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Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

July 19th, 2016

Chairman Allen Gemmrig 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:

Rita Pensmith                                                  Anthony Compton

Allen Gemmrig                                               Heather Gemmrig

Ed Giuliani


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                                      Eric Lederhos

Tony Jeppesen                                                 Owen Plato



2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

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


3.     Treasurer’s Report

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


4.     Old Business:

a.       Priest Lake Search & Rescue Inc – requested to put a repeater on the Black Mountain building roof at no cost.  Anthony Compton spoke with several of the involved parties to gather additional information.  After many discussions, with both local government and Bonner County government, it appears the coverage would benefit Boundary County in that Priest Lake Search & Rescue responds to areas in Boundary County as well as Bonner County.  The space needed would not be space taken on the towers, but would be only on the roof of one of the buildings.  Electricity would be a cost to the translator that would need to be reimbursed.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve Priest Lake Search & Rescue to install equipment at a cost of $10 per month for electricity cost, no rental fee for equipment, as this is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) that is promoting inter-county communications and public safety.  Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.    

b.      Octane Units – Surplus Equipment Procedure – the attorney recommended following the county’s surplus equipment policies and put the units up for auction.  The board will do additional research to determine a value to place a minimum bid on the equipment. Tabled to next month’s meeting.

c.       Installation of Camera Update – The router has been installed but information is needed from Intermax to continue with the installation.  Rita Pensmith will work to continue to get the information needed.

d.      Tower Replacement Bid Specs – Verizon has agreed to pay for the tower needing to be replaced with an offset to rent for future years until the amount has been paid in full.  The USFS has approved the ranger tower to be removed and they are undecided if they want to keep the top of the tower or if they want to have it demolished.  If USFS wants the tower removed to a new location, then the board would like to know the cost of this before deciding if they are willing to make this a part of the tower build or refer the cost back to USFS for cost to move.  Anthony Compton recommended we have two bid specs prepared, one with the tower in the same location of the tower including demolition of the tower, versus same location with moving of the tower to a new location.  Eric Lederhos will work with USFS to determine what their final decision is on removal versus demolition.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve two bid specs be drafted to put up the tower, one with demolition of the ranger tower and one with removal of the ranger tower.  Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.   

e.       Paul RW Anthony Email – tabled to next month’s meeting.


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Eric Lederhos provided an update on maintenance issues.

b.      Allen Gemmrig was at Black Mountain on June 10, 2016 and identified some issues that need to be rectified with equipment labeling, wiring and grounding issues, rotting food on work benches, etc.  The board would like to see EL Automation do some cleanup on our own equipment and then get on top of the offenders that have similar issues.  Anthony Compton stated that he would like to have our own issues cleaned up so that we can set the example to others of what we expect from our tenants.  Eric Lederhos acknowledged that there have been some things that he has let go as he has not had as much time to devote as he would like.  He will work to get the issues resolved. 

c.       While fixing the channel at Copper Creek – some of the equipment is getting too hot and an exhaust fan is needed there.  Eric Lederhos estimates the cost to install a fan to be around $200.  Anthony Compton motioned to approve the purchase and install of the exhaust fan, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.    



a.       Revenue and Usage – At this point we have no transmission to sell and until the kinks are worked out, advertising content cannot be actively pursued. 

b.      Programming – Channel 9 has had some pixilation still – The initial broadcasting was clear, but something seems to be affecting the transmission.  Allen Gemmrig is wondering if there is a power or amplifier issue.  Eric Lederhos will look into this further.  One City of Bonners Ferry Council meeting has been recorded, but again broadcasting has been difficult.   

c.       Equipment – ASI equipment – Mike Listman would like to see the octane units replaced with the new equipment.      

d.      Community – Nothing to update.

e.       Promotion – Advertising is currently being run in the Boundary County Chamber of Commerce newsletter.


7.      New Business:

a.       Boundary County Exemptions List for 2016 – no changes to the list at this time.

b.      2016 – 2017 Budget – Debbie’s office will put together the budget to be sent out to the board for review.

c.       Kirk Dehan – Boundary County Amateur radio – have equipment they would like to move from one location to another on the tower.  The board has no issue with this move and approved as requested. 


8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

a.       No Update.


9.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       Larry Hosterman – 8756 Old Highway 2 Loop – The signal testing has been completed and it was determined that Larry does receive a signal and is not eligible for an exemption.  Heather Gemmrig motioned to deny this application, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


10.                     Executive Session:

a.   None.


Anthony Compton motioned to adjourn, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting:  Tuesday, August 16th, 2016 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.