The City Council met in regular session on June 5, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
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 May 15th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AMENDMENTS: On motion by Councilman Lane, second by Councilman Winkler to amend the agenda to include appoint a library trustee and discuss bee keeping in the City as the items came in after the agenda deadline posting. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Amy Manning, III-A Program Director presented the Annual Report for III-A. The pool was formed five years ago to provide a self-funded insurance pool for Cities in Idaho. As of October 1, 2016 III-A has 35 agencies, 584 full-time employees and only 7 agencies remain on custom plans. The goals for 2016-17 were to focus on III-A’s image and promotion, current membership and wellness participation.
Melinda Hall was present to change the date for Octoberfest back to September 29th and 30th. They will be combining with the Quilt Show and Flamingo Fun Run. They would like to start Thursday night at 5pm to allow setup of food vendors and music and then Saturday will be all day with the fun run and Syringa Health Fair.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to allow Grangeville Merchants to have Octoberfest September 28, 29, 30 starting at 5pm, closing South and North State Street on the 28th at 5pm and Heritage Square the 29 and 30 all day. Councilwoman Grant stated North State needs to have one lane open for the bank. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. The Chamber of Commerce provides the insurance.
Kate Lutz is doing the Flamingo Fun Run as her senior project. She has visited with the highway district, Chief Drew and Sheriff Giddings. They plan to use the same route as last year. On motion by Councilman Lester second by Councilman Peterson to approve the proposed route for the Flamingo Fun Run for Saturday, September 30 as proposed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Angie Norman stated Art in the Park will be two days this year. The children’s room renovation is complete. They have started using the Elaine Crea meeting room and it has already been checked out four times since May. June 18th is the kickoff party for summer reading; they decided to use the Lions Club who will donate hot dogs and soda. The Library applied for and received a $500 STEM grant to use towards summer reading.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman Farris to donate a one day pool pass for those kids completing the program that don’t have a season pass. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Library Minutes of May 25, 2017 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve the appointment of Brennan Wright as library trustee, term to expire December 31, 2019. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Mayor Walker asked Attorney Green to find out if the area could be changed to the surrounding area instead of just city limits.
The Fire Training Minutes of May 8, 2017 and May 22, 2017 and Executive Minutes of May 22, 2017 were accepted on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
GRANGEVILLE YOUTH BASEBALL AGREEMENT: Attorney Green stated there was some question as to whether they could sublease to two different vendors and if one vendor could be set up outside and one in the concession stand. It was clarified only one vendor could be set up and it need to be in the concession stand, except for those items that needed to be cooked outside on the BBQ.
Mayor Walker stated the concession stand was never intended to be a profit for someone else; it was a fundraiser for Grangeville Youth Baseball only. Councilwoman Farris stated Shitznits current is running the concession stand and they sponsor a team and kick back a percentage to Youth Baseball. Councilman Lane would like to know what percentage goes to youth baseball. Councilman Lester stated private booths are not allowed elsewhere in the City and it shouldn’t be allowed here either. Councilwoman Farris stated youth baseball went with the sublease because the program was losing money on the food and they had no volunteers to run the stand. This will be on the next agenda.
BEES IN THE CITY: Mayor Walker explained he had a citizen come to him about a neighbor that is keeping bees. His wife is allergic to bees so now feels she can’t go outside. Councilman Lane felt further research is needed. There have always been bees around and there probably won’t be a massive bee attack. Councilwoman Farris stated if they are honey bees they can be easily relocated. Councilman Lester felt they shouldn’t be allowed.
The meeting adjourned at 8:50 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk