April 5, 2016
Those Present: Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Glenn Hunter, DeLoy Kunz, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Joe DeClark, Caden Collins, Matthew Hill and Colter Hollingshead from Keller’s Associates, Tracy Park from Direct Communications
Meeting called to order: 7:00 pm Invocation: Councilmember Matt Argyle
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark that the council accepts the published agenda with added agenda item of Direct Communications to discuss renewing the internet contract. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Minutes from the March 1, 2016, 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.
The financial audit for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 on City Funds will be postponed until the next meeting in May.
Direct Communications came before the council to have a new two year contract signed and agreed upon for the internet service. Lynette expressed concerns of the service at the City Hall being down A LOT! Their representative, Tracy said he would work with their technicians to get the service better for us and will also see if we can hook into the Fiber Optics line yet. Councilmember Matt Argyle made the motion to have the Mayor sign the new two year contract. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Matthew Hill and Colter Hollingshead were present representing Keller Associates to update the council on the progress with the drinking water study. They presented a report with different funding options for the City, if decided to proceed with applying for a water loan, without raising the water rates. There are available funds with different rates from DEQ, Idaho Bond Bank and Army Core of Engineers. The City consumes A LOT of water, so thus far they are assuming that there must be some leaks. The council decided to wait until the study is over before proceeding with getting a loan. After the study is over they would like to reevaluate the options.
Caden Collins came before the council to discuss an idea for his senior project. He would like to repaint the swing set, merry go round, re-seal the picnic tables and paint the pavilion. The council thought this was a great idea and told him to charge what he needed for paint and supplies to Gunderson’s on the City’s account. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion for Caden Collins to spend $500 to reseal and paint the equipment at the City Park for his senior project. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council. It was also discussed that the baby swings need to be replaced as well as the tetherball at the park.
The council set the budget workshop and hearing dates for the new budget year. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to set the budget hearing date for September 6, 2016 and the workshop will be held on August 2, 2016. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
The backhoe agreement needs to be renewed with the Georgetown Irrigation Company each year. It was discussed to look at getting a new backhoe and to trade in the current one while it still has value. Doug will research and get bids on a new backhoe. The Irrigation Company is also in favor of upgrading. In the meantime Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to accept and sign the agreement for the year. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
There were two bids for new windows in the City Hall submitted by Martin Simmons and Eric DeClark. The council reviewed both bids and they were very similar in product and size. Councilmember Matt Argyle made the motion to go with Eric DeClark’s bid for double pane windows. Councilmember DeLoy Kunz seconded the motion. Ada DeClark abstained from voting. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Councilmember Matt Argyle reported that the decals for the new police car have been installed and he has received a lot of great feedback. Everyone loves the new look and that it says, “In God We Trust” across the back.
Councilmember Ada DeClark announced that the delayed Easter Egg Hunt will be held on April 29th at 10:00 am for a Spring Celebration. Lynette will prepare flyers for the kids at the Elementary school. She would also like to get 2 radios for the Fire Department; one to have in the fire truck and one for the fire chief Mark Dunford.
Police Report: Officer John Martinez made 16 total contacts for the month of March.
Maintenance Report: Doug Thompson gave his report for the month of March stating that he attended school for 3 days in Pocatello this month and learned a lot. He learned that there are a couple of ordinances from the EPA that we need to have. They are a pre-treatment ordinance and a fat, oil and grease ordinance. We will check with the other Cities to see if they have some similar ordinances we can look at. He also stated that he keeps trying to send the EPA letter but it keeps getting returned and we haven’t been notified of a different forwarding address. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to have the Waechtler’s mow the City Park and Cemetery again this year. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried. Doug will continue to work on ordering the new signs for the city to use the grant.
Office Report: There are 11 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of March. Lynette also reported that she has ordered the new coupon books to be delivered for water and sewer accounts for the next two years and the office received a letter today notifying the City that we did not get the LHTAC grant applied for in December for $100,000 to redo Stringtown, but we still have the remaining $25,000 from our previous grant to use on Stringtown. She also announced that she will be stepping down as City Clerk-Treasurer and she has put an announcement in the News Examiner and will post the job opening at the post office as well. She is sad to be leaving the City but feels that she is needed at home more at this time. She will stay on through the month of May to help hire and train a new clerk and will be available to fill in if the new person needs to go on vacation or such.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Matt Argyle the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of March 2016 in the amount of $14,624.47 in the general fund, $12,260.27 in the water fund, $18,286.15 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $45,170.89. Councilmember DeLoy Kunz 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 April 2016 council meeting at 8:50 pm. Councilmember Glenn Hunter seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Lynette Smith, City Clerk