City Council met in special session on February 20, 2018 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Mager, and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director McFrederick absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of February 5th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS: On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Peterson to add the catering permit for CandT LLC and the Kids Klub request to the agenda as both requests came in after the deadline. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Richard Jackson with Inland Cellular stated for security of the tower, they propose to install a 6’ chain link fence with 3 rows of barb wire at the top. They would use the building as one side of the fence and then continue around the tower and back to the building. They would install the fence in the spring when they can get to the tower. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Canaday to allow Inland Cellular to install a fence as proposed.
Abner King, Syringa Hospital CEO was present to introduce himself to the Council.
Linda Fox, liaison for Syringa EMT’s stated the Spring Fling is March 3rd and 4th here in Grangeville. It is the 33rd Spring Fling Conference and will be a two-day event. It will last all day Saturday, with banquet Saturday night and half day Sunday. They will have a Life Flight helicopter come in for landing and training at the high school during the conference. There will be a Landing Officer class, which Chief Drew and Sgt. Quintal will be attending.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 43 cases written, 16 citations, and 83 calls for service for January 2018. Chief Drew attended the Idaho Police Chief Association Conference in Nampa. Of the many classes, the highlights were the fleet management class, use of drones for police investigations and FirstNet build out with AT&T which is a public safety based internet/cell service which gives public safety priority in emergencies.
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: Public Works Maintenance Supervisor Mager reported they worked on the following projects:
• Assisted Williams Plumbing at Lane’s building.
• Water leak by Camas Body on the water main.
• Bad sewer tap on the north side that will probably need to be abandoned.
• Freedom Northwest kiosk is completed on the city side.
• New house is going in the Blewett Subdivision.
• Atmosphere drain at Eimers well is completed.
• New public works employee was hired.
• New drive-by meter reading program is up and working.
• Sewer camera is being used a ton and has saved a lot of money for the City.
POOL DONATIONS: Councilwoman Grant felt the City needs to be fair; however she felt the City should not donate pool passes. Councilman Winkler didn’t think the City should be donating with tax dollars. Councilman Canaday felt donations should be considered but limited. On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilwoman Grant to no longer donate any pool passes. Clerk Kennedy asked for clarification. The City has given out 2 family passes and 6 individual passes for more than 20 years for those who couldn’t afford to swim otherwise. Department of Health & Welfare and Grangeville Elementary school work together to determine the recipients of the free passes. It was agreed the Department of Health & Welfare passes are not donations so the motion does not apply to those passes. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $367,149.40 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
STREET CLOSURE PROCEDURE: Discussion occurred on having staff authorize street closures. Currently most closures happen during special events or during a construction project which is taken care of in house. Chief Drew stated a form can be developed that will allow the Police Department and Public Works to authorize and then send out the approval to the Council for information only. The Council agreed to move forward with the change.
SIDEWALK WAIVER: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Farris to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver to Mark & Sally McColloch at 913 N Junction. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CEDA REPRESENTATIVE: Dylan Canaday volunteered to be the CEDA representative.
BEER LICENSE: On motion by Councilwoman Farris, second by Councilman Canaday to approve the beer license for Grangeville Border Days Inc. d/b/a Grangeville Border Days. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BEER GARDEN: On motion by Councilwoman Farris, second by Councilman Lane to approve the beer garden application for Grangeville Border Days event July 4th – July 7th, 2018 from 3pm to 1am at the Grangeville Border Days Rodeo Grounds. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CATERING PERMIT: On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the catering permit for Grangeville Country Club to cater for Chocolate Fantasy at Sts. Peter and Paul Activity Center, 318 S B, on March 17, 2018 from 12pm to 1am. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilwoman Farris, second by Councilman Winkler to approve the catering permit for CandT LLC (Seasons) to cater the EMT Conference dinner on March 3, 2018, 5pm – 11pm at the Grangeville Event Center, 1005 Hwy 13. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
KIDS KLUB PAY REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Canaday to approve the Kids Klub pay request #4 in the amount of $169,443. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Mayor Lester stated DEQ is having a water source meeting in Lewiston that Bob and Eric are attending. There is an ITD Stakeholders meeting in Lewiston; if anyone wants to attend let Tonya know so she can RSVP. The special meeting for the buy-in fees is February 27th from 6pm – 8pm at the Soltman Center.
Attorney Green stated Bill Taylor’s lawsuit was dismissed by the court. Clerk Kennedy reported no logging has taken place as the weather conditions are not conducive to logging. Northwest Management is monitoring the conditions and if it changes, allowing.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk