***Monday, November 11, 2013, Commissioners did not meet due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday. 

 

***Tuesday, November 12, 2013, Commissioners met in regular session with Chairman Dan Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, Clerk Glenda Poston, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser.

 

9:00 a.m., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to cancel taxes totaling $30.54 for year 2013 for parcel #RP003000000030A due to error. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Clerk Poston presented the ballots for the 2013 election for the City of Bonners Ferry and the City of Moyie Springs council members. It was stated for the record that there were no errors or corrections.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to sign the canvass of the ballots for the 2013 City of Bonners Ferry and City of Moyie Springs election. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Clerk Poston informed Commissioners that she did receive the budget from the Waterways Board and this Board would like to use their cash carry forward to repair docks at Rocky Point, etc.

 

Chairman Dinning said the City of Bonners Ferry wants to reclassify a few roads as major collectors as it will allow funding to improve the roads. Chairman Dinning said Kaniksu Street, Chinook Street and Mission Road are the roads the City would like to reclassify.  

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to sign the letter to the Idaho Transportation Department requesting the reclassification of Chinook Street, Kaniksu Street and Mission Road. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to sign the airport land acquisition documents, once approved by County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull, as it is a time sensitive matter. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Postage Meter Lease Agreement for a Hasler Version IN700 Mailing System with a 10 pound scale. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.   

 

9:20 a.m., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go into Idaho Code #67-2345(1)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. 10:00 a.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously. No action was taken.

 

10:00 a.m., Extension Office Educators Carol Hampton and Jennifer Jensen; and University of Idaho District Director/Regional Supervisor Mike Howell joined the meeting to discuss the vision for the University of Idaho Extension Program. Mr. Howell said the Extension Program is the outreach of the University of Idaho, and there are some areas that do not have the funding for such programs. Mr. Howell said he wanted to make sure the county is still on board with the partnership, and he added that there has been no negativity with the Program in Boundary County. Mr. Howell said with the onset of Ms. Hampton’s retirement he wanted to discuss the partnership with the county and the University of Idaho. Chairman Dinning said he and University of Idaho Extension Program Director Charlotte Eberlein discussed that partnership and Boundary County wants to maintain its support as Commissioners feel the program is important. Mr. Howell and Commissioners discussed the process to take in hiring another Extension Educator, but Mr. Howell said he may still need to go up the chain of command to get approval to fill the position.

 

Chairman Dinning spoke of the salary for the Extension Educator and said some time ago there was a move to close some of the Extension Offices and Boundary County Commissioners offered to pay a percentage of the salary so the Commissioners like the full time presence. Mr. Howell said he feels some time should be spent thinking about the Extension Office Educator position.

 

Ms. Hampton said there are two vulnerable areas associated with the Extension Office that she sees. One of those areas is food safety as there is no one north of Payette who can answer those types of questions so she receives questions from people. Nobody is teaching food safety and with programs on eating locally, there are concerns. The other concern is over the senior population and the effects to the population. Ms. Hampton said the person who replaces her should have a level of expertise about these matters. A new position has been created in Moscow to work on a community food systems and Idaho could be ahead of the curve. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners will want to be kept in the loop as far as the Extension Educator and he also suggested keeping Boundary Economic Development Specialist David Sims in the loop. Chairman Dinning said the county is fully in support of the Extension Program and he doesn’t want Ms. Hampton’s position to be consolidated. Mr. Howell spoke of the Extension Educator’s salary becoming the University of Idaho’s responsibility. Chairman Dinning said Boundary County wants to maintain a full time Extension Educator in Boundary County. If that position were to transfer to Sandpoint, the community here just won’t travel and Commissioners feel Boundary County has a higher usage of the Extension Office programs. Ms. Hampton said she has always had a very supportive Board of Commissioners and Clerk.

 

The meeting with Mr. Howell, Ms. Hampton and Ms. Jensen ended at 10:25 a.m.

 

Commissioners reviewed claims for payment. Fund totals are as follows:

Current Expense                                   $31,584.38

Road & Bridge                                      52,398.47

Airport                                                     5,358.61

District Court                                           4,587.42

Justice Fund                                            29,302.41

911 Funds                                                 1,486.75

Indigent & Charity                                 13,339.91

Junior College Tuition                             36,683.50

Parks and Recreation                                2,173.05

Revaluation                                                  449.15

Solid Waste                                             15,012.51

Tort                                                                90.00

Veterans Memorial                                       165.73

Weeds                                                          197.87

Restorium                                                  8,928.03

Waterways                                                   143.73

 

                          TOTAL                    $201,901.52

Trusts

Drivers License                                         6,548.50

Magistrate Trust                                      29,860.25

Motor Vehicle Trust                                90,730.09

Sheriff’s Fund                                              639.70

 

                        TOTAL                      $127,778.54

                       

                        GRAND TOTAL     $329,680.06

 

Citizens are invited to inspect detailed records on file in the Courthouse (individual claims & Commissioners’ allowance & warrant register record 2014).

 

10:30 a.m., Restorium Administrator Karlene Magee joined the meeting to update Commissioners on the Quickbooks Program. Ms. Magee, Commissioners and Clerk Poston reviewed the updated bookkeeping report. Those present discussed scenarios of delinquent accounts and how to handle them. Commissioner Pinkerton informed Ms. Magee that she is making progress.

 

The meeting with Ms. Magee ended at 11:10 a.m.

 

11:10 a.m., Kyle Flory and Rob Tenas with Kyle and Rob Productions joined the meeting to update Commissioners on the documentary on Boundary County. After viewing the documentary Commissioners voiced their comments and suggestions for the documentary.

 

The meeting with Mr. Flory and Mr. Tenas ended at 11:50 a.m.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to approve the minutes of October 14, 21 and 28, 2013. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.  

 

County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull joined the meeting at 11:55 a.m.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go into executive session under Idaho Code #67-2345(1)f, to communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated regarding airport land acquisition matters, an indigent matter, and the Wheatley land acquisition matter. Commissioner Kirby second. Commissioners voted as follows: Chairman Dinning “aye”, Commissioner Pinkerton “aye” and Commissioner Kirby “aye”. Motion passed unanimously. 12:30 p.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously. No action was taken.  

 

Commissioners recessed for lunch at 12:30 p.m.

 

1:30 p.m., Commissioners reconvened for the afternoon session with Chairman Dinning, Commissioner Pinkerton, Commissioner Kirby, Clerk Poston and Deputy Clerk Rohrwasser.

 

Commissioners placed a call to Attorney Scott Horngren.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to go into executive session under Idaho Code #67-2345(1)f, to communicate with legal counsel for the public agency to discuss the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, or controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated regarding caribou. Commissioner Kirby second. Commissioners voted as follows: Chairman Dinning “aye”, Commissioner Pinkerton “aye” and Commissioner Kirby “aye”. Motion passed unanimously. 2:05 p.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Western Resources Legal Center Application requesting Western Resources Legal Center represent the county’s interest as an intervener in regards to the Caribou matter. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.   

 

2:10 pm., Bailiff/Court Security Ben Reinhardt joined the meeting to discuss opportunities for court security training and to discuss responsibilities as it pertains to Mr. Reinhardt’s job duties, etc.  Mr. Reinhardt gave an example of receiving administrative orders from Judge Haynes. Chairman Dinning said that is also where confusion lies as the judges are in control of the courtrooms, but not the Courthouse. Chairman Dinning said usually by a court security presence the matter calms itself down. Commissioner Pinkerton said if a judge makes a contempt of court motion, Mr. Reinhardt is the muscle for that, but that’s in the courtroom, not the Courthouse.

Mr. Reinhardt left the meeting.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to sign the letter of support for Boundary Volunteer Ambulance’s efforts to obtain a grant through the Rural Health Care Access Program as it relates to critical transport capabilities. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to grant an extension of time to pay year 2013 taxes until June 20, 2014 for parcel #MH00030000007UA and to allow the property owner to begin paying $40 per month beginning January 1, 2014. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.  

 

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 4:05 p.m.

 

 

 

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                                                            DAN R. DINNING, Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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GLENDA POSTON, Clerk

By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk