Indian Wells Valley TV Booster, Inc.

Minutes of the July 11, 2011 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, Katzenstein, Manos, Middlemiss, Wetzel
Board members absent: Ash, Longo, Schneider
Visitors: Ron Garback, Roy Mayhugh
3. Approval of minutes
The minutes of the June 2011 meeting were accepted (Manos' motion, 2nd by Katzenstein, passed on a voice vote, 6 ayes, no nays, no abstentions).
4. Treasurer's report
Katzenstein distributed the final report for May 2011. There was $5,585 in donation income in May while expenditures were $946.13. A NTIA equipment reimbursement in the amount of $32,675.81 was direct deposited into our checking account. At the end of May, combined balances in all Booster accounts totaled to $50,323.91.
5. Correspondence
The California FTB sent a letter requesting that we immediately pay $25 or file returns for 2008 and 2009. We paid the $25 "convenience fee" to not have to file 2008 and 2009 returns.
6. Announcements
We will have a booth at the Fall Edition of the Home Show.
B. Committee reports
1. Standing committees
b. Operations
A work party was organized to install four panel antennas at Laurel Mtn. We have received the Linear translator we had retuned from channel 33 to channel 14. Linear indicated that it took more effort than anticipated to retune the translator, apologized, and returned it via overnight shipping at our expense! Next time we have to retune a Linear translator, we shall make more effort to communicate that we aren't in so big a hurry that we're willing to shell out that kind of shipping expense!
E. Discussion items
1. RCA STB availability
It was mentioned that RCA STBs are available again at Walmart.
2. Removing Channel 14 Antennas from "B" Mtn.
There was a discussion about scheduling a work trip to remove the channel 14 antennas from "B" Mtn.
3. FCC Broadband Plan News
There was a discussion about recent news regarding the FCC's Broadband Plan and how its TV channel repacking strategy affects the TV Booster.
4. Translating FM HD Radio
The costs of translating Los Angeles FM HD radio were revisited.
F. Closure
1. Next meeting: 5:00 PM, August 1, 2011, Vaughn Realty Meeting Room, Ridgecrest
2. Adjournment: There being no further business, President Cole adjourned the meeting at 6:10 pm.

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