County Commission

Meeting Minutes

January 10, 2005

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Donald Trupp, and John Hess, and Paul Romrell.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Sheriff Ralph Davis, Attorney Karl Lewies, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley.

Commissioner Hess swore in the newly elected officials: Donald Trupp Commissioner, Paul Romrell Commissioner, Karl Lewies Prosecuting Attorney, Ralph Davis Sheriff, and Dennis Birch Coroner. Commissioner Paul Romrell made a motion to elect Donald Trupp as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. Commissioner Trupp abstained. Motion carries.

Sheriff Ralph Davis reported to the commissioners that there are currently 25 inmates in the County Jail, and 3 being held in Madison County. Sheriff Davis stated that there are some personnel issues that he would like to deal with at the appropriate time. Commissioner Hess made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of personnnel issues. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Sheriff Davis stated such things as the microwave in the jail is not working, and that the sally port door is not working, and should be fixed today. Sheriff Ralph Davis asked commissioners to sign a grant for Juvenile Justice. These monies would be allowed for under age drinking, more parole, overtime, to help with these problems. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the application. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated to commissioners that a letter was received by the Accountant of William & Jamie Donnell stating that they were indeed Idaho residents, and were in the past eligible for homeowners exemption. The Commissioners agreed not to request a payment on back exemptions.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that the Treasures Offices to date has collected 57% of the 2004 taxes for the County. Treasurer McCoy gave commissioners cancellations in the amount of $25,969.66 for the month of December. Treasurer McCoy gave commissioner the amount of $11,943.10 for past homeowner’s exemption revenue that have been collected to date. This revenue will be reported to Clerk Mace. Treasurer McCoy gave commissioners a stack of complaint letters for their review.

Prosecuting Attorney Karl Lewies reported to the commissioners that he would be moving into the Prosecuting Attorneys Office today. Mr. Lewies asked commissioners if would be able to make a substantial renovation to the office to change the appearance of the office. Mr. Lewies asked commissioner $5,000.00 to change the appearance for a more professional look. Commissioner Hess made a motion to give Mr. Lewies $5,000.00 for renovations in the Prosecutors Office. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Corner Dennis Birch reported to the commissioners that the budget had been well taken care of.

Clerk Abbie Mace received a letter from High Country RC&D asking for a commissioner to be nominated for County representative on that board. Commissioner Romrell made a motion to nominate Commissioner John Hess to represent Fremont County. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. Motion Carries.

Attorney Trent Grant has asked commissioners for compensation for sick and personal leave he earned at the time that he was Deputy Prosecutor. This would amount to 147.71 hours. Commissioner Hess made a motion to allow Mr. Grant be paid out. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace talked to commissioners regarding the Last Chance Sewer Extension LID. Clerk Abbie Mace discussed Trouthunters LLC. Commissioner Hess made a motion to have County Attorney Karl Lewis write a letter to Trounthunters Attorney stating that the commissioners would deny their request for refund of the special connection fee they paid. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners signed a deed that would allow Mr. Arliss Davis to have the deed to his property. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the deed that would transfer the deed back to Mr. Davies. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

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

Commissioner Hess made a motion to have no longer give the employees ½ a day the day before Thanksgiving as a holiday. Employees who want to take this day off will need to use their own personal time. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mayor Bill Beck along with the new Economic Development Director Lacey Ekberg met with the commissioner to first congratulate the newly elected officials on taking office today. He next introduced Lacey Ekberg as the New Economic Development Director for Fremont and Clark County. Lacey discussed a proposal for a development as the St. Anthony Sand Dunes. David Schiess of Schiess and Associates came before the commissioners to give them an update on the water treatment project for the City of St. Anthony. Mr. Schiess stated that things are going well. David Schiess stated to the commissioners that the new snowmaking project as Last Chance Sewer is working well.

Karen Lords Planning & Building Administrator came before the commissioners to ask that they adopt the 2003 International Building Codes & International Residential Codes amending building code fees. Commissioner Hess made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2005-02 adopting the 2003 International Building Codes & International Residential Codes amending building code fees. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Betty Steven a Fremont County Resident came before the commissioners to talk about the tax notice that she received that she felt was too high. Commissioners denied her request for tax cancellation. They stated that the assessor would appraise the home for next years values.

Janice Sharp, Lori Beard, Mike Smead, Molly Knox, and Dave Rydalch came before the commissioners as the 2005 Appreciation Committee. Janice Sharp stated to the commissioners that employees have appreciated being able to have the committee. Commissioner Romrell made a motion allow the committee funds for the next year. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Social Services Director Debbie Adams asked to meet with commissioners in Executive Session. Commissioner Hess made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Trupp declared the meeting open. Commissioner signed four new liens, and three releases of liens. Commissioners signed two Facts, Finding & Conclusion of law, two Orders of Reimbursement, and one catastrophic order. Commissioner Romrell made a motion to deny case #G2005-46, approve case#M2005-14, and deny case #M2004-46. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor came before the commissioners updated them on snow removal and most of the crew accumulated between 20 to 30 hours of overtime from last weeks snowstorm. Weldon Reynolds asked commissioners to remind residents through the paper and flyers that it is illegal to block a County right of way, and penalties may be enforced. County Attorney Karl Lewies and Sheriff Ralph Davis spoke regarding these roads. These three individuals will get together to work this out. Weldon Reynolds commented on the Salem Road Project. There seems to be some individuals that feel that they are not being treated fairly, Weldon Reynolds stated that they are working to get these parcels taken care of.

Public Hearing for Landfill Fee Increases January 10, 2005

Commissioner Donald Trupp opening the public hearing.

A public hearing for the purpose of adopting the increased fees.

Commissioner Trupp if anyone had any comment at this time.

Commissioner Hess made a motion to adopt Ordinance 2005-03 increasing fees at the landfills. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

No further comment, this hearing will be closed.

Hearing Closed.

Lisa Turner from Data Processing came before the commissioners to present two bids for blinds in her office. Commissioner Hess made a motion to accept the bid from Browning. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Hess made a motion to let Quantum stay. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Lisa Turner asked commissioners for permission to surplus several items that are accumulating in the Data Processing Office. Lisa Turner and Sheriff Ralph Davis reported to the commissioners that the computer person that worked in the sheriff’s office will no longer be doing this job and the sheriff needs to decide who he wants to provide this service and how to pay for it. Commissioners advised Sheriff Davis and Lisa Turner to get with Computer Arts to see about a contract for these services.

Commissioner Hess made a motion to go into executive session for personnel issues. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mr. Kirk Peterson came before the commissioners to discuss his taxes. Mr. Peterson stated that his cabin is still under construction. He feels that since the cabin is not occupied, that he should not be assessed for this year and asked the commissioner to cancel the taxes on his house. Assessor Ivel Burrell stated to commissioners that when they did the inspection there was shoes and sleeping bags that could be seen in the cabin. Mr. Peterson stated that there were cloths and shoes. Mr. Peterson stated that he does furnish the homes that he is trying to sell. Mr. Peterson stated to the commissioners that he felt that he should have never been put into this situation. Commissioners stated that he should have responded to this in a timely manner through Board of Equalization, and denied his request.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on February 14, 2005.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this tenth day of January, 2005