***Monday, November 13, 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.
County resident Marty Martinez and Blue Sky Broadcasting News Reporter Mike Brown were present at the meetings off and on throughout the day.
9:00 a.m., Road and Bridge Department Superintendent Clint Kimball joined the meeting to give his departmental report. Mr. Kimball presented a written report.
Mr. Kimball spoke of work done last week and mentioned the use of salt and sand to keep travelers safe, adding that there have been issues due to drivers’ speeds. Commissioners reviewed maps of roads plowed as they have been broken into numbered areas. Mr. Kimball mentioned that Northwest Academy has relocated to their Katka area campus so Parker Canyon and Brown Creek Roads may get more use. The Boundary Area Transportation Team (BATT) meeting was cancelled last week due to lack of a quorum. The annual fire extinguisher testing has been done. Mr. Kimball said he is just continuing with winter work. The T16, a 1999 year plow truck, is in the shop. This truck had a new radiator installed approximately eight months ago, but the mounts have broken.
Mr. Kimball briefly mentioned having attended a workshop with the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC) and he learned of two new programs that are available, one of which is a children’s pedestrian safety program. Mr. Kimball felt this would be a good program for the Naples area. This program includes flashing lights for kids, such as the sign on Augusta Street in Bonners Ferry. Kids getting off the buses in Naples go every which direction so it might be good to have these lights. This grant program is 100% funded with no match required.
The other program is a local strategic incentive program, which is for shovel ready projects and Road and Bridge has a couple projects that would fit this program. This is also a grant that requires no match. Mr. Kimball said this funding could pay for materials, engineering, etc., and he could use it for grinding and chip sealing on Meadow Creek Road as well as possibly paving down to the railroad tracks, but it would have to be a complete project. Commissioners suggested Mr. Kimball do what he thinks is right and let Commissioners know what he decides.
Commissioner Kirby moved to amend the agenda to add a motion to sign a Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) grant application for either Meadow Creek Road or Lions Den Road project as it is time sensitive. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Local Roads Improvement Program (LRIP) application for either the Meadow Creek Road or the Lions Den Bridge project as this grant requires no match and the application is time sensitive. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting with Mr. Kimball ended at 9:20 a.m.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Certificate of Residency for Troy Shepherd. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Idaho Transportation Department Grant Agreement - Idaho Airport Aid Program Offer for State Fiscal Year-18 for the Bonners Ferry-Boundary County Airport, FS Program Number: F18865S, IAAP Project Number: AIP-015, for acquisition of the Moore property at the amount of $5,382.56 Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt Resolution 2018-3. A resolution accepting the grant offer of the State of Idaho, through the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics, in the maximum amount of $5,382.56 to be used under the Idaho Airport Aid Program, FS Program Number: F18865S, Project Number: AIP-015 in the development of the Bonners Ferry-Boundary County Airport. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2018-3 reads as follows:
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Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to initial the County Annual Juvenile Justice Report to the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to nominate Commissioner Walt Kirby for a Catastrophic Health Care Cost Program Board of Directors position for District 1. Chairman Dinning yielded the chair to second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Kirby moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the agreement with Otis Elevator Company. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.
9:32 a.m., Commissioner Pinkerton 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. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. The executive session ended at 10:00 a.m. No action was taken.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved to fund Up to $500.00 for the Western Regional Conference. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
10:00 a.m., Commissioners canvassed the ballots from the 2017 November election for council positions for the City of Moyie Springs and City of Bonners Ferry. Clerk Poston said there were no errors.
Commissioner Pinkerton moved that, acting as a Board of Canvassers of Election, do hereby state that the attached is a true and complete abstract of all votes cast within this county for candidates and/or questions as they appeared at the election held on November 7, 2017, as shown by the records now on file in the County Clerk’s Office. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.
