Cottonwood City Council meets
It was reported at the May 13 meeting of the Cottonwood City Council that meeting the requirements of the new sewer discharge permit from the State of Idaho’s Division of Environmental Quality looks like it could cost the City quite a bit extra, mostly in wages.
The meeting had been postponed from May 10 due to lack of a quorum.
Sewer Commissioner Lynn Guyer and Maintenance Supervisor Roy Uhlenkott both said they would need probably at least two additional employees to do all the testing and maintenance required and still be able to do all the other work required in the city. Extra work needed is smoke testing, running their camera through all the lines and replacing pipe to get a handle on the water influx they get into the system every time there is a big rainstorm or snow melt.
Along with that they are working on an ordinance regarding pipe, drain spout and sump pump requirements for any new construction.
City Clerk Carol Altman reported on American Rescue Plan Funds (ARPF) the City is supposed to receive on June 10. This is $194,000 that could be used to help pay the two extra employees needed for the sewer work as sewer system work falls under the guidelines for use of that money.
One bid was received for the 1988 Chevy 1 Ton 4x4, 4-dour pickup. Ralph Wassmuth bid $9,001. His bid was approved by the Council.
The West Camas Transportation Council Transportation Plan was approved by the Council.
In new business the Council voted to sponsor Ida-Lew Economic Development to the tune of $500, the same amount as last year.
The Council made a motion to have the ARPF money go to the sewer department.
In reports, Pat Holthaus reported they pumped 2.3 million gallons of water and sold 1.8 million for a 19% loss. Uhlenkott reported found a couple of water leaks and fixed them.
Police Chief Terry Cochran reported the relationship with the County Sheriff has improved a lot. He also reported they Idaho County Court Services had the boys who vandalized the park bathrooms write apology letters and they also have been paying restitution with the city to receive a check soon.
In the street report, mayor Pepper Harman reported they will be receiving $10,549 from Building Idaho’s Future Funds. They plan to use that money for chip sealing. Uhlenkott reported they just missed out on getting a chip seal grant.
Linda Nida reported she is still researching the EV charge station and also working with Rick Johnson and the VFW on a Pavilion at the City Park.
Holthaus asked about looking into federal senior citizens money to do something about the elevator. Harman asked why the senior citizens meet in the basement rather than the main level.
Harman also talked about the land purchase they may be looking at to expand the sewer treatment facility. It may lead to running a bond election in November. He also reported if it is classified as a “common land unit,” it wouldn’t need to be surveyed which would save quite a bit of expense.
The airport is looking into another grant to pave another section and maybe do an extra chip seal.
Nida reported the fire department had 5 calls in the past month with a couple of extrication calls. Mayor Harman said he has heard a lot of positive comments on the extrication done between Ferdinand and Craigmont with their new extrication vehicle.
The fire department has ordered their new turnouts.
The council meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 14 at 7 p.m.