County Commission
Meeting Minutes
August 9, 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, Attorney Trent Grant Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Clerk Abbie Mace and Deputy Suzanne L. Bagley.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier asked commissioners for permission to look into costs for an additional radio frequency that would enhance the 911 system. Sheriff Stegelmeier stated that there are currently 28 inmates in the county custody. Assessor Ivel Burrell presented commissioners with a news article regarding HB 488. This article will affect the taxing districts of Fremont County. Assessor Ivel Burrell asked commissioners for permission to replace a few windows in the Assessors Office. Commissioners will needs bids. Treasurer Patricia Mc Coy gave commissioners cancellations in the amount of $25.64 for the month of July. Clerk Abbie Mace presented commissioners with an agreement the contract with the Friends of the Island Park Library a one year extension until September 1, 2005 to remove their building from the counties Road & Bridge and Snowmobile complex in Island Park. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the agreement. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Clerk Mace presented commissioners with Resolution 2004-15 that would allow interim financing for the Last Chance Sewer Line Extension LID. Commissioner Hess made a motion to sign the resolution. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Clerk Mace presented commissioners with an agreement with Thompson Engineering and the GIS Department, which would allow more points to be surveyed for Fremont County. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the contract. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Hess made a motion to approve two Junior College Applications. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the minutes from the previous meeting. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Mary Lou Davis asked commissioners for permission to purchase two new ambulances at the price of $101,545.00 each. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the purchase of the new ambulances. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Margie Harris and Meegan Littlefield from the Family Crisis Center came before the commissioners to ask for financial support in the amount of $500.00. Commissioners will notify Ms. Harris of their decision. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to give the Woman’s Crisis Center funds in the amount of $500.00. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

David Mecham with US Cellular came before the commissioners to offer his services as a representative in Rexburg, verses the representative who is currently from the Idaho Falls area. Commissioners suggested that Mr. Mecham contact the department heads to see if they would be willing to change.

Mark Castelton a Fremont County Resident came before the commissioners to ask for a road vacation within a subdivision. Commissioners advised Mr. Castelton’s he would need to apply for this vacation through Planning & Zoning.

Rod Chandler from Chandler Insurance Company came before the commissioners to present the signature page for renewal confirmation from ICRMP. Mr. Chandler advised commissioners to have County Attorney Trent Grant look over this. Commissioners will need to have the agreement signed before September 1st, 2004.

Bryon Parker a Fremont County Resident came before the commissioners to discuss a personal statement made by a Fremont County Commissioner.

Karen Lords from Planning & Building asked to meet with commissioners in Executive Session for the purpose of potential 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.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director asked to meet with commissioners in executive session. 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. Commissioners signed three liens, and one release of a lien. Commissioner Hess made a motion to approve case #M2004-2, deny case # M2004-26, continue case #G2004-128, and continue case #2004-132. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Chris Park from Schiess & Associates came before the commissioners to give commissioners an update on the Last Chance snowmaking project. Mr. Park asked commissioners to sign off on the project. Commissioner Hess made a motion to approve the final project. Commissioner Trupp 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 give a sewer report. Commissioner Hess made a motion to approve the policy that will require all pumper trucks to provide information about the loads before dumping any septage within Fremont County Sewer Systems. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. Dan Lostutter asked for $30.00 a month for a cell phone reimbursement, and a one time $500.00 computer use fee for the new employee. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the fees for the new employee. Commissioner Hess seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Lori Hanauska- Brown from Idaho Fish & Game came before the commissioners to give them an update on the Grizzly Bear delisting project. Ms. Brown answered some concerns from the County, and stated that education is key factor. Commissioners agreed that they would give Commissioner Hess the power to sign a grant application for funding of bear proof garbage containers in behalf of the county.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor came before the commissioners to give a Road & Bridge report. JUB presented commissioners and department heads with a master plan for the Transportation Plan. JUB Engineering will be writing the County Wide Transportation Plan, and listened for ideas that would help in this process. Weldon Reynolds discussed keeping the road access through Hale Canyon Road.

There being no further business to come before the board the meeting was adjourned until the next regularly scheduled meeting on August 23, 2004.

Dated this 9th day of August 2004.