Boundary County Translator District

Regular Meeting—Board of Directors

March 22nd, 2017

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

Dave Wenk - Excused                                    John Youngwirth


Also Present:

Deborah Youngwirth                                      Michael Listman

Crista Davis


2.    Minutes of Previous Meeting

Rita Pensmith motioned to approve the minutes of the previous month’s meeting with the following corrections:


Section two (2) should read “the equipment that Tech Partner has paid $10,000.00 for.” To “equipment we’ve paid for” to “the equipment that Tech Partner has paid approximately $8,000.00 for.


Section six (6)a changed from “John Barnett is losing channels 38 and up.  Allen Gemmrig wants to get as many channels as we can get.”  To “We are losing channels 38 and up.”  Allen Gemmrig wants to get as many licensed frequencies as we can get.


In regards to Section six (6)f Rita Pensmith wanted to change 6f to read: Commercials – sex talk lines.  Rita Pensmith clarified that we are not broadcasting advertising for sex talk lines, we are rebroadcasting affiliate channels in which we have no control over content.  The content is only shown after a certain time each day.  To get rid of the commercial you would have to pay more to pull the channels commercials and add our own.  Basically, this was a clarification of why these are running on the channels.


Heather Gemmrig seconded.  Motion carried with all in favor.


3.    Treasurer’s Report

Anthony Compton motioned to approved the Treasurer’s report as presented. Heather Gemmrig seconded, with all in favor.


4.     Old Business:

a.     Octane Units –People are not interested in the Octane units.  Anthony Compton will send out an email to Jim McDonald to see about spreading the word about selling the units at the convention.  The Translator Board is hoping to take them to the convention to be sold.

b.     Audit – Anthony Compton motioned to accept the audit as presented, Heather Gemmrig second, with all in favor.

c.     Buggy maintenance costs: Over the last six years we have spent $15,936.85 on repairs and maintenance of the buggy, $705.67 on fuel and we have received $1,812.50 in income.  The odometer reading is currently at 3,536 with a readout of 204 hours.  The original purchase price for the Buggy was $18,634.10.  It costs about nine ($9.00) per mile to operate the Buggy without fuel. The rental rate will be revisited at the April meeting.


5.    Maintenance Report

a.     Propane was taken to the Cooper Creek site.  

b.     A new clutch for the Buggy costs $500.00. Eric Lederhos ran the track machine this morning back to smooth.  

c.     Channel 22 is off the air today, Eric Lederhos will be calling the broadcasting company to see if the Channel is up.  Eric Lederhos is showing full power and no issues at the shop.

d.     It may be a huge issue getting up Black Mountain with the mud slides issues.

e.     We have an interested buyer in the old tracks from the buggy.  The District will need to declare the old tracks as surplus. – Tabled to the April meeting.

f.      Allen asked what the channel 7 cameras looked like?  Eric Lederhos forgot to look at the camera, but will give us an update at next month’s meeting.



a.     Revenue and Usage –  The Board reviewed the service agreement before the meeting individually to discuss as a group at this meeting.  Anthony Compton asked about the words “exclusive” and “inclusive” activities within the service agreement.  It was clarified that exclusive activities are monies that the board does not have an interest in and inclusive activities are activities that the board has an interest in. Mike Listman says that the Translator District owns the frequencies.  Inclusive activities would be use of frequencies and equipment.  Exclusive activities would include labor charges (if Tech Partner does a production for someone the labor is exclusive.)  If the Translator District’s equipment was used in the production, that portion would be considered an inclusive activity, and the portion of revenue generated from equipment would be the District’s.  This scenario brought up a question by Anthony Compton “what process can we use to track the portion of revenue the Translator is getting compensated for the equipment that Tech Partner is using while doing for profit work.” – Michael Listman replied that would be in the billing.  The Board said who will handle the billing?  Much discussion surrounded this topic.  It was then decided the attorney will be contacted to help define how to handle this, since District monies are involved.


Lease Agreement: The Board wants to make sure everything is clear.  They asked if the Lease Agreement is a year to year agreement with a five (5) year option? Michael Listman says it is a five (5) year lease, Anthony does not believe that is how it reads.  Michael Listman stated he would not retrofit a building for a one (1) year lease.  It was discussed that a lease for more than one (1) year would have to be advertised, and a public hearing held, before it could be approved.  Michael Listman stated he felt the way he had written the lease, that we were covered.  The board seemed unsure of this.  It was decided that the Board would contact the attorney to consult on the lease agreement.


How or when do we make the decision that this is not a project going in the right direction?  We are hemorrhaging money on the studio project.  Heather Gemmrig asked how can we continue to lose approximately $10,000 a month with these costs, without generating any income?  All board members were in agreement that we cannot keep on this pace.  We need to discuss a date and a deadline on how long we can continue.  This item will be added to the April agenda.

b.   Programming – No Update at this time.  Two City Council meetings were filmed.  The Penguin Plunge was filmed along with a band performance and the Aida theatrical presentation.  The Aida production is already airing on the station.  Steve Alvarez has a class, that is doing a business professional association.  The class involves having students interviewing business members in the community for a total of 18 episodes.  MR BFHS is going to be filmed.  Tech Partners has been asked to film school board meetings.

c.   Equipment – The manual for the muxer has been received, it is up and running.  Tech Partner is trying to expand equipment lights.

d.   Community – Still trying to work on the relationship with teachers at the high school.

e.   Promotion –Next open house – April 13th, 2017.

f.    Commercials – No update


7.     New Business:  

a.   Allen Gemmrig & Anthony Compton’s term are expiring.  John Youngwirth motioned to renew the term of Allen Gemmrig and Anthony Compton.  Rita Pensmith seconded the motion, motion passed with all in favor.

b.   Heather Gemmrig motioned to allow Rita Pensmith to resign her current position on the board, as we now have the required minimum number of board members.  John Youngwirth will fill her position. Anthony Compton second, motion carried with all in favor.


8.    Emergency Response Committee Report:

      a.   No Update.


9.    Tax Waiver Applications:

a.     None


10. Executive Session:

a.     None.


John Youngwirth motioned to adjourn, Heather Gemmrig seconded, motion carried.


Next Meeting: Wednesday, April 18th, 2017 at 5 p.m. @ Bonners Ferry Visitors Center.