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REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING 03-24-21 KAMIAH CITY HALL   KAMIAH, IDAHO

4/12/2021

REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETING 03-24-21

KAMIAH CITY HALL  

KAMIAH, IDAHO   6:00 PM

 

Guests:  See sign in sheet (attached)

 

Council Present: James Kelly, Genese Simler, Stephen Rowe (via phone)

 

Mayor Heater called meeting to order at 6:00 PM

 

Prayer:  Mayor Betty Heater   

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

Approve Agenda: Councilmember Genese Simler and seconded by Councilmember James Kelly. Roll call vote: Genese Simler aye, Stephen Rowe aye, James Kelly aye.

 

Approve Consent Agenda Items (Action): Motion to approve the listed items below on the consent agenda was made by Councilmember Genese Simler and seconded by Councilmember James Kelly. Roll call vote: Genese Simler aye, Stephen Rowe aye, James Kelly aye.

 

  1. Approve Minutes from Regular City Council Meeting 02-10-21 (ACTION)
  2. Approve Monthly and Interim bills – February 2021 (ACTION)
  3. Approve Kiwanis Poker Run reservation at park & request to waive fees $7-17-21 (ACTION)

 

Discussion/Action Items:

 

  1. Update on Annual III-A Report – Amy Manning- Amy Manning provided the mayor and council an update on the Annual III-A Report that was provided to them prior to the meeting. Amy thanked the mayor and council for allowing her to present the report via conference call. She stated there are currently 79 agencies with the III-A trust, providing coverage to 1500 staff members and 5,000 covered including spouses. She stated the trust is very stable financially and the rate increases have been low and steady, however; the mayor and council will need to ensure they budget a 8-12 percent increase for the following year and will be notified of any increases by June.

 

  1. Discuss/ Approve donation request for Kamiah Sr. Center- Brenda Johnson (ACTION) – Brenda Johnson stated due to COVID -19 the Senior Center has been impacted. She stated they serve meals 3 days a week to approximately 20 citizens in the dining room. She stated the numbers of citizens using the dining room services has remained the same, however; the number of deliveries has significantly increased. She stated they are currently serving 550 meals between Kamiah, Kooskia and Stites 7 days a week. She stated they will be having a silent auction to raise money to assist with the meals and deliveries. She stated due to COVID-19, they lost the opportunity to have the spaghetti feed. She stated she would like to ask the mayor and council to donate any items for the silent auction if they would like to assist with the cost of continuing services. She stated most of the funds come from grants.

 

  1. Discuss/ Approve Right of Way Encroachment Application– Mark Carson (ACTION) – Mark Carson stated he had met with the mayor and council last Fall, however; did not have the required paperwork. He stated he had provided the application to Mike and needs a signature for approval from the City of Kamiah to move forward. He stated Fish and Game will be working with Idaho Department of Transportation and AVISTA to get the right of way completed. Motion to approve the application was made by Councilmember Genese Simler and seconded by Councilmember Stephen Rowe. Roll call vote: Genese Simler aye, Stephen Rowe aye, and James Kelly aye.

 

  1. Discuss/ Approve Jet Boat Races in Kamiah, Idaho- Dale Barger (ACTION) – Chris Barger stated with the Clearwater Boat Club stated the club started 2 years ago and would like to . He stated he would like to bring the boat races to Kamiah on Father’s Day weekend. He stated these events costs approximately $25,000.00 and volunteers are very part of these events, however; they bring a lot of revenue to the cities. He stated he will need to get a letter of support from the City of Kamiah to provide to Fish and Game as well as the Nez Perce Tribe. He stated the races will start in Orofino at 10:00 am and will be end at the boat ramp in Kamiah at 10:15 a.m. He stated they are hopeful to get 10-15 boats to attend. He stated he has spoken to Kamiah Mills and are hopeful to create a hot pit area for the boat owners to work on their boats and the public will not be allowed in that area unless they have a wristband. He requested to have a fire truck and an ambulance in the hot pit. He stated there will be safety boats all along the river with divers to assist with emergencies, they have a fuel cleanup system on the boats in the event they have a spill and is working with the Clearwater Sheriff to cover that piece of the races. He stated the drivers all complete training and have a 6-point harness they wear with a quick release. Motion to approve the jet boat races in Kamiah was made by Councilmember Stephen Rowe and seconded by Councilmember James Kelly. Roll call vote: Genese Simler aye, Stephen Rowe aye, and James Kelly aye.

 

  1. Update from the Fire Chief- Chief Arsenault – Chief Arsenault stated they had 42 calls for services, 38 EMS calls and 4 fire calls. He stated there were 74 participants in some training opportunities. He stated the EMR class is in full swing. He stated the Fire Department assisted the teen center in Lights, Flowers and Love for Valentines day. He stated 3 local families received candy and flowers from the Fire Department in a fire truck and ambulance. He stated 25 participants ran through the flash over trailer. He stated the station has beds have been taken upstairs and staff have been staying there. He stated he will be working with Stephanie to look at the minutes regarding budget discussions for replacing extrication equipment. He stated it will cost approximately $3700.00 to get them shipped for maintenance and repairs if needed.

 

  1. Update from the Maintenance Department- Mike Stanton- Mayor Heater stated Stu has been working with Mountain Waterworks to complete a study to reduce lead and copper in the system. She stated Rod has been installing radio read meters and repairing ones that were previously installed. She stated the maintenance department will be meeting with Debco to start planning the water distribution projects that were discussed and approved at the previous meeting and will be getting bids. She stated the restrooms at the park are open from 7:00 am -4:00 pm Monday through Friday. She stated the park will be open through Easter and will be closed to the public to start the park restoration project. She stated the park will be reopened around July 1,2021. She stated the maintenance department has been grading and repairing the alleys and has been with working with Wilkins Concrete to grade Crest Drive and the road at the airport. She stated the WWTP has been hit by 2 different toxic chemicals that are killing the microorganisms at the plant. She requested the public to please be careful with what they flush down the sewer as the city does not want to have to raise the rates.

 

  1. Motion to go into Executive Session pursuant to Idaho Code Section 74-206(1) based on the following statutory disclosure requirements (a) (b) Consider Personnel Matters (ACTION)– Motion to move into Executive Session pursuant to Idaho Code Section 74-206(1) based on the following statutory disclosure requirements (a)(b) Consider Personnel Matters – Motion to go into Executive Session under (a)(b) consider personnel matter at 7:07 p.m. was made by Councilmember James Kelly and seconded by Councilmember Genese Simler. Roll call vote:  Genese Simler aye, Stephen Rowe aye, and James Kelly aye.

 

Re-entered Regular City Council Meeting at 7:23 pm

 

Meeting Adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

 

 

 

 

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Betty Heater, Mayor                                     Stephanie Dyche, City Clerk