***Monday, January 20, 2014, Commissioners did not meet in regular session due to the Human Right’s Holiday. 

 

***Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 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., Commissioners held an elected officials/department heads meeting. Present were: Solid Waste Superintendent Claine Skeen, Noxious Weeds Superintendent Duke Guthrie, Extension Office Educator Carol Hampton, Assessor Dave Ryals, Courthouse Maintenance Jerry Kothe, Chief Deputy Clerk Tracie Isaac, Treasurer Jenny Fessler, Prosecutor’s Office Manager Tammie Goggia, Chief Probation Officer Stacy Brown, Planning & Zoning Administrator Dan Studer, Restorium Administrator Karlene Magee, Road and Bridge Superintendent Jeff Gutshall, and Restorium Office Manager Pam Barton.

 

Chief Deputy Clerk Isaac said the county has met the online training requirements of 85% through Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP) so that will save the county just under $10,000 in risk insurance premiums. Chairman Dinning said there isn’t much on the agenda for the elected officials/department heads meeting, but Commissioners felt it is still good to keep everyone in the loop.

 

Commissioners went around the room and asked what the other county offices are up to. Clerk Poston said preliminary budget paperwork will be sent out in April; Mr. Skeen said he is working on filling job positions; Mr. Guthrie said he had attended a pesticide class last Thursday; and Ms. Hampton said she has started transferring some things over to Jennifer Jensen, there has been an increase in 4-H members, and the there will be a Master Gardiner Program again. Commissioners asked Ms. Hampton when her last day will be. Ms. Hampton said she will retire on March 31st. Mr. Kothe said he has been working on surplus sale items. Mr. Kothe also mentioned someone will be in to take a look at the furnace in the annex building, and that he will retire on March 25th. Ms. Goggia said the Prosecutor’s Office is busy with jury trials, and Ms. Brown said the Probation Office is doing well and staying busy. Chairman Dinning asked for the statistics of probation and Ms. Brown said there are 60 juveniles on probation, 75 adults in the adult misdemeanor program, and there are between 250 and 300, mainly adults, on unsupervised probation.  Mr. Studer said Planning and Zoning has been busy. There are over seven public hearings scheduled for this year already, the County’s Comprehensive Plan will be online and the matter will be open to the public hearing process soon. Building permits are also trickling in and seem to be up by 10%. Assessor Ryals said his office is pretty much done with 2013 so they are working on 2014 valuations and he mentioned circuit breaker is up and running. Assessor Ryals briefly mentioned with retiring personnel it’s hard to keep up. County Mapper Tom Ulappa plans on retiring in June so that position will be hard to fill. Mr. Gutshall mentioned saving money on grader bits. Ms. Magee said census is down a little at the Restorium and she is thinking about having an open house in March. Chief Deputy Clerk Isaac said W2s went out last week. Treasurer Fessler said her office is just trying to collect mobile and personnel property taxes. Ms. Barton said she got statements sorted and sent out to existing residents at the Restorium. Clerk Poston said she’s been working in the basement and has surplussed some items so the room has been cleaned out. Clerk Poston asked those present, if they had any surplus items they are storing in the basement to mark them as surplus, take the county inventory sticker off and notify Chris Wolfe so she can take it off the county’s inventory list.

 

Chairman Dinning informed Mr. Kothe that Community Title has heated floor/ramp mats and he thinks it would be a good idea to have those for the Courthouse steps in the winter. Mr. Kothe said the biggest issue is lack of electricity. Ms. Hampton said those mats would also be helpful for the Extension Office due to the amount of foot traffic the Extension Office receives through the back door to the meeting room.

 

The elected officials/department heads meeting ended at 9:15 a.m.

 

County Noxious Weeds Superintendent Duke Guthrie remained in the meeting to provide his departmental report. Ms. Magee and Ms. Barton also stayed for the meeting.

 

Mr. Guthrie spoke of in-kind contributions for grants, and he mentioned that he has filed the annual report that pertains to waters of the United States. Those present discussed milfoil.

 

The meeting with Mr. Guthrie ended at 9:25 a.m.

 

Commissioners asked Ms. Magee if email at the Restorium is working yet. Ms. Magee said Ms. Barton can receive emails, but not send them so she would contact Mike Cox who has worked on the Restorium’s computer issues. Chairman Dinning mentioned the website called A Place for Mom. Ms. Magee mentioned having to hire a few more employees such as personal service assistants (PSA’s) and a cook/server. Ms. Magee informed Commissioners the books are all straight for the current residents.

 

Those present discussed matters pertaining to the Medicaid rate.

 

The meeting with Ms. Magee and Ms. Barton ended at 9:40 a.m.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to reappoint Bert Wood and Gene Andrews to the Fair Board with terms to expire January 2018. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.         

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to grant an extension of time to pay year 2010 taxes on parcel #RPB0700004004BA until May 30, 2014, at which time the taxes for year 2010 on the above parcel must be paid in full. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

10:00 a.m., County Outside Auditor Leonard Schulte joined the meeting to present the county’s audit for 2013. Chief Deputy Clerk Tracie also joined the meeting.

Mr. Schulte explained that the Independent Auditor’s Report is in a different format this year. Mr. Schulte reviewed governmental activity, business activity and major fund activity. Mr. Schulte spoke of management responsibility for these financial statements, which is the preparation and presentation of the audit. Mr. Schulte said he reviewed his responsibility to express opinions, etc., and the opinions are presented fairly and it’s a clean opinion. Those present reviewed portions of the report on federal awards and dealings with internal control matters. For the first several years, governmental accounting standards changed so that someone would get an overview of the entity. The county as a whole is broken down into business activity due to the Restorium, according to Chairman Dinning. There is now a statement of net position and it’s just a change in name and is a multi-column approach, according to Mr. Schulte. Also included are fixed assets and capital assets and those assets are also being depreciated so the net of that is included. Mr. Schulte reviewed current assets, primarily cash, receivables, property tax, non-current assets, other assets, such as funds for the landfill closure, and total assets, total liability, and long term liability.

 

Mr. Schulte reviewed the audit as it pertains to the Restorium to include total assets, liability and net assets. Clerk Poston clarified there is nothing to do with Boundary Community Hospital included in this page. Mr. Schulte said that was correct. Mr. Schulte discussed and explained the overview of the county government-wide, a balance sheet for only governmental funds, and statement of revenue and expenditures.

 

Mr. Schulte discussed the operation of the Restorium. Total operating revenue is $602,000 and operating expenses total $965,000. The loss from operations totals $362,418; however those losses were covered by non-operating revenues totaling $467,000, which consist of property taxes and intergovernmental revenue (grants). The fiscal year ended at a net position of $518,000. That is an increase due to the elevator grant so that makes it a short term increase and ultimately cash fell short $40,000.   

 

Mr. Schulte explained GASB Statement #63, which just shows things were changed pertaining to Public Employees Retirement System (PERSI). Mr. Schulte said this is a future obligation as PERSI sets the rates. It’s an unfunded liability, and it doesn’t really change how the county operates, according to Mr. Schulte.

 

Mr. Schulte discussed his notes on cash and investments and said it shows what the combined cash balances were as of September 30, 2013. The purpose to point out is that the Treasurer should bring Commissioners a list of state approved banks. Mr. Schulte suggested Treasurer Fessler bring Commissioners the list of what banks she has invested in and have Commissioners approve it.

 

Those present discussed solid waste closure costs. Mr. Schulte said Solid Waste Superintendent Claine Skeen sends him information on usage and engineering studies every year in order to determine what capacity, closure and post closure care costs will be. In reviewing this information it was learned the hole at the landfill can be filled in and built up so that has increased its life. Mr. Schulte said the county has funded the closure account relatively well as liability only increased by $22,000, whereas the trust increased by $60,000. If the county stayed at the same course, it would not be hard to cover costs at this rate. Mr. Schulte said years ago this matter was bleak as there were no assets, but that gap has been narrowed every single year to narrow the difference. Chairman Dinning said he thought a majority of equipment owned by Road and Bridge wasn’t figured into that, and Mr. Schulte said the engineering study was not based on what the county could use of its own assets and personnel for closure.

 

Mr. Schulte said there is a slightly different focus on financial statements and the preparation of those statements. One of the difficulties of performing an audit is when the county doesn’t prepare the entire report and he assists. It raises an issue of if Mr. Schulte is reviewing his own work and he said he is so that may mean he is not independent. New standards have been placed on the auditor, but the county needs to accept responsibilities for the financial statements. Now it’s a matter of being capable of accepting responsibility. Mr. Schulte said he evaluated if there is someone at the county who has the necessary skill, knowledge and expertise to accept the audit and Clerk Poston does qualify. Mr. Schulte encouraged Commissioners, Clerk Poston or someone at the county to attend any course hosted by the state or Idaho Association of Counties on the education or assistance in reviewing and preparing information on disclosures. Mr. Schulte said it could get to the point where he wouldn’t be able to express an opinion so someone could prepare the reports and another person could audit the report.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to accept Boundary County’s financial statements and independent auditor’s report for year ending September 30, 2013. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

 

The meeting with Mr. Schulte ended at 10:55 a.m.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt Resolution 2014-11. A resolution authorizing the disposition of records of the Boundary County Treasurer’s Office. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2014-11 reads as follows:

 

RESOLUTION 2014-11

 

A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE DISPOSITION OF RECORDS

OF BOUNDARY COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE

 

     WHEREAS, the Boundary County Treasurer’s Office is currently storing old records of Boundary County; and

 

     WHEREAS, due to lack of storage space, the Boundary County Treasurer’s Office has requested permission to dispose of old records; and

 

     WHEREAS, the Boundary County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has advise the Board of Boundary County Commissioners regarding the classification of such records pursuant to Idaho Code 31-871; and

 

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

 

     IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the following records be classified and disposed of as follows:

 

The following records have been deemed permanent by the Boundary County Commissioners on the advice of the County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and permanent records must be kept for a minimum of ten years.  The following records are to be disposed of in the county landfill:

 

Permanent:

Ø       Abstract Reports                                  2001 - 2002         

Ø       Alpha Listing Tax Due                      2002

Ø       Assessor’s Changes                             2004

Ø       Auditor’s Certificate                           2001 – 2002

Ø       Forest Charges                                     2001, 2003

Ø       Journal Vouchers                                Oct. 2000 – July 2001

Ø       Late Charges                                       2001 – 2002

Ø       Redeemed Warrants                           Jan 1999 – Oct. 2001

Ø       Taxes TXBO20 /TXBO22                2004

Ø       Tax Drive Reports                               2002

Ø       Tax Rolls                                               2001,  2004

Ø       Utilities                                                  2003

Ø       Yield Tax                                              2000 –2002

 

The following records have been deemed semi-permanent by the Boundary County Commissioners on the advice of the County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and semi-permanent records must be kept for a minimum of five years.  The following records are to be disposed of in the county landfill:

 

Semi-Permanent:

Ø       Deposit Listings                                      Dec. 2006 – Dec. 2008

Ø       Investments Auto Deposits                                               2009

Ø       Mortgage Companies: 

                                BAC Tax Services                                               2009

First American Real Estate                                2009

Horizon                                                                 2009

Lereta                                                                    2009

LPS                                                                         2009

Misc. Mortgage Companies                              2009

Numerica                                                              2009

PNN US Mortgage Co.                                        2009                      

                                Panhandle Escrow CO                                        2009

                                Quicken Loans                                                     2009

                                UPF Inc. Tax Services                                        2009      

                                Washington Trust Bank                                    2009    

                                Work File Changes                                             2009

Z. C. Sterling                                                         2009

Ø       Tax Anticipation                                   Aug 2007 – Dec 2009

Ø       Tax Collector’s Detailed Statement                                                 2002

Ø       Resolutions Copies                                Oct. 2004 – Dec 2012

Ø       Warrants of distraint                                                           2009

 

The following records have been deemed temporary by the Boundary County Commissioners on the advice of the County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and temporary records must be kept for minimum of two years.  The following records are to be disposed of in the county landfill:

 

Temporary:

Ø       Correspondence                                                                   2012

 

Regularly passed and approved on this January 30, 2014.

 

                                                                                               

COUNTY OF BOUNDARY COUNTY

                                                                                                BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                                s/____________________________

                                                                                                DAN DINNING, Chairman

                                                                                                s/____________________________

                                                                                                LEALAN PINKERTON, Commissioner

                                                                                                s/_____________________________

                                                                                                WALT KIRBY, Commissioner

 

Reviewed by and on advice of Prosecuting Attorney this January 30, 2014.

                                                               

                                                                                                s/_____________________________

                                                                                                JACK R. DOUGLAS

                                                                                                Prosecuting Attorney

ATTEST:

s/__________________________________

GLENDA POSTON

Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners

By:  Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy  

Recorded as instrument #259934

 

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

 

11:05 a.m., 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. 11:10 a.m., Commissioner Kirby moved to go out of executive session. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously. No action was taken.

 

Clerk Poston informed Commissioners the county received $212,533 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last week. Clerk Poston presented Commissioners with an expense chart for the property acquisition project. The county has received five invoices from JUB Engineering and two have been paid. Clerk Poston said each invoice from JUB represents a percentage of what she is going to assume is their total project costs. The first invoice listed 19% and the second invoice lists 28%. Figures shown in red are the amounts submitted, via the grant process, to the FAA and that have been paid by the FAA. They invoices are 90% complete and there is another 10% still left, but it’s unknown what parcel of land the funds are for. For the Dinning and Merrifield purchase shown on invoice #848647, there is no figure shown in red as being submitted to the FAA, but there is a figure invoiced from JUB so they will be contacted and asked when they will submit those to the FAA. It was said there is another portion of funding that needs to be submitted to the FAA if the Dinning transaction is done. Clerk Poston said the Recap Column shows what JUB has invoiced the county, what the county has paid and what has been submitted to and received by the FAA. Boundary County has paid JUB approximately $60,000. The county’s grant match on $400,000 should only be $20,000, but the county has had to pay a full 10% or more, according to Chairman Dinning. Clerk Poston said she hadn’t received any reimbursement from the state as of yet.

11:30 a.m., Boundary Community Hospital Board of Trustees Chairman Elden Koon and Hospital CEO/CFO Craig Johnson joined the meeting.

 

Mr. Johnson said the Hospital did lose a bid of revenue through December and he said this is the first time since the levy that finances have shown in the black at year end so that is good news financially. December patient volumes were low and they usually tend to be, but January has been busy. Mr. Johnson said there have not yet been a lot of flu cases in this county, but it could be just a matter of time, unless we are isolated. There are restrictions for visitors at the Hospital as a flu precaution so currently no visitors under age 18 are allowed.

 

Mr. Johnson said the Hospital has a lot of training courses going on such as advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) training and later in August will be trauma nurse training. The Festival of Trees was a success, according to Mr. Johnson. Mr. Johnson said the Hospital did receive bio-terror grant funding so IT equipment and computer servers are being moved to a different room that doesn’t have plumbing, etc. A large cooling unit will be placed on the roof to allow for a separate cooling unit using a separate power source. Mr. Johnson spoke of the Rural Health Clinic and he said it was realized that Boundary Community Hospital is a rural county hospital and doesn’t need 501©3 status. This will allow for a new reimbursement rate. The clinic will become a part of the Hospital, which garners higher reimbursements there. Mr. Johnson said the Hospital hired a new family practitioner. Chairman Dinning informed Mr. Johnson that the Selkirks Pend O’Reille Transit (SPOT) bus will take over the county’s passenger van that had been donated.

 

The meeting with Mr. Johnson and Mr. Koon ended at 11:45 a.m.

Commissioners recessed for lunch at noon.          

 

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

  

1:30 p.m., Parks and Recreation Board members Lisa Carle and Rob Tompkins, and Boundary Economic Development Specialist David Sims joined the meeting to update Commissioners on the proposed River Walk Project.

 

Mr. Sims informed Commissioners that the community has wanted this river walk. Sue Ireland with the Kootenai Tribe said the Tribe is working in this stretch of the proposed project during year 2014 or 2015 and she asked about incorporating the River Walk in that portion. The area of work the Tribe is doing in the fall of 2015 is by Riverside Park. Mr. Sims said it was understood work would be done from the county’s park to approximately the Villelli property. The Tribe would work on the area outside of the dike on the river side and they would re-contour ground and work on vegetation. While the Tribe is doing that they would also provide dirt work for the path. Mr. Sims said the Idaho Parks and Recreation Department has a trails grant and this would be a good project for them to fund. This project requires a 20% match and that can be in-kind so the dirt work the Tribe could do would surpass that percentage. The stumbling blocks would be homeowner easements and Mr. Villelli owns property near the county’s Riverside Park so easements would be needed for that. Mr. Sims said the county would apply as the applicant and he asked if the county would be willing to provide ongoing maintenance to the path. The path’s upper end by the bridge would probably consist of asphalt, but it’s not certain of the surfaces down the way. The bigger issue is if there is a walk, some may want benches and trash receptacles so who would take care of that since you wouldn’t want a trail full of garbage.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton spoke of the area consisting of a mile loop and of concern for a fence. Ms. Carle said this could be comparable to the walking path in Coeur d’ Alene in that there is signage at the end of the path. It was said Mr. Villelli wanted the trail on the dike, but there is no concerns outside of the dike. There is a high water mark and below that is state property, according to Mr. Sims. The path would be above the normal watermark, but above the level of 64. Chairman Dinning said there is one year available to go through and fine tune the project details for the grant. Mr. Sims said the other issue is the surface needs to be the same level as surrounding ground. Ms. Carle said part of that grant is public relation work and the grant administrator would like to see public input and evidence of that. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was referenced for trails and if need be signage can be included so if someone feels the path entrance from one end is too steep, they will have the option to drive around to access the trail from another location. The cost of the grant is not yet known, but the first step would be to get a cost estimate of the trail surface. It was mentioned that Russell Day is one of the neighboring property owners, but as of yet the Tribe has not spoken to him. Mr. Sims said the part that is in the city limits is within the urban renewal district so when it comes to that time and if cash match is required, that is a source of funding. Commissioners agreed to go forward to find out more information.

 

Commissioner Pinkerton mentioned matters pertaining to parking spaces.

 

The meeting with Mr. Sims, Mr. Tompkins and Ms. Carle ended at 1:50 p.m.

 

Commissioners reviewed the by-laws for the Restorium Advisory Board and they agreed that Article IV says everything. Commissioners said in looking at reappointments of board members, a set of the by-laws should be given to them and to have the board member sign off that they have received them and understand their role as a board member. Commissioners said they don’t believe the Restorium Advisory Board has supported Commissioners in the recent past as it is noted in the by-laws that they should. Commissioners said they are proud to say the Restorium Advisory Board has taken their job seriously, but they need to go back and understand what their job is. Commissioner Kirby said the main thing is that they are a strong board, but by looking at the powers and duties in the by-laws, they have not done those things. The Restorium Board has taken it upon themselves to have personal attachments with the residents rather than the facility operations, and they’re not there for that. It was suggested the advisory board should be coming to Commissioners and not the Commissioners going to the Restorium Board. Commissioner Pinkerton said the Board has gotten outside of their lines of responsibility and have taken on duties that are problematic for the operation. Nowhere in the advisory board role is it up to the advisory board to make hiring, removal or budgetary decisions. The advisory board should review the budget, and make or express concerns and interests to the Restorium Administrator, but nowhere in the by-laws does it say for them to make recommendations to Commissioners. The Restorium manager makes the budget and the advisory board is to review the budget prior to Commissioners, maybe to double check the administrator, but not to go forward and lobby for additional funds. Commissioner Kirby mentioned there being a lot of confusion about budget as two managers were appointed as well as a commissioner who got involved fairly heavily. It’s just gotten out of hand.

 

Clerk Poston said if there is something that is wanted for the Restorium, the advisory board should be here asking. Commissioner Pinkerton said he disagreed as if the advisory board sees something lacking, they should bring it to the manager’s attention and if the manager sees something needed, then she should come to Commissioners. Clerk Poston mentioned that if Restorium Manager Karlene Magee and Board Chairman Larry Dirks see something necessary, the two of them could come. Commissioner Pinkerton said if Ms. Magee brings something before Commissioners that the advisory board has suggested and she is unable to convey the matter, Commissioners could request an advisory board member come in order to bring further detail, but not to come in and pitch their agenda to Commissioners. That is the Restorium manager’s job, according to Commissioner Pinkerton. Commissioner Pinkerton said the board member’s job to do what is right for the Restorium itself, not to go to battle on individual matters such as raising costs. The rent issue was the right decision for the Restorium itself, but the board was worrisome of potential future residents. The advisory board was giving Commissioners so much grief about the increased cost to the future residents that they lost sight of the cost to operate the Restorium. Commissioners said they need to make sure the Restorium board members have a copy of the by-laws and signs to verify having received and understand them.

 

Treasurer Jenny Fessler joined the meeting at 2:00 p.m.

 

2:00 p.m., Commissioners considered a hardship exemption application filed by Janet Preston for parcel #MH60N01W031501A. Present were: Chairman Dan Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, Clerk Glenda Poston, Treasurer Jenny Fessler, and Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser. Applicant Janet Preston participated via telephone. The proceedings were recorded. Chairman Dinning administered the oath to Ms. Preston.

 

Ms. Preston asked Commissioners about temporary structure versus permanent structures, and she said she felt lied to by someone from the county because the person said they did speak to her, but he did not, and put a value of $1,500 on the trailer when it’s only worth $400. Ms. Preston explained the trailer has a hole in it due to dry rot and it’s not even hooked up to sewer and water.

