City Council met in regular session on April 16, 2018 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Mager, and City Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director McFrederick absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of April 2nd were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Canaday. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Rachel Young with Grangeville Arts requested permission to have the 2018 Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Park as shown on the agenda. Mayor Lester asked if the Farmer’s Market contacted them about operating the market during the concert series. Rachel stated yes and they have no problem with the market being there. On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Grangeville Arts to have the Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Park July 12th, 19th, 26th and August 2nd. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 36 cases written, 21 citations, and 88 calls for service for March 2018. Chief Drew stated the background investigations on the possible new hires were completed; however, no one successfully completed the background checks. The City is still advertising for an officer. Chief Drew explained each year the police department budgets to replace a taser. He has found an option to use a purchase program which allows the City to buy all the tasers upfront and pay them off over five years. The Chief provided handouts for the Council to review and make a decision at the next meeting. On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to accept the Police Report for March 2018. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SIDEWALK WAIVERS: Mayor Lester stated the sidewalk waivers from last meeting were going to be reviewed again this meeting. He visited with Public Works Director McFrederick and Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Mager after the last meeting and he felt further information needed to be considered.
Discussion occurred on the Camas Prairie Food Bank request. Mayor Lester stated the sidewalk would dead end into the alley, there is an open ditch and Grangeville Rehabilitation doesn’t have sidewalks. Even if a culvert is installed, the sidewalk won’t be placed on the culvert. The City isn’t positive where the right of way for Florence Street is located. Councilwoman Farris questioned why the City requires sidewalks when we give waivers all the time. Clerk Kennedy stated not every request goes to the Council. Other sidewalks get installed and deposits taken with building permits. Councilwoman Grant felt it’s not advantageous to have a sidewalk going nowhere.
On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane to lay on table the indefinite sidewalk waiver to Camas Prairie Food Bank at 411 East North Street. Motion failed. Councilors Lane, Winkler, Farris and Grant voting no.
On motion by Councilman Grant, second by Councilman Lane to approve an indefinite sidewalk waiver to Camas Prairie Food Bank at 411 East North Street. Motion carried. Councilman Peterson voting no.
Clerk Kennedy explained the sidewalk waiver request at 733 South Idaho was withdrawn as the current owners have a new bid for the project. Mayor Lester wanted the record to show the waiver given to Jim Moody was because the property line goes to Idaho Street. There is no right of way in which to place the sidewalk. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Lane to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver to Jessica and Eugene Blackburn at 733 South Idaho. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $219,381.73 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SECONDHAND STORE: On motion by Councilwoman Farris, second by Councilman Canaday to approve the Junk Shop/Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Stores license for Cross Over Ministry for Everyone d/b/a Papa’s Attic. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SPRING CLEAN UP: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Farris to set Spring Clean-Up for May 14th – May 18th. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS: Clerk Kennedy explained she is waiting on an answer back from the Idaho State Archives. They have never wanted any of these records in the past; however she would not purge until she has final approval from the State.
RESOLUTION NO. 257
(Resolution No. 257 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilwoman Farris who moved for its adoption pending approval from state. Second by Councilman Winkler.
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY AUTHORIZING DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Resolution No. 257 duly approved and adopted.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Clerk Kennedy provided an update on the comprehensive plan progress. The committee is meeting monthly and is receiving information back from local agencies as requested. The committee is also almost done with the Housing Stock Survey.
Bob Mager reported the City removed a willow tree on Lincoln Avenue that was causing sewer issues.
Attorney Green stated all the requested information on the Klein property was submitted to the Attorney General and the City is waiting for a response.
Mayor Lester scheduled a Personnel Committee meeting with department heads at 6:00 pm, May 7, 2018.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk