The City Council met in regular session on November 2, 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 October 19th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Melisa Bryant with the Animal Rescue Foundation, submitted letters of support from Animal Ark that they are on board with the regional animal shelter. After talking to Public Works Director McFrederick they would like .5 acre to use for a building and another .5 acre to use for non-permanent items such as a dog run. They are requesting a donation of property of .48 acres and the usage of an additional .5 acres with the contingency of meeting the bench marks as submitted.
On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to have Attorney Green draw up a letter of intent for the Animal Rescue Foundation for a 2 year benchmark to donate .48 acres with option to lease the other .5 ac. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Michele Gildner, president of the Syringa Hospital Foundation invited everyone to attend the Festival of Trees activities. They are having it at the senior center this year. They would love to have the council attend the Friday lunch. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Peterson to donate a family pool pass to Festival of Trees. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Becky Hosman was present to provide a Library Update explaining current programs at the library. Her husband got a job out of the area, so she’ll be moving in December.
On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant to accept the Library Minutes of August 27, 2015 and October 29, 2015. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Peterson to appoint Susan Anderson to the Library Board for a 5 year term expiring 11/30/20. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
HELICOPTER ORDINANCE: The revised ordinance basically reads with a permit by the Council, someone could land a helicopter in the City. Law enforcement would be at a major accident and could authorize the landing. All EMTs are certified landing zone officers and are re-certified every 2 years. Any medical helicopter requires a certified landing officer to land so the EMTs would guide them in.
Councilman Peterson would like to see a couple officers trained as certified landing officers. Chief Drew stated each agency (medical vs army/national guard) would most likely provide their own certified landing officer. Coucilwoman Grant would like to see the power point material on landing zones.
Bill Spencer was worried whether a landing would be permitted for spring fling. He didn’t feel they should have to go before the Council each time. They think the police chief should be able to approve the landing. Councilman Winkler questioned why Bill couldn’t request a permit in advance so it could be approved when the date was set. Bill Spencer questioned why the permitting process was even necessary. No other city requires it. Councilwoman Grant felt the City needed to continue discussion on the ordinance.
RESOLUTION NO. 245
(Resolution No. 245 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilman Peterson who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilman Lane.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, FORMALLY ADOPTING THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE INVESTMENT POLICY.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Resolution No. 245 duly approved and adopted.
HANDICAP RAMP IN SETBACK: Kevin Snow and Floyd Lytle at 826 North Hall Street requested approval of a handicap ramp in the setback. On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to allow Kevin Snow at 826 North Hall Street to have a handicap ramp in the setback according to by City Code 10-3-4B. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WWTP VEHICLE: Public Works Director McFrederick stated they test drove three different vehicles on Gortsema’s lot and this was the best one. The vehicle budgeted was originally going to be a 1 ton vehicle but after further discussion the department decided a half ton would be adequate. On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to purchase a work truck for the Wastewater Treatment Plant of a 2010 Chevy with 54,179 miles for $19,602. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
GATEWAY ISLANDS LANDSCAPING: Public Works Director McFrederick talked to Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) about a proposal to remove the plants and put grass in at the gateway islands. ITD doesn’t like the idea. They don’t want the City out there to mow it. They would prefer decorative concrete. Bob Mager and ITD thought we could just tear it out and put fabric and pea gravel down. Mayor Walker was not in favor of pea gravel. McFrederick stated at this time the maintenance has been contracted out but it hasn’t worked out as hoped. The City could just work to maintain what we currently have.
SURPLUS: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to surplus the WWTP 1994 Chevy S10 (#7). Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
MANDATORY EMPLOYEE MEETINGS: Councilwoman Dumas would like to see a family meeting reinstated where employees could meet with the Council on any questions they may have. Mayor Walker stated he would need to think about a forum and how we would get together where people can ask questions.
The meeting adjourned at 9:05 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk