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APRIL 22, 2010

Clearwater County Commissioners news

Grant funds will be used to increase energy conservation in courthouse

   The Board at the April 12 meeting reviewed the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) contract from the State with Clerk Carrie Bird. The funding was made available to help increase energy conservation in public buildings. The funds will be used to replace lighting fixtures in the courthouse, insulation in the wall behind the Commissionerís office and heating/cooling appliances. The Board approved to sign the EECBG contracts with the State Energy Department.

   Will Crockett, Orofino Builders Supply, met with Board to discuss what items will be purchased for the energy efficiency improvements on the courthouse. The T-12 lamps and fixtures will be replaced with T-8 lamps and fixtures. The County will need to get bids on the remodel of the insulation in the Commissionerís office. Also with the remaining funds three energy efficient heat pumps will need to be installed with appropriate ducting.

   March, 2010 expense claims were approved and ordered to be paid in the following amounts: Current Expense-$40,215.26; Road & Bridge-$135,550.53; Ambulance-$125,374.88; District Court-$2,757.73; Justice Fund-$52,037.53; Health Department-$15,350.75; Social Services-$526.20; Parks and Recreation -$130.00; Revaluation-$931.23; Enhanced 911-$649.82; Solid Waste-$39,542.26; Current Expense Tort-$4,280.22; Weeds-$1,022.50; Waterways $2,820.79; Dent Bridge Trust-$18.00; Insurance & Grants-$28,092.96; Hospital Loan Trust Account-$6,712.58; Court Trust 9110-$4,309.36. Total expenses for March were $460,322.60.

   The Board approved and signed expense claims. They approved the liquor license renewal for the Cedar Inn Bar and Grill.

   Sheriff Chris Goetz, Chief Deputy Rick Miller, and Marine Deputy Mike Gladhart provided a report from the department. Miller advised that the National Water Safety Congress awarded an Award of Merit for Outstanding Duty to Marine Deputy Gladhart. Also Gladhart has received the award for Marine Educator of the Year three years in row. Chair commended Deputy Gladhart for his outstanding efforts.

   Search and Rescue will provide a BBQ May 10 at Freeman Creek Campground for the Idaho Department Parks and Recreation Board members. The Marine Deputies will take the Park Board by boat from Big Eddy Marina over to Freeman Creek Park. This will be an informational meeting on the facilities as well as meeting with local interested parties.

   IT/Networking/Re-addressing report was reviewed with Angela Vander Pas. The FAX server cost estimates from IKON was discussed. The County currently pays $392 a month for eight lines in courthouse; $196 a month for four lines at Coon Building. IKON would give a discount on the purchase price of $13,000 to $10,394, plus an annual maintenance of $2,000.

   Later in the session, Ms. Vander Pas explained that IKON will give a 10 day guarantee and if this new system doesnít work then it can be removed. The old and new system could be run side by side until 10 days are up. The Board took the information under advisement.

   Rob Simon reported on the road crew work. The Board accepted the bid of $490 a ton for 200 tons CRS-2P from Idaho Asphalt Supply, Inc., for road oil. Also the Board accepted aggregate bid from Tripco Inc., for a total of crushed 1500 tons Ĺ inch cover coat and 7400 tons ĺ inch stockpile for a total of $94,942.

   Emergency Manager Don Gardner presented an amended contract for the 2009 State Homeland Security Grant funds. The State found an error and a new contract will need to be signed for the revenue and expenditures. This amendment is to accept the excess funds and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) amends to amount paid to the State. The Commissioners unanimously passed the motion to sign and accept the amended 2009 State Homeland Security Grant funds and the Memorandum of Understanding.

   There were two executive sessions held to discuss personnel, contract negotiations and indigent matters. Chairman Don Ebert and Commissioner John Allen and Commissioner Stan Leach were present for the meeting, Commissioner Leach was absent during a portion of the session.