County Commission
Meeting Minutes
September 8, 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, Attorney Trent Grant, Treasurer Patricia McCoy, Assessor Ivel Burrell, Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier, Clerk Abbie Mace was present to take minutes.

Sheriff Tom Stegelmeier discussed the request for a helmet ordinance. The commissioners received a letter from State Park & Recreation and would like the county to look for doing something on a state level instead of county by county. The commissioners agreed. Commissioners also discussed the request for banning snow machines crossing open waterways.

Assessor Ivel Burrell discussed the cost for maps produced by the county. She suggested that the commissioner need to review our charges. Ivel ordered a new printer for her office.

Treasurer Patricia McCoy presented the commissioners tax cancellations for the month of August in the amount of $149.46. She also presented the commissioners with a request for refund on landfill fee overpayment for several years in the amount of $300.00 on parcel numbers MH00045000013A and RP00045000013A. Pat would like to remodel the desks in her office. Commissioners agreed to this.

Rod Chandler with Chandler Insurance the county liability insurance agent reviewed the new renewal insurance rates the FY2004. The county has had a decrease of 10% for next year.

Jace Fahnestock with North Wind Environmental came before the commissioner to present them with a copy of the assessment around the Henry Lake area. He requested the commissioner support of their assessment that has been completed for the BLM on fire mitigation interface. One thing that has been identified is the road width on several roads in the area. This would be included in the county mitigation plan. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to sign the documents for North Wind Environmental supporting the study provided for the BLM. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Karen Lords Planning & Building Administrator and Marv Smith Legal representation for Eagles Nest by telephone met with the Commissioner to ask for an extension of two years for the first two phases starting on September 1, 2003 and an additional two years extension. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to extend the development agreement as presented. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Denny Jones the County Contracted Surveyor and Karen Lords met with the commissioners to present proposal for having control points to aid our GIS department for several sections of the county. The GIS committee has reviewed the proposals and suggested to the commissioners to hire two firms to start the process. There are 210 points that need to be located, the committee has asked to award the contracts at $95 per point to Harper Leavitt Engineering and Mountain River Engineering, the committee with have the county attorney review the contracts for these firms and present to the commissioners in their next meeting. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to go forward with the process. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Karen also discussed the Senoran Institute’s Western Conference in Red Lodge Montana on October 26 – 29, 2003. The county can have two additional people go to the conference. Commissioners suggested having Treasurer Pat McCoy and Clerk Abbie Mace go to the conference.

Karen Lords asked the commissioner to go into executive session for personnel 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.

Brad Trask a Fremont County residence met with the commissioner to discuss the issue of snow machines on open waterways. He is asking the commissioners to allow snow machines to continue on waterways. He is suggesting that the commissioners disallow all motorized travel on waterways not just snow machines, if they close the rivers to this. Commissioners have received letters from concerned citizens about erosion and fuels going into the river. He would like to have the commissioners take more comment from snow machiners.

Weldon Reynolds Road & Bridge Supervisor met with the commissioners to present a deed for Mr. Kirk Mackert to purchase some property for road improvements on 400 East. Commissioners directed Weldon Reynolds to contact the county attorney to put together a contract of sale. He also gave the commissioners an update on the Jim Marshall road abandonment request. The commissioners reviewed a letter from Burt Butler about a road concern in the Sand Creek Area, as that at the present time we will continue seasonal maintenance. The Road & Bridge crew is getting fall work done preparing roads for winter. Weldon will submit a letter to Bureau of Reclamation for ownership of a road in the Shotgun Valley area. Commissioners agreed to send the request. Weldon updated the commissioners on the road leading into North Fork Highland subdivision to expand the road is still progressing by landowners in the area. Weldon questioned the need for a four way stop on 1900 East and 400 North in the Parker area. Commissioners Smith made a motion to directed Weldon to replace the current stop signs with high intensity signs and not change to a four way stop at present and review the change in approximately 15 months. Commissioner Trupp seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor. The commissioners directed Weldon to put up high intensity stop signs at the intersection of 200 North and 1900 East.

Debbie Adams Social Services Director came before the commissioners requesting an 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 one new lien, and one release of a lien, one new appeal hearing notice, and a continuation of appeal. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve Case #G2003-159, approve Case #G2003-161, approve Case #M2003-32 for legal fees only, deny Case #M2003-27, and deny Case #M2003-31. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Bill Wuthrick Civil Defense Coordinator met with the commissioner informed the commission that 9 individuals have passed the CERT qualification. Bill informed the commissioners of the name change of the State Bureau of Disaster Services to State of Idaho Department of Homeland Security.

Clerk Mace presented the following liquor licenses for approval:

Village Bar

J J & J Inc.

Hot Shotz Bar and Grill

NBC Club

Island Park Lodge

Star Bar

Jacksons Food Stores Inc.

Mushers Eatery

Squirrel Creek Elk Ranch, Inc.

B&D Texaco

Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the licenses presented. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace presented two applications for Junior College. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the applications. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace presented the minutes from the previous meetings. Commissioner Trupp made a motion to approve the previous minutes. Commissioner Smith seconded the motion. A full voice vote was heard with all commissioners voting in favor.

Clerk Mace presented an engagement letter of intent with Skinner Fawcett for legal services on the Last Chance Sewer line extension LID. Commissioner Smith made a motion to sign the agreement. 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 this Board the meeting was recessed until the next regularly scheduled meeting to be held on September 22, 2003.

Dated at St. Anthony, Idaho, this eighth day of September 2003.