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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


August 29th, 2013


Chairman Mike Listman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 5:05 p.m.      


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                                               Michael Listman

Rita Pensmith                                                  Anthony Compton - Excused

Jan Allen - Excused   


Also Present:

Eric Lederhos                          Marlaina Davy                        Mike Manley

Georgie Maring                       Ronnie Cassal Bustillos          Bill Bustillos

Lou Maring                             Kristen Gannon                       Shane Dodge

Christine L. Dodge                 Mason McLeish                      Bob Manley   


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Rita Pensmith – Motioned to accept the minutes with an amendment to letter 4 g to add the digital Channels Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Meeting attendees – At the booth at the Boundary County fair a poll was taken and a list of over 400 supporters was presented to the board to keep K102.  It was mentioned that the local businesses had been talked to about K102 maybe going away and they were angry as that is one of the affordable ways to advertise in the area.  Mike Listman had expressed that there is an overwhelming support to keep K102 at the last meeting and that it is very likely that K102 will remain as a station.  It was mentioned at the fair that many people thought the postcards were junk mail and had thrown them away.  Rita Pensmith asked for comment on the way to notify the public of changes she stated the Board has been told that the postcards do not work, the newspaper has been a no response, and we do not have time to go door to door.  The following suggestions were received for future notices:

            1. Have a full piece of paper with bold headings. 

            2. Put a listing in the paper asking for support/ comments. 

            3. Asking for a free listing on the radio station.

            4. Using eye catching words such as “Look” to get people to open and read the information that is being sent out.

            5. Having volunteers hand out fliers and post them at local businesses.

            6. Having fliers available at the extension office, local businesses, and the library. 

            7. Having an email signup list for notifications on the website. 

Eric Lederhos spoke in favor of the board and the time he has worked with them.  Eric expressed his opinion that the Board is made up of volunteers that care about the mountain, the equipment, and are trying the best that they can.  Per Barry Coleman we are trying to correct an error that we had made and are going to the extreme to correct the matter and get the publics opinion before making any other decisions.  The decision that we made was quickly reversed per Mike Listman.  A lot of the feedback was expected but some of it really made us think.  Why are we just picking on the country stations – which we had not contemplated that decision before public input.  We have been asked to get more diversity in our station for a long time, and that is what we were trying to accomplish by eliminating one of the country stations. 

b.      Request for a Tower Spot – Eric Lederhos and Nick Johnson will look into this further.

c.       A photo of the new tower was presented – but the project is not complete at this time. 

d.      Old Building improvements – quotes were received from North Idaho Iron Works and E.L. Automation.  Mike Listman would like to have a list of who has been contacted in regards to the quotes.  Mike will follow up with a call to see if more quotes will be coming in and the decision will be postponed for two weeks on the work performed.

e.       A letter was sent to Newmax / Intermax regarding rearranging the equipment.

f.       Mike Listman presented a draft letter that he would like to send out to the county.  There are possibly 5,000 physical addresses that we could send out the fliers to.  Mike Listman proposed printing 7,500 mailers.  Barry Coleman motioned to accept the printing.  Rita Pensmith seconded the motion.  A couple of suggestions to add to the mailing would be as follows:

            1. Email signup list for notifications on the website. 

            2. Drop off at the office of Deborah Youngwirth CPA. 

g.      Solar Panels at Copper Creek – Eric would like to put another set of solar panels on the copper creek site.  Eric will send over a refresher quote for the next meeting as we have time before winter arrives.  In Eric’s estimation we will cut the propane usage down with the extra panels and we could possible cut down the propane levels to approximately one tank a year. 

h.      Forest Service Compliance Inspection – The inspection was not a scary as the letter seemed.  When Nick met with the Forest Service they were auditing the tenants that were on the site making sure that we were reporting the correct codes for each of the tenants.     


5.     Maintenance Report

a.         None

6.     New Business:

a.       Terrorism Risk Insurance – Signed by Mike Listman

b.      2013 – 2014 Budget – A motion to accept the budget was made by Barry Coleman and seconded by Rita Pensmith.  Deborah Youngwirth CPA’s office will send it to the county.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None


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


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.