MARCH 25, 2010

Orofino City Council

Fire Academy a great success

    Fire Chief, Mike Lee, reported the 2010 Clearwater Fire Academy was very successful. Held near Orofino High School and satellite locations, March 19–21, it had over 263 students attending. Participants came from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Some came from Bear Lake, ID approximately 650 miles away.

    The Clearwater Fire Chiefs, Idaho Emergency Services Training, and Lewis-Clark State College sponsored the Academy. The Academy covered a wide range of training topics such as: wild land fire fighting skills and urban strategies; safety and accountability; fire behavior and use of protective equipment.

    Reports are coming back of this Academy’s success and how well received it was.


The Airport Committee met March 16, to discuss a proposed lease agreement of airport facilities and/or property to Johnny Stewart. The item was referred back to committee for further study.

    The Building and Fire Committee met March 16. Building is slowly increasing each month, as the weather gets warmer. 

    A Day Care Ordinance is being worked on, as the state legislature has made significant changes to day care statutes.

    The Fire Department reports that it is extremely short on manpower, and is in need of additional, high quality recruits.

    The Finance and Personnel Committee met March 16, to discuss a lease proposal made by Will Wiese to lease public property located along Hwy. 12, for Clearwater Pickup and Delivery. It was determined the City needs to retain the property in the event it is needed for future for future construction of a new water treatment plant. The City has denied all former applicants interested in that property. A motion was carried by the Council to deny the request.

    The Beautification Committee met March 16, to study current and proposed beautification and cleanup projects.

Resolutions & Ordinances

    Resolution No. 10-410 was passed to change the time of the Planning and Zoning Commission meetings from 7 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month.

    A first reading of an ordinance [unnumbered] took place to define definitions and repeal and replace former city codes 9-4-1 through 9-4-3 concerning the Noxious Weeds and Vegetation Ordinance and its enforcement.


    Chief Wilson stated the department completed an Emphasis Patrol on March 22.

    As warmer weather picks up, more youth, who used to congregate at the City Park, are congregating at the basketball court and tennis courts. Complaints are coming in about skateboarding in those areas. If citations need to be issued, they will be.

Future meetings

    The Council meets every second and fourth Tuesday, at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 217 1st St.