City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council voted to proceed with a GIS mapping system of all their utilities at the July meeting Monday, July 9.
GIS would eventually get all their information into a computer interface. Currently Roy Uhlenkott has several maps of the water lines, sewer lines, etc. and they donít always line up. The cost to get the system set up is a little under $32,000. About $16,000 would come from the water department with the streets and sewer departments splitting the other half.
A resolution was read and adopted for the Idaho Gem Grant application. This was a procedural move to meet the requirements for the application.
Some of the old airpack equipment was declared surplus by the fire department and will be sold by sealed bids.
The audit report that was done at the June meeting was approved by the council.
Surveying of alleyways and rights of way encroachment were discussed. City Attorney Joe Wright suggested putting in the paper things you can and canít do in a city right of way and the recourse the city has if you do something that is not allowed.
In the water report Pat Holthaus reported the city pumped 2.75 million gallons and sold 2.45 million. If you subtract the water loss they can account for it amounted to about a 9% loss.
Uhlenkott reported they finally found a leak that they had known about for awhile but couldnít ever figure out where it was coming from.
In the sewer report Lynn Guyer reported they met with the Idaho Division of Environmental Quality and feels they will work well with them. Uhlenkott said with the DEQ at least they have someone they can talk to. If you had an issue to discuss with the Environmental Protection Agency they may or may not ever get back to you then 3 or 4 years down the road slap you with a fine for the issue. The DEQ also has a 24 month statute of limitations.
Mayor Pepper Harman asked Uhlenkott if we are going to get a new permit and what it might cost. Amy Uptmor from JUB Engineers, who has been working with Uhlenkott on several issues, said she thinks they should get one in 3 to 6 months. She said Cottonwood is near the top of their list as it is one of the older permits out there. The cityís permit expired in 2007. She said it could get expensive if there is an ammonia issue.
In the street report Jack Duman reported the Broadway paving project came in under budget. Total cost was around $130,000 and he was expecting $160,000. Mag Chloride application is progressing. It would be done already but for issues in getting the chemical.
Regarding the Cottonwood Creek project, Harman had asked City Clerk Carol Altman to come up with numbers if they have to come up with a 1, 3 or 5 million dollar bond. $5 million would be worst case scenario and it would roughly double the city portion of the average citizenís property tax bill.
A budget workshop was set for Monday, July 30 at 7 p.m.
The council adjourned at 8:10 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, August 13 at 7 p.m.