Power County Commission minutes for March

Published in The Power County Press April 23, 2014.

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 3rd, 2014. Present were Commissioners Ron Funk, Chairman, Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present were Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht and Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen.

COMMISSIONER AGENDA (I.C. #67-2343): Following a review of I.C. #67-2343, and good cause appearing therefore, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to amend the March 3rd, 2014, Commissioner Agenda to include the following items:

Power County Sheriff – Shoshone Bannock Tribes

Fort Hall Indian Reservation Law Enforcement Jurisdiction

Power County Community Education – Adult Spanish GED Class

Three Rivers Resource, Conservation & Development (Grant Funding)

Carried.

POCATELLO REGIONAL TRANSIT (PRT) – SENIOR CITIZENS BUS SCHEDULE: John Saint-Vincent, Executive Director of the Power County Senior Citizens Center, appeared before the Commissioners to discuss Pocatello Regional Transit’s (PRT) schedule to service senior citizens’ transportation needs. Also present were the following individuals:

Sister Anthony Marie – SEICAA Area of Aging Director

David Hunt – PRT Director of Services

David Doran – PRT District Mobility Manager

Skylar Beebe – PRT Operations Supervisor

At the outset, Mr. Hunt reported that the transit services provided by PRT in Power County are available to all residents on an “advance notice” basis, with senior citizens receiving services on a “donation” basis only. Mr. Hunt then presented statistical information on use of the services within Power County, showing a significant decline over the last year. Mr. Doran then reported that in areas where marketing has been an emphasis, PRT use has increased. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed that an immediate and intensive public awareness campaign should be commenced by PRT to ensure that all Power County residents, and particularly senior citizens and veterans, are aware of the bus service.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – JAIL REMODEL: Following discussion with Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the quote submitted by BGM Builders, Inc., to extend the drywall above the ceiling in the Power County Jail, to correct a design flaw in the remodel project that could jeopardize security. Carried.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS – TABLE MOUNTAIN REPEATER SITE (CO-LOCATION LEASE): Aaron Clark of Clark Wireless appeared before the Commissioners via speaker telephone to discuss allowing private individuals to access the Table Mountain Repeater Site as a “co-location” facility for a monthly fee. Also present were Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries and Prosecutor Ryan Petersen. Following discussion, the Commissioners instructed Prosecutor Petersen to prepare for the Commissioners’ review a proposed agreement between Power County and Clark Radio to administer co-location leases at Table Mountain Repeater Site; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until April 14th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – SHOSHONE-BANNOCK TRIBES (FORT HALL INDIAN RESERVATION/LAW ENFORCEMENT JURISDICTION): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners with Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen to review the letter dated February 24th, 2014, from U.S. Department of Justice Attorney Wendy Olson giving notice that Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale has signed a general order authorizing the Center Violations Bureau Docket for the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; accordingly, Fort Hall tribal law enforcement officers who have received their special law enforcement commission from the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be able to issue citations for a specific set of federal misdemeanor violations on or affecting the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Following discussion, Prosecutor Petersen suggested that litigation may be the only remaining avenue to resolve these disputed jurisdictional issues. Sheriff Jeffries reported that he will be meeting with U.S. Attorney Olson within the next couple of weeks and will keep the Commissioners apprised.

POWER COUNTY DRUG COURT – SURPLUS PROPERTY (I.C. #31-801): Following discussion with Power County Magistrate Judge Paul Laggis and a review of Idaho Code #31-801, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to declare one surplus computer on site at the Power County Courthouse as surplus county property with a value of less than $250, to be donated to the Power County Drug Court for use by participants as Judge Laggis deems appropriate. Carried.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNITY EDUCATION – ADULT SPANISH GED CLASS (THREE RIVERS RESOURCE, CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT – GRANT FUNDING): Commissioner Wright reported that he had recently attended a meeting with Paula Jones of Three Rivers Resource Conservation & Development to discuss grant opportunities to fund the Power County Community Education Spanish GED class. Ms. Jones has determined that no grant opportunities would be available to service the Spanish GED program unless and until an existing 501(C)(3) agency is willing to incorporate that program, or until the current directors properly establish and operate their own 501(C)(3) entity. Following discussion, Commissioner Wright agreed to continue to investigate possible funding options and report as necessary.

POWER COUNTY COMMISSIONER MINUTES: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the Power County Commissioner Minutes for February 10th and 24th, 2014, as presented. Carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345)(1)(b): Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345(1)(b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee or staff member. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 2:00 p.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried. Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to adjourn from executive session with the understanding that no decisions, determinations, actions, votes or final dispositions need be recorded as a result of this executive session. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 2:30 p.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

CLAIMS: Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the claims as presented, amended and supplemented. Carried.

Current Expense $ 23,583.34

Ambulance District 4,121.89

District Court 340.55

Justice Fund 11,914.02

Elections 564.52

Indigent Services 1,100.00

Revaluation 544.00

Solid Waste 2,580.67

Weeds 163.94

Waterways 34.94

PILT 20,360.61

POWER COUNTY LANDFILL – IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY (FINANCIAL ASSURANCE): The Commissioners reviewed the letter to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality regarding financial self-insurance against landfill post-closure prepared by Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht pursuant to I.C. #39-7417. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve and execute the written notice of financial self-insurance to the State of Idaho Department of Environmental Quality as presented. Carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345): Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345 to consider records that are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code, specifically indigent medical applications. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 2:45 p.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried. Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to adjourn from executive session at 3:50 p.m. to take final action and make final decisions. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

INDIGENT CASE #2012-34-I: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to issue a written “Offer of Settlement” to applicant on Power County Indigent Case #2012-34-I. Carried.

IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES – WEBINAR (MARCH): Power County Clerk Chris Steinlicht reported that the Idaho Association of Counties webinar for March is scheduled on Wednesday, the 12th, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. and is entitled “Understanding PERSI Rate Changes and the Impacts on Your County”.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS ADVISORY BOARD: Moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Funk, to reappoint Lynn Scherer (AF Rural Fire District), Don Haskin (Power County Highway District) and Di Jones (Homeland Security POC), each to serve an additional term of three (3) years on the Power County Communications Advisory Committee (January, 2017). Carried.

POWER COUNTY PUBLIC LANDS COMMITTEE: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to reappoint Power County Commissioner Ron Funk to serve an additional term of four (4) years on the Power County Public Lands Committee (January, 2018). Carried.

POWER COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICER: Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed that an immediate and intensive public awareness campaign should be commenced to ensure that military veterans in Power County are fully aware of Veteran Administration and other benefits that have been earned; accordingly, Commissioner Anderson agreed to coordinate a media campaign with Deb Harmon of the Idaho Department of Veteran Services and Power County Veteran Service Officer Sheldon Kovarsky. Following further discussion, the Commissioners agreed to review funding options during the regular fiscal year 2015 budget process.

Adjourned.

RON FUNK, Chairman

CHRISTINE STEINLICHT, Clerk

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, March 17th, 2014. Present were Commissioners Ron Funk, Chairman, Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present was Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht.

COMMISSIONER AGENDA (I.C. #67-2343): Following a review of I.C. #67-2343, and good cause appearing therefore, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to amend the March 17th, 2014, Commissioner Agenda to include the following items:

Power County Communications – Paps Mountain Repeater Site

Power County Clerk/Treasurer – Pacificorp Judgment

Three Rivers Resource, Conservation & Development – Cooperative Agreement

Carried.

POWER COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to recess as Power County Board of Commissioners and reconvene as Power County Ambulance District Board. Carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345): Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345 to consider records that are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code, specifically Power County Ambulance District patient accounts. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 9:00 a.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried. Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to adjourn from executive session at 9:15 a.m. with the understanding that no decisions, determinations, actions, votes or final dispositions need be recorded as a result of this executive session. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

ENTRADA – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE: Following discussion with Power County Ambulance District Director Di Jones, it was moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve the Power County Ambulance District’s accounts receivable report for the period ending February 28th, 2014, in the amount of $48,385.96, including any write-off’s and adjustments. Carried.

Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to recess as Power County Ambulance District Board and reconvene as Power County Board of Commissioners. Carried.

POWER COUNTY BOARD OF CANVASSERS (I.C. #34-1205) – CONSOLIDATED ELECTION: The Board of Commissioners then met as the Power County Board of Canvassers pursuant to I.C. #34-1205. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve the Election Abstract for the March 11th, 2014, consolidated election prepared and presented by Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht.  Carried. (See attached).

IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES – WEBINAR (APRIL): Power County Clerk Chris Steinlicht reported that the Idaho Association of Counties webinar for April is scheduled on Wednesday, the 9th, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. and is entitled “Life in a Fishbowl: Ethics for County Officials”.

POWER COUNTY AIRPORT BOARD: Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to reappoint Ron Miller to serve an additional term of three (3) years on the Power County Airport Board (January, 2017). Carried.

JUNIOR COLLEGE – CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCY: Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the certificate of residency presented by the College of Western Idaho. Carried.

POWER COUNTY BUILIDNGS & GROUNDS – CENTENNIAL PARK/PARKING LOT (LIGHTING): Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Funk, to approve the IFFT grant proposal submitted by Three Rivers Resource, Conservation & Development in the amount of $8,900 to purchase and install a street light, electrical outlet and plant material at the Power County Centennial Park to improve functionality, safety and aesthetics. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – MONTHLY REPORT (I.C. #31-2113): Following discussion with Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the Statement of Treasurer’s Cash for the month ending February 28th, 2014. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – ORDER FOR CANCELLATION OF TAXES: Following discussion with Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry and Chief Deputy Assessor Mary Annen, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Funk, to approve the Order for Cancellation of Taxes in the amount of $325.04 as presented. Carried.

POWER COUNTY CLERK/TREASURER – PACIFICORP JUDGMENT: Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht and Treasurer Deanna Curry appeared before the Commissioners to report on the 2010-2013 PacifiCorp Judgment issued by 4th Judicial District Judge Ronald J. Wilper regarding taxation of property centrally assessed by the Idaho State Tax Commission. Following discussion, the Board of Commissioners, Clerk and Treasurer agreed that the total Judgment amount due for Power County in the amount of $105,833.49 will be immediately paid from Current Expense Contingency funds and then recovered from the various taxing entities.

POWER COUNTY BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (I.C. #63-801): The Board of Power County Commissioners then met as a Board of Equalization pursuant to I.C. #63-801. There being no business to come before the Board, the Power County Board of Equalization recessed until April 28th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION (BOAT GRANT AGREEMENT): Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve and execute the Agreement between Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation and Power County for the Fiscal Year 2014 Boat Safety Grant in the amount of $18,978, with matching funds of $9,489, for a total marine patrol budget of $28,467. Carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345)(1)(b): Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345(1)(b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee or staff member. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 10:30 a.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried. Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to adjourn from executive session with the understanding that no decisions, determinations, actions, votes or final dispositions need be recorded as a result of this executive session. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 11:00 a.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNICATIONS – PAPS MOUNTAIN REPEATER SITE: Power County Disaster Services Director Di Jones appeared before the Commissioners to discuss Idaho Power’s electrical meters at the Paps Mountain repeater site, which monitor electrical usage to operate the emergency communications equipment. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to disconnect the Paps Mountain equipment from Idaho Power service, since the site is not longer being used for communications.

CLAIMS: Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the claims as presented, amended and supplemented. Carried.

Current Expense $ 16,398.46

Ambulance District 4,312.24

Abatement District 16,060.00

District Court 4,804.48

Justice Fund 12,413.93

Misdemeanor Probation/

Drug Court 516.71

Enhanced 911 Services 1,857.21

Elections 5,582.10

Indigent Services 1,330.21

Revaluation 1,458.74

Solid Waste 14,460.38

Weeds 552.84

Waterways 5,006.14

PILT 8,467.41

THREE RIVERS RESOURCE, CONSERVATION & DEVELOPMENT – COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT (STATUS REPORT): Paula Jones of Three Rivers Resource, Conservation & Development appeared before the Commissioners to report on the status of the grant projects previously approved by the Board of Commissioners. The Commissioners and Ms. Jones then discussed potential future projects. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the Idaho Community Foundation Grant proposal to provide regional trainers and planners to assist Escalera, Inc., formerly referred to as the Power County Community Education Foundation, which operates the adult Spanish GED class in Power County. Carried.

POWER COUNTY VETERAN SERVICE OFFICE: Commissioner Anderson reported that he and Power County Veteran Service Officer Sheldon Kovarsky are scheduled to meet with The Power County Press to ensure that Power County veterans are properly notified of the process to receive their earned benefits.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345): Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345 to consider records that are exempt from disclosure pursuant to Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code, specifically indigent medical applications. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 2:30 p.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried. Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to adjourn from executive session at 2:50 p.m. to take final action and make final decisions. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

INDIGENT CASE #2014-027-I: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to deny indigent medical application #2014-027-I since the application was processed as incomplete as provided by I.C. #31-3505A), and since Power County is not the obligated County  as provided by I.C. #31-3506(2)(A) and I.C. #31-3506(2). Carried.

INDIGENT CASE #2013-124-I: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to deny the request for reconsideration of indigent medical application #2013-124-I since applicant is not a resident of Power County as provided by I.C. #31-3502(24). Carried.

EASTERN IDAHO STATE FAIR – STATUS REPORT: Regene Jones, Eastern Idaho State Fair Board Director, appeared before the Commissioners to discuss general fair operations and the Eastern Idaho State Fair Board’s future goals and objectives.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – POWER COUNTY INVESTMENT COMMITTEE: Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry and the Board of Power County Commissioners met as the Power County Investment Committee pursuant to Title 2, Chapter 5, of the Power County Code. Also present from Wells Fargo Bank were Tyson Kunz, Business Relationships Manager, and American Falls Branch representative Jeff Nunez.  Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to review the County’s various credit card accounts through Wells Fargo Bank for possible account adjustments.

QUARTERLY JAIL INSPECTION (I.C. #20-622): The Commissioners then conducted their quarterly inspection of the Power County Jail and related facilities as provided by I.C. #20-622.

Adjourned.

RON FUNK, Chairman

CHRISTINE STEINLICHT, Clerk

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