Power County Commission minutes

Published in The Power County Press March 4, 2015.

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular session on Monday, December 15, 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 : Following brief discussion of the posted agenda. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to amend the agenda to include the following items;

  • A proposed letter for Magnida
  • The deterrent wall construction completed in Juvenile Probation Office
  • The deterrent wall construction to begin in the Treasurer’s Office
  • Signage for the appropriate office doors.

The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright. Motion carried.

AIRPORT MANAGER POSITION/HANGER/HOUSE DAMAGE APPRAISAL REPORT: Launa Snow of Snow Property Management updated the board regarding necessary repairs at the airport rental house. Ms. Snow estimates renovations to cost roughly $2,000. A motion by Commissioner Anderson to approve the renovations of the house to return it to a livability state up to the amount of $2,000.00, motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

The discussion of furnishing the Airport House with needed appliances. Commissioner Wright made the motion to have Ms. Snow of Snow Property Management look into the appliances needed and if they become available authorize the amount of up to $1,000.00 for purchase of the three needed appliances; range, micro-wave vent and a dishwasher. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion

Motion carried.

Further discussion for the Airport Manager Position and the removal of the belongings in the aviation hanger will be tabled to December 29, 2014.

EMPLOYEE TIME REPORTING MODULE / PAYROLL CLERK CAROLYN SKENANDORE: Carolyn Skenandore discussed the Affordable Care Act and the new information that will be requested of an employer as far as specific time recording of an employee. At this time CAI has a module that is in the process of having the adaptability to add to our payroll system. Commissioners have asked Ms. Skenandore to continue the research of the module and possible others that report in the same fashion.

IAC MID –WINTER CONFERENCE: A discussion of the upcoming conference which will be held in Boise the week of February 2 -4, 2015, those commissioners that will be attending will be Commissioner Anderson and newly elected Commissioner Bill Lasley. Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Rupp will make the necessary arrangements.

POWER COUNTY LANDFILL / CITY OF ROCKLAND PROPOSED LETTER: A letter was prepared by Commissioner Wright and was sent to Commissioner Funk and Commissioner Anderson for approval. Minor changes were discussed and changed. At this time the proposed letter will be given to Prosecuting Attorney, Ryan Petersen for final approval and sent to City of Rockland with proper county letterhead.

SNAKE RIVER DISPOSE – ALL / SIGNED CONTRACT: Discussion of the proposed contract that was prepared and sent to William Jones, on October 20, 2014 has not been returned. At this time Commissioner Anderson made the motion to refer the letter to Prosecuting Attorney, Ryan Petersen to follow up on the presented contract and advise as to the outcome. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

2014 POWER COUNTY VESSEL REPORT: Discussion was held for the report that needs to be completed for the year 2014. At this time Ron Anderson, with Power County Water Ways will meet with Sheriff Jim Jeffries and compile the necessary information to complete. A signature of the report will be needed by the board. The report will be placed on the agenda for December 29, 2014.

POWER COUNTY SHERIFF: Sheriff, Jim Jeffries and Deputy Kevin Ostler were present. Discussion for the fee amount an inmate shall pay for a Medical Request Form. At the present time the fee for requesting a Medical Request is $10.00. The program was implemented in September and to date the Sheriff has collected nearly $100.00. Sheriff Jeffries would like to leave the amount at $10.00 and review with the board in three months. Commissioner Anderson asked if it could just be made as a quarterly report to the board. Sheriff Jeffries did not have a problem.

Discussion with the Table Mountain repeater is still in ongoing discussion. Discussion with Gordy Howell and helping maintain the site is a coming along nicely.

ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: Following discussion regarding funding of the Escalera program and the possibly of grant funding the board would like to have further information from Dr. Wayne Miller with ISU College of Technology. Jennifer Rupp will contact Mr. Miller to get a meeting together for December 29, 2014.

POWER COUNTY TREASURER: Treasurer, Deanna Curry presented the November 2014 Statement of Treasurers Cash. After review and discussion, Commissioner Wright made the motion to accept the November 2014 Statement of Treasurers Cash. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

Treasurer, Deanna Curry presented the board with an Order for Cancellation of Taxes. After discussion and review the motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to accept the cancellation of taxes in the amount of $2,412.29 by the report dated December 15, 2014.

MAGNIDA LETTER: The board was presented with a letter directed to, Governor C.L. Butch Otter and Jeff Sayer, Director of Idaho Department of Commerce, regarding the advancement of the Eastern Idaho’s large Magnida project. The motion was made by Commissioner Wright to sign the document as it is written and dated the 15th day of December, 2014. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson. The document has been signed.

Motion carried.

POWER COUNTY DETERANT WALL / TREASURER OFFICE: Discussion on moving forward with the construction on the deterrent wall in the Treasurer’s office. A motion to move forward with the construction of the deterrent wall in the Treasurer’s office was made by Commissioners Anderson, discussion continued and a second was not achieved. Further the construction in the Juvenile Probation Office is going great and has been approved by Connie Shepherd. At this time beginning construction on the other offices will wait until the newly elected officials take office and have an idea of the possible security issues that need to be addressed.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS: Bill Lasley holds the current position on the Planning and Zoning board. Mr. Lasley has given his resignation for that positon due to his successful election as County Commissioner thereby creating an opening on the board. A Motion to accept the resignation of Mr. Lasley was made by Commissioner Funk. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

With the opening on the Planning and Zoning Board, the motion was made by Commissioner, Funk to appoint Shane Bolgen to the Planning and Zoning Board. The motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.

Motion carried.

The Urban Renewal Board is in need of another member. The Water Ways Board was reduced from seven to five, thereby removing Thomas Kress. A Motion to appoint Thomas Kress to the Urban Renewal Board under for the Ag portion was made by Commissioner Anderson. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Funk.

Motion Carried.

POWER COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY: The Power County Historical Society has the ability to preserve the “Horseshoe” bar sign they would like to allocate the amount of $10,000.00 to the City of American Falls Preservation Project to restore the sign. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to have the amount of $10,000.00 from the Power County Historical Society given to the American Falls Preservation Project for the restoration of the “Horseshoe” sign. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

POWER COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER: Current Veterans Service Officer Shel Kovarsky will be moving out of state. Commissioner Anderson moved to appoint Ray Henery as the acting Veterans Service Officer effective January 1, 2015. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

Discussion of the service ad in the Power County Press and to discontinue the remaining time was requested. Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Rupp will phone the Power County Press and have the ad removed, effective immediately.

MOBILITY MANAGEMENT / DAVE DORAN: Dave Doran appeared by telephone and informed the board of the stakeholder’s letter that he would like to send out. The board authorized Mr. Doran to put the letter on proper letterhead and mail it out. The board would like to further discuss this matter on the next regular scheduled meeting day of December 29, 2014.

CLAIMS: Review and discussion of the submitted claims report and demands dated December 15, 2014, also to add Ron Anderson, Power County Water Ways in the amount of $37.07, Hirning GMC in the amount of $9,883.47. The motion to approve the claims as adjusted was made by Commissioner Wright, and seconded by Commissioner Anderson.

Motion carried.

A motion was made by Commissioner Funk, to approve the claim to Anderson’s Body and Glass in the amount of $306.55. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion. Commissioner Anderson abstained.

Motion carried.

TREASURER / DEANNA CURRY / EMPLOYEE CARRY OVER: Treasurer Deanna Curry spoke with the board regarding an employee that has the amount of 14 hours that needed to be used prior to the New Year without losing them. At the present time the Treasurer’s office is very busy with tax season and the ability to possibly train someone would negate the purpose for only two days. Following discussion of the board, the request to carry of the earned time of 14 hours is denied.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner Wright made the motion to enter into executive session pursuant to I.C. 67-2345 for purposes of COBRA/ ACCRUING SICK LEAVE. Commissioner, Chairman Funk seconded the motion.

Motion carried

COBRA / ACCRUING SICK LEAVE: Graden Staley and Tim Marks were present. Further discussion of the sick leave accrued hours converted to COBRA.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner Anderson made the motion to exit executive session; the motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

KIP WILSON / VETERANS MEMORIAL ROCKLAND: Kip Wilson and Leo Udy of the Rockland Valley Veterans Memorial Board were present to discuss the possibility of building a Veterans Memorial next to Direct Communications in the center of Rockland. Mr. Udy presented the board with building plans of the proposed memorial. The Veterans Board had requested the help of Commissioners to utilize grant resources. The motion was made by Commissioner Anderson to approve the Rockland Valley Veterans Memorial Foundation to utilize Power County’s grant resources, through Kathleen Lewis of South East Idaho Council of Governments for aide in the building of the proposed memorial. Motion was seconded by Commissioner Wright.

Motion carried.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner Funk made the motion to enter into executive session pursuant to I.C. 67-2345 for purposes of an employee’s accrual time. Commissioner, Anderson seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

Discussion of employee accumulated accrual time.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Commissioner, Chair Funk made the motion to exit into executive session. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

JUDGE DUNN – DEANNA SMITH/ PART TIME EMPLOYEE: Judge Dunn was present with Drug Court Coordinator, Deanna Smith. Judge Dunn made the proposal of having Deanna become an employee of Power County as the District’s New Specialty Wood Court Coordinator. Necessary funding for the position would come from the Idaho Supreme Court and Bannock County Wood grant monies. Judge Dunn would provide necessary funding of proposed position. Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Peterson will draft the necessary documents for the Power County Press for the re-opening of the budget. We will have this issue placed on the agenda for January 5, 2015 for further discussion.

CERTIFICATE OF RESIDENCY: Review of the submitted Certificate of Residency for J. Fullmer. Commissioner, Chair Funk made the motion to approve the submitted certificate. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

COURTHOUSE CLOSURE – DECEMBER 24, 2014: Discussion of closing the Courthouse at 12:00 noon on December 24, 2014. Previously the Courthouse has closed and Judge Dunn has made the order. Deputy Clerk Jennifer will contact Judge Dunn to prepare and Administrative Order for the Courthouse closing at 12:00 noon on December 24, 2014.

POWER COUNTY & EASTERN IDAHO RECYCLING & SALVAGING AGREEMENT: The document had been signed by Randy Moffit and returned for signature of the Board of Commissioners. All Commissioners have signed the document. A copy of the signed documents was returned to Mr. Moffit and the original kept in the file.

ADJOURNMENT / FOR PURPOSES TO RECONVENE AS INVESTMENT COMMITTEE: At this time the Power County Board of Commissioners will adjourn as Board of Commissioners and reconvene as Power County Investment Board. The motion to adjourn as Board of Commissioners and reconvene as the Power County Investment Committee was made by Commissioner Anderson and seconded by Commission, Chair Funk.

Discussion

RECONVENE AS POWER COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS: Power County Treasurer, Deanna Curry was present to inform the board that bond #21EB7 with Federal Home Loan Bank had been recalled December 14, 2014 in the amount of $200,000.00. This bond was then rolled over and invested with Fanny Mae as #41CP2 with 1.9% interest to mature on August 13, 2021, with a possible recall date of February 13, 2015.

ADJOURNMENT.

Clerk, Christine Steinlicht

Commission Chair, Ron Funk

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER MINUTES

The Board of Power County Commissioners met in regular special session on Monday, January 5, 2015. 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. Commissioner Anderson made a motion to amend the agenda to include the Power County Landfill equipment. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

A motion to amend the agenda by Commission, Chair Funk to include the Wood Court / Drug Court Administrator, Deanna Smith salary position, the motion was seconded by Commissioner Anderson.

Motion carried.

The meeting convened as Power County Investment Committee.

POWER COUNTY INVESTMENT COMMITTE: Power County Treasurer, Deanna Curry, and the Power County Commissioners met as the Investment Committee. During this meeting Charles Kipp, with Multi Bank Securities, joined via conference call to discuss investing county funds, currently in the State Investment Pool, with Multi-Bank Securities. After consultation with Charles Kipp, Commissioner Anderson made a motion to withdraw $1,000,000.00 from the State Investment Pool and re-invest it with Multi-Bank Securities. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

The Power County Investment Committee also agreed that Power County Treasurer, Deanna Curry, needed approval from only 2 of the 3 Commissioners for future investments.

ESCALERA / ISU PARTNERSHIP: Following discussion of the Escalera program addressing funding, salaries and classes the Board re-calendared the matter for further discussion on January 26, 2015.

WOOD COURT COORDINATOR – DEANNA SMITH: Discussion to add Deanna Smith as a Power County as the Specialty Wood Court Coordinator. The motion was made by Commissioner Wright to amend the 2015 budget, to include a salary line item to begin January 12, 2015, for the amount of $46,152.96 and to add a benefit line in the amount of $10,710.24, also to add revenue line for reimbursement or reimbursed by grant line. Commissioner Anderson seconded the motion. Deputy Clerk, Jennifer Rupp will clarify with Judge Dunn as to reimbursement method.

Motion carried.

POWER COUNTY EMS / POWER COUNTY SHERIFF – DISPATCH: The following individuals were present for discussion: Power County Sheriff, Jim Jeffries, Sheriff Deputy, Kevin Ostler, Chief Deputy, Jackie Morris, Detective, Max Sprague, American Falls City and Rural Fire Department, Pete Williams, City of American Falls Police Chief, Brandon Wilkinson, Power County EMS Director, Di Jones.

Discussion of policy and procedures for the dispatch of the ambulance to calls when a patient is in need medical attention. Commissioner Funk reiterated that dispatched calls to the public where medical assistance is possibly needed, to error on the side of caution and send necessary services.

POWER COUNTY LANDFILL: Discussion of the Power County Landfill mule truck. Commissioner Anderson made a motion for Commissioner Funk explore options for updating the mule truck at the Power County Landfill through Driscoll Truck Center for the amount of $15,000.00 or less. Commissioner Wright seconded the motion.

Motion carried.

Adjournment

Clerk, Sharee Sprague

Commission Chair, Ron Funk

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER

Synopsis of Minutes

for January 12, 2015

A complete set of minutes are on file at the Power County Courthouse, American Falls, Idaho. The complete minutes are also available online at www.co.power.id.us.

Meeting convened at 9:00 am.

NOTICES/REPORTS:

Oaths of Office were administered to incoming elected officials Bill Lasley, Power County Commissioner, Sharee Sprague, Power County Clerk, Deanna Curry, Power County Treasurer, Mark Rose, Power County Coroner, Ron Funk, Power County Commissioner and Mary Annen, Power County Assessor.

Kari A Pritchett of Cascade Earth Science submitted the Spring 2014 Groundwater report for the Power County Landfill.

David Doran, IRT District 5 Mobility Manager with Community Transportation Association of Idaho updated the Board on progress.

Veterans Service Officer Appointment of Ray Henery was confirmed replacing outgoing officer Sheldon Kovarsky. Letters of appointment/appreciation will be presented to each of the officers.

Employee parking at the courthouse was discussed and will be revisited at the next meeting.

Commissioner Funk will continue to gather replacement cost information for the Transfer Station truck.

Commissioner Lasley will represent the Commission on January 15, 2015, at the Pocatello City Council meeting regarding pending closure of the Pocatello USPS Branch.

Commissioner Anderson will get on the American Falls City Council Agenda and petition for review and/or clarification of services charged at the Airport.

MOTIONS:

The Commissioners accepted the resignation of Douglas Glascock, Assessor, effective December 31, 2014, and Elna Neu, Deputy Assessor, effective February 5, 2015.

Commissioner Funk was appointed as Commission Chair for a period of two (2) years.

Agenda was amended to include Veteran Service Officer, parking, and the Transfer Station truck.

Year-end vacation, compensation and sick leave accruals for all full-time Power County Employees was presented and adjusted per the personnel manual.

Reinstatement of wage increase was granted for an employee.

A Certificate of Residency pursuant to Idaho code 33-2110 was granted.

The following claims were submitted claims and paid (a detailed report is available through the Clerk’s Office).

Fund Amount

General Fund $38,743.13

Ambulance Fund $4,450.29

Abatement District $16,060.00

District Court $3,119.84

Justice Fund $41,098.71

Drug Court $669.54

E911 $ 1,709.31

Elections $109.09

Indigent $1,233.08

Revaluation $2,316.35

Landfill $5,785.05

Weeds $1,706.63

Waterways $27.75

PILT $11,812.75

TOTAL $128,841.52

Memorandum of Understanding and Maintenance Agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation was executed for the west boat ramp recreation area on the American Falls Reservoir

ASSESSMENTS/CONCLUSIONS:

Agenda Item on Airport Leases tabled to next meeting.

Next regular session for the board to meet is slated for January 26, 2015.

Meeting adjourned at 2:54 pm.

POWER COUNTY

COMMISSIONER

Synopsis of Minutes

for January 26, 2015

A complete set of minutes are on file at the Power County Courthouse, American Falls, Idaho. The complete minutes are also available online at www.co.power.id.us.

Meeting convened at 9:00 am.

NOTICES/REPORTS:

Escalera is partnering with ISU to further development of the Community Education Program.

Assessor’s Office will be hiring an Assessor 1 and will be looking to hire another part-time position that may develop into a full-time position as needed.

Claims processing procedure was clarified by the Board.

Tribal land fee taxation authority and exemption procedure was discussed.

Elected Officials updated the Board on projected department developments and goals for the upcoming year. Departments will begin conducting performance evaluations.

Commissioner minutes for December 15, 2014 and January 5, 2015, shall be clarified and rescheduled for review on February 9, 2015.

An update and future possibilities for development of the Airport was presented. The Board discussed future possibilities for the facility. Currently maintenance issues shall continue and all other improvements and/or changes should be presented at the budget hearing by the contracted Airport Manager. Return of a courtesy car at the Airport has been requested. Possibility of relocating the Extension Office van to the airport following optional replacement options was discussed, including the possibility of sharing vehicles between the Extension Office and the Clerk’s Office.

Details related to the Problem Solving Court Coordinator position were clarified. A repayment process is being developed for receipt of the expenses related to the position from the Idaho Supreme Court and Wood Court Grant.

The Veteran’s Service Officer attended the Sixth District Veterans and Service member Legal Clinic, coordinated available vet services and received marketing materials for use within the County.

Clarification and procedures related to shared expenses between the City and County for the safe house were discussed. The Clerks for the entities will coordinate details and report back to the Board.

Results of the Eastern Idaho Fair Board meeting were provided to the Board. The County budget need of $2258.00 would be the same as last year. Copies of the Eastern Idaho State Fair District and Affiliate Blackfoot, Idaho Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Information with Independent Auditor’s Report and the Management Report for the year ended October 31, 2014, were submitted and are available through the Clerk’s Office for review.

Investment Committee Report: On Jan. 7, 2015 the Power County Treasurer withdrew from the State Investment Pool, per instructions from the Investment Committee on Jan. 5, 2015, $650,000.00. These funds were invested with MBS Multi Bank Securities after permission from Commissioner Funk and Commissioner Wright as follows: FHLMC-H37 in the sum of $50,000.00 at 3%; FHLMC-YX3 in the sum of $75,000.00 at 2.5%; FHLB-VL5 in the sum of $100,000.00 at 1%; FHLB-MT8 in the sum of $100,00.00 at 1.5%; FHLB-5X5 in the sum of $200,000.00 at .8% and FFCB-JR6 in the sum of $125,000.00 at 1.49%. On January 22, 2015, the Power County Treasurer withdrew from the State Investment Pool, per instructions from the Investment Committee on Jan. 5, 2015, the sum of $150,000.00. These funds were invested with MBS Multi Bank Securities as follows: Fannie Mae #7 in the amount of $150,000.00 at 2.4% for 7.7 years. The remaining $200,000.00 of the $1,000,000.00 will be invested at a later date.

MOTIONS:

The Agenda was amended to include Eastern Idaho State Fair Board Meeting.

Community Education Funds were combined into a single Fund and the balance of $16,449.18 was released to Escalera for management under their 501(c)3.

Property tax exemptions other than homeowner’s exemptions shall require annual before the Board of County Commissioners.

Property tax exemption applications requested under tribal member regulations shall personally appear before the Board of Commissioners.

P rosecutor and the Assessor shall conduct an investigation on appropriate parcels for taxation, develop a plan for implementation and present the same to the Board for approval.

The Treasurer’s report was accepted as presented.

Tax cancelations were granted for RPD1710-00 in the amount of $8.43, RPA0619-00 in the amount of $9.41, and RPD0322-00 in the amount of $7.37.

The 2014 Fiscal Year Financial Report was accepted and is available through the Clerk’s Office for review.

The following claims were submitted and paid (a detailed report is available in the Clerk’s Office).

FUND DESCRIPTION EXPENSES

GENERAL FUND $6,497.63

POWER COUNTY

AMBULANCE DIST. $3,496.42

DISTRICT COURT $4,421.68

JUSTICE FUND $9,533.69

ENHANCED 911 SERVICES $210.06

ELECTIONS $478.07

INDIGENT $641.76

REVALUATION $11,413.00

SOLID WASTE

(LANDFILL) $14,662.80

WEEDS $423.55

WATERWAYS $6,078.59

PAYMENT IN LIEU

OF TAXES $41,221.85

TOTAL $99,079.10

Indigent Case numbers 20015-01 and 20015-10 were denied.

Minutes for December 01, 2014 and December 29, 2014, were approved.

A written notice to cure violation of the Airport lease within 30 days shall be served on tenant.

Renewal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Idaho Military Division repeater towers was executed.

American Falls Chamber of Commerce Membership was renewed in the amount of $50.00.

The Investment Committee Report was accepted.

ASSESSMENTS/CONCLUSIONS:

Elected Officials will be attending the 2015 Legislative Conference in Boise February 2-4, 2015.

Next regular session for the board to meet is slated for February 9, 2015.

Meeting adjourned at 5:26 pm.

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