2015 Council Minutes Archive

December 21, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on December 21, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 December 7th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  The department had 31 cases written, 8 citations 77 calls for service for November 2015.  The Police and Animal Control Report for November 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lane.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Drew and Sgt. Quintal attended a class called Human Performance and Use of Force which was excellent.  The content and training will be passed on to the rest of the department.

The Fire Department Minutes of November 9, 2015, November 16, 2015 and November 23, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The Library Minutes of December 2, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

SURVEY:  The survey committee met and was made up of Councilmembers Dumas and Lane, John Kennedy, Lily Willig, Rosalie Jessup, Cathy Wassmuth and Dan Gautney.  It has been almost 37 years since Grangeville has had a public survey.  If the survey is approved, the committee is willing to do a pre-media survey blitz and then will tally the results once surveys are returned.

Councilman Lane stated the survey does the following:  1. proactive procedure 2. invites citizen participation 3. survey allows the council to be informed decision makers and 4. survey provides guidance to council to make the City even better than it is.

John Kennedy stated the whole reason of the survey is to provide good information for the Council.  The survey would be mailed out with the utility bill and depending on the response; they would like to send a second mailing.

Mayor Walker felt it’s a good representation of the community and he wouldn’t’ want to tweak it much.  It was suggested to provide an explanation of the general fund.

Councilman Lester would like to see LID listed as a funding option for street, curb, gutter, sidewalks.

Councilwoman Grant would like to see it two sided and she would like the graph bigger.

On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to have the committee come back at next meeting with the updated design and see if Tonya can get pricing on a color two sided insert.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:  Councilwoman Dumas stated the comprehensive plan ties in with the survey.  She would like to see the Council update the plan in 2016.  There are certain required aspects of the plan that were not included in the 1980 version.

BILLS:  The bills in the amount of $210,920.38 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

SURPLUS:  On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to surplus the 2002 Chevy Tahoe (K9 unity) from the police department.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COUNCIL DATES:  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to adopt the 2016 Council dates as listed.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMMUNITY PROJECTS PARTICPATION:  Clerk Kennedy explained the City is participating in the “Putting all the pieces together for success grant” with CEDA over the next year.  Clerk Kennedy will be attending all the meetings.  Cathy suggested a sidewalk

ITEMS TO NOTE:  The City received a State Insurance Dividend Check of $6,089.

Mayor Walker stated this last year has been a trying year as Mayor.  He felt there has been a disconnect.  He’d like to see the disconnect healed so the Council/Mayor can think about the people and do the peoples work.  He would like to offer a peace offering to everyone in hopes that next year will be better.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

December 7, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on December 7, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 November 16th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

VISITORS:  A.J. Heath was present to discuss homeless care.  He saw a recent KREM 2 broadcast which showed about 3,000 homeless children in Spokane County.  In Region II there are around 94 homeless children.  He would like to see a regional effort where people would think of ideas co combat homelessness.  One such idea is “tiny houses” which have all essential living space in a 7’x15’ area.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Councilwoman Dumas provide an update to the Council on the City survey.  The committee has met a couple times and will have a final meeting tomorrow night.  They will have a recommendation soon.

Public Works Director McFrederick provided a Cash and Myrtle Well Update.  The rehabilitation on Cash Well is almost complete.  Once the City gets two 24 hour consecutive samples without errors, the well will go back online.

Myrtle Well has about 100’ of damaged pipe (of the 500’ total).  The existing motor is being rebuilt and the City will buy new motor as a backup. The backup motor could be used for Myrtle or Cash well.  Both wells will be done before spring and the project is coming in under budget.

HELICOPTER ORDINANCE:  Mayor Walker stated the City received good information from the Grangeville EMTs.  Attorney Green’s idea was to provide categories to think about that aren’t requirements but could be considered for the issuance of permit.  After reading the letter from the EMTs, Councilwoman Grant felt the City needed to slow down and get the ordinance right.  She would like to see a couple EMTs meet with a couple councilmembers to discuss ideas.   Councilwoman Dumas agrees with Councilwoman Grant.

On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane to table the ordinance for future discussion and revision.  Mayor Walker stated if the ordinance is tabled, then all the people that came to the meeting to speak would not be able to comment.  Councilman Lane rescinded his second on the motion.  Councilwoman Grant then seconded the motion.  Motion carried, Councilman Lane voting no.

Mayor Walker stated he was not going to create a committee tonight.  The council will need to be careful with the open meeting law.  The information will be digested and then the City will figure how to move forward.

LOCHSA LAND SWAP:  Mayor Walker asked if the City has a position after individuals attended the Lochsa Land Swap.  On motion by Councilwoman Dumas, second by Councilman Winkler to move that the City draft a letter opposing the Lochsa Land Exchange.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

SURPLUS:  On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant to surplus the Masterbuilt 49 cubic feet non-working freezer.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CANVASSED ELECTION RESULTS:  The canvassed election results are show below:

Amy Farris  185
Daniel Gautney  160
Peter B Lane  289
Michael B Peterson 261

On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester to accept the 2015 canvassed election results.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

AUDIT AGREEMENT:  On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester to authorize the signing of the 2014-15 Audit Agreement in the amount of $19,000 with Millington Zwygart.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

319 GRANT:  Public Works Director McFrederick stated the City received notification on the award of the grant to start this spring on the project.  He would like to have Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute be the project manager for the grant.  DEQ encouraged the City to participate in this grant; it’s a shading project to hopefully reduce the temperature of the creek.

On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute as project managers for the Three Mile Creek 319 Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

VACATION/SICK MIKE CURTISS:  Councilwoman Grant explained Mike Curtiss had asked to meet with the personnel committee which included Councilmen Lester and Lane.  Some of the discussion revolved around the intent of the motion from May 18th on a sick bank request.

On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Lane to give Mike Curtiss back his 14 days of vacation he asked for last May and carry it over in 2016 and make it an exception to the handbook.  Mayor Walker questioned why Mike wouldn’t have to use his vacation before being granted sick leave when other past employees did need to use their vacation and sick first.  Councilwoman Grant stated it made a difference because he had been here for 30 years and out of respect to him.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

ITEMS TO NOTE:  Revenue and Expenditure Reports 2014-15 Year End.

The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

November 16, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on November 16, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 November 2nd were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  The department had 11 cases written, 5 citations 91 calls for service for October 2015.  The Police and Animal Control Report for October 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize payment of the Ski Patrol dues for $1,232.00.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The Fire Department Minutes of October 5, 2015 and October 26, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

HELICOPTER DRAFT ORDINANCE DISCUSSION:  The Council received copies of the proposed draft ordinance.  Under the application process Councilman Winkler thought the 45 days should be deleted and under guidelines the City listed as additional insured.

Councilman Lane stated on the last condition it should say repair damage to public and private property.  Lane questioned whether residents should sign off on the permit.

Councilwoman Grant questioned who would police it to make sure the conditions are met. The City Clerk will have to gather the information.  She felt taking out the 45 days and stating repair of public and private property are good changes.

Councilwoman Dumas asked if it was arbitrary that the City can look at some of the conditions and not others.  Councilman Winkler felt it would allow applicants to come prepared, knowing these are possible conditions.

On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilwoman Grant that the changes listed below be in the final draft of the ordinance.

• Delete 45 days from the application process.
• Provide proof of insurance naming the City as additional insured.
• Repair damage to public and private property.

Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

ORDINANCE NO. ___

(Ordinance No. _____ in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROHIBITING THE LANDING AND/OR DEPARTURE OF HELICOPTERS IN THE CITY OF GRANGEVILL EXCEPT AT APPROVED LANDING SITES; PROVIDING FOR LANDINGS APPROVED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT; PROVING FOR PERMITS TO BE ISSUED BY THE GRANGEVILLE CITY COUNCIL; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL AND PUBLICATION; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

Councilman Winkler made a motion, second by Councilwoman Grant that the first reading be approved and the ordinance pass to the second reading.  ROLL CALL VOTE:  YES: Dumas, Winkler, Grant, Peterson.  NO:  Lester, Lane.  The motion passed.

Kim Spencer with the Grangeville EMTs voiced concerns.  She stated no other Cities have a permit for helicopters.  She felt that the City is singling them out and picking on the EMTs.  Councilman Winkler asked if there was a problem with applying for the permit?  Kim responded no; it is just a bunch of hoops to jump through.

Mayor Walker told the story about when Neil Fales used to have board meetings at the Idaho Trust bank and often flew up for the meetings and landed in the parking lot.  There are situations when helicopters have landed in the City non-related to medical.

Robin Embry asked if the ordinance could be changed to only planned events and not emergencies or mass casualties.  She is concerned that law enforcement may not be around.  Councilman Lane stated the Chief of Police or his designee will be available.  This was talked about during the drafting process.  There was concern about allowing EMTs who don’t work for the City to have the authority on emergencies.

Rachel Beeson stated she felt the City doesn’t understand what EMTs do and the EMTs are the main ones affected.

Brian Perry questioned if there was a difference between granting a permit and accepting liability?  Attorney Green felt it would be unlikely the city would be sued for granting a permit.

BILLS:  The bills in the amount of $210,739.05 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.

GRASS ORDINANCE:  Chief Drew explained the majority of property owners receiving notice complied.  The City mowed two residential lawns for about $75 each.  These charges were paid from the general fund. Chief Drew would like guidance on the intent of the ordinance.  Some of the areas affected are residential and some are industrial areas.  Mayor Walker stated the intent was to look at residential areas. Attorney Green stated maybe it could be revised to apply to certain zones.

SICK BANK: Mike Curtiss was present and asked for a meeting with the personnel committee. The committee will contact him to get it scheduled.

COMPRESSOR PURCHASE:  Public Works Director McFrederick had $19,000 budgeted for a compressor.  Hahn has a 2011 demo unit for $12,250 the City would like to purchase.  On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to allow public works to purchase the compressor that was budgeted.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

LOCHSA LAND SWAP:  Senator Risch will be here on November 24th for a hearing on the Lochsa land swap and Mayor Walker asked if the city wanted to have any input.  After discussion, it was determined the City was not prepared to write a letter as members felt the City didn’t have all the facts.  Everyone was encouraged to attend the meeting and comment individually if they chose.  Additional information could be brought back to the council for further discussion.

ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION LETTER OF INTENT:  Councilman Peterson questioned whether there needed to be a parcel description attached to the letter.  Attorney Green stated he left it ambiguous so if they met the benchmarks we could get the description at that time.  Mayor Walker suggested getting the aerial picture and attaching it to the letter. On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to accept the letter of intent for animal rescue foundation and authorize it’s signing.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 P.M.
_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

November 2, 2015 Regular Meeting

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:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane

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 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
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

October 19, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on October 19, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 October 5th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

AGENDA AMENDMENT: 

VISITORS:  Joe Cladouhos, Syringa Hospital, provided an update on the fiscal year end financials and construction progress.  The board has asked Joe to update the City and County every few months.  The hospital is busy and active and most of the numbers are up.  They just purchased Hollopeter’s building and a lot of equipment.

Clarence Chapman, Syringa Hospital Foundation, asked to connect to city water before the annexation is finalized.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lane to allow Syringa General Hospital thrift store to hook to City water before annexation and waive the equity buy in fee.  They will have double rates until annexed.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  The department had 18 cases written, 10 citations, 7 written warnings and 88 calls for service for September 2015.  The Police and Animal Control Report for September 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilwoman Grant.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The Fire Department Minutes of September 8, 2015, September 14, 2015 and September 28, 2015 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Scott Wasem, Snowhaven manager recommended a rate increase from $9.00/hour to $12.00/hour for Thane Hoiland as the new assistant manager.  Scott will be stepping down over the next couple years.  Scott has been working on the groomer.  He had to pull off a pump that runs the tiller and have it rechecked.  The pump is fine, so he’s looking at a possible electrical problem instead.  He is re-doing the lodge steps again; putting on non-skid treads.  He’s been working on the tbars and Ts and tbar seats. The Forest Service leased the building this summer for fire crews.  They rented it for two months and the City is in the process of receiving the funds at $1,000/month.  He will have a water sample done to make sure all is good.

The ski swap is November 20th and 21st.  They will check in and sell both Friday and Saturday.  Jerry Greenland comes from the McCall area and has great rental equipment for sale for about ½ price.  Snowhaven is vital entertainment for the community.

On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to adjust the assistant manager pay rate from $9.00/hour to $12.00/hour.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Clerk Report:  Clerk Kennedy reported the City and Grangeville Swim Team received the Grangeville Community Foundation Grant for swimming pool lane lines in the amount of $873.25. The lane lines will be ordered soon.  Using the Invoice Cloud Service, the City has received 55 payments for approximately $6,800 in a little under one month.  The citizen’s seem to be happy with the service.

HELICOPTER DRAFT ORDINANCE DISCUSSION:  Mayor Walker clarified the Council directed Attorney Green to draft a base ordinance for consideration.  The Council has a second proposed draft of the ordinance to consider tonight.  Mayor Walker didn’t feel the ordinance should have any content related to a helipad and shouldn’t restrict a helipad.  The City currently has a process on the books where an applicant goes through the conditional use process.  The Council needs to consider this from the future and not just as a hospital.  He didn’t feel the council should tie the hands of a future council or future business.  If it is acceptable or safe for a business to go through the conditional use process they should be able to.  He asked Attorney Green to put in an avenue for helicopters to land.  He felt there should be a permit system that allows the council, based on information provided, to approve a permit.  An example would be the simulated emergency at the high school; maybe a landing could be on the football field but maybe not in the parking lot.  He also felt landing without a permit should institute a fine.  It was suggested to remove section 3 and 4a.

Councilman Lester asked if the ordinance passed could someone still go through the variance/conditional use process.  Attorney Green stated they would first ask for a variance from the city council; if granted, the process would go through a conditional use.  Mayor Walker stated that’s why he felt it was redundant.  The current process is more fair since planning and zoning allows for   public comment.  Councilman Winkler asked the City gains if the above changes are made.  Attorney Green responded no one could land a helicopter without a permit.  Mayor Walker stated if the City doesn’t restrict heliport/helistop then the proposed ordinance wouldn’t need to go to P and Z.  Councilman Winkler felt the Mayor was correct; it is a more fair to use the conditional use process.  It was suggested Attorney Green rewrite the ordinance for Council review and discussion. Councilman Peterson felt the City should stay with the conditional use process for helipads, but add an exemption for law enforcement, penalty and permit.  Both Councilman Lane and Councilwoman Grant would like to see a new draft.  Councilmen Lester and Peterson questioned whether an ordinance was necessary if everything is taken out.  Lester questioned what guidelines should be used to make a decision on whether to allow a permit.  A new draft will be available at the next meeting.  David Ketchum with TO-Engineers in Boise stated he’s done this type of work for 40 years and would be happy to be a resource to the City pro bono.

BILLS:  The bills in the amount of $204,582.19 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

P&Z RESIGNATION:  On motion by Councilman Lester, second Councilman Peterson to accept Ed Eckert’s resignation from Planning and Zoning.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

ANIMAL ARK AGREEMENT:  On motion by Councilman Lester, second Councilman Peterson to authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the Animal Ark Agreement.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

ITEMS TO NOTE:  Public Works Director McFrederick stated Larry Greenwalt resigned.  The position is going to be kept in house, working with the contracted operator.   Jason Worley is a level III operator and contracts with various Cities.  The City’s plant requires an operator with a III license.

The meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

October 5, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on October 5, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
Wes Lester

City employees present were Chief Drew, Clerk Kennedy and Attorney Green.  Public Works Director McFrederick absent.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

MINUTES:  The meeting was called to order and the minutes of September 21st were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

VISITORS:  Jim Moody, 733 South Idaho, requested a sidewalk waiver.  He’s doing a remodel and there are no other sidewalks south of his house.  The street right of way is only 40’ and his property goes to the curb.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver to Jim Moody at 733 South Idaho.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Ralph Rau, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest provided an update on all the fires this season.  Most of the fires burned on the front area rather than as historically in the back country. Every City except Grangeville, Kooskia and Stites was under some stage of restrictions.  They are assessing areas with damage and looking to see what needs to be fixed before the seasons change.  In fire areas they are looking at road side salvage; approximately 200’ along the roadsides for safety areas.  They will also look at an area fire salvage for bigger areas with fire damage and then watershed restoration efforts.  The forest will be in a post fire recovery mode for quite some time.

Zach Peterson, Forest Planner provided an update on the Forest Plan Revision.   He emphasized how important public response is to get the plan correct.  The Forest Plan Management is required by federal laws.  They have been working on it, however due to the fires, the priorities have shifted to post fire needs. The forest plan is a rule set that all future plans must be consistent with – similar to zoning regulations.  They are looking at maybe having a final decision in 2017 or 2018.  It’s critical that people are involved as the plan is revised based up public input.  When they get back up and running, they will have additional public meetings for citizen input.

REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER:  Melisa Bryant requested removal from the agenda and she will be back at the next meeting.  Mayor Walker pointed out the newest map ARF is considering.

PETERSON OUT OF CITY WATER REQUEST:  Discussion continued on the out of City water request from Rick and Kim Peterson Mike Peterson questioned if the property is contiguous to city limits.  Mayor Walker responded the hospital foundation has submitted a request for annexation and is currently in the process but at this time it is not contiguous.  Councilwoman Grant felt because the other two properties didn’t pay the buy in, Rick shouldn’t have to pay the buy in.  Councilman Lester felt city water was put in as backup for the well system and everyone already had water so Rick should not have a buy in.  He felt the Council was trying to clean up the area.  Mayor Walker explained how a prospective owner of the car wash came to the Council and they were told they had to pay the buy in.  They chose not to buy the property.  Then the new owner of the car wash building was given a waiver.  Now a waiver of the buy in for this property is being discussed even though the request was for out of City water hookup.

Rick stated they would like the meter installed and ready in case they need it.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Grant to allow Rick and Kim Peterson at 93 North Highway 95 to hook up to City water and to waive the buy in fee.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

PIONEER PARK COTTONWOOD TREE:  In front of the bathhouse is a Cottonwood tree.  The tree is about 20’ tall before any branches start and about 4’-5’ around.   Public Works would like to take the tree down as it is starting to rot.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow public works to take down the cottonwood tree in Pioneer Park.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

HELICOPTER ORDINANCE:  Attorney Green talked to Chief Drew about the ordinance.  Chief Drew suggested allowing an exception in case law enforcement needs to have a helicopter land in the City limits for an emergency such as a mass casualty.  Mayor Walker stated during the special meeting, FAA guidelines were discussed and also current accidents that have occurred with helicopters across the nation.  There was discussion that Section 2 needs to provide a better definition of safety and intent.   The Council should submit revisions to the Clerk so a new draft can be prepared for the October 19th meeting.  Councilwoman Grant talked about congestion, flight approach, protection zone and not allowing by churches, hospitals and schools.  It was questioned whether it needed to be a crime if the ordinance is violated.

 
The meeting adjourned at 8:27 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

September 21, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on September 21, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:
Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 September 8th and September 14th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Clerk Kennedy explained she will be getting together with Attorney Green to review the requirements for comprehensive plan changes and she will let the Council know.

AGENDA AMENDMENT:  On motion by Councilwoman Grant, second by Councilman Lane to accept the amendment to the agenda to add Rick and Kim Peterson and their request for out of City water.

VISITORS:  Rick and Kim Peterson requested out of City water at Gem Cutting Systems, 93 North Highway 95.  They are on city sewer and would like to have city water as a backup.  They know the rates are double and they have no problem paying the out of city rates.  Councilwoman Grant questioned if he was aware of the equity buy in.  Rick stated he knows there are costs.  Public Works Director McFrederick reminded everyone that annexation is the requirement for water and sewer according to City ordinance.  Rick doesn’t want to be strapped into a box and he doesn’t want to annex.  Mayor Walker felt the City needed to talk about annexation since that is a condition to receive water.

Attorney Green stated it is not the best practice to amend the agenda the day of meeting.  He recommended not making the decision on the request tonight, but at a future meeting.  Councilman Lester stated the property is not contiguous so it can’t be annexed at this time.  Mayor Walker mentioned the thrift shop is currently in the process of annexation.  Mayor Walker asked if Rick was able to figure out some of his current issues would he be willing to sign a consent to annexation.  Rick said he would sign, but not with a date attached to it.  McFrederick asked what the major hurdle is for being in the City.  Rick responded the building permit process.  This will be on the next agenda.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  The department had 28 cases written, 19 citations, 8 written warnings and 130 calls for service for August 2015.  The Police and Animal Control Report for August 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lester.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

BILLS:  The bills in the amount of $179,271.81 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

 
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

September 14, 2015 Special Meeting

The City Council met in special session on September 14, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:

Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Wes Lester

Councilmember absent:

Pete Lane

Others in Attendance: Jeff Kutner, Dan Gautney

The Council discussed heliports in the City Limits.  On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilwoman Grant to have the city attorney draft an ordinance to not allow established heliports and/or the landing of helicopters in the City limits of Grangeville.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The Council discussed the comprehensive plan and what changes may be necessary.  The Council felt the statistical information and outdated verbiage needs to be updated.  Councilwoman Grant will attempt to re-type and update what she can and then the Council will review and discuss at a future meeting.

The Council discussed a City survey and what options may be available.  It was agreed that Councilwoman Dumas, Councilman Lane and Dan Gautney will get in touch with CEDA and come up with questions for a survey.  The Council will  look at these and decide what to do.

The meeting adjourned at 9:11 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

September 8, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on September 8, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:

Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 August 17th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

PUBLIC HEARING ON 2015-16 BUDGET:  Clerk Kennedy reviewed all the budget numbers for 2015-16, including fee increases in street light, water and sewer.  No public comments were received and the hearing was closed.

VISITORS:  Daley Clinton and Gail Williams represented Adam Schatz request to sell fruit at Pioneer Park.  Gail explained he is providing the fruit as a service to the community.  He provided the insurance to City Hall and he doesn’t want to do it during the Farmers Market as it may take away from what others are doing. Attorney Green referenced 10-3-10 for the Council and didn’t feel it would be a good idea to make an exception.  Gail said he’d be happy setting up on private property.  No action taken.

Melisa Bryant representing the Regional Animal Shelter, wanted to find out if the executive plan and budget submitted was sufficient information.  They are looking at a habitat for humanity type thrift shop rather than a retail store.  They did research throughout the state and found four shelters of our size to compare.  They are tentatively planning two employees; one director, a supervisor for the thrift shop and everything else is volunteer labor.  The first thing they need to do is secure site.

Councilman Winkler stated they are looking for about 1 acre.  Public Works Director McFrederick stated there are 4 acres available by the plant.  Councilman Winkler asked what direction the wastewater treatment plant would need to expand in the future.  McFrederick felt the plant would expand in the interior.  Winkler questions how much is the grant they would apply for and he was concerned about the restrictions they might have.  Melisa responded they would plan to have the city review the grants to make sure no restrictions are placed on the funds.  Councilman Lane questioned if the 1,000 square foot thrift store was included in the 3,000’ square foot shelter.  Melisa explained it would be in addition. Councilwoman Grant asked about adoptions funds and the donation line item.  Melisa explained the adoption fees help cover costs of preparing the animal for adoption and the donation amount is a good estimate from talking with Animal Ark and their collections in the past.  Councilwoman Dumas thinks the trend everywhere is for these types of facilities.  In limited research she hasn’t come across a shelter that has failed.

Melisa stated she’d like to come back in a few weeks to request the property.

QUILT WALK:  Jody Hoogland wanted to request permission to have the Alders set up their trailer for meals and drinks at Heritage Square during the event.  The Chamber is providing the free pancake breakfast.  Mayor Walker suggested allowing any vendor to be at the event as long as they have insurance and the sales tax forms. On motion by Councilwoman Dumas, second by Councilman Winkler to allow Jody Hoogland to determine an event coordinator and open Heritage Square to other vendors.  Motion carried, Councilman Lester voting no.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  Councilwoman Grant explained the council committee met with Rural Fire to negotiate a new agreement.  The council committee felt the rent agreement should be tied to the water hydrant fee.  If water rates increase, the rent would go up the same percentage.  Councilman Lester said whether rural fire trucks are in the City station or not, the utilities would remain the same. Kevin VanGunten with Rural Fire was present and stated they were fine with the agreement.  On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Peterson to adopt the Rural Fire Agreement.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Fire Department Report for August 3rd, August 10th and August 24th were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

Mayor Walker stated after last meeting he was accused of being liar so he wanted to clarify the use of the Grangeville buffalo fire truck.  The firemen promote the City of Grangeville during the Christmas season.  The truck needed repaired and the bill came through in June for $930.55 and was approved by the council.  No one questioned the bill.  In July an email was sent out with Councilwoman Grant and Bob Mager about maybe taking the truck off the City books.  Councilwoman Grant stated this was due to Rural Fire agreement discussions over space in the fire department.  Mayor Walker found out on August 14th.  Mayor Walker stated Chief Tackett let him know there would be another bill coming on the truck as it is back in Cox’s shop.

ORDINANCE NO. 902

(Ordinance No. 902 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)

AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2015, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $4,761,322.00 TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSES AND LIABILITIES OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR; AUTHORIZING A LEVY OF SUFFICIENT TAX UPON THE TAXABLE PROPERTY AND SPECIFYING THE OBJECTS AND PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID APPROPRIATIONS ARE MADE.

On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lane 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: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson.  NO:  none.  The motion passed.  Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 902 duly approved and adopted.

ORDINANCE NO. 903

(Ordinance No. 903 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF SECTION 8-5-3-1 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE RELATING TO SEWER RATES; PROVIDING FOR INCREASE IN SEWER RATES AND INCREASING THE RATES OUTSIDE THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE; PROVIDING FOR THE RETENTION OF THE REMAINDER OF SECTION 8-5-3; PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH.

On motion by Councilman Peterson, 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: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson.  NO:  none.  The motion passed.  Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 903 duly approved and adopted.

 
ORDINANCE NO. 904

(Ordinance No. 904 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF SECTION 8-5-5 OF THE GRANGEVILLE MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO METER RATES; INCREASING METER RATES BY A FOUR PERCENT (4%) RATE; REPEALING ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND, PROVIDING FOR ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL AND PUBLICATION.

On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler 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: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson.  NO:  none.  The motion passed.  Mayor Walker then declared Ordinance No. 904 duly approved and adopted.

RESOLUTION NO. 244

(Resolution No. 244 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 PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN STREET LIGHT FEES PURSUANT TO GRANGEVILLE CITY CODE SECTION 8-4-3.

ROLL CALL VOTE:  YES: Dumas, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson.  NO:  none.  The motion passed.  Mayor Walker then declared Resolution No. 244 duly approved and adopted.

POLICE SALARY SCHEDULE:  On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Peterson to adopt the police salary schedule as included in the budget.   Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

LIFE CHAIN SUNDAY:  On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester to accept Life Chain Sunday on October 4, 2015 from 2:30 pm-3:30 pm.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

PIONEER PARK ROCKS:  Councilwoman Grant explained Liz Clark wanted to donate the two Pioneer Park Rocks from several years ago.  On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Lester to accept the two rocks donated by Liz Clark.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

August 17, 2015 Regular Meeting

The City Council met in regular session on August 17, 2015 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.

Mayor Walker presided:

Councilmembers present:

Scott Winkler
Mike Peterson
Beryl Grant
Shelley Dumas
Pete Lane
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 August 3rd were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

VISITORS:  Christy Facey, Grangeville Christian Church requested permission to close the street for the annual fall roundup on September 13th.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Grangeville Christian Church to close South 1st Street on September 13th from 8am – 3pm for the annual fall roundup.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

COMMITTEE REPORTS:  The department had 41 cases written, 18 citations, 4 written warnings and 136 calls for service for July 2015.  The Police and Animal Control Report for July 2015 was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Winkler.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.  The new vehicle arrived and it is currently getting outfitted with equipment.  Rick Thanstrom provided a copy of the form being used for the new grass ordinance.

Fire Department Report for July 6th, July 13th and July 27th were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

BILLS:  The bills in the amount of $561,012.65 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

MUTUAL AID AGREEMENT:  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to authorize the Mayor to sign the Mutual Aid Agreement between Rural Fire and the City Fire Department.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

GRANT SPONSORSHIP WITH SWIM TEAM:  Clerk Kennedy explained swim team and the pool would like to go into together to buy new lap lane lines that could be used by both entities. The cost variation is $2,100-$2,800 and the pool manager is waiting on final numbers.  Swim team is willing to write the grant to the Idaho Community Foundation (ICF); if granted, the total cost would be split three ways.  On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to sponsor the ICF grant and share the cost for the new lane lines for the pool.  Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.

ITEMS TO NOTE:    
• Revenue and Expenditure Reports – 3rd Quarter
• 2014-15 Budget Hearing:  September 8, 2015
• 2015 Elections:  Candidate Filing Period August 24th – September 4th

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 P.M.

_________________________________
Bruce Walker – Mayor
ATTEST:
_______________________
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk

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