The City Council met in regular session on August 7, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
Councilmember absent: Wes Lester
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 July 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 27th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Rachel Young and Todd Marek were present to show the Council a draft picture of the proposed band shell. The committee really paid attention to making it multi use. It can still be used as picnic area, it is open on the sides for picnic tables, plays, school choir (wouldn’t need a microphone for acoustics), summer reading and any others. Mrs. Stefani was here recently and said the existing building didn’t work for band and choir and after performing a couple times she didn’t take her groups back. They have kept the building as flat as possible with a slight slope. They opened up the sides and made the opening in the rear wider. It has storage and it will be accessible with a wheelchair from both sides. The building will face east or slightly angled toward the Hilltop and be approximately 800 square feet. Todd also stated they will replace trees if they have to take any down.
The committee doesn’t have a strong stand on if they want to keep the existing location or move it. They would like the Council to make the location decision. They would like the concept approved as grant deadlines are coming up at the end of September. Grangeville Arts has a 501(c)3 they can be a subgroup under them. All the funds will go through the organization.
Mayor Walker felt the Council may need to reconsider the original location. He also felt this building looks so nice, he doesn’t want to keep the old building. Councilmembers Winkler and Grant agreed they didn’t want to keep the existing building. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Peterson to proceed with the current plans for the band shell with the location to be determined. Councilman Lane would like to meet on site with committee members to see the location options. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DISPATCH AGREEMENT: The City had a presentation last week with Whitcom for a dispatch proposal. Mayor Walker stated Chief Drew would prefer Whitcom, as they would offer more services; however fire didn’t budget for Whitcom. Councilwoman Grant stated it is more money with Whitcom; however Idaho County has poor service and they have not taken the initiative to give better service. Regional dispatch is the direction it is going in the future. Councilman Lane likes the idea of Whitcom but doesn’t know if they City can afford it. Fire Chief Mager stated he can’t live in both worlds. He doesn’t know what the rural fire commissioners would say and he hasn’t had time to talk to them but he can’t run two systems.
Jerry Zumalt stated he administers most of equipment in dispatch. Mayor Walker stated the City could get Spillman from Whitcom for $5,500 and wanted to know what Jerry could do. He will look into it and see if it’s something he could help offer though the emergency services fund. Councilman Lane asked if the City could do a one year agreement with the County to try to work with all the entities involved. Sheriff Giddings was present and stated before a solution can be determined, we need to determine the problem. Councilwoman Grant suggested tabling the decision until next meeting to allow Jerry to do some research. Mayor Walker felt the City didn’t have time as Whitcom needed to know by the second week in August. Attorney Green stated he worked with Attorney MacGregor this afternoon on the dispatch agreement and they’ve come to an agreement on the terms and to remove the reference to the jail.
On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to go with the proposed 4 year agreement with Idaho County. Peterson, Lane, Winkler voting yes; Farris and Grant voting no. Motion carried.
AUDIT PROPOSAL: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant to accept the audit engagement letter with Millington Zwygart for fiscal year ending 9/30/17 in the amount of $19,500. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
TENTATIVE BUDGET: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to accept the 2017-18 Tentative Budget. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The 2017-18 Budget Hearing is September 5, 2017.
Public Works Director McFrederick stated we are completing approximately 40,000 square yards each day on the Chipseal project. Herco stated they give us the best price because we prep and clean up the best out of all their entities. The project is going well.
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk