The City Council met in regular session on April 21, 2014 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director McFrederick absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of April 8th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: John Watson with Riedesel Engineering and Kevin Dollar with Idaho Forest Group would like to connect to City sewer on Airport Road and Day Road. They have been working with Public Works Director McFrederick. McFrederick had reviewed the initial plans and they are at DEQ. They would like to get an out of city service agreement for sewer.
John Watson provided a map of the proposed lines. He explained the line on Day Road is beyond the power lines. They are more than 10’ from the water lines. To cross Day Road, they have applied for a utility approach permit from Grangeville Highway District. Mayor Walker explained the City may not want to own the green line but rather wait until the line gets on Airport Road. The green line is not in Grangeville Highway District jurisdiction except during the crossing of Day Road. The line is on IFG property and IFG would provide an easement to the City if it’s a City line. A flow meter would be in a vault by Day Road so it could be easily accessed by the city. The City specified the meter should be electronic. Mayor Walker explained the City does not want to maintain meter.
On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson to grant Idaho Forest Group the authority to proceed with their wastewater project and hook up to the City sewer pending working out the details in the out of City sewer agreement. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Kristy Beckstead requested permission to hang a banner for Sexual Assault Awareness Month this week. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to allow the Sexual Assault Awareness banner to be hung across Main Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Rachel Young, Grangeville Arts, requested permission to have the Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7 and 14. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Grangeville Arts to use Pioneer Park for the Summer Concert Series. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WWTP PHASE II UPDATE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to approve Pay Request #9 to Shannon Industrial for $176,081.93 pending Public Works Director McFrederick approval. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 54 cases written, 22 citations, 2 written warnings and 128 calls for service for March 2014. The Police and Animal Control Report for March 2014 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Officer Walters is progressing well with the canine program. He should be done at the beginning of next month.
Fire Department Update: The Council received copies of a brief report on what is happening in the fire department.
DECISION ON WILLIAMS VACATION REQUEST: Lowell Williams wanted to propose vacating the alley but allowing a 15’ utility easement to be retained. He previously had issues with theft of service on his dumpster and then on the green cans. They built the retaining walls and now they don’t have that issue since there isn’t access through the alley.
Councilman Lester brought the same idea up at last meeting. He is not in favor of closing alleys; however due to the slope of the ground he doesn’t think it will be used for a drive through alley. He felt if the City could keep a utility easement then the City hasn’t lost use of the alley.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to vacate alley and keep a 15’ public utility easement as the width as platted. Motion carried, Councilman Lorentz voting no. Councilman Winkler abstained.
PROPOSED DOWNTOWN AREA AND ADA DESIGNATED PARKING SPACES SECOND READING:
ORDINANCE NO. 889
(Ordinance No. 889 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR DESIGNATION OF DISABLED PARKING SPACES IN THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS CENTER IN THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.
Councilman Lester made a motion, second by Councilman Peterson that the second reading be approved and the ordinance pass to the third reading. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lorentz, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $375,545.32 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.
SURPLUS: Chief Drew asked the Council to surplus an old HP scanner and 2 HP office jet printers that don’t work. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to surplus the items listed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
TEMPORARY CONTRUCTION PERMIT: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to approve the request by Mark and Sally McColloch to live in the travel trailer at 322 E North 7th Street until June 15, 2014 while remodeling the house. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DISCUSSION ON NEW POOL FEES: Clerk Kennedy explained a public hearing on the proposed fees for the pool relating to the Lifeguard certification would occur on May 19th. It was suggested to have two different fees: a regular rate for non-City employees and a lesser rate for City employees.
BORDER DAYS BEER GARDEN: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Winkler to approve the beer garden for Grangeville Border Days July 2nd-5th, 2014. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk