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'4 Page 10 Codncil City Council Wednesday, March 21, 2012 Christmas, July 4th, and Water Issues by Dale Fisk There were enough people at last Monday's city council meeting in Council that Dick Thompson had to sit toward the back of the room instead of his usual perch toward the front. In his monthly report on the airport, Thompson outlined the preliminary figures on the cost of an upcoming runway maintenance project. The city is obligated to maintain the airport, and it has been five years since the last maintenance was done on the runway. The project will entail fixing cracks, resealing and repainting. The project engineers preliminary cost estimate is $210,250, however the city will only need to pay a fraction of that. The Federal Aviation Administration has not worked out the details of cost sharing at present, but Thompson said the FAA should pay for 90 - 93.7% of the cost. The state "will pay about another 2% and the city may need to come up with around 8%, estimated to be around $16,820. The amounts are substantially more than those estimated a couple years ago. David Wilson reported that the city's Peterbilt truck needs new tires. Three of the tires are showing the wire core. The council weighed the options and decided to lease a new copy machine. Whitney Kamerdula said she has the new city web slte ( and running. Bypass Doug Argo told the council they need to start thinking about what type of streetlights they want on the portion of Highway 95 that will be turned over to the city after the highway bypa is built. Part of Illinois Avenue was rebuilt a few years ago, but the west part of Illinois Avenue, plus Michigan Street, will be reworked and turned over to the city. Discussion followed as to how many crosswalks and lights would be needed. Ideally, lighted crosswalks would be at the Elementary School arid near where California Avenue meets Michigan Avenue (the highway). Argo said the state might help with some of the cost of at least one of those. The council will need to decide what type of light to use. LED lights use less electricity, but the initial cost is higher. Another factor is whether the new lights should match the style of the new lights put in on the east part of Illinois Avenue. The state is now in charge of the bypass project and has hired four different consultants to undertake various parts of it. The money has been allocated for the project, and it is scheduled to begin in 2016. Historic Preservation Ann Swanson, from the Idaho State Historic Preservation Office, was at the meeting to ask the council if they wanted to continue as a Certified Local Government (CLG) entity. Swanson was recently asked to evaluate all of the states' CLGs. Council's CLG has not been active for a number of years, and the city needs to decide whether to meet the requirements to continue with the program. The County has an active CLG, the Adams County Historic Preservation , Commission, which could perform the same function, but the city may want to undertake projects inside the town on its own. The council tabled a decision until they can gather more information. Rodeo Water Connie Kesler and Jeff Gordon appeared to discuss a $300 water bill that the rodeo board received from the city for water used to sprinkle the rodeo arena and fairgrounds. Mayor Gardner explained that water had been drawn into the water truck from a fire hydrant at the fairgrounds, but it should have been drawn at the facility for that purpose near the city shop. He said there were two issues. First, it is impossible to measure how much water was drawn from a fire hydrant, but the facility near the city shop is equipped to measure it. Second, there is a potential for contamination of the city's water system when water is drawn from an "uncontrollcd accc point." Jeff Gordon acknowledged that a new rodeo board member had drawn the water from the hydrant and had thought it was OK to do so. He said now that they are aware of the situation they will not draw from a hydrant again. They will either arrange with the city to draw water from the facility near the city shop or get water from the river. The council waived the $300 bill. Chamber of Commerce Gene Foster, representing the Council Chamber of Commerce, repeated the request that the Chamber made at the last city council meeting. The Chamber would like the city to help with placing a permanent Christmas tree "stand" in the town square park. David Wilson said the city has the materials and equipment and he would be willing to install it. The consensus was that a 12" diameter pipe would be "placed into the ground at the south side of the park-- sunk four feet into, and level with, the ground-- with a cover that can be removed. Wilson said he will have it installed by Christmas. Foster raised the possibility" again of the city and the Chamber sharing a web site. The council's consensus was that this might not be practical. The city will be glad to put Chamber information and links on the city's web site. Foster asked for the city's support of the Chamber's Fourth of July celebration. The council mentioned that they had donated $I,000 back at the beginning of the city's fiscal year in October. The theme of the Fourth of July celebration this year will be "Council Moving Forward." Foster announced the Chamber's annual award dinner, which will be held on April 28. He handed out forms for nominating community volunteers for various awards. The dinner is the Chamber's primary fundralsing event of the year. The council approved a business license for "Council America Clothing, LLC." which will make dog clothes and sell them at the Dog Park. Dump Day Dilemma The council discussed the idea of a free dump day to clean up the town. There seemed to have been a misunderstanding on the part of the county. City Clerk, Tami Testa had asked County Clerb. Sherry Ward, if the county was going to have a free dump day, and someone may have interpreted: this as a request for such a day. The city council discussed various aspects of how to plan for a free dump day, especially the stationing of a truck or two at a location where people could bring trash to put in them. In the past this has resulted in a big mess to clean up around the trucks, including refrigerators, washers and dryers, etc. It was mentioned that this might be avoided if a city employee stayed there with the truck. This, of course would cost the city money, so it received little enthusiasm. The county commissioners had discussed the free dump weekend at their meeting the day before, and were dissatisfied with the high number of tires disposed of and the lack of household waste. The council's opinion was that they didn't want people's household waste if they, or the county, were to station a collection truck someplace in town. It e Dear Editor, doesn't cost people The Indian Valley Fire to dump household Department would like to waste anyway, except thank the Indian Valley for hauling it to the Improvement League landfill. It was decided for their very generous that someone from the donations in memory council would talk to the of Jim Hust and Ron commissioners to clarify Hornyak. In addition, the situation, the Department would Fee Reduction Request also like to thank Esther Dave Holland appeared Ray for her donation of before the council to much-needed equipment request a reduction of to facilitate our training the $4,000 hookup fees efforts. for connecting sewer and -Tim Toomey, Chief water service at his four, @ developed, duplex lots at which the water and Dear Editor, sewer lines are already Once again I am in place. He would likeextending a card to sell those lots to of thanks to all' my someone who would wonderful friends build on them, and feltand family for the a reduced hook up fee prayers, thoughts, food, would help to attract cards, visits, and just a buyer. The council everything you can decided to look into itimagine. I am doing so and take up the issue at well, I feel really great, next month's meeting, and it is because of you Bond Fee all. I am a little shaky at Tami Testa said she times, that is all. had run across an Please feel free to call ordinance concerning the or visit. I love you All. city's water/sewer bond Alyce Green that was issued in the early 1990s. It stipulates that the city is supposed to charge $7.55 per Dear Editor, Council FFA would month, per connection, like to thank everybody to pay off the bond, even who has donated to the for inactive connections (water turned oft). TheCouncil Ag. Shop Fund city has neglected to so far. The gracious man do this for as long as who provided the trees anyone could remember, was Herald Powers. We The city currently has would like to thank the 118 inactive connections, loggers who donated which could be a loss of their time and money as much as $10,000 per for the shop class. year to the city. EveryThey harvested almost municipality that Clerk$33,000 worth of logs Testa contacted said on Dick Ross Creek early in the week of March when a connection is turned off they at least 12th. Here at Council charge the monthly bondHigh School everybody is fee, and sometimes theyvery thankful for your considerate donation. charge more than that. The council approved Both Mahon logging charging the bond fee to and M&J logging all connections, even ff provided brave loggers. The following are from they are turned off. Testa Mahon logging; Mark will send out notices to people with inactive and Joe Mahon, DeiTy connections. The bond isGossard, Walt Parker, expected to be paid off in Jeff Miller. From M&J 2015. logging are Jamie Even though the Gibleau, Kelly Anderson, Ron Kellar, and John council took the issue