JANUARY 8, 2019 


PLACE:  Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.


PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, Michelle Lyons, James Zenner, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Tyler Nelson and Chief Dave Kuther were absent. Members of the public in attendance John Lee, Jared Pratt and David McKnight.

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

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 12/06/18 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Zenner, motion was seconded by Cm. Jensen, motion carried.


The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated January 8, 2019 was examined and approved, showing the following:

           Funds on Hand                   $330,816.70

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 $55,369.96 check numbers 14347 through 14397. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $56,192.80. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for January.

John Lee asked the council if they would allow him to use the upstairs of the Senior Center for a Wednesday evening service around 7PM.  If they (the council) allows the use, he will get in there and clean it as it has everything he needs. He will check out the lights and such. Mayor Bateman informed John that the council can not move on this tonight as this was not on the agenda so they will have to get back with him.

David McKnight with Airbridge is a local internet provider. David informed the council that his business has grown to 1,000 customers since starting this company. His business started in Kooskia and has been expanding  ever since to Woodland, Orofino and Nezperce. David believes that Nezperce is the perfect location to be the hub for bringing broadband to the area. David has been working with Mayor Bateman, Lewis County Commissioner Justin McLeod going through the proper channels to bring broadband and create redundancy for the area. Fiber is already here. David informed the council that he is hopeful to get everything up and running by May 15th. He has secured financing through CEDA for expanding. He explained that the City of Kooskia and Kooskia churches receive free service as his way to give back and plans to do the same for Nezperce. Customers wanting his service will pay a $49.00 installation fee then $40.00 a month for the service. He stated that he will not raise fees just megabytes.

1. Colonial Life Insurance Information – Jared Pratt: Jared met with the council to discuss life insurance for employees. Insurance is paid through payroll paid by the employees. Sometimes medical doesn’t cover enough so this could help when needed. Clerk Schmidt will work with Jared to see if something works for employees.
2. Proposed Subdivision / Airport Issues – Ken Kuther: Kuther called Cm. Jensen about a proposition to the council and asked him to report. Kuther purchased the timber lots on the southwest corner of town and had the initial thought of building condos for the elderly. He has been doing some clean up of the trees and such since purchasing the lots. Kuther has researched what it will take to develop the lots and realize that it will take a lot of cash. Kuther knows that the city has a building and property at the airport and has been throwing around ideas on how to develop the airport lots so is proposing that the city trade him the timber lots for the building and lots at the airport the city owns. Kuther has a business at the airport and feels that his knowledge is best served developing hangers at the airport whereas the city is best qualified to develop lots for building. Cm. Jensen moved that the council be in favor of an exchange with Kuther. It was added that the city would exchange clean ready to develop lots for clean ready to develop lots giving Kuther time to clear the property of the trees. Cm. Jensen will speak with Kuther regarding the city’s position. The city will need to have Attorney Herrington write up an easement for our sewer line at the airport.
3. 2019 Liquor Licenses: Motion by Cm. Lyons to approve all three city licenses, Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried.
4. Equipment Needs – Surplus Reader Board, Sander, ATV: Mayor Bateman explained to the council that ITD bought 20 reader boards at $22,000 each and decided they won’t work for them, so they are selling them on the surplus site for $7,500 each, never used, brand new. Cardwell added that they can be programed from an iPad and one would be nice to have. Bateman added that Avista is buying some for schools and thought they might donated one to the city. Avista representative Mike Tatko and Dennis Kachelmier with the school are working on this. Cardwell informed the council that they found a sander for the plow truck for $2,599 and a 2015 Polaris for $2,500, after discussion Cm. Zenner moved to buy the sander and ATV, following discussion the motion was duly seconded, motion carried.
5. Library Extended Hours – Electricity bill: Clerk Schmidt informed the council that Michael Priest, PRLD Director has nothing definite to report to the council yet on the possibility of extending the hours of the Nezperce Library. The electricity bill for the library last month was $528.62 so bill has doubled but much of that is likely due to the heat tape in the gutters. Hopefully there will be more information on what the library is proposing next month. 6. LHRIP Sign Grant – Update: Sheriff Davis commends Schmidt for all the great work she did on the grant and that it looks pretty positive that the grant will be awarded.
7. Countertop Bid: The bid received was just too high, so Clerk Schmidt has the name of another company, the council told her to get another bid.
8. Volunteer of the Year: The council received several nominations-all for the same individual. Following discussion Cm. Lyons moved to accept the nomination for Volunteer of the Year and have a dinner as we have done in the past. Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried. Cardwell and Schmidt will work out the menu and plan something for March.

1. Maintenance

Water: Cardwell reported that a leak in Camille Hardisty’s service line was repaired and the ole trailer house (that Patterson’s lived in) is shut off at the meter.

Sewer: Cardwell was pleased to announce that we should have a great DMR for December and they are cooking up their first E.coli sample tonight.

Streets: Maintenance Mauer has been doing a great job plowing. He even calls in when it is snowing asking if he needs to come in. This last little inch turned to ice, but things will get better with a sander. Cardwell will need to find a place to put chips so that they stay dry cause one can’t use frozen chips in the sander.

Parks: Maintenance will start taking down the lights as weather allows. Ken Hart commented on how nice the park looked this year.

Employee Training: Cardwell would like to start sending Mauer to trainings, it was decided that he should sign a waiver on education. Cardwell will call Kaleb Carpenter and ask him if he will continue to be our backup operator as we need someone.

Surplus Truck: One offer has come in on the Ford at $4,000.00. Cardwell will counter for $5,000.00 and see what happens.

Water storage for Infinity: Mike Kennedy is working with Bryce Ingram regarding a water storage at his shop at 711 9th Avenue (formerly Nezperce Construction property). Clerk Schmidt has verified that the shop is not in the flood plain and talked with the building inspector. Yeoman would like to see the tank after completion. Cardwell added that we need to verify that there is a backflow device.

2. Clerk
Surplus Equipment: Schmidt informed the council that the operating systems have been removed from the computer systems off the surplus site, so we need to get new systems and Microsoft Word installed on the machines this coming month.

Comprehensive Planning Meeting: Christine Frei and Angela Edwards of CEDA met with Schmidt to discuss scheduling Comprehensive planning meetings. CEDA is hosting an educational training in March and the council is invited to learn how to create an economy for the future. Clerk Schmidt will have more information on the class soon.

3. Fire Department – No Report


The council discussed John Lee’s inquiry into using the upstairs of the Senior Center and no one was in favor of moving forward with the idea. Mayor Bateman will inform Lee.


The council adjourned at 7:38PM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: February 12, March 12 Start time is 5:30PM

Holiday Office Closures: January 20, February 18
Special Events-Leading with Intention, Creating and Economy for the Future: March 28 at St. Gertrude’s
CEDA Annual Meeting: Clearwater Casino, April 18th 4-8PM

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM at City Hall.

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