Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the December 7, 2009 board meeting

A. Opening
1. Call to order
President Cole called the meeting to order at 5:13 pm.
2. Attendance
Board members present: Cole, Blazek, Katzenstein, Longo, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Manos
Visitors: Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The October 5, 2009 board meeting minutes were not transcribed before the sudden and unexpected loss of Secretary Starr.
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final reports for September and October. Santa's Art Shop brought in $629 in contributions. Receipts were presented for the annual mailing.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
a. Nominating
The following board members' terms are expiring soon: Blazek, Katzenstein, Middlemiss, Wetzel.
b. Operations
The channel 23 translator is at Pineapple Technologies for repair and is currently operating on a temporary low-power Emcee translator. Three trips were made to "B" Mtn. by Roy to address the digital-to-analog converters on channels 5 and 13 locking up. Roy is searching for more reliable units. The City of Ridgecrest has approval to proceed. The plan is to receive the signal from City Hall at Laurel Mt. and translate it.
c. Publicity
Banners were noticed for Santa's Art Shop and some folks mentioned they saw them and knew to find us there. A fair amount of literature was picked up and many newcomers received information on receiving our digital signals.
C. Old business
1. Katzenstein is still pursuing the NTIA grants.
D. New business
1. Middlemiss moved that the board authorize the purchase of a combiner and wiring harness for the new panel antennas not to exceed $2000. Katzenstein seconded the motion, which passed on a voice vote with 6 ayes, no nays or abstentions.
2. Middlemiss moved that the board donate channel 41, for the public good, with appropriate restrictions such that it would not adversely affect our operations. Wetzel seconded the motion, which passed on a voice vote with 5 ayes, no nays, and Wetzel abstaining.
E. Discussion items
1. Mailing List
Our mailing list was reduced from 1320 to 504 by removing the names and addresses of individuals who have not made a donation in quite some time. A donation form is available for printing on the website.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, January 4, 2010, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:15 pm.

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