***Monday, January 2, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners did not meet due to the New Year’s Holiday.
***Tuesday, January 03, 2017, at 9:00 a.m., Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Dan Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, Clerk Glenda Poston, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser.
Commissioners gave the opening invocation and said the Pledge of Allegiance.
9:00 a.m., County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull and county resident Steve Tanner joined the meeting.
Blue Broadcasting News Reporter Mike Brown was in attendance of the meetings off and on throughout the day.
Attorney Hull said at the conclusion of the last meeting with Mr. Tanner, he had asked Mr. Tanner for the specific questions he was asking and once those were received, Attorney Hull said he contacted Boundary Community Hospital CEO/CFO Craig Johnson who recommended he then contract the hospital’s attorney, Kim Stanger. Attorney Hull said he sent Attorney Stanger Mr. Tanner’s questions in order to get the hospital’s perspective. It was said that Attorney Stanger planned on participating in the Hospital’s Board meeting via telephone and would then get back in contact with Attorney Hull. The hospital did have a corporate meeting, in which Mr. Tanner was in attendance, and Attorney Stanger asked these same questions. Attorney Hull mentioned that Attorney Stanger said on behalf of the Hospital Board, he would send correspondence to Mr. Tanner.
Attorney Hull said he took a look at several different issues such as county responsibility in this matter, and the main issue he reviewed was the case of Ameritel vs. the Auditorium District, located in Boise. Attorney Hull explained this case in that there was an auditorium district that charged. This district has civic centers and they wanted to expand, market their centers, and collect funds to bring in entertainment. The district held a bond and there were several taxpayers who filed a lawsuit against this auditorium district saying they could not promote the bond because they are making money off of it. The lawsuit was rendered moot and Ameritel appealed this decision because they are directly affected by the bond in that Ameritel has three hotels within this taxing district. By the district getting this bond, it is competing against the Ameritel Hotel and they cannot support a “yes” vote and go against Ameritel. The other taxpayers didn’t have standing, but Ameritel did as they were directly affected, according to Attorney Hull. This bond failed, but the Auditorium District had used public funds to push “yes” for the bond. The Supreme Court said you cannot use public funds in any circumstances for promoting a yes or no vote; however, you can use public funds to get information out to the public. The Supreme Court said they don’t have the information as to delineation advocating for certain positions versus giving facts. The District Court needed to determine the amount of funds used for advocating a position versus providing facts. Attorney Hull said that case was cited in 31 other cases and he has reviewed those other cases. Attorney Hull said in using the Ameritel case, we basically have an amalgamate entity to where the county has a relationship with the hospital which is a non-profit organization. The county owns the bricks and mortar and by statute the county created the board of trustees, and the hospital provides the county with its budget and quarterly financials. That is basically the entirety of the role of the county when it comes to the hospital. Attorney Hull said he spoke to Attorney Stanger about malpractice claims against doctors, but the county is never brought into those cases. The county is independent and has an independent banking account. The argument can be made that because the hospital has public funds, they could advocate. It was asked if the hospital receives federal grants and is using public funds to advocate a position, does that violate federal laws or the grant. Attorney Hull said he doesn’t know as you would have to look at the underlying grant application and award as to if the hospital violated any of those grant conditions. That would be a hospital issue; not a county issue, according to Attorney Hull.
It was said that Clerk Poston had contacted Mr. Johnson and Mr. Johnson had filed an amended sunshine notice and inserted $2,700 for labor that Mr. Tanner had mentioned. Attorney Hull said that would be another potential issue, but Commissioners would not be included in that. The process is to report the information to the Sheriff’s Office and then it is reviewed by the Prosecutor’s Office to see if the sunshine laws were violated. Attorney Hull said from Commissioners’ standpoint, the issue rests with the hospital right now to address those issues specifically with Mr. Tanner. Attorney Hull said Attorney Stanger did not give him the hospital’s standpoint, but from the county’s standpoint, these are great issues brought up by Mr. Tanner. We need to be aware of this such as being involved in other bond elections with entities and using funds. You cannot use public funds. The issues that Mr. Tanner raised are really in the Hospital’s venue right now.
Chairman Dinning said there is a true separation between the county and the operational side of the hospital, as per Idaho Code. Attorney Hull said, yes. Attorney Hull mentioned that Mr. Johnson said his hospital operations budget is approximately $19,000,000 and the county contributed approximately $180,000 to the hospital last year. Attorney Hull said Mr. Johnson uses county funds for paying non-payment of fees. Attorney Hull reiterated that there is a complete separation. Attorney Hull said he spoke to Attorney Stanger about the hospital operations being totally separate, funds received are totally separate, and the hiring policies and practices are set by the hospital, not the county. Attorney Hull said Mr. Johnson could not think of any hospital lawsuit that included the county. Attorney Hull added that he didn’t see anything that comingled public funds with funds from the hospital.
Chairman Dinning said at this point, Mr. Tanner will need to go through this with the Hospital Board of Trustees if he decides to go through the legal process. Attorney Hull said yes, if Mr. Tanner has an issue with what the hospital has done, he will have to seek advice on what to do from that standpoint.
Mr. Tanner said he has the ability to report this matter to the Sheriff’s Office if there is a violation of the sunshine laws. Law enforcement would take that complaint, conduct the investigation, then submit the information to the Prosecutor’s Office to determine if a criminal charge can be supported.
Attorney Hull said what he took from this, for the public officials, is that you cannot use public funds to advocate for a certain position. Chairman Dinning said Mr. Tanner would need to determine further if the hospital’s income, aside from grants and Boundary County’s contribution, is considered public money. Attorney Hull said he doesn’t know if it was stated that clearly, but it is woven into that. Attorney Stanger said those funds would be the corporation’s and non-profit’s funds.
Mr. Tanner said Attorney Hull mentioned that if those sunshine laws were violated, he could file a complaint at the Sheriff’s Office, but Clerk Poston is acting as Secretary of State for the county, so shouldn’t she be the one to contact the Prosecutor’s Office? Attorney Hull said people think the Prosecutor is the investigative agency, but it is not, so the Clerk can and anyone can report back to law enforcement. Mr. Tanner questioned if that would be Clerk Poston’s official job. Attorney Hull said in the sunshine laws, the monetary fee assessed for filing a report late is $50 per day late, per report. In Idaho Code 67-6625 there is a financial responsibility. Mr. Tanner said it is a civil fine and is only applied by the Clerk. Attorney Hull said yes, that would not be through the Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Tanner asked why the Clerk did not fine the hospital. Clerk Poston explained that she has contacted the hospital to get the information and there are other candidates who still have incoming information that she has reached out to, so if she is to fine one entity, she has to do it to them all. Mr. Tanner said so the hospital has not filed their report. Clerk Poston said the hospital did file the report. Mr. Tanner said there is a 10 day reporting for contributions over a certain amount, and he added that the hospital has attorneys for this as they are a big company. Mr. Tanner asked Clerk Poston if she has investigated that. Clerk Poston said she believes they have. Clerk Poston said on the issue of $1,000, it may not have been filed so she would contact Mr. Johnson to have that filed and in which she would contact others to ask for that information as well. Clerk Poston mentioned having 90 days after an election to do an audit. Mr. Tanner questioned if there would be a fine if the hospital failed to file a report for year 2008. Clerk Poston said she is not going to answer that. Attorney Hull said Mr. Tanner is asking for an answer with no investigation having been done and he added that both statutes of limitations have run out. Attorney Hull said Mr. Tanner put Clerk Poston on notice about possible circumstances the hospital needs to be accountable for. Attorney Hull said it is not fair to lump year 2008 into year 2016. Attorney Hull said Clerk Poston is telling Mr. Tanner that she has 90 days to have an audit done so she is going to look at that, but from a policy point, the Clerk looks into this for other agencies for procedures and sends them a letter stating what is needed. Mr. Tanner asked if Clerk Poston can request a filing for year 2008 or is that past limitations. Attorney Hull said he doesn’t know that information. Clerk Poston said she believes the limitation is two years. Clerk Poston said she thanks Mr. Tanner for calling attention to this and she added that she doesn’t have a multitude of taxing districts that are required to file. Clerk Poston said she appreciates Mr. Tanner calling her attention to this and she has tried rectifying the matter, but she needs to look into this. Clerk Poston said she will go back and look, but she doesn’t know if she has any entity’s sunshine report from that long ago.
Mr. Tanner said he knows Attorney Hull is representing the county from a legal standpoint, not the public, and the hospital is not representing him. Mr. Tanner said he has passed the date of challenging this election. Mr. Tanner added that he is going to tell the public about this and he wants the public to know the feelings of the elected officials. The hospital has a comingled fund issue as they have a building provided to them so that gives them an incredible ability to produce income. Mr. Tanner said we have a problem with that and added that it’s fundamentally a lie. Mr. Tanner said he doesn’t expect the hospital to work with him and he felt it was wrong to have a banner in the hospital. We have a serious problem here. Mr. Tanner said the head of the hospital board would not meet him for breakfast and instead asked for his specific questions to be written and submitted to the hospital. Mr. Tanner said he was hoping the county elected officials would care.
Mr. Tanner said Mr. Johnson felt he did not violate any laws and was only filling out the paperwork because Clerk Poston asked him to. Mr. Tanner said he doesn’t know where to go with this. He was asking the county to put a stop to this kind of thing, to tax for the hospital’s buildings, or sell the hospital to a private entity. Mr. Tanner said he is asking the hospital to respect the community.
Attorney Hull said the takeaway from this process is if there is another entity that is clearly public or comingles public and private moneys, they need to be informed that they need to file sunshine law reports, not use public moneys to advocate positions, and only provide facts.
Commissioners thanked Mr. Tanner for bringing this matter up.
The meeting with Mr. Tanner ended at 9:36 a.m.
Commissioner Kirby moved to go into executive session pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1)b, to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student, and Idaho Code 74-206(1)c, to acquire an interest in real property which is not owned by a public agency. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Commissioners voted as follows: Chairman Dinning “aye”, Commissioner Pinkerton “aye”, and Commissioner Kirby “aye”. Motion passed unanimously.
9:50 a.m., Attorney Hull left the meeting.
The executive session ended at 10:00 a.m. No action was taken.
Commissioner Kirby moved to approve the minutes of December 19 & 20, 2016. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
10:00 a.m., Chief Probation Officer Stacy Brown joined the meeting.
Ms. Brown informed Commissioners that she wanted to hire a part-time employee. Ms. Brown explained that on November 29, 2016, her department was up to juvenile case number 14 and one month later her office was up to 26 cases so the cases almost doubled and that is why she thinks this position should be filled again. This position completes data entry work, according to Ms. Brown. Ms. Brown said she would like to go in-house with the job listing prior to posting it at the Job Service. This position is budgeted for, according to Ms. Brown. Clerk Poston asked if this employee could be shared if they were needed in another county office part-time. Ms. Brown said that would be okay with her.
Ms. Brown left the meeting at 10:05 a.m.
Deputy Clerk Nancy Ryals joined the meeting at 10:06 a.m.
Commissioner Kirby moved to approve the minutes of November 28 & 29, 2016. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign Certificates of Residency for Evan Wasmer, Rebecca Sandaker, and Shaleyna Higgins. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt 2017-4. A resolution establishing polling sites in Boundary County. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2017-4 reads as follows:
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING POLLING SITES IN BOUNDARY COUNTY
WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners, County of Boundary, State of Idaho, has established seven polling sites within the County, and
WHEREAS, those sites are the Bonners Ferry/Kootenai Precinct, Copeland Precinct, Moyie Springs Precinct, Naples Precinct, North Bonners Ferry Precinct, Valley View Precinct, and the Countywide Absentee Voting Precinct
NOW THEREFORE, upon motion duly made, seconded, and unanimously carried,
IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED that the Board of County Commissioners, County of Boundary, State of Idaho hereby reaffirms the polling sites for elections to be held in Boundary County in calendar year 2017 as follows:
B.F./Kootenai Precinct Exhibit Hall, Boundary County Fairgrounds
Copeland Precinct Mt. Hall School
Moyie Springs Precinct Moyie Springs City Hall
Naples Precinct South Boundary Fire Hall
North Bonners Ferry Precinct Exhibit Hall, Boundary County Fairgrounds
Valley View Precinct Exhibit Hall, Boundary County Fairgrounds
Countywide Absentee Voting Precinct Boundary County Courthouse
DATED this 3rd day of January, 2017
COUNTY OF BOUNDARY
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Dan R. Dinning, Chairman
LeAlan L. Pinkerton, Commissioner
Walt Kirby, Commissioner
GLENDA POSTON, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
Recorded as instrument #269522
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt Resolution 2017-5. A resolution establishing administrative fees for land use applications. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2017-5 reads as follows:
Boundary County Idaho Resolution 2017-5
A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING ADMINISTRATIVE FEES FOR LAND USE APPLICATIONS.
WHEREAS: Boundary County is required to exercise land use planning powers as granted at IC 67-6503 by developing ordinances establishing zones and regulating land uses, and;
WHEREAS: Section 3.9 of Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance 2017-1, adopted by the Board of County Commissioners December 20, 2016, allows the adoption of fees associated with land use application processes;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the members of the Board of Commissioners of the County of Boundary, Idaho, that the following schedule of fees is hereby adopted to cover the costs of administering the provisions of the Boundary County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance:
Certificate of Compliance No fee
Request to Examine or Copy Records
First 100 pages are free of charge Per Idaho Code
Residential Placement Permit $35.00
Commercial/Industrial Placement Permit $50.00
Conditional Use Permit $90.00
Special Event Permit $90.00
Temporary Use Permit $180.00
Subdivision, Simple $35.00
Parcel Split, Simple $35.00
Parcel Split, Primitive $35.00
Parcel Line Adjustment $35.00
Lot Line Adjustment, Subdivision $35.00
Subdivision, Short Plat $90.00
Subdivision, Long Plat $180.00
Quasi-judicial Zone Map Amendment $200.00
*Comprehensive Plan Amendment $200.00
*Ordinance Amendment $200.00
* - Fee not to be imposed if amendment application is initiated by the Planning and Zoning Commission or the Board of County Commissioners.
In addition to the above fees, applicants shall also reimburse Boundary County for first class mailings or display advertisements required for public notification pursuant to Section 20, Boundary County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance.
Done this 3rd day of January, 2017.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
Dan Dinning, Chairman
LeAlan Pinkerton, Commissioner
Walt Kirby, Commissioner
Boundary County Clerk/Auditor/Recorder
Recorded as instrument #269523
Mr. Brown left the meeting at 10:07 a.m.
10:07 a.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go into closed session pursuant to Idaho Code 31-874. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of closed session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to deny indigent cases 2017-5 and 2017-7. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to write off $691.08 for indigent case 2016-14 since the estate has been closed. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Deputy Clerk Ryals left the meeting at 10:10 a.m.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to amend a prior motion and to cancel penalties totaling $6.32 for year 2016 for parcel #RP62N01E132413A. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Idaho State Department, Division of Aeronautics, Idaho Airport Aid Program State FY 17 Grant Offer for the Boundary County Airport, pending review by the county civil attorney. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to proceed obtaining a contract for mosquito surveillance funds for year 2017. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioners took a short break until their meeting scheduled for 10:31 a.m.
10:31 a.m., City of Bonners Ferry Engineer Mike Klaus, Boundary Economic Development Director Dennis Weed, and City of Bonners Ferry Mayor David Sims joined the meeting to discuss a sewer system feasibility study.
Commissioner Pinkerton informed those present that Jesse Herndon with Mountain Waterworks was not able to make this meeting. Commissioner Pinkerton said he attended a meeting last week to discuss taking a look at creating a regional sewage facility. The City of Moyie Springs has been going through a review of having their system fixed and the options were unreasonable, according to Commissioner Pinkerton. That meeting resulted in a heightened need to look further into a new system and it was felt to be reasonable to have a feasibility study done to see if a regional sewage facility should be built. Commissioner Pinkerton spoke of looking to see what is best for the county into the future 10, 20, or 30 years. The system for the City of Bonners Ferry is nearly at capacity and the City of Moyie Springs is having issues with their system. Commissioner Pinkerton said in talking with Mr. Herndon with Mountain Waterworks, having a feasibility study done is non-committal. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) would like to assist the county with this application and cover half of the cost along with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) covering the remaining half of the cost.
Mayor Sims said a regional system would be a great thing for the county. The challenge will be the number of people and the density, but if the system includes Bonners Ferry, that number will increase. Commissioner Pinkerton said we can base the increase in population on past figures and Bonners Ferry is already at capacity for sewage. Over the last 30 to 40 years, receipts from timber sales have reduced so in reality the timber industry may become defunct. Mayor Sims said instead of discharging into the river, we could do a land application. Commissioner Pinkerton said in light of that, we still need to look at industry, which is almost impossible as there is no infrastructure to support that. It was said that hopefully having a study done would spell out the best location, etc. Mr. Weed said there has to be an ordinance and the entire Three Mile area needs to be looked at. Commissioner Pinkerton said in terms of being a layman as to where to put a system, a feasibility study would address that, but we need to look at where to put it, if it is reasonable, for population and industry.
Chairman Dinning asked about the City of Moyie Springs and he added that they should be included in these discussions. It was said the City of Moyie Springs is going to send a letter informing DEQ that they are not going to choose any options presented by Welch Comer and that they would like being included in a regional sewer system. Those present discussed needing to apply for a grant and signing a letter of intent. Chairman Dinning asked if the project just needs to list the county. Mayor Sims said he isn’t sure. Mr. Weed said the grant application becomes available in March and grant funds would be available in July. Commissioner Pinkerton said he doesn’t think there is time to wait to put a motion on the agenda for next week to sign the letter of intent. Mayor Sims said DEQ’s standard wastewater grant is 50%, but if there is a cost that is not picked up between DEQ and the USDA, the City of Bonners Ferry would be interested in covering that cost. Chairman Dinning said worst case is a 50% contribution from the entities. Chairman Dinning asked if there is any estimate of cost. Mr. Weed and Commissioner Pinkerton both said not at this time. Commissioner Pinkerton said we just need to get the process started as it is a time sensitive matter.
Commissioner Kirby moved to amend the agenda for today at 11:55 a.m. to add a motion to approve signing the letter of intent for the regional sewer feasibility study. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
Chairman Dinning spoke of looking into this issue approximately 15 years ago and he said just like Commissioner Pinkerton mentioned, it would be foolish not to look ahead into the next 30 years. Chairman Dinning said the City of Bonners Ferry cannot expand their system. Mayor Sims said the City of Bonners Ferry discharges into the river and he explained what that process involves. Mayor Sims added that due to the rules, he doesn’t think the city can discharge any more than they already do. Chairman Dinning mentioned the limited nutrients in the river, explained the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program, and he said nutrients are being added to the river. Mayor Sims said the city could either expand current lagoons or build a chemical plant, which has a smaller footprint. It was said the City of Bonners Ferry will need to expand its system sometime in the future so let’s do this collectively, not just Bonners Ferry.
Chairman Dinning said the sewer system south of the river comes down the current pipe. Those present talked about doing treatment to the south separate of where the pipe is now. Mayor Sims said he has applied for a community development block grant to replace the pipe that crosses the river.
The meeting to discuss having a regional sewer feasibility study done ended at 10:50 a.m.
Solid Waste Department Superintendent Claine Skeen joined the meeting at 11:00 a.m.
Commissioner Kirby left the meeting to tend to other matters.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to grant an extension of time and to accept the balance due for year 2013 taxes by January 20, 2017, for the following parcels: RP63N01E040146A, RP011000010020A, RP63N02E305405A, RP64N01E330012A, and RP64N01E331211A. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
The lease for the Caterpillar loader at the landfill comes due on January 24, 2017. Mr. Skeen said he lost track of when this lease was due and he has since spoken to Jim Jordan with Western States. Western States Equipment will buy back this machine and pay off the bank, and they will start a new lease for a new machine with five year warranty, according to Mr. Skeen. It was said the county did not have a lease with Caterpillar for financing initially so there is no guaranteed buyback and if we go with CAT this time, it is how the equity is built up. With this loader having 3,500 hours on it, there is a better return as lease hours weren’t reached. Mr. Skeen said he would prefer to start a lease for another new machine, but we could probably refinance the existing machine. Commissioner Pinkerton asked what is best for the county financially. Since this loader is basically new, what refinance price would be offered to the county versus leasing a new machine? Mr. Skeen said he doesn’t think there would be a problem refinancing the machine, but he doesn’t think the warranty would cover it. Clerk Poston said the amount of hours the current loader has equates to less than three hours of use per day. Chairman Dinning suggested not to forget the county also has seven year warranties on machines instead of five year warranties.
Commissioners asked Mr. Skeen how the weight scale is working at the landfill. Mr. Skeen explained an issue that occurred and the need for a backup battery system. Chairman Dinning asked about the wood pile. Mr. Skeen said he is going to ask if he can use the wood as landfill cover. Ellery Howard with JUB Engineering has been in contact with Panhandle Health District on using the wood. Mr. Howard has been out of the office, but the status of the landfill is fine, according to Mr. Skeen. We just need to get the final paperwork from Mr. Howard. Clerk Poston said we need to get the report from JUB on the landfill closure report.
Chairman Dinning said he had heard on the news that the new administration may adjust the new part-time hours rule to where it is eliminated or significantly adjusted, which would allow part-time employees to possibly work more hours.
The meeting with Mr. Skeen ended at 11:10 a.m.
Commissioners tended to administrative duties.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Federal Aviation Administration Request for Reimbursement #3 for Airport Improvement Project #A.I.P. 3-16-0004-014-2016 pending receipt of attorney review. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
11:30 a.m., Road and Bridge Department Superintendent Clint Kimball joined the meeting.
Mr. Kimball presented Commissioners with a copy of the Idaho Functional Classification Change Request Form to designate Schoolhouse Road a minor collector route. It was said this road should have been designated a collector route from day one.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Idaho Functional Classification Change Request Form letter requesting the classification for Schoolhouse Road be changed from a local road designation to the minor collector classification. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Kimball said he will bring in the Federal Aid Application for the Naples Bridge repairs and the application for Schoolhouse Road improvements for Commissioners to sign. These are applications that are time sensitive.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to approve and authorize the Chairman to sign the project applications for improvements to Schoolhouse Road as well as the Naples Bridge once final documents are ready. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Kimball informed Commissioners these application may arrive tomorrow.
Mr. Kimball said he may have bids in for repairs to the Naples Bridge. There will be an application for repairs to this bridge as well as another application for modifications. The engineering for repairs will be the same for both ends of the bridge and both projects have to go through a structural engineer so there is no cost for that part of the project. The repair is to fix one end of the bridge, but the modification is to raise the overall height so it will be well over legal heights. Mr. Kimball mentioned possibly having to reduce the road to one lane such as when doing work to the Myrtle Creek Bridge, but it should be okay for a while.
Commissioners informed Mr. Kimball the Forest Service is no longer calling the Pack River Road matter a project. Mr. Kimball said the more he looks into it, it requires the county giving the Forest Service more easements, etc.
Dennis Garrett with Ace Elder Care joined the meeting at 11:47 a.m.
Commissioners and Mr. Kimball resumed discussion the Pack River Road matter.
Mr. Kimball said due to recently having a day off he hasn’t gotten totally caught up. Mr. Kimball mentioned having five trucks out to treat roads that have not been plowed. Road and Bridge has been cleaning up a downed tree, applying sand, etc., according to Mr. Kimball.
Commissioners addressed Mr. Garrett and he said he typically meets with the Commissioners once per year regarding this taxes so he is stopping in.
Mr. Kimball left the meeting at 11:52 a.m.
Mr. Garrett said he has paid the final amount due for last year’s taxes as well paid taxes due for year 2016 on a couple smaller parcels so he did move forward a bit. Mr. Garrett informed Commissioners that he will speak with Treasurer Larson about this and he will send her an email about setting up a new payment schedule.
Mr. Garrett left the meeting at 11:53 a.m.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the letter of intent as it pertains to having a sewer feasibility study done by Mountain Waterworks. Chairman Dinning yielded the chair to second. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting ended at 11:57 a.m.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:57 a.m.
DAN R. DINNING, Chairman
GLENDA POSTON, Clerk
By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk