may be going out in the future.  Barry Coleman brought to everyone’s attention that there are positions open on the board and went over the qualifications of board member qualifications.

b.      Anthony Compton’s report from NTA meeting – Anthony Compton gave a summary of the topics covered at the NTA Convention meeting that he attended.  Some of the items discussed were repacking updates, content input options with internet, satellite and IP.  Process to sell TV construction permits and other equipment updates were also discussed.  Anthony Compton emailed the board a summary of the information mentioned. 

c.       Bureau of Homeland Security Letter – Upgrade at Black Mountain Site – they just got their 700 mhz band and will be looking to replace their current equipment with that.  Barry Coleman asked if we are able to support the changes and will there be any interference concerns.  Nick Johnson did not believe there would be any issues.  Anthony Compton asked if there were any load studies or interference studies completed and Nick stated there were not.  He stated it is up to the tenant to do a study to determine if there will be interference and to ensure there will not be.  We have the issue of interference as an item in our site standards, but it does not specifically state requirements for interference studies. 

d.      Lease agreement with EL Automation for UTV and Snowmobiles – the lease agreements were not signed at the previous meeting but needed to be.  Barry Coleman signed and a copy will be forwarded to EL Automation. 

e.       Tony with Intermax – has a safety concern with the safety cable on the 100 ft Black Mountain tower. There is about 4 to 6 feet of slack which gets it swinging when you are on it and is of concern.  Nick Johnson will call Valmont and see if there is a fix with a new cable or new brackets.  Nick will let board know at next month’s meeting.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None. 


  Jan Allen motioned to adjourn, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.