The City Council met in regular session on March 16, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green, Public Works Director Mager and City Administrator Kennedy.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of March 2nd were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, seconded by Councilor Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AGENDA AMENDMENT: On motion by Councilor Winkler, seconded by Councilor Farris at add an update on local coronavirus information to the agenda as new information came in today. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Jordan Zwygart, Zwygart John & Associates stated it was a good, smooth, clean audit, all questions were answered and all information was provided. On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the 2018-19 audit as presented. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Rachel Young, Grangeville Arts, requested permission to hold the Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park this summer. On motion by Councilor Grant, second by Councilor Peterson to allow Grangeville Arts to hold the Summer Concert Series at Pioneer Park on July 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Carol Yalbuw requested a proclamation from the Mayor to proclaim May 7th as a National Day of Prayer and asked the Council for ideas to help promote the event. Mayor Lester proclaimed May 7, 2020 a National Day of Prayer in Grangeville. Administrator Kennedy suggested she work with Michael Stevens on ideas for the event.
Michael Stevens has been involved with the National Day of Prayer over the last few years. Last year it was in Soltman Center but he wanted to have a new idea and take it outside so it is more public. He requested to use Heritage Square on May 7th. He hopes to have pop up tents from various churches and then have prayer stations at the tents. They would have announcements and music but hope to keep the event within the hour. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Canaday to allow Michael Stevens to use Heritage Square on May 7th from 11:30 am to 1pm, with the square closed from 7am until cleaned up is completed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL REPORT: The department had 103 calls for service and 30 cases written for February 2020. Ryan Brown is looking at housing and progressing nicely. Joe Newman is on board as part time officer to help with vacations and as a fill in.
PUBLIC WORKS: Public Works Director Mager stated they are working to get the generator installed at park well. The first step it to get the cement pad in. All parts are in for Myrtle well. The install will happen in the next fiscal year. The accessory building at WWTP is completed and it’s working smoothly at the pista grit. The next building is almost done. The flow meter pit on Airport Road is in by WWTP. The new property by the plant is locked down and the well equipment is inside and out of the way. Mager and Funke went to water and sewer training. Funke is preparing for his distribution 1 license. The new Chevy is in. They have started on the picnic tables and are working to get the parks ready. The skateboard equipment will go to Lewiston for powder coating. The NPDES permit is with attorney general’s office for review and comments are in. Mike Tackett has passed his Class II license, is working on his lab license and has enough experience for Class III license. The Cross Connection program is moving forward. The Golf Course is still progressing but hasn’t been approved by DEQ yet.
On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Farris to accept the fire training minutes of February 10 and 24, 2019. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
RESOLUTION NO. 270
(Resolution No. 270 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilor Peterson who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilor Canaday.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO DECLARING SUPPORT FOR AND ENCOURAGING GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT IN THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE; FORMALLY WAIVING EQUITY BUY IN FEES FOR WATER AND SEWER ABOVE ONE EQUIVALENT RESIDENCE (ER) AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Lester then declared Resolution No. 270 duly approved and adopted. Clerical Note: Resolution number was updated to #270 in the minutes as #269 was already used.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $616,592.79 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Winkler. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SIDEWALK WAIVER AND FENCE AGREEMENT: Tyler Rupp with Hells Canyon Diesel, 617 Cunningham has no sidewalks on North A, Hill or Cunningham Streets. Mager recommended a sidewalk waiver as North A Street has tons of power poles in the right of way. It makes no sense on Cunningham and A streets and Hill Street has a large drainage ditch to collect city drainage. Tyler Rupp had a survey and found the chain link fence surrounding the property is partially place in the right of way. Some parts are on the property line and others are about 6” into the right of way. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Farris to approve a sidewalk waiver for Hells Canyon Diesel, 617 Cunningham, on North A, Hill and Cunningham Streets and to allow the chain link fence surrounding the property to remain as placed in the right of way. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ANNEXATIONS: Mayor Lester explained the City currently has recorded two signed consents to annexation on the north side of town. There are other adjoining properties who may be eligible for annexation if they would like to request it. Mayor Lester asked if the Council wanted to move forward with the annexations, offering those adjacent the opportunity to also be annexed. One idea was to send a letter to each property owner, outlining the option and including how annexation could affect their utility bill and property taxes along with police and fire services.
Chief Mager stated from a fire perspective, annexation would help drastically and it would help them decide what truck to take. The police are still there first, even if they are just holding for the county. It was suggested to include a letter from police and fire that would highlight the services provided for residents.
On motion by Councilor Grant, second by Councilor Winkler to move forward with annexation on the north side of town for those that have consented, including sending out letters to other properties in the vicinity. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
BUDGET HEARING NOTICE: On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Grant to set September 8, 2020 as the budget hearing for 2020-21. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WATERSHED TOUR: Mayor Lester wants to go to Snowhaven before budget time. Otherwise, he would like to schedule a watershed tour, including the Klein property It would include going to the top of the mountain at the cross and coming down through the watershed. After discussion, it will be scheduled in September.
CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19: Mayor Lester attending a meeting at the superintendent’s office earlier today. They are doing extra cleaning and sanitizing. Dr. Told suggested using the bleach method instead of all wipes. Riggins is shutting down after school tomorrow. Chief Drew is working with Jerry Zumalt and the hospital and they have a plan of action formulated. The Forest Service will begin work from home tomorrow.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Winkler to go into Executive Session according to Section 74-206 (c) To acquire an interest in real property. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The Council returned to regular session. No action was taken.
The meeting adjourned at 8:00 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk