December 10, 2013
Those Present: Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Joe DeClark, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Gary Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Ferrel Dilworth
Meeting called to order: 7:00 pm Invocation: Councilmember Gary Thompson
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Gary Thompson 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 November 12, 2013, regular council meeting were read. The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Joe DeClark the council approve the minutes as read. Councilmember Gary Thompson seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Keller Associates sent a monthly progress report to councilmembers on the wastewater project. Taylor Construction has shut down construction for the winter and will resume in the spring as soon as they are able, which will hopefully be in May. The last construction meeting was held on November 21st.
Ferrel Dilworth came before the council to discuss some emergency awareness options. He would like for the City to have sandbags on hand to be better prepared for flash flood prevention in the spring. If the bags are filled with sand, they need to be kept inside a building and off the ground so they don’t deteriorate. Councilmember Joe DeClark made the motion for the City to get as many bags as we can to store in the fire station and can be filled at a later time. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
There is a grant writing class on December 16-17 in Meridian. The cost is $425 per person. The Mayor would like to go and learn to see if there are any grants out there to get to help alleviate the costs of our wastewater project and to see if there are any other grants out there that the City could use. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to send 2 people to the grant writing class with expenses paid. Councilmember Joe DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Officer Skinner has announced his retirement at the end of the year after serving for 11 years with the City. Mayor Bob would like there to be an advertisement placed in the News Examiner, Caribou Sun, Idaho State Journal and on the radio for his position. Applications will be accepted through January 15, 2014. We will hold a simple retirement open house for Officer Skinner on January 17, 2014, to recognize him for his service.
Councilmember Matt Argyle made the motion to give a Christmas bonus to each employee in the amount of $175.00. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried.
Councilmember Matt Argyle would like the council to consider purchasing a router for the City Hall, which would be setup with a password, to have available for councilmembers during council meetings.
Police Report: Officer Skinner has made 42 contacts for the month of November.
Maintenance report: Doug Thompson gave his report for the month November stating that he worked with Taylor Construction until they shut down for the winter, dug one grave, decorated the park with Christmas lights, sent the EPA letter, got the sander on the truck, got the plow ready, sent water waivers to DEQ for his monthly testing schedule and got the chlorinator building ready for the winter.
Office Report: Clerk Smith reported that there are 14 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of November.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of November 2013 in the amount of $10,254.53 in the general fund, $5,660.45 in the water fund, $11,969.65 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $27,884.63. Councilmember Matt Argyle 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 adjourn from the December 2013 council meeting at 8:30 pm. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Lynette Smith, City Clerk