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.
Phone Service: Department heads and elected officials met on the phone system, problems and expenses. A list was started for the phone work that is needed; coordination under one department was discussed.
Planning and Building: Planning and Building Department representatives, Karen Lords, Administrator, Charles Allen, Building Inspector, and Janet Craven, Rural Addressing met with the commissioners on legislative changes caused by House Bill #611. The bill amends existing law to provide for the latest edition of the building code, to provide accessibility standards for those with disabilities, to increase the membership of the IBC advisory board and to provide a minimum level of certification for all building inspectors. The county will need to adopt the UBC 1997, and then later adopt the UBC 2000 code, and hire certified inspectors.
Janet Craven said that they are still looking for someone to help with rural addressing. There are mistakes in the addressing that need to be corrected before they are entered into the GIS grid system. Authority for the changes was discussed. The addresses need to be kept on the grid system that was first started. Commissioners will give their support to make the changes. There are several street signs that need replaced again due to vandalism. They are requesting a full time field person for addressing.
Parks and Recreation: Tamra Cikaitoga, chairman of Park and Recreation discussed the proposed ban of winter use for snowmobiles in Yellowstone National Park and J.D. Rockefeller Parkway. Cikaitoga requests the commissioners write a letter to the congressional delegation outlining concerns. Two areas of potential loss are the Flagg Ranch trail for the last 8 miles and the last mile and one half at the end of the Cave Falls trail. Not allowing the miles on each trail may cause the routes to be shortened or closed which causes law enforcement problems. Commissioners agreed to letter.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Patricia McCoy submitted cancellations for the month of April of $486.38. McCoy said that there are quite a few mobile homes and personal property that may be scheduled for sale due to delinquent property tax. McCoy said that the records for landfill and the sewer Local Improvement District and Operation and Maintenance special fees are being reviewed.
Beer Application: Commissioners reviewed and approved a beer license for the Yale Creek Store and Campground, applicants Phil and Marcia Eldridge for bottled or canned beer not to be consumed on the premises. Also approved was a wine and beer license for Henrys Fork Lodge, applicant Nelson Ishiyama for beer and wine consumed on the premises.
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 medical claim #2000-161 for incomplete application. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was one approval of rent assistance. Three liens were signed; one utility bill, a catastrophic assignment and an order of reimbursement were reviewed and approved.
Plat Amendment: Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords and Valre Hull representing Tom Brooks requested commissioners approve an amended plat for Chester Estates. The commissioners approved splitting 20-acre lots into 10-acre lots. There will be a total of 52 lots with the amendment. Commissioner Glenn Davis made the motion to approve and sign the plat as amended. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Hull said that there should be no additional splits on this sub-division.
Fremont County Economic Adjustment Committee: A report was given by Mickie Funke, Patricia McCoy and Ivel Burrell on the Fremont County Economic Adjustment Committee. The three were appointed by Commissioner Neal Christiansen to represent the county on a committee along with representatives from the cities of Ashton, Island Park and St. Anthony. They will form a five-year plan and work on goals set by each area. Grants and funding for the projects identified in the goals will be applied for.
Emergency Management: Director for emergency management, Bill Wuthrick, gave a report on the tabletop exercise on a potential bomb threat in the courthouse. He said it went well and he felt that the county was prepared for emergencies. A functional exercise will be held in the summer. Other scheduled classes were discussed. By-laws from the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) were presented.
Proposed Ordinance Hearing: As advertised Commission Chairman Neal Christiansen opened the public hearing. The issues were on proposed ordinances for reducing the fees for parking on public roadways and a dog leash law.
Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to adopt county ordinance 2000-04. To change the fee charged for parking on public roadways to be reduced from $50 to $5 and from $100 to $25. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor of the adoption.
A hearing was then held on a dog leash law that is proposed in a county ordinance 2000-05. The ordinance includes state law and adopts a license fee. Residents in attendance were Kathy Albertson, Kathleen Pehrson, Margaret Griffel, Chuck Kuehlewind, Carol Albertson, Kaethi Thomas, Bill Davis, Pam Davis, Clyde White, Bill Enget, Delmont Blanchard, Brent Harshbarger and Judy Synder.
Comments were taken from those in attendance. Identifying ownership of the dogs was discussed. Fee for the license was discussed – neutered and a higher price for those not neutered and the amount of dogs allowed was of concern. Dogs barking and running loose have caused problems. An animal control officer, law enforcement and a dog pound will be needed and is being planned for.
Board of Equalization: The regular business meeting was recessed for the board to set as the Board of Equalization for the property tax reduction, exempt rolls and the homeowners, agriculture and all other exemption rolls. No appointments were made and no residents attended the hearing.
Commission Chairman convened the meeting as the Board of Equalization. Those qualifying for the property tax reduction (circuit breaker) were reviewed. Income guidelines are set for a maximum of $19,570 after medical expenses. There were 361 total applicants approved. Letters were sent notifying about BOE being held.
The homeowners’ list was reviewed for the 2000 tax year. The commissioners allowed 3,107 parcels for homeowners exemptions, 122 were disallowed and notified.
The exemption roll was discussed. Letters had been sent out with a short form on the exemption requests. The religious affiliated property was reviewed and approved. Non-profit businesses were reviewed. A motion was made by Commissioner Glenn Davis to deny a well lot for RP 08N41E328853; to deny Ashton Memorial all parcels. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. The exemption on the property deeded to the SF Education Foundation was discussed. The market value will be computed this year but the taxes cancelled so a track record can be kept. The agricultural exemptions were approved as presented.
The Board of Equalization was then closed and the regular meeting reconvened.
There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on May 22, 2000.
Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this eighth day of May 2000.