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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


October 21st, 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                                                         Allen Gemmrig


Also Present:

Nick Johnson                                                  Marlaina Davy

Kenny Baker                                                   Sheila Pruitt


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Jan Allen motioned to accept the minutes as presented.  Anthony Compton 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.       Tower Status - No progress has been made on the ice bridge and the towers have not been removed.  The grounding has not been completed either.  Allen Gemmrig motioned to send a strongly worded letter to Reliable Builders who is in breech of contract. This letter will state that the ice bridge and the grounding must be complete before November 1st, 2014.  The towers could wait till spring to be taken down.  If the work has not been completed on or before November 1st, 2014 the District will hire a subcontractor and Reliable Builders will be billed for the new subcontractors work.  This letter will be sent out tomorrow certified with a receipt requested.  Barry Coleman seconded the motion.

b.      Clean up of Wires and Equipment at Black Mountain – Everything is complete

c.       Response on Channel Survey – Sheila Pruitt was in attendance to discuss some questions.  There were 463 responses to the survey.  This is about 10% of the surveys returned from the county.  This was our first attempt to revisit what we are rebroadcasting.  The only way that we could decide what we should be rebroadcasting was to send notice out to the public.  The change will happen the next time Nick Johnson goes up to the mountain.  The Board is discussing trying to broadcast on one of the TV stations.  This would allow us to have more stations.  It would not work in your car but if you turned on the TV you could listen to the Radio station through the TV.  The other possibility is to rebroadcast through HD. 

d.      Batteries at Copper Creek - The batteries have been purchased and installed.  South Boundary Fire has paid the balance of their portion of the batteries.

e.       Homeland Security – 1 Year Lease Agreement - Approved

f.       Boundary Computer Security System - Barry and Jan had approved this at the last meeting.  Allen and Anthony wanted more information before making a decision.  This would be nice so we could view who was in the buildings and what they were doing.  There are two signs already at the site saying video surveillance is going on at the mountain.  Anthony said this looked like a good starting point.  This is for eight cameras - six inside and two outside.  Allen noticed that the wiring was not present on the quote.  All Board members were in favor.

g.      Ken Baker at the Boundary Ambulance.  The site service fee is free for the Ambulance on the Copper Creek site.  Kenny Baker wants to have the Ambulance put back money each year for battery replacement.  We are shooting to get seven years of battery life from the new batteries we installed this year. In the process of this change to the new system for the Ambulance a channel has been freed up from one of the other sites.  We have space on the triple rone or the new input tower.  It would be nice if the Ambulance could go together with the Sheriff's department because they have plenty of rack space available.  Anthony Compton would like to hear more details but he thinks redundancy would be great to have for the ambulance.  Allen Gemmrig motioned to add the Ambulance to the Black Mountain tower. Anthony Compton seconded the motion with all in favor.


5.     Maintenance Report

a.   Maintenance Report - Larcan went out of business and we just purchased two octain units.  We have the software but there is no programming on the octain unit at this time.  Anthony will try to get some information from NTA to see if we can get some information from other translators districts using the Octain unit.  Conrad at Blue Sky Broadcasting might be someone that could possibly get our units up and running.


6.      New Business:

a.       Sheila Pruitt – Questions on Channel Changes – See Response on Channel Survey Above

b.      License Renewal Granted - This is for the construction permit for BRDTV- 20140530ATS.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None 


Rita Pensmith motioned to adjourn, Barry Coleman seconded, motion carried.


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