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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


July 15th, 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 - Excused

Jan Allen                                                         Allen Gemmrig


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                                  Marlaina Davy

Michael Teri


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Rita Pensmith motioned to accept the minutes of the previous month’s meeting as presented.  Allen Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

a.       Barry Coleman motioned to approve treasurer’s report, Jan Allen seconded, motion carried.


4.     Old Business:

a.       Black Mountain Doors – Nick Johnson presented a picture of the new access door.  This project is now complete.

b.      Tower Status – Verizon Wireless asked if we would like the contract created by them or the Translator District's attorney.  Barry Coleman motioned to have the attorney for Verizon Wireless draw up the contract, and have our attorney review the contract.  Allen Gemmrig seconded the motion with all in favor.  It is getting late in the year and Verizon can not add the tower into this years budget.  But they can add it in the Budget starting in February.  Mike Listman requested Nick Johnson to Ask Joe and the Forest Service what is an approximate approval date? Clean up of Wires and Equipment at Black Mountain – Nick is still working to make sure all renters have cleaned up their equipment and wires.  BARC requested installation of new equipment; however they have much work to do on cleanup before the board will consider allowing additional equipment to be installed. 

c.       Clean up of Wire and Equipment at Black Mountain Update - the wires have not been cleaned up as of yesterday.  The shelf above the amateur radio was removed and it is now unsteady.  The key was signed out by the Sheriff's department.  Nick will follow up with the Sheriff's department to get a resolution.  Discussion surrounded having a security system in place on the Mountain.  Michael Listman will look into the costs for a security system.

d.      Response on Channel Survey – A draft survey list was presented to the Board to give an idea of the responses to the Survey.  The plan of action for the next meeting is to tabulate the results.  It was suggested to test the stations of the choice to make sure they come through as they should at the annual site meeting.  Then the Board could publish the proposed results in the paper before we make any changes.

e.       Channel Changes - We received out license and we changed channels for 91.3 to 90.7. 

f.       Budget Hearing– A budget hearing is not required per the Idaho Statutes.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve the budget as presented and Allen Gemmrig seconded the motion with all in favor.  The board discussed a possible increase to the site rental fees on the towers.  They would like to review the fees in June of 2015.  This would allow the board to have discussions about rates to change and compare to other translators fees.  Anthony Compton feels that the rates need to reflect fairly against the fees that the landowners are charged.


5.     Maintenance Report

    1. Nick went up with the fire department to Copper Creek.  They are looking at having equipment in about a month or so.  We will get more information and paperwork before setting up equipment.  We were planning on floating the batteries for the fire department.  But we need some paperwork filled out before they start installation of equipment on the Copper Creek Tower.
    2. Nick has the programming software for Octaine.  They said if we get a list of what channels are wanted on the Octaine and they can program it for us. 
    3. Nick remote accesses the windows XP machine at the tower.  The issue could be that if someone logged in it could shut down all of the renter’s machines.  Rita motioned to replace the machine with Windows 7 32 bit so it will be compatible with EL's computer.  Anthony Compton seconded the motion, motion carried.


6.     New Business:

a.       An email was read by Michael Listman from a county resident regarding the rebroadcast of a religious station. Michael Listman read his response to the resident regarding the point of the survey.

b.      Exemption List for the Treasurers Office - Joe Marano lives at the base of Harvey.  This is the only new exemption from last year.  Duane Scott and Mark & Christina Rankin are land only and should be taken off the list.

c.       This year’s site visit will be at Black Mountain so the Board can look at the security camera placement and the wiring.  August 19th will be the site visit with no regular meeting to be held.


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, August 19th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center Parking Lot.