March 6, 2012 Council Minutes

March 6, 2012

Those Present:  Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Joe DeClark, Clerk Lynette
Smith, Doug Thompson, Gary Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Kevin & Marty
Nate, Greg Kunz, Ken Klingenberg

Meeting called to order:  7:00 pm                 Pledge of Allegiance:            Mayor Van Cleave

Invocation:  Councilmember Gary Thompson

The chair entertained a motion from Councilmember Ada
DeClark that the council accepts the published agenda.  Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the
motion.  All were in favor and the motion
carried the council.

Minutes from the February
7, 2012
, council meeting were read.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Gary Thompson the
council approve the minutes as read.
Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion.  All were in favor and the motion carried the
council.

The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada
DeClark the council move from the regular meeting into the public hearing for the matter of raising the sewer rates.
Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken and
is as follows: Ada – yes, Joe – yes, Matt – yes, Gary – yes. The floor was
opened to the public for comments about the increase. Greg Kunz, Kevin Nate,
Marty Nate and Ken Klingenberg all expressed concerns about why the increase is
so much and if we have searched every avenue available to lessen the burden.
The council responded by explaining the need for a change from our current
system because of EPA and DEQ regulations and stated that the increase has been
put off to the point it can’t be put off anymore and hence the large increase.
The council also mentioned that any home having a connection, regardless of occupancy
would be responsible for paying for their sewer also. Councilmember Matt Argyle
made the motion to close the public hearing and move back into the regular
meeting. Councilmember Gary Thompson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was
taken and is as follows: Ada – yes, Joe – yes, Matt – yes, Gary – yes. After
more discussion about how to come to the $35.00 increase, by taking $2.00 from
the existing $25.00 and adding the $37.00 to repay the loan to make it
essentially a $35.00 increase, the chair entertained a motion from
councilmember Matt Argyle that the sewer rates will increase $35.00 on top of
the existing $25.00, beginning August 1, 2012, and every connection will be
required to pay the fee. Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. A roll
call vote was taken and is as follows: Ada – yes, Joe – yes, Matt – yes, Gary –
yes.

Bear Lake Memorial
Hospital
called during the meeting and asked to be rescheduled to the next
meeting due to the weather and expressed their gratitude to the City for their
donation and mentioned that that donation has inspired others to make personal
donations. They will speak about a countywide recycling month at our next
meeting in April.

A building permit
for the LDS Church
was brought forth for its need to have the existing
steeple replaced, due to it being structurally unsound. A variance would be
needed if the steeple were torn down because it is too high in relation to our
building standards. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to allow the variance
for the LDS Church because there needs to be a Church in the community and this
is the only existing Church in the town and every Church needs a steeple.
Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion
carried the council.

Rocky Mountain Power sent over an agreement to be signed
to install the new streetlight. It
will be a 100 watt light that Rocky Mountain Power will own. Councilmember Joe
DeClark made the motion to sign the agreement and have the light installed at
Stringtown and ½ Mile Lane. Councilmember Gary Thompson seconded the motion.
All were in favor and the motion carried the council.

Resolution
#2012-001
was brought forth before the council. It is a resolution stating
the schedule of fees within the office for copying and faxing services and how
to handle NSF checks and the fee associated with those items. Clerk Smith read
the resolution through in its entirety to the council. Councilmember Matt
Argyle made the motion to approve the resolution as read. Councilmember Gary
Thompson seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken and is as follows: Ada
– yes, Joe – yes, Matt – yes, Gary – yes.

Ordinance #80
was brought forth before the council. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion
to table the ordinance until the next meeting for councilmembers to have more
time to review the ordinance and the associated codes listed on that ordinance.
Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion
carried the council.

The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada
DeClark that the council table the decision of paying back the General Fund from the Water and Sewer Funds until
Clerk Smith can have more time to research the issue. Councilmember Gary
Thompson seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the
council.

The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Joe
DeClark that the Water Fund make an extra $15,000.00 payment on the principal
of the existing Water Loan now and
make the regular payment of $28,000.00 in July. Councilmember Gary Thompson
seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.

Councilmember Ada
DeClark
expressed that she would like to have the council review the water
and sewer ordinances relating to the handling of delinquent accounts at the
next meeting.

Police report:  Officer Skinner had 37 contacts.

Maintenance report: Doug
Thompson reported that he continues to do his regular maintenance work and
routines with the water and sewer systems. There was one burial this month that
he cleaned the roads and dug the grave for. He helped the street lighting
process with Rocky Mountain Power get underway so we could get the agreement to
be signed and have the street light installed. The snow plow pump has a leak in
it and he is hoping he can keep it going until the snow is gone to make the
repair.

Office report:  Clerk Smith reported that there are 9
delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month.

The chair entertained a motion from Councilmember Matt
Argyle the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of February 2012 in the amount of
$9,456.59 in the general fund, $5,500.26 in the water fund, $12,302.58 in the
sewer fund with all funds totaling $27,259.43. Councilmember Joe DeClark
seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.

The chair entertained a motion from Councilmember Gary
Thompson that the council adjourn from the
March 2012
council meeting at 9:00 pm. Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded
the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.

Respectfully submitted,

Lynette Smith, City Clerk

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