Moyie Spring City Council minutes, October 3
November 15, 2012
City Council met in regular session October 3,
2012, at the Moyie Springs City Hall.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Doug
Evans. Present were Councilmen Steve Economu,
Chad Farrens, Terry Johnson, Bart Klaus, City
Attorney Dan Featherston, Fire Chief Ken English
and Public Works Supervisor John Nelson.
Discussed the minutes of the regular meeting on
September 5, 2012. A motion was made by Bart
Klaus and seconded by Chad Farrens to approve
the minutes as written. Motion carried.
Discussed the financial statement. A motion was
made by Chad Farrens and seconded by Steve
Economu to approve as written. Motion carried.
Lori Johnson, Mike Sloan, David Sims, Drexel
Love and Lila Finley attended the meeting.
David Sims, EDC, attended the meeting to discuss
Broadband, etc. David said Bonners Ferry has a
problem – fiber needs to be installed between
Sandpoint to Bonners Ferry (midmile) and things
are not looking too good. David said Bonners
should know in the next couple weeks if they are
in or out. David said if Bonners is not in that
program, they are working with another provider.
David said North Idaho Essentials, a Chinese
company, bought 40 acres north of Bonners and
will be making plant based oils. They have had
equipment shipped here and have shipped plant
samples back to China. There are interested in
tree stumps – cedar and Christmas tree stumps.
Super 1 bought the Conoco station. They are
repairing a leaking tank and should be opening
Discussed Ordinance #109 – establishes criteria
and standards for the location of manufactured
homes. Dan Featherston said he understands some
changes should be made and has drafted a
proposed ordinance for the council to go over.
It will be discussed at the November 7, 2012
meeting. If that is the direction the council
wants to go, this will be a good start.
Discussed Costco cards. The cards cost $55.00
each. A motion was made by Chad Farrens and
seconded by Steve Economu that each person will
pay the entire $55.00 for their Costco card.
The council discussed the Wastewater Facilities
Study. A motion was made by Chad Farrens and
seconded by Bart Klaus to approve the Wastewater
Facilities Study. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Chad Farrens and seconded
by Terry Johnson authorizing Mayor Evans to sign
the 2011-12 audit engagement letter with
Magnuson, McHugh. Motion carried.
Discussed the Ordinance concerning Council
absences. Dan Featherston brought a final draft
for the council to go over for the next month.
Dan explained the ordinance to the council.
Steve Economu asked about no time limit? Dan
said in theory, someone could participate
telephonically indefinitely. Drexel Love said if
done electronically, the city should get a good
laptop with Skype.
Discussed ordinance codification. Dan
Featherston explained to the council. Sandy will
talk to Kris Larson, City of Bonners Ferry,
because they have had it done.
There was no KVRI report.
The Comprehensive Plan will be discussed at the
November 7th meeting.
Discussed the Volunteer Fire Department. Ken
English reported: Sept. 6 - LEPC meeting; Sept.
10 – Smoke on S. Division; Sept. 12 – Ambulance
meeting in Naples; Sept. 19 – Fire Chiefs
meeting; Sept. 27 – Bonfire at Earl Stephens;
Sept. 28 – Fire class in Naples; Sept. 29 – Fire
Class in Naples; Sept. 29 – Ambulance assist (no
charge). Ken said one morning the smoke was
thick from the 3-Mile to Moyie – air stagnation.
The live burn class last Saturday was excellent
training. There will be another class the last
part of November by the Refuge – you don’t have
to participate – you can be a spectator. Ken
said if the firemen participate in the whole
thing, they would qualify for certification. Ken
said there is to be no burning, but there are
exceptions. Ken said there was a person arrested
this past weekend, in Bonners Ferry, building
Lila Finley asked if anything can be done about
property not being taken care of and it becomes
a fire hazard? Drexel said if Ken English
doesn’t want to do it, maybe someone else should
have his job. Drexel said maybe Ken should talk
to these property owners. Mayor Evans told Ken
English to talk to Ancel Schmidt about the
condition of the property south of their house.
Discussed the Water & Sewer systems. John Nelson
reported we pumped a high on September 5th of
640,200 gpd; a low on the 17th of 129,000 gpd;
an average of 219,700 gpd and a total for the
month of September of 6,592,200 gallons.
Discussed the radio communications from the
water tank to the filter plant. John said it
would cost $500.00 to check the signal strength,
and if we buy the radios from the same company
they are $719.00 each with a credit of $250.00
back. This company does not do the installation.
John said for about $2,000, we could have radio
communications between the water tank and filter
plant. John said some trees would need to be
cut, and if there is no line of sight, a
repeater would need to be installed. Terry
Johnson asked if they’re affected by any
interference? John said not much. The person
John talked to was Larry Helmer. Steve Economu
said John should talk to Logan Fields – he does
this kind of work. John said the mill is putting
in a sprinkler system (adding to the one they
already have) in the planer building. John said
the fitting for the little fire truck came last
week and is installed. John has been working on
the building at the wells – he can’t hang the
door because he has no hinges. Bart Klaus said
he will get them. Boundary Electric will start
on the electrics tomorrow at the well building
and John has put the tar paper on the roof. John
will need to take some online classes, for CEUs,
for his licensing. A motion was made by Steve
Economu and seconded by Chad Farrens authorizing
John to take the necessary online classes.
Motion carried. John said Will, Boundary
Electric, said our power bill should go down
when he changes to 200 amp service.
Steve Economu asked Terry Johnson about the dump
site east of the Moyie Bridge. Terry said they
are still working on it.
Discussed the bills. A motion was made by Steve
Economu and seconded by Chad Farrens to pay the
bills. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Steve Economu and seconded
by Terry Johnson to adjourn. Motion carried.
Attest: City Clerk
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