City Council meets
At the December meeting of the Cottonwood City Council Monday, Dec. 13, it was a reported a large water leak had been discovered and fixed.
Roy Uhlenkott reported the leak had been found by accident by the state highway crew working near the south entrance to Cottonwood. Apparently the seal on the large water pipe going out to well #5 across the highway didnít completely seal and what started as likely a small water leak eventually eroded away into a big one. Uhlenkott said he feels they should see a substantial reduction in water loss as the pump at well #5 is already showing less pumping hours.
The council also discussed a couple of water service lines that were installed a long time ago and service out of town customers. Mayor Denis Duman wants to let them know that if there is ever any problem with those lines that they would be cut off.
Ron Grant also brought up about rentals. He noted Grangeville charges the owner, not the renter. Mayor Duman noted they dealt with this some years ago and the owners preferred to keep it the way it is. City clerk Carol Altman said the utility deposit really doesnít cover if someone skips out on their bill. It was suggested to raise the deposit from the current $100 to $200. A motion was made and passed to do so.
In other business Charlotte Dasenbrock appeared with a request to raise the rates for the cleaning service provided by Tri-Co. Currently their contract calls for $150 per month. She suggested raising it to $300 per month or going to an hourly rate of $11 per hour.
Grant suggested looking into the hourly rate. Altman was directed to check into what the actual hours were. Mayor Duman suggested once she gets the information together that she and Land & Buildings Commissioner Shelli Schumacher get together to come up with a proposal.
In the sewer report Grant said they have the treatment plant running as they have started discharging.
In the streets report Jack Duman said the grant applications are in. On preliminary scoring the chip seal grant with the City of Ferdinand looks good but the mag chloride grant looks iffy.
Schumacher reported they have some new projects on the horizon and at present they are holding off on the hall door replacement to see if more funding comes available.
Grant reported they had just 1 fire call in the past month-a car fire on King St.
In unfinished business the personnel policy manual is being looked at. Uhlenkott said he was told at the Road District convention that their insurance carrier has a new one available. It is available online and they will look at it and come back next meeting with some suggestions.
Meeting dates for 2011 were set and can be found below.
Adoption of the 2009 Building Code was discussed. Mayor Duman and the building inspector looked it over and suggestions were made. City Attorney Joe Wright will get an ordinance drafted.
Meanwhile a building code problem with a single wide trailer was discussed. The trailer roof doesnít meet the snow load requirement in the city ordinance. A permit was taken out Jan. 1, which expired in August. The building inspector gave them until Dec. 1 to get a new roof cap put on to meet the requirements but it still hasnít been done. Reportedly work was to start this week. If nothing is done by Monday action will be taken.
Debbie Turnerís kitchen rental lease was approved for renewal as there have been no problems so far.
The council adjourned at 8:12 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, January 10 at 7 p.m.
2011 meeting dates are set
Following are the meeting dates for the Cottonwood City Council in 2011.
Monday, January 10, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, February 14, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, March 14, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, April 11, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, May 9, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, June 13, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, July 11, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, September 12, 2011, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, October 11, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, November 14, 2011, 7:00 PM
Monday, December 12, 2011, 7:00 PM
Meetings will be held in the City Council Chambers located in the basement of the Cottonwood Community Hall, 506 King Street, Cottonwood, Idaho.
Any persons with disabilities desiring accommodations for the meetings, please contact the City Clerk at least 48 prior to the meeting at 208 962-3231, 506 King Street, Cottonwood, Idaho.