October 6, 2015
Those Present: Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Joe DeClark, Glenn Hunter, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, DeLoy & Stephanie Kunz, Kevin & Riley Wells
Meeting called to order: 7:00 pm Invocation: Councilmember Matt Argyle
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle that the council accepts the published agenda. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Minutes from the September 1, 2015, regular council meeting were read aloud by Clerk Smith. The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Glenn Hunter the council accepts the minutes as read. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Keller Associates submitted a final progress report for the wastewater project for all councilmembers to review. The project is complete, DEQ approved the final inspection and the aerator has been paid for and is on its way. When the aerator is delivered Doug will have the electrician that worked on the sewer project install the aerator. City Attorney, Adam McKenzie is still working on the loan documents. Keller’s also reported on their progress with the drinking water study and said that they went on a tour with Doug and Joe in September of the water system and performed the fire flow testing. They will continue to work on the data this winter.
The LRHIP grant report was due September 30th, but we have requested for an extension because we still have about $25,000 left from the grant that we would like to use on Stringtown to crack seal this coming summer. Lynette will prepare a letter for the extension and to see if we can get approval to keep until next summer and will report back at the next meeting.
The next council meeting date was set for Monday, November 9th due to conflict with the election held in the City Hall on the regular council meeting date. We do have two councilmembers running for 4-year terms this year and they are Matt Argyle and DeLoy Kunz. The Christmas Park Lighting Ceremony date was also set for Monday, November 30th. Lynette will prepare flyers to post at the post office and city hall and deliver to the school.
Councilmember Joe DeClark reported that he has been in touch with Warren & Irene Sorenson about fixing their driveway that was tour up during the wastewater project along 100 West Street. The City will fix it next summer and he received a rough quote for an 18’x13’ space for about $800.00. He also reported on his research that he did to help The Kunz’s with their issues with their neighbors’ animals. He said it was difficult to require proof of shots being given to their dogs because it’s not required that they are given by a veterinarian and that it is hard to verify when people give their own shots.
Police Report: Officer John Martinez made 18 total contacts for the month of September.
Maintenance Report: Doug Thompson gave his report for the month of September stating that he is going to work on ordering signs for the City with the sign grant that we were awarded earlier this year in the amount of $22,000. The grant needs to be completed before September 30, 2016 and they must be reflective. For the sewer department he accompanied DEQ for their final inspection of the wastewater project and everything was approved and he also sent his letter to the EPA. He sent water samples to the lab in Pocatello to be tested and went on the tour with Keller Associates of the water system for the drinking water system grant and fire hydrant flow testing. He mowed the park and fixed the tire on the lawnmower and put out the memorial bench on the wagon wheel of the veteran’s memorial. The other bench donated by Agrium has been ordered and will be installed on the veteran’s memorial when it gets finished. He installed the door at the city shop, mowed along Stringtown, worked on the school flashing lights and put the playground equipment together and installed at the Georgetown Elementary School. He ordered tires for the city truck and got the seat refinished on the plow. He would like to put a fence around the front of the cemetery to keep it fully enclosed. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion for Doug to spend up to $5,000 to fence off the cemetery. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Office Report: There are 14 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of September. The Country Corner is reopening around the 15th of this month. The council reviewed an earlier decision that as long as Juanita was operating the store and living in the trailer house, the City would only charge her for one hookup. Since she is still operating the store but no longer living in the house, the Council entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle to charge water and sewer services to both the store and the trailer house. Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried. Lynette will prepare a letter to inform Juanita about the decision.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Joe DeClark the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of September 2015 in the amount of $34,489.96 in the general fund, $6,587.31 in the water fund, $28,294.34 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $69,371.61. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle that the council adjourn from the October 2015 council meeting at 8:30 pm. Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Lynette Smith, City Clerk