City Council met in regular session on July 20, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided
City employees present were Attorney Green, Public Works Director Mager and City Administrator Kennedy. Chief Drew absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of July 6th were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, seconded by Councilor Canaday. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Joe Cladouhos was present to introduce himself as a District 2 County Commissioner candidate for a 2-year term.
David Watkins and Adam Rushold, J-U-B presented the draft rate analysis results for sewer. The improvements projects with funding alternatives are shown below.
• Trunk upsizing – Pass the storm flow.
• Infiltration and Inflow (I&I) reduction projects with a goal to have 50% reduction in 10 years.
• Wastewater Master Plan – Decision by 10/2024, implement schedule by 10/2025 and compliant with permit by 4/2039.
• Ongoing I&I Reduction – Budget $150,000 per year in addition to $100,000 I normal capital work.
• Cash fund capital improvements
• 175% initial rate increase
• Reduce rate after Year 3 and 4
• Bond for $2 million to fund CIP projects
• 25% initial rate increase to fund bond and cover cash funded CIP projects
• 4.88% rate increase for six years
• Bond for $3 million to fund CIP projects
• 22% initial rate increase to fund bond and cover cash funded CIP projects
• 1.5% rate increase for the remaining years
• Decrease ongoing I&I budget to $100 thousand per year
• Successful grant funding of 50%
• Bond for $1 million to fund CIP projects
• 8% initial rate increase to fund bond
• 2% rate increase for the remaining years
It was suggested to budget around $150,000 annually to work on reducing Infiltration and Inflow (I&I). As part of the newly issued NPDES permit, in 2024 the City will need to let DEQ know how it will address the discharge temperature at the plant. Reducing I&I over the next several years will play a large part in the master plan for the wastewater plant and could help reduce the possibility of DEQ requirement oversized improvements at the plant.
Watkins stated the proposal uses most of the investments the City has saved and he questioned what type of reserves the Council would like to see. After discussion, the Council wanted to see $500,000-$1,000,000 in reserves to account for emergencies that may occur.
The Council felt alternatives 3 and 4 were the only viable options for the City and asked Watkins to revise them to account for additional reserves. The Council will review and discuss at the next meeting.
POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL REPORT: The department had 107 calls for service and 15 cases written for June 2020. Officer Brown continues to progress in his training program. All the other officers are doing well and appreciate the support the department is receiving from the Council and the community.
PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works Director Mager stated the crew has been working at the WWTP. They are getting a flume in the creek to measure flows according to our new permit. They have been fighting with the flow meter the last few months and had to order a new one. The west ditch is offline, and the new band screen is being installed. They have been working on water leaks, patching, parks and pool. A sewer line at Sts. Peter and Paul school will be replaced in the next couple weeks.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $402,078.99 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
PUBLIC INQUIRY RESPONSES: Mayor Lester reminded the Council when members of the public visit with them about an idea or something coming up, the public will assume you agree with the idea, unless you specifically say no. Mayor Lester stated he always tells them they need to call City Hall for accurate information and recommended Council members do the same. Administrator Kennedy stated City Hall is seeing an increase in conditional use zoning applications and reminded the Council if they are contacted by the applicant or the public, they need to nicely let them know they can not talk about it and those comments needs to be relayed at the hearing.
ORDINANCE NO. 942
(Ordinance No. 942 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, PROVIDING FOR THE REZONING OF IDAHO COUNTY TAX NUMBER 85 TO THE INDUSTRIAL ZONE; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF EXPENSES IN RELATION TO SUCH REZONE; 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 Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor 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: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Ordinance No. 942 duly approved and adopted.
ITEMS TO NOTE: The budget hearing dates are July 21-23 at 6pm.
Mayor Lester stated the Klein property parking lot is completed. The monument has been moved to the new parking lot from the old location.
The meeting adjourned at 7:25 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk