City Council met in regular session on May 17, 2021 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Lester presided:
City employees present were City Administrator Kennedy, Chief Newman, Public Works Director Mager and Attorney Green.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the Council minutes of May 3rd were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Farris. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Lindsay and Bilejo Klapprich, 1015 N Junction, requested permission for a 60-day extension to live in a camper while construction and repair is occurring on the home at the same property. They are hoping to have the work completed in 30 – 45 days but they wanted a little extra time in case they had problems. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Peterson to give Lindsay and Bilejo Klapprich, 1015 N Junction a 60-day extension to live in a camper while construction and repair is occurring on the home at the same property. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Christine Frei, CEDA, Dave Taylor, DIGB2 Broadband Task Force/Nez Perce County 911 Coordinator and Jaynie Bentz, Assistant Port of Lewiston Business Manager were present to discuss the Orofino to Grangeville Fiber Backbone Project. Christine explained they are trying to utilize ARPA funds for this project as it would be quicker than applying for grants and would not delay the project. Many of the grant funds are not for middle mile fiber but last mile. Dave Taylor explained this project builds the backbone between Orofino and Grangeville. Wireless can’t cover all of it as wireless isn’t meant to be the backbone. They are proposing the Port of Lewiston would be owner of the dark fiber. The Port is already working on a backbone from Lewiston to Grangeville along Highway 95, while Moscow to Orofino already exists. They are asking the cities to contribute 10% of the ARPA funds they receive which is approximately $67,000 for the City of Grangeville. This is very important from a public safety standpoint as it ties all the 911 centers together and provides redundancy for the area. Christine asked the City to consider donating to the project with a response within a month.
Public Works Director Mager stated Spencer well was put back together, it ran 30 seconds and died. They think the driver bearing seized on the new motor or pump. PumpTech is getting a new motor and pump and will reinstall when they come back. The department is getting the pool ready. The skatepark rebuilt equipment is getting powder coated. There are tons of curb and gutter projects occurring along with new water and sewer hookups. Clean up week is finished up. They will start blade patching odds and ends when the plant fires up.
POLICE AND ANIMAL CONTROL REPORT: The department had 102 calls for service and 19 cases written for April 2021.
FIRE MINUTES: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the Fire Minutes of April 12th and 26th, 2021. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Mager stated the new SCBA’s are pretty nice; the department has been busy training on them.
BILLS: The bills, in the amount of $159,521.66 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.
IDA-LEW COMMITMENT: The Council budget’s $2,000 annually for Ida-Lew. On motion by Councilor Grant, second by Councilor Peterson to provide the support letter commitment for Ida-Lew to Idaho Department of Commerce. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
CHAIN LINK FENCE IN THE RIGHT OF WAY: Public Works Director Mager stated the fence will not be in the way nor affect State or 3rd Street. On motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane to approve placing a chain link fence in the right of way on 3rd Street for Jeff Polack, 315 N State. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
SUBDIVISION REQUIREMENT TO REQUIRE CONDUIT FOR FIBER: Mayor Lester stated the City had previously discussed requiring conduit for fiber for subdivisions and wanted to see if the Council was interested in modifying the subdivision code to do so. Public Works Director Mager stated the City did adopt an ordinance that if fiber goes in, it needs to be in conduit. At this time the city doesn’t require conduit for future fiber and Mager felt this would be difficult to plan for. The Council wanted to wait for more information on what other cities are doing for conduit.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Grant 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 7:11 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk