CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO

REGULAR MEETING
NOVEMBER 13, 2018

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON November 13, 2018.

PLACE: Nezperce City Hall, 502 5th Ave.

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY COUNCILMAN NELSON AT 5:47 P.M.

PRESENT were Councilmembers Mike Jensen, Tyler Nelson, Michelle Lyons, James Zenner who entered the meeting at 5:55PM, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. No members of the public present for the Public Hearing.

Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge was led by Councilman Nelson.

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 10/9/18 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Jensen, motion was seconded by Cm. Lyons, motion carried.

TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:
The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated November 13, 2018 was examined and approved, showing the following:

                                   Funds on Hand                                    $330,009.53

All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Lyons and seconded by Cm. Nelson in the total of $70,057.75 check numbers 14265 through 14318. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $69,117.94. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for November.

PUBLIC COMMENT
No members of the public were in attendance to make comment.

BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED

1. Public Hearing -Approve Budget Ordinance Amendment 2019-1: Councilman Nelson called for a motion to Suspend the Rules after the council reviewed Budget Ordinance Amendment 2019-1. Cm. Jensen moved to Suspend the Rules, Cm. Lyons seconded the motion, with the following roll call vote:

                            Councilman Jensen                                 Aye,
                            Councilman Nelson                                 Aye,
                            Councilman Lyons                                   Aye,
                            Councilman Zenner                                 Aye.

Upon a motion by Cm. Jensen, seconded by Cm. Lyons to adopt Ordinance 2019-1 as presented with the following roll call vote:

                            Councilman Jensen                                Aye,
                            Councilman Nelson                                Aye,
                            Councilman Lyons                                  Aye,
                            Councilman Zenner                                Aye.

2. Food Bank Management: This item was tabled until the next meeting.

3. Library Sidewalk: Maintenance Cardwell read a letter received from the Friends of the Library addressing the north sidewalk at the library as the winter season is nearing. The Friends are worried about people slipping and falling on an icy sidewalk. Cardwell plows it in the winter and has provided sand. He will make an extra effort to make sure that the sidewalk gets attention this winter. Last year we installed heat tape in the gutters to prevent ice cycles.

4. 2018 Volunteer of the Year: Clerk Schmidt asked the council if they wanted to honor a Volunteer of the Year for 2018. The council agreed so nomination forms will be available for pick up. Forms need to be returned by January 7, 2019 prior to the January council meeting.

5. Broadband Meeting: Ida-Lew in cooperation with CEDA are hosting a broadband meeting on December 5th at Cottonwood. The council is encouraged to attend this meeting. Clerk Schmidt will send a meeting reminder to the council.

6. LHRIP Sign Grant: Clerk Schmidt informed the council of the change of grant writing plans. Instead of submitting a seal coating grant she will be working in cooperation with Sheriff Davis on a radar and illuminated speed sign grant for the Lewis County cities of Winchester, Kamiah, Craigmont and Nezperce. The grant will be submitted by November 19th.

7. Website Update: Clerk Schmidt pulled up the new “live” city website for the council to view. It looks amazing and the council agreed. Webmaster Sharon asked for the council to take a good look at it and if they have questions, ideas or suggested changes to contact her through her new email address on the site.

8. Nibert Property Update: Tabled until next month as there is no information yet on who owns the property.

9. Personnel: Cardwell reported to the council that he hired Ben Mauer on the first of the month and he started work today. The council agreed that we don’t send him to conferences the first year making sure that he stays around. His probation period will last for 6 months until May 13th.

10. Donation Letter to Prairie Day: Cm. Jensen moved to make an annual financial commitment to Prairie Day, motion was seconded by Cm. Nelson, motion carried

DEPARTMENTAL REPORTS

    Maintenance

Sewer:
Cardwell reported that the pump currently being repaired has additional problems and will take another 8 weeks and more money to repair. The repair will cost over $3,000.00. This is really bad news as weather is coming and we are operating on just one pump currently. In addition to that the DO meter quit working. A new membrane was installed but now it needs a temperature sensor with no promise that with a new sensor it will work. This model has been discontinued so he priced out a new meter at $1,100.00, this is something we have to have.

Water: Maintenance shut off the water in the alley at the teen center (old ambulance shed) due to a leak will install a meter.

Truck: A surplus truck was purchases and the kit for the plow cost $1,300.00. Cardwell will have Bell Equipment put it on. The truck needs tires and breaks so that will be handled in the coming week. All in preparation of snow plowing right around the corner. We received lots of free stuff including, wenches and tool boxes, chairs and file cabinets on the trip to Boise to purchase the truck. A notice to sell the Ford as surplus will go in the paper in the coming week.

 

    Clerk

Clerk Schmidt informed the council that the audit has started. She will start moving the office to the new fire station on Friday’s then will work on organizing Cardwell’s new office.

3. Fire Department: no report

COUNCIL COMMENT: No comments were received.

ADJOURNMENT: Adjourned at 6:52PM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: January 8 & February 12 Start time is 5:30PM
Holiday Office Closures: December 24, 25, 26, January 1, 2

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, December 11 (moved to the 6th) at 5:30 PM at City Hall.

 

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