The City Council met in regular session on September 21, 2009 at 7:30 P.M. in the Council Chambers of City Hall.
Mayor Walker presided:
City employees present were Public Works Director Gortsema, Attorney Green and Clerk Kennedy. Chief Sedam was absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of the September 8th regular meeting were approved as presented by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Houger. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Justin Wilson, TD&H Engineers let Council know they have full service engineering for surveying, structural and civil engineering, all out of one office. He also stated there are storm water grants available now.
Joe Cladouhos of Syringa Hospital was present to brief the Council on the special election on November 3rd. The election is very important to the hospital. Rural Hospitals are trying to have Electronic Health Records and they have 5.5 years to comply with the law. The stimulus bill provided money for health care industry to get electronic health records. They have to get 2/3 voter permission to go into debt over $100,000.00.
Matt Smith, 306 North D was present to request permission to have a fence in North D Street right of way. He was building a four foot “zig zag” pole fence that lined up with the rest of the fences on D Street and he stopped when he found out it was on City right of way. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilwoman DeHaas to allow Matt Smith at 306 North D to have a fence in the right of way. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: The Health Insurance Committee reported that they had met with Don Solberg and recommend raising the deductible from $2,000.00 to $3,000.00 with the City picking up the additional risk using the buy down program. Don Solberg will then look at changing the renewal date from October 1st to January 1st so the policy term renewal aligns with the deductible. On motion by Councilwoman DeHaas, second by Councilman Houger to accept the Health Insurance Committee recommendation to raise the deductible to $3000.00 and to use January 1st as the renewal date. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
BILLS: The bills in the amount of $284,338.37 were approved and ordered paid out of their respective funds, on motion by Councilman Lorentz, second by Councilman Peterson. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
RESOLUTION NO. 216
(Resolution No. 216 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilman Lester who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilman Houger.
WHEREAS, THE LOCAL HIGHWAY TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE COUNCIL, HEREAFTER CALLED THE LHTAC, HAS SUBMITTED AN AGREEMENT STATING OBLIGATIONS OF THE LHTAC AND THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, HEREAFTER CALLED THE CITY, FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT AND INSPECTION OF N. MEADOWS ST. REHABILITATION.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Aiken, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Resolution No. 216 duly approved and adopted.
ENGINEER FOR NORTH MEADOW STREET REHABILITATION PROJECT: Public Works Director Gortsema recommended using Riedesel & Associates as they helped submit the application prior to funding. On motion by Councilman Lester, second by Councilman Lorentz to hire Riedesel & Associates out of Lewiston for the North Meadow Street Rehabilitation project. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WORKSHOP: Mayor Walker explained that he’d like a workshop on September 28th at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the bond fee when water is turned off and water and sewer rates at the airport.
RESOLUTION NO. 217
(Resolution No. 217 in its entirety on file in the City’s Resolution File)
The following resolution was introduced by Councilwoman DeHaas who moved for its adoption. Second by Councilman Peterson.
A RESOLUTION OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF GRANGEVILLE, IDAHO COUNTY AUTHORIZING DESTRUCTION OF RECORDS.
ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: DeHaas, Houger, Lester, Lorentz, Aiken, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed. Mayor Walker then declared Resolution No. 217 duly approved and adopted.
CURB AND GUTTER REQUIREMENTS: Public Works Director Gortsema explained that there is nowhere in the ordinances that require curb and gutter except new subdivisions. Discussion occurred, but no change was made.
The meeting adjourned at 8:25 P.M.
Bruce Walker – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – City Clerk