County Commission Meeting Minutes
June 25, 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, Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley was present to take minutes.

Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier reported that full time dispatchers completed the ILETS training course in Pocatello. Sheriff Stegelmeier commented on the need for tighter security in the dispatch office and would like to have a door installed on the side where the jail is located as soon as funds allow.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy asked that the outside finishing on the windows be taken care of. Clerk Mace will contact the work camp.

Attorney Trent Grant commented on his legal findings regarding the Psyche Developmental Foundation, asking the commissioners to consider them for tax-exempt status, which will be reviewed further at Board of Equalization hearings.

Attorney Trent Grant reported to the commissioners on the purchasing of the old Porters Building for the renovations that ML Technologies would like to do. Attorney Trent Grant will contact Ted Austin to let him know of his findings.             

Clerk Mace presented commissioners with a lease agreement from Zion’s Bank for the compactor for the landfill in the purchase amount of $ 102,600.00. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the terms of the lease agreement with Resolution # 2001-15. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace will schedule budget hearings for all department heads to meet with the commissioners on July 2, 2001.

Clerk Mace received a letter from Ken Anderson on Blue Cross insurance. Mr. Anderson stated a 7.5 % proposed increase for Blue Cross and a 6 % increase for Delta Dental.

Clerk Mace asked Attorney Trent Grant for input on the Willard Price proposal, which would move the Mack’s Inn sewer wastewater spray field so that an adjacent parcel of property could be developed. Attorney Trent Grant stated that Mr. Willard Price should come up with the money and present the finished contract before the County does anything. Commissioner Davis will contact Willie Tuescher with DEQ and ask for further advise before proceeding.

Clerk Mace received a letter from Willie Tuescher on a DEQ grant that would be available for the Last Chance water system. Commissioners would like a letter drawn up to go ahead and proceed with the grant.

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

Commissioners received a letter from concerned citizens asking to have the speed limit reduced from 50 mph. to 35 mph. located between 650 N & 800 N on 3100 E in Chester. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to have the speed limit reduced from 50 mph. to 35 mph. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Forbush made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. Commissioners went into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Commissioner Glenn Davis declared the meeting open.

Kip Martindale was before the commissioners representing the parties of the proposed Squirrel Herd District. Mr. Kip Martindale was on hand to answer any questions on the proposed district. Commissioners will need to have a public hearing and give two weeks prior notice to the hearing. Commissioners will schedule July 23, 2001 to have the public hearing in the commissioner’s room.

Eldon Harker who resides in Shotgun West Subdivision appeared before the commissioners to ask that the Willow Creek cut off road be maintained a little better. Commissioner Glenn Davis stated that if this were a County maintained road, the County would see that this was taken care of. Mr. Eldon Harker also asked that more law enforcement be seen patrolling in the Shotgun West Subdivision.

Bryan Parker Mayor of Teton City and Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords stated to the commissioners that the County and the City of Teton no longer have a joint powers agreement at this time, to deal with Planning and Zoning and issuing of building permits. Clerk Mace suggested that a resolution be drawn up to clarify any confusion. The City will take care of the zoning part of this and the County will take care of the permits. Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords will get with County Attorney Trent Grant and draw up the resolution.

Social Services Director Debbie Adams asked to meet with commissioners in a closed session. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to 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. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve #M2001-37 for attorney fees only, and deny case #M2001-33. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioners signed one amended lien and two medical liens.

Gerald and Doris John appeared before the commissioners to ask why he had been assessed a $60.00 landfill fee for new homes not finished. Treasurer Patricia McCoy was present to explain ordinance #95-04. Mr. John also felt his assessment for his shed/garage was assessed to high. Deputy Assessor Jeremy Dixon was on hand to tell Mr. John that he was untimely in protesting his assessment value. Commissioner Davis stated that the assessment would stand as is. Commissioner Glenn Davis stated to Mr. John that he would have to pay the landfill fees and they would not be waived. Mr. John also asked about the Forest Fire Fees, and asked why his fees doubled. Elected officials stated that the County does not assess these fees, and they have no control over the assessment, that he would have to take that matter up with the State.

Penny Stanford was before the commissioners to advise them on a tentative agreement regarding the David Gietzen property and several parcels of property that adjoin Mr. Gietzen, which have been landlocked. Attorney Penny Stanford came before the commissioners to ask for a 10ft easement thru the property the County owns. Ms. Stanford is here to ask for a verbal agreement on the 10ft. easement from commissioners and gave Ms. Stanford the ok to proceed.

David Schiess with Schiess and Associates appeared before the commissioners to introduce his company, and tell of services that are available from his engineering firm. Mr. Schiess asked commissioners to consider his company should Fremont County have any up coming development projects.

Mary Lou Davis EMS Coordinator reported to the commissioners that she and Dr. Curtis will meet on June 26, 2001 to discuss and go over the St. Anthony run reports. Mary Lou Davis reported on the need for more EMTs and more funds.

Jerry and Jared Browning presented the commissioners with a presentation. The business name is Pre-Paid Legal Plan. Mr. Browning has asked the commissioners for permission to present this to all County employees. Mr. Browning asked for permission to contact all employees and give them the presentation. The commissioners will put a memo to County employees asking if there is any interest and get back to Mr. Browning.

Bill Wuthrick appeared before the commissioners with the emergency management report. Bill Wuthrick reported to the commissioners that at the Governors Conference, Idaho will see an influx of people from the 2001 Olympics. The surrounding areas will see a language barrier. This will affect Law Enforcement and EMS personnel the most.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on July 9, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty-fifth day of June 2001.