The City Council met in regular session on October 3, 2011 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Attorney Green, Chief Quantz and Clerk Kennedy. Public Works Director Gortsema absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the September 19th meeting were approved as presented by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
J-U-B MEETING: Mayor Walker noted that the meeting with J-U-B Engineers was rescheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Council Room.
VISITORS: Keith Milliken, 819 South Idaho requested an indefinite sidewalk waiver. On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson to grant an indefinite sidewalk waiver to Keith Milliken at 819 South Idaho. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The department had 40 cases written, 0 felony arrests, 4 misdemeanor arrests, 9 citations, 6 written warnings, 1618 service activities, 4 dogs and 0 cats handled. The Police and Animal Control Report for September 2011 was accepted on motion by Councilman Houger second by Councilman Lester. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
The Planning and Zoning Minutes of September 27, 2011 were accepted on motion by Councilman Houger, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger to go with Planning and Zoning’s recommendation and to approve the conditional use application submitted by Tonya Moore at 511 North Idaho and to provide the necessary paperwork to the state. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to allow the Mayor to reappoint Wilmer Seaver to a 3 year Planning and Zoning Commission term expiring 12/31/14. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present. Mayor Walker appointed Wilmer Seaver to that term.
MEMORIAL FOR ELAINE CREA: Mayor Walker suggested a living memorial in the form of a plant at City Hall or a tree in a City Park for Elaine Crea, who passed away last week after 18 years with the City. Through agreement of the Council, a rose bush will be planted in the garden by the Library. Mayor Walker voiced his appreciation to all who attended the funeral to support the family.
STOP SCRIPT PROGRAM GRANT: Chief Quantz read the abstract for the grant to develop a pilot program and provide education on prescription drugs. It is a two year grant for a fulltime police officer. The department is already getting tons of expired or unused drugs in the drop box. The department will get to keep all the equipment and supplies purchased during the grant. Councilwoman DeHaas asked if the City needed to provide match for the grant. Chief Quantz explained that it was funded 100% by the grant and the grant writer/manager is also funded through the program. Quantz explained that his plan would be to fill this position with a current police officer. He would then hire an additional officer for patrol. When the grant ended, the officer paid through the grant would go back to patrol and the two year officer would terminate with the City. Attorney Green thinks it’s an excellent opportunity to try something new. Councilman Lorentz wanted to make sure it was clear that the extra position would be eliminated when the grant was over.
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Councilwoman DeHaas felt the only drawback was having a new hire for two years only. Councilman Lorentz questioned what would happen if the City accepts the grant but can’t find a qualified applicant to fill the patrol position vacated? Quantz stated he believes there are going to be a large pool of applicants based upon the County’s recent request for a Riggins position. On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Houger to allow Chief Quantz to accept the Stop Script Program Grant as discussed tonight. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: On motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson to go into Executive Session according to Section 67-2345 (b) personnel. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Bentley, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The Council returned to regular session. No action was taken.
The meeting adjourned at 8:10 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk