(Minutes subject to council approval)
CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO
July 11, 2022
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE NEZPERCE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEZPERCE, IDAHO, HELD ON July 11, 2022.
PLACE: Training Room, Nezperce City Hall, 606 Maple Street.
THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY MAYOR BATEMAN AT 7:03A.M.
PRESENT were Councilmembers Steve Bateman, Mike Jensen, Tyler Nelson, Kimberly Ingram (via Zoom), James Zenner (entered the meeting at 7:15AM), Maintenance Supervisor Craig Cardwell, Office Assistant Kim Johnson Ingram. Guests present were: Patrick and Marietta Holman. Clerk Treasurer Rhonda Schmidt 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 6/13/22 were approved as emailed upon a motion by
Cm. Jensen was seconded by Cm. Nelson, motion carried.
TREASURER’S REPORT AND MONTHLY BILLS:
The Clerk’s Monthly Treasurer’s Report dated July 11, 2022 was examined and approved, showing the following:
Funds on Hand $636,260.47 (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. Nelson in the total of $97,001.49 check numbers 16483 through 16535. Receipts since the last meeting were shown as $90,814.50. Checks and stub approvals were signed appropriately by all parties as well all signed the Claim Approval Report for July.
BUSINESS TO BE CONDUCTED
1. Walco – Refuse Increase: Patrick and Marietta Holman of Walco would like an increase of 15% to help with the increased fuel cost and also in employee wage increases to help retain employees due to the rising cost of living. Council will vote at a later meeting whether to approve or deny the 15% increase. A public hearing will be set in August.
2. WW Land App – Property Acquisition, Design Update: No comments or discussion on property acquisition or design. Maintenance Craig performed core samples in a second location on the property and hit rock at 10 feet in one sample only; this location shouldn’t be a problem with excavation.
3. Public Hearing Notice: A public hearing to accept the Zoning Ordinance and an annexation ordinance of the school and Payne property will be on July 25th at 7PM.
4. Miller Land Acquisition: Mayor Bateman spoke with Jerry & Sandy Miller Huggins and they seem open to the sale. The lawyer will be drawing up a formal offer letter by the 15th of July. Cuddy should be getting back to us on a time frame for a survey of the property.
5. Seal Coating: Maintenance Cardwell spoke with Joe Forsman and the price of oil has doubled this year. Cardwell suggested that we not chip seal and see if the price improves, he suggested that we use the new equipment that the city recently purchased to fix soft spots in the streets. Cm. Nelson motioned to wait on chip sealing this year and do road repair instead, motion was seconded by Cm. Jensen, motion carried.
6. Airport Grant: Mayor Bateman continues to work with Clerk Schmidt and JUB on this matter.
7. Senior Center Update: Maintenance Cardwell asked council what type of flooring they would like to have installed. It was decided to use waterproof vinyl plank. Cardwell get some samples brought in for the council to agree on.
8. FY2023 Budget – Fee Review – Clerk Schmidt will be working on getting the budget together for review and approval. If anything needs added please contacted her.
9. Homelessness in Nezperce: Mayor Bateman would like the council members to think of ways to help handle this; are there any resources that anyone is aware of to help with displaced citizens? Bateman added that there have been some complaints from citizens about the situation but believe that they are just uncomfortable with this being a new situation to our town. Maintenance Cardwell added that the affected citizens have not been destructive in any way while using the comfort station at the RV park and have not been a problem as of now.
10. Prairie Day Wrap up: Cardwell offered that 285 dinners were served Friday night. The 3on3, softball, and cornhole tournaments were a big success. Parade lacked usual participation and attendance. Maintenance Cardwell was told by the food vendors that they really enjoyed how polite and wonderful the children in our town were to serve.
1. Maintenance Report
Oak Street Fire Garage: Cardwell will be painting the doors to lessen the confusion with parking on Oak St.
Tennis Court Bathrooms: Maintenance reported that the bathroom demolition will happen now that Prairie Day is completed.
Water: Maintenance will be replacing broken water meters. TJ Zanin has asked if the city would put in a stormwater drain between the teen center and Savage Health. Cardwell doesn’t believe it can be connected to the storm drain system to drain properly.
Streets: Maintenance will be repairing potholes. Cardwell added that he will be looking into a variety of plants for the new planters. The old planters will be removed.
Employee Insurance: The III-A is predicting a 14 percent increase this year.
Legal Notices Posted: Public Hearing on Monday July 25th 2022 at 7PM for Zoning and Annexation ordinances.
Misc.: Mark Hand is wondering if the City would be able to help them out with finding insurance.
3. Fire Department:
Fire Equipment: Chief Kuther will be needing to update expired bottles and wanted to make sure that there is funding in the budget for the updates.
ADJOURNMENT: Meeting adjourned at 7:37AM.
Upcoming Council Meetings: August 8th and Sept. 12th at 7:00AM
Public Hearing for Zoning and Annexation Ordinances: July 25, 2022
The next regularly scheduled city council meeting will be on Monday, August 8th at 7AM at City Hall.
Steve A. Bateman, Mayor Rhonda J. Schmidt, Clerk-Treasurer