The City Council met in regular session on November 6, 2017 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Chief Drew, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director McFrederick absent.
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of October 16th were approved as presented by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilwoman Grant. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Tera King and Matt Engberg with Northwest Management Inc. (NMI) were present to provide a Forest Management Update. Northwest Management has been involved with the management of watershed property since the 1980s.
The Klein Property is approximately 35 acres of standing timber. It has mature overstory with an abundance of natural regeneration in the understory. NMI recommended a sanitation/salvage harvest of the dead and dying, a seed tree harvest of over story trees and possibly thining to preferred species and spacing post-harvest. It would open it up quite a bit, and skid trails could be used for recreational use. The potential income estimate is a net of about $90,000.
Originally the Sno-drifters came to the Council asking permission to drive through City property with the groomer and found out it’s so overgrown they couldn’t really get through. Mayor Walker asked Tera to look at it and report back to the Council.
Tera and Matt explained the timber market is really good, so they’d want to get set up for winter logging. The City has been happy with Jesse Geis, but he’s already committed for winter. Another local contractor they have used is Excell Logging & Forestry Inc. owned by Mike Burrell. Councilman Winkler felt the City should move forward with the project. The logs would go to Idaho Forest Group and pulp, if any, to Lewiston.
On the watershed in general, Stand 5 is growing after the previous harvest. NMI recommends doing an entry into Stand 1 as a select harvest to clear out overstory maybe with the Klein harvest. By harvesting Stand 1, the City should be able to break even or at least end in a positive cash flow. They may propose a harvest for the summer 2018 in Stand 3 if the log market holds.
Councilwoman Grant asked if the City has a contract with NMI and what ground is covered. Tera explained there is no contract. NMI tries to come and cruise it once a year. The City only pays NMI when there is a timber contract. Mayor Walker stated it’s nice to have someone manage the property to maintain consistency while council and staff change over time.
Councilman Lane questioned what type of logging would be done on the Klein property? Would it be a clear cut? It was explained the prescription is to leave the best trees and seed tree harvest which would be a large portion of the harvest. The biggest and healthiest trees would be spaced between 30 and 40 feet apart.
On motion by Councilman Winkler, second by Councilman Lester to enter a contract with Northwest Management to log the Klein property as prescribed and as prescribed for Unit 1 on the watershed. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Fire Department Training Minutes of 10/9/17 and 10/23/17 and Executive Meeting of 10/9/17 were approved on motion by Councilman Peterson, second by Councilman Lane. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
Library Director Norman was present to provide a Library Update. The Library has been very busy with their programs and reorganizing and updating their collection and space. They applied for and received the Laura Moore-Cunningham Grant for computers, STEM Action Center Fabslam grant for a 3D printer and supplies and STEM Action Center PK12 Grant for additional filament for the 3D printer.
LIGHTED CHRISTMAS PARADE: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to close South Idaho to E South 1st instead of North Idaho to W North 2nd to allow the detour on North 2nd for the Christmas Parade. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
KIDS KLUB PAY REQUEST: On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Peterson to approve Kids Klub Project Pay Request #1 for $3,000. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
ITEMS TO NOTE: 2017 Revenue (September) and Expenditure (September bills paid in October) Reports were provided to the Council.
The meeting adjourned at 8:20 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk