County Commission Meeting Minutes
January 14, 2002

Present for the 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, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley was present to take minutes.    

Commissioner Bill Forbush made a motion to elect Glenn Davis as commission chairman for the year 2002. Commissioner Dick Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.        

Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier reported that the remodeling in dispatch should be done by the end of January. Sheriff Stegelmeier also asked the commissioners to look into an adult probation officer as a county employee in the future, not as a contract.

Assessor Ivel Burrell reported on the success of the winter assessor’s school. Assessor Ivel Burrell commented to the commissioners now that the legislation is in session, we need to be aware of changes going on. Assessor Ivel Burrell also stated that term limits are an important issue, and that people need to write to their legislators so that they can be heard.

Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy reported that 58 % of all taxes have been collected to this point. Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy reported that the County would change banks from Key Bank to Bank of Idaho. Treasurer Mc Coy stated that these big banks are not willing to work with the county, and therefore leave the County no other choice.

Clerk Abbie Mace gave the commissioners an updated map on the commissioner’s district. Commissioner Baker made a motion to adopt the commissioner district map. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. 

Commissioner Baker also made a motion to accept the precinct changes that would combine Squirrel, Drummond, and Lamont. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Forbush made a motion to accept the following liquor license. The following liquor license were approved:

Hungry Bear Market

Trails End Lounge

Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept eight Jr. College applications that meet the qualifications. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept Resolution No.# 2002-03 rescinding the Fremont County annual retail and wine by the drink license fee. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.     

Commissioners discussed the purchase of a Senior Citizens van. Commissioner Forbush submitted three bids at: Hirning$ 27,377.90 plus tax & fees

 Stone’s $ 17,540.00

 Madison Ford $ Vehicle # 1 $ 16, 999.00

 Vehicle # 2 $ 9, 500.00

Commissioner Forbush made a motion to accept the bid from Stones. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush also made a motion to purchase a used Senior Citizens van from Gallatin County Montana for a 15-passenger van with a handicap ramp for $8,000.00. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

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

Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy reported to the commissioners that the County has ten pieces of property that are in default for failure to pay property taxes. Commissioner Baker made a motion to have Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy start the tax deed process. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.    

Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords, Charles Allen Building Inspector and Janet Craven with Rural Addressing gave commissioner their year-end report. Janet Craven stated that the rural addressing program will continue to keep going with the possibility of hiring a part time person this spring to help keep up with the growing population.

Karen Lords reported on permits issued, lots, and subdivisions that were done in the year 2001. Charlie Allen talked about uniform building codes. Charlie Allen also stated that he would also need to hire a part-time person this summer to help with the inspections.

Party Committee Employees appeared before the commissioners to ask for requests for the 2002 budget year. Appearing before the commissioners were Eileen Parker, Sue Sommer, Kathy Thompson, Mike Jones, and Miriam Chandler. The party committee has requested $ 1, 500.00 for the year. Commissioner Davis requested that the party committee to be involved in the summer party. Miriam Chandler suggested that the name be changed to the employee appreciation committee. Commissioners agreed that this would be an appropriate name change.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with the commissioners in closed session. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to go into closed session. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Davis declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed one new lien, and two releases of lien. Commissioners signed one Order of Reimbursement, and one Facts, Finds, and Conclusions of Law. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to approve case #G2001-24. Approve case #G2002-25. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Weldon Reynolds Road and Bridge Supervisor came to report on the grant applications done by Sunrise Engineering. Resolutions for the grant applications will be done at the next commissioners meeting. 

Neil Shupe came before the commissioners to ask that the commissioners reconsider the tax assessment on his spray rig. Mr. Shupe stated that his taxes on the rig are $ 1,200.00. Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that time to protest has passed, and that the Assessors Office would be unable help at this point. Commissioners upheld the assessed value.

Kent Fisher came before the commissioners to ask that his assessed property value be lowered. Mr. Fisher did not return the proper declaration of property, and is asking commissioners to cancel his property taxes. Commissioners stated that this same problem was raised last year, and Mr. Fisher would not be given a break again this time.

Melvin Fairbanks came before the commissioners to ask that his taxes be lowered due to the fact that his cabin is not completely finished. Mr. Fairbanks previously came before the commissioners in the form of a letter, but was denied his request. Commissioner Forbush asked that a $ 10,000.00 value in structure be cancelled. Commissioner Baker did not second the motion. Commissioner Davis voted in favor to make the finial decision.

Commissioner Forbush made a motion to allow Mr. Fairbanks construction on an existing building permit. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. 

Jim Mullen, and Marla Vik from Keller Associates came before the commissioners to introduce themselves and their transportation plenum. Mullen asked that their company be considered in any future projects the county may have.

Karen Lords from Planning and Building and Adrianne Keller appeared before the commissioners to approve the nine-lot subdivision of River Rock Estates. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the nine-lot subdivision of from River Rock Estates. Commissioner Forbush did not second the motion. Commissioner Davis made the finial decision to approve this plat.

Targhee Ridge Runners Snowmobiles were before the commissioners to discuss several areas of concern regarding the Parks and Recreation Department. Spokes person Bonnie Burlage spoke on behalf of Ridge Runners and would like to see someone who is actively involved in boating and snow machining as a Park and Recreation Director.

  1. Meetings are they published? When are they being held?
  2. Advisory Board- Be a part of the meetings, but not call the meetings, or preside over the meetings.
  3. The grooming of the trails could use some adjustments.   

Tamra Cikaitoga spoke in regards to answering some of the proposed questions. Bonnie Burlage has asked the commissioners to consider putting together a job description for the Parks and Recreation Director, so that the County could better answer some of these questions. Individuals were able to make public comment. 

BOE Meeting

Commissioner Glenn Davis opened the meeting

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that there were no reported BOE’s

Commissioner Glenn Davis stated that if there was no further business this meeting would be closed.

Roger Cameron submitted a letter to the commissioners asking that his property taxes be cancelled. Commissioner Baker made a motion to cancel Roger Cameron’s personal property taxes. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. (PP13N42E13300A) Mr. Cameron will be notified by mail of the commissioner’s decision.

Larry Green has submitted a letter asking the commissioners to reduce his property taxes. The commissioners agreed to uphold the assessors decision. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to uphold the assessor’s decision. Commissioner’s Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor

Brent Nelson asked commissioners to lower the taxes on his property. Commissioners agreed to uphold the assessor’s decision. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to uphold the decision of the assessor. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. 

Armand Franquelin asked commissioners to leave the old cabin off the rolls for the 2001 tax year. Commissioners agreed to take the cabin off the 2001 tax year. Commissioner Baker made the motion to take the cabin off of the rolls. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Jean Nelson asked that her taxes be lowered in order for her to sell the place. Commissioner Baker made a motion to uphold the assessor’s decision. 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 the twenty eighth day of January, 2002.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this fourteenth day of January 2002.