County Commissioners Meeting Minutes
July 14, 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, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley was present to take minutes.

Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier spoke to the commissioners regarding the whip stick ordinance. Some residents have expressed a concern to do away with the amendment, while other residents like the idea of having the whip stick visible.

Sheriff Stegelmeier would like to have 25 mph signs posted out on the Chester Twin Bridges. Commissioners will have Road & Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds look into this further.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy gave commissioners cancellations in the amount of $1,125.65 for the month of June.

Treasurer McCoy read a letter from the North Fork Club in regards to interest and penalty’s for taxes that were received late. North Fork Club is asking the commissioners to forgive the penalty & interest. Commissioners Trupp made a motion to deny this request. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Treasure McCoy will notify North fork Club of the commissioners decision.

Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant reported to the commissioner on the formation of the abatement mosquito district. Attorney Trent Grant stated that in order to form the district, residents would need to follow the outline in the state statues.

Clerk Abbie Mace received a letter from Dave Hunter chairman of the Island Park Sewer Board suggesting a 5% increase on the O & M fees for the sewer systems. Commissioners will have the County Attorney draft the resolution to take effect October 1, 2003.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve Community Solutions contract to write the Wild Fire Mitigation Plan. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace presented commissioners with Fremont County Ordinance #2003-06 “Establishing regulations and requirements for Ambulance Services in Fremont County; providing definitions; establishing specific standards for Ambulance service in Fremont County; requiring Ambulance service providers to obtain a license from the Fremont County commission to be able to provide services in Fremont County, outlining the license application requirements and establishing criteria for the issuance and revocation of licenses; providing for the severability of provisions of the ordinance and providing for the effective date hereof”.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to accept Ordinance #2003-06. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Smith 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.

Officer Joe Manley came before the commissioner to request a four way stop at 500 N. 1900 E., and one mile north. Mr. Manley was recently in an accident at that particular corner, and since then has patrolled that intersection, and feels that his accident may have been avoided should a four way stop been in place. Commissioner Smith made a motion to put a four way stop at 500 N. and 1900 E. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. Commissioner Forbush vote against this.

Butch Nagle Landfill Supervisor came before the commissioners to discuss landfill fees. The landfill in the past has charged $5.00 for a large animal and $2.00 for a small disposal of dead animals and will continue to keep costs the same. Landfill fees have not been changed since 1994, and will continue to stay the same, and will be enforced. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to leave all charges at the landfill the same. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Gary Wight a Fremont County Resident met with the commissioners about road access at Northfork Highlands. When he purchased his property in the subdivision he was led to believe that the road would be maintained with year round access, when there was enough year round residence in the subdivision. Mr. Wight has been working with area property owners to acquire easements for the width of the road for improvements to the road. Mr. Wight has a commitment from Jamie Walker and his attorney that he will pay for 1/3 of the development and from 6 of the 8 developers to pay for1/3 share of the easement. The homeowners will try to come to an agreement to pay of the other 1/3 of the easement. He is asking for a commitment the commissioners as to what the maintenance of the road will be in the future for the Northfork Highlands homeowner association.

Road & Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds foresees two problems with the road rock ledge, and the area of aspens. Mr. Wright stated that there are several residents that will be living there full time. Mr. Wight stated that he would be willing to quit-claim any and all property needed to maintain the road. The agreement is that the County will receive any easements in order to turn the road over to the County, in order to maintain it.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor came before the commissioners to give the Road & Bridge report.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to cancel taxes in the amount of $115.52 for a trailer that was located in Island Park and taken to the landfill. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy asked to meet with commissioners in executive session for personal issues. 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.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director came before the commissioners in executive session. Commissioner Smith made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed three new liens, and one release of a lien. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to deny case #M2003-19. Deny case #M2003-22. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Tamra Cikaitoga Parks and Recreation Director came before the commissioners to ask that the whip stick ordinance not be repealed. Commissioners stated that this ordinance will stay in effect.

Commissioner Forbush will speak with Frank Mackert regarding the golf course deposit each day that is not being turned in.

Karen Lords from Planning and Building came before the commissioners to inform them that the Sonoran Institute has invited the County to participate in their annual training seminar. Land use practices are the topic of discussion. July 28, 2003 is the deadline, and they would like to have the applications complete, and the names of those who are going.

Karen Lords got two proposals one from JUB Engineering as a consultant and Jerry Mason land use attorney.

Karen Lords gave commissioners a list of Homeowners Association that may offer potential help in writing the Fire Mitigation Plan.

Ken Anderson from Blue Cross of Idaho came before the commissioners to discuss new rates for the 2004 budget year. One of the proposed change for cutting costs would be the prescription card. The option may be that the county employee incurs some of their own insurance premiums. The commissioners will discuss this further.

Patricia McCoy, Judge Walker, Debbie Mace, Brig Blake, Kristy Richards, all discussed the collection of insufficient funded checks. The commissioners agreed to continue the current practices. Patricia McCoy asked commissioners what they would do with the new 5-County, and probation regarding bad checks. Brigg Blake from 5-County asked commissioners to get approval from the commissioners to use an outside agency to help in collections. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to use an outside agency. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Dan Lostutter and Harry Barker from Island Park Sewer came before the commissioners to discuss the best way to fund line extension in Last Chance Sewer System. Trent Grant asked permission to contact Attorney Rick Skinner, bond counsel and to ask any questions that may be useful.

Karen Lords from Planning and Building and Attorney Trent Grant will contact Mr. Mike Ferguson’s Attorney to draw up a new development agreement regarding the Silverhawk Subdivision.

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go into executive session for the purposes of potential litigation. Commissioner Smith 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 July 28, 2003.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this fourteenth day of July 2003.