County Commission Meeting Minutes
July 9, 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, Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley was present to take minutes.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy reported that four bad checks were written to the Golf Course and several attempts have been made to clear up this matter. The County Auditor will meet with the golf course on a proper collection process.

Treasurer McCoy reported cancellations in the amount of $ 5, 440.13 for the month of June.

Tax Collections amount for the year 2000 is $ 2,467,513.55.

Treasurer McCoy addressed the user hook up fee increase in Island Park for the County sewer system. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to have a public hearing for a proposed increase to $ 200.00 per year for operation and maintenance. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier reported to commissioners on the need for a no diving sign at the Fun Farm Bridge after several accidents have occurred. Sheriff Stegelmeier and Weldon Reynolds Road and Bridge Supervisor will look into the situation and report back to the commissioners on their findings.

Commissioner Davis asked Sheriff Stegelmeier if he would be willing to share the old Juvenile Probation Lumina car with the Assessors Office for the purpose of appraising. Sheriff Stegelmeier stated that he saw no problem with the Assessors office sharing the car.

Clerk Abbie Mace asked all the elected officials to consider not renewing any expired cell phone contracts, so that when the Sheriffs Office contract is up, the County can consider all their options in selecting a different cell phone company.

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.

Commissioner Davis signed one release of a Mack’s Inn Sewer LID lien. There were five names given for payoffs in the month of June.

Resolution #2001-16 changing the employee work week to : A new employee classification, compensation, and benefits personnel for the current work week beginning at 12:00 a.m. midnight on Saturday of each week and ending at 11:59 p.m. on the succeeding Friday to a work week beginning at 12:01 a.m. each Monday Morning and ending at midnight the succeeding Sunday. Commissioner Baker made a motion to sign Resolution # 2001-16. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor

Karen Lords Planning and Building Administrator and Rick Byrem a Surveyor appeared before the commissioners to have Sawtelle Mountain Subdivision No. III plat amended. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the amended plat. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mike Jones a Fremont County Employee purchased a trailer at a County surplus sale. No title was issued with the trailer, and therefore extra fees were assessed to Mr. Jones in order to sell the trailer. Mr. Jones asked the commissioners to pay the fees, since that should have been done at the time the trailer was built. Commissioner Davis stated that the trailer was sold as is, and the new owner would assume any fees.

Janice Stimpson Fremont County Extension Agent came before the commissioners to discuss personnel issues a closed session. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into closed session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

See Board of Equalization Minutes July 09, 2001

Social Services Director Debbie Adams met before commissioners in closed session.

Commissioner Davis declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed two new liens, and one catastrophic assignment. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve case #M2001-38 for legal fees only and deny case #M2001-34. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mr. Wendell Winegar, Gordon Jenkins, & Wayne Peterson all appeared before the commissioners from Bills Island, to request a decrease in the levy or a division of the County. Mr. Winegar asked the commissioners to make the taxes reasonable, or to divide the County. Treasurer Patricia McCoy was on hand to explain how tax money is used and to explain the breakdown as it is divided among the County and other taxing districts. Mr. Winegar stated to the commissioners that that if no action is taken from the County, recourse will be taken. Commissioners discussed the possibility of Mr. Winegar; Mr. Jenkins, and Mr. Peterson going ahead with the process. Mr. Jenkins commented to commissioners that he was grateful for their support to divide the county.

Mr. Ken Anderson with Blue cross of Idaho appeared before the commissioners to discuss the proposed rate increase of the County Medical and Dental Insurance for the year 2002. Mr. Anderson stated that Fremont County would have an approximate 6% increase for our Dental Insurance, and 7.5 rate increase for our Medical Insurance .Mr. Anderson explained a little about the prescription card and using PPO Doctors within the network.

Kristina Larson and Jeremy Dixon came before the commissioners to ask for a summer picnic on behalf of the party committee similar to what was done last year. This will be for all Fremont County employees and their spouses to be held on August 15, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. at the Ashton City Park.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds appeared before the commissioners to discuss the County Gravel permits and how they are to be issued. Mr. Reynolds asked that when private individuals or contractors get gravel, that they are able to settle up at the end of the month, because they may not know how much gravel per yard they will need for the job. Commissioner Glenn Davis spoke to Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds regarding an emergency helicopter landing pad that Bills Island Homesite owners would like to see completed. Commissioners and Road and Bridge Supervisor felt that this would be a worthwhile project, as soon time would allow for the Road and Bridge crew.

Commissioner Glenn Davis asked to meet with Jim Gerber to ask for his input on the Craig-Wyden Bill and what percentage Fremont County could contribute to the RAC. Commissioners will accept Resolution # 2001-17 to put 20% of the secure payment will be set aside for Title II and or Title III projects. Commissioners will also accept Resolution # 2001-18 giving 50% into Title II and 50% into Title III appropriation. Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept these resolutions. 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 July 23, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this ninth day of July 2001.