Commissioners reviewed claims for payment. Fund totals are as follows:
Current Expense $44,908.55
Road & Bridge 140,843.63
District Court 2,598.14
Justice Fund 40,963.08
911 Funds 1,343.71
Indigent & Charity 45,000.68
Parks and Recreation 3,723.58
Solid Waste 15,689.85
Veterans Memorial 112.09
County EMS 4,900.00
Grant, Airport 32,233.82
Grant, Selkirk Coop Weed Mgmt 3,286.40
Auditor’s Trust 18,836.62
Boundary Co. Drug Court Trust 79.98
Driver’s License Trust 7,320.50
Magistrate Trust 35,181.79
Motor Vehicle Trust Acct 125,979.21
Sheriff’s Trust Fund 422.00
Sheriff’s Posse 400.00
GRAND TOTAL $554,056.53
Citizens are invited to inspect detailed records on file in the Courthouse (individual claims & Commissioners’ allowance & warrant register record 2017-2018).
Commissioners tended to administrative duties.
10:15 a.m., University of Idaho Extension Office Educators Amy Robertson and Kate Painter joined the meeting to provide Commissioners with their quarterly reports. Ms. Robertson discussed matters pertaining to various club registrations and participation. Ms. Robertson also provided an update on her state 4H training in Boise, field trips to Safeway, and germ class.
Ms. Robertson mentioned that she received quotes for improvements to the kitchen cabinets in the Extension Office. Chairman Dinning questioned which budget this cost would be paid out of and if there are 4H funds that could be utilized. Ms. Robertson said she can’t use 4H funds as they have to be spent towards specific things. The cost to reface the cabinets is $4,200 and $5,000 to actually replace the cabinets. Ms. Robertson listed the various groups that use the kitchen in the Extension Office meeting room. Ms. Robertson said a new stove is also needed, but that is being taken care of. Those present discussed the matter of charging for use of the meeting room.
Ms. Painter explained having hosted a forage course a week ago and only having 19 participants, which was possibly due to bad weather. Ms. Painter said a forage extension specialist had been flown in from Twin Falls and he presented information on hay testing, integrated pest management, gophers in pasture fields, etc. The presentation on weed control by County Noxious Weeds Superintendent Dave Wenk was outstanding, according to Ms. Painter. Ms. Painter said the farm to table event was sold out. It went well and exceeded fund raising goals. Speakers at this event included the owner of Yoder’s Market who discussed what he would like to do at his new store such as having a vibrant local food system. Ms. Painter informed Commissioners of a local website called Bocolocal.com in which you can buy locally produced gifts. Also discussed was an upcoming class regarding small farms that Ms. Painter will host with Jennifer Jensen from the Bonner County Extension Office.
Commissioners were provided with a list of courses held over the winter. Ms. Robertson said the list of classes will be included in the Coop Country Roundup newsletter that is mailed out. Ms. Painter briefly informed Commissioners of a program that involves fencing to keep out grizzly bears.
Ms. Robertson said the deadline in which to receive applications for the 4H Coordinator position has closed so she will conduct interviews.
The meeting with Ms. Robertson and Ms. Painter ended at 10:42 a.m.
Commissioners discussed matters pertaining to House Resolution 2936. Chairman Dinning said there had been an error and the five northern counties would be signing separate letters; not a joint letter as he originally thought. Representative Labrador’s Office anticipates significant changes that will deal with the tribal forestry matter. Chairman Dinning said he had understood that all five counties were going to sign on and he added that he doesn’t know what the tribal forestry aspect allows for at this point, but it was indicated that significant comments are being received on that section. Chairman Dinning said his thinking is that because there is confusion, he doesn’t know if he wants to comment or not. Commissioner Pinkerton said he doesn’t want to sign on to the letter that he had seen anyhow so maybe it’s just better to wait. Chairman Dinning said he will be talking to the county’s senatorial representatives to see what they think is going to happen so then Commissioners can go from there.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:52 a.m.
DAN R. DINNING, Chairman
GLENDA POSTON, Clerk
By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk