Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

October 18th, 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 - Excused

Allen Gemmrig                                               Heather Gemmrig



Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                          Eric Lederhos

Michael Listman                                 David Wenk


2.     Minutes of Previous Meeting

Heather Gemmrig motioned to approve the minutes with the amendment to Old Business item (a.) amount of trade in value is $10,000 not $17,000,  Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.


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 – Rita Pensmith has been in contact with another translator district in Colorado.  They were not interested at the price we hoped to get for them of $10,000.  They only had about $4,000 to work with.  Eric has not had a chance to check with Larcan to see if they are interested. 

b.   Installation of Camera Update – This is now up and running and can be used.   

c.   FAA Changes on Lights on Tower - Allen Gemmrig will check into this further. 


5.     Maintenance Report

a.       Larcan has one of our translators for repair. 

b.      The tracks on the side by side are loose and have some issues.  The front tracks seem to be decent, but the back tracks appear to take the brunt of the abuse.  Eric stated that the parts to rebuild the tracks are more expensive than to replace with the new design of tracks that are now available.  Eric has yet to receive the official quote but was verbally quoted $1,600 per side.  The assembly would take an estimated labor time of two hours.

c.       Site Cleanup process – Eric has done a few things, but has hardly been able to be up at the site. 

d.      Installation of Exhaust Fan - will be completing on Copper. 

e.       Cost of Maintenance – Eric Lederhos has kept the rates generally low for the district.  He would like to raise the hourly rate from $40 to $50 per hour which is still well under his normal hourly rate of $75 per hour for this type of work.

f.       User concerns – Eric stated he has returned calls to everyone that has called with user concerns.  He addressed specifically the message from the County Commissioners office in which Ruth Nelson stated she was unable to get in touch with the technician at EL Automation.  Eric stated he has talked to Ruth.




a.   Revenue and Usage – Mike Listman talked about offering free advertising on the bulletin board until the end of the year to entice advertising customers. 

b.   Programming – Channel 94 is a test on bulletin information being broadcast.  There if no background music yet, but Mike Listman is looking into options on this.  Rita Pensmith talked about program guide and options around how to get the information out.       

c.   Equipment – Mike Listman stated he needs to order the muxer and will do that soon.  Mike stated there may be some moving around we can do with PBS channels being broadcasted and Eric stated we might be better off to increase signal to accommodate channel flexibility for future.  Mike Listman stated this is not something that we will be doing right away with the PBS channels but something to consider for future.  Camera for the tower – a broadcast camera would cost approximately $3,000. shows some examples of the types of pictures we could get. 

d.   Community – Allen Gemmrig went to the school board meeting at Mount Hall School and made a short presentation to the board. Allen was passed to the Superintendent and principle and was told the tech teacher at the high school would be in touch.  Mike Listman stated that he would like to see if NIC would also be able to use our services for classes.

e.   Promotion – No Update


7.      New Business:

a.       Communications Use Lease – Forest Service – presented to the board for signature.   

b.      Certified Statement of all Customers to Forest Service – No Changes to list provided.

c.       Form for Tenants – Rita Pensmith created a form based on the requirements for labeling for tenants to complete and have posted on the equipment and to be kept in the manager’s book.  This item will be tabled to next month’s meeting to allow the board to review and make changes. 

d.      Ruth Nelson – Reception Difficulties – see maintenance report above.

e.       Point of Contact and Response Period – there have been a couple complaints about response time to service issues.  Eric Lederhos remains as the contact person and Eric has made effort to respond to any service issues. 

f.       Dave Wenk – in attendance as a potentially interested board member.  A board member application was provided to him.  Heather Gemmrig motioned to approve David Wenk as a new board member pending commissioner approval, Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried. 

g.      NAB – Rita Pensmith discussed the registration requirements.  Allen Gemmrig stated we might need to look at the airfare and hotel accommodations available.  The conference is in Las Vegas.



8.     Emergency Response Committee Report:

      a.   No Update.


9.     Tax Waiver Applications:

a.       None


10.Executive Session:

a.       Executive session entered into at 5:58pm.  The board exited executive session at 6:10pm.  Heather Gemmrig motioned to approve raising the hourly rate of EL Automation from $40-$50 per hour with commitment from Eric that he will be able to make the necessary time needed for the district and to complete some of the items requiring his attention.  Rita Pensmith seconded, motion carried.  The board would also like to add to next months agenda:  Verizon agreement for new tower.   


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


Next Meeting: Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.