November 10, 2010 KSDP Meeting Minutes

Posted on: March 13th, 2013 | Author: Alaska Political News Wire | Filed under: Minutes




  1. Call to order

Jim Brown called the meeting to order on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at 7:15 p.m.  The Board meeting took place at the station at the Sand Point City Building.

  1. Roll call

Jim called the roll.  The following persons were present:


Board members present: Jim Brown – President; Marta Varga – Vice-President; Austin Roof – Secretary / Treasurer; Jack Foster, Jr. – Board Member


Board members excused: Mary Olsen – Board Member


KSDP staff present: Kells Hetherington – General Manager; Shannon Sommer – Administrative Assistant


  1. Approval of Agenda

Jim made a motion to approve the agenda.  Marta Varga seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

  1. Approval of minutes from last meeting

Jim made a motion to approve the minutes as written.  Marta seconded the motion.  The motion passed.


  1. General Manager’s Report

The Office of Homeland Security informed the station it will receive through the City of Sand Point a reimbursable grant of seventy four thousand dollars for installing two backup generators.  The backup generator project is ours, but the money will flow through the city.  The City of Sand Point will be handling cutting the checks for the equipment that we purchase; we will then reimburse the City.


The current cash position of the radio station is better than in the same period a year ago.  The station finances will also improve with the receipt of Community Service Grant I for seventy five thousand dollars from the federal government via the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


Kells Hetherington asked the Board members for their approval of a proposed 401(k) program for station employees.  The station would administer the program through Automatic Data Processing.  ADP would also do the necessary reporting and ensure our savings plan is always fully ERISA compliant.


The radio station will receive an additional five thousand dollars from an old grant with which the station had become non compliant.  The grant award and reporting was predated Kells’ time at the station.  The money was described as being for internet service acquisition and the five thousand dollars will need to be spent along those lines; and likely on the website itself.


The station is waiting for a reply on its Round Six Capital Grant award.  The applied for amount was less than the sixty thousand dollar maximum.  The funding request includes adding an RPU and the purchase and installation of a climate control ventilation system.


Kells is also thinking of filing a PTFP grant to raise the tower.  Don Rinker, a former Alaska Public Broadcasting executive director is willing to help the station write the federal grant.


  1. Old Business
    1. Under the budget, a savings plan was discussed.  Jim would like to discuss the 401(k) plan at a later date and Marta asked Kells to find out about matching radio station saving plans.  All Board members agreed to wait on the savings plan and to look for other plans / rates.
    2. Kells expressed to the Board he would like to redesign the website.  Austin Roof asked how this would fit in the budget.  Kells responded by reminding the Board of the five thousand dollar grant award.  Austin said he has friends in the website field possibly interested in the project.   The board members liked the idea.  Kells also added that Virgil Porter was interested.


  1. New business

No new business was discussed.

  1. Public Comments and Discussion

The Board members all agreed they would like to have the meeting packets earlier.  They said it was alright for Kells to post the Music Director position.  Marta would like more music every Saturday.


  1. Adjournment

The Board will next meet on December 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.   Jim adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.



Minutes submitted by: Shannon Sommer, Administrative Assistant

Minutes reviewed by: Kells Hetherington, General Manager