County Commission Meeting Minutes
July 23, 2001

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Glenn Davis, Richard Baker, and Bill Forbush.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant, Sheriff Thomas Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley was present to take minutes.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier reported to the commissioners the need to have 50 mph speed limit signs posed on the Parker Salem Road. Sheriff Stegelmeier would also like to have speed signs posted on the South River Road in St Anthony. The Sheriff would also like signs posted on the Ashton Boat Docks, to have parking signs that state there is parking on one side of the road.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy asked commissioners to consider the possibilities of Fremont County Employees taking computer classes. Commissioners have agreed to pay for the classes, but it will be after work hours and on the County Employees own time, therefore no overtime or compensation time will be issued. 

Treasurer McCoy asked commissioners to consider whether the County should charge landfill fees for storage unit owners. This fee would apply to all storage unit owners. A fee ranging from $31.00 for small business owners to a fee of $ 93.00 for the larger unit owners would apply. Commissioner Baker made a motion to charge all storage unit owners a landfill fee ranging from $31.00 to $93.00 depending on the size. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.  

Prosecuting Attorney Trent Grant came before the commissioners to discuss the road concerns made by Leo Shirley regarding the access which goes though Ms. Stone’s property in the Pine Creek area in Island Park. Commissioners asked Attorney Trent Grant to write a letter, asking Ms. Stone not to put up a gate so that this road can be open to the public.

Assessor Ivel Burrell asked commissioners to consider listening to a presentation on a new addressing system called the Madrid System.

Clerk Abbie Mace reported to commissioners on a letter received by the Upper Valley Board of Guardians. This board is composed of two volunteer members from each county. The sole purpose is to provide guardianship and conservatorship to court appointed vulnerable adults who are no longer able or capable of making decisions for themselves. Wilhelm C. Kolditz President of this committee has asked the commissioners for $ 75.00 fee for the 2001- 2002 year to help fund the program. Commissioner Baker made a motion to pay the $ 75.00 per year for payment to the Upper Valley Board of Guardians. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace presented five names before the commissioners for Junior College applications to be approved for tuition to be paid by the County. Commissioner Baker made a motion to pay tuition for fall semester at CSI for those County Residences that qualify. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. 

Clerk Mace will call several individuals to bid on cement work for the County grounds on the outside of the building.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.      

Treasurer Pat McCoy, Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords, and Assessor Ivel Burrell were on hand with the commissioners to discuss the processing of plats and the time frames. Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated to the commissioners that this has become a process where legislation may become necessary. Treasurer McCoy would like to have all plats that are signed by the Treasurer be recorded within 30 days, or they will become invalid. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to accept that these plats be signed within 30 days or they will become invalid. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to allow the Assessors Office to hold up the processing of deeds until a proper lot split has been obtained by Planning and Building Department. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Lawrence Bennett and other interested parties appeared before the commissioners to discuss the maintenance of the Rainbow Road in Island Park. These individuals cover approximately a ½ square mile. Mr. Bennett has asked the commissioners to maintain the roads that were previously agreed upon by the last commission board. Residents are concerned that several roads were to be maintained by the County, but never were. Concerned residents asked commissioners if they are going to do maintenance on the Phillips Loop Road to Herring Road in Island Park. Commissioners stated that they would come to a decision by the end of the day. 

Dan Lostutter with Island Park Sewer gave commissioners the Fremont County Sewer Report. Dan Lostutter asked commissioners to approve a $ 4158.25 for a magnetic flow meter including installation. Commissioner Baker made a motion to approve the purchase of a magnetic flow meter. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

York International called Harry Barker in reference to the study proposal bid, which was sent. York International indicated that they are not civil engineers and are declining to bid the study, but would like to be considered for helping with building snow fluent.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with commissioners in closed session. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go in to closed session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Commissioner Davis declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed three new liens. Director Adams gave commissioner the 3rd quarter budget report to review. Commissioner Forbush made a motion to deny case #M2001-36, this individual requests to withdraw the application, and approve case #G2001-105 in the amount of $ 52.84 only. Commissioner Baker seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.    

Dennis Aslett appeared before the commissioners to update them on the Olmstead Property. Mr. Aslett stated to the commissioners that on Tuesday July 31, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse there would be a public hearing on the Olmstead Property to inform residents and let them ask questions concerning the purchase of the Olmstead Property. 

Mr. Aslett presented a potential management plan for the Hooray Ranch that outlines the Department of Fish and Game’s plans within the next few years. 

Judge Keith Walker asked to meet with commissioners in executive session to discuss personnel matters. Commissioner Baker made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Forbush seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Glenn Davis declared open session.

Greg Dawson and Rick Beiger with the Interagency Fire Field Office representing the Bureau of Land Management appeared before commissioners to explain what the National Fire Plan is and several smaller plans. Mr. Dawson reported to commissioners that Eastern Idaho Fire agencies received $230,000.00 to divide between rural agencies for supplies and other needs.   

Weldon Reynolds Road and Bridge Supervisor met with commissioners to receive an update on the progress of oiling the roads up in Island Park. Commissioners asked Road and Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds for direction on the Rainbow Road. Supervisor Weldon Reynolds felt that this project was possible, but not at this time, due to the busy schedule of the Road and Bridge Crew.

Commissioner Baker made a motion to accept Rainbow Road as a County Road as previously done so by the last commission, and to grade the first ½ mile of the Rainbow Road for now, with the intention of asphalting it this fall or next spring. Commissioner Forbush did not second the motion. Commissioner Glenn Davis made the final decision in favor of Commissioner Baker’s motion. 

Commissioner Glenn Davis made contact with Mr. Lawrence Bennett and informed him of the commissions decision to grade the first ½ mile for now, accept this as a County road as the previous commissioners had done, and to see that the Rainbow Road in Island Park was asphalted sometime this fall or next spring as soon as time would allow for the Road and Bridge to do this. 

There being no further business to come before this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on August 13, 2001.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty- third day of July 2001.