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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


June 18th, 2013


Chairman Mike Listman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 5:02pm.      


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                                               Michael Listman

Rita Pensmith - Excused                                 Anthony Compton - Excused

Jan Allen          


Also Present:

Nick Johnson              Deborah Youngwirth                          Lou Maring

Bill Bustillos               Ronnie Bustillos – Ronnie’s Salon

Mike Manley               Georgie Maring                                   Bob Manley


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to approve the minutes with changes to the following:  6(a) – Barry Coleman brought to everyone’s attention that there are positions open on the board and went over the qualifications of board member qualifications.  Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Channel Changes Update – Bob Manley stated he had a few questions and was wondering why the two country stations were targeted and why not all stations across the board were not up for vote.  Lou Maring stated his concerns with the programming on “The Mountain” versus 102.3.  Ronnie Bustillos stated again that local advertising is a large part of the local station and many local businesses rely on that.  Mike Listman addressed the concern of fairness in regards to the stations up for vote.  It was clear that from the votes that have been received so far that the voters have spoken and an overwhelming result of 4 to 1 have been in favor of keeping 102.3 on the air.  Bob Manley asked what prompted the change in stations to begin with.  Mike Listman explained that due to various requests for additional programming and our limited licensing, the current programming was reviewed.  Lou Maring asked if licensing was difficult to get and Mike Listman stated that yes it is difficult and almost impossible to get.  There are some options in regards to HD and digital programming for both radio and TV and we are open to the options that may be available to us in the future.  Lou Maring stated that some folks have put together a deposit on a booth at the fair.  Bob Manley stated they would be willing to open up the booth for the translator to have the ability to promote the channel options and get further input from county residents.  Mike Listman proposed to the board that a decision be postponed until after the fair in August.  The August board meeting is the week following the fair and would be a good time to finalize the decision regarding channels.  Some thoughts were discussed regarding ideas around what to be presented at the booth.  Barry Coleman again mentioned the availability of board positions and if anyone was interested in coming on board to see Deb Youngwirth’s office for an application.


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Nick stated there were some interference problems with 91.3, 91.1 and 92.1.  Nick made some changes to the equipment which seemed to help the issues with interference. 

b.      Judith Miller called KXLY and told them we were not doing our job.  Nick spent an hour on the phone with a representative of KXLY and after discussing with him it was determined that Judith was having problems with her auto scan.  The KXLY representative called Judith and walked her through how to fix it.

c.       Safety strap on tower – Nick called the manufacturer and discussed a fix for the concern. 

d.      New tower install – Nick talked with Larry from Reliable Builders and discussed a schedule of construction.  Larry stated he could probably have the tower completed by July 31, 2013.

e.       Nick would like to talk to Verizon about moving their eight foot dish to accommodate equipment currently on the tower. 

f.       State of Idaho – Nick suggested we put in a request for reservation of a tower spot since changes are occurring with the site.  No news on the ranger tower and the moving of it. 

g.      Lost another IT code box and we are again at no spares.  It is cheaper to replace at $3,800 than to have it worked on.

h.      Roof on old building needs to be looked at.  Nick would like to take a look at it when the board has their July meeting at Black Mountain.


6.     New Business:

a.       Radio Unit Needed – see maintenance report.

b.      Larry Jenkins – New Black Mountain Tower – see maintenance report.

c.       July meeting at Black Mountain – Reservation of tower spot, Snow access, and Roof on old building – see maintenance report.  The board will meet at the Visitors Center on July 16th at 11am to carpool to Black Mountain. 


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       William & Laurie Myers – 875 Moyie River Road – Mike Listman will do some checking on this parcel. 


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


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 at 11am @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.  The board will carpool from there to go to Black Mountain for the annual onsite meeting.