Commissioners' Meeting Minutes - Week of November 28, 2016

***Monday, November 28, 2016, at 9:00 a.m., 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., Road and Bridge Department Superintendent Clint Kimball joined the meeting to give his departmental report.

9:00 a.m., Administrative Director of Courts Sara Thomas and Deputy Administrative Director/Government Liaison Honorable Judge Barry Wood joined the meeting. Ms. Thomas informed Commissioners she is the new administrative director of the courts, through the Supreme Court. Ms. Thomas said her duties include making sure courts have the resources they need, things to be successful, to see that judges are successful, and that courts have their budgets. Ms. Thomas said she wanted to take time and visit courthouses around the state and to talk to people to see what is working and what is not working.

Deputy Court Clerk Della Armstrong joined the meeting.

Chairman Dinning asked about the Odyssey Program, which is a fully integrated justice software program. Ms. Thomas said the Odyssey Program is a pilot project and the goal is for a smoother system. Ms. Thomas explained the obstacles versus what has worked in getting the paperless system started. There have been integrations to the Odyssey Program by prosecutors, probation offices, and sheriffs. Ms. Thomas explained that interaction between the Sheriff’s Offices and Probation Offices through the Odyssey Program and she added that there will also be a process for a jury so it will make the system a lot easier for a juror and the call-in process for a juror will still be available.

The Odyssey Program consists of six or seven systems that come together with the idea to run a more efficient process and work more effectively. Chairman Dinning said what concerns the small counties is the new public defense standards and how it will impact the counties fiscally. Ms. Thomas said she had worked on public defense reform for many years and she is aware that counties are concerned about caseload standards. The Public Defense Commission met last week and did not adopt those standards, according to Ms. Thomas. The Public Defense Commission itself will fund a public defense workload study for the state and will look at what the appropriate caseload is for each county. The impact and cost to the counties were discussed and it was said the state will provide more funding. The Public Defense Commission really needs to understand what the county needs. Ms. Thomas suggested counties keep track of cost increases as the Public Defense Commission will need to relay that information to the state legislature.

Deputy Administrative Director/Government Liaison Honorable Judge Barry Wood introduced himself and provided his professional background and added that he understands what it is to be from a small county. Judge Wood said the Supreme Court contracted with a company in the 1980’s to develop the Idaho Statewide Trial Court Automated Records System (ISTARS), which is a rudimentary method of keeping track of cases in the courts. The courts were approached approximately three or four years ago and were informed the ISTARS system was on its last legs so the courts put out a request for proposals for a computer system and only received three bids. Tyler Technologies, a company that is traded on the New York stock exchange and already has accounts, was a bidder. Judge Wood said in the sense of who do you go to, there are not a lot of choices for this software. There have been challenges with Odyssey, but Tyler Technologies had purchased functions from different vendors and built upon those functions. There had been enough difficulties that Tyler Technologies developed their own system. The problem they are hearing about is in the high volume magistrate court system.

Chairman Dinning asked if the cost to integrate the Probation Department or Sheriff’s Office will be borne by the county. Ms. Thomas said there will be the initial data change and that is more expense so it depends on what system the county already has. If counties are already integrated, the state will pay for that. Ms. Thomas said when it comes to Probation Departments, she understands a lot of these departments are not yet on an electronic system. Judge Wood informed Commissioners there would be public kiosks for members of the public who want to submit their court information electronically.

9:18 a.m., County resident Marty Martinez joined the meeting.

Judge Wood said Idaho is divided into seven districts and there are two arms to the court system, the judicial and administrative sides. Ms. Thomas is in charge of the entire administrative side and hers is a position that was statutorily created 45 years ago.

The meeting with Ms. Thomas and Judge Wood ended at 9:22 a.m.

Road and Bridge Department Superintendent Clint Kimball presented a written department report. Road and Bridge had a productive week for having been a short week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Currently Road and Bridge is placing gravel where it is needed and they are also watching for any place that water pools on the pavement. Mr. Kimball said there is more road sign work to do. Mr. Kimball said he hopes the weather holds out in order to install the next culvert for District Five Road. The access permits have slowed down a bit, according to Mr. Kimball.

9:26 a.m., Solid Waste Department Superintendent Claine Skeen joined the meeting.

Commissioners and Mr. Kimball discussed Secure Rural Schools (SRS) funding. Chairman Dinning said he was told to not expect SRS funds and he added that a resolution is to be adopted pertaining government funding, but it does not include SRS. There is a good chance SRS will not be renewed, according to Chairman Dinning. Chairman Dinning said the senators and representatives in the western states understand the need for this funding, but others do not understand.

The meeting with Mr. Kimball ended at 9:30 a.m.

Mr. Skeen said he would like to have new power service installed to the recycle building in order to provide lighting. The cost for this service is $5,741.00. Mr. Skeen added that he plans to move the landfill’s balers and to streamline more and this new power source will allow him to lighten the load at another site. Mr. Skeen said this is adding to the existing electrical service and he plans to sink in a new power pole and run power from across the road to the recycle building. This will give him power for a yard light for the recycle building and a couple electrical outlets so he can reduce the stress on the existing service allowing him to plug in more equipment. Mr. Skeen informed Commissioners that he has been blowing breakers.

9:31 a.m., Treasurer Sue Larson joined the meeting.

Chairman Dinning asked if the existing service would have more power if he is adding more breakers. Mr. Skeen said no. Commissioner Pinkerton asked if Mr. Skeen is going to have another transformer on a pole for two-phase power. It was said three-phase power would cost $10,000 to $15,000 and he would have to change the motors on the balers if he had three-phase.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Northern Lights Construction Agreement and Right-Of-Way Easement to install a new power source for the landfill recycling area. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign Certificates of Residency for Juan Ortiz Perez and Karla Horton. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Certificates of Residency for Gracie Jones, Jessica Moore, and Ashley Guttin provided they meet the residency requirements and pending receipt of their completed certificates on or before the deadline of December 1, 2016. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

9:38 a.m., Commissioners contacted County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull via telephone.

Commissioners asked Attorney Hull about the delinquent property taxes of the Providence Presbyterian Church. Attorney Hull said he recalled the church had missed their timeline to submit the Property Tax Exemption Form. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners do have the ability to waive the penalty and interest if they so choose. Attorney Hull said yes, but not the tax. Chairman Dinning repeated for clarity that Commissioners cannot cancel the tax and they needed to hear that from Attorney Hull. Attorney Hull said Commissioners cannot cancel the tax itself.

Attorney Hull informed Commissioners that he has no issue with the proposed agreement with Selkirk Pend-Oreille Transit (SPOT).

Commissioners talked about receiving the one-year lease amendment from North Idaho College for the Bonners Ferry satellite campus. It was said this amendment is extending the lease for one year. Clerk Poston said the original lease had actually expired in July and she questioned if this renewal starts from the date the initial lease expired.

Commissioners said they were ready to sign the Walter Merrifield property purchase agreement for property that had been tax deeded.

Commissioners asked Attorney Hull about the draft agreement with Red Cross and the Humane Evacuation Animal Rescue Team (HEART). Attorney Hull said the issue is the liability portion of the agreement so he is going to send a letter to Red Cross and HEART regarding that issue of liability.

The call to Attorney Hull ended at 9:45 a.m.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Amendment to the Lease with North Idaho College for use of the Bonners Ferry North Idaho College campus. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the closing documents for the Walter Merrifield property purchase. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

10:00 a.m., Airport Manager Dave Parker joined the meeting.

Mr. Parker informed Commissioners that Scott Mace is someone who grew up here in town and he has expressed his wish to start a business at the airport. Mr. Mace needs a letter from a county official stating the importance of this business operation at the airport. There is no issue as it is just a document to submit for his loan.

Mr. Parker said there has been discussion about increasing the cost of the hangar leases. Currently the leases are at 10 cents per square foot and there was discussion about increasing that figure to 13 cents. The way the leases are written you cannot raise the costs for all leases in the same year. This cost increase would raise revenue quite a bit for the airport, but it will need Commissioners’ approval. Clerk Poston said it might also require a public hearing as this is increasing the cost over 5%. Mr. Parker said the last cost increase was in year 2003. Mr. Parker briefly reviewed what other airports charge. Boundary County has a nice airport and has natural gas, water, and power available. The Airport Board recommended 13 cents. Mr. Parker clarified that tenants who use the water service do pay for that service.

The rate difference between commercial leases and non-commercial leases was questioned. Mr. Parker explained that the old leases had varied rate increases. Chairman Dinning said the type of use shouldn’t matter as this is only leasing the land. Chairman Dinning asked how many of the leases are on the new lease form. Mr. Parker said only a handful, two or three. Mr. Parker said the prior lease agreements already stated rent can increase up to 30% and the new agreement states that as well. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners would talk to County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull about that and if there is a need to hold a public hearing since it is already mentioned in the lease. Clerk Poston questioned the lease terms of nine years, 10 years, and 20 years. Chairman Dinning said the lease terms are long due to the investments involved. Chairman Dinning said if the lease payment increase at the three year term is already mentioned in the lease agreement, Commissioners wouldn’t need a public hearing once the lease reaches that three year mark. Every time a lessee reaches that three year term of their lease, the county can automatically increase the rate.

Mr. Parker said the farming contract with T&T Farms ends this December and he wanted to make Commissioners aware of that. Chairman Dinning said Tom Iverson is scheduled to meet with Commissioners next. Mr. Parker said the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) indicated they had an issue with farming close to the runway as tilling and disking leaves a sharp edge near the runway and there needs to be a smooth edge. The FAA has stated they don’t like farming done up to within a certain distance of the runway. Mr. Parker said Mr. Iverson is paying to farm the land between the taxiway and runway, but they have never farmed it. Mr. Parker said we need to figure out how many tillable acres we have, add the recently purchased Craig Wheatley property to that acreage, then have Airport Board member Bob Blanford establish the acreage by using his global positioning system (GPS).

Mr. Parker brought up the leases again and said the older leases have a nine-year term with a nine-year renewal option and a couple lessees used that option. Pat Gardiner is someone who had wanted a 20-year renewal, but County Attorney Tevis Hull said renewing will consist of either drafting a new 20-year lease or exercising the nine-year renewal option, not a 20-year renewal option. Mr. Parker said Attorney Hull has been working on the hangar lease for Jack Offord. Mr. Offord wanted to change the agreement to a 10-year lease instead of a 20-year lease with 20-year renewal option so Mr. Parker said he marked out where he thought the lease would change and sent Commissioners a copy. Chairman Dinning questioned if that means this one lease is changing to a 10-year lease and the other leases are for a nine-year period.
Mr. Parker mentioned the Spill Prevention Containment & Counter Measures (PSCC) Plan. The original plan will soon be ready for Commissioners’ signature.

Mr. Parker informed Commissioners that according to the FAA, the runway may need to be shortened at the north end due to obstacles such as roadways, trees, and hillsides. Chairman Dinning said that will make the runway 700 feet shorter. Mr. Parker said it will be a big deal to continue the runway to the south. Chairman Dinning said if the county has rules and regulations that we have met and that were in place at that time, then we are grandfathered under that use. Mr. Parker said this concerns him as well as he knows of airplanes that need that length of space. Mr. Parker said he thinks the FAA will allow take-offs for that part of the runway, but as that portion of the runway degrades and gets old, the FAA won’t allow the use federal money to update it. The airport engineer, Robert Peccia & Associates (RPA) is running the angles and reading the laws for this. Chairman Dinning said he would like to have a conversation with the engineer before this issue makes its way into the Master Plan. Commissioner Pinkerton said we don’t want to endanger that portion of runway.

The meeting with Mr. Parker ended at 10:24 a.m.

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

10:30 a.m., Tom Iverson and Ty Iverson of T&T Farms joined the meeting.

Chairman Dinning said Commissioners would like to renew the farming leases with T&T Farms. Commissioners informed the Iversons the FAA may require that no farming occur within 150 feet of the runway. Commissioners also mentioned the Iversons are paying to farm the strip of land between the runway and taxiway, but had been informed the Iversons were not farming it. Ty Iverson said that sounds right. Commissioners said the new lease would include the former Border Patrol area and the land recently purchased from Craig Wheatley of EC Enterprises. Commissioners said they don’t know if the former Wheatley property, which consists of 13 or 14 acres, is anything of quality as it pertains to farming. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners verified with County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull that Commissioners do not need to go out for quotes for these farming leases.

Those present discussed the accesses to the airport. Chairman Dinning asked the Iversons to meet with Airport Manager Dave Parker and Airport Board member Bob Blanford, who will have the property GPS’d to determine the acreage.

Commissioners asked the Iversons to determine a cost for the new leases and get back to Commissioners with that figure. Commissioners and the Iversons discussed the lease on property next to the landfill.

10:45 a.m., Airport Manager Dave Parked stopped by Commissioners’ Office.

Mr. Parker discussed the ability to have the airport land that is to be farmed GPS’d. Chairman Dinning asked about access to the former Wheatley property. Ty Iverson asked how much room there is to drive equipment along the west side of the runway. Mr. Parker said there is virtually no room. It was said the gate the Iversons have been using connects to the former Wheatley property. It was also said access can be from the east side of the runway. Mr. Parker said he could put a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) to the pilots that there are farmers near the runway and/or the farmers can put a strobe light or flagging on their equipment.

Those present contemplated what to do about the strip of land between the runway and taxiway.

The meeting with Ty Iverson, Tom Iverson, and Mr. Parker ended at 10:54 a.m.

Marion Johnson, Operations Manager for Selkirks-Pend Oreille Transit (SPOT) joined the meeting at 10:56 a.m.

Courthouse Maintenance John Buckley joined the meeting.

Chairman Dinning said the county owns the building that houses the North Idaho College (NIC) campus in Bonners Ferry. Mr. Buckley said when something goes awry with that building, NIC staff have started calling him. Mr. Buckley said he just wants to know if there is a maintenance agreement the county has with NIC. Chairman Dinning reviewed the original lease for the mention of maintenance and repairs. The original lease states that North Idaho College shall maintain all of the premises as described herein in good condition, at its own cost and expense, make all repairs and replacements necessary for its preservation and upkeep. The Agreement also states such replacements shall immediately become the property of the county.

Mr. Buckley informed Commissioners that Waterways Board Chairman Vern Wilson mentioned the Waterways Board has no interest in the old docks from the Rock Point boat launch and Mr. Buckley said he cannot see the county using these docks. Chairman Dinning asked if the docks are in good condition so they could be used on a lake elsewhere. Mr. Buckley said yes.

Mr. Buckley left the meeting at 11:10 a.m.

Ms. Johnson said she was informed that there is no agreement between SPOT and Boundary County at this point in time so a new memorandum of agreement has been written for Commissioners to review. This is basically the same agreement, but it changes from the City of Dover to SPOT, according to Ms. Johnson. Chairman Dinning asked about ownership of the bus that is being used locally and Ms. Johnson said that bus is still county owned. Ms. Johnson also presented ridership information and the SPOT budget for year-end October 2015 through September 2016, which is also the grant year. Chairman Dinning asked if the payment scheduled could be adjusted to be due when taxes have been paid. Ms. Johnson said payments used to be once per month, but that could be changed. Clerk Poston said she is flexible as to when payments are due, but she questioned the grant funds. Ms. Johnson said SPOT has grant funds through September of 2018. Clerk Poston said she doesn’t have any issue with the payment schedule.

Ms. Johnson said she spoke to Clerk Poston about having a heck of a time with the Restorium Board as they were upset that the county funds for SPOT were coming from the Restorium budget and they wondered if SPOT could have its own line item in the county budget if the program is to continue. Chairman Dinning said Commissioners would talk to the Restorium Board about that. It was said members of the Restorium Board have attended the two most recent SPOT meetings and they had been upset. Ms. Johnson said the board members had told her the Restorium almost did not get heaters for its resident rooms because of the SPOT funding.

Ms. Johnson said Boundary County ridership is 1,621 and that number is growing. The schedule has seen some months with heavy use and that is only a three days per week schedule. The local bus runs to Sandpoint on Thursdays, according to Ms. Johnson.

Ms. Johnson said the entire SPOT budget is almost $500,000 per year for Bonner County and Boundary County and just the grant funds total $60,000. This year was a bit less and it is one grant that is divided. Ms. Johnson said she will be meeting with Commissioners again to present them with the agreement to join the SPOT Board so Commissioners may also want to factor that in.

The meeting with Ms. Johnson ended at 11:16 a.m.

Chairman Dinning mentioned the Road Naming Ordinance and said he was told that someone came to the county to get a road naming permit. There are only two residences on this property and this person was told he needed to rename the road. Chairman Dinning said there is the ability for leniency as the ordinance refers to the number of properties not the number of residences. Chairman Dinning said he would like to send the County GIS Mapper Olivia Drake and Planning and Zoning Administrator John Moss an email that states according to Commissioners’ interpretation of the ordinance, the need to name a road is based on the number of properties, not structures. The correspondence to the county mapper and planning and zoning administrator will be in writing so they have it to refer to.

Commissioners recessed for lunch at noon.

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

1:30 p.m., Commissioners held a public hearing for Planning and Zoning Application #16-125 filed by Roger Unruh. This is an application for a long plat urban subdivision to establish Mountain View Heights 2nd Addition. Present were: Chairman Dan Dinning, Commissioner LeAlan Pinkerton, Commissioner Walt Kirby, Clerk Glenda Poston, Deputy Clerk Michelle Rohrwasser, Planning and Zoning Administrator John Moss, County Mapper Olivia Drake, John Marquette with JRS Surveying, Joe Farrell and Darlene Schneider with Pace-Kerby Real Estate, Gerald Unruh and Applicant Roger Unruh. The hearing was recorded.

Chairman Dinning reviewed aloud the public hearing procedures and the criteria to be considered for the application’s approval. No member of the Commission had a conflict of interest.

Chairman Dinning opened the hearing to public testimony. Mr. Marquette, speaking on behalf of the applicant, said Roger Unruh is proposing an eight lot subdivision. Originally it was an application for seven lots for residential purposes and one lot considered a remainder piece until it was decided that was not a good way to handle it so it was determined to consider that remainder lot the 8th lot of the subdivision. The application had a hearing before the Planning and Zoning Commission who recommended approval based on testimony provided. The subdivision is to be accessed by Mountain View Road.

Chairman Dinning asked about Mountain View Road, which is a paved county road on the edge of the Moyie city limits. Chairman Dinning asked if the Moyie City Council weighed in on this application. Mr. Marquette said he met with Moyie Springs City Council who was going to review a copy of the plat and he has not had a response from them one way or another. The Council’s concern would be that part of Mountain View Road goes through the City of Moyie. It was said that lot 8 is the remainder lot on the map that consists of 40.69 acres. Access to lot 8 is via a 60 foot wide utility easement between lots 3 and 4 off Mountain View Road, according to Mr. Marquette.

Mr. Moss said the staff report migrated through a couple Planning and Zoning hearings. Initially the plan was to create 11 lots and the remainder of the parcel was to be divided into four lots. The concerns of the Moyie City Council and Road and Bridge pertained to access to those four lots. Mr. Moss said the land is pretty much as it states, the surrounding zone districts are residential, crop farming, and livestock. There are already properties along the east side of Mountain View Road and this application is for the 2nd addition on the west side of the road. Initially there was concern about being able to service lots with electric utilities and the concern of Road and Bridge over minimal impacts involving certain lots. Mr. Unruh was encouraged to have shared driveways as well as shared utilities. The power and other utilities are available, but it is just simply a question of specific locations to minimize impacts to Road and Bridge and the environment. The plat speaks for itself, according to Mr. Moss. There was no impact from the public in written form and the deadline in which to receive comments was one week ago. When this application was initially presented, the City of Moyie Springs and Road and Bridge Department had concerns of access off Division Street. That comment was in writing and as a result of that, the applicant redirected the access to Mountain View Road. Mr. Moss said no written comments were received from Three Mile Water District or the City of Bonners Ferry. The house with bowling balls in its yard in this same vicinity was used as a reference point to determine location of the applicant’s parcel.

Chairman Dinning asked if shared driveways are a condition of the plat. Mr. Marquette said it is a shared approach. It was said lots 1, 2, and 3 have a shared approach as do lots 5 and 6. Lots 3 and 4 will have access within a 60-foot utility easement. Lot 7 has its own access so there is a total of three approaches off Mountain View Road aside from the 60-foot access for utilities.

Chairman Dinning asked if water is a problem. Mr. Moss said it appears not to be and he added that the properties will also have a septic system. Chairman Dinning asked if the Moyie City Council had any input about installing a sewer and annexation. Mr. Moss said no. Chairman Dinning said the shared approaches to the county road will need to be made part of the plat. Mr. Marquette clarified that that information is listed on page 2 of the plat and he added that the intent was to include those in the common access points. Mr. Marquette said Panhandle Health District has not yet seen this drawing and he added that the applications to Panhandle Health District would be costly so obtaining those was to be based on what Commissioners’ decided.

Chairman Dinning asked for public comment from those in favor of the application. Joe Farrell said to say
“yes” to the application. No one else spoke in favor of the application. Chairman Dinning asked for public comment from those uncommitted to the application followed by asking for comment from the public who is opposed to the application. No one from the public spoke as being uncommitted or opposed. Applicant Roger Unruh said he had no response and Mr. Marquette said he didn’t have anything else to add other than to answer any questions.

Chairman Dinning closed the hearing to further public comment and called for discussion amongst Commissioners.

Commissioners said the Planning and Zoning Commission approved of this application. On page 2 of the staff analysis there is a section pertaining to access that is highlighted, but that matter has already been addressed. Mr. Moss said he highlighted that section in order to draw attention to the issue and that matter has been addressed. The road access was also addressed, according to Commissioner Pinkerton. Chairman Dinning said the plat needs to provide for the utilities as common interest. Chairman Dinning said in the past Panhandle Health District signed off on the plat, but this plat has not been signed so that means each lot has to have a perk test, correct? In the past, the county gave leeway to that and Commissioners said each lot had to have a perk test done before it could be sold. Mr. Moss said there is that ability in the ordinance. Commissioners had no issues in doing that. Chairman Dinning said he believes it could be worded on the plat in this way so the public has notice there is to be a perk test prior to closing.

Chairman Dinning said what needs to be addressed differently is the request that utilities be at the common points of access between the lots and that no sale is to close until a perk test is done on that specific lot prior to closing. Commissioner Pinkerton said the concern is if a perk test is not done and the City of Moyie Springs installs a sewer system and this area is annexed into the city. Commissioner Pinkerton said if the lots haven’t sold in five years, for example, and they are annexed into the city, there is the cost of a sewer system. Chairman Dinning suggested verbiage that states no sale transaction of a lot shall close until a perk test has been done or sewer is available. A perk test must be done before a final sale unless the City of Moyie Springs has installed a sewer system. Mr. Farrell said most lots have a test-hole drug to determine the lot is sellable and then someone can have a perk test done. Panhandle Health District has worked with this process and had approved sites this way. It was said it wasn’t preferred for each site to have a perk test for Panhandle Health District to sign off. Chairman Dinning asked if he is hearing that Panhandle Health District will do a general test and not have to do each lot. Mr. Moss said he is not sure. Ms. Schneider spoke of a test to determine if the property will perk, but it is not a permit. Mr. Farrell said this is not the full $800 dollar test and permit. Chairman Dinning said he will withdraw his criteria and will let Panhandle Health District do what they normally do.

Roger Unruh informed Commissioners that the utility access does require boring under the road and that was a consideration for Road and Bridge. Chairman Dinning said he is going to reopen the hearing to accept public comment properly.

Chairman Dinning questioned each lot requiring a bore. Roger Unruh said utilities run on the east side of the road so it would require a bore to get to these new lots, but the concern was doubling up on the bore rather than boring for shared utility access; that had been the concern. Roger Unruh said the power is on the east side of the road. There is a six-inch main for water and there is power. Mr. Farrell said the Unruhs would have the boring done and provide access to the utilities, but not bring the utilities to each lot.

Chairman Dinning asked for public comment in the order of those in favor, uncommitted, or opposed to the application. No one from the public spoke. Chairman Dinning closed the hearing to further public testimony.

Chairman Dinning said it needs to be stated that utilities are to be added at the common access point.

Commissioner Kirby moved to approve Planning and Zoning Application 16-125, for a long plat urban subdivision to establish Mountain View Heights 2nd Addition with the provision that utilities be at a common point on the west side of the road where the county road approach is located. Commissioner Pinkerton second Motion passed unanimously.

The public hearing ended at 2:06 p.m.

Chairman Dinning spoke of a new way of calculating the cost per acre rate for work done through the Fire Safe Program. Chairman Dinning said now it will be required to have “not to exceed” figures for cost per acre for treatment and an increase in match from the landowner from 25% to 50%.

Those present discussed the matter pertaining to Selkirk Pend-Oreille Transit (SPOT) and the Restorium budget.

The discussion ended at 2:57 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:00 p.m.

_________________________________________ DAN R. DINNING, Chairman

By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk

Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 09:30
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