June 11, 2019


PLACE: Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.


PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, Jim Zenner, Michelle Lyons by cell phone, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell, Fire Chief Dave Kuther and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Cm. Nelson was absent. Also present were Amy Manning, Executive Director of the III-A and resident Marcia Kleinsmith.

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

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 5/14/19 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 June 11, 2019 was examined and approved, showing the following:

                  Funds on Hand                  $376,871.66

All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Lyons and seconded by Cm. Zenner in the total of $35,525.91 check numbers 14570 through 14608 and 14633 & 14634. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $41,016.19. Checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for June.


No public comment


AIII-A Annual Report – Amy Manning, Executive Director: Amy met with the council to discuss the annual report of the trust. The organization has seen significant growth again this year covering 950 employees and 2,500 dependents. Amy informed the council regarding benefit changes and upgrades from last year. The trust has had another positive year and the organization has grown adding a 3rd employee. Amy is working on a metal health upgrade for the program to help more people by taking the stigma off those needing help and help detect issues. This year a nurse practitioner will be on site to do the employee flue and blood draw.

B.  Senior Center Issues – Marcia Kleinsmith: Marcia informed the council that the senior center is out of funds and that June is the last month she will be cooking. She has advertised for a replacement to take over by the end of June but has not received any responses. Marcia added that there is a lack of community support of the program and doesn’t know how to reach people. More seniors need to take advantage of the program to make it worth it. The city owns the building and the building has a few issues that need to be addressed. The council thanked her for the information as well as years of service and they understand her reasons for leaving.

C.  Bee Boxes in City Limits: Clerk Schmidt received calls asking if bee boxes are allowed in Nezperce. Seems that we have had a swarm of unhappy bees in a back yard causing distress amongst the neighbors. Schmidt could not find anything in the city code that addressed bee boxes but found that they are addressed in state statutes by issuing a permit. Cm. Lyons added that we should permit bee boxes and that the owner would have to notify and get permission from all neighbors within a 1-mile radius. Following a brief discussion, the item was tabled until the next meeting.

D.  Proposed Subdivision / Airport Swap – Survey: Kuther has been working on the hanger and wants a guarantee that we are trading with him since he is spending money. Kuther has been cleaning the lots also and paid his half of the property survey.

ENuisance Letters: Two letters have been sent to nuisance properties and they have until the 24th to get a cleanup done. Reading the article in the Lewiston paper about the New Meadows nuisance ordinance the council asked for a copy of the ordinance. Schmidt will forward the New Meadows ordinance to the city attorney so that we can incorporate parts to give our ordinance more teeth.

          1. Maintenance:

Sewer: The May DMR will be bad as Cardwell reported having problems with residuals, several violations in May. The cleaning and camera truck has been here this week and have been struggling with several complications between services and root balls. They have found some bad spots that we can dig up and repair. Cardwell has not spoken with LiveWire yet and next month maintenance should be able to pull the pump and send it in for repair.

Water: The auto gun used to read touch read meters died so that we ordered a new one.

Parks: Lots of work is being completed in parks, cleaning up and mowing in preparation of Prairie Day.

Streets: Half a tanker is order for chip sealing. Maintenance will be doing some patching in the meantime. Cardwell has priced out 2 different companies for dust oil. It was decided to use whomever PHD uses. Cm. Lyons reminded Cardwell of the potholes at the post office. The council is not interest in using the mag chloride.

                  2.  Clerk:

Delinquent Accounts: Clerk Schmidt spoke with Attorney Herrington about delinquent accounts as we have one that is to be of concern. It has been shut off for a year and the resident has not made any effort to pay on it or inquire about making payments, until this last month there has been a conversation and he said that he will start paying.

Nuisance Ordinances: Will work with Herrington to update the city ordinance to include the misdemeanor and jail time penalties.

Extra Help in City Hall: Clerk Schmidt asked if it was ok to call for help while on vacation.

AirBridge Broadband: Schmidt informed the council that the tower is expected to be turned on within the month. David McKnight is the newest member of Ida-Lew and he has ties to all the communities now as towers are going up all over the prairies.

Employee Benefits: as of June 1st, employee Mauer is eligible for benefits. PERSI and VEBA will be the only benefits as he is on his parents medical until he is 26.

             3.   Fire Department:

EMS Building Inspection follow up: Chief Kuther reported that they have received the building O & M manuals, but the water issue has not been corrected yet. They were here working on it the week Cardwell was on vacation and hasn’t been back since. Kuther added that they still need volunteers for the department, always in need of volunteers. The building Columbia Grain dropped has been tested for asbestos and passed so they will be burning it.


ADJOURNMENT: Meeting was adjourned at 8PM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: June 11th and July 9th, start time is 6:30PM

Prairie Day – July 12th & 13th

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

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