County Commission Meeting Minutes
October 22, 2001

Present for meeting were Commissioners Glenn Davis, Richard Baker, and Bill Forbush.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Attorney Trent Grant Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley was present to take minutes.

Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier reported to the commissioners on the need to get started on the renovation for dispatch as soon as possible.

Assessor Ivel Burrell asked that Len Humphries hookup the phone lines downstairs in the break room.

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that they are in the process of finishing the transient rolls.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy reported cancellations in the amount of $ 2,135.82 for the month of October.

Clerk Abbie Mace spoke to the commissioners and elected officials regarding the Public Entities Employee Benefits Program. This program is designed to offer more affordable insurance benefits to all County Employees.

Clerk Mace received a notice of public hearing from the City of St. Anthony regarding the zoning of the St. Anthony Gravel Pit. Clerk Mace received the contract from Attorney Trent Grant regarding the Vincent Birch and County Property known as 655 N. Bridge Street, which is located near the High School. This contract states that the owner and the County is jointly owner and maintained by the County.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to sign the agreement to split the costs on the repair of the bridge. Commissioner Forbush did not second the motion. Commissioner Glenn Davis made the finial decision to approve the agreement.

Clerk Mace gave the commissioners a copy of each of the levies that have been approved and certified by the state. These are the 2001 tax year levies.        

Commissioner Davis signed a work and financial plan from the Idaho Department of Corrections for some repairs from the Work Camp.

Clerk Mace has asked the commissioners to nominate a commissioner to serve on the 2001 Board of Trustees for the seventh district. Commissioner Seth Beal from Butte County will be the commissioner’s choice.

Clerk Mace informed commissioners of bids received to repair the windows in the Courthouse.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to replace the window with a logo, and door in the front and have them fix the side door. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion to replace the window and have the doors fixed, but would not second the motion to replace the front window with a logo. Commissioner Glenn Davis made the finial decision to have the front window replaced with the Fremont County logo. Commissioner Forbush also made a motion to replace the windows in Planning and Building. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to have the mailboxes in the County confer with State code. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to replace the lights in the County shed in Island Park. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace will write a letter to Mr. Schwendiman regarding the road upgrade. Commissioners agreed that this was the responsibility of the individual and not the County. Mr. Schwendiman came before the commissioners on the October 8, 2001 meeting to ask for more gravel and to have the road graded just south of Chester.

Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant will write a letter to the City of Island Park requesting that no roads will be maintained or plowed until all State monies are turned over to the County.

Commissioner Glenn Davis signed one Jr. College application.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Forbush made a motion to increase fees for liquor licenses. Due to an increase required by the State, the County wine fee increased to $ 100.00. This would be Resolution 2002-01. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Kathy Nelson from the State Tax Commission appeared before the commissioners to give a review of a 5-year plan on how the Assessor’s Office is coming along on this plan. In order for this plan to be on schedule the Assessors Office will need one more appraiser. Assessor Ivel Burrell stated to the commissioners that this new appraiser was budgeted for the 2002 Budget Year.

Weston Banta and Lane Sommer from Connective Computer Cabling came before the commissioners to ask that they be considered to help and assist with any phone needs.

Mr. Jim Meldrum who is employed with Upper Valley Resource Crisis Center came before the commissioners to ask the commissioners if a client that he was familiar with would be able to donate the trailer to this individual, and then to have the County purchase the trailer, so that this individual could receive a sizeable tax donation. Commissioners have some concerns regarding the liability issues and what the State Law would allow them to do. Commissioner’s agreed that Mr. Jim Meldrum should explore other avenues if possible to avoid so much red tape.

Debbie Adams Social Service Director asked to meet with commissioners in closed session. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into closed session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Davis declared the meeting open. Commissioner Davis signed one release of a lien and one facts findings and order of reimbursement. Commissioners were asked to nominate a commissioner to represent the Sixth Regional Catastrophic Board member. No decision was made for a committee member at this time. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve case #M2001-38. Deny case #M2001-48. Deny case #M2002-1. Approve case #G2002-1 for rent assistants only. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Brent Gee with Northern Septic Systems came before the commissioners to ask that they consider passing an ordinance on aerated septic systems in the County to help water quality. The commissioners will meet with Jerry Woods at District Seven and DEQ before any finial decisions could be made.

Dorothy Bowen with ECIPDA came before the commissioners to present the updated application for ML Technology that had been sent to the Department of Commerce. The commissioners will review this application and contact Dorothy Bowen should they have any questions.

Tamra Cikaitoga Parks and Recreation Director met with the commissioners to discuss the Golf Course Income and Expense for the 2001 budget year. The commissioners also met with Frank and Nancy Mackert to wrap up the year. Plans are to close the doors of the Golf Course at the end of the month.

Mary Lou Davis Emergency Medical Services Director asked that emergency medical personnel be allowed to receive their flu shots for free this year, just as County employees do. Commissioners agreed to pay for EMS personnel to receive flu shots free of charge.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to adopt an ambulance transportation fee increase in mileage from  $4.00 to $6.50 per loaded mile for the 1st 10 miles and $ 4.50 thereafter. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion . A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners asked Mary Lou Davis to get a “Thank You” out in the paper for the donated EMT hours.

Commissioners will donate the meat for the EMT appreciation dinner scheduled for December 14, 2001.

Brett Mackert with Search and Rescue presented the commissioners with a proposal for Fremont Search and Rescue Building. Search and Rescue gave estimated figures of $ 15,4725.00 for the erected building 80 ft. by 100 ft. Approximately $15,880.00 for the meeting room-training room, kitchen & double bathroom. Plumbing $3125.00, heating $ 7980.00 and power $ 8000.00 approximately for a grand total of $189,710.00. Mr. Mackert received a 10-year and a 15-year payment plans that commissioner’s will review further. 

Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords, and Attorney Marvin Smith who represents Dr. Bawden developer of the Eagle’s Nest Subdivision. Commissioners signed an agreement for phase I of Eagle’s Nest & II. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve final plat phase I & II and developmental agreement phase III. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Grant and Shirley Ritchie appeared before the commissioner’s to ask that they be able to make some lot splits. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve the plat amendment for Aspen Heights Subdivision. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on 13th day of November, 2001.