City Council met in special session on July 18, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Library Director Norman, Fire Chief Mager and Clerk Kennedy.
LIBRARY: Library Director Angie Norman added $2400 to cover outsource cataloging. She applied for a $5,000 grant to upgrade computers. If she does not receive a grant, she would like $1,000 in the budget to replace a couple computers.
FIRE: Fire Chief Bob Mager requested increasing firemen salaries from $10 for each meeting and fire to $20 for each meeting and fire. Bob added a telephone line back in at the fire station to allow for a dialer that will call dispatch if the heat fails in the station. Capital outlay requests: three complete turn out sets and a new public works/fire building. Bob proposed building the structure with Webb Funds and it would be placed next to the pole building at Public Works. It would have 4 bays; 50’ by 60’ long, and include electrical, insulation, drain and heaters.
POLICE: Police Chief Morgan Drew explained he budgeted for a 3% increase for Paul (who is maxed out on pay scale) and a 3% increase for himself. The OT amount is more due to the current staff covering shifts while sending new hires to the academy and training.
The dispatch contract was presented to sheriff and the Chief has had one follow up conversation since. There has been no communication showing any progress on signing the agreement. One option is to go with Whitcom out of Pullman. They are a regional dispatch center. The dispatch expense would be $50,000 for the first year. Chief Drew’s recommendation is to budget for Whitcom and continue to work with the Idaho County to see if an agreement can be signed. If the City stays with Idaho County then the increased amount would not be spent. The City may consider budgeting for the Whitcom increase, but in the meantime, the Mayor will contact the Sheriff to ask the status of the dispatch agreement with the County.
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk