County Commission Meeting Minutes

March 13, 2000


         Present for the meeting were Commissioners Neal Christiansen, Glenn Davis and Frank Mackert. Clerk Mickie Funke was also present to take minutes. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.


Salem Road and Bridge Project: Engineers Willie Tuescher and Dick Dyer and Road Supervisor Weldon Reynolds gave an update on the Salem Road and Bridge Project. Tuescher said that the Environmental Impact Study will need information on lynx and Yellowstone Cut-throat trout and a short report on any other species that might be there.

Dyer said archeological site clearance is needed on the wetland mitigation site, he said it will be done by Jenna Gaston from Idaho Department of Transportation. Additional seedlings will need to be planted. The study by the Corp of engineers will be submitted on creating new wetlands that the road right-of-way will need, the bridge project site is not a wetland. Bank restoration on the Teton River has been submitted to Water Resources. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is also involved in the mitigation due to some omitted lands. One property owner, John Elmer wants to put a bridge over a side channel so he can access property on the other side of the channel. Dyer said he is going to recommend obtaining a little more right-of-way than first thought.


Road Vacation Proposal: Surveyor Rick Byrem submitted a proposal to vacate a portion of a plat originally filed by the Phillips family, Dorothy MacKay representative. Barking Bass Enterprises, Rick Egan principal owner, now owns the property and is requesting the vacation to allow for lot changes. The road is not being used at present.


Emergency Management Report: Bill Wuthrick gave a report on a conference he had attended concerning the 2002 winter Olympics and training for terrorism other issues of concern including natural gas lines and oil and gasoline lines. The Local Emergency Planning Committee, (LEPC) will meet this week, members of utilities, fire department, cities and fertilizer companies attended the first meeting held in February with state representatives. A tabletop function is being planned.


Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Patricia McCoy gave a report. Cancellations for the month of February are $415.33, which were accepted by the commissioners. There is only one piece of property that will be tax deeded unless it is redeemed. The county is holding two parcels; a tax sale will be scheduled.

         Karen Lords from Planning and Zoning gave a recommendation to hire some seasonal help for her department for rural addressing and assisting in building inspections. Commissioners agreed to positions if funding is available, an in-house notice will be placed with the paychecks.

         Lords made changes on the cell phone - billing package to be more cost efficient. The cities of Teton and Island Park and St. Anthony would like the county to do the building inspections. In St. Anthony it would be trailers only. The cities of Teton and Island Park want to contract with someone to do the building permits. The county needs to work within the Impact areas. Lords recommends that there is a joint powers agreement between the cities and county before anything is decided. Lords asked to attend a seminar in Denver in June.


Social Services: Deputy Clerk Debbie Adams, Social Services Director, met with the commissioners in closed session to review medical claims. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to approve medical claim #2000-118 for $16,825.99 before negotiations, a catastrophic claim of which the county will be responsible for the first $10,000 and the balance submitted to the state; to pre-approve surgery for medical claim #2000-120 for an undetermined amount. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was one approval of rent assistance. One lean was approved.


Beer at the Sand Dunes: Joe Hess met with the commissioners on being able to sell beer on private land at the Sand Dunes. He operates the Pit Stop, a concession stand at the sand dunes and wants to be able to sell pre-packaged beer. Commissioners want to explore Attorney’s and Sheriff’s opinions. Hess will come back to the next meeting.


Weed Report: Weed Supervisor Tom Thompson gave a monthly report. Thompson discussed the demossing canal agreement between the county and Fremont Madison. Gary Hansen has been doing the demossing in past years. Fremont Madison wants to continue for one more year. Commissioners want Dale Swenson to come in and talk with them about it. Thompson is getting the inventory done for the county. Commissioners discussed having an auction or sale.


Liquor License: Commissioners reviewed and approved one liquor license for Staley Springs, applicant Stan Horton for bottled or canned beer consumed on the premises, bottled or canned beer retail and liquor.



         There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on March 27, 2000.


         Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this thirteenth day of March 2000.