County Commission Meeting Minutes
December 13, 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. Commissioners will not meet on the fourth Monday in December but will pay claims.

A motion was made by Commissioner Frank Mackert to go into executive session to discuss potential litigation, Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion, and a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. The commissioners met in executive session and then resumed business in the open meeting.

City of Teton Planning and Zoning: Karen Parker representing the City of Teton requested the commissioners accept the city’s ordinance establishing the impact zone. Chairman Neal Christiansen, Clerk Mickie Funke and Planning and Zoning Administrator signed the document in behalf of the county.

Property Taxes: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Williams met on difficulty on paying their property taxes, commissioners will take payments on the property taxes and forgive the landfill fee.

Wendell Winegar met with the commissioners on Valley View Rental and Sales. He had purchased the property in June. The previous owners did not report on the personal property and it was estimated too high for what Winegar has. The assessment notice had been sent to the previous owner. Brett Hill from the Assessors office estimates a depreciation value of less than 7,080. Parcel number is PP 15N43E134050. Commissioners will cancel the amount over $6,740. Winegar also questioned the assessment for his real property; he had bought it for less than it was appraised for. The sale would not be considered an arms length sale because of foreclosure. The landfill fee will be adjusted down because the RV Park was not in operation. Commissioners agree to cancel $70,000 from the total market value.

Mrs. Reid Carlson discussed their ability to pay their property taxes. They did not have the circuit breaker to help defray taxes as they had not been eligible for it prior. Her son, Lonnie Carlson, was with her and agreed to help make payments. The commissioners will forgive the landfill fee.

Bob Eck met concerning personal property on logging equipment, PP 08N42E210601A . He thought that the equipment cost was too high, he discussed purchase price being less than the assessment. Eck had been a partner in Eck Wood Products that is no longer in business. The company had not reported the machinery for personal property. Eck said he is paying property taxes in other states on the property. He will furnish tax notices from those other state to the assessor so they can bill from the home county (Fremont) for any months not reported and paid to other states. Some of the machinery has been junked out according to Eck. Assessor will put the machinery on the transient property roll in October, Eck will report machinery by November. Commissioners will allow assessor to cancel taxes upon receiving the receipts.

JAIBG Grant: Jerry Riley from the 5 County Juvenile Facility discussed participation in the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG). The grant last year was used to finish some projects at the juvenile detention center and the remainder was used to contract with a tracker for the juvenile probation department. There is a grant available again this year. Riley suggests continuing the county's coalition on the grant. Each county will need to waive the grant to the coalition of five counties. He said a transition house has been considered for juveniles finishing at the detention center before they go home or are placed in the community. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to waive Fremont County's allocation to the 5 C county coalition. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. All commissioners voted in favor in a voice vote.

Road and Bridge: Weldon Reynolds, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported that the county has 551.290 miles of roads of various surface types. The roads in cities, Forest Service roads and gated roads are not included in the total. He gave the report on operations of the crews. Clerk Mickie Funke and Reynolds has completed and submitted the annual road report for the state.

Commissioner Neal Christiansen had gotten proposals on a small shed to house the emergency generator at the Relay Station on Ashton Hill. Quotes from Fisher Logging for $2,150, C and I construction for $2,000 and ABC for $1,600. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to have ABC provide the building. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mike and Pete Angell met on the road leading to Robinson Creek off of the Cave Falls Highway. Mike Angell had met on the road and the problems with maintaining the cattle guards at an earlier meeting. Angells run cattle on the state school section and want to realign the road and eliminate the cattle guards. They suggest the county redoes the road, it would be on the section line and would need to take half of the property from the state and some from the private property owners. All traffic would stay outside of the relocated fence with Angell’s plan. Weldon Reynolds said he had checked with the State Lands and is also concerned with the Forest Service. Commissioners will wait until spring. The state would need to be involved if there were any changes.

Junior College Applications for Residency: Commissioners reviewed and approved seven applications from students for residency for tuition assistance for the College of Southern Idaho.

Sewer Report: A written report was submitted from Dan Lostutter on the systems wastewater activities. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to appoint the following individuals to an advisory board to cover all of the Island Park systems David Hunter, Jay Killmer, David Huntsman, Mike Vickers, Larry Hultz and Norm Ellis. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion, all commissioners voted in favor in a voice vote. They will be sent letters appointing them. An organizational meeting will be tentatively set for January of 2000. Lostutter reported on activity at the systems.

Social Services: Deputy Clerk Debbie Adams met with the commissioners in a closed session to review claims for county services for medical care. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to approve medical claim #2000-012 for $3,820.98 before negotiation; to deny medical claim #2000-06 for 24,898, a catastrophic claim because of other resources. Approved with a reimbursement agreements signed. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.

One lien and four orders of reimbursement agreements and were reviewed and signed.

Request for Water Ordinance: Dave Rydalch, representing North Reservoir Irrigation requested the commissioners consider passing an ordinance regulating the water traffic above Henrys Lake Dam. He feels it is a danger to be boating so near the spillway. There can be three buoys placed near the dangerous area by the irrigation district and one by the county to identify the area. There was an ordinance on speed limits for the lake that had been repealed because of lack of enforcement. The wake from boats is causing bank erosion. Rydalch provided videos of the area and boaters near the dam and the spillway. Liability is a concern to the irrigation district. Commissioners will consider an ordinance restricting watercraft in the outlet by the dam for 200 feet, but not to restrict owners from accessing their docks from their property.

Medical Insurance: Ken Anderson and Kay Biorn, insurance agents, met on the county’s Blue Cross Insurance contract. They discussed the fourth quarter carry over of the employees individual deductible. This past carry over in the 1998 fourth quarter was $14,837.76. With the new contract beginning November first the carry over was dropped creating a hardship for some employees. Anderson suggested an option of contracting with Blue Cross for the 1998 carry over at a cost of $1,485.40. The deductible for all employees would then start at zero January 1, 2000. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to take the option of the carry over. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion, commissioners voted in favor in a voice vote.

Planning and Zoning: Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords presented names for the Planning and Zoning Commission Board. She said she had commitments from Dirk Mace from Egin and Kurt Eidam from Ashton. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to appoint Dirk Mace and Kurt Eidam to the Planning and Zoning Commission. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion, all of the commissioners voted in favor in a voice vote. Mike Davis from Wilford will also commit to serving. She will contact those interested and hold a meeting in January.

Beer and Liquor License Applications: Commissioners reviewed and approved the following application for the year 2000 licenses: NBC Club, applicant Gregg Le Hinkle for bottled or canned beer and liquor consumed on the premises; Hot Shotz Bar and Grill, applicant Bonnie Burlage for draft, bottled or canned beer and liquor consumed on the premises; Dave’s IGA, applicant David P and Julie Jacobson for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the premises and retail wine; Hungry Bear Market, applicant Marjean Eastman for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the premises and retail wine; Henrys Lake Station, applicants Debbie and Alan Placey and Greg Coriell, for bottled or canned beer to be consumed on the premises and retail wine; Trails End Lounge, applicant Julie Schuldies for draft, bottled or canned beer and liquor consumed on the premises; Cougar Corner, applicant M.J. Rose for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the premises and retail wine; Elk Creek Station, applicant Gordon V. Zollinger for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the premises and retail wine; Broulims Supermarket, applicant Ted Fronk for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the premises; Meadow Creek Lodge, applicant William R. Enget for draft, bottled or canned beer and liquor to be consumed on the premises; Tom’s Food Market, applicant Tom Atchley for bottled or canned beer not to be consumed on the premises; Lakeside Lodge, applicant William Ashton for draft, bottled or canned beer and liquor to be consumed on the premises; Imperial Club, applicant Raymond V. Elliot for draft, bottled or canned beer and liquor to be consumed on the premises; Phillips Lodge, applicant Rick Egan for bottled or canned beer and liquor to be consumed on the premises; Targhee Lanes, applicant Wendell B. Orr for bottled or canned beer to be consumed on the premises; Anglers Lodge, applicant David M. Eby for draft, bottled or canned beer and wine by the drink consumed on the premises; Teton Travel Plaza, applicant Teton Travel Plaza Corporation by Corwin Coughlin, for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the property and retail wine; Pappy’s, LLC, applicant Kim P. Copley and Kathleen Papenfuss for bottled or canned beer not consumed on the property and retail wine. A catering permit was also reviewed and approved for Ponds Lodge to cater a snow cross event at Jacobs Ranch, a three day event on Dec 17-19.

Landfill Report: Commissioner Davis reported that the water line has been installed to the landfill, the bathroom is finished and the building is being painted. Commissioners discussed the need for a more reliable vehicle to transport employees to Island Park to work at the landfill. They will consider looking for a new vehicle and selling some surplus vehicles that have been used in the past.

There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on January 10, 2000.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this thirteenth day of December 1999.