MINUTES KXNM BOARD of DIRECTORS MEETING - Thursday – November 19, 2020
Due to Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, the Board of Directors met using a hybrid model by combining both in-person (limited to 5 participants) and Zoom, a video conferencing application, for directors not participating in-person.
Present in-Person: Art Swenka, Babbi Baker, Lacey Cromer, Frank McKinnis, Joyce McKinnis
Present in Zoom: Ladd Hagmaier, Bill Simms, Keith Smith, Dixie Swenka, Randy Wright
Art Swenka called the meeting to order at 2:00 p.m. All in-person participants maintained Covid-19 safety protocols throughout the meeting by wearing a facemask, and practicing social distancing.
The Pledge of Allegiance was said by all directors present.
A quorum was met with all 10 directors present.
CONSENT AGENDA: Babbi Baker motioned to approve the agenda for the November 19, 2020 and the minutes for the October 15, 2020 board meetings as submitted. Frank McKinnis seconded the motion. Art Swenka conducted a roll call and directors unanimously approved the consent agenda.
Ladd Hagmaier commented that he could not open the minutes, which were only available as a Pages document. Normally, all documents emailed to directors or posted on the KXNM website are available as Word documents.
a. Discussion and vote to appoint Angela Gonzales from Pattern Energy to the Board of Directors. The vote to appoint Angela Gonzales to the board was delayed, until the next board meeting.OLD BUSINESS:
b. Update on Pattern Energy Partnership - Art Swenka reported on ongoing discussions with Pattern Energy, and the need to appoint one of their representatives to the board. Art said that Angela Gonzales would be the potential KXNM director representing Pattern Energy.
c. Update on Broadcasting Estancia High School Drama Class Shows - Lacey Cromer reported on broadcasting and streaming performances by the Estancia High School Drama Club. The club’s next scheduled performance was cancelled because of Covid-19 concerns, and will be rescheduled for a later date. Lacey reported that she assisted the Drama Club by provided the equipment needed to broadcast and stream their shows, and said the club would soon have their own equipment needed to stream performances.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Joyce McKinnis highlighted the expense of $3,562 for engineering services provided by Austin Burch over the past year. The invoice will be paid, half in October with remainder to be paid in December. Joyce stated that current net profit is $6,001, a little more than at this time last year. She commented that this was a excellent financial position given the constraints caused by the pandemic.
Bills Simms motioned to approve the Treasurer’s Report as submitted; Lacey Cromer seconded the motion. Art Swenka conducted a roll call and directors unanimously approved the Treasurer’s Report.
Keith Smith requested that copies of the financial statements including the Income Statement, Balance Sheet and Income by Comparison that are normally distributed during the meeting be e-mailed to directors. Joyce McKinnis said that she would e-mail these reports to directors.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: No Committee Reports were presented.
VICE PRESIDENTS REPORT: Bill Simms reported that a recent Clovis Livestock Auction was not broadcast due to technical issues, which were resolved. Bill also commended Karly Neish the FFA reporter for the Moriarty Commodity Report, for excellence in reporting.
Bill described a technical issue with the broadcast link to the transmitter and the reasons why WiPower could not resolve it. Ultimately, a bypass to the antennas that prevented Wi-Power from troubleshooting the connection was discovered. The problem is now fixed. Bill also reported that negotiations with Plateau are ongoing, and involve Plateau providing the broadcast link to the transmitter.
PRESIDENTS REPORT: Art Swenka reported on the success of streaming and provided information on listener statistics including active sessions, starts and listeners hours. Art was pleased to report that listener hours increased more than six fold during these reporting periods, a strong sign that the popularity of streaming is increasing.
Art also discussed concerns about the instability of the dropped ceiling in the office/studio building. Art will contact Mark Valdez, who will diagnose the problem, and provide an estimate to fix it. Art will report Mark’s findings and estimate at the next board meeting.
Before the meeting adjourned, Bill Simms congratulated Lacey Cromer for conducting a perfect Zoom meeting. Dixie Swenka and Babbi Baker wished each other Happy Birthday! And Lacey Cromer said she would send an audio recording of the Zoom meeting to Randy Wright, Board Secretary.
The next Board of Directors Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17, 2020 at 2 p.m. at the KXNM Offices and Studios in McIntosh.
The meeting adjourned at 2:26 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted: Approved:
Randy Wright, Secretary Arthur J. Swenka, President
November 19, 2020
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KXNM Community Foundation Officers and Directors
Art Swenka, President | Bill Simms, Vice President | Joyce McKinnis, Treasurer | Randy Wright, Secretary
Directors: Babbi Baker | Lacey Cromer | Ladd Hagmaier | Frank McKinnis | Keith Smith | Dixie Swenka
Directors Emeritus: Rhoda Geduld | John Griego | Pat Lincoln | Norm Onarheim | Matt Page