APRIL 8, 2010

Clearwater County Commissioners news

All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update proposal selected

   Emergency Manager Don Gardner brought the RFQ documents in for the All Hazard Mitigation Plan Update during the March 29 Clearwater County Commissioners meeting. The All Hazard Mitigation Plan was completed in 2005 and is ready for updates to qualify for project funding through FEMA.

   Four proposals were received; Northwest Management Inc., URS, Whisper Mountain and Kamiah Ridge. The proposals all have some similar components. All of them have to meet the FEMA requirements. The project amounts were $24,500-Northwest; $22,000-URS; $33,640-Whisper Mountain; $72,500-Kamiak Ridge. Northwest will update the Fire Mitigation Plan also. The Board selected the proposal from Northwest Management, Inc since they best meet the County’s needs.

   The Board approved and signed expense claims. They also approved the Treasurer’s Request for Cancellation Apportionment of Taxes for $1,365.04. The Board approved the Corp of Engineers Contract with same terms as last year for law enforcement.

   Commissioner Allen initiated discussion on the Resolution #10-03-06, to appoint Ted Leach as a voting member to Clearwater Management Council (CMC) when he is absent. Commissioner Allen made the motion to sign the resolution to appoint Ted Leach to the CMC board as needed.

   IT/Networking/Re-addressing report was reviewed with Angela Vander Pas. The Department of Commerce announced that First Step Internet was awarded $2.4 million for broadband infrastructure grant funds with an additional $600,000 for applicant provided match to build a regional network of 10 microwave towers to extend high-capacity Internet service for the rural counties in north central Idaho. The Board approved the motion to sign the MOU with the Tribe for the Telecommunications system.

   Rob Simon reported on the road crew work. The Cavendish Road chip seal project went to publication for bids on April 6.

   Simon brought up discussion on the request to solicit prices to purchase a brusher head that would fit on the County’s excavator. The head costs approximately $24-25,000. It will handle a 5 to 8 inch tree.

   There were five executive sessions held to discuss personnel, contract negotiations and indigent matters. Present for the meeting were Chairman Don Ebert and Commissioner John Allen. Commissioner Stan Leach was absent.