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City of Nezperce, Idaho - Regular City Council Meeting December 5, 2017

City Minutes


December 5, 2017 


PLACE:  Nezperce City Hall, 502 5th Ave. 

I.  THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR STEVE A. BATEMAN AT 5:00 P.M. (time was moved up due to the scheduling of a school Christmas concert).  

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

III. PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Jerry Elven, Mike Jensen, James Zenner, Tyler Nelson, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt.  Guest in attendance was resident (newly elected councilwoman) Michelle Lyons.


V.        MINUTES of the previous meetings of 11/14/17 were approved as amended with the addition of Councilman Tyler Nelson being present at the November meeting upon a motion by Cm. Zenner, motion was seconded by Cm. Elven, motion carried. 


The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated December 5, 2017 was examined and approved, showing the following:           

Funds on Hand                     $225,870.85 (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. Nelson in the total of $35,119.96 check numbers 13755 through 13790. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $22,403.47. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Reports for November.


A.  Fire Station Update: Mayor Bateman reported that the doors are up but there are some man doors to left to hang. Chief Kuther ordered the paint for the building and according to the progress meeting held recently the building is on schedule to be completed the first full week of January. Volunteers will be busy painting in the coming days. Cardwell has lots of fill to go around the building. 

B.  Herrington Contract: Following review of the city attorney contract for renewal, Cm. Jensen moved to sign the contract as presented, Cm. Zenner seconded the motion, motion carried.  

C.  Sewer – EPA Compliance Report:  The EPA signed report and penalty check were on the table for the council. The clerk was directed to mail the check toward the end of the month. In January the first annual compliance report will be due and engineer Amy Uptmor will be busy preparing it for the EPA. 

D.  Liquor License – Prairie Smokehouse: The restaurant recently received their liquor license but beings the end of the year is here and licenses are not pro-rated by the city they will get their 2018 in January but in case they decide on paying the fee for the 2017 would the council pre-approve a 2017 license. Following discussion Cm. Nelson moved and Elven seconded a motion to approve a 2017 license if they request one, motion carried. 

E.  Personnel: Maintenance Cardwell reported that Kaleb did not pass the sewer test therefore they are looking for another online class that covers pumps. These classes are around $150.00 which compared to traveling for classes saves the city money. Cardwell said that Kaleb thanks the council for the pay increase. 

F.  Jingle Bell Saturday:  Cardwell reported that the fun run food drive is scheduled for December 16th. Burn barrels for s’mores will be set and a community choir will sing. 

G.  Review and approve Resolution R-2018-1 – Policy Regarding Nondiscrimination Based on Disability: Mayor Bateman read the policy and called for a Motion to Suspend the Rules:  Cm. Elven made a motion, seconded by Cm. Jensen; to suspend the rules, with the following roll call vote: 

Councilman Jensen                             Aye,
Councilman Zenner                            Aye,
Councilman Elven                              Aye,
Councilman Nelson                            Aye. 

Upon a motion by Cm. Elven, seconded by Cm. Jensen to adopt Resolution R2018-1 as presented with the following roll call vote: 

Councilman Jensen                             Aye,
Councilman Zenner                            Aye,
Councilman Elven                              Aye,
Councilman Nelson                            Aye. 


            A.  Maintenance

Parks: Christmas lights are up. Cardwell and the Mayor have looked a bucket truck that is for sale in Grangeville for $7,900.00. This truck has a wench with a two way boom that lifts quite a bit higher than Barnett’s. Cardwell has a picture and it has been sitting in the same place for a while now. Mayor Bateman would like Cardwell to talk to owner and check it out. Cardwell will report back. 

Sewer: Discharging is continuing at the lagoons but there will be a pH violation this month. 

Streets: Potholes in the area of 2nd and Oak Street need filled in. The state is really pouring the mag on the highway through town. Businesses are complaining that patrons are tracking the stuff into their businesses and vehicles are covered in the stuff. The council concurred that it is way too much. Cardwell would like the council to follow up on this as he has tried. Bell Equipment has pulled concrete and dirt out of a ditch along their storage building at 3rd and Oak and just left it there along the street. Cm. Jensen commented that they will move it when they have the time. 

Water Tower: Verizon has replaced a pole up at the water tower recently. They got it all done while the ground was frozen and had some ecology blocks that they offered the city. Cardwell will take as many as they will give us. 

            B.  Clerk

Volunteer of the Year: Clerk Schmidt asked the council if they are interested in a Volunteer of the Year for 2017. The group discussed a function with fewer invited. Clerk Schmidt will start advertising for applicants.           

            C.  Fire Department – No Report 


Motion by Cm. Zenner seconded by Cm. Jensen to donate $100.00 to service league for their annual Christmas food drive, motion carried.                                               


Michelle Lyons would like some gravel on Oak where the storm water washes the gravel out.  

Cm. Elven has one more meeting but before his term is over Elven volunteered to follow up on a correspondence request from a gentleman who is writing a book and wants to include information on Nezperce.           


Other/Upcoming Events:

Holidays – December 25th & January 1st
Clerk Vacation – December 9th – 13th
City Officials Day at the Capitol – January 23 in Boise 

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM at City Hall 


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