County Commission Meeting Minutes
February 12, 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, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley was present to take minutes.

The commissioners discussed the personal policy.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy presented the quarterly report, and stated that as of December 31, 2000 the balance was $10,590,759.38. Data Processing Administrator Lisa Turner received a Certificate for completed P.C. training. Treasurer McCoy presented five personal tax deeds to be recorded Commissioner Forbush made a motion not to sell the property at this time. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy reported that there was $ 519.47 in cancellations for the month of January. Lisa Turner reported to the commissioners that if any computer changes occur they need to be cleared with her office. Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy asked about the hiring of a handy man for the courthouse, Clerk Mace would report back to the Commissioners on how other counties utilize a handy man. Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy asked about the Candy machines in the hallway, the commissioners asked Assessor Ivel Burrell to find who owns them.

Assessor Ivel Burrell reported to the commissioners that motor vehicle should be moved into their new office by the end of February. Assessor Ivel Burrell made note to the Commissioners that she will be in Boise next week for meetings. Assessor Ivel Burrell asked for permission to replace the windows in the motor vehicle office and permission was granted.

District Seven Health Department: District Seven Health Department Administrator Jerry Woods was here to discuss Home Health issues. Senior R.N. Deon Staker reported that 40 county employees took advantage of the flu shots. Rose Tafolla has joined the district seven-health department as the WIC specialist. Jerry Woods invited the commissioners to the annual landfill waste-screening seminar that will be held on

April 11, 2001 from 8-12. Gary Rilleman gave a brief report on the free health clinic in Rexburg and it’s success.

Planning & Zoning Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords was here to give Planning and Zonings year-end report. Administrator Karen Lords reported that there were 366 building permits issued in the year 2000.Karen Lords reported on the subdivision & lots. The total was $17 million for total construction value with equity included. Janet Craven reported on the 2000 rural addressing. Janet reported on the success of Planning and Zoning and the Sheriff’s office working together to better improve the 911 system.

Social Services: Deputy clerk Debbie Adams met with the commissioners in closed session to review claims for county services for medical care: Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into closed session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Baker moved to approve claim #M2001-21, claim #M2001-20, and #G2001-57. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Baker made a motion to deny medical claim #M2001-17. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Directory Adams gave a quarterly report for indigent assistance.

Items discussed from the previous meeting:

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

Mr. Barney’s request on County property: The commissioners agreed to keep the property south of town. Clerk Mace will write a letter to inform Mr. Barney of the commissioner’s decision.

Lance Brower proposal: Commissioner Forbush motioned to deny Mr. Brower’s request. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into closed session for personnel issues. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Personnel: Mr. Vaughn Phelps is the Veterans Service officer for Fremont County. Mr. Phelps submitted a population table to the commissioners for review. Mr. Phelps asked commissioners for time off for back surgery. The County pays Mr. Phelps mileage, expenses, and $100.00 monthly for stipend pay. Mr. Phelps will continue his duties, and Commissioner Davis asked that Mr. Phelps keep the commissioners informed if any problems arise.

Melissa Taylor: Appeared before the commissioners to ask for upkeep on a U drive for a school bus turn around. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to put three or four loads of reject gravel. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A voice vote was made with all commissioners voting in favor.

Civil Defense Director: Bill Wuthrick appeared before the commissioners on behalf of the Civil Defense program. On March 20th, 2001 the Weapons of Mass Destruction group will meet in Rexburg. LEPC will meet Tuesday, February 20, 2001 in Ashton, and will continue to meet every third Tuesday. June is set for the Governor’s conference. All commissioners and Clerk are invited to attend.

Landfill: Butch Nagel, Landfill Supervisor appeared before the commissioners to discuss methane gas testing. Supervisor Nagel found a machine to test at the cost of $ 645.00. Supervisor Nagel is required to test every 3 months. Idaho Water Resource has been the one to test, due to lack of funding; they were unable to have them test anymore. Fremont County will need to test for the next 30 years, and will also be covering the Island Park Area. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve the purchase of this machine. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Stoney Tucker PSI, Butch Nagle County Landfill Supervisor, All appeared before the commissioners to discuss the waste and dumping charges that have been assessed. PSI feels that the charges need to be consistent and that both PSI and the County need to work together. The Mayor of Ashton Paul Wynn, asked the Commissioners to consider a countywide pick up service. Clerk Mace stated that this would be virtually impossible due to the size of the County. Mr. Tucker asked that both parties work together and see what can be done in the next three months. Commissioner Davis commented that if PSI will do their part to inform their customers these problems are not likely to occur again. Commissioner Davis asked that these bills be paid, and the County not asses any further fees for 6 weeks. The commissioners will publish and add in the paper for next week’s publication on the separation of trash in order to inform Fremont County residence of the landfill policy.

Road and Bridge: Road Supervisor Weldon Reynolds, and Scott Briggs, appeared before the commissioners with Karen Daw Bus Supervisor, and Gary Parker School Superintendent. Karen Daw Bus Supervisor, asked that there be some consistency with bus routes between the school and county. Karen Daw stated some roads are not accessible and need to be brought up to county standards.

Supervisor Weldon Reynolds asked at the previous meeting to buy a crew cab pickup. Weldon Reynolds got a quote on the new pickup for $24,998.00. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to have the Road and Bridge purchase the pick up. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. Commissioner Davis voted against this, but the vote still stood. Weldon Reynolds commented on the need for a road grader upgrade. Weldon Reynolds stated that for about $38,000.00. They have 2 machines that need upgrade. Commissioner Baker made a motion to have the one grader done. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Scott Briggs reported on a few of the old trucks and some of the upgrades that Road and Bridge would like to see done to the trucks.

Weldon Reynolds stated that there are federal grants and monies available, for road improvements. Weldon Reynolds asked the commissioner to sign a resolution dealing with specific areas and with specific dollar amounts. Funding will be available for the year 2003 to start these projects. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve

Resolution # 2001-03.Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Resolution #2001-04 Commissioner Baker motioned to accept. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Resolution # 2001-05 Commissioner Baker motioned to approve. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to accept Resolution # 2001-06. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.  

Trial Court Administrator: Burt Butler and Judge Keith Walker were present to talk about the proposed Drug Court Budget, and for the commissioner’s support of a grant application. Feb 28, 2001 is the due date for the proposed grant deadline. March 26, 2001 is the date for the second grant to go through. Commissioner Baker made a motion to support the grant. 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 February 26, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this Twelfth Day of February 2001.