County Commission Meeting Minutes
May 29, 2001

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 L. Bagley was present to take minutes.

Assessor Ivel Burrell commented on the need to have Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant draw up the Data Sharing Agreement from the GIS Office. Assessor Ivel Burrell indicated the need for this as soon as possible.

Assessor Ivel Burrell gave the commissioners two bids for the blinds in the Motor Vehicle and Assessors Office. Browning’s Cost Plus Interior bid $ 1,657.95 and Showcase Interiors bid $ 1,731.00. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept Browning’s bid for the blinds. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Assessor Burrell asked that we amend the BOE status for Chapel of the Pines.

See BOE tape May 14, 2001.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy reported that the Treasurer’s Convention for next year would meet May 30, 2001 in Idaho Falls to start planning.

Clerk Abbie Mace reported to the commissioners that Corner Paul Romrell received a letter from Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center stating that they will no longer be doing autopsies in Idaho Falls, the next closest facility is in Pocatello.

Clerk Mace read a letter from Burton Butler to select a County Representative to serve on an interview panel for a Drug Court Coordinator. Commissioners will appoint Kurt Hillman to serve on this board.

Clerk Mace submitted two bids one from Monte Wight Motors and Stone’s for Extension Agent Janice Stimpson to purchase a new vehicle. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept Monte Wight’s bid on the Bonneville 2000 Pontiac at a bid price of $17,190.00. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners discussed the water seepage under the building at District Seven Health Department, and will take a look at it further.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion.

Gary Bidwell appeared before the commissioners to discuss a possible violation of solid waste stemming from 1995. Mr. Bidwell is asking that the mess be taken care of. Mr. Gary Bidwell would like to see the County put a moratorium on the property until it can be cleaned up. Attorney Trent Grant was present to hear Mr. Gary Bidwell. The County cannot put a moratorium on an individual parcel of property in the County. Attorney Trent Grant will research this request and advise the commissioners of their options.

Butch Nagle Landfill Supervisor and Employee Julie Schuldies reported to the commissioners on the Waste Management Seminar. Landfill Supervisor Butch Nagle gave commissioners an overview report of the seminar.

Ken Parker appeared before the commissioners with a signed petition of various requests from people in the area asking for an increase in the speed limit on the South River Road. Commissioners stated that their previous decision stood, and no changes would be made.

Social Services Director Debbie Adams asked to meet with commissioners in a closed session. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into closed session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to open the meeting. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Director Debbie Adams had one release of a lien and one notice of a lien. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to deny case # M2001-28 and approve case # M2001-35 for legal fees only. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Judge Keith Walker appeared before the commissioners to discuss the building of a 5 County Detention in the St. Anthony area. Judge Walker has asked a construction company to come in and give a bid on County property.

ECPIDA- Dorothy Bowen was present before the commissioners to discuss the Rural Economic Development block grant program through the Idaho Department of Commerce. ECPIDA would like Fremont County to apply for a grant for Trouthunter a business in Island Park. This grant is for infrastructure improvements. Dorothy Bowen has asked the commissioners to sign a resolution. Commissioner Baker made a motion to sign authorizing Resolution # 2001-13. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Dave Prince from Edge Wireless appeared before the commissioners to present a cell phone service offer. Mr. Dave Prince has a packet for the Department Heads and the Elected Officials to review further.

Ted Austin from ML Technologies was present before the commissioners to let the commissioners know what they have to offer as a business, and to ask for the County to apply for Economic Development grant monies through the Idaho Department of Commerce. ML Technologies has purchased the old Ben Franklin building for the purpose of having a call center. The third Monday of June will be the deadline for the filing of a grant. Commissioner Baker will make a motion to apply for the grant after Clerk Mace visits with the outside auditor to making sure that there are no legal and binding problems. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion.

Parks and Recreation Director Tamra Cikaitoga appeared before the commissioners to present several bids for an extended cab pickup for use from the Parks and Recreation Department. Taylor Chevrolet Co. bid at$ 19,000.00, Erickson $ 19,110.00, Monte Wight Motors $ 19,292.55, Erickson $ 19,394.00. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the purchase of a 2001 Sonoma 4WD extended cab pickup at Erickson for the purchase price of $ 19,110.00. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion.

Cell Tower Representatives Lee Staker representing A Piece of the Rockies approached the commissioners to set up a cell tower and pay rent to the County and the City for the rental of ground for the use of putting up a 196 ft. cell tower at the landfill. The commissioners will look into this further, and get back to Mr. Staker.

Mary Lou Davis EMS Coordinator appeared before the commissioners to ask the commissioners not to sign the Blue Cross preferred provider contract, which would lose revenue for the County Ambulance Service.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on June 7, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty-ninth day of May 2001.