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The Adams County Record Wednesday, December 19, 2012 Local group looks back on accomplishments through grants from the National Park Service. The annual base" funding has been used to docu- ment historically' signifi- cant buildings and sites in the county. An archae- ologist has been hired in each of the past four years to document many Adams County prehis-' toric sites used by Native Americans. While searching for grants to do the bigger aspects of restoration, the ACHPC applied for smaller grants, garner- ing $9,500 -- from the Idaho Heritage Trust, The Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Idaho State Historical Society, and the Idaho Community Foundation -- to remodel one bathroom into a modern handicap- accessible facility and create another bathroom that was converted from a closet space. Money was found for an Asbestos and Lead Based-Paint Inspection. Fortunately, virtually no asbestos was found except around the old furnace. ]]ae asbestos, along with the antiquated furnace and boiler, were removed. The lead paint could be dealt with when, and if, it needed to be disturbed by future work. Major plumbing improve- ments were also accom- plished. The back door of the building - the one every- body always used - got a new cover, thanks to a generous donation from a local businessperso n. Finally, after almost seven years of seek- ing grants, the Idaho Community, Foundation came through with a Block Grant for $257, 649. Governor Otter presented the check to the group in a ceremony in McCall on May 14, 2007. With that money, the structur- al issues of the building were addressed - tying the floor/ceiling joists and the rafter system to the outside walls. The for- mal entry and the cupola above it were cleaned up and repainted. The con- crete stairway leading to that entrance had dete- riorated badly, so it was completely removed and replaced. The latest push to improve the old court- house began this spring. One more big grant would bring the building to the point of being used on a regular basis - with heating and cooling and a wheelchair lift to solve the handicap accessibil- ity issue. Accessibility had been an issue with the courthouse even before the county moved out. A wheelchair lift would take a large amount of money, plus the electri- cal system would have to be upgraded to sup- BY DALE FISK For 12 years, a small group of local people have been working steadily to save a part of local history. Ever since the old Adams County Courthouse was abandoned in 2000 and county offices were moved into the new courthouse, these folks been taking steps to bring the local landmark back to life as a vital part of our community. The group has pushed through a number accom- plishments - some large, some small. The first step was to determine the condition of the building and whether it could be saved. A Feasibility study was funded with money from the Forest Service, the Idaho Heritage Trust, the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the Idaho Community Foundation. The most serious problem was that the floors and ceiling joists were not well connected to the outside walls. But that would take a major grant - one that remained illusive for sev- eral years. In 2002 the mem- bers of the group were officially appointed by the county commis- sioners and became the Adams County Historic Preservation Commission (ACHPC). This was part of Idaho's Certified Local Government (CLG) pro- gram, funded annually ply the power required to run it. ACHPC applied for a $123,255 grant that would cover these steps, but only received enough to upgrade the electrical supply to the building and install two small electric heating units (along with ductwork). Matching funds from generous local donors were used to refurbish the lobby area and several former office rooms. ACHPC has removed the old carpet from the lobbies on the main and upper floors and have purchased new flooring that will be installed in the spring. The area around the building also needed some improvement, and much volunteer clean- up work has been done to the grounds. After several plans for land- scaping were considered, Connie Mocaby finally led the charge to move forward on this, just recently. With the help and support of the Adams County Commissioners and the Road and Bridge Department, decorative rock was installed recent- ly. Additional landscaping will take place when the weather allows. This spring the ACHPC is planning an open house to show everyone the many improvements to the old courthouse. Watch for announcements for this event. New Meadows Page 15 nixes cell tower BY FRED ERLAND The New Meadows City Council denied AT&T's application for a cell tower by the school. The unani- mous vote by the council was in keeping with the wishes of the residents of New Meadows who were against the cell tower's location, being too close to the school. With only 3 present in favor of the tower, two neutral and 27 against, there was little hope for the tower. This is the same result as the P&Z meeting where only one person was in favor, 34 no comment and 26 spoke against. Parents of about 20 students said they would pull their children out of the New Meadows school if the tower went in next to the school. Some think the tower would be okay, just not in town, and espe- cially not by the school. Cuddy Mountain Clovers meet BY SHYANN 61TUSKY The Cuddy Mountain Clovers had their month- ly meeting on December 4, 2012. We talked about all the usual agenda items, such as the sec- retary report, the trea- surer's report, old busi- ness, and new business. We talked about having a Christmas party, which will be held on December 2Oth at 4:30 at the Exhibit Hall. We decided to make the Christmas party our monthly meeting for the month of January. Last, Kelton Fisher gave a dem- onstration on how to remove a belt sander belt. Then we sang happy birth- day to Kelton Fisher and Isabelle Eppich. Death Notices Lola Yost Lola Yost, 83, of Council, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at a Weiser Care facility. Arrangements are pending with Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser. Cecil Bilbao Cecil J. Bilbao, 85, of Cambridge, died Friday, DeCember 14, 2012 at his home. Arrangements pending under the direction of Thomason Funeral Home, Weiser. Condolences may be sent to the families at www.lienkaemper-thomason.com Council City Council Continued from front page for the highway bypass and said they looked OK, but there were several mat- ters on which the coun- cil needed to make deci- sions. A six-foot-deep pond will be created just west of the highway and south of Lucille Avenue" that will collect runoff from the area above there between School Avenue and Whiteley Avenue. The pond will collect water and let it discharge at a slower rate than if it were allowed to all go through at once. This pond will sit about where the northernmost rooms of the Starlite Motel now sit. The motel will be purchased and demolished, as it will be too close to the new right of way. The pond will be about 30' X 40' at the bottom and slope up to the edges. The city will need to decide what kind of fencing they want to place around it. ITD thinks the city needs to plan for an alter- nate parade route for July 4, etc., as the usual parade roiate will not be passable during construction. Pay It Forward Courtney Stanford spoke to the council on behalf of the high school's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) pro- gram. Her statement: "SADD is organizing a Leap of Kindness, and we would like you to do one nice thing for three people. So,0. we would like you to think outside the box instead, doing every- day normal things like holding a door for some- one. Maybe you could help someone carry groceries to their car or give them a-gift. It doesn't have to be much. It would be a good time to resolve conflicts between family members or friend. And it wouldn't have to be just this week. We would challenge you to keep it out in the community as long as possible. If you do give a gift, we would like leave a note saying 'Pay it for- ward times three' Or if you take someone's groceries to their car, we would like you to say, 'Pay it forward times three' so that they know you are paying it forward and that they need to payit forward three more times. So I'm here tonight to ask you if you would make a proclamation support- ing Council High School's SADD program supporting Pay It Forward:' The council agreed to issue a Pay It Forward proclamation. Airport Kayla Brown of Riedesel Engineering, along with two colleagues, outlined four levels of action for undertaking the required rehabilitation of the airport pavement. The last time the airport surfaces were completely reconstructed was in 1999. In 2007 an oil-only seal coat was put on. If rehabilitation is post- poned, the present cracks will just get bigger and be more expensive to correct. The least expensive alter- native would be coating the surface of the runways with an oil and sand slurry - more or less a chip seal without gravel. The most expensive, but of course the longest lasting alterna- tive would be completely resurfacing the paved areas. Applications need to be in to the FAA in March. The council will study the alter- natives and make a deci- sion at the next council meeting. The council appointed Kevin Miller to the Airport Commission. Since there are a couple other people interesting in serving on the commission, the coun- cil will look into rewrit- ing the ordinance - that apparently limits the com- mission to three members - to allow for more mem- bers. Money matters Refinancing the city's loan through Zions Bank is proving to save even more money than expected, and the representative will be at the next City Council meeting (either in person or via phone conference) to go over the figures. Deb Wilson announced that the economic improvement grant for which she recently helped apply was approved. The $8,000 grant requires some matching funds, and the sources of the total that the grantor is asking for have not all been nailed down. Several businesses in Council are helping with the match, and the county will help with non-cash "in kind" contributions, but the cash match still lacks $1440. The matching fund sources need to be lined up (if not in hand) by January when the grant is to be awarded. Wilson asked the council if they could help with this, pos- sibly with money from sale of the HUD house on Friendship Lane. Council members said they would help by asking some of the companies they deal with (CTC, Idaho Power, etc.) to help. The council decided the city will donate up to a maximum of $1,000 of the remainder needed - the exact amount to depend on how much is obtained from other sources. Although announcing the amounts to be award- ed from sale of the HUD house, and to what organi- zations, was on the coun- cil's agenda, HUD had not yet examined and ruled on all the applicants to deter- mine their eligibility, so that announcement will be forthcoming. The council discussed the rate the city is charg- ing the various cell phone companies that lease facil- ity space on city property. Those lease rates may need to be increased.