(Minutes subject to council approval)
CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO
October 11, 2022
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON October 11, 2022.
PLACE: Training Room, Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.
THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR BATEMAN AT 7:15A.M.
PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, Kimberly Ingram (via Zoom), James Zenner, Fire Chief Dave Kuther, Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell, Office Assistant Kim Johnson Ingram, and Clerk/Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt. Cm. Nelson was absent.
Pledge of Allegiance: The pledge was led by Mayor Bateman.
No members of the public in attendance wanted to make comment.
MINUTES of the previous meeting of 9/12/2022 were approved as emailed upon a motion by Cm. Zenner was seconded by Cm. Jensen, motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:
The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated October 11, 2022 was examined and approved, showing the following:
Funds on Hand $492,721.669 (approximate as no Pool received)
All bills and payroll disbursements were examined and approved for payment upon a motion by Cm. Jensen and seconded by Cm. Zenner in the total of $101,525.34 check numbers 16622 through 16674. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $43,156.06. Checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well all signed the Claim Approval Report for October.
BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED
1. WW Land App Project Update: Engineer Amy Uptmor provided an email covering the latest developments on the project. Project Funding: SRF/ARPA application needs to be submitted by year end, working with the clerk to finalize. Corps contract is in place and funds are ready to be dispersed as project payments are completed. Clerk will be developing a budget spreadsheet to track expenditures and reimbursements from various sources. Project design: Amy is working on a draft Reuse Permit and Technical Report to accompany permit application. Next steps: continue design and reports and reuse application and develop a contract for the November meeting.
2. Huggins Land Acquisition Update: Clerk Schmidt reported that the survey has been completed. Attorney Herrington and Schmidt will be getting a purchase and sale agreement completed to the Huggins attorney so that we can move forward with the sale.
3. Residential Building Permit Valuation Comparison: Clerk Schmidt provided the council with a comparison of residential building cost per square foot rates from Lewis County, Nez Perce County and rates the city uses. Following review of rates, it is very obvious that the city is not inline with current building costs as the rates are much less than the rates of the two counties which share the same rate structure. Cm. Zenner moved to adopt the rates being used by Lewis/Nez Perce counties, Cm. Ingram seconded the motion, motion carried.
4. Street Closure Request – October 29th or November 5th: TJ Zanin asked if the city council would allow for a street closure in celebration of an open house for the grand opening of Savage Health. Following discussion Cm. Zenner moved to close the street as requested, Cm. Jensen seconded the motion, motion carried.
5. Time Value Investments – Bond Investment: Tabled until next meeting no information received.
6. Black Mountain – Utility Billing Software Additional Service: Clerk Schmidt had a quote from Black Mountain for Utility Billing Processing Interface with Billing Document Specialists BDS) for an annual fee of $260.00. This will allow utility bills to be emailed and the payments would be collected through BDS and posted to our accounts the following day. Paperless billing and credit card payments are requested more and more often. The costs saved on printing and mailing justify the annual fee. Following discussion Cm. Jensen moved to accept the Black Mountain quote for paperless billing and credit card collection. Cm. Zenner seconded the motion, motion carried.
Water: Maintenance Cardwell informed that he has been installing new water meters. He added that he will need to find a different vendor as meters are getting hard to find.
Sewer: No discharging again this month. Maintenance put in a new tap at 609 Maple. Cardwell said that they used the new street equipment for heating asphalt as they had to cut the road for the tap. He was pleased with the new equipment.
Parks: Cardwell reported that parks are in good shape and getting some painting done. They will be tearing down the old restrooms in the Tennis Park as time allows. He added that pickleball lines have been painted at the tennis park come to find out the mayor gave consent for the painting.
Senior Center: Clerk Schmidt informed that she was told that the city can sell the Senior Center if they choose to. The seniors will need to move back in the building for at least a year while the city revamps the Legion Hall.
3. Fire Department – Chief Kuther didn’t have anything to report on.
Mayor Bateman is enjoying the mayor’s annual October Walking Challenge.
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 7:43AM.
Upcoming Council Meetings: November 14th at 5:30PM
The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be on Tuesday, November 14th at 5:30PM at City Hall.
Steve A. Bateman, Mayor Rhonda J. Schmidt, Clerk-Treasurer