City Council met in regular session on July 17, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
Pete Lane Wes Lester
City employees present were Chief Drew, Public Works Director McFrederick, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of June 19th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AMENDMENT: On motion by Councilman Lester seconded by Councilman Peterson to add the beer and wine license for the Triangle to the agenda as it came in after the deadline. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 26 cases written, 14 citations, 2 written warning and 100 calls for service for June 2017. The Police and Animal Control Report was accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Chief Drew reported they interviewed candidates for the officer position last week. The department is currently in the background check phase.
The Snowhaven Report was presented by Scott Wasem, Manager. He explained the hill had a good year, about $111,000. They had about 6,000 ticket sales; approximately 50% hill/50% tubing. Jim Fogleman will start tomorrow to resurface the lodge wall facing the hill. It is cedar now and will be done by the end of next week with a product called diamond coat. They are using revenue sharing on the project. The lions club also plans to donate some funds to offset costs. Idaho County light and power will be putting in two underground lines to the top of the hill. Scott would like a transformer moved that is right next to the groomer. They agreed to that and also will move the main power to the west side of the cargo container. The electrician discovered we had no ground wire and it was a potential for electrocution. In February Scott ordered some new rental equipment. Snowhaven received a 25% discount due to being a member of the Idaho Ski Area Association. Rental equipment will be about $20,000. No payment is necessary until February 2018 and March 2018.
Scott would like to log Snowhaven. Most of the trees are white fir and a little bit of spruce. Glenn Poxleitner with Idaho Forest Group cruised the property and estimates Snowhaven could get approximately $15,000-$20,000. Most of the white fir is diseased. His plan is to take out everything over 25’ tall. Councilman Lane asked how many acres will be logged. Scott explained Snowhaven has 60 acres; about 40 acres that are skiable. There is really about 20 acres with trees. It could be logged at the end of August if the Council proceeds.
City electric went to the top of the rope tow and discovered it’s in metal conduit. It’s not to code anymore and would take at least $4000 to get it corrected. Some of the conduit is open and on the ground. Night skiing doesn’t even come close to paying for any of it so Scott doesn’t plan to have night skiing in the foreseeable future. They will still have night tubing once a year.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to proceed with the logging of Snowhaven. Councilman Lane would like to be on a committee of go up and look at the property. Mayor Walker suggested getting a hold of Mark Kelley to make sure we don’t get on their property. Motion carried, Councilman Lane voting no.
The Fire Department Training Minutes of 6/12/17 and 6/26/17 and Executive Meeting of 6/12/17 were approved 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 $151,019.32 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BEER/WINE LICENSE: On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Winkler to approve the beer and wine license for Triangle Tavern LLC d/b/a Triangle Tavern at 211 North D & Pine Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PAWN SHOP: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Winkler to approve the Junk Shops, Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Stores license for Craig and Rhonda Clovis d/b/a Sissys Thrift at 212 Pine Street. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
GRANGEVILLE COUNTRY CLUB WELL: Public Works Director McFrederick explained the well construction was approved by DEQ. The City owns the water rights. There were two issues on the application submittal. The application was outdated; however DEQ had provided the application so that is getting that corrected. The other issue is the percentage of the water which will be used for domestic vs irrigation. Mike Sturdevant with Horrocks Engineering will be helping the Country Club on the well construction.
The City owns the water right for the source from the 1960s when it was drilled for irrigation. Then they started using a little water for the clubhouse and never got the water right for that. The Country Club is working toward getting the water rights corrected. Public Works Director McFrederick helped with the submittal on the water rights and will be monitoring to ensure the City keeps the water right.
PERSONNEL HANDBOOK DRAFT: Clerk Kennedy provided copies of the existing handbook and the revised handbook to Council and Department Heads for review. Clerk Kennedy explained ICRMP had a sample handbook which was then combined with the City’s handbook. Clerk Kennedy asked the Council to review and compare the handbooks and then the item would be placed on a future Council agenda for discussion.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to go into Executive Session according to Section 74-206 (b) personnel. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Farris, Winkler, Lester, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The Council returned to regular session. No action taken.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Budget Meetings – July 18, 19 and 20 2017 in the Council Room at 6pm.
The meeting adjourned at 8:40 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk