County Commission Meeting Minutes
August 28, 2000
Present for the meeting were Commissioners Neal Christiansen, Glenn Davis and Frank Mackert. The minutes from the previous meeting were read and approved.
Elected Officials: Meeting with the commissioners on the regularly scheduled monthly meeting were the elected officials Assessor Ivel Burrell, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Deputy Len Humphries, Magistrate Judge Keith Walker, Prosecuting Attorney Penny Stanford, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Clerk Jamie Rigby was present to take minutes.
Data Processing Coordinator, Lisa Turner, made a presentation to better the Internet access. Fremont Telecom suggests that the county go with the fiber optic line instead of doing T1, which was the plan for the future. To install the fiber optic line some work will need to be done in the parking lot. The Road and Bridge department will do the work needed in the parking lot.
Pat McCoy reported on a mobile home in the Targhee trailer court. There was a lien on the mobile home and the county took the tax deed of the trailer. There are people living in the trailer now, they want to pay the taxes on the trailer and buy it. Commissioner Davis suggests that someone talk to the owner of the trailer court to see who lives there now and then contact Penny. Pat also had a concern about bidding out the small building jobs. There was a question on how to pay these contractors. Pat suggested that there should be some kind of a contract drawn up that protects the county and makes it fair to everyone. Commissioner Neal Christiansen suggests that they advance the contractor fifty-percent and pay the balance when the job is complete. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to approve of having a contract drawn up. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Pat had a letter from Skinner Fawcett law offices, regarding Fremont County, Local Improvement District Number 97-1; IRS form 8083. Commissioner Neal Christiansen signed the papers so they could be filed.
There are still items from the surplus sale, which needs to go. Anyone who is interested in taking any of these items is welcome.
Ivel Burrell discussed expanding the office space downstairs. Ivel talked with ICRMP about safety matters and the design. A blueprint is being drawn up for the commissioners to look over. North Fork Highlands is going to appeal to the State Board of tax appeals. Ivel discussed hiring an outside appraiser to appraise the property. Ivel will check the cost of hiring an appraiser. The state appeals will be held the last week of October.
Some concerns about the fires in the area were discussed. There will be a meeting held at Macks Inn, Tuesday, August 29th at 6:00pm.
Brokerage of Insurance: Valerie Packer representing Egan Insurance was here to propose that the county broker the insurance through Egan Insurance. Commissioner Neal Christiansen said that the county is going to stay the way it is now, he comments that for next year the county will start looking earlier in the year.
Island Park Sewer: Island Park Sewer Operators, Dan Lostutter and Harry Barker gave a report. The Last Chance Sewer System was discussed. The system was installed in the mid-1980’s, federal matching grant money were used. The federal matching grant money prohibited installation of mainlines except to property that had existing structures that were within 200 feet. Some property owners have paid or been charged system indebtedness. Other property owners have not been charged system indebtedness. If they have paid their system indebtedness the county must provide them access to the mainline. The property owner of lot 49 wants to build now. He is not within the 200 feet boundary, however he has paid his system indebtedness. The commissioners directed Lostutter and Barker to expand 300 feet, so that the property owner of lot 49 will have access to the mainline. There were concerns about how residents should be charged in the future.
New Spray Rig: Weed Supervisor, Dave Rydalch is here to request a new spray rig. He wants to replace the oldest rig with a new one. Dave has $110,000 in his budget and figures that a new rig will cost about $25,000. The commissioners requested that he get three bids.
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 #2000-211 for not being the compelled county. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to approve medical claim #2000-218; paying for the x-rays only. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Other business was one order of reimbursement, two new liens, and one lien release was signed.
Solid Waste Department: The Solid Waste Department will purchase an 850C John Deere Dozer. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to accept the purchase. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Final Plat on Stonegate Phase V: Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords and Mike Vickers met with the commissioners to approve the final plat on Stonegate Phase 5. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to approve the final plat. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
Model Airplane Field: Maurice Ghormley, Steve Davis, Clark Moon, Scott Burch, and Gary Williams met with the commissioners to discuss building a model airplane field. The ground that they want to put this model airplane field on is owned by the BLM. The BLM will not lease this ground to the group, however BLM will lease the ground to the county. Therefore the group would like the county to assist them in getting this model airplane field. Later today the commissioners will meet with parks and recreation chairman, Tamra Cikaitoga, to see if she can help get things started. The group also suggested doing work on the model airplane field in St. Anthony.
The commissioners met with Tamra to discuss the model airplane field. Commissioner Neal Christiansen suggests that she contact Bruce Bash, a BLM representative. Tamra will contact Bruce and discuss the terms dealing with the ground.
Joint Powers Agreement: City of Teton representative, Mayor Bryon Parker and Planning and Zoning Administrator Karen Lords were here before the Board to discuss and have approved a Joint Exercise of Powers Agreement. The Joint Powers Agreement is an agreement of Public Service made between Fremont County, its office of Planning and Building, and the city of Teton. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to approve of the Joint Powers Agreement. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.
EMS Report: Emergency Medical Services Director, Mary Lou Davis, reported to the commissioners. Mary Lou has a shortage of personnel. There is a problem with people volunteering for the daytime shift. She is trying to advertise the need for volunteers. There will be an EMT class this fall and possibly another one this winter. Mary Lou spent time in Boise last week. She is in a committee that is trying to get the EMT program in the high schools. Intermediate EMT is another committee that Mary Lou is involved with.
Bid Opening/ Design Frome Park: Parks and Recreation director, Tamra Cikaitoga, reported on the bid proposal for the design at Frome Park. The only bid that she received was from Forsgren Engineering. Tamra spent some time at Frome Park with Fish and Game representative, Jim Moore and a representative from Forsgren Engineering. The bid was a higher than expected. Tamra will do some negotiating with Forsgren Engineering. She would like to keep it under $20,000.
A resolution for the Waterways Vessel Account was discussed. The resolution states that all money in the Vessel Account of the Waterways Fund for Fremont County shall be set aside and used for the purchase or building of docks. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to accept the resolution. Commissioner Glenn Davis seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. The resolution number is 2000-03.
The lease on the golf course was discussed. The commissioners decided to advertise to lease the golf course. Tamra will meet with the golf sub-committee and discuss the changes of the golf course. They would like to have all these changes done for the next year.
Employee Relations Committee: Employee Relations Committee Brett Hill, Mary Lou Davis, and Bonnie Moore, were here to discuss expanding the parking lot in the back of the courthouse. The estimated cost is $7,000 for seven parking spaces. There are underground sprinkler systems that will need attention. The committee is trying to locate a Scout to paint the lines in the parking lot as an Eagle project. There was a suggestion about putting a water cooler downstairs.
Eagle’s Nest Decision: Commissioner Neal Christiansen opened the public hearing meeting, regarding the Eagle’s Nest Ranch proposed preliminary plat appeal. The commissioners decided to approve of the proposed preliminary plat, with the exception that the question of public access be remanded to the Planning and Zoning commission for further information and findings. Commissioner Glenn Davis made a motion to adopt the findings. Commissioner Frank Mackert seconded the motion. A voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Neal Christiansen closed the public hearing meeting. Copies of the exhibits will be mailed out.
Parker-Salem Road: Willie Tuescher, Forsgren Engineer, was here to update on the Parker-Salem road and bridge project. They are working on the right of way. Willie feels that the right of way is working out well. There has been no response from the wetland mitigation plan, which was submitted to the Corp of Engineers. Willie will continue to try and contact Rob Brochu on the wetland mitigation plan. There will be no construction till next summer. The design will be done this fall and ITD will have it by next spring.
Road and Bridge Report: Road and Bridge Supervisor, Weldon Reynolds gave a report. The crew started working on the airport project this morning. There is still work that needs to be done in Island Park to meet commitments made in the past. Due to the hot dry weather, no work has been done in Island Park. Weldon started working on the application for a federal grant to help finish that work. The Road and Bridge department has three pickups with over 100,000 miles. Two of the pickups need to be replaced. Weldon obtained quotes from three different dealerships. Stones quoted $23,532 on a quad cab Dodge. Goode Motors quoted $24,949 on a crew cab Ford. Bauer quoted $27,836 on a crew cab GM. Commissioner Frank Mackert made a motion to purchase the crew cab Ford. Commissioner Davis voted against the purchase of the Ford. Commissioner Neal Christiansen made the final decision to purchase the Ford. Weldon will purchase a new pickup out of this year’s budget, and would like to purchase one out of next year’s budget.
There being no further business to come before this Board, the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on September 11, 2000.
Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this twenty-eighth day of August 2000.