The City Council met in regular session on April 20, 2015 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, Clerk Kennedy and Attorney Green.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of April 6th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Jody Hoogland, Homegrown Quilts, would like to provide an activity that would be fun in the downtown Main Street area. Every even year there is a quilt show at the gym. On the off year, she would like to have a Biennial Quilt Walk. On September 19th from 9am-4pm she would like to display quilts in and out of buildings and have fun activities at that time. The Chamber board has planned and will execute a free pancake breakfast for the community. There is a driving barn quilt tour at the same time; 13 barns are participating. She would like to have a map showing downtown and where the quilts would be located. She would like to have ribbons awarded with people’s choice for certain people such as the Mayor and Police Chief. Potlatch Credit Union is interested in sponsoring a matinee at the Blue Fox for the children. She would also like to have little classes related to quilts where kids can make things. She requested permission to hang a banner across the Main Street and to use Heritage Square for the free breakfast with the chamber providing the insurance. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to have the first Biennial Quilt Walk and allow Jody Hoogland to use Heritage Square on September 19th for a free breakfast and to allow them to hang a banner from August 24th – September 19th. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Deputy Cliff Jones, Idaho County Sheriff’s Department took over as the Department Resource Officer position. He would like to reintroduce the inmate worker program. It was designed to keep people out of jail and let them work for the community and provide restitution rather than eating and sleeping only. This program is for low risk inmates only. He will bring a crew of no more than five to a location for work. He asked that the agency provide the materials needed, such as garbage cans, sacks or brooms and the inmates will provide the labor. The inmate pays $15/day which covers their own workers compensation insurance so they are covered when working; they are all adults. At this time Cliff will supervise; another deputy could step in when Cliff has other duties.
Joe Cladouhos, Syringa Hospital & Clinics asked to have a landing demonstration on the proposed helipad lot for the Planning and Zoning Commission. Due to the timing of the Council meeting and needing permission, the landing would be sometime in early May. The demonstration would be published in the Free Press for anyone interested to attend. Councilwoman Grant stated she has no doubt the helicopter could land at that location. She wondered why the demonstration couldn’t be at the airport. Councilman Winkler didn’t feel comfortable granting permission because there aren’t facts about the request. Mayor Walker explained the City is in a precarious position on hearing information due to local planning act. Dave Green, hospital board, stated the request was from Planning and Zoning, not the hospital. Councilwoman Dumas stated it’s difficult to do a provisional acceptance without actual dates. Mayor Walker explained the process and the reason why Syringa needed to ask permission to have the demonstration. At this time helicopter landings are not allowed in the City limits so the Council would need to grant a one-time exemption. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilwoman Grant deny the request due to lack of facts. Councilwoman Dumas stated considering how it came about due to an interest from Planning and Zoning, she didn’t feel it would be bad to allow the demonstration. Attorney Green explained facts about the demonstration can be given, but facts about the helipad proposal and application cannot be discussed. Dave Green explained the demonstration is a simple landing. There would be no blocking of the streets or moving a patient. Joe Cladouhos volunteered a landing at the Cottonwood helipad. Mayor Walker asked if lines could be drawn at the airport and the demonstration could be done there. Councilwoman Dumas felt it would be good to have a demonstration, even if it’s at the airport. Motion carried, Councilwoman Dumas voting no.
Andy McNab, Grangeville Country Club, stated they are remodeling the irrigation system and it’s time to pay the bills for pump, lines, labor and building. The total request is $102,726. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the $102,726 out of Webb funds to Country Club. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 32 cases written, 18 citations, 3 written warnings and 104 calls for service for March 2015. The Police and Animal Control Report for March 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Drew presented a flyer on an incident command system training that will occur on April 28th from 1pm-3pm in Lewiston. Jerry Zumalt has funding to pay mileage if anyone is interested in attending. The department had a large meth bust that was reported in the paper. Philip Smith has left for a new career; he plans to stay on as a reserve police officer with the City after a break this summer.
The Planning and Zoning Minutes for April 7, 2015 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 $172,583.61 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.
ORDINANCE NO. 898
(Ordinance No. 898 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, PROVIDING FOR THE VACATION OF A DEDICATED ALLEY RUNNING THE ENTIRE BLOCK BETWEEN IDAHO AVENUE, CUNNINGHAM STREET, HILL STREET AND NORTH A STREET, BLOCK 11, SCHMADEKA’S 5TH ADDITION TO THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE; PROVIDING AUTHORITY FOR THE MAYOR AND CITY CLERK TO SIGN QUITCLAIM DEEDS TO THE ADJACENT OWNERS; PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES RELATING TO SAID VACATION TO BE PAID BY THE PETITIONER IN RELATION TO SUCH REQUESTED VACATION.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson that the first reading be approved, that the rules be suspended, the second and third readings be waived and the ordinance be approved and adopted. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 898 duly approved and adopted.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The hearing is still ongoing with Planning and Zoning. This is just a reminder to continue secluding yourself from any discussion on the application.
The meeting adjourned at 8:32 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk