January 8, 2013
Those Present: Matt Argyle, Ada DeClark, Joe DeClark, Clerk Lynette Smith, Doug Thompson, Gary Thompson, Mayor Bob Van Cleave, Mauria Teuscher, James Teuscher
Meeting called to order: 7:05 pm Invocation: Mayor Bob Van Cleave
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 December 5, 2012, 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.
The audit for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 was presented to the council by Mauria Teuscher and James Teuscher of Gary Teuscher’s office. The audit was reviewed by the council with Mauria, page by page. The council entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark to approve and accept the audit for Fiscal Year 2011-2012. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council. Clerk Smith will write a letter to Gary Teuscher’s office accepting the audit and acknowledging his suggestions.
The United States Postal Service will be having a public meeting on January 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm and they would like to use the City Hall for their meeting place. The USPS mailed a survey to all post office box holders about their opinion on new postal hours. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to allow the USPS to hold their meeting at City Hall and that the survey should be filled out as the Clerk sees fit because she is the one that deals with mailing duties for the City. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
There was an update sent from Keller Associates reporting on the progress that had been made the past month and giving the status of the wastewater project. There will be a meeting in Pocatello at their offices on January, 18th at 10:00 am to discuss the final decisions of the project. The City has received the 7 water shares from Sheldon Clark for the recently purchased property. There was discussion about what to do about Kelly Bartschi’s 2 acres left non- purchased by the City. Kelly would like the City to purchase them but the City doesn’t need the extra 2 acres and if the City decided to purchase them it would be out of the City’s funds – not the loan – and would probably be at land value and not at the same price as the other acres were purchased at, but no decisions have been made either way.
Ordinance #84 concerning the adoption of the International Building Codes for the County Building Inspector was read at the last meeting. Councilmember Matt Argyle made the motion that one half plus one of the members of the full council agree to dispense with the rule requiring the reading of this ordinance on three separate occasions. Councilmember Ada DeClark seconded the motion. A roll call vote was taken and is as follows: Joe – yes, Matt – yes, Ada – yes, Gary – yes.
Councilmember Joe DeClark reported on attending a meeting with the highway transportation department and said that there was lots of bad press for the LOTOJA bike race.
Police Report: Officer Skinner made 42 contacts for the month of December.
Maintenance report: Doug Thompson gave his report for the month of December stating that he plowed the streets, replaced new street signs, repaired the plow, ordered fuel, put up and took down Christmas decorations and he dug one grave for the month. He helped a customer with their water at one location and his samples have continued to test good for the month. He sent information to DEQ to keep records up-to-date for his CEU credits. The sewer samples have also continued to test good for the month. He took samples to Soda Springs for the couriers to take to the labs over the holidays and has signed up for some classes to take in June, July and August.
Office Report: Clerk Smith reported that there are 12 delinquent water and sewer accounts for the month of December. She asked the council if she could have permission to start making payments for Rocky Mountain Power online because she has had trouble the last two months with them losing the checks and threatening to shut off the City’s services. Councilmember Ada DeClark made the motion to allow payments for Rocky Mountain Power to be made online for all accounts by signing a voucher each month. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council. Lynette also reported that she had received a letter from the Idaho Drug Task Force asking for signatures from the Mayor and City Council Members to send to President Obama about not supporting the newest drug laws passed by a couple of states at the latest election. Councilmembers all agreed to support the letter and have all signatures of City Officials added to the letter.
The chair entertained a motion from councilmember Ada DeClark the council approve checks and vouchers for the month of December 2012 in the amount of $12,187.36 in the general fund, $6,216.27 in the water fund, $40,117.10 in the sewer fund with all funds totaling $58,520.73. 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 adjourn from the January 2013 council meeting at 8:45 pm. Councilmember Matt Argyle seconded the motion. All were in favor and the motion carried the council.
Lynette Smith, City Clerk