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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


September 17th, 2013


Vice Chairman Barry Coleman 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 - Excused

Rita Pensmith - Excused                                Anthony Compton

Jan Allen        


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                          Marlaina Davy                        Mike Manley

Georgie Maring                       Ronnie Cassal Bustillos          Mike Brown

Joe Tajan aka JoJo Baker        Anne Regehr              



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Anthony Compton – Motioned to accept the minutes Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Solar Panels at Copper Creek – E.L. Automation provided a quote for six solar panels at a cost of $3,359.53.  And a quote for installation of the solar panels in the amount of $1,856.50.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve the quotes for the solar panels and the installation.  Jan Allen seconded the motion with all in favor.

b.      Quotes on Black Mountain Projects

           1. Cat Walk – Two Quotes were received on this project, one from North Idaho Iron Works $2,008.41 and the other from E.L. Automation $3,357.70.  The Board discussed that E.L. Automation is familiar with the project and equipment and if something is accidentally unplugged E.L. will know how to fix it. The catwalk will also need to be galvanized and installed.  E.L. Automation presented a quote in the amount of $1,595.50 for the galvanization of the cat walk.  Jan Allen motioned to accept the galvanization and installation quotes from E.L. Automation.  Anthony Compton seconded the motion with all in favor.

           2. Old Building Roof & Door - Two Quotes were received for this project one from Absolute Exterior Inc. $7,000.00 and two quotes totaling $7,110.00 from E.L. Automation.  The Board had some questions regarding the estimate from Absolute Exteriors and no one was available to answer the questions.  Anthony motioned to accept the quote from E.L. Automation for the snow access door in the amount of $4,610.00 and roofing project for $2,500.00.  Jan Allen seconded the motion with all in favor.

c. Mike Listman was unable to attend the meeting but sent an update on some current issues.

           1. Mike Listman has applied for a business reply mail permit from the post office, to send out the mailers for the radio station survey. 

           2. Mike Listman spoke with Northern Lights in regards to fiber optics.  Their power is hung low on their poles essentially negating any common use.  If money was no object $300k - $400k would cover the cost to plant new poles.  Burying the fiber optics cable underground in not an option due to some very rocky spots, and the need for conduit depths.


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       The new tower is up but the antennas have not been moved yet.

b.      Georgie Maring attended the meeting to say thank you for the great job of getting K102 back on the air after lightning hit the black mountain site.  She said that the station is actually working better now than it did before the lightning strike.

c.       Barry Coleman brought up concerns with notification of the Board when power outages or other major events occur.  Anthony Compton would like more contact with the Board and E.L. Automation when issues are happening.  Mike Manley suggested having an emergency contact that could relay the information to the Board in emergency situations.  Anthony Compton also suggested maybe looking into a SDR Radio that could transmit a signal when there is a problem.


6.     New Business:

a.       FM Radio Stations – John Barnett is looking at the FCC information right now to see if we can get the channel moved and he is also looking into the 97.3 channel.

b.      Anthony Compton expressed interest in getting together with Blue Sky Broadcasting once the decision on stations has been made.  He would like to be more familiar with services offered from Blue Sky and how they are operating.


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, October 15th, 2013 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.