FEBRUARY 12, 2019


PLACE:  Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.


PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, Michelle Lyons, James Zenner who entered the meeting at 5:50PM and Tyler Nelson (by cell phone until Zenner entered the meeting), Fire Chief Dave Kuther, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell and Clerk-Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Also present was Ken Kuther.

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

MINUTES of the previous meetings of 1/08/19 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 February 12, 2019 was examined and approved, showing the following:

Funds on Hand                   $428,288.20

All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Jensen and seconded by Cm. Lyons in the total of $45,485.56 check numbers 14398 through 14440. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $126,637.15. The checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well as the Payment Approval Report for February.


No members of the public were in attendance to comment


1.  Airbridge Update – Proposed Tower Easement: Due to bad weather David McKnight was unable to attend the meeting and give an update on the progress made recently. Mayor Bateman reported that CenturyLink signed today and will use the money McKnight borrowed as match to hook-up to the fiber already installed in town. McKnight has been working with Hillco to build a tower on their property and the location of the site for the tower has come into question. According to Abandonment Ordinance #271 the city has retained a perpetual right-of-way easement in the abandoned alley for the construction, maintenance and operations of any and all utility services and that no obstructions shall ever be placed on or constructed upon the surface or otherwise interfere in any way with the perpetual right-of-way. Therefore, Mayor Bateman and Maintenance Cardwell will verify that the proposed tower site is not in the city right-of-way and report back at the next meeting. Cardwell will be doing a located there as well for utilities.

2.  Proposed Subdivision / Airport Swap: Ken Kuther met with the council to discuss his proposal to exchange lots that he owns with lots that the city owns. Kuther would like to exchange lots 7-12 in Block 19 for city’s lots and a hanger on the east side of the runway in Block 12 and for 45 feet adjacent to his business in Block 11. Kuther provided plat map pictures of what he is proposing the council. The council is in agreeance and want a survey completed. Kuther agreed to splitting the cost of the survey. Clerk Schmidt will contact Cuddy and Associates regarding getting on their schedule. Kuther agreed to the cleaning up of his lots as part of the exchange as the city is exchanging ready to develop lots. Kuther has been wanting to burn but hasn’t had the right wind direction to do so.

3.  Audit: Itemed tabled until next month.

4.  DEQ Resolution R2019- 2 – Update on Application: The resolution is required for the application for grant monies in the amount of $65,000.00. Council reviewed and discussed the resolution. Motion by Cm. Zenner and seconded by Cm. Jensen to accept the DEQ Resolution R 2019-2 as presented, motion passed with the following roll call vote.
          Jensen  Aye
          Zenner Aye
          Lyons Aye
         Nelson Absent

5.  Library Extended Hours – Proposed Schedule: Clerk Schmidt reported that they want to add 7 hours a week to the schedule therefore the library will be open 22 hours a week. They will stay to the Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule and extend the hours on those days. (Note: the hours have been publicized being Mondays 10:30AM to 6:30PM, Wednesdays 10:30AM to 6:30PM and Fridays 10:30AM to 5:30PM). Cm. Jensen moved to accept the proposed hour extension on days that the library is already open, motion was seconded by Cm. Lyons, motion carried. Staying with days the library is already open will have less of an impact on heating and cooling costs. Library statistics provided by Director Priest were read which included visits, checkouts, downloads, computer use, Wifi use and programs. All areas of the library have experienced significant growth from 2016 to 2018. The council was pleased with the information.

6.  Countertop Bid: Zen Stone provided a bid of $732.00 for the countertop in city hall we accepted the bid and they will install when it is complete.

7.  Equipment Update: Cardwell reported that we sold the Ford for $6,000, bought the ATV and a sander. When pricing the sander (the one Cardwell brought to the council last month) maintenance found that the shipping costs were outrageous, so they found a larger sander and purchased it with free shipping for less than the first one was with shipping. Cm. Jensen asked that when a change is made like this that the council is informed prior to the purchase. Both purchases cost the city less than the $6,000 the Ford was sold for. The sander is making a big difference on the streets with all the snow.

8.  Website Update: Clerk Schmidt explained to the council that GoDaddy contacted the city regarding the security of the website. Sharon Harris contacted them to clarify what they mean by “not secure”. GoDaddy said that to secure our site it would be another $200. This simply means that the lock in the browser line would be green instead of grey. The site has been locked just not with a green lock. Schmidt and Harris suggest letting it go and seeing what happens, there has been no evidence that anyone or anything has been tampered with. When it is time to renegotiate the site, we (Harris and Schmidt) will take care of the security at that time. The council agreed to see what if anything happens. Clerk Schmidt added that several emails to the website have been received with suggestions like additional information requests, name changes and such so people are visiting the site.

        1.     Maintenance

Sewer: Pumps are working well, and maintenance figured out why the lead and lag times were off. The IDDEX lab officially begins this month so will add the testing procedures to the Quality Assurance Plan to make sure we are in compliance with what we are doing. We might have a DMR violation this month and getting the samples to Anatek each week has been challenging. Cardwell added that a pond is bubbling, and he has never seen that before. It hasn’t frozen over like in the past years, so curious if gases are what is causing the pond to bubble.

Water: No issues with water, wells are fine.

Streets: Plowing and sanding, people complaining but everyone gets plowed.

Legion Hall: Cardwell has been contacted about a drain problem on the corner of the hall. The building is lower than the street, so water is collecting on the corner of 5th and Maple. The issue really comes from our street so we should help them by installing a catch basin.

EMS Building: Cardwell talked to council about raising up the parking lot to meet the building when getting ready to pave the parking lot.

Old Fire Station on Oak: We have a need for permanent storage for files in a controlled area. Cardwell suggested that the back corner of the old station would be the perfect location to make a storage area. The council agreed so maintenance will begin planning the project.

Food Pantry: Maintenance removed the little storage room, painted the walls and floor of the Food Pantry. It looks very nice.

        2. Clerk

Comprehensive Plan: Clerk Schmidt met with Christine Frei and Angela Edwards of CEDA to discuss how we are going to get started in completing the plan. There will be a meeting a month with the planning team and the clerk will forward the council information for them to review on a monthly basis.

Leading with Intention Training: Clerk Schmidt provided the council a copy of the flyer for this training on March 28th at St. Gertrude’s in Cottonwood. Please let her know if you are interested in attending. This is an all-day class from 9am to 4PM.

       3.  Fire Department

Fireman’s Ball: Chief Kuther informed the council that the ball is scheduled for March 9th. He has been working on the dirty side of the EMS building and finishing the little bathroom and communications room on the clean side. Kuther is working on a supplies list to finish the dirty side. Kuther is worried that the water coming into the EMS building is somehow restricted and plans to figure out what is going on once the weather gets better. It was decided that Clerk Schmidt should figure out the heating/utility costs of the building for the last year.


Mayor Bateman informed the council that John Lee is not happy with the decision to not allow him to use the upstairs of the Senior Center.


Meeting adjourned at 7:00PM

Other/Upcoming Events:
Upcoming Council Meetings: March 12 Start time is 5:30PM, April 9 Start time is 6:30PM

Holiday Office Closures: February 18 – Presidents Day
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

The next city council meeting will be on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 5:30 PM at City Hall.

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