City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council passed a resolution to adopt the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan at their December meeting held Monday, Dec. 8.
Adopting the plan helps the city to get Homeland Security grant moneys.
The council also approved a temporary variance to their mobile home ordinance regarding snow loads for Beverly Christianson. The variance is good for one year as she plans to have a cap roof put over her mobile home by next August that will meet the snow load requirements in the ordinance.
County commissioner Randy Doman reported that the commissioners were informed earlier in the day about some economic stimulus moneys that may be available in the next month or so. These moneys would be for projects that would generate jobs and be involved in things like transportation, infrastructure, broadband access, etc.
Brittny Behler appeared before the council with a request to use the hall for a Jazzercise class she will be starting in March. It would be 90 minutes per day for 5 or 6 days per week. The council offered a proposal for a $100 per month charge and use of the room in the basement.
The question of liability was brought up and Behler said she would have insurance through the Jazzercise program.
Bob Evans of Sunshine Disposal & Recycling gave a sales pitch to the council about his company stating they would be interested in submitting a bid if the city ever puts up their sanitation service for bid. SD & R is a 90+ year old company started in the Seattle area and is currently in fourth generation ownership.
The city is currently in negotiation with Walco, Inc. They suggested some changes in the contract proposal and will be submitting it back to Walco for their input. The city is looking at a 1 year contract but would consider 2 years if it would mean a discount.
In other business the council approved a memo of understanding with the State Dept. of Transportation which would provide federal grant money for the fire department to purchase some portable lights. Ron Grant reported there would be $1,450 in federal money with a $483 match that would pay for some portable seam and spot lights.
In reports there was no water report.
Grant reported the seepage tests have been finished on the lagoons and they passed.
Jack Duman said they’ve been patching some potholes and he is working on a sign grant and another grant for fixing Lewiston St. They may look at the economic stimulus money reported by Commissioner Doman for the street repair.
Shelli Schumacher said the income survey is done and that Cottonwood qualified to pursue the block grant they are looking at for hall renovation. She was to meet with the architect on Tuesday to talk about fees and is negotiating with the library to see if they would help with some of the costs as the hall renovations would benefit them with better access.
A property damage claim was approved for payment. Apparently when cleaning the sewer lines a pulse backed up through a household toilet causing some water damage. The council voted to direct their insurance carrier to pay the $464.78 repair bill.
Requests from the PHS rodeo team and football team, after the fact, for a reduction in hall rent for their events was denied.
Mayor Denis Duman asked land and buildings commissioner Schumacher to go over the schedule for the past year or two and develop a policy for just what kind of things a reduced or waived rate would be approved. Then they’d have something in writing that they could present those making requests.
The council adjourned to an executive session at 8:45 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, January 12 at 7 p.m.