Moyie Springs City Council minutes, Nov. 7
December 12, 2012
City Council met in regular session November 7,
2012, at the Moyie Springs City Hall.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Doug
Evans. Present were Councilmen Steve Economu,
Chad Farrens, Bart Klaus, City Attorney Dan
Featherston, Fire Chief Ken English and Public
Works Supervisor John Nelson. Terry Johnson was
unable to attend the meeting due to illness.
Discussed the minutes of the regular meeting on
October 3, 2012. A motion was made by Steve
Economu and seconded by Chad Farrens to approve
the minutes as written. Motion carried.
Discussed the financial statement. A motion was
made by Bart Klaus and seconded by Steve Economu
to approve as written. Motion carried.
Drexel Love, Lila Finley, Mike Sloan, David
Sims, Lois Kopp and Bill Mock attended the
Bill Mock attended the meeting to discuss
Lockbox. Lockbox is an online service the water
& sewer customers can use to pay their Water &
Sewer bills. There is a $1.25 charge for each
payment which will be born by the customer.
There is zero cost to the City. Bill will send
an agreement for Mayor Evans to sign.
Discussed the Memorandum of Understanding Dan
Featherston sent Rob Pluid. That agreement
doesn’t need to be signed if the council changes
David Sims, EDC, attended the meeting. David
said the man from Oregon who sells bark is still
trying to move an operation to Boundary County,
but he needs a 10,000 sq. ft. building. He plans
to start out with 12 employees. David said the
Library is working on trying to build onto the
existing building and will have some students
from the University of Idaho draw up some plans.
They plan on housing a learning center, etc.
David said they would need to apply for a bond
and would have to raise their levy rate.
Discussed Ordinance #109 – Manufactured Homes.
This ordinance will remain and another ordinance
will be written as an addition – with a
Discussed the ordinance concerning Council
absences. Steve Economu asked about 2 council
members being gone at the same time? Both could
be on Skype, but what about approving the bills?
Mayor Evans said the bills could be signed as
soon as the councilmen get back.
Discussed codification. Sandy told the council
it would cost us no more than $3,000. The
council decided to wait until the next fiscal
year since this amount was not budgeted for in
this fiscal year.
Sandy gave Dan the corrections to the
Comprehensive Plan and the process for passing
it will begin at the December 5th meeting.
KVRI report: Mayor Evans reported wolverine was
discussed and they had a slide show. Doug said
there are a bunch of bait sites, and they also
had pictures of lynx and flying squirrels. The
wolverine is on part of the endangered species
list, but not on the actual list. It was denied
because they had higher priorities. A wolverine
den has never been found.
Discussed the sewer facility study. John said
DEQ needs to approve the study and we have not
heard anything from Idaho Forest Group. John
said he doesn’t think there’s 10 acres down
behind the mill that is usable for drain fields.
John also said the council should consider
purchasing 10 acres from the Forest Service
north of Highway #2. Doug Evans told John to
call and talk to Larry Comer about his ideas.
Ken English asked if a line north of Highway #2
wouldn’t help with future expansion? John said
DEQ has started asking questions about the sewer
A motion was made by Chad Farrens and seconded
by Bart Klaus authorizing Sandy to purchase 5
boxes of self-addressed, stamped billing
envelopes for $1247.00 plus shipping. Motion
Discussed the Volunteer Fire Department. Ken
English reported: October 3 – LEPC meeting;
October 10 – Ambulance assist; October 13 –
Ambulance assist; October 17 – Fire Chiefs
meeting; October 19 – Ambulance assist. Ken said
the Sheriff’s office is getting close to getting
the enhanced 911 system to include cell phones.
It works efficiently most of the time – Ken
explained the system. Ken said there have been
more bomb threats at the high school and one at
the middle school yesterday. Ken said Creston,
BC has had 5 major slides on Kootenai Lake and 5
deaths. Ken bought batteries for the pagers and
also purchased 2 flashlights. Ken would like to
purchase 2 more flashlights for the fire trucks.
Ken said they are doing training on breathing
Discussed the Water & Sewer systems. John Nelson
reported we pumped a high on October 2nd of
2133,800 gpd; a low on the 24th of 1100 gpd; no
average given, for a total for the month of
October of 3,750,000 gallons. John said he needs
to repair a pump he burned up in the clear well
at the filter plant. John got an estimate for
have the backhoe serviced and to repair what is
needed - $1462.40. A motion was made by Steve
Economu and seconded by Bart Klaus authorizing
$1462.40 to service and repair the backhoe.
Motion carried. John said he would like to have
it hauled to town even though that would be an
extra charge. The backhoe also needs 2 new
tires. John got the culvert installed at the end
of McGinnis St. John has been working on the
building for the wells. He said Boundary
Electric moved 1 panel into the new building
today. John would like to buy $600 worth of
stainless steel to build a weir for the sewer
lagoon. David Sims said the City of Bonners
Ferry has a meter they might give John. John
will talk to them. Mayor Evans said if we aren’t
going to use the weir long term, we don’t need
stainless. John will purchase cheaper steel.
John said he opened Vault #2 and the drain
system is plugged. He will see if the City of
Bonners Ferry will bring their vacuum truck out
in the Spring to clean it out.
Discussed the .07 acre, belonging to Idaho
Forest Group, that joins the former Estaline
Reader property. The City of Moyie now owns the
property and would like the .07 acre so we have
more room to eventually build a fire station.
Mayor Evans said he doesn’t think the map is
right – John said it is right. The City received
a letter from Idaho Forest Group saying they
would donate the property to the City, if the
City pays all the costs involved. Dan said the
cost won’t be too high and he will take care of
Discussed the Time Certificate #2904066 that
matures November 16th. A motion was made by Chad
Farrens and seconded by Bart Klaus to let the
certificate automatically renew for another 90
days. Motion carried.
Discussed the bills. A motion was made by Chad
Farrens and seconded by Steve Economu to pay the
bills. Motion carried.
A motion was made by Steve Economu and seconded
by Chad Farrens to adjourn. Motion carried.
Attest: City Clerk
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