Power County Commission minutes for May

Published in The Power County Press June 18, 2014.

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, May 12th, 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 April 28th, 2014, Commissioner Agenda to include the following items:

Power County Airport – Commercial Aviation Pad (Water Access)

Power County Community Education – Escalara (Adult Spanish GED Class)

Carried.

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

AMERICAN FALLS RURAL FIRE DISTRICT – GENERATOR ACCESS: Power County Ambulance District Director Di Jones appeared before the Commissioners to report on her negotiations with the American Falls Fire Department to access the backup generator on-site at the Power County Emergency Services Building. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed that the American Falls Fire Department should install an electrical transformer in the Power County EMS portion of the building as a part of the generator access project.

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

JUNIOR COLLEGE – CERTIFICATES OF RESIDENCY: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the Certificate of Residency presented by the College of Southern Idaho. Carried.

POWER COUNTY COMMISSIONER MINUTES: Moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve the Power County Commissioner Minutes for April 14th, 22nd, 28th and 30th, 2014, as presented. Carried.

POWER COUNTY BUILDINGS & GROUNDS – DOCTORS CLINIC LEASE (SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT): The Commissioners contacted Southern Idaho Public Health District board member Ken Estep by telephone to discuss the proposed Lease Agreement for the newly remodeled portion of the Doctors Clinic. At the outset, Mr. Estep reported that the Southeastern Idaho Public Health District Board is scheduled to meet on May 15th to review the square footage and proposed lease; accordingly, further discussion of this matter was tabled until June 9th, 2014.

SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT – QUARTERLY REPORT: Carrie Archibald of the Southeastern Idaho Public Health District appeared before the Commissioners to present the District’s quarterly report for Power County for the period ending March 31st, 2014.

POWER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION/LANDFILL – CASCADE EARTH SCIENCES (MONITORING WELLS): Keri Anne Pritchett of Cascade Earth Sciences appeared before the Commissioners to present her estimate of the costs to update the pump systems on the Power County Landfill monitoring wells in the amount of $4,430.25. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve quote as presented. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION/LANDFILL – CASCADE EARTH SCIENCES (GROUND WATER MONITORING CONTRACT): Keri Anne Pritchett of Cascade Earth Sciences appeared before the Commissioners to present CES’s proposal for ground water monitoring services at the Power County Landfill for an additional five (5) year period. Following discussion, Ms. Pritchett agreed to amend the proposed agreement for the specific term of October 1st, 2014, through September 30th, 2019. Following discussion, further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 9th, 2014.

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

POWER COUNTY MOSQUITO ABATEMENT: Tim Bennett of Vector Disease Control, Inc., appeared before the Commissioners to discuss the Power County mosquito abatement program during the 2014 mosquito season.

Moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to recess as Power County Abatement District Board and reconvene as Power County Board of Commissioners.

POWER COUNTY AIRPORT – COMMERCIAL AVIATION PAD (WATER ACCESS): Commissioner Anderson reported that the Power County Airport Board has requested that they be allowed to access the current water line at the Power County Airport to provide water access for pilots who need to utilize the commercial pad. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to authorize the Power County Airport Board to install a water hydrant to supply a water source to the commercial aviation pad, in an amount not to exceed $500.00. Carried.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNITY EDUCATION – ESCALARA (ADULT SPANISH GED CLASS): Commissioner Wright reported that he had met recently with Power County’s Spanish GED director Rudy Pena to discuss possible grant funding to provide the Escalara board with education and training, which could provide Escalara with additional grant funding opportunities, including incorporating “English as a second language” into the current Spanish GED curriculum. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to review these options further at the fiscal year 2015 budget request hearings scheduled for the week of June 2nd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY BUILDING & GROUNDS – DOCTORS CLINIC (SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT REMODEL): Lee Dille d/b/a Design Places, PLLC, appeared before the Commissioners to present his monthly architect’s report. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve and accept amended change order #004 in the corrected amount of $5,482. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – WARRANTS OF DISTRAINT: Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry appeared before the Commissioners to present her “Warrants of Distraint Listing” dated May 9th, 2014, on the following parcels:

Parcel #MHZ0458-01 – 424 Lincoln, #2

Parcel #MHZ0412-01 – 1737 Curlew Road

Parcel #MHZ0270-07 – 424 Lincoln

Parcel #MHZ0360-00 – 2162 River Avenue, #10

Parcel #MHZ0089-00 – 1881 Falcon Circle West

Parcel #MHZ0180-01 – 155 Hillcrest #23

Treasurer Curry reported that the Sheriff’s sale on the above parcels has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th, 2014; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until May 27th, 2014.

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

Current Expense $ 22,909.40

Ambulance District 6,640.24

Abatement District 16,060.00

District Court 5,377.88

Justice Fund 22,665.03

Misdemeanor Probation/

Drug Court 531.48

Enhanced 911 Services 1,833.18

Elections 6,497.90

Indigent 7,238.36

Revaluation 105.16

Solid Waste 18,619.86

Tort 1,799.97

Weeds 176.56

Waterways 1,082.44

PILT

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – CITY OF AMERICAN FALLS (COOPERATIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners to discuss Power County’s offer to provide dispatch services to the City of American Falls during fiscal year 2015 under the Cooperative Law Enforcement Agreement, which is scheduled to expire on September 30th, 2014. At the outset, the Commissioners reviewed the Canyon County Mediation Brief issued by the Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney on January 3rd, 2012, which concludes that “double taxation” and “equal protection” do not apply to compensation paid by Cities for County dispatch services. Following discussion, Commissioner Funk reported that he will personally deliver Power County’s proposal for continued dispatch services to American Falls Mayor Marc Beitia before the end of the week; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until May 27th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – BUREAU OF RECLAMATION (ENHANCED PATROL AGREEMENT): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners to review the proposed Service Contract between Power County and the Bureau of Reclamation for certain patrol services on Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) property within Power County. Following discussion, Sheriff Jeffries reported that he would be contacting BOR for clarification on several of the proposed contract provisions; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until May 27th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – POWER COUNTY JAIL (BADGER MEDICAL – MENTAL HEALTH): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners to present a copy of the proposed Independent Contractor Agreement between Power County and Badger Medical, P.A. to provide certain mental health and consultation services to inmates at the Power County Jail from October 1st, 2014, through September 30th, 2016. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to review the proposed Agreement with Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Peterson; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until May 27th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – VEHICLE REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE: Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners to report that several vehicles in the Sheriff’s Office fleet have excessive miles and will require major repairs to remain reliable for law enforcement services. Following discussion, the Sheriff agreed to obtain replacement quotes and further consideration of this matter was tabled until the Sheriff’s fiscal year 2015 budget request hearing scheduled for the week of June 2nd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION/LANDFILL – SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACT (ENVIROUSA): Power County Transfer Station & Landfill Supervisor Craig Heward appeared before the Commissioners to discuss the Agreement for Disposal of Solid Waste between Power County and EnviroUSA, which is scheduled to expire on September 30th, 2014. At the outset, Supervisor Heward presented a copy of a proposal he received from Snake River Dispose-All, Inc., to provide solid waste and recycling collection services beginning October 1st, 2014. Following discussion, Commissioner Wright agreed to contact other county transfer stations and/or landfills to determine how loads are measured or weighed at their satellite sites; accordingly further consideration of this matter was tabled until May 27th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY ELECTED OFFICIALS/DEPARTMENT HEADS MEETING: Commissioner Funk announced that it was the date and time scheduled for the Power County Elected Officials and Departments Heads meeting. Present were the following individuals:

Commissioner Ron Funk

Commissioner Delane Anderson

Commissioner Norman Wright

Clerk Chris Steinlicht

Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp

Deputy Assessor Donna Thornton

Bob Steinlicht – Building Administrator

Connie Shepherd – Juvenile Probation

Di Jones – Ambulance District/Disaster Services

Curtis Munk – Weed Department

Karen Trappett – Deputy Clerk Extension Office

Laurie Call – Historical Society/Museum

Ken Estep – Historical Society

RAVE COMMUNICATIONS – POWER COUNTY WEB PAGE: Greg Gunter and Michael Jones of Rave Communications met with the Power County elected officials and departments heads to discuss updating the Power County web page and to provide support services to ensure that the site is continually up to date. Following discussion regarding the functionality and features needed for each office/department, Mr. Gunter agreed to maintain contact with each office and/or department to ensure that those features and functions are incorporated in the updated web page.

IDAHO ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES – WEBINAR (MAY): Power County Clerk Chris Steinlicht reported to the Power County Elected Officials and Department Heads that the Idaho Association of Counties webinar for May is scheduled on Wednesday, the 14th, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. and is entitled “2014 Legislative Review”.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345): Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Funk, 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 4:15 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 at 4:30 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 #2014-013-I: Moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve indigent medical application #2013-149-I. Carried.

Adjourn.

RON FUNK, Chairman

CHRISTINE STEINLICHT, Clerk

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Tuesday, May 27th, 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 May 27th, 2014, Commissioner Agenda to include the following items:

Power County Transfer Station & Landfill – Dead Animal Disposal

Power County Waterways – Vehicle Purchase/Trade-in

Power County Sheriff – Bureau of Reclamation (Enhanced Patrol Agreement)

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 Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve the Election Abstract for the May 20th, 2014, Primary Election prepared and presented by Power County Clerk Christine Steinlicht. Carried. (See attached).

POWER COUNTY BUILDINGS & GROUNDS – PARKING LOT REPAVE: Commissioner Anderson reported that he had met with construction professionals from Eagle Rock Construction to discuss upgrading the parking areas adjacent to the Power County Courthouse. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to obtain quotes for the needed repairs; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 9th, 2014.

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

ENTRADA – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE: Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the Power County Ambulance District’s accounts receivable report for the period ending April 30th, 2014, in the amount of $54,301.47, including any write-off’s and adjustments. Carried.

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

POWER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION/LANDFILL – SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL CONTRACT (ENVIROUSA): Commissioner Wright presented a copy of the solid waste disposal fee schedules for several area Counties, including how loads are measured and weighed at the satellite sites. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to review these fee schedules with Power County Transfer Station & Landfill Supervisor Craig Heward and further consideration of this matter until June 23rd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY TRANSFER STATION & LANDFILL – DEAD ANIMAL DISPOSAL (POWER COUNTY RESOLUTION #2000-07): Commissioner Anderson reported that he had been contacted by a Power County citizen who had concerns with the recent disposal of nearly 36,000 pounds of carp that were delivered to the Power County Landfill’s dead animal pit following the 4th annual bow fishing tournament sponsored by the Utah Bow Fishing Association. Commissioner Anderson further reported that the Power County Transfer Station has, as a courtesy and without incurring additional expense to Power County, opened the landfill on the Sunday following each hunt to allow the dead fish to be deposited in the dead animal pit. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to investigate other possibilities for the disposal of the dead carp which may provide some beneficial use rather than waste.

POWER COUNTY COMMUNITY EDUCATION TRUST (ESCALARA, INC. – ADULT SPANISH GED CLASS) – IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY (ESL CIRRICULUM): Commissioner Wright reported that he had been contacted by Margaret Jacobson of Idaho State University to further discuss incorporating “English as a Second Language” into the GED curriculum currently being offered in Power County. Ms. Jacobson has submitted a grant application through Idaho State University in the amount of $3,674.07 to provide the ESL component, and will also be investigating grant opportunities to provide adequate space for the ESL instructor and curriculum. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed to discuss this matter further with Escalara, Inc., program director Rudy Pena; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 23rd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – COURTHOUSE SECURITY (CARD LOCKS): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners with Gordon Terry of IdentiSys, Inc., to present a proposal to install card reader locks at the Power County Courthouse, which would enhance Courthouse security efforts. Following the presentation, the Commissioners suggested that Mr. Terry provide a quote to upgrade the locking systems and further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 9th, 2014.

POWER COUNTY WATERWAYS – TRUCK PURCHASE: Commissioner Anderson reported that Troy Brazelton d/b/a ABC Auto has a 2002 Ford F-350 4×4 pickup on-site that could benefit the Power County Waterways Board. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve the purchase of the 2002 Ford F-350 4×4 vehicle from ABC Auto in an amount not to exceed $10,700, to be paid from PILT capital, with the understanding that Commissioner Anderson is able to negotiate a trade-in of the Waterway Board’s current vehicle (1977 Chevrolet 4 x 4 – VIN #CKR247Z160031) against the total costs, and that a wench is installed and included in the price of the replacement vehicle. Carried.

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LANDS (BUREAU OF FIRE MANAGEMENT) – POWER COUNTY WILDFIRE PROTECTION PLAN: The Commissioners reviewed the written request for information from the Idaho Department of Lands Bureau of Fire Management regarding the status of Power County’s Wildfire Protection Plan. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed that this matter would be referred to Power County Disaster Services Director Di Jones and Planning & Zoning Administrator Robert Steinlicht to provide the requested information prior to the May 30th, 2014, deadline.

POWER COUNTY BUILDING & GROUNDS – DOCTORS CLINIC (SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT REMODEL): Lee Dille d/b/a Design Places, PLLC, appeared before the Commissioners to present his monthly architect’s report. Mr. Dille reported that the project is nearly complete and that he will be giving his final report to the Board of Commissioners on Monday, June 23rd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – MONTHLY REPORT (I.C. #31-2113): Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry appeared before the Commissioners to present her Statement of Treasurer’s Cash for the month ending April 30th, 2014. Following discussion, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Funk, to approve the Treasurer’s Report as presented. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – ORDER FOR CANCELLATION OF TAXES: Following discussion with Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve and execute the Orders for Cancellation of Taxes in the amount total amount of $222.53 as presented. Carried.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER – WARRANTS OF DISTRAINT: Power County Treasurer Deanna Curry appeared before the Commissioners to report that all taxes, penalty and interest owing on the following parcels were brought current prior to the Sheriff’s sale scheduled on May 20th, 2014; accordingly, the Sheriff’s sales were cancelled and the Warrants of Distraint recalled:

Parcel #MHZ0458-01 – 424 Lincoln, #2

Parcel #MHZ0412-01 – 1737 Curlew Road

Parcel #MHZ0270-07 – 424 Lincoln

Parcel #MHZ0360-00 – 2162 River Avenue, #10

Parcel #MHZ0089-00 – 1881 Falcon Circle West

Parcel #MHZ0180-01 – 155 Hillcrest #23

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

Current Expense $9,032.80

Ambulance District 2,558.05

District Court 1,640.77

Justice Fund 42,233.98

Misdemeanor Probation/

Drug Court 585.03

Enhanced 911 Services 44.28

Elections 6,082.48

Indigent Services 11,665.73

Revaluation 19,336.34

Solid Waste 405.10

Tort 2,286.00

Weeds 2,424.63

Waterways 362.48

PILT 1,205.40

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION (I.C. #63-501): The Board of Power County Commissioners then met as a Board of Equalization pursuant to I.C. #63-501. There being no business to come before the Board, the Power County Board of Equalization recessed until June 23rd, 2014.

EXECUTIVE SESSION (I.C. #67-2345)(1)(f): Moved by Commissioner Wright, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to move into executive session pursuant to I.C. #67-2345(1)(f) to communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated. Upon a call for the question, the following roll call vote was taken at 2:25 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 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 2:55 p.m.:

Commissioner Funk – Aye

Commissioner Anderson – Aye

Commissioner Wright – Aye

Carried.

POWER COUNTY ABATEMENT DISTRICT: Moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to recess as the Board of Power County Commissioners and reconvene as the Power County Abatement District Board. Carried.

VERMIN ABATEMENT DISTRICT – PEST CONTROL: The Commissioners reviewed the Petitions signed by many County residents requesting support and funding from the Power County Abatement District to provide nuisance pest control Following discussion with Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen, the Commissioners agreed to review options to expand pest control funding beyond the mosquito control currently provided by the Power County Abatement District; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 9th, 2014.

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

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – CITY OF AMERICAN FALLS (COOPERATIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGREEMENT): Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries appeared before the Commissioners to review the Cooperative Agreement between Power County and the City of American Falls Re: Law Enforcement Services, which is scheduled to expire on September 30th, 2014. Following discussion, Commissioner Funk agreed to follow up with American Falls Mayor Marc Beitia regarding the status of negotiations; accordingly, further consideration of this matter was tabled until June 23rd, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – POWER COUNTY JAIL (BADGER MEDICAL – MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES CONTRACT): Following discussion with Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries, it was moved by Commissioner Anderson, seconded by Commissioner Wright, to approve and execute the Independent Contractor Supplemental Agreement for mental health services at the Power County Jail from June 1st, 2014, through September 30th, 2014, in the amount of $4,000. Carried.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – BUREAU OF RECLAMATION (ENHANCED PATROL AGREEMENT): Following discussion with Power County Sheriff Jim Jeffries, it was moved by Commissioner Funk, seconded by Commissioner Anderson, to approve and execute the Service Contract between Power County and the Bureau of Reclamation for certain patrol services on Bureau of Reclamation property within Power County. Carried.

POWER COUNTY VICTIM ADVOCACY PROGRAM: Power County Victims Advocates Ann Wheeler and Launa Snow appeared before the Commissioners with a concerned Power County resident to discuss the issuance and enforcement of domestic violence orders in Power County. Also present were Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen and Sheriff Jim Jeffries. Following discussion, the Commissioners agreed that these issues of dispute should be dealt with through the State of Idaho judicial system in Power County rather than through the Board of Power County Commissioners.

Adjourned.

RON FUNK, Chairman

CHRISTINE STEINLICHT, Clerk

 

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