Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the January 5, 2009 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:08 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Cole, Katzenstein, Manos, Middlemiss, Starr, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Blazek, Longo
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the December 1 meeting were approved as distributed (Cole's motion, seconded by Manos, passed on a voice vote by 7 ayes, no nays or abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed a report showing December income of $665 from donations. Expenditures for the month totaled $1,840. Most of that amount was for producing the annual Boostergram mailing ($1,017) and for renewing our PO Box rent and bulk mailing permit ($368). An additional $405 was spent to renew licences for three TV channels. Confirmed balances in all accounts at the end of December amounted to just under $11,258, but receipt of an additional $8,000 in NTIA DTV grant funding was expected to be confirmed when the bank statement arrives within a few days.
5. Correspondence
Katzenstein reported thirteen responses just received from the Boostergram mailing, although several were postal returns.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
Wetzel and Mayhugh reported that power-supply problems had knocked Channel 13 off the air at B Mountain. The equipment will have to be rebuilt; a "brick" spare has been substituted to keep Ch. 13 on the air temporarily. At Laurel Mountain all five ITS conversions have been completed, and acquisition of more equipment is proposed. Looking ahead, Mayhugh suggests the addition of two more translated channels, one of which might well be KLCS, the LA County Schools channel.
c. Publicity
Middlemiss reported he is seeking an interview with the publisher of the Daily Independent.
D. New business
1. Expenditures not to exceed a total of $3,000 were approved for acquisition of the following equipment for DTV conversion at Laurel Mountain: 3 Drake upconverters (estimated to cost about $1,700), 200 feet of coaxial cable (est. $300), and one receiver preamp and power supply (est. about $1,000). The motion by Middlemiss was seconded by Manos and approved by 5 ayes. There was no opposition, but Wetzel, who will be responsible for these acquisitions, registered a pro forma abstention.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, February 2, 2009, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:27 pm.

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