September 14, 2020


PLACE: Training Room – Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.


PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Michelle Lyons, Mike Jensen and Tyler Nelson, Fire Chief David Kuther, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Guests present were JUB Engineer Amy Uptmor and Dodd Snodgrass of CEDA and residents Rick and Lynette Schlader.

Pledge of Allegiance:  The pledge was led by Mayor Bateman

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 8/10/20 and 8/24/20 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Jensen, motion was seconded by Cm. Lyons, motion carried.

The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated September 14, 2020 was examined and approved, showing the following:

                       Funds on Hand                   $424,056.12

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 $64,568.64 check numbers 15523 through 15567 with check number 15537 being voided. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $104,112.25. Checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for September.

Cm. Nelson made a motion to pay the three memberships received: Ida-Lew $1000.00, NCITA $120.00 and RC&D $100.00. Cm. Lyons seconded the motion, motion carried.

1.  Nuisance Declarations – Rick & Lynette Schlader: Rick began by saying that this town is getting trashed, there are trailers full of trash, wrecked rigs, overgrown lawns full of weeds. The Schlader’s have plenty of pictures of the junk that has been moved into their neighborhood. There also seems to be two campers with individuals so not sure if we are dealing with a B & B or drifters but they are sick and tired of seeing the junk running down the neighborhood. They speak to their neighbor on a weekly basis where they hear lots of promises but nothing ever gets done about it. Currently there is a camper on the right-of-way that is causing extra danger to motorists. Mayor Bateman informed the Schlader’s that the city sends letters and sends letters and the residents cleanup but then go right back to collecting again. Other times we have actually cleaned the properties at the city’s expense and have never been able to get reimbursed. Mayor Bateman added that the Clerk has contacted the city attorney and sent him a copy of the city ordinance asking him to review and assist us with prosecuting as the county prosecutor will not touch these kinds of cases for us. Following discussion, the council agreed to declarations of properties owned or occupied by Arnie Gerhke, Greg Nibert and Jeremy Montgomery and send letters to two others asking for them to voluntarily clean up.

2.  WW Facility Plan–Public Comment/Motion to move on Land App. Alternative: No public comments whether written or verbal were received at the city regarding the Facility Plan. Motion by Cm. Nelson to move to the Land Application Alternative as the council has been discussing. Cm. Lyons seconded the motion, motion carried.

3.  WW Land App. Project Update – Engineer Amy Uptmor: Amy has reached out to a professional to get his thoughts on the preferred location for the storage lagoon but hasn’t been able to actually get his opinion. She did speak with contractor Karl Crea and he may be interested. At this time there are no other viable properties.

4.  Bond Brochure – Public Outreach – Dodd Snodgrass: Dodd has been working with Amy to create a brochure to mail to the community at the end of September with the water bill. The brochure will cover information regarding the vote on the bond required to secure low-interest loans and grants to fund the wastewater land application project. Two public meetings were set for October 13th and October 26th for the community to come and learn more about what is going on and have the opportunity to be heard. Both public meetings will begin at 5:30PM.

5.  Property Development – Survey, Services & Streets: Maintenance Cardwell and Clerk Schmidt have been researching the undeveloped lots in block 19 and 21 that have sold recently trying to come up with the best way to get water and sewer services to these areas. Cardwell has a rough price of $2,800.00 for pipe but that doesn’t include parts, fittings, and hydrants. He added that we do not have the manpower to put these services in the ground either. Clerk Schmidt contacted the survey company of Cuddy & Associates who quoted a price of $3,160.00 to locate several lots and streets. To move on the survey Cm. Nelson moved to accept the quote as presented, Cm. Lyons seconded the motion, motion carried. Cardwell described his ideas on how to run service lines. With having the streets located we can get those residents encroaching on city streets back onto their own lots so that we can develop the streets.

6.  Hope Baptist Church Proposal: The council reviewed the proposal which covered cleanup, paint etc. of the building and pay $50.00 a month. Following discussion Cm. Jensen moved to accept the Hope Baptist Church proposal to use the upstairs of the senior center while Cm. Lyons second the motion, motion carried. The church will negotiate utilities with the senior center board.

7.  Clerk’s Virtual Conference: Clerk Schmidt informed the council that the annual conference is virtual as the AIC conference was in June and that the cool part is that she can listen to the classes in the morning and evening and while working to get credits. The city agreed to the virtual conference.

             1.  Maintenance

Sewer: No discharge last month and no issues at the lagoons either.

Parks: Cardwell added that the parks are looking a little rough as they have been busy spraying but will get too them.

Streets: Received 1,000 ton of chips last week and getting some gravel. Maintenance needs to paint crosswalks so trying to work that into the schedule.

Water: Cardwell reported that he has had issues with a sticking control and had it replaced with an electric check valve that will pay for its self. A chlorine pump was installed at Well 1 last week as we begin chlorinating as part of the fire rating that will happen this month. The public will be notified when the chlorination begins. Cardwell described the need to install a water line from Oak and 8th Avenue to Maple and 8th Avenue; with the installation of a waterline between those two blocks he would not have to shut down both sides of town when maintenance is done to the water system plus the fact that DEQ doesn’t like dead end lines.

New Residential Development: Maintenance installed a new sewer to a property in preparation of a residence at 7th and Birch Street.

McMillion New Sewer: Upon further investigation into the issue Cardwell stated that the property on which McMillion wants to construct a shop/garage appears to be too low and will need a lift station. There will definitely be some labor and pipe into this project.

EMS Building: Cardwell reported that he has received the flag pole and flag with a stand for the meeting room. Maintenance will work on getting the pole up and a sidewalk installed before winter.

Fair: Cardwell mentioned that the fair board would like an additional catch basin in the alley between the barns and will pay for the material.

Trainings: Cardwell and Mauer will be doing trainings online to get their CEU’s for licenses.

              2.  Clerk
New Development: Clerk Schmidt was approached by one property buyer about giving a deal to her friend that will eventually be living on her Willow lots but until there are services could the city give this friend a deal at the RV park (as the city is pending a survey of the property and streets)? Following discussion the council agreed to a fee of $300.00 at the RV park until we can get services to the lots.

           3.  Fire Department
Fire Rating: The bureau that handles the rating of the system will be here on the 22nd and 23rd so there will be some hydrant flushing completed prior to the visit.


ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 8:10AM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: October 13th at 5:30PM and will begin with a public meeting
Holiday Closures: October 12th, November 11th, 26th & 27th December 25th
Clerk Appointments: September 16th, and 28th

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, October 12, 2020 at 5:30PM at City Hall.

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