County Commission

Meeting Minutes

January 13, 2003

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Gordon Smith, Bill Forbush, and Commissioner Donald Trupp.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant, and Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley was present to take minutes.

Miriam Chandler Deputy Clerk asked Elected Officials to please have their credit card bills to her as soon as they are received to avoid excess late charges with the bank.

Commissioner Bill Forbush swore in the following Elected Officials: Commissioner Donald Trupp, Commissioner Gordon Smith, Corner Paul Romrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Assessor Ivel Burrell, and Clerk Abbie Mace.

Commissioner Gordon Smith made a motion to appoint Commissioner Bill Forbush to be Commission Chairman. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier arranged that a tour of the Madison County Jail for the Jail Expansion Committee.

Assessor Ivel Burrell asked that Commissioners make a decision in response to Mr. Harker’s request to have his assessment lowered. Commissioner Donald Trupp made a motion to deny Mr. Harker’s request. Commissioner Gordon Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy gave commissioners cancellations in the amount of $33,527.72 for the month of November and December. Commissioner Donald Trupp made a motion to give Treasurer Patricia McCoy the authority to continue to use her discrepancy when doing monthly cancellations. Commissioners Gordon Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Abbie Mace updated commissioners on the Gem Insurance Plan for Counties.

Clerk Mace presented commissioners with a contract for the new Public Defender. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the contract for the new Public Defender. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

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

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve Four Junior College applications and deny two. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to send a letter of support for the Healthy Forest Initiative to the Federal Government. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Betty & Gene Bell came before the commissioners to ask for an adjustment on their property. The Bells stated that they were assessed for 3.12 acres and had it surveyed which showed there to be 2.96 acres the Bells are requesting the correction be made now and that a credit for tax credit for 2002 taxes, because the Bell’s missed the Board of Equalization deadline. Commissioner Donald Trupp made a motion to deny the Bells request for an exemption. Commissioner Gordon Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with both commissioners voting in favor. The Assessment for next year will reflect the correction in acreage.

William Medley a Fremont County tax payer came before the commissioners to ask that he granted homeowners exemption for the 2002 tax year. Mr. Medley’s house burnt down in 2002, and he was assessed for 288 days. Mr. Medley failed to apply for homeowners exemption when he rebuilt his new home, but he has applied will granted it for the 2003 tax year.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Karen Lords Planning and Zoning, Dan Lostutter and Harry Barker with Island Park Sewer came before the commissioners to discuss Stonegate II. Treasurer Patricia McCoy received a check from Stonegate II in the amount of $8,500.00, which was not the full amount agreed upon for the hook up fees.

Commissioner Donald Trupp made a motion to accept the payment from Stonegate II and III sewer hookup fees. Commissioner Gordon Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Karen Lords notified commissioners that the new Building Inspector Richard Pierce has resigned. Karen Lords asked that she be able to advertise for a new building inspector. Commissioner’s agreed.

Commissioner Donald Trupp made a motion to go into executive session for personal issues. Commissioner Gordon Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners will wait to appoint new Building Official when the new Building Inspector has been hired.

Dennis Briggs came before the commissioners to state that a parcel of his is for pasture only, and feels that his assessment is too high.

Deputy Assessor Jeremy Dixon stated that Teton took a large increase in values this year. Deputy Jeremy Dixon stated that the time to bring this before the board has since past, but this has already been adjusted for 2002. Commissioners denied Mr. Briggs request for tax relief because Mr. Briggs missed the Board of Equalization deadline.

Bill Wuthrick Emergency Services Management came before the commissioners to notify the commissioners that the Weather Services people who are with the Storm Ready Community will be in Fremont County at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday to do a walk through and to see if Fremont County will be ready to be classified as a Storm Ready Community.

Bureau of Disaster Services will present a Principles of Emergency Management Class to be held on March 11 -13 2003 in St. Anthony.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with commissioners in executive session. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed one release of a lien, one partial release of a lien and one new lien, and one new assignment of a lien. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve case # G2003-33.

Approve case #G2003-48. Deny case #G2003-55. Deny case #M2003-2. Approve case #M2003-4. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Carol Olson an Island Park resident came before the commissioners to discuss the snowmobile trails that are not being groomed the way she would like. Fremont County Snow Groomer Bill Warner responded to Mrs. Olson to explain the process of how the Grooming machines work. Parks and Recreation Director Tamara Cikaitoga explained to residents that as soon as they are made aware of the problems, they will do there very best to take care of these problems.

Tamara Cikaitoga Parks and Recreation Director came before the commissioners to discuss the new proposed Golf Course Rate increase for the 2003 season. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go forward with the public hearing for the rate increase for the 2003 year. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Ivan and Charlotte Skinner Island Park residents came before the commissioners to discuss a building permit that was revoked by the County. Mr. Skinner stated that he was unaware that this permit was no longer valid, and would like to have it reinstated. Inspector Charlie Allen and Administrator Karen Lords would like to work with the Skinners to in order to get the permit reinstated. Commissioners would like to discuss this further. Commissioners would like Attorney Trent Grant to look at this permit further, and will get back with an answer by the next commissioners meeting.

Fremont County Appreciation Committee came before the commissioners to introduce the new committee members for the 2003 year. Newly appointed members are Claudette Miller, Diane Abegglen, Felicia Pierotti, Kris Sturm, and Kent Lords. The Appreciation Committee requested $1,600.00 for the budget. Commissioner Smith made a motion to approve the budget for the Appreciation Committee. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Dave Rydalch Weed Supervisor and Janice Stimpson Extension Agent came before the commissioners to present a bid to finish an office in the Extension Office for the Weed Supervisor. Thompson Construction gave the Extension Office a bid. Dave Rydalch will get two other bids and present them to the commissioners at their nest meeting.

Board of Equalization

January 13, 2003

Commissioner Forbush opened the missed role Board of Equalization.

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that there were no requests to be heard.

Commissioner Forbush closed the Board of Equalization.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy and Assessor Ivel Burrell asked to meet with commissioners in Executive Session for Personal Issues.

Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open.

Commissioners discussed making commission department liaison assignments.

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 27, 2003.

Dated as St. Anthony, Idaho, this thirteenth day of January 2003.