 

Treasurer Fessler said the county’s tax amount is $35.54, $111.48 is owed for solid waste service and $20 is for translator service. Chairman Dinning informed Ms. Preston that the way the fees are assessed Commissioners have no control over. Chairman Dinning said for clarification that Ms. Preston is disagreeing with her assessment. Ms. Preston said her residence is a temporary shelter. Ms. Preston explained that she hasn’t worked since June and the Veteran’s Administration says she needs more medication. Ms. Preston said she has to pay back $50 to the Veterans Administration so currently she receives $976 per month and her mortgage costs her $600 per month. Ms. Preston said she is waiting for 100% disability, and that she has been overdrawn for over a month until she starts receiving disability because she can’t work anymore.

 

Chairman Dinning asked Ms. Preston about the mobile home and if she is living in it. Ms. Preston said the mortgage of $600 is for the property, 10 acres, that she lives on in Highland Flats approximately one half mile east of the snowmobile park. Ms. Preston said she has someone living with her as she has just had surgery and can’t lift over five pounds. Ms. Preston said she is staying at her property and is trying to build. The heater and refrigerator in the trailer currently don’t work so she is using three electric heaters for heat. She has built a roof on top of the trailer and if she hadn’t, water would come in. Ms. Preston said she has used Styrofoam insulation and had to use duct tape. Ms. Preston said when she received her property tax notice, she never saw anything about a mobile home tax otherwise she would’ve asked about it. Chairman Dinning said if there is a structure on the property, there would still be a solid waste fee for the landfill and a translator fee. Ms. Preston was informed that she is only getting charged once for solid waste and translator fees on the mobile home, not the land. Chairman Dinning explained that anyone who can receive a signal for the translator receives that fee, and that Commissioners have the ability to forgive taxes and could also forgive the translator fee. Ms. Preston said if she had full disability benefits, she would receive $2,600 per month. Ms. Preston said the Veterans Administration should make their decision as to her disability benefits by April, and if she is not approved, she would file an appeal. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners could continue the meeting until June 20, 2014, to make a decision to approve the hardship and write off the entire amount owing or not do anything.

 

Commissioner Kirby moved to approve the hardship exemption application for Janet M. Preston, parcel #MH60N01W031501A and write off year 2013 taxes and fees totaling $169.28. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.       

 

Commissioner Pinkerton informed Ms. Preston that this is a one time situation and there will be no forgiveness in future years. Chairman Dinning urged her to contact the Assessor to make sure her valuation is correct as assessment notices are sent out in May. Chairman Dinning explained the Board of Equalization hearings that are available. Ms. Preston said if she gets her back pay from Veterans Administration and is approved for disability, she can pay the amount owing otherwise she would feel bad. Ms. Preston said she appreciates this and explained that the Veterans Administration is extremely slow. Commissioner Pinkerton said he doesn’t know exactly where Ms. Preston is at financially on her property taxes, but if she does receive more funds, he would suggest using it to make her land taxes current.

 

The meeting to consider the hardship exemption application for Janet Preston ended at 2:25 p.m.

 

2:30 p.m., Cabinet Mountain Water District Engineer Mike Klaus joined the meeting. Mr. Klaus said it has been some time since he last met with Commissioners so he wanted to clarify details as far as the legal description for the parcel where the District would like to place a water tank. Those present discussed combining the legal descriptions of the two parcels into one and Mr. Klaus said he wanted to double check that is still what Commissioners preferred. It was said the county owns the property so it makes sense to make it all one piece. Mr. Klaus said there are a few dead trees and he would like to take them down, if Commissioners are okay with that. There is root rot and possible safety issues to drivers and equipment so Commissioners gave Mr. Klaus permission to remove those trees. Commissioners asked Mr. Klaus to have Cabinet Mountain Water District’s attorney draft the lease agreement.

 

Mr. Klaus left the meeting at 2:30 p.m.

 

Clerk Poston left the meeting at 2:35 p.m.  

 

Those present resumed discussing the Restorium. Commissioners discussed how the operation is running at a loss while some people would say it isn’t, but that is due to levying the difference. Commissioner Pinkerton mentioned the county’s outside auditor used to urge the county to do more as far as bookkeeping at the Restorium so he wonders if the current bookkeeping status is now sufficient.

 

Commissioner Kirby and Treasurer Fessler left the meeting at 3:00 p.m.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.  

 

 

 

                                                                        _________________________________

                                                                        DAN R. DINNING, Chairman

 

ATTEST:

 

 

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GLENDA POSTON, Clerk

By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk