Commissioners' Meeting Minutes - Week of September 12, 2016

***Monday, September 12, 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.

Commissioners gave the opening invocation and said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Blue Sky Broadcasting News Reporter Mike Brown was in attendance of Commissioners’ meetings off and on throughout the day.

9:00 a.m., Road and Bridge Department Superintendent Clint Kimball joined the meeting to give his departmental report. Mr. Kimball provided a written report. Mr. Kimball said last week Road and Bridge was able to fill the sand shed on Gypsy Lane, and he added that he took a pipe to BF Redi-Mix to have it put into the ecology block that will be used to keep traffic out of the shed area. Chairman Dinning asked if a loader will be kept at the shed. Mr. Kimball said yes. Mr. Kimball said Road and Bridge will have de-icer available this year.

Mr. Kimball said this week will consist of prep work for the Cow Creek guardrail project and dealing with the large puddle at the fairgrounds. Mr. Kimball informed Commissioners that he will place a pipe across the road from the railroad tracks to the pump station. Road and Bridge will also hopefully do some brushing, according to Mr. Kimball. Chairman Dinning asked Mr. Kimball if he might get a different kind of head for brushing. Mr. Kimball said he feels he may have the wrong head for the work he is doing.

Mr. Kimball said he just needs a chipper to blow material onto the banks and he described what he has viewed online as to how the chipper works.

Mr. Kimball said the Cow Creek guardrail project consists of 2,600 feet so he expects this project will take a couple of days and after today the Bonners Ferry Redi-Mix’s truck schedule will probably lighten up.

Mr. Kimball said he has a permit to clean ditches along Cow Creek Road this year. Mr. Kimball explained that every so many years these ditches need to be cleaned out.

9:13 a.m., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to recess as the Boundary County Board of Commissioners and to convene as the Boundary County Ambulance Service District Governing Board. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adopt Resolution 2016-2A. A resolution to use foregone amount for the fiscal year 2016-2017 Boundary County Ambulance Service District budget. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously. Resolution 2016-2A reads as follows:



WHEREAS, the Board of County Commissioners, County of Boundary, State of Idaho, did adopt Resolution 2012-16 on March 26, 2012 creating a county-wide ambulance service district, pursuant to Idaho Code §31-3908, to be known as the Boundary County Ambulance Service District to be recognized as a legal taxing district and giving the Board the authority to levy a special tax for the operation of the District, pursuant to Idaho Code §31-3908(4), and
WHEREAS, on the 6th day of September, 2016, at the Boundary County Courthouse in Bonners Ferry, Idaho the Board of Boundary County Commissioners, who serve as the Boundary County Ambulance Service District Board, held the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget hearing for the Boundary County Ambulance Service District, and

WHEREAS, the budget hearing was held in accordance with Idaho Code 31-1604 and Idaho Code 31-1605, and

WHEREAS, the Ambulance Service District Budget for fiscal year 2016-2017 includes the use of the full foregone amount of $25,577.00 and that use has been approved by the Board of Boundary County Commissioners for the purpose of starting a building fund for the ambulance and for support of emergency response, and

WHEREAS, the source of the foregone amount was that the Board of Boundary County Commissioners had not levied the full amount authorized by Idaho Code in the previous two budget years, and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Boundary County Commissioners hereby unanimously approves the use of the full foregone amount of $25,577.00 as part of the fiscal year 2016-2017 budget.

DATED AND DONE this 12th day of September, 2016

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS s/_______________________________
Dan R. Dinning, Chairman
LeAlan L. Pinkerton, Commissioner
Walt Kirby, Commissioner
s/ _________________________________
GLENDA POSTON, Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners
Recorded as instrument #268371

9:14 a.m., Commissioner Pinkerton moved to adjourn as the Boundary County Ambulance Service District and to reconvene as the Boundary County Board of Commissioners. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Kirby moved to approve the minutes of August 8 & 9, 2016. Commissioner Pinkerton second. Motion passed unanimously.

Deputy Clerk Nancy Ryals joined the meeting at 9:18 a.m.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to deny indigent cases 2016-26 and 2016-25 as per the Clerk’s recommendation. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Deputy Clerk Ryals left the meeting at 9:22 a.m.

9:30 a.m., County Civil Attorney Tevis Hull joined the meeting. Attorney Hull informed Commissioners that he is working on drafting the resolution pertaining to the tire pile at the landfill, the deeds for Kevin and Amanda Merrifield, Medicaid matters pertaining to the Restorium, and completing the new contract regarding ambulance service. Commissioners talked about the process of forming and dissolving a mosquito abatement district and Chairman Dinning asked for clarification if a taxing district, in general, is to be abandoned, does there have to be a hearing. Attorney Hull said yes. Chairman Dinning asked if there is a conflict of interest in having spouses on the same county advisory board. Attorney Hull said he would look into that. Clerk Poston explained a matter pertaining to having a credit application for contractors who wish to charge their landfill fees.

