County Commission Meeting Minutes
Present for the meeting were Commissioners Neal Christiansen, Glenn Davis and Frank Mackert. Clerk Mickie Funke was also present to take minutes. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved.
Elected Officials: Elected Officials: Commissioners met with elected officials and discussed county business. Present were Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Attorney Penny Stanford and Clerk Mickie Funke.
Heating System: Architect John Watson and mechanical engineer Charles Sudweek met with the commissioners and elected officials on the concerns for the heating/cooling system that had been designed by them and installed in the courthouse. The noise level in the courtroom is too loud. Magistrate Judge Keith Walker had discussed the problem with Watson or his staff on prior occasions. Switches were installed to turn the units off and on manually but the courtroom cools off and is uncomfortable in the room when the switches are off. Other problems with the systems were discussed. Problems were directed from the courthouse to Housleys to be worked on. Sudweek said he would take a list of the concerns from the offices and make sure the system is being operated correctly.
Landfill: Landfill Supervisor Butch Nagle gave a report to the commissioners. There are instances of animals being abandoned at the landfill. Attorney Penny Stanford said that abandonment is covered as a misdemeanor under state law of cruelty to animals in Idaho Code Title 35. Punishment may include a fine of not less than $100 or more than $5,000, and up to six months in jail or both for the first offense.
Nagle said that we are getting several refrigerators, 400 in one year, brought into the landfill. The Freon must be drained from each. We currently charge an individual $3.00 to dump a refrigerator. Neighboring counties are charging a higher fee. Commissioners discussed raising the fee to $25.00 to be in the average price range to the other counties. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to charge $25.00 per fridge and to hold a public hearing on the fee increase. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a vice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. The hearing will be held in the future, Nagle will see if there are other fees that are different from other counties that may need adjusted at the hearing.
Nagle discussed tires. He requested permission to build fences of tires around the perimeter and plant windbreaks in front of the tires. Commissioners agreed to locate the tires in that manner, Nagle will present the idea to the City of St. Anthony who owns the property. Office help at the St. Anthony landfill was discussed.
Social Services: Deputy Clerk Debbie Adams, Social Services Director, met with the commissioners in closed session to review medical claims. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to deny continuing prescription help to medical claim #94-180 for six months for $150 per month; to deny medical claim #2000-105 due to other resources. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was approval of rent assistance, and a reimbursement agreement and catastrophic assignment were signed. One lean was released.
Road Report: Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds gave a road report. The application for the South Yellowstone Highway with the Local Federal-aid incentive program will be submitted jointly with the City of St. Anthony. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to piggyback a bid from Bingham County to Idaho Asphalt Supply for liquid Asphalt. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.
Reynolds submitted specifications for the purchase of an excavator with no more hours than 100 hours. He has leased one for a month from Western States for $5,000, for a maximum of 160 hours. Commissioners will hold the bid and consider advertising at a later date.
National Rifle Association Banquet: John Pierotti announced the banquet for the Friends of the National Rifle Association and provided information for where the money goes.
Emergency Medical Services: Emergency Medical Coordinator Mary Lou Davis reported that the new ambulance has been ordered and is expected to be delivered in six to eight week. Classes are being scheduled. Radios are being upgraded.
Catering Permit: A catering permit was approved for Lakeside Lodge, Applicant Bill Ashton to cater an event at Jacobs Ranch on March 18, 2000 for one night.
Public Hearing: The public hearing for the ordinance amendment and the resolution establishing the sewer capitalization fee, for the wastewater system was reconvened from the last meeting. Present were Dan Lostutter and Harry Barker, system operators, all commissioners, Clerk Mickie Funke, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Assessor Ivel Burrell and Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords. There were no individuals from the public. Treasurer Patricia McCoy suggested the sewer capitalization fee be set at $3,000.00 rather than $3,001.00 for the Island Park/Macks system and to set the fee at $3,470.00 rather than $3,471.00 for the Last Chance/Ponds system as suggested by Forsgren Associates, Inc., the round figures to make bookkeeping easier. The capitalization fee will take the place of the current $3,000 hook up fee. Commissioner set the engineering firm for the year 2000 to be Forsgren Associates.
Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to adopt Ordinance #2000-01 amending ordinance 98-01 to delete the amount charged as a connection fee and to allow for a capitalization fee. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to adopt Resolution 2000-02 to establish capitalization fee pursuant to Fremont County Code 13.01.181 setting the fee for Island Park/Macks to be $3,000 and Ponds/Last Chance to be $3,470.00. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.
The public hearing for the septic haulers fee increase was called to order. It had been tabled from the last meeting. Lostutter said that he had sent E-mail to the members of the advisory board asking for the increase to be on the size of the truck rather than the gallons delivered, there was no clear input from the board who suggested the commissioners make the decision. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to set the fee per the truck size on the scale of a truck tank with a 1,000 gal capacity being charged $30 and the scale would be used to set the rate on that scale. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. The hearings were then closed.
Wastewater Report: Lostutter gave his report. The set back from the spray field for any residences were recommended at 1,000 feet after a meeting with the county, the Forest Service and Division of Environmental Quality. The zoning ordinance will be amended to address all spray fields. Discussion was held on Recreation Vehicle donation dumping fees being raised from $1.00 to $5.00. If needed, a public hearing on the increase will be held. Lostutter requests road and bridge plow the road into the Island Park lagoon for safety reasons because they run the snowfluent system. The operators requested a separate phone line to use for a modem line to use the computers. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to keep the road open into the lagoon and to put the phone lines in and pay for them. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioners agreed to reimburse the road and bridge fund for the work out of the Operation and Maintenance fund of the Island Park waste water system.
There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed to the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on March 13, 2000.
Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho on this twenty-eighth day of February 2000.