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The Adams County Record Adams County Commissioners Continued from front page giant mess!" that will cause premiums to jump over 15% in budget year 2014. Commission Chairman Bill Brown voiced concerns that Adams County may not be able to fully fund health insurance in 2014. The County would then be forced to pay the insur- ance penalty (tax) and force county employees to buy government funded insur- ance through an exchange. GEM Insurance Plan has self-funded claims across the twenty counties who are members of the Plan but will not be able to expand their market or to provide coverage under the newly mandated government plans. The Commissioners con- tinued with budget reviews of several county depart- ments, with the focus this week on Planning and Zoning and the Sheriff Department's funding through the Justice Fund. Projected revenues from the State of Idaho for inmates housed at the Adams County Jail were the main topic of discussion. The County budgeted $205,000 in State revenues, which would include housing an average of 14 inmates in the County jail during 2012. That figure proved to be too high for most of the year, as the state prisoners housed at the jail bounced between a low count of eight and a high count of twenty-six inmates. Sheriff Richard Green has separated the Jail expenses out in the 2013 Budget to get a better idea of how those costs impact the Justice Fund, which is the main funding account for his department. The Department must staff the jail with at least ten employ- ees to maintain the required supervision for housing State inmates. Last week the Commissioners reviewed the year to date revenues from the State for hous- ing inmates, and the feel- ing of the Commissioners was to keep the same esti- mate of $205,000 in the 2013 Budget. The Sheriff requested that the main- tenance expense account for County vehicles in his department be increased to cover maintaining an older fleet of vehicles. Under- Sheriff Richard Borger explained that patrol vehi- cles age faster than just the number of miles they are driven would indicate. Most patrol vehicles must be left running during their entire eight-hour shift to maintain their systems inside the car even if they are not being driven down the road dur- ing the entire shift. The City of New Meadows thanked Adams County for their help in protecting city property during last winter's flood- ing. The County Road and Bridge Department is plan- ning to complete some drainage projects south of the city to protect the city in future years. Supervisor Tom Glenn said that the Goodrich Bridge recon- struction will start this Wednesday, July 18, 2012 Council City Council week and Wilson Road will be rebuilt early in August. J. I. Morgan Construction Company will complete the road work by the end of August, which will allow property owners to have permanent access to the land located above Goodrich Creek Bridge. Supervisor Tom Glenn reviewed the completed work on county roads from the month of June. Dust abatement work at Bear be completed early next week. The county agreed to seek help from the RAC funding to pay for the new spillway bridge locat- ed at Ben Ross Reservoir. Funding would allow the work to be completed after this year's irrigation season. Commander Ben Drinkwine of the American Legion requested that the lease agreement with the .County for the Legion Building be extended for at least ten years. The Commissioners comple- mented the Legion on the work they have done to upgrade the building and agreed to extend the lease to ten years with a first right of refusal to the Legion if the County should ever want to dispose of the prop- erty. The New Meadows Legion has suspended regu- lar meetings and has asked the Council Command to assume their meetings at the Legion building. "l'he Council Legion meets the first Thursday of each month, Order your =tamp= at the Adam= County Record! Personal and 6usiness stamps made to qqi( order, regular S self inking ouailable, or refurbish 9our old stomps. (oll or drop bg and let us assist gou. flew stomps deUuered in as little as two dogs. Fast, afforaable quality City of Council to Refinance Loan BY DALE FISIK A few weeks ago Council's City Council decided to forgo refinancing a loan that the city undertook to purchase the lagoon cover. The loan is due to be paid off in 2023. The offer from Zions Bank was reconsidered at the Council's July 10 meeting, and a conference call to Zions representative, Cameron Arial, enabled the Council to ask several questions. Aside from the Council having time to carefully consider the pros and cons of refinancing, a couple things have changed since the bank's previous offer. There are more entities on board for this refinance package; 15 other municipalities, one county and an irrigation district have signed on. Also, the softness of the European market has attracted investors to the U.S. bond market, bringing interest rates down slightly. Arial estimated the refinance would save Council $40,000 over the life of the loan. After their questions were answered satisfactorily, the Council voted to approve refinancing. Lt. Ryan Zollman advised the Council to change several city ordinances from misdemeanors to infractions. Prosecution of a misdemeanor can cost more than the fine brings in, while infractions are handled without a trial or )ury and so are simpler and less expensive to process. Tana Freedman appeared to discuss a water bill. A leak developed on her property that resulted in a bill of over $300 before it could be found and repaired. The Council considered the fact that the Freedmans acted quickly to fix the leak and incurred considerable expense to do so. The Council discussed the fact that they need a consistent policy when leaks occur, while also being sympathetic to people who act responsibly to fix the problem. They agreed that such cases need to be handled on an individual basis, considering all the factors involved. In this case they reduced the Freedman's water bill by half. Lagoon Leak Pond #3 at the sewer lagoons is leaking, losing .35 inches per day, which is one tenth of an inch over the maximum allowed loss of .25 inch. No obvious leaks are evident, and it could be anyplace under the 100,000 square feet that the pond covers. Replacing the liner would cost up to half a million dollars. Of the several possible sources of the leak, an aging and cracked manhole at the southwest corner of the pond seemed the most likely. The Council decided to replace it, both to see if this is causing the leak, and to show DEQ that the city is making an effort to fix the problem. Airport Dick Thompson Page 9 reported that the airport ran out of fuel recently. Around the 4th of July, there was a run on fuel from a flurry of fliers coming in to take advantage of Council's low fuel price. By pricing fuel slightly lower than surrounding airports, Council is able to attract cost-conscious pilots. Sale of fuel is the main money-making enterprise at the airport. Overall, the airport costs the city more than it brings in. A remark was made that Boise may be the only airport in Idaho that actually makes a profit. Negotiations continue with the FAA on resurfacing the runways. The current figure that the city would need to contribute is about $16,000--an amount the town would be hard- pressed to come up with. Change in alcohol sales The Council approved ordinance #488, which says the sale of alcohol may take place between the hours of 10:00 AM and 2:00 AM every day of the year except Christmas Day and any other day when the sale of beer, wine or alcoholic liquor is prohibited by the state of Idaho. Bids to clean the HUD house on Friendship Lane were opened. The bids were $560, $309 and $140. The lowest bid was selected, and remarks were made that this bidder had done a good job in the past. The Council also discussed how to go about selling the house after it is cleaned.