County Commission Meeting Minutes
January 22, 2001

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Glenn Davis, Richard Baker, and Bill Forbush. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Deputy Treasurer J'lene Cherry, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley and Jamie Rigby were present to take minutes.

Passing of Resolution: Resolution # 2001-02 was to approve for opening the budget to move funds for hiring of a chief deputy in the Sheriff’s office. Commissioner Baker motioned to approve the resolution seconded by Commissioner Forbush. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners in favor.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier: Commented on the roads in Island Park.

Ivel Burrell: Commented on if there is a need for bonding on jobs that are being bid for the County. A call was being made to Rod Chandler on liability and insurance issues.

Rod Chandler appeared before the Commissioners to discuss the dollar amount for liability insurance someone needs to carry who wants to bid on any County job. A motion was made to have $500,000.00 for contractors liability insurance by Commissioner Forbush and seconded by Commissioner Baker and a voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

J'lene Cherry: Gave the Treasures report on the year taxes. The County collected $5,517,923.18 million and they had $ 23,183.18 in cancellation fees. The year 2000 taxes are 58 % collected.

Clerk Abbie Mace: Reported that the State has changed the mileage to $.345 per mile due to the increase in the fuel. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to change the county reimbursement for mileage to $.345 per mile by resolution # 2001-04 and Commissioner Baker seconded the motion .A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.  Three bids were submitted to Clerk Mace for the floors in the hallway. Clerk Mace reported the bids that were given for the tile that needs to be replaced.

Bids- H & H Construction

          Wynn’s

          Cherry Construction

Commissioner Baker asked that all bids be resubmitted for both porcelain & ceramic tile. Clerk Mace will ask contractors for this.

Commissioner Davis signed a mineral lease contract with the State on Meadow Creek Gravel and, two beer licenses were approved Commissioner Baker made the motion to approve & Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Thompson Construction was the only contractor who returned a bid for the extension office roof repairs in the amount of $1,385. Commission awarded bid to Thompson Construction.

Parks & Recreation: Parks and Recreation Director Tamra Cikaitoga met before the commissioners to discuss grants. Tamra gave a brief report on her job description to the new Commissioners. Tamra also commented that she would render her services for the Fair Grounds project. Commissioner Davis commented that he spoke with the Mayor of St Anthony, in hopes that something can be worked out. Commissioner Davis commented: Service hours and man-hours would be a good idea for matching funds for grant, and Tamra commented that this would a great help in writing the grants. Tamra reported on the skylight project. Tamra reviewed how Park & Rec. works and some of the projects that are going on. Golf Course: Frank Mackert was present and would like to manage the golf course and put in a RV Park. Mr. Hank Ashby spoke on about of the golf course, and felt if the proper facilities were there, it could be a great asset for Fremont County. Tamra asked that the Commissioners take a few minutes to make a decision on the golf course. The Commissioners went into executive session to discuss the golf course. Commissioner Baker made a motion that applications be taken for a manager of the golf course and that the manager would see that lessons would be provided. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote as heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Tamra will draw up a short job description and submit it to the commissioners. The commissioners would also like to meet with the golf committee. 

County Property: Dell Barney, owner of Barney Towing & Recovery of Rexburg met with the commissioners to discuss the sell of County property. Mr. Barney stated that he would be interested in a parcel of 5.8 acres from the County. The Commissioners will get back to Mr. Barney on the decision.

Social Services: Deputy Clerk Debbie Adams, Social Services Director, met with the commissioners in closed session to review medical claims. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Richard Baker made a motion to denied medical claim #M2001-18, due to untimely filing. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion.  A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was one order of reimbursement. Commissioner Baker made a motion to deny claim # M2001-14 due to no documentation.  Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion and a voice vote was heard with all commissioners in favor. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to approve case # G2001-38 and Commissioner Baker seconded the motion and a voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve case # G2001-48 Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion a voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Sewer Report: Dan Lostutter and Harry Barker met with the commissioners to review hook-up fees for the 2001. Resolution # 2001-03 for hook-up fees were presented to the Commissioners. Commissioner Barker made the motion to accept the resolution. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard and all commissioners were in favor. Commissioner Baker was assigned to the Island Park sewer. Dan Lostutter gave the County sewer report. The commissioners approved of allowing Larry Hultz, and David Huntzman to continue to serve on the sewer board.  Snowfluent is up and running as of December 26, 2000. There is a meeting currently being scheduled with the sewer board.  

Road & Bridge Report: Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds met with the commissioners to report on the Parker-Salem road project. Present with Weldon were Larry Evans of Forsgren & Associates and Dick Dyer of the Dyer Group. Clerk Mace suggested that when the Commissioners are in Boise, they might voice their concerns about the time this project is taking with our legislators. The Dyer Group submitted a tentative schedule for the right-of-way acquisition. Mr. Evans also submitted a schedule that indicated the project would be moved back to the year 2003. We are currently waiting for approval of the 404 permit by the Corps of Engineers, before we can proceed with this project. We are hoping for approval by Feb.1, 2001.

Golf Course Matters: Jim Barrett was here to see if the golf course is for sale.  Commissioner Baker asked if it were what would he be willing to pay. Mr. Barrett purchased the old Scotties building and would be willing to make a trade. The Commissioners told Mr. Barrett that the golf course was not currently for sale.

EMS Report: Emergency Medical Services Director, Mary Lou Davis, gave a report. Mary Lou Davis reported on the new EMT recruits that tested on Saturday. Daytime EMTS are still of some concern. The EMS is looking for a building location in Island Park.    

Planning & Zoning- Karen Lords has requested that the Commissioners meet in closed session, for litigation. Penny Stanford & Karen Lords were present. A motion was made by Commissioner Baker to close the meeting. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion and a voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor to close the session for purposes of litigation.    

Board of Equalization Missed Roll: Commissioner Davis opened the meeting for missed roll. There were none closed. The meeting was closed.

Outside Audit Report: Ernest Jensen and Bob Poulsen of Merrill, Jensen & Poulsen met with the commissioners. Ernest Jensen gave a visual report to the commissioners in graph form for review, telling the commissioners that the County is in good financial condition.

Personnel Benefit Concerns: Deputy Assessor Mike Jones met with the commissioners to discuss personnel benefit concerns. Mr. Jones asked that the commissioners consider next year not to make the AFLAC insurance mandatory for all employees. Commissioner Davis stated that they would look at all aspects.

Personnel:   Commissioner Baker made a motion to have a closed session, to discuss personal issues. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion and a 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 February 12, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty-second day of January 2001.