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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

April 26th, 2016

Chairman Allen Gemmrig called the regular meeting of the Boundary County Translator District Board of Directors to order at 5:08 p.m.


1.     Roll Call Present:

a.       Board Members:

Rita Pensmith                                                  Anthony Compton

Allen Gemmrig                                               Heather Gemmrig


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                                      Darrell Kerby

Eric Lederhos                                                 


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Minutes of previous month were not available.  Tabled to next month’s meeting for approval.


3.     Treasurer’s Report

Rita Pensmith motioned to approve the treasurer’s report as presented, Heather Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.


4.     Old Business:

a.       Octane Units – the board discussed the possibility of trading the units for engineering services or some other services as may come available.  They will make contact with potential vendors at the NTA meeting next month to see if there is any interest to purchase these from the district.

b.      Installation of Camera Update – Eric stated this will be done next week.

c.       ICRMP Insurance – Darrell Kerby was in attendance to discuss the ICRMP insurance and how that coverage affects the district.  He gave a general background of the organization and how it was formed.  The board asked questions regarding what items are covered and discussed the equipment that is now housed in the new studio location in town.  Darrell stated that all items are at replacement value and we need to make sure the values are stated sufficiently for all assets owned. 

d.      Aged Receivables Update – does not appear that North Idaho.Net made a payment in April.  Anthony Compton will make contact with Gary Garret and the office will follow up with a letter.

e.       NTA Meeting Membership & Attendees – Most of the board members will be in attendance at the meeting which is to be held in Spokane this year.

f.       Forest Service Letter – Lease & Tower Replacements – included in the lease was the approval for the tower replacements requested.  Eric Lederhos asked if the board was prepared to move forward on the work that needs to be done with the replacement, concrete work, etc.  Discussion surrounded what needs to be done to complete this project and when the board is ready to move forward.  Two towers are needed but only one is needed to be done at this time or that we have time for this year.  Rita Pensmith motioned to approve Eric Lederhos to obtain the information needed to put together the bid specs for this at a price of up to $3,000.  Heather Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.  Anthony Compton motion to approve Eric Lederhos to move forward on the preparation of the bid package once all information has been obtained to prepare bid specs.  Heather Gemmrig seconded, motion carried. 


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Digital Radio – Eric Lederhos discussed with Spokane Public Radio regarding this and they stated that this isn’t practical for them due to the cost associated. 

b.      FM Translator Quote –Eric Lederhos talked to a company that is a Larcan distributer out of Australia.  Eric recommends that the Board continue to purchase Larcan products as we are already using them and they are a good product.  Eric Lederhos will email out the quote to the board as soon as he receives it.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve Eric Lederhos to purchase two at a cost of about $3,400 each, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.

c.       VHF Channel on Copper – it does not appear this is working.  It appears the transmit antenna does not appear to be working.  Eric Lederhos found a new antenna that would work to replace at a cost of about $800.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve the purchase, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.

d.      Drake UHF Converter – needs replaced.  Eric Lederhos found a replacement for a cost of $530 each.  We currently need to replace one and would like to have a spare on hand.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve Eric to make the purchase, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried. 

e.       Cable at Copper – Eric would like to purchase a roll of cable to have on hand that would be at a cost of about $65. Anthony Compton seconded, Heather Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.   



a.       Revenue and Usage – Abra Chinourd would like to reserve a channel for future.

b.      Programming –

c.       Equipment –

d.      Community – Open House – was not well attended. 

e.       Promotion – Walking Map – Chamber of Commerce Newsletter.


7.      New Business:

a.       Paul RW Antony Email – is interested in being a potential board member.  Anthony Compton will respond and invite him to the next board meeting. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       No Update.


9.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Larry Hosterman – 8756 Old Highway 2 Loop – Eric Lederhos will have to investigate further to determine if service is not available.  This will be tabled until Eric can determine service. 


Heather Gemmrig motioned to adjourn, Anthony Compton seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.