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Page 2 Dear Editor, I got bit by the boat bug when I attended the World Championship Jet " Boat Races held in Riggins 2 weeks ago. There were 14 Safety boats, each carrying a crew of three. The captain, usually the owner of the boat, a ham operator and an EMT. The safety boats were stationed several miles apart along the racing route and were sent out when dispatched to an accident. Each evening before the Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Jet Boat Bug race, the boats parked in a grassy park area for "show and shine" to be viewed by the spectators. As an EMT I spoke with each of the racing teams and they told me what they expected out of us and that they appreci- ated us for being there. I was shown where the emer- gency switch was located in case the boat landed on shore and the motor stayed revved up, as well as the how their 5 point, seat har- ness was attached and released. Each day there were sev- eral races called legs. Once down the river and once back up the river was con- sidered 2 legs. Each boat was timed and there was an hour wait between legs. This is the first time Idaho has hosted the races. It has been said that Idaho could very well be the host again in four years. I had a lot of fun and met some great people. I have attached copies of your published finan- cial records for Fiscal Year 2011 and for the first six months of Fiscal Year 2012. Fiscal Year 2011 shows $115,041.00 more revenue than expenses in the com- bined Water Services and Sewer Accounts. Fiscal Deputies should watch traffic inside Council Dear Editor, I live on Dartmouth Street here in Council, and on Mothers Day I was in my front yard with my wife and mother-in-law and I noticed the traffic. I have a seven-year-old and a police scanner. What I'm getting at is that our sheriff's deputies are constantly writing tickets outside of town for speed- ing violations when in all actuality they need to be in town. Even if it is me they write a ticket to I will take it graciously because I prob- ably deserved it, but I think we need to focus on the traffic in town as well as out of town. I can tell you that there are a large number of vehicles that are driving way faster than the 25 mph posted speed limit just by watching traffic, and I think it is time they stepped up and did their job. As a mat- ter of fact I am challenging them to do so! I do not feel that my child or anyone else is safe anywhere near the highway, and would like to see this change. ",4d K/agd CoauY A Question Waiting for an Answer Dear Editor, The following is a let- ter l sent to the Mayor Gardner on April 24. I got - no response. Dear Mayor Gardner, Re: Recent $7.65 charge added to inactive sewer connections. Through our Sallco Property Management account we own or man- age several residential and commercial properties located in Council city limits that are now sub- lect to the additional 5;7.65 monthly charge. I want to support the City of Council in maintaining its essential servmes, but have some questions about this new charge for sewer services. I met with City Clerk Tami Testa this week, and she was very helpful in pro- viding me with information leading up to the decision to levy this fee on vacant properties (whether they have a building on them or not). I now know that the original bond election allowed for charging all_ existing sewer connections a prorated fee to cover the annual debt service, and that the City elected not to le W that charge from March, 1992 to this year. My concern is that the City currently collects fees and revenues in both. the Water Service and the Sewer Service that are far in excess of the actual expenses of providing ser- vices or bond payments. Ms. Testa did not have any answers about where the excess revenues are spent, and further said the City does not maintain a Bond Surplus or reserve account any larger than $13,000.00 or SO. Ms. Testa informed me that there are 511 actual sewer and water connec- tions in the City of Council, and that 383 connections were actively receiving water services. The new charge will be levied on 118 inactive accounts for an additional $10,761.00 annually. The original bond for $500,000.00 was for 20 years and will be paid off March, 2015. The bond requires an annual payment of $38,177.00 and allows for an assessment 110% of that amount, or $41,995.00. The revenue projected with this new assessment on vacant and inactive properties will be $46,603.00. Elkhorn BB 1327 Hwy 95, Mcsa 208-741-2071 ,v.elkhorn bn Get your "GOAT ON"! Chevre Goat Cheese b Milk rresh raw unpasteurized goat milk Order your tramp= at the Adam= County Record! Personal and 6usiness stamps mode to order, regular 5 self inldng auoiloble, or refurbish gour old stomps. Coil or drop bg and let us assist gou. flew stomps deliuered in os little as two dogs. Fast, afforaable quality The Year 2012 shows year to date $36,996.00 collected over the expenses for the period. My question to you Mr. Mayor and to the City Council is explain how these funds were spent, and to explain why the citizens must increase their pay- ments to these funds at this Adams County Record time? Thank you for your con- sideration to my request. Sincerely yours, /// ,a// :e'/ (Lyle Sail is the Publisher of the Adams County Record.) Editor's Notebook The Record Takes Teamwork i've been receiving compliments about the quality and appearance of the Record recently, and it is very much appreciated. But the credit is hardly, mine alone. This newspaper has an outstanding crew, and the paper could not be created each week without any one of them. Lyle Sail is the owner and publisher of the Record. He is truly a community- oriented man whose goal is to promote bringing our community together. He makes many of the decisions that make the Record what it is. Gamaliel Masters is the technical heart of the operation. He is the one who came up with the new look for the paper. Without Gamaliel, the paper literally could not happen. He decides where everything goes and puts the paper together, sometimes working until late into the night. Gamaliel is our indispensable computer wiz. When Lyle goes to newspaper conferences, he is the envy of all the other newspaper operations m this computerized, digital age who don't have "a Gamaliel." Laura Perkins is our advertising wiz whose professional charm has persuaded many businesses to buy one of her well- designed advertisements. If you don't know this, advertising income is what keeps a newspaper like ours afloat. .Vicki Berks holds the whole operation together. She answers the phone, keeps the books, manages subscriptions, and a long list of other things. She basically does everything none of the rest of us can do or know how to do. And then there are the writers who are either unpaid or paid less than we wish we could pay them. Deb Wilson's Community Spotlight has been an outstanding addition to the paper. It really is a team effort to put the Record together every week. And nobody could ask for a better team. THE ADAMS COUNTY RECORD USPS: 005-120 Copyright 2012 The Adams County Record is published weekly munity organizations will be printed once free at 100 Illinois Ave., Council, Idaho 83612-000R by Adams County Record Publishing Co LLC., Lyle Sail, Publisher. Periodical postage is paid at Council, Idaho. BUSINESS HOURS Open Monday -Friday 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. CONTACT US 100 Illinois Ave., Council, ID 83612 (208) 253-6961 Fax: (208) 253-6801 Send submissions to: LETTERS POLICY Letters to the editor must meet the standards of good taste and truthfulness, be original, and con- tain th address and phone number of the author. Letters should be kept as short as possible (40g word maximum). We will print a maximum of one letter every other week per individual. We welcome Thank You letters from individuals and non-profit community groups. 1"hank you letters from other groups or letters over 200 words will be billed. Call for rates. GUEST OPINIONS - Publication of guest Opinions ts at the discretion of the editor. We will print a maximum of one guest opinion per month by any single author. DEADLINES Deadline for general submissions is Monday at 12:00 p.m. Except for Display Advertising, Community Bulletin Notices and Legal Advertising which have a Friday at 4:30 pm dead- line. Exceptions will be at the sole discretion of the Record Staff. ADVERTISING POLICY The Adams County Record assumes no financial responsibility for errors of omission or commis- sion which may appear in advertisements. But in cases where this paper is at fault, it will print a correction of that part of an advertisement in which the typographical error occurs. Any recurring errors are the responsibility of the advertisers and corrections must be Made by Mondays at 4:30 p.m. Further, The Adams County Record reserves the right to correctly classify, edit or delete objectionable wording or reject any advertisement in its entirety in the event it determines the advertise- ment is contrary to its general standards of acceptance. COMMUNITY BULLETINS Community Bulletins give information about upcoming events and announcements of general community interest. Items of 50 words or less from non-profit groups &com- of charge. At our discretion we may print bul- letins multiple times if space allows. Guaranteed additional runs or items over 50 words are $5 per 50 words. Community Bulletins can and will be edited by our staff We encourage regularly scheduled events to be listed in our "Mark Your Calendar" Section. as this allows readers to plan further ahead and provides a weekly reminder of regular events. CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING Rates for classified advertising are by the column inch, and vary depending on the applicable sec- tion. You may add a small picture to your classi- fied ad for no additional charge. Items you are giving away, or found items for which you are looking for an owner will not be charged. We reserve the right to refuse classified ads for any reason. Subscription- Rates Subscriptions are $30/1 yr. $55/2 yrs. $75/3 yrs. in Idaho and $35/ 1 yr. $65/2 yrs. $90/3 yrs. in the rest of the Continental U.S. Single copy rate is $1.00. Special rates apply to Alaska, Hawaii and all other locations outside the Continental U.S. Postmaster, send address changes to: The Adams County Record P.O. Box R. Council ID 83612-000R ACCOUNTS Payment for advertising is expected at the time the ad is placed, unless you have made prior arrangements and have an account in good standing. We accept payment in Cash, and by Check or Credit Card (Visa & Mastercard). PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS All schedules of events are public service announcements unless listed as advertisements. THE ADAMS COUNTY RECORD IS BROUGHT TO You BY Publisher Production Lyle Sail Layout Circulation Editor Gamaiiel Masters Photographer Dale Fisk Front Desk Accounts Advertising Receivable Sales & Design Vicki Berks Laura Perkins !,  , .........  r: -= .... ' ........... " : .........  ........  ........... --+'  T,, "I7 -i 1 r17 i r-  .7 -= , : ....  ..... lr ---":-{ "