Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the November 3, 2008 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:11 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Blazek, Cole, Katzenstein, Longo, Manos, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Middlemiss
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the October 6 board meeting were approved as distributed (Cole's motion, seconded by Manos, passed on a voice vote by 7 ayes without opposition or abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Blazek distributed copies of the October financial report. As of the meeting date, account balances totaled just over $15,898. Expenses during the month included $590.85 reimbursed to Wetzel for fans and power supplies needed for equipment repairs, plus $62.21 to Modern Trophy for updating the Booster's promotional banner. There was no revenue during October.
5. Correspondence
Blazek reported receipt of a Pineapple Technologies statement showing the Booster's account as paid-up, along with two announcements concerning the NTIA's LPTV grant program, including one confirming November 17 as the cutoff date for $1,000-grant applications.
6. Announcements
Wetzel and Longo gave feedback from the October 25th Maturango Junction booth: visitors asked for details concerning their individual needs related to the digital TV transition scheduled for next February; a number of queries concerned antenna requirements. Scarcity of local antenna installation resources was discussed. Blazek, coordinator of preparations for the Booster booth at Santa's Art Shop (December 6-7), noted a need for transportation on Friday the 5th.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
a. Nominating
For the four board positions with terms expiring at the end of 2008, Cole proposed the members currently holding those positions be re-elected to new two-year terms.
b. Operations
Mayhugh reported that a cable/connector problem caused Channel 9 (B Mountain) to fail again (now corrected). All ITS units have been converted, and four of them are already running; Wetzel is working on the fifth. The last three digital transmitters are ready to be licensed.
C. Old business
1. Katzenstein said he has finally succeeded in obtaining the necessary DUNS number, and all but one of the LPTV translator grant applications have been prepared and are ready to be submitted to the NTIA prior to the November 17 deadline.
D. New business
1. Annual Board Election: Four incumbents were elected to succeed themselves for new 2-year terms as members when their current terms expire at the end of 2008: Ray Ash, Ronald Cole, Gloria Longo, and Harold Manos. (Manos, Starr 2nd, 7 ayes, no nays or abstentions, voice vote.)
2. The Board voted to accept Mr. Mayhugh's offer of two current-version Larcan transcoders ($2,250 each) plus matched log-periodic antennas with 2-way power divider. Terms for payment of the $6,750 total were to be determined between the treasurer and seller, KFLA (Los Angeles). (Wetzel made the motion, seconded by Manos and, following discussion, passed 7-0-0 on a voice vote.)
E. Discussion items
1. CBA Conference Report
Starr and Mayhugh reported briefly on the Community Broadcasters Association conference held October 26 through 28 in Las Vegas, which Middlemiss also attended. Starr also reported on the NTIA's "Upgrade [Grant] Program" as discussed during the 2-hour hearing held following the CBA conference.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, December 1, 2008, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:28 pm.

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