March 12, 2019


PLACE:    Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.


PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, James Zenner, Tyler Nelson and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Absent were Cm. Michelle Lyons, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Fire Chief Dave Kuther. Also present were David McKight and Dr. John Trueblood. 

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

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 2/12/19 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 March 12, 2019 was examined and approved, showing the following:         

                     Funds on Hand                   $419,720.38

All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Nelson and seconded by Cm. Jensen in the total of $33,399.76 check numbers 14441 through 14477. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $30,984.94. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for March.

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

Dr. Trueblood, St. Mary’s Clinic – Meet and Greet: Here to meet and introduce himself is the new provider at the Nezperce and Craigmont Medical Clinics. Dr. Trueblood is originally from Nampa and spent time in the military. Dr. Trueblood has bought a home in Winchester, is married and their children are attending Highland and plans to stay here as he signed a 20-year contract. He added that St. Mary’s will be bringing in new providers in the coming months, but he will be concentrating on this side of the county. He has been introducing himself throughout the area letting people know that he is in Nezperce two full days a week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

2.   Audit – Steve Clack – Tabled

3.   Airbridge Update – Proposed Tower Easement: David McKnight met to update the council on the coming tower which should be here and get installed in the coming weeks as the weather allows. He believes that he will be able to hit 95 percent of town and 100 percent by the end of summer with the placement of additional towers coming to the prairie. David will have flyers in town in coming weeks also so customers can pre-register for services. He plans to bring in a second line from Grangeville to provide total redundancy for the area with Nezperce being the headquarters and linking up Orofino. There will also be the option of adding more fiber which will promote Nezperce for economic development. Customers will be charged a one-time install fee of $49.00, routers are $50.00 (whatever the cost is to Airbridge) and customers are not charged for equipment or rental fees.

4.  Proposed Subdivision / Airport Swap – Update: Clerk Schmidt reported that she spoke with Cuddy and Associates regarding surveying of city and Kuther properties to be exchanged. They estimated the survey to cost $3,900.60. The survey will be underway after the snow melts. Schmidt will contact the attorney to find out all that needs to be done for the exchange.

5.   Arbor Day – Schedule: An Arbor Day project will be planned for the Clock Park using donated funds from the Branson family. The Friends of the Library are wanting to partake in our plans to add a free library in the park, meaning creating a little structure that will house books. Therefore, anyone can pick out a book sit down and read it in the park atmosphere. This little library will be in honor of librarian Connie Johnson. The consensus of the group was to schedule Arbor Day the last week of April or on May 2nd. Clerk Schmidt will speak with Cardwell about creating a project at the clock park. The council also agreed to host lunch as they always do and honor last year’s Volunteer of the Year at that time with ice cream and her favorite tree for her yard. There will be tree markers this year in memory of Kathy Camden and Max and Peggy Bradley.

6.  EMS Building: The 11-month warranty inspection is scheduled for, April 16 at 11AM. Cardwell will have a list of things to address.

7.  Comprehensive Meeting – Update: Our first meeting was in February and the March meeting will be next Monday if anyone would like to attend. In February the group concentrated on Getting Started with a vision for Nezperce and plan components such as location and history, property rights, population and growth and the economy. Once these components are finalized Clerk Schmidt will forward to the council for review as well.

8.  Volunteer of the Year: This topic was added to the Arbor Day discussion.

9.  Prairie Day – July 12 & 13: Council learned of the dates for Prairie Day and agreed to donate the meat.

              1.  Maintenance
Clerk Schmidt gave the maintenance report as Cardwell is attending the IRWA conference this week.

Water: No issues this month.

Sewer: Radios are down so Cardwell sent them off to be repaired, hopefully they will be back next week. No longer discharging the lagoons due to nitrification or turnover in the ponds as the lagoons are froze over. Cardwell anticipates we will have at least 1 violation on the DMR this month.

Streets: Streets are not so wide with all the snow! Maintenance has spent a great deal of time this month plowing roads. Several people have contacted City Hall plus a letter in the Herald to commend maintenance on doing a great job keeping the roads plowed and sanded. We have only had one complaint and Mayor Bateman has spoken with that person.

General: In the coming month maintenance will be working on equipment and getting things ready for spring and anticipate battling flooding!

           2.  Clerk
US Bank: Clerk Schmidt informed the council that it is official US Bank will be closing their doors effective July 2, 2019. She was contacted earlier this month about ideas for the placement of an ATM for US Bank and the closing was official in a letter dated March 7th. Council discussed banking options and felt that we should open accounts at the Cottonwood Credit Union, keeping the majority of funds at the state pool.

Hogs: Clerk Schmidt was confronted by a resident in the impact area complaining about the number of hogs another impact area resident is keeping. They asked for assistance from the city inquiring if there is anything we can do? Clerk Schmidt reviewed our city animal ordinances which clearly state that our enforcement is within city limits only. She informed the Mayor of the complaint and then contacted Lewis County Sheriff Davis asking whether the county had any enforcement in the impact area specifically dealing with the number of animals allowed on a small parcel. Sheriff Davis is already dealing with complaints of animal neglect at this same location. After discussion it was decided that Clerk Schmidt will contact the city attorney for advisement on whether the city has any way to enforce the number of animals allowed in the impact area or on a small parcel of land.

Upcoming Events: Clerk Schmidt asked the council to let her know if they are interested in attending the Leading with Intention Class or CEDA’s Annual Meeting so she can make arrangements.

            3.  Fire Department no report

Council Comments

IDEQ Grant Agreement Contract for the Sewer Facilities Plan: Following discussion Cm. Nelson moved to sign and accept the DEQ Contract for the $65,000 grant the city has already been awarded. Cm. Zenner seconded the motion, motion carried. This paperwork just lays out the terms of the grant and how to get the grant funds.

Mayor Bateman informed the council of a recent incident that happened at the school noting that parents and other constituents were not informed causing concern of how the situation was handled. If there was a situation at the school, it is felt that the city should be informed to assist in an emergency.

Meeting adjourned at 7:11PM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: April 9th, May 14th and June 11th all at 6:30PM
Leading with Intention: March 28, at St. Gertrude’s Spirit Center 9-4PM
Save the Date for CEDA’s Annual Meeting – April 18, 4-8PM Clearwater River Casino
AIC Spring Meeting – April 29th
Arbor Day, Volunteer of the Year Announcement – May 2nd
Tax Commission Meeting – May 7th in Moscow

Citywide Yard Sale Day – May 11th

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM at City Hall.

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