City Council met in regular session on August 20, 2018 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Public Works Director McFrederick, Attorney Green, and City Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Mager absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the Council minutes of August 6th were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Katie Told with Grangeville Swim Team explained they would like to help make the pool a little nicer by updating the benches. They would like to write a grant for the Grangeville Community Foundation grant and asked if they City would sponsor the grant and go in for thirds on 4 or 5 benches. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Peterson to have the City sponsor the grant and contribute 1/3 cost for 4 benches. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL REPORT: The department had 124 calls for service, 34 cases written, 29 citations, and 0 written warnings for July 2018. Officer Graham wrote and received a grant for approximately $21,000 which includes laptops for vehicles, stands for older vehicles, state e-ticket, printer and hand scanner. The Axon cameras came in and training will occur in September.
The Fire Training Minutes of 7/2/18, 7/9/18 and 7/23/18 were accepted on motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PARKS GRANT: Mayor Lester stated Public Works Director McFrederick, Clerk Kennedy, Angie Edwards (CEDA) and Dodd Snodgrass (CEDA) met to discuss the grant. During discussion the City felt it was rushing too much to get it done by September. The consensus was the City should come up with a plan for Pioneer Park and apply in 2019. Another option is the GEM grants which can be applied for each quarter. The Council agreed not to rush into the project and they would wait to apply for the grant.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $447,892.52 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BANNERS IN ITD RIGHT OF WAY: Clerk Kennedy explained after visiting with ITD, any banner that would be placed in State right of way (Main Street) would require a State right of way permit and approval. The City would need to submit that request to Lewiston ITD and the state would approve or deny. Mayor Lester stated he would meet with Avista to make sure they are still willing to hang banners. On motion by Councilor Farris, second by Councilor Winkler to approve the banner process using ITD requirements. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WWTP FEES: Public Works Director McFrederick proposed charging an annual capacity fee of $250 to those who want to dump at the plant and then $.35 per gallon for the total gallons dumped. The Council asked to have the documents prepared for the budget hearing.
LIBRARY DISTRICT: Mayor Lester stated the Library Board and past directors have discussed setting the library up as a Library District. Someone would need to be in charge, to start a petition to submit to the county. The boundaries would need to be determined or the district could use another taxing districts boundaries. Councilor Peterson stated it would be two years until the next election. Councilor Farris stated she could bring it to the next Library Board meeting in September. Councilor Grant felt it was work looking into. Mayor Lester felt it should go to the voters and then if the voters vote no, the Council knows.
SIDEWALK WAVIERS: Public Works Director McFrederick stated there is a ditch that needs piped and he has future plans for the road so it should be waived. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Farris to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver on Myrtle St. for Sandra Eimers, 605 E Main (Evergreen Suites). Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council.
Public Works Director McFrederick explained that portion of B Street is in Grangeville Highway Districts jurisdiction. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Farris to renew the indefinite sidewalk waiver for Gail Stowers, 822 South B Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council.
SURPLUS: The City owns an old D8 cat that is cable operation, that has been parked up the at sno-drifters area for years. It’s very old – maybe around 1938. On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Lane to surplus old cat D8. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Idaho Forest Group Mill Tour, September 18th, 5:30 pm – 8 pm
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk