The City Council met in regular session on November 4, 2013 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Public Works Director McFrederick, Attorney Green, and Clerk Kennedy.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of October 21st were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Jerry Jessup with Grangeville Cemetery explained the cemetery is having a problem keeping vegetation alive. They have looked into several options and ultimately believe the most cost effective would be to drill their own well. They estimate it will take 78,000 gallons/day to keep it green. They are looking for a variance to drill a well or discounted water rates that would provide them with about the same cost as a well. The well would need to pump 50 gallons/minute. It would take 11 days to do the whole cemetery, running 24 hours/day. They would need to apply to the state for water rights and they would apply probably for 100 gallons/minute. They think they would irrigate 3-4 months per year. The cemetery also considered using the WWTP water but that is not available at this time.
Mayor Walker explained the well could infringe upon wellhead protection ordinance. The Area of impact is designed to protect the growth of the City.
Councilwoman Grant felt the City should look at a reduction of rates rather than drilling a well. Councilman Lorentz stated based on the numbers provided the rate would be 35% of the normal rate. If the City could come up with that rate would the cemetery be willing to use city water and not drill a well? Jerry Jessup responded yes. Lorentz felt it would be best to contract a rate rather than have another well in the area of impact. John Lamb felt it was best to stay on city water. Attorney Green explained that although the current bond ordinances states everyone is charged the same rate, after visiting with the bond attorney, the City can vary rates by creating a new class of user that would allow a rate different than residential. Mayor Walker stated the City would look at rates and come back next meeting with a recommendation.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 51 cases written, 17 citations, 7 written warnings for October 2013. The calls for service were unavailable due to computer malfunctions. The Police and Animal Control Report for October 2013 was accepted on motion by Councilman Houger second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Officer Quintal participated in Red Ribbon week at GEMS and a Meth presentation at GHS was given thru the Idaho Meth Project. The annual drug take back program resulted in about 15# of prescription drugs in a 4 hour time period; the department took in about 85# for the year.
Becky Hosman was present to provide a Library Report. The library gave out 250+ books at the Trunk or Treat. They hosted a meet the candidate event and received a $750 grant from the Grangeville Community Foundation for Family Read Week.
The Library Minutes of October 16, 2013 were accepted on motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk