CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO
June 12, 2012
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON June 12, 2012.
PLACE: Nezperce City Hall, 502 5th Ave.
THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR STEVE BATEMAN AT 7:00 P.M.
Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge was led by Mayor Bateman.
PRESENT were Mayor Steve Bateman, Councilmen Robert Harris, William Harris, William Burton, James Zenner, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk Rhonda Schmidt. Guests to the meeting included: Jamie Johnson, Walt Bonitz and Melisa Bryant, Ida-Lew Economic Specialist.
MINUTES of the previous meeting minutes were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Zenner with correction and seconded by Cm. Burton, motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:
The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report date June 12, 2012 was examined and approved, showing the following:
Total Funds on Hand $209,032.73 (Approximate as no pool information received)
All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Zenner and seconded by Cm. W. Harris in the total of $52,653.01 check numbers 10559 through 10608. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $24,163.86. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for June.
BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED
Nezperce Housing Project – Ida-Lew Rep. Melisa Bryant: Melisa was brought in to help the city develop a housing project for the community. The council feels strongly that Nezperce suffers from a lack of housing. There are a limited number of homes for sale and a shortage of rental housing in the community. Melisa has conducted a survey of larger employers in Nezperce. She received 26 surveys back. The survey reflected income levels, number in household and asked the questions: Do you rent in Nezperce and do you want to rent in Nezperce. Household income showed that 27% have an income of $80,000 or more while 15% have income under $27,999. Household numbers show that 42% of the homes have 2 people while 23% of homes have 4 people. When asked “Do you rent in Nezperce?” 23.08% said yes while 76.92% said no. When asked “Do you want to rent in Nezperce?” 69.23% said no while 30.77% said yes. The council also reviewed documentation from the Nezperce Census Subdivision Work Area Profile Report from 2010 and Inflow/Outflow Report from the Department of Labor. These two reports look at the types of jobs, ethnicity of the people in the area, earnings, and how many people come to town to work and how many leave for work. Discussion of what happens next if the council wants to move forward ensued. The council discussed inviting The Housing Company to come to Nezperce and discuss a proposed housing project. It was understood that The Housing Company will perform their own survey. For more information on The Housing Company and the types of projects that they do they can be found on the web www.thehousingcompany.org . Melisa will contact them.
Nuisance Issues: The council decided to inform G. Nibert in writing that he has 20 or so days to remove his personal belongings so the city can move forward with abatement procedures. The city will perform the cleanup and lien his property for the cost of the cleanup. Nibert has not responded to anything except to say “take me to court.” A friendly reminder letter was mailed to Florek’s asking for them to clean up. It seems that Matt Florek and family has moved to Wyoming so his nephew is living in his home. Cardwell reported that he has spoken with Brian Webster about cleaning up Lot 5 and Webster agreed to take care of the down tree. The council discussed ways in which to educate the residents on what is in the dog or nuisance ordinances. They suggested some type of flyer that can be mailed or hand delivered when an issue arises.
ITD Project at Pine and 2nd Avenue: The asphalt has been cut across Pine and 2nd Avenue for the new culvert installation. Cardwell has received the catch basins for the project and is ready, we just don’t know when it will happen. Cardwell talked to Lee Lineberry, ITD representative about the project and he said that he knew nothing about fixing the sidewalk. He suggested we talk to Jim Carpenter but the Mayor said that Jim knows about the sidewalk.
Sewer: Engineer Amy Uptmor believes that the pumps are still under warranty and has been in contact with S & L (the contractor from the sewer upgrade project) informing them of the situation and requesting that they need to come repair the shackle and alarm. Cardwell will move the composite sampler to the gas pump shed anticipating the benefit of getting a dirtier sample. Additional work is need to reroute the stormwater at 5th and Pine and Maple & 3rd.
Water: Water test are good, parts should be here for installing a meter for Doggett on the east side of the runway. CCR (Consumer Confidence Report) report is available for review. We are calling Sensus about fixing the programing on the handheld device as we just finished reading using the device and had a few problems.
Streets – Seal Coating: Cardwell finished inventorying the streets in preparation of seal coating on July 30th. Maintenance will be working on soft spots and crack filling problem areas. Catholic Church members have inquired about having their parking areas seal coated on both sides of Willow. They offered to perform the crack sealing.
Parks: Cardwell has been contacting contractor Beau Duman about pouring the concrete for the band shell once the weather improves. Prairie Day Association is hopeful that they will have the finances they need to finish the project this year.
Visitor’s Center: No progress this month.
Clinic: Cardwell reported that he received a bid of $600 for gutters on the clinic; he will call another contractor or two and see if we can find a lower bid.
Recycle Trailer: Cardwell took the trailer to Caldwell to drop off and found that our recycle bins were completed so he brought them home. He was very happy with how the trailer towed. Cm. W. Harris has spoken with Mark Armstrong with Lewis & Clark recycling about making brochures for Nezperce. Mark said he would print the first 500 for free. Conversation continued about adding a cardboard compactor to our program for $55.00 a month on a rent to own basis. The compactor requires 3 phase power. An article will be put in the Herald informing the public of the recycle program is now underway and the location of the bins.
Caselle Software Trial Demo: The clerk sat through a demo of the upgrade Clarity software and was very pleased with it. No decision made on the upgrade.
FYE 2013 Budget: Budget work is underway. The clerk asked the council for their ideas on upgrading equipment or other projects they are interest in. It was decided that a budget meeting will be held in the near future.
Bond Refinance: Cameron Arial of Zions Bank will discuss refinancing the city’s sewer bond at the July meeting. Cameron feels that the city could save some money.
Ride Idaho: Plans are underway for a community showcase for the 350 cyclists. The clerk is working with several civic organizations to assist them with this opportunity to raise funds. This event is scheduled to take place on August 9th.
Airport Planning – IAMA Report: The mayor and clerk attended the IAMA conference and learned that there is no money….not a cent available for Nezperce this coming fiscal year. An engineer from Kimley Engineering will be here tomorrow to meet with the Mayor to discuss lighting for the runway.
Prairie Day – July 14th;
Ida-Lew joint meeting with Clearwater Economic Development Council– in Kamiah on June 26, 2012
The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 at 7PM at City Hall.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 PM, until the next regular or special meeting, which may be called.
Steve A. Bateman, Mayor Rhonda J. Schmidt, Clerk
Rhonda J. Schmidt
Nezperce City Clerk
City of Nezperce
PO Box 367
Nezperce, ID 83543