County Commission
Meeting Minutes
August 23, 2004

Present for the meeting were Commissioners Bill Forbush, Donald Trupp, and John Hess.

Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier, Assessor Ivel Burrell, County Attorney Trent Grant and Deputy Clerk Suzanne L. Bagley.

Sheriff Stegelmeier reported that there are currently 16 inmates in jail. Sheriff Stegelmeier talked with the Treasurer about raising the fee for the serving of papers for warrants of distrait. The law will allow up to a 2% increase. Commissioner Hess made a motion to increase the fees to 2%. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Assessor Ivel Burrell stated that due to Dell Raybould’s House Bill 488, many residents are coming in to ask for the agriculture exemption. Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that there are two pieces of property that the City of St. Anthony has acquired, that taxes are delinquent. Treasurer Patricia McCoy stated that the City Clerk is looking into this. Attorney Trent Grant asked to meet with commissioners in Executive Session for the purpose of pending litigation. Commissioner Hess 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. Commissioner Hess made a motion to have Attorney Trent Grant settle the issue with Attorney Dale Storer’s clients regarding HB 488. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Deputy Clerk Suzanne Bagley presented commissioners with a Release of an LID Lien on the Mack Inn Sewer System. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to release the LID Lien. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. The Forrest Service wrote commissioners requesting that they have no connection fee for the Last Chance Sewer Line Extension LID. Commissioners received a letter from the Adrienne Keller from the Forest Service asking that we mark the location for the sewer service connection on the Forest Service property. Ms. Keller has also asked that no connection be installed for this property. Last Chance Sewer Supervisor Harry Barker will set up a meeting with the Forest Service, Commissioners, and the Treasurers Office. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the ICRMP Insurance renewal for FY 2005. The split limit policy would allow a $500.000.00 liability limit. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Trupp nominated Commissioner Mark Trupp from Teton County for the Idaho Capital Defense Crimes Committee. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Karen Lords from Planning & Building along with the Mayor Shayne Hansen from the City of Newdale, Sandy Edwards from the City of Newdale Planning & Zoning Committee and Susan Lott City Clerk from Newdale came before the commissioners to ask that the commissioners sign joint powers of Agreement which will allow the County to issue building permits and do the building inspections for the City of Newdale. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the Joint Powers Agreement with the City of Newdale. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Lisa Turner Information Systems Administrator came before the commissioners to open surplus bids for computer equipment. Commissioners approve selling the surplus equipment that was valued at less than $250 to the highest bidder. All those who bid should make checks payable to Fremont County Treasurer and Lisa Turner, and then it will be turned over to the treasurer. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of personnel issues. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open.

Harry Barker with Island Park Sewer came before the commissioners to discuss a Sewer Connection Agreement with Mr. Chavez. Mr. Chavez will sign the sewer connection agreement as soon as this agreement is notarized. Mr. Chavez will be billed for the connection and be allowed 20 years to pay this off. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the sewer connection agreement with Mr. Chavez. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Debbie Adams Social Service Director came before the commissioners and asked to meet in executive session. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go into executive session. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Forbush declared the meeting open. Commissioners signed four new liens. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve case #G2004-132, approve case #G2004-137, approve case #M2004-14, approve case #M2004-27, and deny case #M2004-30. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Debbie Adams presented commissioners with a lease for 24 months for a new copy machine through Yost Office Systems to be used and paid for by Social Services and EMS. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the lease for a new copy machine. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Bill Wuthrick came before the commissioners to give an Emergency Management Report. Bill Wuthrick will be here on October 6, 2004 for those employees who were not able to have a County Name Tag done. This will include the 5-County, Landfill, Extension, Prosecutors Office, and Road & Bridge. The LEPC Committee is in need of some funds for mailing & brochures, and asked commissioners if they could help in the amount of $400.00 to $500.00. Commissioners will get back to Mr. Wuthrick at a later date.

Ivan Skinner and other residents from Shotgun West Subdivision came before the commissioners to ask that the road be plowed. These residents stated that they are handicap, and they cannot get out in the winter unless it is by snow machine. Road & Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds stated some of the options that may available to help these resident, but until the Forest Service does and environmental assessment, the County is unable to help. Commissioners stated that they were not able to help at this time, but would like to see something done in the future.

Butch Nagle Landfill Supervisor, Bill Smith, Bill Enget, and Mayor Tom Jewell came to ask about the county being asked to pass an ordinance by the Idaho Fish and Game to require bear proof garbage containers. Commissioner Hess stated that he has not seen the support that he would like to see regarding the bear containers. Mr. Enget stated that he felt that the County should not get involved. Mr. Hess stated that he was not able to get the support of the Island Park people, and that he would never do anything against the people. Commissioner Trupp stated that the County should withdraw their application to receive $49,000.00 grant to purchase bear proof containers, and not have any involvement. All commissioners agreed.

Mary Lou Davis came before the commissioners to give the EMS Report. Mary Lou Davis reported that the new two ambulances which were orders are on their way.

Road & Bridge Supervisor Weldon Reynolds came presented the commissioners four bids for a new pickup for Road & Bridge: 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 with Extended Cab after trade $18,522.00 from Taylor Chevrolet. 2005 Ford F150 with trade in $23,631.25 from The Smith Group. 2005 Dodge Ram 250 Quad 4X4 pickup truck with trade $18,540 from Stones Town & Country Motors. 2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Ext Cab pickup with trade $18,768.08 from Monte Wight Motors. Commissioner Hess made a motion to purchase a new pick up from Taylor Chevrolet in the amount of $18,522.00. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

There being no further business to come before the board the meeting was adjourned until the next regularly scheduled meeting on September 13, 2004.

Dated this 23rd day of August 2004.