City Council met in regular session on March 21, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided:
City employees present were City Administrator Kennedy, Chief Newman and Attorney Green. Public Works Director Mager absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the Council minutes of March 7th were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Cindy Carlson was present to introduce herself as a candidate for Senate Seat 7. She is a Riggins business owner, is concerned her conservative vote is not being heard and worried about future generations.
PUBLIC WORKS REPORT: none
POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL REPORT: Chief Newman reported the City had 75 calls for service and 18 reports taken. Officer Vance is doing well and scheduled for the academy in May.
FIRE MINUTES: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the January 10th and 24th, 2022 Fire Minutes. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $390,019.62 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
TOWER LEASE CRITERIA: Mayor Lester asked for discussion on what items should be included in any of our future tower leases on City property. The following items were sent out for discussion:
• Require signage on the property/tower with the primary company name and contact info
o Do we want to be notified of subleases?
o Do they need signage for every sublease on the property/tower or just provide notice to City hall of all subleases?
o Is there an extra charge if subleases are added to the property/tower?
Councilor Winkler liked having signage with the contact information of the primary company located on the tower. Councilor Peterson asked how many towers the City has. Kennedy responded 6 total towers. After discussion, the City wanted to be notified of all subleases, but didn’t feel it was necessary to have their names on a sign on the tower. Councilor Grant stated she hasn’t seen a lease agreement and wanted to know if the verbiage was the same. Mayor Lester stated they are all different which is why the City wants to have standard criteria for all. Administrator Kennedy stated she would like to see a new agreement created specifically with the City when the lease expires. Councilor Grant stated she would like to see all the leases the same and have Attorney Green come up with a standard lease we can use as they come up for renewal.
Councilor Lane questioned insurance standards to make sure the City is covered if something happens. Councilor Lane also asked if the towers are fenced and if not, should they be. Councilor Grant explained several years ago someone came wanting a fence around the Inland tower and the concern was that a 7’ fence might be in the way of snowmobilers during the winter snowfall. Mayor Lester, Administrator Kennedy and Attorney Green will get together to create a standard lease agreement to use for all leases.
ANIMAL ARK AND ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION: Mayor Lester explained Animal Ark provided notice that they are dissolving as of March 31st. Animal Rescue Foundation is interested in taking over for the remainder of this fiscal year. Administrator Kennedy explained they would meet with ARF in August to see if it works to renew the agreement. Councilor Grant suggested having a meeting before budget time to see if there are changes necessary. On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Grant to approve the agreement with Animal Rescue Foundation for April 1, 2022-Septmeber 30, 2022. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
BUDGET HEARING 2021-22: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Farris to set September 6, 2022 as the budget hearing for 2022-23. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
DISORDERLY CONDUCT ORDINANCE CHANGE: Attorney Green stated the old ordinance wasn’t worded sufficiently so he reworded the section on disorderly conduct to better fit the situations our department uses.
ORDINANCE NO. 955
(Ordinance No. 955 in its entirety on file in the City’s Ordinance File)
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF TITLE 6, CHAPTER 1, SECTION 5 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE RELATING TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF ORDINANCES OR PARTS OF ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; AND PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.
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. 955 duly approved and adopted.
ITEMS TO NOTE: Attorney Green let the Council know he filed for the district judge position, is currently running unopposed and the vote is on the primary ballot in May. It would take effect in January.
Keely Rowland, Janell’s replacement started today.
The meeting adjourned at 6:57 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk