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Ihe Adams County Record Wednesday, October 17, 2012 Page 5 Continued from front page specifically enumerated examination every-few invoice for $9,900 from personnel matters found years. Folke has done Intellichoice eFORCE at sectl, on 672345(1) in-depth audits on theof Boise. Ward said she (a) and b); that is, 'to Adams County Sheriff'scould not pay it without consider hiring a public office twice, the mosta copy of the contract officer, staff member or recent being in 2009. with the company. Lt. agent' or 'to consider the On October 9, Folke Ryan Zollman was the evaluation, dismissal or went to the sheriffs office only representative disciplining of, or to hear to begin the audit andpresent from the sheriff's complaints or chargeswas met by Under Sheriff office. He said Sheriff brought against, a public Richard Borger, who said, Green had told him to officer, employee, staff "I've been instructed by tell commissioners they member, individual agent the sheriff to deny you would have to meet with or public school student:" access:' Folke was very him in private to resolve It should be noted that taken aback by this. Folke this and the amino no executive session may has been an auditor for invoice, and that they be held 'for the purpose 29 years and said, 'Tve would need to make an of taking any final action never seen this before. As appointment with him to or making, any final an auditor, it makes you do this. decision. These must be feel pretty uncomfortable. The commissioners made in open session.Generally people beingwere not happy with this. Idaho Code says: If an audited are upfront and They emphasized the action, or any deliberation process is Straightforward. need for documentation or decision-making that In fact he said, in past in order to pay invoices. leads to an action, occurs audits, the sheriff s Bill Brown spoke about at any meeting that department has been the need for transparency fails to comply with the cordial and cooperative, with the public in such provisions of the Open Folke says he certainly matters. Meeting Law, such an has no animosi towardLate breakinginsight action will be null and anyone, stating, I m )ust Just before the Record void. trying to do a )ob: Hewent to press, Sheriff qhe thwarted audit,put the situation in a new Green returned our One commissioner s light when he said thephone call and explained executive session on sheriffs office "runs the his take on the situation. Monday was with Sherry biggest restaurant in town Green said he didn't Ward, and it may have had and the biggest hotel in want Tim Folke to do something to do with the town. It s only natural the audit because Folke investigation, although it that public institutions is a suspect in the could have ,been related of this size should beinvestigation of misused to the sheriff s office, audited. 911 funds. Because he In another Although they will notis the auditor of those executive session, the comment, the obvious funds and if the funds commissioners met with conclusion would be that were misused, he should County Prosecuting the commissioners heldhave known about the Attorney Myron Gabbert the executive session with misuse. Green said he and CPA Tim Folke. The Folke and the prosecuting has nothing to hide and commissioners signed attorney to consider would welcome an audit a contract with Folke at their next move and the from someone else. their September 10, 2012 legalities involved with As for the invoices for meeting, under which this situation, ammunition and eFORCE, Folke was to audit the Unpaid invoices Green Considers the sheriffs department. At a,previous details of funding those Sheriff Green wanted to commissioner s meeting, as something he does not postpone the audit until Under Sheriff Richardwant to discuss in a public he had recovered more Borger had submitted two meeting. He gave the from his heart attack, invoices totaling $4,400 example of the Drug Law but Folke didnt need to for ammunition. ClerkEnforcement Fund, and have Green there. In fact, Sherry Ward asked what money being withdrawn Green wasn t there for fund it should come out to make a drug buy in the last two audits Folke of. Borger said it should a sting operation. If this conducted, come from the drug fund. is public knowledge, drug The sheriff's Ward said she couldntdealers may be tipped department is audited do this, as there was only off. A similar principle every year, but it is at the $1,500 in the drug fund. applies to the purchase auditors discretion as to The matter remained of ammunition in that how thorough the audit unresolved, it could give criminals is. Standard practice is to At the October 15 a clue that maybe look at different parts of commissioner meeting,ammunition is being the operation each year the sheriff's office bought for a specific and only do an in-depth submitted a 911-related operation. Green said the commissioners may have misinterpreted his wanting to talk about these invoices in private as being obstinate or having something to hide, but this is not the case. The Record will continue to follow these o o ao"nwle-Oe-le, Experienced, stories for our readers. Information is hard Proven Job Performance to come by because of the,key people Ro James involvect cant comment. The whole story will Adams County Assessor come out eventually. Council City Council BY LEE BUY site east of downtown withClerk Tami Tesla Cleaning up the streets near the water tanks. The on writing a grant appli- in downtown Council Council asked CTC to cation to Capital Matrix will be a good,way to cel- reconsider their plansServices that is due in ebrate Veterans Day this because the site is crowd- November. The grant will November 11, in the ed enough when the site request funding ,for pub- plans outlined to the city has to be plowed during lishing a Visitor s Guide Council by Deb Wilson the winter. The Council to the Council area. The and Virgil Butler. They, voted to drop the require- Chamber has produced along wit~ the Chamber of ment for a perimeter fence an annual Membership Commerce, are planning at the site so that cell- Directory but a Visitors to sweep up and dust off tower users .can maintain Guide would highlight the buildings along Illinois 24-hour access to their the activities in our area Avenue before the holiday, equipment located at the that happen throughout Residents are invited to site. Dan Morris of CTC the year. Capital Matrix provide pictures of local stressed that more equip- awards $300,000 in grants veterans, which will be dis- ment space is needed for each year within a ten played in vacant shop win- the cell services and will county area of Idaho. dows. Council President bring revised plans back Clerk Tesla received Dan Huter offered any help to the Council at a spe- Council approval to refi- that the City can provide cial meeting schedulednance our current water to the cleanup. Plans are for October 24, 2012, at and sewer bond with the to work on Saturday and to 6:00 PM. A new antennaIdaho Bond Bank. The clean up on the following placed on the cell-tower new interest rates on the Monday. The Group will has added Verizon cell ser- bond will save the City provide red'white-blue vices to Council and the over $53,000 in interest bunting and flags to deco- surrounding area. payments over the life of rate the downtown area. Deb Wilson from the the debt. Zion Bank had CTC Phone Company Chamber of Commerce, suggested the refinancing presented plans to add a and Janet Myer of US to the City when interest building at the cell-tower Bank, will be working rates dropped last year. New Meadows City Council Sidewalk project 75% complete BY FILLED ERLAND hard to. resolution was approved On Tuesday, October William Braak with by roll call vote. 9, the New Meadows the University extension Discussion of a water / City Council met for updated the council: sewer rate study was held their regular monthlyMeetings will be heldand options from 0 dollars meeting. Mayor Spellman, about the Community to 20 thousand were and councilwomen GenaReview on the 26th at 7:00 discussed. There was no Mencer and Angie Moore to 9:00 PM and 27th at motion, and there will be were present in person, 9:00 to noon. further discussion on this. with D'ole Priddy by A local option tax The Council discussed phone and Heather Wilde survey is to be sent for issuing burn permits for absent. There was no greater input. This survey open leaf burning and citizen turnout, will be sent to businesss trash barrel burning. The ADA project was in the city. A tax of .5 to Further discussion and reported at 75% complete, .6% is being looked at. investigation are needed. and is scheduled to be A selection committeeICRMP training is finished by the 19th of was formed, composed tentatively planned for this month. Added to the of Mayor Spellman, Mac, October 29, and P&Z is agenda was to also do the Doug and Gena. This was invited. west side of the industrial changed to Doug, Mac,The Council approved park" this year This Item Gena and Angiel Juliea Cost of living (COLA) was overlooked, and astepped aside so Angie pay increase of 1.596, a per special meeting will be could serve on it. annum cost of $1830.40. held, hopefully to be able Grant increases from There has been no COLA to get it done before snow $37,700 to $50,000 and increase that anyone flies, a grant for next year of could remember in past Animal control reported $50,000 was awarded to years. all is well, and most are New Meadows for the The Council went into complying with the ADA improvements, executive session to ordinances or are trying A dust. abatement plan discuss personnel matters. II Personal and Business stomps mode to II li order, regular 6 self inking ouoiloble, or II II refurbish gour old stomps. 11 Cell or drop bg end let us assist go netustompsdeliueredinoslittleosttu II:dogs. Ill], J[ Fast. affordable quali JJ