The City Council met in regular session on April 6, 2010 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Public Works Director Gortsema, Attorney Green, Chief Quantz and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the March 15th and March 29th meetings were approved as presented by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Pat Alfrey introduced herself as a candidate for Idaho County Clerk.
Sue Kutner of The Gallery was present to request a road closure on July 2nd for a memorial service for Ron Jones. She wanted to close the parking spots in the morning and the memorial will run from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to grant The Gallery permission to close the parking spots in front of the Gallery on Friday July 2nd and the street between 3:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. between Hall and State Streets. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department responded to 138 calls for service. There were 76 cases written, 19 misdemeanor arrests, 1 felony arrest, 31 citations, 13 written warnings issued, 9 dogs and 0 cats handled. The Police and Animal Control Report for March 2010 was accepted on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Quantz is in the process of signing up for the federal surplus program to allow the City to access vehicles at no cost to the City.
On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Houger to accept the Library Minutes of March 25, 2010. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Clerk Kennedy answered questions on some of the concerns brought up about maintenance in the minutes.
BUILDING INSPECTOR CONTRACT: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Lester to authorize the Mayor to sign the contract with Steve Meshishnek for building inspection, pending the City Attorney’s determination of liability insurance requirements. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ORDINANCE FOR BURIAL ON PRIVATE PROPERTY: Attorney Green read the draft ordinance concerning burial on private property in the City.
ORDINANCE NO. 856
(Ordinance No. 856 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE RELATING TO THE BURIAL OF HUMAN REMAINS; PROVIDING THE ORDINANCE TO BECOME EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH
On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Lester 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: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Bentley, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 856 duly approved and adopted.
WWTP PERMIT ISSUES: Mayor Walker summarized the proposed implementation schedule for phosphorus compliance and the importance of deciding how the City should proceed. The next step is to provide EPA with an implementation schedule, showing the City is making progress toward complying with phosphorus compliance. The filter system is approximately $500,000 and $715,000 for installation of the phosphorus equipment. If the City chooses to raise rates by $10/month, the City could raise $193,200 and use $521,000 from reserves to pay for the installation of the phosphorus equipment. On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Houger to adopt J-U-B’s proposed timeline for phosphorus compliance. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AREA OF IMPACT ORDINANCE REVISED: Mayor Walker asked the Council if they had a chance to review the draft area of impact ordinance from the County. The Council was in agreement with the proposed ordinance, although they wanted it to include an updated map. Mayor Walker would relay that to the County.
LETTER FROM ERIC & KARA PARDUE: Councilman Lorentz sympathized and agreed with the letter submitted by Eric & Kara Pardue concerning their strong opposition to the Airport Road Alignment option for re-routing the Grangeville Truck Route; however he felt the letter needed to be addressed to the County and Grangeville Highway District as the City has nothing to do with it. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman DeHaas to send Pardue’s a letter in return stating the City sympathized and agreed with them, but the City felt the letter needed to be addressed to the County and Grangeville Highway District as the City has nothing to do with it. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CLAIM FOR CHRISTOPHERSON: Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilman Lester to submit the claim to the insurance. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BUDGET HEARING: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to set September 7, 2010 as the budget hearing for 2010-11. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BRICKS AT HERITAGE SQUARE: A citizen that had purchased an engraved brick questioned what happened to all the bricks that were removed from Heritage Square. Councilman Peterson stated that there are not enough engraved bricks from Heritage Square to build a wall and he felt the citizens should be given the option of picking up their brick or having it installed at another location along Main Street. After discussion, Councilman Lorentz made a motion, second by Councilwoman DeHaas that the City’s policy should be to store the bricks until all the bricks on Main Street are removed and then come up with a new project to install the bricks at a future date. If someone wants their brick back they can pick them up. Motion carried, Councilman Houger voting no.
The meeting adjourned at 9:00 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – City Clerk