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17/eo Be3e_A SmallTownPapers, Inc. 217 W Cota St Sbelton, WA 98584 ,,, P 5 Issue 30 Wednesaay, ru, dary 15, 2012 One Section 005-120 COUNTY RECORD YOUR COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER Brave New World Our Schools Face the Unknown by Dale Ftsk They filed into the room, singly or two or three at a time--mothers, fathers, teachers, school board members, a few children--all members of our small rural community. When School Board Chairman Wayne Freedman stood up to speak, about 80 faces turned toward him. These people were probably feeling a little like Americans did after the First World War--overwhelmed by cultural and economic change. In 1931 Aldous Huxley wrote the novel Brave New World in which he parodied the confusing changes in the post- WWI world and portrayed a frightening picture of what the future might hold. At this special meeting in Council's high school on Tuesday night, Superintendent Murray Dalgleish and School Board Chairman Wayne Freedman gave a presentation about the challenges of the Brave New World of education. Freedman began by asking the audience three questions, inviting them to think about their answers. The first question was, "What will the world be like 20 years from now?." See BRAVE NEW WORLD, page 9 New Meadows Ci- Council Amazing New Technologies for Sewer and Water Systems by Dale Fisk A special meeting preceded the regular New Meadows City Council on Monday evening to discuss a new ordinance to regulate the licensing of dogs and cats, adding and changing several definitions and suggestions of new fees and fines. The council reached no firm conclusions and tabled the matter until another special meeting to be held on February 27. The council expressed a desire for more detailed incident reports from the County sheriffs office so they will know what they are getting for the money the city pays. Officer Ryan Zollman said he will see what he can do to provide more detailed reports that at least show the initial reported nature of incidents. The Council reminded Zollman that the City Hall building has an office for use by county law enforcement. It hasn't been set up yet, but has some equipment, including a desk and file cabinets. Zollman said they will use it. Bill Brown reported he attended a weeklong meeting where he became president of the Idaho Association of County Commissioners and Clerks, and will hold that position for the next year. Bill said he has been working for some time to arrange for the county to buy the New Meadows transfer site land. It encompasses 40 acres that is leased from the state. That land could be used for a number of needs by the county and the City of New Meadows, He said Tom Schultz, the new Secretary to the Land Board Director at the Idaho Department of Lands has been great to work with, and Bill hopes to see some progress. Brown was asked if the City of New Meadows would be able to use the county's trackhoe to work on repair work scheduled for Commercial Street. He said the trackhoe has not been used much by the county and he will see if something can be worked out for New Meadows to use it. Mac Quails introduced Jessie Martin, the city's new Customer Service Specialist/Office Assistant. He said she had only been at City Hall for four days, but had been doing great work. Public Works Supervisor, Doug Buys reported that another heater has burned out in the public restroom. He said they go through one about once a year because during cold weather they run 24/7. Tim Farrell of Mountain WaterWorks from McCall talked to the Council about the services that his company can provide for the city. They are a See NEW MEADOWS CITY COUNCIL, back page Bui-li00Iing Inspector for a Day Mrs. Pedrow's third grade class displayed their building replicas along the Elementary School hallway where I inspected them. by Dale Fisk Last week I visited Mrs. Pedrow's third grade class at Council Elementary School, to see the replicas they had made of local buildings, and to answer questions. In the question and answer session, the kids mostly wanted to know when various buildings around Council were built. Since the students were under a decade in age, I doubt they grasped the difference between a structure like the Ace/Branding Iron building built in 1916 and the bank, built in 1972. But their curiosity will serve them well in better understanding things as they grow. Their replicas on display in the hallway were well done. Some obviously had more help from a parent than others, but I think the kids learned things about their community by doing this project. Adams County Settles Half- Million Dollar Lawsuit by Tom Grote -- The Star-News A payment of 9500,000 has been made to the family of a Mountain Home airman killed in a 2009 auto accident that also killed an Adams County sheriffs deputy. The money was paid to the family of Mark Zampogna by the Idaho Counties Risk Management Program, which is the insurance company for Adams County. The payment comes more than two years