County Commission Meeting Minutes
March 24, 2003

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Gordon Smith, Bill Forbush, and 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, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley was present to take minutes.

Lisa Turner from Data Processing stated that Eagle Computer Sales would like to give Commissioners and Elected Officials a short presentation on what software they have to offer.

County Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant stated that Don Harris an Attorney from Idaho Falls will represent the County for the Last Chance Sewer Improvement bidding problems.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that Ormond Construction was assessed a landfill fee during the construction of the 5-County Juvenile Detention Center. Ormond Construction stated that they were no fees included in the initial contract. Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that when the 5-C is completed, they will be assessed landfill fees, and she will write a letter to the Administrator Brigg Blake to notify him of that decision.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to accept the letter that Treasurer McCoy read regarding the Sewer System. At a legally posted work meeting on March 21, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. at the Fremont County Courthouse, the Fremont County Commissioners discussed the problem of sewer lines not being available to some of the property owners in the Last Chance Sewer System. Any lot that had not had a debt service paid at the time of the construction of a line that will be to their benefit in the future. Don Lostutter, and Harry Barker, the county sewer systems operators, will have the lines engineered and the construction will be done as the need arises and the County can afford to do so. The method of collection of the construction fees remains to be decided. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that Joseph Leroy Brown will was granted homeowners, and did not qualify; therefore Mr. Brown will be required to pay back the homeowners exemption from 1996 to present.

Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that the deadline for the circuit breaker April 15, 2003.

Commissioner Gordon Smith made a motion to replace the windows in the Motor Vehicles Department. Commissioner Trupp voted against the motion. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion, and a full voice vote was heard.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier gave commissioners a total prisoner day by day report.

Shirley Roofing and Insulation gave commissioners a bid to maintain the roof for another ten years. Clerk Mace will contact Mr. Shirley, depending on whether her or not the bond on the jail will pass.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to hire Mr. Rick Skinner from Boise from the Law Firm of Skinner and Fausett as Bond Counsel for the May Jail Bond Election. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Gordon Smith made a motion to allow a banner in support of the troops to be hung in the Courthouse. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Clerk Mace will contact legal counsel to make sure that the County is compliance.

Commissioner Smith made a motion to grant permission to the Extension Office to take out the shrubs on the east side of the building, and allow the 4-H students to put a shade garden in its place. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners Smith made a motion to sign a grant application for the Henry’s Fork Greenway from the Forest Service. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meetings. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mr. Tom Bowers a Fremont County resident came before the commissioners to ask for a refund on his property assessment. Mr. Bowers disputes the amount of acreage he has been assessed. Commissioners told Mr. Bowers that they would seek legal counsel, and get back to him on their decision.

Tamra Cikaitoga Parks and Recreation Director came before the commissioners with a Snowmobile Advisory Committee Draft Proposed Committee Restructuring Plan. The committee would go from an eight member committee to five committee member. Effective April 1, 2003 with the option of reviewing this within a year. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to accept the proposal. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Bill Wuthrick the Emergency Management Director asked the commissioners to have Attorney Trent Grant draft a resolution stating the line of command to declare a disaster or emergency in the County.

Bryan Bartschi, JD Hawks, Lori Mackert, Vita Dalley, Royce Dalley, all Fremont County residents came before the commissioners to ask when their road finished. This road is 400 North and around to include Cottonwood Drive. Commissioners will have to view the on site look with Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds, and decide what will be done. Commissioners will notify the land owners by mail of their decision.

Earl Siddoway came before the commissioner to ask that the County declare a drought declaration. Commissioners will have Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant to get this resolution prepared to be passed at the next regular commissioners meeting.

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 new lien, and two continuations. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve case #G2003-94. Approve case #G2003-96. Approve case #M2003-13. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Bill Lasley who is the District Liaison for the 6th and 7th Districts Juvenile Corrections came before the commissioners to give the new commissioners a brief overview of his position, and the services that his department has to offer.

Butch Nagle Landfill Supervisor came before the commissioners to discuss the termination of the contract with Cascade Earth Science. Commissioners reviewed a contract with Rocky Mountain Environmental to oversee the drilling an first years sampling at the monitoring wells at the counties landfills. Commissioner Smith a motion to sign the contract with option 2. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Weldon Reynolds Road and Bridge Supervisor and Russ Ader St. Anthony foreman came before the commissioners to discuss having DePatco remove the gates they have installed on 240 North, and that there will not be anything blocking of the County right- of- way on 240 North.

Commissioners discussed this mornings meeting with homeowners that were requesting that the county road on 400 North be finished this year. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to give Mackert’s and Bartschi’s a timeline on the fence. The road will be oiled by September 2003 if it meets compaction test. If the road is not oiled this year dust abatement will be applied, and the road will oiled by September 2004. Mackert’s and Bartchi driveways will be oiled at the same time as the road. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioners were told that due to new legislation all rail road crossing with in the County will need to have either stop signs or yield signs.

Dick Dyer came before the commissioners to discuss the Fremont County Salem Road and Bridge project right-of-way acquisition summary. Commissioner Trupp asked Mr. Dyer to put a contract together which includes procuring the easements and surveys needed for this project. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Jared Richards from Kunz and Holgate came before the commissioners to ask for help in getting a Grant from the State that would get a new Dentist to the area, who would be interested in working on low income and migrant people. This would be a State grant that would allow a new Dentist to move into the area and be part of the community. Commissioner Trupp made the motion to have the County apply in behalf of Kunz and Holgate for this grant. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mary Lou Davis EMS Director came before the commissioners to give them an update on the ambulance service in the county. She expressed the need for a new piece of equipment for rescues at the sand hills; Mary Lou Davis is applying for a grant to purchase this equipment.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on April 7, 2003.

Dated as St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty fourth day of March 2003.