County Commission Meeting Minutes
June 9, 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.
Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier stated to the commissioners that Fremont County is currently housing a record number of inmates at 39.
Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that she will be hiring a student for the summer. Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that she has budgeted for this.
Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated cancellations in the amount of $425.55 for the month of May.
Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that the lease on her copier is up this year, and she would like to get bids for a new one.
Commissioner Trupp made a motion to cancel taxes in the amount $214.97 for RP14N43E256450T and RPI14N43E25370T for the amount of $167.38 for a double assessment. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Attorney Trent Grant presented the commissioners with the ordinance that would require whip sticks on all off road vehicles. Attorney Trent Grant also approved the easement for Jeff Siddoway.
Clerk Abbie Mace asked commissioners to approve a catering permit. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the permit for Island Park Lodge. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Commissioner Trupp made a motion to accept ordinance #2003-03 that would
amend that portion of Fremont County Ordinance #98-04 by amending paragraph four by adding a subparagraph g. to require operators of off highway vehicles, excluding snowmobiles, to operators of off highway vehicles with a red or orange safety flag, that is a minimum of six by 12 inches, attached to the vehicle at least 8 feet above the surface of level ground; and, establishing the effective date hereof. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Commissioners signed the Green Way Belt Grant $18,500.00. Commissioner Smith made a motion to sign the application to receive the grant monies. 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 meeting. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Commissioners directed Clerk Mace to write an acceptance letter to Community Solutions for the Fire Mitigation Plan that Fremont County received grant money for. Commissioner Trupp made motion to award Community Solutions to write the Fire Mitigation Fire Plan in the amount $31,100.00. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Clerk Mace received a letter from the Animal Damage Control Board asking for financial support from the commissioners. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve $4,500.00 to be given to the Animal Damage Control. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Mike McDonald a Fremont County Resident came before the commissioners to ask that the Chester Twin Bridges be turned over to private property. Mr. McDonald would like the County to turn over the property to him, but after further discussion decided against the idea.
Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds brought a sign that stated no swimming and no parking from 9:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. that will be posted at the bridge.
Kirk Mace Fremont County Juvenile Probation Officer came before the commissioners to discuss a Mission Statement that was drawn up for the purpose of juveniles on probation throughout Fremont County.
Kirk Mace asked the commissioners for a signature on a grant application that would help fund a tracker.
Tamara Cikaitoga Parks and Recreation Director came before the commissioners to talk about the access on the Ora Bridge located west of Ashton Area.
Tamara Cikaitoga came before the commissioners to ask that she be allowed to build a couple of picnic shelters in Frome Park. These plans have to be approved by an architect. Due to the cost involved in this, Tamara asked to take some funds out of Park and Recreation budget. Commissioners agreed.
Bill Wuthrick Civil Defense Director came before the commissioners to discuss the possible date of a class which would be offered to County employees on the Weapons of Mass Destruction on July 2, 2003 through the Department of Justice.
Bill Wuthrick asked commissioners for monies in the amount of $50-$100 to get the funding for an ID card system. This would allow individuals who are working for the County, Cities, or in any emergency capacity to have proper ID in the event of an emergency. Commissioners agreed.
Fremont County has been approved as a Storm Ready County.
Jeff Siddoway a Fremont County Resident came before the commissioners to ask for a utility easement for a power line on the east side of the red road, utility poles will be in place approximately every 400 ft. Mr. Siddoway does have the right of ways from the BLM that are necessary.
Commissioner Trupp made a motion to grant the easement to Mr. Siddoway. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with commissioners in executive session. Commissioners 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 one Order of Dismissal for case #M2002-30. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve case #M2003-5. Approve case
#M2003-15. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Vacate Sawtell Meadows Subdivision Plat
Commissioner Bill Forbush opened the public hearing
Clerk Mace stated that proper notice was given
Commissioner Trupp stated that he had no conflicts with the proposed vacation.
Commissioner Smith stated that he had also had no conflicts.
Karen Lords Planning and Zoning Administrator presented a plat vacation of Sawtell Meadows Subdivision. This was brought about by the parties known as: Mark & Anna Martin. A packet received by Planning and Zoning commission with all the proper information was presented to the commissioners.
County Attorney Trent Grant took a moment to explain the process of a public hearing.
Attorney Penny Stanford who represents the Martins stated that her clients have met all the requirements to vacate the plat.
Attorney Trent Grant asked questions of Attorney Penny Stanford.
Clerk Mace read a letter from Robert & Ida Shook. Mr. & Mrs. Shook stated that they are against this plat vacation.
Questions were asked by the public.
Carol Sweet a resident stated that she had some concerns about the plat being vacated.
Gordon Glen stated that he fears this new subdivision may become a busy access, and harm his business.
Judy Myers stated the she serves on the board of Preservation Idaho, and would like to be on the record as saying that Preservation Idaho is against this. Judy Meyers asked that the commissioners be smart planners.
Scott Christensen a representative from the Greater Yellowstone Coalition stated his concerns.
Mike Model spoke regarding the property, and is working with the Nature Conservancy and preserving the natural spring, and visual sensitivity in this area.
Richard Hunt talked about the safety of the people and the lack of access on that road.
Thaddeus Sweet stated that these people didn’t quite understand the procedure. Mr. Sweet asked that people be properly notified by mail.
Dick Price stated that the commissioners use wisdom in making their decision.
Tom Baker stated that if this plat is being vacated, to let others in, it may make it a burden to the tax payers.
Mr. Robert Franz submitted a letter to Clerk Mace stating his concerns regarding the vacation of this plat.
Mr. Hegwald adamantly expressed to the commissioners that he was not in favor.
* Note earlier in the hearing Mr. Hegwald became belligerent to Ms. Stanford, and it has been so noted for the minutes as per Commissioner Trupp.
Commissioner Forbush has declared the meeting closed.
Attorney Trent Grant stated to the commissioners that due to the fact that he shares office space with Ms. Stanford, and he will bow out as counsel for the County due to a conflict of interest.
Commissioners will table this decision further Commissioner Trupp made a motion to table this and get representation from outside council. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Commissioner Forbush closed the public hearing.
Harry Barker and Dan Lostutter from Island Park Sewer came before the commissioners to ask their opinion for accepting SDC charges for Deer Crest from the Developers and allowing the Planning and Zoning Department to issue Building Permits while the sewer is being built. This would allow people to start building during this summer before the winter weather starts. This would be done with the developers signing an agreement that as built, inspections, and test be completed with in 45 days of the completion of the sewer which is expected to be completed with in 6 weeks from now. The people wanting the building permits will not have to pay their sewer hook up fees before the building permit can be issued as is currently being done now, and they will not have a sewer until the construction company has accepted the sewer. Commissioners denied the request because it conflicts with the County Sewer Ordinance.
Weldon Reynolds Road and Bridge Supervisor came before the commissioners to discuss with Karen Lords and explain the process of obtaining a gravel mining permit. Class I only allow mining and no crushing. The County would need to have a public Class II hearing to crush at the County gravel pits. Weldon Reynolds will apply for this through the Planning and Building Department.
Kevin Shreve and Jim Mullen from Keller and Associates came before the commissioners to introduce themselves and discuss the Transportation Plan, and inform the commissioners that Fremont County is ranked number two for the approval of the LTACH Grant for our transportation plan, and should be funded.
Weldon Reynolds gave commissioners a road report. Road and Bridge will continue to patch. There have been several requests and concerns from residents. Last year Fremont County spent $4,400.00 on dust abatement for two miles of road. This year there is an additional 3 miles that residents want done for an estimated cost to do all five miles of $10,000.00. Commissioners will discuss the dust abatement further.
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 23, 2003.
Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this ninth day of June 2003.