Chairman Dinning updated Attorney Hull on the status of the Walter Merrifield property purchase and he mentioned having quit claim deeds for both parties. Attorney Hull said having a deed for both parties wasn’t necessary, but he agreed that it is safest to treat this transaction as a mortgage in the case of judicial litigation. Attorney Hull said the statute is specific in that the deed is not recorded until the property is in the buyer’s name, but you can also record the property contract. Chairman Dinning said he would speak to the title company about this.

Attorney Hull left the meeting.

Commissioners tended to administrative duties.

County resident Jim Hanson stopped by Commissioners’ Office at 9:52 a.m.

Mr. Hanson said Commissioners were going to look into his taxes as he was assessed too much for his property. Chairman Dinning asked Mr. Hanson if he had spoken to the Assessor’s Office. Mr. Hanson said he has approximately 20 acres of brush and 50 acres of what he was told to be “investment property”, but he has been living on this property since approximately 1948 and it isn’t what he would call investment property. Commissioner Pinkerton said for the property to be included in the timber category, the property owner has to have a forester put together a timber plan. Mr. Hanson said the 20 acres are timber, but he hasn’t ever signed any paperwork and he added that it is the 50 acre portion that he is getting overcharged on. This acreage is either too steep or it has brush on it, according to Mr. Hanson. It has never been farmed.

Chairman Dinning briefly left the meeting and returned with information on Mr. Hanson’s property from the Assessor’s Office. Chairman Dinning said the 50 acre portion of Mr. Hanson’s property is at full market value, which is approximately $3,000 per acre. Because this property is not in any agricultural capacity at all, whether grazing or farming, it wouldn’t fall into those categories and the Assessor’s Office had informed Mr. Hanson of that. Mr. Hanson said he doesn’t have any money to be able to farm this land.

Mr. Hanson said right now the DeBoer family has it that he cannot even use his own water and it had been diverted from his property when it had been there since the late 1800’s. The water was sold to the neighbors over the hill. The DeBoers just make out like they own the property and they took an estate that should be worth approximately two million dollars and it is now down to $134,000. Mr. Hanson said his cousin said they had to use an executor for the estate and the family used that as a way to close out the bank account of the former property owner, who is now deceased.

Chairman Dinning said as it pertains to the 50 acres, if Mr. Hanson could lease the land to someone who can graze or farm it, it would help him with his taxes. Mr. Hanson questioned how the acreage can be worth that much. Chairman Dinning explained to Mr. Hanson the Board of Equalization process and its timeframe and added that notice of this is included in property valuation notices that are mailed out. Mr. Hanson provided reasons the property cannot be farmed to include animals getting sick as a result of manure contamination.

10:06 a.m., Treasurer Sue Larson joined the meeting at Commissioners’ request.

Commissioners mentioned having the litigation guarantee for a property to be sold at tax deed auction. Chairman Dinning said there are two properties to be sold at a tax deed auction.

Treasurer Larson left the meeting at 10:09 a.m.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved sign the Certificates of Residency for Alexandra Hough, Andrew Martin, Jaeda Schnuerle, and Maya Roberts. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to authorize the Chairman to sign the Grant Project Proposal documents for the Temple-Deer II-Community Protection Grant and the South Boundary Hazardous Fuels Reduction-State Fire Assistance Grant, with Option A. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

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

Current Expense $ 40,104.40
Road & Bridge 73,493.61
Airport 12,472.48
District Court 3,325.25
Justice Fund 51,365.66
911 Funds 4,601.38
Indigent & Charity 1,977.28
Parks and Recreation 6,682.56
Revaluation 3,048.33
Solid Waste 65,045.73
Veterans Memorial 2,373.56
Weeds 2,679.09
Restorium 20,386.36
Snowmobile 3,000.00
Waterways 157.91
Grant, Airport 50,386.53
Grant, Selkirk Coop Weed Mgmt 11,502.81
Grant, Boat Safety 196.00
Grant, Fire Mitigation 11,901.20

TOTAL $364,700.14
Auditor’s Trust $ 545.12
Driver’s License Trust 11,128.50
Magistrate Trust 38,794.97
Interlock Device Fund 30.00
Motor Vehicle Trust 143,655.29
Insurance Reimbursement Trust 580.00
Sheriff’s Trust Fund 77.80
Landfill Closure Trust Fund 101,090.00
Drug Forfeiture Trust Fund 31,853.00

TOTAL $327,754.68

GRAND TOTAL $692,454.82

Citizens are invited to inspect detailed records on file in the Courthouse (individual claims & Commissioners’ allowance & warrant register record 2015-2016).

Mr. Hanson left the meeting at 10:22 a.m.

Commissioner Pinkerton moved to sign the Armory National Guard Armory Lease once it has been finalized. Commissioner Kirby second. Motion passed unanimously.

Chairman Dinning said he will contact the National Guard representative who is working on the lease and ask them about the matter pertaining to the drain.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 10:43 a.m.

DAN R. DINNING, Chairman

By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy Clerk

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 09:45
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