City Council meets
The City of Cottonwood was awarded as a “Tree City” for the fourth straight year in a ceremony held at the Cottonwood City Council meeting Monday, May 9.
Clark Christianson of the Idaho Department of Lands office in Craigmont made the presentation.
The council discussed the current no-cost use of the Community Hall for elections. With the law change lading to the hall being used more often for elections they thought it might be a good idea to look into what other places charge. Also discussed was moving the polling place downstairs as the lower hall should have plenty of room plus be less expensive to heat. It was decided to recommend dong this to the county.
In reports there was a 22% loss of water in April. Much of this was attributed to a leak found near the grain elevators that has since been fixed. Roy Uhlenkott stated they are looking into doing a replacement of the water line in Oak Street as that is a line that had several patches in it already before fixing the latest leak there. He said they would like to get things engineered this fiscal year so that the project could be budgeted for next year. He suggested looking at replacing the current 2 inch line with a 6 inch line and adding a hydrant.
In his sewer report Ron Grant said they may also be looking at fixing the sewer line on Oak St. Funding is a problem but maybe if the water line project goes through they can do some repair on the line at that time. He reported there are also problems with the main line on the other side of the highway. Parts of it are collapsing.
In the street report Jack Duman said things are quiet right now but they are getting ready to do planning for mag chloride application. They are also looking into what streets will be sealcoated with the sealcoating grant money that will be received next year. They are also looking into how to fix some of the drainage problems.
Shelli Schumacher reported the new playground equipment is installed and the old tires taken out. Also the new front doors have been installed on the hall and new flooring in one of the upstairs restrooms.
With the renovations, hall usage is way up over what it had been. Mayor Denis Duman said he has been getting lots of compliments on the hall from out of town officials coming in for meetings.
Grant reported the only call for the fire department was the assist on the chip truck overturning on Highway 95. Fortunately the only assist needed was traffic control until the county and state police got to the scene.
A resolution was adopted to say that the city would pay the electric bill for the street lights at the north entrance to town. The state will provide any maintenance and upkeep. There had been some question of ownership as one of the lights in question is outside city limits. Cost amounts to about $12 per month according to mayor Duman.
A new statute has been passed and taken effect about public records requests. The new statute says public entities cannot charge for such requests unless the research and copying takes longer than 2 hours or amounts in more than 100 pages of copies. City attorney Joe Wright suggests putting in a price list for requests in excess of those amounts just in case such a request is ever received. City Clerk Carol Altman said she rarely gets any kind of public record requests. Altman was directed to work something up for the next meeting.
The council adjourned at 8:05 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, June 13 at 7 p.m.