City of Nezperce, Idaho - Regular City Council Meeting - May 9, 2017
Friday, June 09 2017 @ 01:19 PM PDT
Contributed by: Admin
CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO
May 9, 2017
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON May 9, 2017.
PLACE: Nezperce City Hall, 502 5th Ave.
I. THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR BATEMAN AT 5:39 P.M.
II. Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge was led by Mayor Steve Bateman.
III. PRESENT were Mayor Steve Bateman, Councilmen Jerry Elven, Mike Jensen, James Zenner, Tyler Nelson absent, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Public in attendance were: Chad Doggett, local businessman and Amy Uptmor of JUB Engineer.
IV. MINUTES of the previous meetings of 4/11/17 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Zenner, motion was seconded by Cm. Elven, motion carried.
V. TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:
The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated May 9, 2017 was examined and approved, showing the following:
Funds on Hand $306,534.79
All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Zenner and seconded by Cm. Jensen in the total of $27,672.48 check numbers 13422 through 13458. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $86,756.82. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Reports for May.
VI. AMENDMENT TO AGENDA: Cm. Jensen moved to amend the agenda to include Airport issues, Cm. Elven seconded the motion, motion carried
Airport: Chad Doggett wanted to address the council regarding the building on the east side of the runway. It has been Chad’s understanding is that there is a lease in place until 2018. (Note: the city could not find a signed lease extending the lease until 2018 but knowing that that was the intention of the lease). Chad doesn’t want to argue about what he ethically believes (note: Chad believed that the lease automatically renewed extending its term to 2018 without signatures), instead he would like to find a way for the city to purchase his remaining lots and the building from him. (Note: the city owns the property the building sits on). Chad feels that it is only logical that the city want his 4 remaining lots and not bring another owner into the mix. The council asked him what he wants and after some thinking he suggested $35,000. Mayor Bateman told Chad that the council would discuss it and get back to him.
VII. BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED
A. Personnel: 3 applications have been received for the job opening in the maintenance department and Supervisor Cardwell interviewed them over the last few days. Following discussion Cm. Jensen moved to offer the position to Kaleb Carpenter with a starting wage of $13.00, motion was seconded by Cm. Zenner, motion carried.
B. Roadside Cleanup: Cleanup was scheduled for May 18th at 5:30. The clerk will send email and text message reminders to the council.
C. EPA Compliance Follow Up – JUB Engineer Amy Uptmor: Amy described what has transpired over the last few years and what has transpired over the few weeks getting us to the place we are now. She explained to the council that Attorney Herrington is corresponding with the attorney at the EPA. The compliance report between the city and EPA was until 2020 and the city is hopeful that the EPA will hold off until 2020 with any fines. Until then we will need an agreement for engineering services. Cm. Elven moved to sign the agreement for Professional Services for services up to $8,000. Cm. Zenner seconded the motion, motion carried.
D. Fire Station Update: Progress is being made daily. Discussion ensued regarding building specifics.
E. Quarterly Report: The 2nd quarter report was presented to the council for review. There were no questions. Budget appears to be on course.
F. Budget – Fees Review: The council was given a list of fees to review. The mayor asked the council to review at their leisure and turn in any suggestions to the clerk. Lawn mowing fees were discussed.
G. AIC Annual Meeting – June 21-23 in Boise: Clerk Schmidt is happy to make reservations and register anyone interested in attending.
VIII. DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS
Senior Center Roof: Micah with Quality Contractors met with the insurance adjuster and they decided on what needs to be done to reattach the roof to the building. Micah will complete the job.
Dogs at Large: Several complaints have been received regarding dogs at large in the northeast corner of town. Several neighbors have complained to the animal owners and the dogs are still at large. Cardwell will send the sheriff to speak with the owners tomorrow.
Streets: Cardwell informed the council that Prairie Highway will be making chips and pre-ordered 1,000 tons. Seuberts will do the crushing. Cm. Elven made a motion to purchase 1,000 tons, Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried. Cardwell added that Prairie will be purchasing the culvert cleaner; PHD commissioners agreed but haven’t decided which company to purchase from.
Roller: There is a bolt problem that Cardwell will have fixed.
Sewer: Cardwell reported that we are still discharging. He will need to get a sewer snake repaired.
Water: Cardwell has not yet heard from Phil Strom regarding a signal wire bid.
Parks: Maintenance is behind on the mowing as the weather has been crazy. We are getting flowers for the planters from the school this week. Cardwell reported that it will cost approximately $1,400.00 to fix the sound system at the bandshell. Prairie Day Association should be able to help with the bill for the sound system. Funds are being collected to purchase a tent as discussed last month.
Airport: Cardwell will get things scheduled for the asphalt project coming up quickly in August. The council discussed at length about purchasing the 4 lots and Doggett’s building. One positive thing is that we can keep people off the runway if we own it. Following discussion Cm. Zenner moved to offer Doggett $25,000, paying $12,500 this fiscal year and $12,500.00 next fiscal year. Cm. Elven seconded the motion. Motion carried with Cm. Jensen voting nay.
Schmidt reported that the yard sale is over, Arbor Day is over and Progressive Ag day is June 3rd. She just attended the Spring AIC and State Tax Commission meetings and several things are coming as changes July 1, 2017. The city can make purchases up to 50K without bids (this is up from 25K). Public works contractor’s license requirements were raised from 10K to 50K. Lastly, quarterly reports do not have to be published in the herald anymore if we choose it is ok to publish the report on the city website.
C. Fire Department
Contractor’s progress meetings will be the last week of each month. The next one is May 24th at 10:30AM at city hall.
IX. COUNCIL COMMENT
Safe & Sane Party donation: Cm. Zenner moved to donate $150.00 same as last year, Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried.
Progressive Farm Safety Day donation: Cm. Zenner moved to donate $150.00 same as last year, Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried.
AllWest Contract: This contract is for inspections at the fire station. Cm. Jensen moved to sign the contract, Cm. elven seconded the motion, motion carried.
X. PUBLIC COMMENT
Community Yard Sale Day – May 13, 2017
Progressive AG Day – June 3, 2017
Memorial Day Holiday – May 29th
The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 5:30 PM at City Hall.
Steve A. Bateman, Mayor Rhonda J. Schmidt, Clerk-Treasurer