County Commission Meeting Minutes

June 12, 2000


         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.


Clouded Title and Safety Issues at Sand Dune Resort: Gene Williams who operates the Sand Dune Resort described problems with the title on the property between he and Bureau of Land Management, BLM. He is working with federal agencies to correct the title; he was told it would take a bill before congress. He feels he is paying taxes on property owned by BLM, Assessor Ivel Burrell said he is not being charged for the land, the building only. Williams would like the county to place signs and make parking available where vehicles will not get stuck and help with law enforcement. Market value assessments were reviewed; he will need to appeal to Board of Equalization, BOE.


Property Taxes: Jackie Young requested an adjustment on the 99 taxes because the lot was valued with river frontage that it does not have. The assessors’ office has corrected the assessment. The difference of the overcharge is $286.66. A motion was made by Commissioner Glenn Davis to cancel the amount from the last half of the taxes due now. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor in a voice vote.


North River Road: Grant Chandler asked why the gate was still locked to the road into the Olmstead property. The commissioners said the road decision is still in litigation as an appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court.


Stonegate III Plat: Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords and Developer David Gietzen met to request the commissioners approve Stonegate III plat. There is no development agreement because the sewer and road have been completed. There will be one additional phase of the original plat. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to approve and sign the plat as presented. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.


RS 2477 Road Issues: Jim Lyons, an independent contractor, discussed the pilot project with the county and Department of Lands to trace roadways from the mining claims to be able to make claims on RS 2477 roads on Federal Lands. Lyons will work with the commissioners and the recording department for one week on samples.


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 #2000-188 for incomplete application; to deny medical claim #2000-179 for incomplete application; to approve medical claim #2000-176 for $34,920.74 before negotiations, the county will pay the first $10,000 and submit the balance to the state as a catastrophic claim, the application had a reimbursement agreement that had been signed. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was one order of reimbursement, four catastrophic assignments, two new liens and three lien releases were signed.


Fair Grounds: Commissioners went to the fair grounds to look at the facility. They met with Fair Board Member Pam Davis on safety and repair issues.


Dust Control on Yale Creek Road: Hugh Ireland, who owns a cabin on the Yale Creek Road, requested the county do dust control on the road. The county has done maintenance to the forks leading to private property. Ireland asked about the roto-millings tailings and asked if they could be used on the road. Commissioners will consider.


Emergency Services: Director of Emergency Services – Civil Defense, Bill Wuthrick, gave a report. There has been no high water this year. Wuthrick said that the LEPC committee is working on a terrorist attack addition to the emergency plan. Fire danger might be high for the county. There will be some classes this summer.


District & Health Department: Richard Horn, from District 7 Health Department, met at the commissioners’ request to report on the Ard Landfill. Department of Environmental Quality representative, John Kirkpatrick, was to have helped Dee Ard with an operation plan. The court dismissed the closure suit. Horn said that when Ards refused Jerry Woods from the Health Department, access to inspect the facility, District 7 was effectively shut out. The court asked DEQ to step in for an opinion. The commissioners have the authority to pull the permit according to Horn who offered to work with the county attorney when the county contacts her to do so.


Road and Bridge Report and Bid Proposals: Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds submitted specifications for a track hoe or excavator. The county has been leasing a track hoe and would now like to buy one. A new front-end loader will be needed in the future. Reynolds wants to develop bid specs on two bridges that are pre-formed. Commissioners agreed to bids.

Proposals on a dump box were reviewed: Tesco Williamsen ($17,836) and Utility Truck Equipment Sales ($21,140). Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to piggyback the Bannock County bid from Tesco Williamsen as presented. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion; a voice vote was taken with all commissioners voting in favor.

Reynolds said that a shed is needed to store sanding materials. Options were considered. If a shed were built, it could be used for storage of winter equipment; Reynolds recommended an enclosed building.

Reynolds has been working on drainage ponds at the District 7 Health Department. There may be leakage in the underground irrigation system. They will continue to inspect the system.


Economic Development Director: Scott Olson from the St. Anthony Chamber of Commerce and Mike Dolezol requested the commissioners pursue a full time economic development director. Some money has been pledged or raised to help fund a director. He requests the commissioners ask for budget assistance from the other cities in the county to budget for and hire a director. Commissioners would consider during budget process.


Dare Program: City of St. Anthony Councilman, Richard Law, returned to see if the commissioners had determined they could help with the Dare program. He will return at the next meeting.


         There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on June 26, 2000.


         Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twelfth day of June 2000.