City of Nezperce, Idaho - Regular City Council Meeting March 6, 2017

Thursday, March 22 2018 @ 01:18 PM PDT

Contributed by: Admin

 

CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO
REGULAR MEETING
March 6, 2018 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON March 6, 2018. 

PLACE:  Nezperce City Hall, 502 5th Ave.
 

I.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR STEVE A. BATEMAN AT 5:35 P.M
 

II. Pledge of Allegiance:  The pledge was led by Mayor Bateman.
 

III. PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, James Zenner by phone, Michelle Lyons, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt.  Guests in attendance were: Sheriff Jason Davis, Auditor Steve Clack and resident LeeAnn McMaster. Entering the meeting at 5:50PM were Seeds, Inc. representatives Brandon Randall and Jonathan Rosenau.

IV.       AMENDMENT TO AGENDA

V.        MINUTES
of the previous meetings of 02/13/18 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Zenner, motion was seconded by Cm. Jensen, motion carried.

VI.  TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:

The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated March 6, 2018 was examined and approved, showing the following:

Funds on Hand                     $275,601.36 (Approximate as no pool received) 

All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Lyons and seconded by Cm. Jensen in the total of $56,705.81 check numbers 13894 through 13929. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $32,824.11. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for March. 

VII. BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED


A.  Sheriff Jason Davis:
Sheriff Davis informed the council that he is working on a grant with Nez Perce County for fiber. The number of 911 calls is the same but will increase as the summer months are coming. Discussion followed about the legislature looking at a new trespassing law which would make the third citation a felony and how the law would affect Lewis County noting that the previous statute had no teeth in it. Sheriff Davis added that if there is anything he can do to please let him know the mayor then thanked Davis for all that he does.

B.  Audit – Steve Clack:
Clack guided the council through the audit and informed the council that things look better financially for the city comparing this audit with last year. It was a long audit as there are so many governmental requirements. The fire station bond called for an additional individual audit of those funds which costs the city more.

C.  Seeds Inc. Construction – Jonathan Rosenau:
Jonathan explained to the council that Seeds, Inc. has purchased the Harding lots in the Mowry’s Addition and are in the planning stages of constructing a building on lots 1-6 of Block 4. It has already been staked out and verified with the city that the construction is out of the flood plain. They are seeking an abandonment or easement from the council as they would like to build right up to the city limits on the east (leaving a 5 foot set back as required). Seeds corporate office suggested a lifetime transferable title. Seeds have already hired a number of employees and with this new building are looking at hiring approximately 4 more. The council discussed options and following discussion Cm. Zenner moved that the city give Seeds a 50 year transferrable easement, motion was duly seconded and all were in favor. Seeds purchased 17 lots in all and are making plans for the other lots to be used for test plots and possibly FFA projects.

D.  Draft NPDES Sewer Draft Discharge Permit:
The city’s comments on the draft NPDES were due back to the EPA by March 2nd. Engineer Amy Uptmor put together a compelling letter for the EPA to reconsider the percent removal of 65% as that is what a permit asked for prior to the last issued permit. The letter also clarified other statements such as we relined the lagoons and corrected the spelling of operator Cardwell’s name. The city has never relined the lagoons, we had them tested for leakage and they passed, we supplied the documentation to the EPA. It will take approximately 6 weeks to get a response from the EPA.

E.  Fair Housing Month:
Mayor Bateman read the proclamation.  Motion by Cm. Jensen to make April Fair Housing Month in Nezperce with Cm. Lyons seconding the motion, motion carried.

F.  Volunteer of the Year:
The Appreciation dinner will be tomorrow night beginning at 5:30PM. We have 19 RSVP’s currently. Cardwell will be serving Tri-tip.

G.  Fire Station Update: 
Progress is being made, but the punchlist isn’t completed. Mop board has been put up in the apparatus. There was discussion about the outside lights staying on until 11PM. That building really lights up the area. The council thought that 9PM was sufficient. Cardwell would like the council to look at the concrete as it is coming up and the council agreed that the contractor should meet with the mayor and Cardwell to discuss a few things. Clerk Schmidt will speak again with CenturyLink as the electrician is ready for the phone hook-up. The install has been requested.

H.  Recycling:
Clerk Schmidt informed the council that at the last Ida-Lew meeting she learned that the plastics we are hauling to Lewiston for recycling are actually being hauled to a landfill. There is no current market for plastics. She also learned that there is a business in south Idaho in need of paper and cardboard. Cardwell will look into that further. Clerk Schmidt will get a notice to the paper that we will no longer being taking plastics.

VIII.    DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

A.  Maintenance

Sewer:
Cardwell reported that we purchased the e-Coli oven from Kooskia but upon further research it will cost us a little more than he originally thought. But on the flip side he found out that he can use this equipment for testing water before adding a new line to service or after a repair to a line going back into service. The walk plank for the chlorination basin is getting the finishing touches on the handrail and then maintenance will be installing it.

Streets:
As the weather improves they will be getting to the potholes.

B.  Clerk:

Arbor Day:
Well with spring right around the corner we need a date and a project for Arbor Day. Looking at the calendar we will shoot for the 9th of May. (Council will need to find another day as clerk has found out there is budget training on May 9th out of town). Discussion ensued regarding updating the Clock Park as it needs renovating.

Yard Sale Day:
The annual yard sale is always the Saturday before Mother’s Day this year is the 12th. Clerk Schmidt would like to find someone to take it over and asked Cm. Lyons if she would do it and Lyons accepted. Clerk Schmidt will get Lyons up and running on chairing the sale.

Comprehensive Planning Meeting:
Clerk Schmidt will be pulling together a meeting of the planning team prior to the 3rd monthly meeting which will be on Friday, March 16th at the community room.

IAMA:
Mayor Bateman said that the annual airport meeting will be in Sun Valley this May.

C.  Fire Department: No report, Fire Chief is out of town.


IX.       COUNCIL COMMENT


X.        PUBLIC COMMENT

XI.       ADJOURNMENT at 6:44PM

Other/Upcoming Events:


Next Meeting Date – April 10 at 5:30PM will begin with a Public Hearing


The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 5:30 PM at City Hall.
 

 

________________________                        _________________________
Steve A. Bateman, Mayor                              Rhonda J. Schmidt, Clerk-Treasurer

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