***Monday, May 6, 2013, Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Dan R. Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan L. Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser.

 

Clerk Glenda Poston joined the meeting.

 

County resident Walter Burrows stopped by Commissioners’ Office to discuss a problem with dust on his road.

 

9:00 a.m., Road and Bridge Office Manager Renee Nelson joined the meeting to give the departmental report. Ms. Nelson presented a written report. The report contained a list of county roads that have been graded the previous week. Mr. Gutshall has reprioritized projects so Road and Bridge will install approach culverts on Lookout Road, work on Moon Shadow Road north of the school on Aspen Drive then go back to Lookout View Road this fall after this road has been rebuilt, according to Ms. Nelson.

 

Chairman Dinning informed Ms. Nelson that Walter Burrows lives at 407 Fawn lawn and right in front of his house it is constant dirt and dust. Mr. Burrows said the road has had calcium chloride treatment last year, but the dust is bad in just a couple spots. Ms. Nelson said Mr. Gutshall had planned on starting dust abatement applications sometime in May or June. Ms. Nelson said she would have Mr. Gutshall take a look at that.

 

Mr. Burrows left the meeting.   

 

The meeting with Ms. Nelson ended at 9:05 a.m.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to approve the minutes of April 22 & 23, 2013 and April 29 & 30, 2013. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Clerk Poston and Commissioners briefly discussed funding for the Extension Office.

 

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

 

9:30 a.m., Courthouse Maintenance Jerry Kothe joined the meeting to give the departmental report. Mr. Kothe presented a written report.

 

Mr. Kothe mentioned speaking with Tyler Unruh about repairing the benches in the Courtroom. Chairman Dinning said if Tyler Unruh was chosen to work on the benches, Mr. Kothe needs to notify the other person who provided a quote so they know the county chose someone else.

 

Chairman Dinning asked Mr. Kothe to have a community service worker work up the flower beds so they will be ready for planting. Mr. Kothe said there haven’t been many community service workers available so he will see if there are inmates. Chairman Dinning said someone needs to be in charge of pulling weeds and keeping the flowers watered.

Chairman Dinning instructed Mr. Kothe to give some thought to placing a garbage receptacle in front of the Courthouse.

 

Mr. Kothe said he left a message for Doug Dirks about proof of insurance and trimming some of the trees bordering the Courthouse. Mr. Kothe said other than that he has been moving grass and dealing with weeds.

 

Chairman Dinning said he would like Mr. Kothe to install some sort of fence along the back parking lot’s retaining wall that connects to the south west corner of the Courthouse. Chairman Dinning said he can see how kids could get hurt if they fell off the grass in that area and he wants to avoid that. Clerk Poston mentioned that more beauty bark is needed at the base of the trees bordering the Courthouse because the weed block is showing.

 

Mr. Kothe and Commissioners talked about spraying noxious weeds in the parking lot at Riverside Park. Mr. Kothe said Riverside Park and the Waterways Building both need new barriers for the parking because the old railroad ties are rotten.

 

Clerk Poston said if the community service workers work on the flower bed please have them wash the front Courthouse entrance. Mr. Kothe said the last time this area was washed the front door casing swelled and was a mess.

 

The meeting with Mr. Kothe ended at 9:42 a.m.

 

Commissioners and Clerk Poston briefly reviewed Commissioners’ budget until the next scheduled meeting. Those present discussed the use of cell phones for county business and reviewed the budget for professional services.

 

10:00 a.m., Solid Waste Superintendent Claine Skeen joined the meeting to give the departmental report. Mr. Skeen said he conducted a waste stream study from April 1st through April 6th using the blue garbage bins. Boundary County, Frederickson’s Bonners Ferry Garbage and one other trash truck were included in this study. Mr. Skeen clarified that this is just for garbage coming in that is averaged out over the number of days the landfill is open. Mr. Skeen reviewed the total tonnage of garbage brought in from each participant in the study and said at 350 days per year the Solid Waste Department is open it equates to 12.2 tons per day of garbage received. This was a busy time when the study was taken, according to Mr. Skeen.

 

Mr. Skeen briefly mentioned the farming lease on the property adjacent the landfill to the west. Mr. Skeen said this lease ends December 2014 and with the sand pile at the landfill he doesn’t want to consume all of it and then have to go to the adjacent property for daily cover. Mr. Skeen said he would like Commissioners to look at the possibly of splitting that property into two 15 acres pieces and the county could start using the sand for the Road and Bridge Department for winter. Chairman Dinning informed Mr. Skeen the county is selling an easement on the south end of that property.

 

Mr. Skeen said he is going to review a PowerPoint Presentation on recycling with the middle school students and other than that the landfill is staying busy and he is hoping to get some dust abatement done at the monitored sites.

 

Chairman Dinning said Commissioners were recently made aware that any employee working part time at 30 hours or more will be owed insurance benefits by the county and that is significant. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners are assuming this will be implemented in January and he asked Mr. Skeen to look at the scenario as if this has to happen or if Mr. Skeen can have more part time employees. Mr. Skeen said the cost for two part time employees comes close to $40,000 and that is without the cost of insurance. Chairman Dinning said the employee’s wage wouldn’t increase; it’s the cost to provide insurance benefits so the county may need more part time employees. Clerk Poston gave an example of having three nine hour shifts. Mr. Skeen said his thought is that the hours will be reduced for his current part time employees so they will not be making the same amount of money and that will not make them happy. Chairman Dinning said he understands, but Commissioners are just the messengers. Clerk Poston said the counties are still in the learning process of this new Affordable Health Care plan.

 

Commissioners asked Mr. Skeen about the revenue generated as a result of baling metal. Mr. Skeen said approximately $78,000 is generated. Mr. Skeen spoke of how his employees pull out aluminum and other certain recyclable materials that the county can profit from. Mr. Skeen informed Commissioners the cost per ton to dispose of treated wood waste is $98, but he is still able to burn clean wood. Mr. Skeen spoke of the market for recycling materials. Mr. Skeen said he has two baling machines; one used strictly for plastic bags and the other is for baling aluminum, etc. These are very good machines that are paid for and the county probably wouldn’t be able to sell them for what they cost. Mr. Skeen said he can also bale fertilizer bags.

 

The meeting with Mr. Skeen ended at 10:25 a.m.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt Resolution 2013-23. A resolution authorizing the sale of surplus county property at auction. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2013-23 reads as follows:

 

RESOLUTION NO. 2013-23

 

A Resolution Authorizing the Sale of Surplus County Property at Public Auction

 

                WHEREAS, Boundary County owns surplus real property, which is not being used by the County and the Board of Boundary County Commissioners have determined is not necessary for the County’s use; and

                WHEREAS, the Board of Boundary County Commissioners are authorized under Idaho Code Section 31-808 to sell or offer for sale at public auction, after not less than ten days’ previous notice given by publication in a newspaper of the county, any property, real or personal, belonging to the County but not necessary for its use; and

 

                WHEREAS, the Board of Boundary County Commissioners believes it is in the best interest of the County that the surplus property described as in “Attachment A” be sold and therefore desire to sell the property so described at public auction as provided in Idaho Code Section 31-808.

                NOW, THEREFORE, upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, it is

 

RESOLVED that, after publication of notice in the Bonners Ferry Herald in the manner and for the time required by Idaho Code, the personal property of Boundary County described as in “Attachment A” be offered for sale at public auction in the Boundary County Commissioners’ Chambers located at the Boundary County Courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, Idaho 83805, on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

 

                DATED this 6th day of May, 2013.

                                                                                                COUNTY OF BOUNDARY

                                                                                                BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                                s/___________________________                               

                                                                                                Dan R. Dinning, Chairman

                                                                                                s/___________________________             

                                                                                                LeAlan L. Pinkerton, Commissioner

                                                                                                s/___________________________         

                                                                                                Walt Kirby, Commissioner

ATTEST:

Glenda Poston

Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners

By s/________________________________

    Glenda Poston, Clerk     

    By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk

    Recorded as instrument #257496   

 

“ATTACHMENT A”

 

LOTS ONE (1) THROUGH THREE (3)

OF BLOCK FOUR (4)

Riverside Addition,

Section 27, Township 62 North, Range 1 East, Boise Meridian

Boundary County, Idaho

 

10:30 a.m., Chief Probation Officer Stacy Brown joined the meeting to give the departmental report. Ms. Brown said her department has 52 juveniles on probation with two more coming in two weeks. Of the 17 new cases she has nine of the social histories completed. The Youth Accountability Board has a total of 18 kids participating and two more to sign up for the program soon. That is close to an all time high and it’s an excellent program, according to Ms. Brown. There are 72 adults on adult misdemeanor, which is fairly high. Ms. Brown said with adult misdemeanor probation, some counties are starting a pre-sentence investigation, which is similar to a social history that is ordered by the judge. The court can chose an appropriate disposition for the person and the charge goes to that person. Unsupervised probation is usually at 300 people, but is at a low of 250 so that is a good thing, according to Ms. Brown.

 

Ms. Brown said she was able to submit her budget at a little more than a 2% increase. The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant has funds available at $3,200 and that is significantly less. Ms. Brown said she couldn’t find enough funds to continue with obtaining a conference room, but she will have grant funds until year 2014. Chairman Dinning calculated the figures provided and said for 453 cases in Boundary County’s system in general that equates to approximately $520 per case.

 

Chairman Dinning asked if Ms. Brown’s travel will slow down this next year. Ms. Brown said her travel will slow down as of August.

 

The meeting with Ms. Brown ended at 10:40 a.m.

 

Clerk Poston and Commissioners briefly reviewed grants for the Probation Department.

 

Restorium Board Chairman Larry Dirks joined the meeting at 10:55 a.m.

 

11:30 a.m., Restorium Administrator Karlene Magee joined the meeting to give the department report. Ms. Magee said the Restorium currently has 32 residents. Chairman Dinning reiterated the process for determining surplus items. If the surplus item has an inventory tag, a form needs to be completed and given to Deputy Clerk Chris Wolfe so she can take that item off the inventory list. Chairman Dinning said Ms. Magee could provide a list of surplus items and attached it to just one completed inventory form. If the item is functional, it goes to the auction no matter the value, but if the item is broken with no value, it goes to the landfill. Chairman Dinning stressed that the item goes to the landfill and not someone else if there is no value. Mr. Dirks said there is a lawnmower that he will have looked at to see what it would take to get it running and he asked if it has to go to the landfill if it doesn’t sell. Chairman Dinning said yes, that’s correct. Commissioners said donated magazines, newspapers and books can just be recycled. Clerk Poston said there was once an old book that had been donated to the Restorium that actually had value. Ms. Magee said that book and the written research on that book has been put away and locked up. Ms. Magee said there are quite a lot of old books at the Restorium.

 

Commissioners, Mr. Dirks and Ms. Magee briefly discussed the proposal from Valley Vista Care Center.

 

The meeting with Ms. Magee and Mr. Dirks ended at 11:15 a.m.

 

Chairman Dinning said for clarification the Valley Vista Organization is a non-denominational organization when he previously had said it was Lutheran.

 

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

 

11:30 a.m., Commissioners addressed the Property Tax Exemption Application. This application has been approved by the Assessor’s Office, according to Chairman Dinning.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to approve the Property Tax Exemption for the FOE Aerie #3522 for parcel #RPB0880002011A. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. 

 

11:30 a.m. Parks and Recreation Board member Lisa Carle and Konae Peterson joined the meeting. Ms. Carle stopped by to introduce Ms. Peterson to Commissioners and Clerk Poston. Ms. Peterson is the person hired as the concession manager for the Parks and Recreation Department.

 

Ms. Peterson and Ms. Carle left the meeting.

 

Commissioners received information from the Board of Guardians requesting the appointment of a new member to replace an existing member.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to appoint Tamina Boonisar to Board of Guardians replacing Ruthann Wilson with a term to expire January 2015. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.  

 

11:40 a.m., Chief Deputy Clerk Tracie Isaac joined the meeting.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go into executive session under Idaho Code #67-2345(1)a, to consider hiring a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent. Commissioner Kirby second. Commissioners voted as follows: Chairman Dinning “aye”, Commissioner Pinkerton “aye” and Commissioner Kirby “aye”. Motion passed unanimously. 12:00 p.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously. 

 

Clerk Poston and Chief Deputy Clerk Isaac left the meeting.

      

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

 

12:30 p.m., There being no further business, the meeting recessed until tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

 

***Tuesday, May 7, 2013, Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Dan R. Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan L. Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser.    

 

Clerk Glenda Poston joined the meeting.

 

9:00 a.m., Commissioners participated in a telephone conference call with Sandy Kennelly and Rita Mueller with Valley Vista Care Center regarding a proposed contract to provide consulting services to the county for the Restorium. Also present were: Restorium Board Chairman Larry Dirks, Restorium Administrator Karlene Magee and Assistant Administrator Jeri Witt.

 

Ms. Kennelly provided a background of Valley Vista to include being a non-denominational, non-profit corporation. Valley Vista has a variety of long term care facilities with two nursing facilities and elderly care facilities to serve the elderly population, and there is also a special behavior units for residents with specialized, advanced Alzheimers, multiple sclerosis etc. Extra staffing is provided for these situations, according to Ms. Kennelly. Ms. Kennelly listed the various agencies Valley Vista manages such as personal care and transportation services, etc.

 

Rita Mueller is the Operations Director for Valley Vista and she oversees assisted living and transportation services whereas Ms. Kennelly is on the nursing home side of the business. Valley Vista has been in business since 1988 and they do a lot of consulting work for other businesses. Ms. Mueller said she has been at Valley Vista for 18 years and she oversees all in-home care and all assisted living matters. Ms. Mueller has helped a facility get back into compliance and she has been called to assist in many cases.

 

At the state level Ms. Mueller has participated in matters at the legislative level such as uniform assessments that are used in all assisted living and in-home care facilities and in which the Department of Health and Welfare uses for their clients. Ms. Kennelly said Ms. Mueller is able to teach administrators and their staff how to get the reimbursements that are due.

 

Chairman Dinning said the observation is that the Restorium’s physical facility is in good shape and any consulting services provided would be more on the Restorium’s operational side.

 

Restorium Board member Wilma DeVore joined the meeting at 9:10 a.m.

 

Ms. Kennelly said Chairman Dinning was correct and that the Restorium is beautiful so she would just look at the financial operations, number of employees, pay rates, rental pay, and Medicaid and private pay clients so it’s a financial overview of the operation. Ms. Kennelly said she and Ms. Mueller have a variety of information they would ask for in order to prepare a financial analysis. 

 

Chairman Dinning said the operational look will include staffing, all books, billings and looking at the possibility of billing more under Medicaid if the ability is there. Ms. Kennelly said she will look at the revenue stream, financial history, staffing, etc and anything that would affect the facility’s bottom line.

 

Ms. Kennelly said the consulting would be done by herself, Ms. Mueller and Valley Vista’s finance director who would take a look at the information and once they get that information for the analysis, they could have it ready in 30 days. Clerk Poston said the contract doesn’t state if the fee for this service is payable at the end or if 50% down is needed. Ms. Kennelly said the fee for their services is due upon completion of the task. Ms. Kennelly said there will be a written summary, but she will meet with Commissioners to present it.

 

Ms. Kennelly said she would like to look at three months of staff scheduling, and she will ask about certain staffing and their wages. Ms. Kennelly asked how the Restorium’s rooms are billed and it was said the bill is based on the room with care provided. Three years of financial information will also be sought.

 

Ms. Kennelly said the information she receives will remain confidential and it will be returned to the county when she is done. If the information is not returned, it is shredded.

 

The call with Ms. Kennelly and Ms. Mueller ended at 9:20 a.m.

 

Mr. Dirks said he has mixed feelings about this and those involved with the Restorium know what it takes per resident and that depends on how many residents there are. Mr. Dirks said the Restorium has a great administrator and the Restorium has received a Silver Award from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Bureau of Facility Standards so Ms. Magee is doing something right. The Restorium is basically full and a lot has been done to it in the last few years. Mr. Dirks questioned why spend $2,000 to see what needs to be done when we already know what needs to be done. Mr. Dirks questioned if Commissioners had visited Valley Vista and he provided them with comparisons of the two facilities. Mr. Dirks said he doesn’t think the county needs to take the advice of Valley Vista.

 

Chairman Dinning said there may be things that Commissioners just don’t know when it comes to the Restorium. Mr. Dirks said in his mind he feels things are running fine at the Restorium. Mr. Dirks said he doesn’t want to compare the Restorium to Valley Vista. Chairman Dinning said the first matter is that no one is comparing Ms. Magee and all Commissioners are trying to do is get an outside look. Ms. Kennelly and Ms. Mueller mentioned the uniform assessment and that could help. Ms. Magee said she has attended those classes and that is why the Restorium received the Silver Award. Ms. Magee said what she is trying to say is that the assessments on the residents are good.

 

Commissioner Kirby said there is no comparison as he has seen other retirement care facilities over the years. Commissioner Kirby said Commissioners don’t need to look at everything just the finances. Mr. Dirks said he didn’t know and didn’t think the Restorium was to make a profit or break even. Mr. Dirks mentioned the county was to always support the Restorium and that is why the place was built. Chairman Dinning said in the old documents that he read about the Restorium is that the county would carry the Restorium until it could break even. Mr. Dirks said he had asked Commissioners Kirby in another meeting where money used for the Restorium could be put to better use. Commissioner Kirby said those funds wouldn’t be put somewhere else as it would be to help reduce taxes. Mr. Dirks said he would fight for the Restorium. Commissioner Pinkerton said that is the way it should be, but to try and cut taxes. Mr. Dirks asked if Commissioners were going to do the same thing with the airport or other county operations so they could also be self sufficient. Mr. Dirks said he realizes that Commissioners have a tough role.

 

Chairman Dinning said he personally resents that in these discussions one of the Restorium Board members call people and tells them that Commissioners will shut down the Restorium. Chairman Dinning said that is not appropriate and if people have concerns, they should come to Commissioners. Mr. Dirks said that scenario had not been done. Chairman Dinning said yes, it had been done and he had spoken to two of the trusted individuals who told him about it.

Commissioners are here to try to come to a solution and that doesn’t help anything, according to Chairman Dinning. Chairman Dinning said two people informed him they had been personally invited to a meeting by a Restorium Board member because Commissioners were going to shut down the Restorium and sell it, and he has the utmost belief in those two people. Chairman Dinning said all that does is incite the residents and makes it difficult for him personally in some cases. All Commissioners are doing is going forward to have a look in order to keep the Restorium functioning and see if there isn’t something to improve upon. This is not a slam on Ms. Magee or the operation, according to Chairman Dinning. Mr. Dirks questioned where the $2,000 for the consulting services will come from and Chairman Dinning mentioned the Restorium’s budget.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton said as far as stirring things up, he doesn’t care and people can scream and holler, but this process will happen. Commissioners are just looking at improving the operation so the Restorium can be self sustaining so taxpayers won’t have to carry it. Commissioner Pinkerton said the staff does not need to know what the managers are doing as far as daily operations as those are management’s operation and that doesn’t need to be stirred up. It’s the Restorium Board’s job to figure that out not the staff who are working to take care of residents. It’s just the management’s job and for that they are accountable. To fire up the residents when it’s just their health that needs to be of concern needs to stop. Commissioner Pinkerton briefly mentioned the potential for personnel actions to take if that doesn’t stop.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton said Commissioners are looking to bring the rates of the Restorium up so the operation can take care of itself so not to burden the taxpayers. This is about taking a look from the outside. Commissioner Pinkerton mentioned someone once told him that one would be a fool if they didn’t believe there was room for improvement. Commissioner Pinkerton said he believes Restorium management is doing a great job, but the Lord did not make people perfect so there is always room for improvement. This is good for the residents and it is not about us, according to Commissioner Pinkerton. For outside help to come in and look at the operations can help and maybe it will happen that the outside person will leave with some insights of their own. This process can only serve to improve so if Commissioners don’t do this, they are in error. Mr. Dirks said someone from the outside could come in and he is not totally closed minded. Commissioner Pinkerton reiterated that there is always room for improvement.

 

Mr. Dirks said there is such a fine line when it comes to raising rates so if rates are raised too high, the Restorium will lose residents. Commissioner Pinkerton said the Commissioners need to look at the long term future for the Restorium. Other facilities have had to look at where they would be 10 years from now and Boundary County needs to look at that as well. Commissioners don’t know what people will do, but they have to look into it. Commissioner Pinkerton said Commissioners have got to alleviate the burden to taxpayers. Mr. Dirks said he never hears that from people. Commissioner Pinkerton said it’s the crowd you run into and he explained that he receives the calls and complaints and Commissioners have to keep their ears open.

 

Commissioner Kirby said there are other facilities in the county, but they are handled in a different way. The Road and Bridge Department is financed a different way and that budget is huge. The taxpayers pay zero for the Road and Bridge Department and that is because it’s financed a different way. Commissioner Kirby said the Road and Bridge Department pays for itself because the grants that the Road and Bridge Superintendent writes and fights for keeps the county from having to levy for the Road and Bridge Department. Boundary County is looking down the barrel of having to pay for Road and Bridge as sources are drying up. Mr. Dirks said maybe. Commissioner Kirby said well maybe yes or no. Commissioner Kirby said the business about comparing, he just can’t compare as it’s a different ball game, but at least with the Restorium the rates have to be raised. People should pay a bit more for what they’re getting, according to Commissioner Kirby. Mr. Dirks said that is what we’re doing. Commissioner Kirby said rates can’t be raised too high, but they need to be raised gently. Commissioner Kirby said residents will cycle and new residents will come in and not know any different. The rates are higher now than they were at the very beginning of the Restorium, according to Commissioner Kirby. Anything he knows about the Restorium, in his own personal feelings, is that it was under funded and under managed. Mr. Dirks said for the people who are against the taxes for the Restorium, have them call him and he will talk to them. Mr. Dirks said he thinks those people really need to be educated. 

 

Commissioner Kirby said he has been in favor of the keeping the Restorium open and one can’t say that taxpayers and Commissioners haven’t done everything they can to get the Restorium to where it is today. Commissioner Kirby said the county can’t raise the levy any more - just can’t do it. Clerk Poston said that’s an important part as the county has levy limits and cannot go over those limits. Commissioner Kirby said if the cost of doing business increases, the levy will have to stay stagnant.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton said the cost of running the Restorium will not decrease. Mr. Dirks said inflation will happen. Commissioner Kirby mentioned how people were upset at the last public hearing about raising the rates at the Restorium when it was done at an approximate 7% to 8% increase. Commissioner Kirby said a whole bunch of money should be kept in a fund for the Restorium as is done for the landfill’s closures fund. It was said the fee should match the service and Commissioners have to look at all of this information, according to Commissioner Kirby. Mr. Dirks said making all the room rates the same comes to about $70,000, but it will take a few years to do that. It was said it wouldn’t hurt to have another agency come through the Restorium and potentially notice things that might otherwise go unnoticed. Commissioner Kirby said the county’s outside auditor thinks it’s a wonderful idea.

 

Mr. Dirks said he really admires Ms. Magee because with part-time help it has to be a nightmare. Commissioner Kirby said if the room rates are raised, maybe part-time positions could be replaced by full-time positions. Clerk Poston said if that is done and that full-time employee has a family, there will be an excess of $20,000 in insurance benefits. Ms. Magee said there is probably $20,000 in employee turnover after training had been provided, etc. Clerk Poston said she doesn’t think so.

 

Mr. Dirks briefly mentioned that he had wondered how residents of the new Mennonite retirement facility would be able to afford their rates and he was told the family would have to help and if not, the church would. The county will pay for this issue somehow even if through indigent, according to Mr. Dirks. It will come from someone and taxes somewhere. Someone is going to pay for it. There are different ways of looking at it, according to Mr. Dirks.

 

Chairman Dinning asked those present what their wishes were. Ms. DeVore asked Ms. Magee how she felt about this. Ms. DeVore said in her mind Ms. Magee does a good job taking care of the residents, but maybe Ms. Magee would welcome someone from the outside taking a look. Ms. Magee said she does have mixed feelings about it, but also feels another set of eyes could help. Chairman Dinning said there has been a misconception and he is not saying the operation is doing poorly. Having another agency come in is for the purpose of seeing if there is something missed and the county is also getting an educated look from someone in the business. Ms. Magee said she thinks ultimately nothing will change with the exception of raising the rates.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton said the Restorium needs to get closer to becoming a non-profit and he knows it’s hard for someone else to come into Ms. Magee’s “shop” and question the methods. Clerk Poston said she also has that happen every year in the form of an audit and when the results come back with “no findings”, she is happy about that. Clerk Poston said she is audited every year and she welcomes that and this is the same thing.

 

Ms. Magee and Ms. Witt mentioned receiving the Silver Award, and Ms. Witt said she didn’t feel threatened by someone coming in.

 

Mr. Dirks said for the rates it is no different than renting a home and if his rent increased 40%, he would move out so there is a fine line. Commissioner Kirby said it will only take 30 days for the consultant to complete her report and she will be doing this in her own office, not in the Restorium.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Consulting Proposal with Valley Vista Care Center for consulting services for the Restorium. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Ms. Magee mentioned the rumor said to be going around from the staff and residents that Commissioners are going to close the Restorium and said when she heard this she immediately held a meeting and all she said is that she and the Restorium Board were meeting with Commissioners about it and if there are concerns, that is the place to voice them. Ms. Magee said that was all she said. Chairman Dinning said there is someone on the Restorium Board who consistently starts these rumors. Chairman Dinning said he doesn’t know who, why or what, but someone is starting it.

 

The meeting with Ms. Magee, Ms. Witt, and some of the Restorium Board members ended at 10:00 a.m.

 

10:00 a.m., Panhandle Health District Director Lora Whalen and Fiscal Director Tim Fenton joined the meeting to discuss matters related to the Health District.

 

Ms. Whalen said the Panhandle Health District is the county’s health department and she feels she needs to do a better job in telling the counties what the health department does. Ms. Whalen said she is pleased with the partnership between the Health District and the counties.

 

Ms. Whalen provided an update on the current flu season and said the season started earlier and was moderate. The flu’s vaccine effectiveness was 69% and senior citizens over the age of 65 are most affected by influenza. Ms. Whalen informed Commissioners of vaccines proposed.

 

Ms. Whalen said there are 127 cases of the new bird flu in China with some deaths, and there have been no cases of human to human transmission. It’s an avian influenza, but it’s different than H1N1 as it doesn’t make the birds sick. There have been a few family clusters of this flu, but it hasn’t jumped from human to human so it hasn’t become a pandemic. China has gotten better about sharing information. Ms. Whalen said she doesn’t think this new flu strain will jump from human to human and she explained that flu viruses get into a bird and mutate and then can get in to a human and mutate.

 

Ms. Whalen said in April this year the Health District investigated a case of salmonella. This case was associated with hedgehogs when it’s usually associated with reptiles. This disease is fecal oral, according to Ms. Whalen. There have been two active cases of tuberculosis in the five northern counties with one of those cases being in Boundary County. Tuberculosis is a reportable disease and the Health District makes sure the patient takes their nine courses of medications.

 

Commissioner Kirby said the complaint regarding the waste pumper trucks may have been resolved. Ms. Whalen said the Health District does receive food complaints from Boundary County and they do investigate those.

 

Ms. Whalen reviewed the list of programs Panhandle Health District provides to include the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program; childcare facility inspections; and immunizations and she explained how much funding went to fund these programs in year 2012. Ms. Whalen said there are 19 cases of measles in a three county area in North Carolina and she discussed the higher number of measles cases before vaccines were introduced and how low the number of cases is now. The cases that do occur are from people from another country. Ms. Whalen said she is very proponent for vaccines. 

 

Panhandle Health District processes permits and works closely with the County’s Planning and Zoning Department to help make sure things go well.

 

Ms. Whelan reviewed reportable disease information.

 

Panhandle Health District has just had a table top exercise to test their system and the scenario was a mock terrorist attack using anthrax.

 

Ms. Whalen said after much discussion the Health District is requesting a 3% increase this year. The Health District is the county’s health department and she realizes everyone has been cut. The Health District has had an increase in insurance and benefits costs that she can’t say no to and has nowhere else to turn, but to county partners.

 

Mr. Fenton and Commissioners reviewed the PowerPoint Presentation on budget information. The budget proposed has a net decrease and it is a balanced budget. The report shows sources of revenue with the county and state both providing 11%. Contracts are also a big part of the Health District’s revenue decrease. Mr. Fenton reviewed case reserves and how they are funded. $32,500 will be received from all five northern counties with a 3% increases. With the expenditures, decreases and increases, the Health District has built in a 1% personnel increase, but it’s not known how that will be dispersed. Mr. Fenton said there are positions left vacant due to attrition. Clerk Poston questioned a 1.4% increase if the Health District is budgeting a 1% personnel increase when some employees are retiring. Mr. Fenton said in the next year’s budget someone is retiring and someone will come in to job shadow. Benefits will increase by 6.3% and the cost per employee will be $9,100.

 

Mr. Fenton reviewed the operating expenditures listed by category. The State of Idaho will match the county’s contribution. State code says whatever counties in the district agree to in funding will be split based on 70% in population and 30% in market value. Because of a change in market value Boundary County’s portion decreased and it’s the big reason for that decrease. Chairman Dinning asked about cash reserve and Mr. Fenton said the District’s cash reserve is approximately $2,000,000.

 

Commissioners stated they had a consensus in approving the 3% increase requested by Panhandle Health District as presented.

 

The meeting with Ms. Whalen and Mr. Fenton ended at 10:50 a.m.

 

Chief Deputy Clerk Tracie Isaac joined the meeting.

 

10:50 am., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go into Executive Session under Idaho Code #67-2345(1)a, to consider hiring a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent and (b), to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, or public school student. Commissioner Kirby second. Commissioners voted as follows: Chairman Dinning “aye”, Commissioner Pinkerton “aye” and Commissioner Kirby “aye”. Motion passed unanimously. 11:40 p.m., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Chief Deputy Clerk Isaac and Clerk Poston left the meeting at 11:40 a.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 11:40 a.m.

 

 

 

 

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                                                                        DAN R. DINNING, Chairman

 

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GLENDA POSTON, Clerk

By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk