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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


April 22nd, 2014


Chairman Mike 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

Ronnie (??)                                                      Gary Garrett

Allen Gemmrig


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

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


3.     Treasurer’s Report

a.       Anthony Compton motioned to approve treasurer’s report, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.

b.      Gary Garrett – accounts receivable balance is several months behind.  Gary has had some difficulties this year and is asking for an extension of time to pay until the end of May.  The board is understanding of cash flow issues, but would like to see better communication from Gary before he gets so far behind in the future.  This is an account that the board has had repeated issues with payment on and has given numerous opportunities to get caught up.  Barry Coleman expressed concern on repeated chances at getting caught up only to be followed by the account going into past due status.  Anthony Compton motioned to allow Gary until the end of May to get caught back up, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.



4.     Old Business:

a.       Black Mountain Doors – should be able to install as soon as weather permits and hopefully this will be by July 1.

b.      Monthly Rate Increase – tabled to next month’s meeting

c.       Hawley Troxell Engagement Letter – Mike Listman spoke with a representative and feels the explanation given for the clause in the engagement letter regarding authorization for the attorney’s to contact customers of the translator is reasonable.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.

d.      102.3 Service Problems – Channels 102.3 and 107.1 are back on the original channels.

e.       Tower Status – Nick gave an update on the status of the tower update and Verizon’s role in this process.  Additional updates will be provided as progress moves forward.

f.       National Translator Association Convention – anyone on the board that was interested in attending was asked to express their interest via email.  Anthony and Rita will both be in attendance this year and will report back to the board at the meeting following the convention.

g.      Set Budget Hearing Date – budget hearing date is tentatively set for the July meeting.


5.     Maintenance Report

    1. Nick gave a brief update on what work was done to Copper Creek and noted that the improvements made allowed for a problem free winter and only 25 gallons of propane was used. 
    2. We’ve started the process with the FCC for license updates and additions.  Nick also received a call from the FCC stating we were not current with three stations and it sounds like there was a computer glitch on the part of the FCC.  There were no fines assessed but the work to renew the licenses needed to be done again to ensure we were in compliance.
    3. 102.3 – we now have a separate tuner from the translator and that seems to have fixed the problem.  Nick stated we can now access the box via the web and can make fixes and corrections that way.  Anthony questioned if the access was public or a secured connection.  Nick stated that was set up by Intermax.  Anthony stated we need to ensure the security is there. 


6.     New Business:

a.       Amateur Radio Letter – wires and equipment needs to be cleaned up before any new equipment will be allowed to be installed.  Nick noted that JRS Survey is another that was asked to clean up wires and equipment and have yet to do so.  The board would like more information on the equipment to be added.  Nick will contact them to get additional information on equipment.  The office will email to Nick, a copy of the letter received so that he has the contact information of who to talk to.

b.      Allen Gemmrig – in attendance to express his interest in being re-appointed to the translator board.  He submitted his board member application.  Barry Coleman motioned to approve appointing Allen Gemmrig to the translator board pending Boundary County Commissioners approval.  Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None.  


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Joseph Morano – Eastport, Idaho  - the board could not accept the application as received as it did not have the address or parcel number of the property a waiver is being requested for. 


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


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 20th, 2014 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.