County commission minutes, November 12-13
November 19, 2012
***Monday, November 12, 2012, Commissioners did
not meet due to the Veteran’s Day Holiday.
***Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Commissioners met
in regular session with Chairman Ron Smith,
Commissioner Walt Kirby and Deputy Clerk
Michelle Rohrwasser. Commissioner Dan Dinning
was out of the office attending the Idaho
Roadless Meeting in Boise.
9:00 a.m., Resident Robert Karlac joined the
meeting to present Commissioners with signed
petitions requesting Commissioners review and
re-evaluate the areas of impact around the City
of Bonners Ferry. Planning and Zoning
Administrator Dan Studer also joined the
Mr. Karlac introduced himself and read the
heading of his petition aloud. It is written on
the petition that it is felt citizens should
have an equal voice in decisions that will
directly impact their quality of life,
especially in regards to the city annexing areas
of the county into the city.
Chairman Smith said Commissioners will accept
the petition and review the request. Chairman
Smith said the petition mentions having an equal
voice, but at this moment he is not aware of any
process for this request. The normal process is
for someone to petition to be annexed, which
would be followed by a public hearing, etc.
Chairman Smith explained his experience
associated with annexation of an area of impact,
which was the Three Mile area for the purpose of
incorporating a sewer system.
Chairman Smith said he would like to look at a
map showing different areas of the county
included in the area of impact. Mr. Karlac said
it seems that citizens should have a say when it
comes to any place in the area of impact
Chairman Smith said it sounds like Mr. Karlac
would like for the people to have a vote, but he
is not sure if that’s required if the properties
are already in the area of impact. Mr. Karlac
said he would think the Commissioners could meet
with the Bonners Ferry City Council members to
discuss this. Chairman Smith said he doesn’t
think the county has any control once the
property is already in the area of impact.
Commissioner Kirby said the area of impact is to
get collaboration between the city and county to
not have drastic planning and zoning ideas for a
particular side of the street. If there are 100
parcels involved in annexation, there has to be
a vote, according to Mr. Karlac. Chairman Smith
said he believes the county’s planning and
zoning rules apply to the properties to be
annexed, but the county would probably notify
the city of any county plans.
Mr. Karlac said the first time through this
process the City of Bonners Ferry Planning and
Zoning Commission was against the area of
impact, but the Commission was in favor at the
second hearing. Mr. Karlac asked Commissioners
to just look into the matter. Chairman Smith
said Commissioners will look into the process.
Mr. Karlac said there are approximately 221
names on the petition and he added that he
appreciated Commissioners looking into it.
The meeting with Mr. Karlac ended at 9:30 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Snowmobile Board Chairman Jeff
Urbaniak, County Clerk Glenda Poston and Tim
Fulton with Fulton Quality Construction joined
the meeting to discuss the snowmobile warming
Mr. Studer left the meeting at 9:31 a.m.
Chairman Smith gave a brief recap of the matter
involving damage caused to the snowmobile
warming shelter caused by strong winds. The
damage to the warming shelter and comfort
station was assessed, a claim was submitted and
insurance funds have already been received. Mr.
Urbaniak sought requests for proposals and the
purpose of this meeting is to be sure everyone
involved is on the same page as far as what
repairs are to be done.
Clerk Poston explained what she has learned of
the quote process such as there being an initial
quote followed by a more exact and final quote.
Mr. Fulton said he has the paperwork outlining
what needs to be done to repair the building.
Mr. Urbaniak discussed holding off on repairs to
the comfort station initially. Chairman Smith
said Commissioners will draft a new contract to
state repairs will be minus the comfort shelter.
Commissioner Kirby moved to sign the Independent
Contractor Agreement with Fulton Quality
Construction for repairs to be made to the
snowmobile warming shelter for an amount not to
exceed $35,000. Chairman Smith yielded the chair
to second. Motion passed unanimously.
Mr. Fulton left the meeting at 9:55 a.m.
Mr. Urbaniak discussed logging and clearing the
snowmobile park site of the trees that blew down
in the storm. Mr. Urbaniak said the cedar trees
would be the only marketable species and there
are approximately two loads. Mr. Urbaniak said
whatever funds are left after paying the logger
would be deposited into the Snowmobile Board’s
account. It was said the Snowmobile Board could
enter into an agreement with the logger.
Mr. Urbaniak presented Commissioners with
logging quotes he has obtained. Clerk Poston
questioned if cottonwood is what the Tribe is
using in the river restoration project. Chairman
Smith asked how much of the timber consists of
cottonwood trees and Mr. Urbaniak said there are
probably three truckloads.
Treasurer Jenny Fessler joined the meeting at
Those present discussed questions pertaining to
the quote. Mr. Urbaniak said clearing these
trees is probably a two day job and not too many
people want to do it, but there will be problems
if the trees are left as is. Clerk Poston
suggested Mr. Urbaniak find out if the timber
consists of long or short logs.
The meeting with Clerk Poston and Mr. Urbaniak
ended at 10:05 a.m.
Treasurer Fessler met with Commissioners to
participate in a meeting involving county
resident Stephen Moody to discuss Mr. Moody’s
property tax issues. Mr. Moody did not show up
for the meeting. Treasurer Fessler said Mr.
Moody’s delinquent taxes have been paid down to
$600, but the 2012 tax bill has come out and
taxes increased to $800. Treasurer Fessler said
Mr. Moody owes back to year 2010. Treasurer
Fessler said she informed Mr. Moody that new tax
bills come out every year and she had asked him
to come in every month to make a payment. Those
present discussed the tax amount owing.
Treasurer Fessler said the county tax minus the
solid waste fee and translator fee is $4 for
year 2012, but is $135.62 including solid waste
and translator fees. A homeowner’s exemption has
10:10 a.m., Treasurer Fessler left the meeting.
Commissioners tended to administrative duties.
10:15 a.m., Clerk Glenda Poston joined the
Commissioner Kirby moved to authorize the
Chairman to sign the Food Establishment License
Renewal Application for year 2013 for the
Boundary County Sheriff’s Office. Chairman Smith
yielded the chair to second. Motion passed
Commissioner Kirby moved to authorize the
Chairman to sign the Equitable Sharing Agreement
and Certification for the Prosecutor’s Office.
Chairman Smith yielded the chair to second.
Motion passed unanimously.
Those present discussed jail inmate and indigent
Clerk Poston presented Commissioners with the
2012 General Election ballot books. Clerk Poston
informed Commissioners she had reviewed the
books and found five addition errors, but these
numbers have since been rectified. These were
minor errors that did not change any of the
results. Clerk Poston said the county first had
a 77% voter turnout, but had 539 voters register
from the cut off to Election Day, and that is a
Commissioner Kirby moved that Commissioners of
the county and state, acting as a Board of
Canvassers of Election, do hereby state that the
attached is a true and complete abstract of all
votes cast within this county at the General
Election held November 6, 2012, as shown by the
records now on file in the County Clerk’s
Office. Chairman Smith yielded the chair to
second. Motion passed unanimously.
The meeting with Clerk Poston ended at 10:45
Commissioners reviewed claims for payment. Fund
totals are as follows:
Current Expense $66,426.91
Road & Bridge 28,007.73
District Court 3,878.86
Justice Fund 39,315.14
911 Funds 924.32
Indigent & Charity 53,442.09
Junior College Tuition 32,474.00
Parks and Recreation 2,979.98
Solid Waste 14,063.30
Veterans Memorial 157.17
Grant, Airport 2,825.76
Auditor’s Trust 2,805.85
Drivers License Trust 8,386.00
Magistrate Trust 29,295.97
Motor Vehicle Trust 98,882.77
Sheriff’s Trust Fund 434.52
Landfill Closure Trust Fund 40,000.00
Tax Deed Sale Trust 3,188.58
GRAND TOTAL $455,990.48
Citizens are invited to inspect detailed records
on file in the Courthouse (individual claims &
Commissioners’ allowance & warrant register
There being no further business, the meeting
adjourned at 11:00 a.m.
RONALD R. SMITH, Chairman
GLENDA POSTON, Clerk
By: Michelle Rohrwasser, Deputy
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