County Commission Meeting Minutes
October 12, 1999

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

Weed Report: Weed Supervisor, Tom Thompson, gave the annual weed report. He submitted a written general summary on activities for the spring and summer season. Spurge control will be monitored next spring. The roadsides were mowed. Chemicals were discussed.

A grant on mapping weeds was reported on. Gary Hansen was present on the mapping project as the project administrator. GPS sites locating small patches are sited on maps printed with the 418 sites referenced. Hansen noted that 96 sites were sprayed with a backpack sprayer. They have two Geo Explorer Two instruments and a digital camera in use. Last year the northern part of the county was mapped, this year the southern part was done. Commissioners accepted reports. Hansen said that he treated canals with 15 chemical applications for moss control. The treatments were successful.

Signs: Robert Fenton has put an Recreational Vehicle Park on his property east of the Relay Station in the trees. He is looking for a location to put up a sign advertising the park. He requests permission to put a sign on county property located near the stud mill exit. Commissioners advised him to request permission from a private landowner and get proper permits for placement. Janet Craven from the Planning and Zoning department discussed the requirements in the ordinance for sign dimensions. Fenton questions the size of the signs allowed under the code and requests consideration for an amendment and he will take that before the Planning and Zoning Commission at one of the next meetings.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Patricia McCoy gave the cancellation report for the month of September of $473.53. Commissioners accepted cancellations as presented. A motion was made by Commissioner Glenn Davis to allow compensation time for the newly hired building inspector and the planning and zoning administrator for ninety days. Then the compensation time will be reviewed and possibly exchanged for salaried positions. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.

Department Reports: A written report on waste water systems was submitted by Dan Lostutter on the Island Park and Last Chance Systems. Tamra Cikaitoga had a written report on Parks and Recreation. Weldon Reynolds gave a road report. There was discussion on keeping the Fish Creek Road open in winter now that Nellie Stephens has moved, no decision was made. Last year the crews kept the road open to the Island Park sewer lagoon, they may open it for portion of this year.

Emergency Services Report: Emergency Services Coordinator Bill Wuthrick gave a report on emergency services including the need for a Local Emergency Planning Commission (LEPC) to be implemented. The committee would need to be appointed from the private, commercial and governmental sources from a cross section of the county. Wuthrick will have a state contact come to a future meeting to discuss LEPC regulations.

Wuthrick has drafted an evacuation plan for the courthouse. Departments will be given copies and work on drills after a plan has been adopted.

A building is still needed to house the generator at the relay station on Ashton Hill. Several entities use radio repeaters there: road and bridge, emergency medical services, law enforcement and fire department.

Social Services: Deputy clerk, Debby Adams, met with the commissioners in a closed session to review claims for county services for medical care: Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion on the following claims: to work with a debit reduction service on one approved medical claim with a balance of $1,471.17. The county will credit a payment of $33 per month and will in turn pay 15% to the debit service company; to deny medical claim #99-253 because of other resources; to deny medical claim #99-243 as application was withdrawn; to approve medical claim #99-241, a catastrophic claim estimated at $49,220.54, the county will pay the first 10,000 of the bill and submit the balance to the state catastrophic fund; to approve prescription help on medical claim #96-351 for six months, not to exceed 200.00 per month. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.

Roads: Mike Angell requested the road to Robinson Creek from the Cave Falls road be realigned. He said the road goes through the state section after the private ground boundary, that the section going down the dug way to the creek could be moved so there would be no cattle guards on the road by going down the fence. Above the dug way, the road could be moved southwest and then lined up to the lower dug way road. The state would need to approve any changes. Weldon Reynolds, road and bridge supervisor was present. Reynolds noted that the road is a trail for snowmobiles but that he would look at the possibility of the change.

District Seven Health: Jerry Woods from the District Seven Health Department alerted the commissioners on possible concerns with the septic tanks on Elk Run Subdivision for lots with shallow soil depth and bedrock problems. He said special systems (sand intermittent filtered) that could be used with the tanks are costly. He said he would be signing the mylar for the subdivision but felt that buyers needed to beware of the bedrock on the lots 15, 16, 17, 18 19, 20 and 21. Woods said that the developer may make a common septic location on one of the lots for use by the problem lots. One half of the subdivision is located where normal septic tanks could be used.

Woods said that Division of Environmental Quality has been asked to do an onsite inspection on the Ard landfill by the judge.

Waterlines to the Landfill: John Jones owns three lots south of the landfill. He has built a home on one lot and will put a well in to provide water. Jones and the county wants to know of the feasibility and estimated cost for the city water lines to the land fill. The City of St. Anthony owns the property at the landfill, the lots are being developed and the commissioners wonder if the city would annex the property in the future.

Woody Anderson from the city said that the size pipe would need to be 4" but recommends the pipe be larger to accommodate growth and a fire hydrant. The city services now end at Broulims and the Church of Christ. There would be an extension of 1500-2000 feet to accommodate Jones. Because of the canal, the city is not interested in going further than the Jones property. The pipe would need to be iron pipe, estimated cost is @ 6.35 per foot for a four inch, the eight inch would be @ 8.25 per foot.

If the city agrees to the lines the users would be responsible to pay for the pipe and installation; the city would put in the hydrant and pay for the oversize of the pipe from 4 to 8 inches. The pipe installation may need to be engineered and the fee cost would need to be established. The county would be able to do the excavating. The commissioners request permission to use plastic pipe from the south side of the canal to the end point, the city paying for the plastic pipe, the county would do all excavation and fill work on the entire line. The issue will be taken to the city counsel meeting by Anderson for consideration.

Emergency Medical Services: Emergency Medical Services Coordinator, Mary Lou Davis, gave an annual report on the ambulance. The amount billed in the fiscal year for 1999 was $223,714.00 with $149,160.14 collected at this time. There were 569 total runs that included medical, auto accidents, other trauma, snowmobiles, ATVs, standby, treated but not transported, refused/cancelled, helicopter, and dead on arrival. There were 136 out of county people treated.

College Tuition: The commissioners approved two applications for tuition assistance for the College of Southern Idaho.

There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on October 25, 1999.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this fourteenth day of October, 1999.