The City Council met in regular session on February 21, 2012 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Public Works Director McFrederick, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the February 6th meeting were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Houger. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: none
VISITORS: Charlie Fournier was present asking for permission to gate the alley at the Sts. Peter and Paul school playground where they have just installed a fence around the playground. The playground is located south of Lake Street between B and C Streets. Mayor Walker stated normally fences and gates are not allowed in the alley. Councilman Lester looked at it today. A house on Court Street actually blocked the alley with a white picket fence and no one can drive through the alley as there is also a tree in it. Councilman Lorentz, made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Sts. Peter and Paul School to put an unlocked gate in the alley behind their playground. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Melissa Bryant with Ida-Lew is involved in a meeting at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow at the Soltman Center with discussion on allowing professional growth and retaining youth in the community and wanted to invite everyone interested.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Snowhaven Minutes from February 9, 2012 were accepted on motion by Councilman Houger, second by Councilman Lorentz. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Library Minutes from February 9, 2012 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $300,881.59 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
LOCHSA LAND EXCHANGE COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION: Councilman Lorentz explained that the Lochsa Land Exchange Committee met multiple times and their recommendation is a “no action” alternative to the proposed exchange. As a second alternative, they propose the “blocking and exchange” of the current “in holdings” comprising the checkerboard in the Upper Lochsa. Mayor Walker felt it was important that the City come up with a recommendation to the Forest Service that could be submitted in writing. Councilman Lorentz recommended using the recommendation shown above from the committee. On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Lester to draft a letter encompassing the recommendation of the committee, even though it’s outside the comment period and have it delivered to the Forest Service. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Councilman Lorentz will draft the letter for Mayor Walker to sign.
AUDIT PROPOSAL: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Council Peterson to accept the audit proposal for FY11 in the amount of $17,200. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SURPLUS: Chief Drew explained that he’d like to surplus the 1995 Jeep Cherokee that was picked up for animal control earlier in the year and keep the 1998 Ford pickup as it is in better shape and has less miles than the jeep. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to allow the police department to add the 1995 Jeep Cherokee as surplus and remove the 1998 Ford pickup from the surplus list. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PROCLAMATION: The Mayor proclaimed April 2012 as Fair Housing Month.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The Council received copies of the Community Tree Brochure and the 2011 Animal Ark Year End Report.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk