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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors


April 21st, 2015


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 - Excused

Jan Allen                                                         Allen Gemmrig


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                                      Eric Lederhos

Heather Gemmrig


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Jan Allen motioned to accept the minutes as presented.  Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

a.       Allen Gemmrig motioned to approve treasurer’s report, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


4.     Old Business:

a.       Fiber Feasibility Study – Mike was not able to make contact with the representative – was supposed to be done by end of February. 

b.      Contract Review – Mike Listman requested that a version date be added to the contracts with version referencing the date according to last updated contract.

c.       Amateur Radio Update – This item was something Anthony Compton was to update the board on.  With him not in attendance this item will be tabled to next month’s meeting.

d.      Convention Planning – All plans have been made and all who are going to be in attendance have their travel plans. 

e.       Post Office Update - Michael Listman contacted the Post Office and received a letter back stating the balance will be refunded by the end of May.

f.       Leonard Schulte Estimate – the board approved up to $3,000 for the cost to complete the audit, but any additional amount above needs to be approved by the board.

g.      Communications site on Hall Mountain – This item was discussed and the concern was that the cost to provide service there might outweigh the benefits provided.  Allen Gemmrig mentioned that there might possibly be some grants available for startup costs but  to maintain would be born by the district. 


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Nick Johnson is no longer employed by EL Automation.  Eric is the contact now and will be training a new employee but will continue to oversee things. 

b.      Octane Units – Eric presented an estimate of approximately $8,000 per unit.  Board members attending the NTA convention will also see about getting quotes from venders that may be in attendance.

c.       Eric spoke with Joe at Forest Service and they are not willing to approve a new tower on Black Mountain any time soon.  Unless Verizon can persuade this to go through, it’s not looking like this will happen soon.

d.      Co-ax issue on Copper – Eric stated there was also an inverter that failed there.  Eric was able to correct both.

e.       Eric stated that if there was anything else EL Automation should be doing in the absence of Nick, the board should let him know and he will make sure it is taken care of.

f.       EL Automation is now providing bandwidth to the BC School District.  At one time the board talked about streaming video from the high school and Eric wanted the translator board to know that it would be easier to do this now. 


6.      New Business:

a.       None.


7.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       None. 


8.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None 


Allen Gemmrig motioned to adjourn, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.