County Commission

Meeting Minutes

January 24, 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 Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Henry, Attorney Karl Lewies, Clerk Abbie Mace.

Clerk Abbie Mace presented a request for furniture from the prosecuting attorney’s office. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sell the furniture and ship prints to Penny Stanford for $1.00. Commissioner Hess seconded. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Hess made a motion to appoint Tad Hegsted to the District Seven Health Board of Directors. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Romrell made a motion to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Clerk Mace also requested that we need to make the next quarterly payment for 5-County Detention Center. Commissioner Romrell made a motion to approve payment of the 3rd Quarter payment to 5-County Detention. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Hess made a motion to deny one Junior College application and approve three Junior College applications. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Hess made a motion to release the liens on Macks Inn Sewer LID, Last Chance Sewer LID, and Last Chance Sewer Line Extension LID. 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 last commissioners meetings. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Rick Henry reported to the commissioner that we have 31 prisoners in Fremont County custody. The sheriff is researching grants to help with the shortage of personnel. The sheriff’s office is looking at how to cover computer IT service.

Assessor Ivel Burrell received a copy of the decision of a State Tax Appeal. The State upheld the county commissioner’s decision.

Commissioners set a special meeting to discuss in the legislator this year, on January 31, 2005 at 2:00 p.m. in the commissioner’s room.

Commissioners also changed the special meeting scheduled of February 3 & 4 to February 15 & 16, 2005 to interview engineering firms for a Sewer Feasibility Study in Island Park.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy presented the commissioners with the quarterly financial report for the first quarter of FY2005.

Karen Lords Planning & Building Administrator along with Rick Byrem met with the commissioners to amend the North Pine Haven Plat, to vacate Rockchuck Lane. Commissioner Hess made a motion to amend North Pine Haven Plat. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Karen Lords also discussed the annual contractors’ seminar that she puts on annually. She is looking at a new location to hold the seminar, tentatively for the first week in March.

Tamara Cikaitoga Park and Recreation Director met with the commissioner to discuss an agreement to cross Frank Vandersloots property adjacent to the Yale Kilgore Road for a snowmobile trail. Mr. Vandersloot wants to be covered by counties liability insurance. The commissioners will have Prosecuting Attorney Karl Lewies review the agreement. Tamara also stated that she is getting a grant together to upgrade the snowmobile truck hauler with a 50% match. She is also putting together a grant to purchase two snowmobiles for law enforcement with a 50% match. She is also putting together a grant with Allan Sliker for avalanche condition website for Fremont County with a 50% match. Tamara brought the commissioners up to date on water conditions in the Ashton reservoir. The water level will be low this year for repairs to the dam.

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

Betty Stevens a Fremont County resident met with the commissioners to discuss her property taxes. She has talked to the State Tax Commission and feels the commissioners need to review her request to lower the value of the house she moved in June 2004. The homeowners exemption was removed in 1995 prior to the moving of the home. She gave the commissioner a history of the assessment of the home. The value has been increased every year since. She also is concerned with the assessed value on the property next to her business in St. Anthony. She would like the commissioners to reconsider their decision from last commissioners meeting. Commissioner Hess made a motion to deny the Ms. Stevens request. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Dave Rydalch Noxious Weed Control Supervisor met with the commissioners to let them know that we have contributed in the past to the Idaho Weed Awareness Campaign. Commissioner Hess made motion to contribute $500 to Idaho Weed Awareness campaign. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Shane Barr Tri-County Probation and Drug Court Administrator met with the commissioners to update the commissioner on drug court.

Lisa Turner Information Technology Administrator met with the commissioners and presented a request for remote assess from Outback Reality.

Debbie Adams Social Service Director asked to meet with the commissioners in executive session for indigent purposes. 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 Romrell made a motion to contract with Transworld Systems to collect delinquent indigent accounts 60 days past due. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioners signed one release of lien, two findings of facts and two order of reimbursement. Commissioner Hess made a motion to deny Case # G2005-50, approve Case G2005-51, approve Case G2005-55, approve Case G2005-56, deny Case M2005-07, deny Case M2005-08, approve Case M2005-09, and deny Case M2005-10. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy met with the commissioners to present the pending issues and a list of the properties that will be tax deeded to the commissioners. Commissioner Hess made a motion to have Treasurer Patricia McCoy go forward with the tax deeding process. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Romrell made a motion to cancel the taxes on LR09N43E31RR01A and direct the assessor to not put it back on the rolls. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners opened the Request for Proposals for a Sewer Feasibility Study in Island Park, from the following: Schiess and Associates, Inc. The Dyer Group JUB Engineering GR Williams Engineering East Central Planning & Development Association Nelson Engineering Company Forsgren Associates, Inc. Keller and Associates Commissioner Hess made a motion to interview all applicants on February 15 & 16, 2005 at 9:00 a.m.. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Bill Wuthrick Emergency Preparedness Supervisor met with the commissioners he reported on the snowpack for this snow season, the projected outlook is for the same as last year. He updated the commissioners on the status on the Homeland Security Grant for FY2004 and FY2005. He also updated the status on the Emergency Preparedness Manuals. He will update all the manuals in the county. In February there will be a CERT graduation of 17 people.

Butch Nagle Landfill Supervisor met with the commissioners to discuss power at the Studmill Property. He also is going to look at a crusher to crush concrete at the landfill.

Richard Horne, Owen McLaughlin, Rich Bly, Kelly Eager from District Seven Health Department met with the commissioners to discuss Ard’s Landfill violations. District Seven Health would like to have the commissioners appoint someone accompany them on a scheduled inspection. Commissioner Trupp will be the county representative. The commissioners questioned how reliable enhanced sewer systems. Kelly Eager stated that they are reviewing the statistics on the systems and stated with proper maintenance the systems would treat effluent better.

Husk Crowther and Dave Noel with Forsgren and Associates and Dan Lostutter Sewer Supervisor met with the commissioners. Commissioner Hess made a motion to approve Ordinance 2005-4 finalizing the Last Chance Sewer Line Extension LID and authorizing Commissioner Trupp to sign the additional bond papers. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Dave Noel gave the commissioners an update on the Invitation to Bid on Mack’s Inn Lagoon Liner Replacement project. Dan Lostutter asked the commissioners to sign a contract with Forsgren & Associates to go forward with changing the sewer ordinance for the County. Commissioners would like Prosecuting Attorney Karl Lewies to review the contract for next commissioners meeting.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor along with Marla Vik with JUB Engineering presented the contract with ITD for the transportation plan for the county. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the contract. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Weldon presented a cooperative agreement for the Mesa Falls corridor study with ITD in conjunction with the City of Ashton, Forest Service and County. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the contract. Commissioner Romrell seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Larry Evans with Forsgren & Associates along with Weldon Reynolds met with the commissioners to give an update on the Salem Road & Bridge project. The time table for replacement of bridge will be late summer 2006 with a six month completion.

Weldon presented a letter to send to property owners who are in violation of keeping right of ways clear. Commissioners agreed to send the letter out.

Public Hearing for Board of Equalization for Missed Rolls January 24, 2005 at 4:15 p.m.

Commissioner Trupp opened the hearing for the Missed Rolls.

Ivel Burrell stated there have been no applications for review.

Commissioner Trupp asked for public comment. There being none. Commissioner Trupp closed the hearing.

Commissioner Trupp declared the commissioners meeting open.

Commissioners reviewed the bills.

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 twenty-fourth day of January, 2005.