County Commission
Meeting Minutes
March 8, 2004

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Bill Forbush, Donald Trupp and John Hess.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier, Deputy Assessor Barbara Hirschi, Attorney Trent Grant, and Deputy Suzanne L Bagley.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier discussed the estimates for the backup generator for the jail. Commissioner Forbush suggested that the County have a study done to make sure that when the generator is replaced that there will be enough power to take care of the entire Courthouse.

Sheriff Stegelmeier reported that there are currently 17 inmates being housed in the jail.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy asked for permission from Commissioners to write a letter to Wells Fargo bank regarding the bills that Fremont County has received for being charged anticipated tax fees for the 2004 tax year which the County is not required to pay.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that there is currently some changes that will need to be made in the Last Chance Sewer LID, that will need to be discussed with the engineers before going any further.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy asked commissioners to have those individuals that have not paid their leases out to the Stud Mill do so.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy presented cancellation in the amount of $525.05 for the month of February. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to cancel taxes in the amount $525.05 for the month of February. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Attorney Trent Grant reported on the Facts, Findings, and Conclusions from Eagle’s Nest.

Attorney Trent Grant presented commissioners with a draft Ordinance for amending the Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance which would give a better definition of bear resistant containers, and that would require owners or occupants of any place in the grizzly bear recovery area to have a bear resistant container.

Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley presented commissioner three releases of a Mack’s Inn Sewer LID lien. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve three releases of LID liens. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

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

Jason Sadovich from Fire Services of Idaho came before the commissioners to ask if he could be considered for servicing Fremont County Fire Extinguishers. Mr. Sadovich left a price listing with the commissioners to review further.

J.D. Ard from Ard’s Landfill came before the commissioners to ask if he could purchase all the scrap metal from Fremont County. Mr. Ard was willing to give the commissioners $20.00 a ton. Commissioners stated that Landfill Supervisor Butch Nagle had gotten some bids that were much higher and were not interested at this time.

Gerald Jeppesen and Steve Smart from High Country RC& D came before the commissioners to discuss the contracts that are to be signed by the commissioners. The one contracted for services on our Fire Mitigation Plan, and the other contract will be for the C.E.R.T. grant administration contract. The County and RC&D will be working together to facilitate these programs.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the Fire Mitigation Plan contract. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the Services Agreement for the C.E.R.T. program. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. 

Allen May with Nature Conservancy came before the commissioners to give a brief overview of some of there easements that they were able to acquire. Mr. May stated that at the Chester Wetlands there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony in April, and would like to see that the County Commissioners are available to attend.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with commissioners in executive session. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioners Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve case #G2004-78. Deny case #G2004-75. Approve case #G2004-66. Approve case #G2004-84. Approve case #G2004-87. Approve case #M2004-06. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Chief Deputy Janice Sharp who is in charge of Elections within the County came before the commissioners to discuss some election issues that will affect Fremont County. There will be some new legislation that could affect the County in several ways, but a lot these issues are not going to take place until the legislator makes some decisions. Squirrel residents vote at the Squirrel store now, but have been asked to find another place to vote. Commissioners agreed to find a place in Squirrel.

Commissioners discussed the Riverview Cemetery Board, and how it was chosen, and explained how it worked. Commissioners would like to have some idea of where the boundaries are so they can make a decision. Janice Sharp will publish an article in the paper for anyone who might be interested in serving on the Riverview Cemetery Board. Due to the Death of Mr. Bob Fisher who served as Chairman, and there being no other board members, the commissioners need to write a letter of recommendation to the governing board for appointment of a new board.

Bill Wuthrick Emergency Management Director came before the commissioners to give an Emergency Management Report. Commissioners discussed having name tags for County Employees at no cost.

Neil Shupe, Neils Thueson & Mayor Bill Beck came before the commissioners to discuss the air boundary between the City airport and the County fairgrounds. Mr. Shupe is asking for an additional 100 ft. to be deeded to the City in order for Mr. Shupe to build a 100 ft. by 100 ft. building for better access to his chemicals. Commissioners would like to have County Attorney Trent review this further.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor came before the commissioners to give a Road & Bridge Report. Weldon Reynolds reported on the Salem Road easements that are needed from each of the property owners along the road. Weldon Reynolds suggested that there be a public hearing for the engineering people to be on hand to have any questions answered, and have each resident sign off on the waivers.

Weldon Reynolds gave commissioners a report on the roads that he would like to see done this spring.

Weldon Reynolds gave commissioners the final figures for the CAT, for an additional $1,000.00 Weldon Reynolds purchased 2000 hours of warranty. Commissioners gave there approval.

Jack Schofield a property owner in Fremont County spoke with the County Commissioners via phone regarding what he feels to be a wrong address on his tax notice. Mr. Schofield was assessed a late charge, and is asking the County Commissioners for the late charges to be removed due to a wrong address. Commissioners discussed Mr. Schofield request, Deputy Clerk Bagley will notify Mr. Schofield in writing of the commissioner’s decision. Commissioner Hess made a motion to deny Mr. Schofield’s request. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on March 2004.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this eighth day of March 2004.