after the Tamily filed a claim asking for more than 86 million in damages from Adams County. The July 6, 2009, head-on collision occurred south of New Meadows between Zampogna's car and an Adams County patrol car driven by Deputy Leroy Matthews. The accident killed Matthews, 35, and Zampogna, 35, and injured Zampogna's wife and two children, who were passengers in the car. In their claim, the Zampognas said the sheriffs office was at fault for allowing Matthews to drive while fatigued on the day of the accident. The amount of money paid was obtained under a public records request filed by The Star-News. Under state law, settlement amounts are considered public record for self-insurance programs such as ICRMP. However, no other information about claims may be released. A spokesperson for ICRMP offered only a general reason explaining the length of time between the filing of* the claim in December 2009 and the payment. ICRMP was "waiting for the courts in various states to approve the settlement," the spokesperson said, declining further comment. Injuries Detailed The claim said Jennifer Zampogna, then 35,, broke bones in her left leg and suffered other injuries in the accident. Dominic Zampogna, then 7, suffered a lacerated liver and a broken right arm, and Nic01e Zampogna, then 9, suffered back pain and required stitches, the claim said. An Idaho State Police investigation into the accident that found fatigue was a cause. People who had breakfast and lunch with Matthews the day of the crash said he appeared fatigued, the ISP report said. Also, a video camera inside Matthews' car recorded the patrol car weaving several times before the See ADAMS COUNTY SETTLES LAWSUIT, page 9 Adams County Commissioners One in Five Bridges in Adams County Need Repair by Bea Maggard The February 13 Adams County Commissioners meeting was called to order by Mike Paradis. Mike Paradis, Joe Holmes and Sherry Ward were in attendance. Commissioner Bill Brown was absent due to illness. First on the agenda was a discussion on redistricting the Commissioners districts due to the current Census. There will need to be some of the population of District 1 and District 3 reassigned for population disbursement. This must be done by February 27, which is the first day that candidates are eligible to file for election. The Liquor license was approved for Ernie's Steak House at MeadowCreek. Coroner Sue Warner came forward to request that the door on her building be fixed. At this time the door has to be held up with a piece of PVC pipe. The Commissioners decided that they would send Mike Getusky to check out the door and see if he could repair it, and if not, to get a new one installed. There was also a request to replace burned out florescent lights. The Commissioners also will have Mr. Getusky take care of that request. Mrs. Warner brought forward the suggestion that Adams County entertain the idea of appointing a Deputy Coroner. Commissioner Paradis asked Sue if she had someone in mind, and Sue responded that she did. The person has taken some of the classes needed and is willing to do the job. At this point it was decided that the Commissioners would look into this for the next fiscal year and possible allow the appointment of the Deputy Coroner. This is not a hired position, just an appointed one and that would be up to Mrs. Warner. Weed Dept. Dave Klaw reported that he had applied for his EPA permit that allowed him to spray weeds in most area's, except in the areas that have threatened species. He will be applying for permits that allow him to spray weeds in these areas also. Commissioner Paradis asked Mr. Klaw if he would be willing to help with a grant for the removal of hazardous waste in Adams County. Pete Wagner from the DEQ had contacted the Commissioners to let them know that there were grants available for the purpose of the DEQ paying for the disposal of hazardous waste to a proper site. Mr. Klaw and the Commissioners will look into that proposal and discuss it at a later date. See ADAMS COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, page 9 Where is this? Last week's "Where Is This?" photo was taken on the peak just north of Council Mountain, looking south. The people are sitting on the foundation of the old Council Mountain Lookout, and the top of Council Mountain, with that distinctive permanent snow patch, is in the background. Two people thought it was Kinney Point. We received 7 correct answers, and when we drew the names out of a hat, Wayne Freedman was the winner of the $5 gift certificate from the Council Coffee Company. This week's photo is being sponsored by Broken Tree Ranch of Indian Valley. The prize is a bottle of their Cracked Peppercorn and Garlic Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Extra points will be awarded for telling us the name of the road from which the photo was shot. We're not sure yet whose barn that is, but ff you know that too, I'm sure that will put you a step ahead of the competition. The deadline for entries is 4:00 PM on Mondays. Good luck! f " ,)