Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of August 6, 2007 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Longo, Manos, Middlemiss, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Schneider
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the July 2 meeting were approved as submitted (Middlemiss, 2nd Blazek, passed 7-0-0 voice vote).
4. Treasurer's report
Treasurer Blazek reported total income of $325 and total expenditures of $270 for July. The expenditures included payment of $50 to the Knights of Columbus to reserve booth space at Maturango Junction, October 20, as well as $155 to Gentry (for air conditioner service at the Booster's "B" Mountain facility) and $65 to Verizon. The resulting balance (rounded) was $19,748 in all accounts as of July 31, but Blazek noted that taxes totaling about $750 were due to Kern and San Bernardino counties and just paid prior to this meeting.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Middlemiss reported that Roy Mayhugh has the new antennas for Laurel Mountain but couldn't install them on the old stub pipes, which were too short. A work-around will be improvised. Ed also reported that Navy approval of our plan for a new concrete pad at Laurel is still stalled pending an engineer's report, which has not materialized to date and may necessitate further action and expenditure. He is following up.
Wetzel reported that KCNV (FM classical music, Las Vegas) is transmitting at somewhat lower power than previously. The Booster's receiver for their signal "locked up" earlier today, an increasingly frequent occurrence which may require a firmware upgrade. Alternatively, Ken recommended replacing the current receiver with a "real" one. He believes such a solution, more reliable and permanent, would cost about $1,600.
Wetzel also reported that the spectrum analyzer we ordered went astray due to the shipper's addressing error. (We received a power supply, instead, which Ken shipped back.) He will continue to work the issue with the shipper.
c. Publicity
Starr reported no progress on getting a news release together for the local newspapers. Other members recommended points of contact at the Daily Independent and the News Review. Also, Starr promised to forward some display text immediately to Longo for publication in the next Inland Adventurer.
2. Ad hoc committees
b. City council liaison
Longo commented that the City Council no longer has any authority over cable franchises, which are now regulated by the state.
C. Old business
1. Mr. Mayhugh, who was authorized at the July meeting to negotiate for purchase of needed equipment, reported via Wetzel that the negotiations had later stalled over unforeseen contingencies (raised by the other party) involving substantial additional costs. Cole said he would call a DTV committee meeting.
D. New business
1. Middlemiss moved that Wetzel be authorized to spend no more than $2,000 to acquire and install a new receiver for the KCNV FM signal (also usable for other applications as future circumstances might warrant). (Manos 2nd, 6-0-1 voice (Wetzel abstaining), Passed).
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, September 10, 2007, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:26 pm.

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