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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


February 18th, 2014


Chairman Michael Listman called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 5:00 p.m.


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Barry Coleman                                               Michael Listman

Rita Pensmith                                                  Anthony Compton

Jan Allen        


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                                  Deborah Youngwirth

Ken Baker


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.       Black Mountain Doors – tabled from last month’s meeting – Nick stated we won’t be able to get the last door in until Spring. 

b.      Monthly Rate Increase – tabled from last month’s meeting – no additional information for this month’s meeting – this item tabled to next month’s meeting.

c.       Hawley Troxell Engagement Letter – tabled from last month’s meeting – no update – tabled to next month’s meeting.

d.      Replacement Batteries Quote – see maintenance report.

e.       Boundary County Fire Additional Batteries – see maintenance report.


5.     Maintenance Report

    1. Nick clarified the digital channels and Jan Allen is going to update the FCC with the changed information.
    2. Channel 35 was having some issues – Nick made some changes to equipment to correct the problem.
    3. Channel 102.3 is off about every other day – Nick has been in touch with Conrad to discuss the issue.  They are working on a fix that will hopefully correct this.  Nick had brought up the issue of putting up a new antennae to improve the signal, but he has since determined it is not a signal issue but a mixing/filter issue.
    4. Nick is still working with John Barnett to move 97.3 with the FCC. 
    5. Nick presented the quotes for the batteries replacement.  He presented an option to replace with the same batteries we currently have versus replacement with the new style of batteries.  Ken Baker was in attendance to discuss this issue.  He stated that the Boundary County Ambulance has received a grant that will be paying for one portion of the costs needed to put equipment on Copper Creek, and Tony Rohrwasser with South Boundary Fire has worked to acquire a second regional grant that will be covering the batteries portion of the expenses.  Jan Allen motioned to accept the Quote #868 conditional upon the final approval of the regional grant to provide funding for the batteries.  Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


6.     New Business:

a.       Verizon Tower Study Results – the tower study showed that the tower is overloaded with the current load and the conditions included in the study.  Verizon stated they would be willing to put up their own tower and move their equipment off of our tower or they would be willing to continue to rent as long as we can install an additional tower.  It could be a two year process before a new tower would be approved by USFS.  Verizon would be willing to fund the tower and have rent applied to the cost if the district is unable to fund the expense.  The board would prefer to have ownership of the tower and would like to pursue options to get this going.  More information will be gathered and presented at the next month’s meeting and a decision will be made then. 

b.      102.3 Service Problems – see Maintenance report above.

c.       Request for Public Records – Roger Fraser – Barry Coleman asked why the minutes have not been updated to the website.  It was stated that the updating is on a volunteer basis and it has not been able to be completed yet.  No one else was willing to volunteer to do the updating.  It is not required that the minutes be published, we are only providing as a courtesy on the website, but minutes are always available upon request if any member of the public completes a Request for Public Records.

d.      NTA Membership application – Barry Coleman motioned to approve renewal of membership, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.

e.       Board member positions – Anthony Compton’s position is expiring and he is willing to serve another term, but he recognizes that he is not always able to  attend the meetings or may be late because of work commitments.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve reappointment of Anthony Compton to an additional term, Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None



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


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.