City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council held their regular December meeting Monday, Dec. 11, and set the meeting dates for 2018.
Meetings will again be the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. unless that date is a holiday, then it would be the Tuesday that week. This year there will be 3 holiday conflicts. Presidentís Day in February, Columbus Day in October and Veterans Day in November.
In reports Pat Holthaus reported there were 2.6 million gallons of water pumped in November and 2.1 million sold for about half a million gallons lost or 19%. It seems no matter the time of year or how much gets pumped, they lose about half a million gallons somewhere. He also reported the testing came back good.
In the sewer report, Roy Uhlenkott noted the lagoon testing report has been sent to the Idaho Division of Environmental Quality and they are still waiting for feedback.
Jack Duman reported the West Camas Group transportation plan has been updated. He is also reviewing the packet on the Broadway and 2nd South resurfacing work.
Carol Altman reported inside work is being finished up in the Community Hall and then the outside railings will be finished.
In the airport report they decided not to go with the crack repair work approved last month as it appeared there wasnít enough to be done to warrant the cost.
Ron Grant reported there were no calls last month and that the new airpacks and turnouts should be coming in soon. Fire Chief Uhlenkott said it appears the airpacks will get delivered in January with the turnouts within the next couple of weeks.
The Currin property development apparently isnít going to happen anytime soon due to costs.
Gabe Riener hasnít got back to the city yet after he was given the Idaho Transportation Department map showing where the conduits under the highway should be located.
The Jake Turnbull tree situation has seen some progress. A recent survey was found showing the trees are in the cityís right of way. Grant said he offered on behalf of the city to have the city crew remove the two closest to the Credit Union at no expense to Turnbull with the understanding the next one to the south may need to have something done in the future. Grant will pass the information along to Turnbull that the Council was in agreement that at least the two fir trees closest to the Credit Union need to go.
The Memo of Understanding with the Sheriffís Department was approved with one minor correction.
A motion was passed to pay the expenses so far from the Cottonwood Creek project from the general fund reserves. Duman said paying from his budget would have put him way short on upcoming projects.
The canvass of election ballots was approved with total vote counts matching those reported after the election.
Uhlenkott reported the new backhoe arrived Monday.
The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, January 8 at 7 p.m. At that meeting the new mayor and council members will be sworn in.