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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


December 17th, 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        


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                                  Deborah Youngwirth

Scott Grimmett                                               Tony Rohrwasser

Teter Williams



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Barry Coleman motioned to accept the minutes of the previous month’s meeting as presented.  Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Solar Panels at Copper Creek – Completed.

b.      Black Mountain Doors – one door is installed, and the other did not make it in time to install. 

c.       Radio Station Survey Update – Mike Listman was able to secure a business reply mail post office box to have the survey replies come back to. 

d.      New Tower Upgrade – Nick called Microflect to inquire about revision.  He sent them the tower study we have and the representative from Microflect felt the report was incorrect. Verizon is going to pay Microflect to do a new study to determine what is required.  The alternative is for Verizon to remove equipment they currently have on the tower. 



5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Cab for UTV – Nick would like to trade the old Traxster in on a cab for the UTV.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve contingent on a trade, Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


6.     New Business:

a.       Station 91.3 interfering with 92.1 – We are going to file to move 91.3. John Bartnett will be working on this for us.

b.      Tom Riverman email – Nick responded to Mr. Riverman and has not heard a response from him. 

c.       Monthly Rent Rate Increase – Mike Listman presented a proposal for discussion.  More information is needed and this item will be tabled to next month’s meeting.

d.      Boundary County Fire - Scott Gremmit - Industrial Communications - wrote a grant for county to improve fire and EMS communications for county.  With government mandate there was a requirement to cut bandwidth.  Communication is now not good with lots of dead spots all over the place.  Scott proposed a simulcast system and a grant was received for a little over 400,000 but was still a little short.  Tony has been working on a second grant to fund the remainder.  Scott has come up with a different solution that may help the burden and reduce costs needed.  Scott sent to Nick the needs that would be required at Copper Creek which was substantially more than what they now know is needed.  A microwave link is needed from Dawson to Copper Creek.  Scott explained how the system would work and the burden that would be placed on Copper Creek.  One rack of equipment would be needed and a spot on the antennae to be pointed north and a spot on dish pointed to Dawson.  Coverage is taken care of at most locations in the county except for at Copper Creek.  There are funds available that would pay for additional batteries if needed to accommodate as well.  One issue is the fact that we cannot access the Copper Creek facility by auto and must be with minimal affect to the area as it is deemed core grizzly habitat.  We will need to have an engineer review and provide a report to establish the ability for the Translator to service.

e.       Verizon – see new tower update.

f.       Two and a half years ago we were approved for a construction permit for two new additional channels.  We need to be transmitting by August to prevent losing the channels.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Bruce Teter – would like to request a waiver for tax as he does not believe he gets service.  Nick will go out and test to determine if there is a signal at his location. 


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


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, January 21st, 2013 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.