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The meeting was called to order at 5:00 pm by Kendrick Mayor Rose Norris. Kendrick Council members in attendance were Paul Rush, Zach Voglewede, and Jessica Wegner. Juliaetta Council members in attendance were Vickie Witt, Wendi Dodge, Nick Anderson, and Mark Maland. Also present were Kendrick Clerk/Treasurer Nadine Towne, Jake Lustig, Kendrick Public Works; Juliaetta Clerk Wendy Sandino, Juliaetta Treasurer Bonnie Whismore, and Juliaetta Public Works Supervisor Justin Cope. Guest speakers were Paul Sifford, Dion Holton, and Kurtis Hart, IRWA; Howard Lunderstadt, Amanda Zweifel, and Tracey Daelyn, USDA; Stillman Norton, Keller Associates; and Krista Baker, CEDA.
The purpose of the meeting was to hold a Sustainable Management of Rural and Small Systems workshop for the two cities. Paul Sifford of Idaho Rural Water Association presented the class. The workshop objectives were to learn about key utility management areas, to engage in a self-assessment process, to discuss tools, tips, and measures for performance improvement, to exchange insights and tips with other local utilities, and to begin to create an action plan for moving forward.
City of Kendrick is interested in possibly running a wastewater line from their lagoons to Juliaetta’s wastewater treatment plant. Kendrick is currently unable to meet limits of their wastewater permit, so, if an agreement is reached, Kendrick’s wastewater would be treated in Juliaetta’s plant before being discharged into the Potlatch River. Mayor Norris shared information from a previous Sustainable Management class giving two options if this partnership moves forward. Either a new sewer district could be formed, or a Memorandum of Understanding could be agreed upon and signed by both cities. Stillman Norton of Keller Associates is the engineer for both cities’ wastewater projects; he noted several strategic workshops would be held for how things could progress if this joint project takes place. He is also working on options for Kendrick if the joint project does not proceed. He will have preliminary information ready in about a month. In the meantime he suggests Council make a note of all their questions and they can be answered at the next joint meeting. Howard Lunderstadt noted a joint project has the benefit of spreading project costs over a larger number of customers, making one large “community” project more cost effective than several small communities with their own systems. However, Keller Associates, IRWA, CEDA, and USDA-RD all remain neutral on whether or not the cities decide to work together. And Juliaetta’s project is on track and proceeding as planned.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:00 pm.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Richard Groseclose. Council members in attendance were Vickie Witt, Wendi Dodge, Nick Anderson, and Mark Maland. Also present were Clerk Wendy Sandino, Treasurer Bonnie Whismore, Public Works Supervisor Justin Cope, Ryan Lindhorst, Maintenance, and Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner.
The minutes of the February 14, 2023 meeting were read. Motion to approve minutes was made by Councilmember Dodge, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Motion carried. Bills from the month of February 2023 were reviewed. Motion to approve was made by Councilmember Dodge, seconded by Councilmember Anderson. Motion carried.
Jean Dering addressed Council regarding ordinances not being upheld in the City. She showed photos of junk at residences. It was explained that Latah County Sheriff’s office enforces ordinances, and when she said she wanted violators to be fined, she was told that currently, fines could only be levied after the offender was convicted in court. She also showed pictures of sidewalks on Main Street and State Street that are in disrepair. Councilmember Maland suggested the City address ordinance violations beginning with those that are safety issues in public areas. Ms. Dering was also having issues with a chicken coming in her yard, which Justin Cope took care of for her. She ultimately was concerned about the value of her home when she lists it for sale, due to the state of the surrounding neighborhood.
Supervisor Cope reported windows at the water treatment plant need to be replaced due to broken seals. Two quotes were received: Norm’s Glass bid $4,229.13 for the project; Moscow Glass and Awning bid $4,070 plus installation and travel. The Treasurer reported sufficient funds in the budget for the project. Councilmember Anderson moved to approve the bid from Moscow Glass and Awning, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Motion carried.
A City account for Community Library Project still exists at Latah Credit Union, though the CLP is effectively dissolved. There are multiple signers on the account, many of whom are no longer affiliated with the City. The balance is $22,280.70. The easiest way to “clean up” the account would be to close it and re-open it as only a City account. The Treasurer would like to see some of that balance be deposited into a CD. Some of the funds could also be used to build an ADA accessible bathroom in the Library; that decision will be made at a later date. Councilmember Dodge moved to close the CLP account and re-open it with the appropriate signers, seconded by Councilmember Witt. Motion carried.
The Clerk informed Council that City Attorney Ken Nagy suggested Council change some or all of its ordinances that give misdemeanors as penalties rather than infractions. This will allow sheriff’s deputies to write tickets for violations. Council could also consider hiring a code enforcement person who would spend a few hours each week identifying the violations and then could pass them on to a Sheriff’s Deputy. The Clerk is not certain who receives revenue when tickets are written and fines are paid; Council would like clarification on that before they proceed. Councilmember Dodge moved to table the issue, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Motion carried.
A budget workshop needs to be scheduled to begin work on the FY2024 budget. Councilmember Anderson moved to hold the budget workshop before the April Council meeting, at 6:00 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Dodge, and carried.
Supervisor Cope tested for and received his Water I license. He attended the IRWA conference in early March and returned to find the water and wastewater plants cared for perfectly in his absence by Ryan Lindhorst. The two repaired and capped an unused water line in the area of Middle Potlatch Creek Road, and will have crosswalks and sidewalks painted by the end of the month. They have also replaced the water heater in the concession stand. A JCIA clean up day is scheduled for March 26 at the cemetery and along the highway. He also reported the spreader will be stored inside the city shop as soon as the water tender can be moved out.
Councilmember Anderson gave Supervisor Cope some recommendations for dump truck fluids.
Councilmember Maland reported seeing ATVs on the trail and has reported the sighting to the Sheriff’s office.
The Clerk asked Council if they would like the City Attorney to be present at the special joint meeting with Kendrick City Council. They did not.
Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner reported the Fire Department would hold a breakfast at the Elementary School on March 21.
At 7:46 pm Councilmember Anderson moved to go into executive session pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206 subsection 1: d. A roll call vote was held: Councilmember Witt, yes; Councilmember Dodge, yes; Councilmember Anderson, yes; Councilmember Maland, yes. Councilmember Dodge moved to return to regular session, seconded by Councilmember Witt.
At 8:32 pm Councilmember Dodge made a motion to adjourn. Councilmember Witt seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Mayor Richard Groseclose. Council members in attendance were Vickie Witt, Wendi Dodge, Nick Anderson, and Mark Maland. Also present were Clerk Wendy Sandino, Public Works Supervisor Justin Cope, and Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner.
The minutes of the January 10 & 18, 2023 meeting were read. Motion to approve minutes was made by Councilmember Witt, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Motion carried. Bills from the month of January 2023 were reviewed. Motion to approve was made by Councilmember Anderson, seconded by Councilmember Witt. Motion carried.
Kendrick Mayor Rose Norris and Councilmember Zach Vogelwede addressed Council regarding their wastewater project. They have hired Keller Associates as their new engineer; the agreement is being finalized. The preliminary engineering report should be completed mid- to late summer. Keller Associates is working on a couple options for Kendrick’s wastewater, one of which is to lay pipe from Kendrick to Juliaetta’s wastewater plant. They could also, at that time, lay water pipe for any future water needs. A Sustainable Utility Management class was held by IRWA and attended by both Kendrick and Juliaetta personnel, as well as Krista Baker of CEDA, Cameron Arial of Clearwater Financial, and Stillman Norton of Keller Associates. They cited a few different municipal systems who have similar situations, and how that has worked for them. Ms. Norris suggested the cities could also sign a Memorandum of Understanding for the use of the Juliaetta wastewater system. DEQ has suggested grant funding will be greater if the two cities decide to work together. Ms. Norris would like to invite the full Juliaetta and Kendrick City Councils to another SUMs class to be held by IRWA, and again attended by CEDA, DEQ, Keller Associates, and Clearwater Financial’s attorneys. Information presented will include how to proceed, design, and placement. All questions can be answered at that time. Councilmember Dodge moved to attend an exploratory joint meeting with Kendrick, seconded by Councilmember Witt. Motion carried. The Clerk or Council President Anderson will be contact points for determining the schedule of the meeting.
After last month’s incident wherein maintenance employee Ryan Lindhorst’s glasses were damaged at work, the Mayor suggested both Mr. Lindhorst and Justin Cope both purchase prescription safety glasses to be worn at work, paid for by the City. The Treasurer had found a website where the glasses could be purchased for an economical price. Supervisor Cope and Mr. Lindhorst’s city insurance covers a $50 eye exam. Councilmember Dodge moved to table the decision of whether or not to purchase until cost has been determined. Councilmember Anderson seconded the motion, which carried.
Supervisor Cope applied for and received an extension to apply for the new wastewater permit. When the permit is issued, limits may change. He also reported TOC numbers have improved in the last two months. If that trend continues, we will be able to stop sending the TOC notice to consumers by mid-summer. Mr. Lindhorst now resides in Juliaetta; this was a condition of being hired. Maintenance has been searching for security cameras to be installed at the park, City Hall, and the water plant. They found a pack of 5 outdoor-rated, wireless cameras with a two-year battery for $227.00. Drilling has been performed at the wastewater plant site for core samples. Maintenance has also been searching for a leak that has been draining the upper reservoir by about a foot of water daily. The leak could be in the line that runs down to Middle Potlatch Creek Road. There may also be a leak in the hydraulic line in the backhoe. An estimate has been given of $3,100 for repair. The concession stand at the park is in need of repair. The hot water heater is not functioning, and the stove and fridge may need replaced. Supervisor Cope also suggested increasing the size of the kitchen by taking some space from the storage area. Mr. Lindhorst will be researching costs for four new windows at the water treatment plant. The old aluminum windows have broken seals and are cloudy. Finally, Supervisor Cope will be taking his Water I License test on March 3.
Councilmember Witt has received complaints about loose chickens. A letter has been sent to the owner.
Councilmember Anderson reported all the Christmas lights at the park have been removed. He attended the initial Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC) meeting on February 3. Inland North Waste and Sunshine Disposal are both interested in bidding on providing garbage collection services for the area. On February 17 both companies will meet with SWAC members.
Councilmember Maland is concerned about dogs running loose in Juliaetta.
Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner reported the hot water heater at the Fire Station is broken; they will replace it. He also said they may have an opportunity to replace Engine 23 with a newer truck. The older model has an outdated pump that will not be able to be replaced if it fails.
At 7:28 pm Councilmember Anderson made a motion to adjourn. Councilmember Dodge seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm on January 10 by Mayor Richard Groseclose. Council members in attendance were Vickie Witt, Wendi Dodge, and Mark Maland. Also present were Clerk Wendy Sandino, Treasurer Bonnie Whismore, Public Works Supervisor Justin Cope, and Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner.
The minutes of the December 13, 2022 meeting were read. Motion to approve the minutes was made by Councilmember Witt, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Councilmember Dodge abstained due to not being in attendance at the December meeting. Including a vote by Mayor Groseclose, motion carried. Quorum was lost at 7:06 pm when Councilmember Dodge had to answer an ambulance call. The meeting ended.
The resumed meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm on January 18 by Mayor Richard Groseclose. Council members in attendance were Vickie Witt, Wendi Dodge, Nick Anderson and Mark Maland. Also present were Clerk Wendy Sandino, Treasurer Bonnie Whismore, Public Works Supervisor Justin Cope, Ryan Lindhorst, Maintenance, and Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner. Bills from the month of December 2022 were reviewed. Motion to approve was made by Councilmember Anderson, seconded by Councilmember Dodge. Motion carried.
Tony Matson, Hayden Ross, presented the FY22 audit results. The general fund exceeds the GFOA recommended minimum fund balance. The water fund is increasing and has nearly met that minimum goal. The sewer fund is also increasing but still does not meet the recommended minimum. Mr. Matson recommends using remaining ARPA funds on wastewater related expenses to help close that gap. The sanitation fund is in good condition.
Eric McDowell, JCIA, requested of the City last March approval to install an LED community reader board. Instead of the original location across the street, he would now like the sign to be installed with the Juliaetta Market signs, replacing a part of it. Councilmember Anderson moved to support the new site for the sign, seconded by Councilmember Maland. Motion carried.
Supervisor Cope reported an incident in December wherein he was working with Ryan Lindhorst on Adams Lane. Supervisor Cope slipped on the ice and struck Mr. Lindhorst with a shovel, breaking the latter’s glasses. He was not seriously injured. After insurance, he will still need to pay $519.00 for new glasses. The Treasurer opened a Workers Comp claim for the incident, but they have not yet contacted her.
Supervisor Cope, Mr. Lindhorst, and Mayor Groseclose recently attended a SUMS class along with representatives from City of Kendrick, learning about sustainable utilities. Regarding City of Kendrick’s wastewater issues, they are still possibly interested in working with City of Juliaetta in some way, though they have not formally approached Juliaetta City Council. They have chosen Keller Associates as their new engineer, and have been informed that there are grant funds available for a possible combined project. It is anticipated that both City Councils may meet to discuss the issue.
Mr. Lindhorst reported the new spreader has been installed in the dump truck, the chains are back on, and they are ready for more snow.
Councilmember Dodge reported hearing complaints of someone driving an ATV on the trail. All motorized vehicles, other than City vehicles, are prohibited from driving on the trail.
Councilmember Anderson said he will work on getting the rest of the Christmas lights out of the trees at the park as soon as possible.
Councilmember Maland wanted to know how the public can get ahold of City Maintenance if they need assistance. Supervisor Cope said both his and Mr. Lindhorst’s cell phone numbers are on the outgoing message on the City Hall phone. They can also be reached via facebook messenger. He said when it snows they generally plow very early so residents can get to work, then again in the afternoon so they can get home. They only plow during the day if it’s snowing heavily.
Fire Chief Clifford Heimgartner reported he has been elected the new Juliaetta Volunteer Fire Department Chief. Joe Dodge is the new assistant chief.
At 7:46 pm Councilmember Anderson made a motion to adjourn. Councilmember Dodge seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.