The City Council met in regular session on January 22, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
Councilmembers absent: Brian Lorentz
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 January 7th meeting were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENT: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to amend the agenda to include Carl Crabtree discussing the Council’s support on the Nez Perce Clearwater Forest Service consolidation due to the fact that the information came in after the deadline and is time sensitive. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Carl Crabtree is a representative of the Grangeville Forest Service Retention Committee. The Council has been supportive of keeping the forest service supervisors office in Grangeville. The direction of the committee has been to find a more cost effective option than the proposed move to Kamiah. The committee met today and came up with ideas which move a slightly different direction and they would like the Council’s support of the new direction. The committee recently discovered a case in Wyoming in which the Forest Service tried to combine four forests under one leadership and the people resisted. Then the people found an internal forest service document from 2007 stating that consolidation does not work. The committee in Wyoming recommended a moratorium on all other consolidations. The Grangeville Committee would like to change directions and oppose the consolidation based upon the grounds of this internal forest service document. Ted Lindsley didn’t feel Mr. Brazell or Ms. Krueger know about the 50 page internal document saying it wouldn’t work. The committee would like a letter to go out to Mr. Tidwell with Council approval of the Mayor’s signature. Councilwoman Grant felt a copy should be sent electronically and then followed up with a hardcopy.
The 50 page internal Forest Service document has the following 7 main topics, which were also addressed by the Grangeville Forest Service Retention Committee and the City in early correspondence on the proposed move to Kamiah.
1. Fail to accomplish long term budgetary goal
2. Have a negative effect on Agency performance
3. Result in diminished Forest Service contact with local communities
4. May endanger employee safety thru motor vehicle accidents and personal injury
5. Stress employee/supervisor relationship
6. Lower forest service employee morale
7. Dramatic negative consequences on local communities
On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Peterson that the city council stand behind the committee and draft a letter to the Forest Service stating the City is against the forest service consolidation. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WWTP PROJECT UPDATE: Public Works Director McFrederick stated the SCADA system is being set up and then they will be running water through the system to make sure it works and then begin training. On Phase II, the plans should be in our hands for review and then go to bid in March. The sludge pumps should be here in another week with install completed in about 3 weeks. The City should be able to meet our permit limits in April.
Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson to approve Pay Request #8 to TML in the amount of $630,661.74. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CONSENT AGENDA: Councilman Lester, seconded by Councilman Peterson to approve the consent agenda as listed.
1. Approve the applications submitted by the following businesses for liquor
license, wine and/or beer license by the drink and/or by the package,
pending State approval.
Askers Thrift Inc. d/b/a Askers Harvest Foods
Brenda & Doug McRoberts d/b/a Camas Lanes
GNDJI LLC d/b/a Depot Express
Jim’s Market Inc. d/b/a Cash & Carry
GNDJI LLC d/b/a Grangeville Depot II
Walle Enterprises LLC d/b/a The Establishment
BPOE #1825 Inc. d/b/a Grangeville Elks Lodge #1825
Grangeville Pizza Factory Inc d/b/a Grangeville Pizza Factory
Xie Quan Deng d/b/a Hong Fa
Richard Pearson d/b/a Oscars Restaurant
Ceressero Corp. d/b/a Palenque Mexican Restaurant
Hawkin’s Sports Inc. d/b/a Rae Brothers Sporting Goods
Rookies Sports Bar LLC d/b/a Rookies Sports Bar & Grill
CandT LLC d/b/a Seasons
Kimberly Ann Eliott d/b/a Triangle Tavern
The Twisted Cellar LLC d/b/a The Twisted Cellar
CHS Inc d/b/a Zip Trip #21
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Houger, Lester, Grant, Peterson. The motion passed.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $961,931.98 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DONATION REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to donate a family season pool pass to Chocolate Fantasy. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Chief Drew was commended by Mayor Walker on the conduct of the Chief and his department during the recent bomb threat at Grangeville High School. It was done very professionally.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk