The City Council met in regular session on December 5, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. in the Council Chambers.
Mayor Lester presided
City employees present were Attorney Green, City Administrator Kennedy Public Works Director Mager and Chief Newman absent.
MINUTES: The meeting was called to order and the minutes of November 21st were approved as presented by Councilor Peterson, seconded by Councilor Canaday. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
VISITORS: Amy Manning, III-A, presented the Annual Report for the III-A Trust and was present to answer questions. The trust is doing well and will continue to look into cost savings measures.
COMMITTEE REPORTS: On motion by Councilor Peterson, second by Councilor Canaday to accept the Library Minutes of November 17, 2022 as presented. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
AIRPORT ADVISORY BOARD: Mayor Lester recommended Public Works Director Mager to the Idaho County Commissioners as the city resident for the Airport Advisory Committee. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Grant to recommended Public Works Director Mager to the Idaho County Commissioners as the city resident for the Airport Advisory Committee. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
WATER TANK PROJECT BID: David Watkins reviewed the High Zone Tank No 2 bids. The bids were opened November 30th and the City received one bid from T Bailey Inc. J-U-B reviewed the bid and confirmed it met the minimum criteria. There was one minor error on the date of bid but they confirmed it’s still good for 30 days. The City requested a base bid for new tank, plus bids for nine additive alternatives which are for the existing tank. At this meeting, the council is only addressing base bid, with a bid of $1,425,150.00. The funding estimates were $1.5 million which included contingency. The total bid with the alternatives were $1,825,150. The base bid did include an alternative foundation which is common. J-U-B will review the foundation to make sure it meets J-U-B requirements prior to approving. The City will make a decision on the alternatives at the December 19th meeting.
On motion by Councilor Grant, second by Councilor Peterson to approve the low bid for the base bid for the water tank project to T Bailey, pending USDA approval for $1,425,150. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
CITY ATTORNEY: Mayor Lester asked the Council to confirm is appointment of Matthew Jessup as the City Attorney starting January 1, 2023. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Farris to confirm the appointment of Matthew Jessup as City Attorney effective January 1, 2023. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
MIDDLE MILE NETWORK RECOMMENDATION: City Administrator Kennedy explained Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) is asking for a support letter for the creation of Idaho’s North-South Middle Mile network to connect fiber between Grangeville and Star. IRON has developed a private-public partnership with Intermountain Infrastructure Group, LLC (IIG) to address the north-south middle mile broadband gap between Grangeville and New Meadows and is expanding this middle mile network to Star. The estimated total project cost is $80 million with IRON and IIG providing $60 million and requesting the State of Idaho to invest $20 million. This project would benefit Grangeville by providing redundancy. On motion by Councilor Winkler, second by Councilor Lane to write a support letter to create Idaho’s North-South Middle Mile Network from Grangeville to Star. Motion carried by a unanimous vote of the Council present.
INLAND CELLULAR TOWER ASSIGNMENT: Mayor Lester informed the Council this lease is on original city property and we’ve been allowing it to renew for 1 year so we could come up with new criteria for leases. City Administrator Kennedy recommended approving the assignment of the lease; however at the same time, provide them the 6 months’ notice that the agreement terminates at the end of the 1-year renewal which is in June and then needs to be renegotiated. On motion by Councilor Canaday, second by Councilor Grant to approve the assignment of the lease and provide notice of termination on June 16, 2023. ROLL CALL VOTE: YES: Canaday, Farris, Winkler, Lane, Grant, Peterson. NO: none. The motion passed.
The meeting adjourned at 6:42 P.M.
Wes Lester – Mayor
Tonya Kennedy – Clerk