The City Council met in regular session on May 19, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, Public Works Director McFrederick and Clerk Kennedy.
Mayor Walker apologized for his behavior at last meeting to Councilwoman Dumas or anyone else it may have offended.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of May 5th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to add the following amendments to the agenda as the items came in after the agenda was posted. Motion carried.
1. Discuss a letter received from Grangeville Highway District concerning the Truck Route
2. Sidewalk waiver request from Vickie Peterson, 415 South College
3. Discuss stairs and sign in Pioneer Park – Wes
4. Executive Session: According to Section 67-2345 (f) Litigation
SYRINGA HOSPTIAL INVITE: Joe Claouhos was present to invite the Council and staff to take a tour of the hospital from 12:30-1:00 pm this week or next week.
PUBLIC HEARING POOL FEES: Clerk Kennedy reviewed the fees for the 2014 Season and explained the new lifeguard class fees. No public comments were made. The hearing closed at 7:35 pm.
WWTP PHASE II UPDATE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve Pay Request #10 to Shannon Industrial for $30,559.79 and to approve Changer Order #5 $4,091.00. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 48 cases written, 17 citations, 0 written warnings and 129 calls for service for April 2014. The Police and Animal Control Report for April 2014 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Drew presented Officer Walters with his K9 POST certificate for Narcotics Detection after which Officer Walters performed a search with Taser for the Council and audience to watch.
Becky Hosman was present to provide the Council with a Library Update. The Library is getting ready for the summer reading program. They are planning to attend the free lunch at the school during the summer to try to extend the program to those who don’t come into the library. They will also attend the luncheon in June with the Idaho Community Foundation and participate in the “on the spot grants”. The library continues to work on Art in the Park. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to donate 1 day pool passes for those that complete the summer reading program. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Recreation Committee met with the Manager Ciarra Benton and Clerk Kennedy to review the pool hours and current staffing. Based upon the number of applicants the committee plans to open evenings in June and Saturday and Sunday afternoons for this season. The manager will continue to monitor patron counts.
Fire Department Update: The Council received copies of a brief report on what is happening in the fire department. On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Lester to accept the Fire Department report. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $195,572.95 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.
RESOLUTION #239 – POOL FEES FOR 2014 SEASON
RESOLUTION NO. 239
(Resolution No. 239 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilman Lester who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilman Peterson.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE ESTABLISHING NEW FEES AND LISTING ALL ESTABLISHED FEES AT THE SWIMMING POOL.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Resolution No. 239 duly approved and adopted.
SURPLUS: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to surplus the 1999 John Deere LT155 from Public Works. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT CONDITIONAL USE REVIEW: Mountain View School District had a conditional use to have banty chickens in Residential Zone A. The agreement had a review after two years to determine if the agreement should be revoked. Clerk Kennedy spoke with the current ag teacher and she has not been raising chickens and does not intend to do so. Attorney Green stated since they aren’t raising chickens at this time, the City could revoke it and a future teacher could apply if the school decided to use chickens in the program again. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to revoke the conditional use for up to 20 chickens with Mountain View School. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SEWER CAMERA UPDATE: During the budget process a sewer camera was budgeted to view sewer lines. It was suggested renting out the camera on occasion to video private lines to get a return on investment but only if operated by a City employee. The department suggested a rate of $100.00 / hour. The City will move forward with a public hearing to adopt the rate so the camera could be used and billed on private lines.
GRANGEVILLE TRUCK ROUTE: The City received a letter from Grangeville Highway District offering to allow the County to take Day Road and City to take over the Grangeville Truck Route. The City doesn’t get additional funds as Highway User funds for the City are based on population. Mayor Walker stated the City doesn’t have the means or ability at this time to take over the road but could look at it in the future. He felt the City should provide an answer through Attorney Green. Councilman Lester felt there would be some good points to taking over the road where the City wouldn’t have to ask permission to cross the road, but the City doesn’t have the funds. He felt the City should politely decline.
SIDEWALK WAIVER: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver on College as requested by Vickie Peterson at 415 South College. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PIONEER PARK STAIRS AND SIGN: During budget sessions the Council talked about removing the stairs at Pioneer Park and getting a sign and possibly re-landscaping. Councilman Lester and Mayor Walker visited the park and found out the steps were used heavily while they were there. It was suggested the stairs be fixed and then maybe have a sign made and hung on the pool house building instead. Councilman Lester will have a design made by Aqua Jet and submitted for the Council review.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to go into Executive Session according to Section 67-2345 (f) litigation. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lorentz, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The Council returned to regular session. No action was taken.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Public Hearing – Idaho Community Development Grant on May 20, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. Audit meeting on May 21, 2014 at Oscars at 12:00 p.m. and Personnel Handbook changes are due by June 1, 2014.
The meeting adjourned at 8:45 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk