Power County Commission minutes for December

Power County Commission minutes for December
Published in The Power County Press Feb. 4, 2015.
POWER COUNTY
COMMISSIONER MINUTES
The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 01, 2014. Present were Commissioners Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present were Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp.
Pledge of Allegiance led by Commissioner Norman Wright.
ACCEPTANCE OF NOVEMBER 2014 SUBMITTED MINUTES: Discussion and review of the submitted minutes of November 10, 19, and 24. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept the minutes as submitted for November 10, 19 and 24. A second was offered by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Discussion of Power County Boards and term appointments. The snowmobile board has a term that is expiring in 2015 and Randy Phythian has agreed to accept the status of the acting president for the board. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to advance Randy Phythian to president of the Power County Snowmobile Board for a term of four years. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
At the present time the Water Ways Board is a board of seven (7) members. Discussion to return to a five (5) member board was requested by the board itself. At this time the extra two seats are filled by Thomas Kress and deceased, Beachnut Nelson. Mr. Kress will be excused from the Water Ways board and will be asked to transfer to another board. At this time at the request of Commissioner Anderson, who would like to renew the term of current board member Alan Phillips for an additional four (4) years. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to return the Water Ways Board to a five (5) member board and to renew the term of member Alan Phillips for an additional four (4) years. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Further discussion of the expiring two (2) terms of the Power County Weeds, the two (2) terms of the Industrial Board as well as the three (3) terms on the Urban Renewal Board all of which have not been filled at this time. Further, Commissioner Wright will attend the Fair Board meeting scheduled for today, December 1, 2014 and discuss the two (2) expiring terms. Also, Norman will speak with Bob Steinlicht regarding the Planning and Zoning Board.
After attending the Fair Board Meeting on December 1, 2014, Commissioner Wright conveyed that current board members Brett Leyshon and Bill Schroder were re-elected to terms of four (4) years each. Commissioner Wright made a motion to accept the re-elected members, Brett Leyshon and Bill Schroder, for the term of four (4) years each. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Discussion for the aide in the concrete pads was very much welcomed. Actually there are six (6) spaces that have the capability for power. However, the current electrical situation could pose problems, as the electrical work is several years old; the board has asked to explore the electrical work before a decision has been made to pour the pads.
Further discussion on the current rate for the enclosed concessions is $35.00 and $20.00 for the open areas. There is a contract in place for two more years and at that time the board will consider raising rates for the areas. At this time they have requested to leave the rates as they are.
POWER COUNTY & EASTERN IDAHO RECYCLING & SALVAGING AGREEMENT: A discussion of the agreement with Randy Moffit for the fiscal year of 2015. At this time a motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to have the contract sent to Mr. Moffit for his signature and tabled for commissioner’s signature until December 15, 2015. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / WEST BOAT DOCK PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: Present during discussions were the following; Doug Balfour, Roland Springer, Hap Boyer, Ron Anderson, Stan Gortsema. Mr. Balfour indicated that the contract and the corrections he had suggested had been made and were to his satisfaction, and he agreed the contract would be acceptable to sign. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept the Administration, Operation, Maintenance and Development at West Boat Ramp Recreation Area, for the American Falls Reservoir agreement as it is written this day December 1, 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Document was signed as three originals. One of the originals have been kept for the signature of Commission Chair, Ron Funk.
SOUTHEAST IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT: Judy Hoopes provided the commissioners with quarterly reports for the months of July, August and September 2014. Review and discussion with Judy revealed total clients served 1,636 with services provided to 119 of those clients.
POWER COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT: Present for discussion was Di Jones, director for the Power County Ambulance District. After review and discussion of the provided accounts receivable report for the month of October 2014 a motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept and approve the report from the Power County Ambulance District for the month of October 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
MOBILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM / RURAL TRANSIT PROGRAM: Discussion of the program was held, however, with questions arising; the question of possibly having Mr. David Doran present for further discussion was the solution. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to invite David Doran, director of the Rural Transit Program to meet and review the program on December 15, 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried
PATRON LETTER RE: ROCKLAND LANDFILL: Discussion of a submitted letter to the Board of County Commissioners was addressed. Commissioner Anderson has drafted a letter to submit to the City of Rockland re: the public safety and liability issues as to the reason the board has chosen not to burn at the landfill site in Rockland, Power County. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to have the letter drafted by Commissioner Anderson reviewed and amended as need by legal counsel for submission to the City of Rockland. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY SHERIFF: Sheriff, Jim Jeffries and Deputy Kevin Ostler were present for discussion of the co – pay for an inmate housed with pending medical bills. All of the medical bills have yet to arrive and Sheriff requested that further discussion would be appropriate when all bills had been received. At this time the matter jail medical co- pay has been set for 10:30 a.m., December 15, 2014.
Further review and discussion was held for the Enhanced 911. Commissioners understand from Sheriff Jeffries that a joint working group meeting has been scheduled and Sheriff Jeffries will keep commissioners apprised as to outcome of meeting that has been scheduled for January 15, 2015.
Deputy Ostler had given information as to fiber optic pricing on the Table Mountain Repeater/ Syringa. At this time the running of fiber optic cable is not cost effective. Deputy Ostler will be researching other possibilities and will share known information as it becomes available.
POWER COUNTY SHERIFF RE: 2ND AMENDMENT ALLIANCE: A letter that was received by Sheriff Jeffries that names himself as the “President of the Idaho 2nd Amendment Alliance”, has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney, Ryan Petersen. The Board of County Commissioners would request that Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen be in contact with Idaho Association of Counties for possible recommendations and or opinions. Also the board would request an update or review of I.C. 18-3302(J)3. A requested follow up report would be appreciated by January 12, 2015.
POWER COUNTY TREASURER: Treasurer, Deanna Curry submitted the October 2014 Statement of Treasurer’s Cash report to the board for approval. After discussion and review a motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept and approve the submitted report for October 2014, also to approve the LGIP submitted statement for 10/1/2014 – 10/31/204. A second for the motion was made by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY ASSESSOR / HARDSHIP EXEMPTION: Mary Annen, Chief Deputy Assessor and Claudia Villa, daughter of applicant Julia Villa appeared to represent her mother who is in Mexico. The property in question is 431 Arthur Street. Total amount of taxes are $1,494.78. Applicant moved the modular home from Twin Falls in 2013. The board at this time will uphold the assessed value of $60,350.00. The home owner has paid the first half of the taxes in the amount of $747.39 on November 17, 2014. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson that the second half that is due in the amount of $747.39, half will be forgiven by the board leaving the amount of $373.70, this amount is due in June of 2015. Home owner will also complete an Application for Tax Exemption for upcoming year 2015. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
CLAIMS: Report of pending claims was submitted for approval. After discussion and review of the claims a motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept and approve the submitted claims as reported with the exception of the claim of reimbursement of cellular phone bill of $45.00 to prosecution secretary Julie Bennett, the actual reimbursed amount shall be $25.00. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
The claim for Anderson’s Body and Glass in the amount of $306.55 shall be tabled and placed on the agenda of December 15, 2014, for reasoning a quorum to approve the claim has not been established.
AIRPORT MANAGER PROPOSALS: A total of three (3) applications for the position of Airport Manager were received. A discussion and review of the three applicants was held. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to take the Airport Property Management and the Airport Mechanical portions of the proposals and divide the positions, entertain an interview process with the applicants and take the findings to the Airport Board for their approval. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY INDIGENT SERVICES: A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to go to Executive Session I.C. 67-2345, for purposes of indigent applications. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Discussions of Indigent Application 2014-145 and review of submitted application.
Commissioner Anderson made a motion to exit Executive Session, Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Commissioner Anderson made a motion to deny the Indigent Application 2014-145. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: After much discussion of funding of the programs, the board has made the decision that Commissioner Wright is going to further research our funding sources for ESCALERA and will report his findings. The discussion will be tabled and placed on the agenda for December 15, 2014.
POWER COUNTY PERSONNEL MANUEL / VACATION / COMP CARRY-OVER -2015: After much discussion of the vacation accruals and sick accruals to COBRA benefits, it has come to the decision of the board to meet with Todd Lakey, Executive Director Gem Plan to become familiar with his opinions, and or recommendations. Further discussion is set for December 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
CERTIFICATES OF RESIDENCY: Two applications were presented to the board. Commissioner Wright made a motion to continue the request for residency for applicant K. Zundel. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
The application for J. Fullmer was presented incomplete. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to deny the application for being incomplete, requested applicant to complete and resubmit. Motion seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
Adjournment
Clerk, Sharee Sprague
Commission Chair, Ron Funk
POWER COUNTY COMMISSIONER MINUTES
The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 29, 2014. Present were Commissioners Ron Funk, Chairman, Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present were Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp.
AGENDA APPROVAL : Brief discussion of the posted agenda. Commission Chair, Funk made a motion to amend the agenda to include the signatures for The Certificates of Appreciation, for the outgoing elected officials, and Commissioner Wright. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Motion to amend the agenda to include election reports was made by Commissioner Anderson and seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
AIRPORT MANAGER POSITION/HANGER/HOUSE DAMAGE RENOVATIONS: Commissioner Anderson reported that the structure of possibly having an Airport Manager and an Airport Maintenance position will not really be in the best interest of Power County. At this time discussion from the Airport Board would be to keep the position as one. The Airport Board has agreed to grant a two (2) year contract with a one year probation period to Jared Turner for the amount of $600.00 a month to begin January 1, 2015. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept the contract as stated by the Airport Board for Jared Turner in the amount of $600.00 per month for a period of two (2) years, with a one year (1) probationary period. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Commissioner Anderson has been in contact with John Henesh whom has been doing repairs on the perimeter fence at the airport. Mr. Henesh has been instructed by Commissioner Anderson to purchase 13 fence posts for necessary repairs and was instructed to monitor the fence line and to make necessary repairs as needed and within reason.
The Airport Hanger discussion with the installed heater has a fair market value $1,500.00 not the $3,000.00 that Mr. Bearup would like to be reimbursed for. The Board of County Commissioners has decided that the 1000 gallon diesel tank that is on the property shall remain for possible resale at a later date. Reimbursement for the propane that had been refilled by Mr. Bearup was discussed. At this time attorney Ryan Petersen has discussed with Mr. Bearup the mutual release of litigation between parties and he was amenable to the agreement.
POWER COUNTY AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACT: Don Haskin, Power County Highway District was present to review the present verbal agreement for the removal of the snow at the airport. Presently it takes approximately an hour and a half to plow and the Power County Highway District has billed approximately $84.40 per hour and Mr. Bearup has phoned Mr. Haskin and arranged the removal. The Board of Commissioners would like a written agreement for future reference. Mr. Haskin will prepare the agreement as to the billing amount of roughly $84.40 per hour and the removal will be on an as phoned and requested by the airport manager. Further, discussion as to the removal of the snow up Houtz Canyon, Mr. Haskin will also prepare a written agreement for those terms.
ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: Wayne Miller was present telephonically. Much discussion as to employee salary, stewardship of the program, further funding. Mr. Miller stated that no further funding would probably come from ESCALARA as they have donated ten computers to the program. ISU would like to continue the process that the Board of County Commissioners has put into place. Further discussions of the program will be held.
SNAKE RIVER DISPOSE – ALL / SIGNED CONTRACT: Bill Jones of Snake River Disposal was present as well as Craig Heward from the Power County Landfill for the discussion of the proposed contract sent on October 20th, 2014. At the current time large trailer amounts of trimmings and brush are being dumped on the ground at the Rockland Landfill site causing problems for clean-up of the landfill. Discussion of a proposed spring clean-up day to alleviate some of the larger load dumping issues. At the present time patrons will continue to dump on the ground the loads accepted by the site manager, loads over the limit will be taken to the American Falls site. Bill Jones will submit a bid to properly clean up what is currently at the site needing removal. Attorney, Ryan Peterson will draft an amendment to the contract with Snake River Disposal concerning the brush dumping at the landfill sites for large brush loads.
POWER COUNTY LANDFILL / CITY OF ROCKLAND PROPOSED LETTER: The discussion of the Snake River Disposal contract with Mr. Jones has prompted the prepared letter to the City of Rockland for the larger load dumping’s at the landfill sites to be amended. Mr. Wright will make the necessary changes to the letter and have it sent to Mr. Petersen for the approval. Mr. Petersen will then send the letter on

Power County Commission minutes for December
Published in The Power County Press Feb. 4, 2015.
POWER COUNTY
COMMISSIONER MINUTES
The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 01, 2014. Present were Commissioners Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present were Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp.
Pledge of Allegiance led by Commissioner Norman Wright.
ACCEPTANCE OF NOVEMBER 2014 SUBMITTED MINUTES: Discussion and review of the submitted minutes of November 10, 19, and 24. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept the minutes as submitted for November 10, 19 and 24. A second was offered by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Discussion of Power County Boards and term appointments. The snowmobile board has a term that is expiring in 2015 and Randy Phythian has agreed to accept the status of the acting president for the board. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to advance Randy Phythian to president of the Power County Snowmobile Board for a term of four years. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
At the present time the Water Ways Board is a board of seven (7) members. Discussion to return to a five (5) member board was requested by the board itself. At this time the extra two seats are filled by Thomas Kress and deceased, Beachnut Nelson. Mr. Kress will be excused from the Water Ways board and will be asked to transfer to another board. At this time at the request of Commissioner Anderson, who would like to renew the term of current board member Alan Phillips for an additional four (4) years. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to return the Water Ways Board to a five (5) member board and to renew the term of member Alan Phillips for an additional four (4) years. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Further discussion of the expiring two (2) terms of the Power County Weeds, the two (2) terms of the Industrial Board as well as the three (3) terms on the Urban Renewal Board all of which have not been filled at this time. Further, Commissioner Wright will attend the Fair Board meeting scheduled for today, December 1, 2014 and discuss the two (2) expiring terms. Also, Norman will speak with Bob Steinlicht regarding the Planning and Zoning Board.
After attending the Fair Board Meeting on December 1, 2014, Commissioner Wright conveyed that current board members Brett Leyshon and Bill Schroder were re-elected to terms of four (4) years each. Commissioner Wright made a motion to accept the re-elected members, Brett Leyshon and Bill Schroder, for the term of four (4) years each. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Discussion for the aide in the concrete pads was very much welcomed. Actually there are six (6) spaces that have the capability for power. However, the current electrical situation could pose problems, as the electrical work is several years old; the board has asked to explore the electrical work before a decision has been made to pour the pads.
Further discussion on the current rate for the enclosed concessions is $35.00 and $20.00 for the open areas. There is a contract in place for two more years and at that time the board will consider raising rates for the areas. At this time they have requested to leave the rates as they are.
POWER COUNTY & EASTERN IDAHO RECYCLING & SALVAGING AGREEMENT: A discussion of the agreement with Randy Moffit for the fiscal year of 2015. At this time a motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to have the contract sent to Mr. Moffit for his signature and tabled for commissioner’s signature until December 15, 2015. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION / WEST BOAT DOCK PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT: Present during discussions were the following; Doug Balfour, Roland Springer, Hap Boyer, Ron Anderson, Stan Gortsema. Mr. Balfour indicated that the contract and the corrections he had suggested had been made and were to his satisfaction, and he agreed the contract would be acceptable to sign. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept the Administration, Operation, Maintenance and Development at West Boat Ramp Recreation Area, for the American Falls Reservoir agreement as it is written this day December 1, 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
Document was signed as three originals. One of the originals have been kept for the signature of Commission Chair, Ron Funk.
SOUTHEAST IDAHO PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT: Judy Hoopes provided the commissioners with quarterly reports for the months of July, August and September 2014. Review and discussion with Judy revealed total clients served 1,636 with services provided to 119 of those clients.
POWER COUNTY AMBULANCE DISTRICT: Present for discussion was Di Jones, director for the Power County Ambulance District. After review and discussion of the provided accounts receivable report for the month of October 2014 a motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept and approve the report from the Power County Ambulance District for the month of October 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
MOBILITY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM / RURAL TRANSIT PROGRAM: Discussion of the program was held, however, with questions arising; the question of possibly having Mr. David Doran present for further discussion was the solution. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to invite David Doran, director of the Rural Transit Program to meet and review the program on December 15, 2014. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried
PATRON LETTER RE: ROCKLAND LANDFILL: Discussion of a submitted letter to the Board of County Commissioners was addressed. Commissioner Anderson has drafted a letter to submit to the City of Rockland re: the public safety and liability issues as to the reason the board has chosen not to burn at the landfill site in Rockland, Power County. A motion was made by Commissioner Wright to have the letter drafted by Commissioner Anderson reviewed and amended as need by legal counsel for submission to the City of Rockland. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY SHERIFF: Sheriff, Jim Jeffries and Deputy Kevin Ostler were present for discussion of the co – pay for an inmate housed with pending medical bills. All of the medical bills have yet to arrive and Sheriff requested that further discussion would be appropriate when all bills had been received. At this time the matter jail medical co- pay has been set for 10:30 a.m., December 15, 2014.
Further review and discussion was held for the Enhanced 911. Commissioners understand from Sheriff Jeffries that a joint working group meeting has been scheduled and Sheriff Jeffries will keep commissioners apprised as to outcome of meeting that has been scheduled for January 15, 2015.
Deputy Ostler had given information as to fiber optic pricing on the Table Mountain Repeater/ Syringa. At this time the running of fiber optic cable is not cost effective. Deputy Ostler will be researching other possibilities and will share known information as it becomes available.
POWER COUNTY SHERIFF RE: 2ND AMENDMENT ALLIANCE: A letter that was received by Sheriff Jeffries that names himself as the “President of the Idaho 2nd Amendment Alliance”, has been forwarded to the Prosecuting Attorney, Ryan Petersen. The Board of County Commissioners would request that Power County Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen be in contact with Idaho Association of Counties for possible recommendations and or opinions. Also the board would request an update or review of I.C. 18-3302(J)3. A requested follow up report would be appreciated by January 12, 2015.
POWER COUNTY TREASURER: Treasurer, Deanna Curry submitted the October 2014 Statement of Treasurer’s Cash report to the board for approval. After discussion and review a motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept and approve the submitted report for October 2014, also to approve the LGIP submitted statement for 10/1/2014 – 10/31/204. A second for the motion was made by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY ASSESSOR / HARDSHIP EXEMPTION: Mary Annen, Chief Deputy Assessor and Claudia Villa, daughter of applicant Julia Villa appeared to represent her mother who is in Mexico. The property in question is 431 Arthur Street. Total amount of taxes are $1,494.78. Applicant moved the modular home from Twin Falls in 2013. The board at this time will uphold the assessed value of $60,350.00. The home owner has paid the first half of the taxes in the amount of $747.39 on November 17, 2014. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson that the second half that is due in the amount of $747.39, half will be forgiven by the board leaving the amount of $373.70, this amount is due in June of 2015. Home owner will also complete an Application for Tax Exemption for upcoming year 2015. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
CLAIMS: Report of pending claims was submitted for approval. After discussion and review of the claims a motion was made by Commissioner Wright to accept and approve the submitted claims as reported with the exception of the claim of reimbursement of cellular phone bill of $45.00 to prosecution secretary Julie Bennett, the actual reimbursed amount shall be $25.00. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
The claim for Anderson’s Body and Glass in the amount of $306.55 shall be tabled and placed on the agenda of December 15, 2014, for reasoning a quorum to approve the claim has not been established.
AIRPORT MANAGER PROPOSALS: A total of three (3) applications for the position of Airport Manager were received. A discussion and review of the three applicants was held. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to take the Airport Property Management and the Airport Mechanical portions of the proposals and divide the positions, entertain an interview process with the applicants and take the findings to the Airport Board for their approval. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY INDIGENT SERVICES: A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to go to Executive Session I.C. 67-2345, for purposes of indigent applications. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Discussions of Indigent Application 2014-145 and review of submitted application.
Commissioner Anderson made a motion to exit Executive Session, Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Commissioner Anderson made a motion to deny the Indigent Application 2014-145. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: After much discussion of funding of the programs, the board has made the decision that Commissioner Wright is going to further research our funding sources for ESCALERA and will report his findings. The discussion will be tabled and placed on the agenda for December 15, 2014.
POWER COUNTY PERSONNEL MANUEL / VACATION / COMP CARRY-OVER -2015: After much discussion of the vacation accruals and sick accruals to COBRA benefits, it has come to the decision of the board to meet with Todd Lakey, Executive Director Gem Plan to become familiar with his opinions, and or recommendations. Further discussion is set for December 15, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.
CERTIFICATES OF RESIDENCY: Two applications were presented to the board. Commissioner Wright made a motion to continue the request for residency for applicant K. Zundel. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.
Motion carried.
The application for J. Fullmer was presented incomplete. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to deny the application for being incomplete, requested applicant to complete and resubmit. Motion seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
Adjournment
Clerk, Sharee Sprague
Commission Chair, Ron Funk
POWER COUNTY COMMISSIONER MINUTES
The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 29, 2014. Present were Commissioners Ron Funk, Chairman, Delane Anderson and Norman Wright. Also present were Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Petersen and Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp.
AGENDA APPROVAL : Brief discussion of the posted agenda. Commission Chair, Funk made a motion to amend the agenda to include the signatures for The Certificates of Appreciation, for the outgoing elected officials, and Commissioner Wright. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Motion to amend the agenda to include election reports was made by Commissioner Anderson and seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
AIRPORT MANAGER POSITION/HANGER/HOUSE DAMAGE RENOVATIONS: Commissioner Anderson reported that the structure of possibly having an Airport Manager and an Airport Maintenance position will not really be in the best interest of Power County. At this time discussion from the Airport Board would be to keep the position as one. The Airport Board has agreed to grant a two (2) year contract with a one year probation period to Jared Turner for the amount of $600.00 a month to begin January 1, 2015. A motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept the contract as stated by the Airport Board for Jared Turner in the amount of $600.00 per month for a period of two (2) years, with a one year (1) probationary period. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Commissioner Anderson has been in contact with John Henesh whom has been doing repairs on the perimeter fence at the airport. Mr. Henesh has been instructed by Commissioner Anderson to purchase 13 fence posts for necessary repairs and was instructed to monitor the fence line and to make necessary repairs as needed and within reason.
The Airport Hanger discussion with the installed heater has a fair market value $1,500.00 not the $3,000.00 that Mr. Bearup would like to be reimbursed for. The Board of County Commissioners has decided that the 1000 gallon diesel tank that is on the property shall remain for possible resale at a later date. Reimbursement for the propane that had been refilled by Mr. Bearup was discussed. At this time attorney Ryan Petersen has discussed with Mr. Bearup the mutual release of litigation between parties and he was amenable to the agreement.
POWER COUNTY AIRPORT SNOW REMOVAL CONTRACT: Don Haskin, Power County Highway District was present to review the present verbal agreement for the removal of the snow at the airport. Presently it takes approximately an hour and a half to plow and the Power County Highway District has billed approximately $84.40 per hour and Mr. Bearup has phoned Mr. Haskin and arranged the removal. The Board of Commissioners would like a written agreement for future reference. Mr. Haskin will prepare the agreement as to the billing amount of roughly $84.40 per hour and the removal will be on an as phoned and requested by the airport manager. Further, discussion as to the removal of the snow up Houtz Canyon, Mr. Haskin will also prepare a written agreement for those terms.
ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: Wayne Miller was present telephonically. Much discussion as to employee salary, stewardship of the program, further funding. Mr. Miller stated that no further funding would probably come from ESCALARA as they have donated ten computers to the program. ISU would like to continue the process that the Board of County Commissioners has put into place. Further discussions of the program will be held.
SNAKE RIVER DISPOSE – ALL / SIGNED CONTRACT: Bill Jones of Snake River Disposal was present as well as Craig Heward from the Power County Landfill for the discussion of the proposed contract sent on October 20th, 2014. At the current time large trailer amounts of trimmings and brush are being dumped on the ground at the Rockland Landfill site causing problems for clean-up of the landfill. Discussion of a proposed spring clean-up day to alleviate some of the larger load dumping issues. At the present time patrons will continue to dump on the ground the loads accepted by the site manager, loads over the limit will be taken to the American Falls site. Bill Jones will submit a bid to properly clean up what is currently at the site needing removal. Attorney, Ryan Peterson will draft an amendment to the contract with Snake River Disposal concerning the brush dumping at the landfill sites for large brush loads.
POWER COUNTY LANDFILL / CITY OF ROCKLAND PROPOSED LETTER: The discussion of the Snake River Disposal contract with Mr. Jones has prompted the prepared letter to the City of Rockland for the larger load dumping’s at the landfill sites to be amended. Mr. Wright will make the necessary changes to the letter and have it sent to Mr. Petersen for the approval. Mr. Petersen will then send the letter on appropri appropri ate letter head the City of Rockland.
POWER COUNTY TREASURER: Deputy Treasurer, Teri Kendall presented the board with an Order for Cancellation of Taxes. After discussion and review of the assessed party County Line Farms in the first amount of $181.36 and second amount of $144.85, the motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept the cancellation of taxes in the total amount of $326.21 for the property description MHZ0152-04 in the amount of $181.36 and property description MHZ0160-03 in the amount of $144.85 by the report dated December 29, 2014. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion. Commission Chair, Funk abstained.
Motion Carried.
ELECTED OFFICALS FRAMED CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION: Framed certificates of appreciation for Clerk, Christine Steinlicht, Assessor, Doug Glascock and Commissioner Norman Wright were prepared for signatures. Discussion of an ad to be placed in the Power County Press of the certificates with the signatures of the office employees, Deputy Clerk Jennifer Rupp will follow up with each office for the signatures of employees on the Certificates of Appreciate and deliver it to the Power County Press for publication in the January 7, 2015 paper.
POWER COUNTY PAYROLL CLERK/ SICK AND VACATION ACCRUALS: Discussion began on the pending accruals of Assessor, Doug Glascock and Clerk, Christine Steinlicht. Commission Chair, Funk made the motion to enter into executive session with Commissioner Anderson, to second the motion.
Motion Carried.
Motion to exit executive session was made by Commissioner Chair, Funk and seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
After discussion of provided hours for both Assessor, Doug Glascock, and Clerk, Christine Steinlicht, Commissioner Wright made a motion to accept the hours as provided by Payroll Clerk, Carolyn Skenandore for the totals to be paid to the individuals as follows;
Assessor, Doug Glascock
Vacation – 84 hours $2,411.64
Sick – 399 hours/ 14 months COBRA coverage to be covered by Power County
Clerk, Christine Steinlicht
Comp – 21 hours $904.26
Vacation – 75.83 hours $2,177.07
Sick – 243.95 hours/ 8 months COBRA coverage to be covered by Power County
Commissioner Chair, Funk seconded the motion for the provided hours to be paid.
MOBILITY MANAGEMENT / DAVE DORAN: The Board of Commissioners attempted to phone David Doran of the Mobility Management / Rural Transit Program. Communication was unsuccessful with Mr. Doran; the issue has been placed on the agenda for January 12, 2015 at 1:30 p.m.
CLAIMS: Review and discussion of the submitted claims report and demands dated December 29, 2014. After discussion of the report, the claim in the amount of $235.00 to Stan Bearup and the two claims to Connie Shepherd in the amount of $428.40 and $159.60 will need further discussion. A motion was made by Commissioner Chair, Funk to approve the claims report as submitted on December 29, 2014, with the exception of $235.00 to Stan Bearup and claims $428.40 and claim $159.60 to Connie Shepherd to be held to the Claims Approval scheduled for January 12, 2015. Motion to approve was seconded by Commissioner Wright.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY AMBULANCE / DI JONES: Di Jones with the Power County Ambulance District appeared and provided the Board of Commissioners with a November 2014 Accounts Receivable Report. After discussion of the report, Commissioner Wright made a motion to approve the submitted accounts receivables report for November 2014 from the Power County Ambulance. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY ELECTION REPORTS: It has been brought to the attention of the Board of County Commissioners that the 2015 Election Consolidation Calendar had not been completed in a timely manner and submitted as needed for publications. After review and follow the document has been properly filed with the Power County Press.
POWER COUNTY WEBSITE/ RAVE COMMUNICATIONS: Rave Communications were present to review the newly designed Power County Website. Clerk Elect, Sharee Sprague had reviewed the site and brought to Board of Commissioners attention possible changes that might be helpful to the viewing public. After discussion with individual departments and the Board of Commissioners the changes possible proposed changes by Rave Communications would be a great look to the site and would like to be implemented. Final revisions of the site will be reworked and sent to Board of Commissioners for approval and placed on the agenda at a later date.
DEQ / THRESHER GRAIN: Participants in the discussion were as follows;
Bob Steinlicht, Power County Building Administrator, Bob Schmitt, citizen, Korey Kress, Grain Growers Association, Melissa Gibbs, DEQ, Ralph Oborn, DEQ, Rudy Dewit, Thresher Grain and Bob Spencer, Department of Agriculture appeared telephonically.
A presented petition by Bob Schmett, regarding “the odor created due to the company’s grain piles and lingering residue. . . “.
Discussion of the grain piles at the site between G&L Metal Fab & American Falls School District #381 bus shed, across from the American Falls High School and the site in town located at Forthall and Madison Ave. The odor that has begun to be emitted from the fermenting piles of spoiled grain has become bothersome to the community. Rudy Dewit representing Thresher Grain reported that removing the spoiled grain will begin immediately and apologized sincerely that the spoiled grain should not have sit this long. Melissa Gibbs and Ralph Oborn conveyed that the grain should be removed and discussed different scenarios that farmers have done in the past to remove the spoiled grain in the proper way for limited contaminates to the soil.
Discussion for the removal of the dirt mix, roughly 50 -60 truckloads was proposed to be removed and taken to Koompin Brothers to the cull potato pit. The spoiled grain was discussed and proposed that if Milner Butte will accept the spoilage. Rudy Dewit will contact Josh at Milner Butte and confirm if the site will accept the 30 – 40 truckloads of spoiled grain, also validate if the Milner Butte will validate using the Power County price structure that Thresher Grain will be responsible for.
Bob Steinlicht will follow up to be sure Power County is regulated correctly and follow up with Mr. Schmitt, citizen to be sure he is comfortable with the progression of the removal of the spoiled grain.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner, Chair Funk made the motion to enter into executive session for purposes of employee personnel issues, Commissioner, Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Discussion of employee personnel issues.
EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner Anderson made the motion to exit into executive session. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
POWER COUNTY BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Commissioner Anderson informed the Board of Commissioners of the seat available on the Historical Preservation Board. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to appoint Clay Erickson to replace Keith Stocking on the Historical Preservation Board for a term of 2 years. Commissioner, Chair Funk seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Commission, Chair Funk made the motion to re-appoint Bruce Winder to continue to serve on the Power County Planning and Zoning Board. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.
Motion carried.
Adjournment
Clerk, Sharee Sprague
Commission Chair, Ron Funk

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