seriously, realizing no Pate. The independent one likes a higher watertruckers who provided bill, city council meetings the hauling were Kyle are not always somber Freedman and Danny and dreary. The room Cook. We appreciated filled with laugher whenthe Forest Service in the someone asked, "What Council Ranger District do we do if the people for helping hurry the with inactive connections road easement process don't pay? Turn their along. Ranchers and water off?." One councilcommunity members member jokingly said, will also be donating to "Maybe we should turn this cause. We plan to it back on!" Testa said recognize them in the the matter would go to near future. We are very collections just like they thankful to have such do with everybody else. a kind and thoughtful The last item on community that is the agenda was less so involved with our education. We cannot entertaining: an inconclusive discussionthank you enough, but of whether to use someday you might need purchase orders when a mechanic and without employees spend money, your donation to the After that, the councilshop class, there might not be one. went into executive session, assuring this Tessa Shepard reporter that there would Council be no major news stories @ on which to report if I anxiously awaited theirDear Editor, return and adjournment.Council Emergency So I didn't. Services would like to thank the following The Adams County Record businesses for generous donations to the 2"a Annual Firemen's Ball that is coming up on April 14th at 6:00 PM at; the Emergency Services: Building in Council.. Adams County Health: Center, Don Allen: ASAP, Heartland Animal: Hospital, Charmed by: Katrece, Commercial: Tire {Ontario}, Co~ancil: Fitness, Council: Mountain Construction; Council Valley Market,: Denny's {Ontario}, Fiesta: Guadalajara {Ontario},: Kerry Wilson, Kinney: & Keele {Ontario}, Les. Schwab (Weiser}, Norco; m(Ontario), Papai Murphy's (Ontario), Red, Apple (Ontario), Ronnie's: Market, Tom Gaston~ Wilson's Lounge. Gift baskets can bel viewed at U.S. Bankl after April 1, 2012. Dear Editor, I would like to thank the Cambridge/Midvale Community Blood Drive volunteer blood donors and staff. By donating blood they have possibly saved 3 lives. Almost everyone during our lives will know someone. who needs a blood transfusion. The list below names people who make this vital donation possible. Thanks go to JoAnn Hemenway for organizing refreshments and our local churches for supplying the delicious and anticipated foods. Thank you Susan Crisp and Sue Platt for sitting with the Junior Class students at the greeter's table. Big thanks go to the Junior Class for organizing, running of this wonderful community service, and also donating blood themselves. Lee Fisk, David Winther, Mike Schultz, C.I. Curtis,Missy Harrison, Kate 5aunders, Rob Vowel, Jackie Bonzelet. Anthony Traxler, Delray Platt, Anna Piper, John Piper,Nina Hawkins, Pauli Lewman, Susan Crisp,Mark Loveland, Bill Gladhart, Candy Baird, Robert Stinnett, GaITett Knight, Tammy Giedd {ist time), Matt Cox, Clifford Crossley, Laura Fry (2 gal.), Caryl Whitlatch, Dustin Kindall, Kris Jaeger, Devan Mitchell, Tom Rininger (1st time), J an Rininger ( 1st time), Cecilia Sachtjen, John Sachtjen, Robert Sachtj en, Christy Kanady, Ardis Boll, Craig Boll, Hayden Boll, Shannon Williams, Kelsey Doggett, Halley Sutton, Midge Smith, David Nudo, Cynthia Traxler, Jackie Edwards, Josiah Jaeger (1st time), Sam Jensen, Francisco Castellano (1st time), Wesley Hopkins, and Jan Wilkerson. Respectfully, Ardis Rolland Boll by Dale Fisk to continue until Travelers to the lower September, when the job country are probably should be completed. already familiar with Another project started the bridge that has on Monday (March been under construction19) where Highway 95 for some time between crosses the freeway. Payette and Fruitland. It should be done in That project is expected about three months. 9 Years of Quality Dental Care for the Community We Live In The following are details from the Idaho Dept. of Transportation. The half-century-old U.S. 95 interchange overpass spanning 1-84 at Exit 3 near Fruitland will be resurfaced and repaired in a project starting Monday (March will be overlay'ed and 19) and finishing about pier caps and columns three months later, patched in this project The bridge deck and to extend the life of the foundation for this bridge, built in 1960. bridge are considered to The bridge railing will be in fair condition, with also be replaced. the superstructure in Asphalt paving work good condition, will be performed to tie The concrete deck the bridge approaches into the road on each 253-4309 16 oz. atte Served Hot, Iced, or Blended Friday Special Cinamon Roll & 12 oz fresh brewed coffee 7:30 AM - 1 PM Mon-Fri 8 AM -2 PM Sat end of the bridge. 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