MAY 13, 2010

Orofino City Council

Vaage is new city attorney

    Rebecca Vaage at the May 11 Orofino City Council meeting submitted to City Administrator Rick Laam a letter dated April 28, 2010 stating that she would accept the position as City Attorney.

    A public hearing was held concerning Ordinance 764, which has to do with the sale of a small strip of property behind City Hall. The property was formerly deemed as no longer useful to City purposes and categorized as surplus. An appraiser studied the property, and due to its small size, was unable to affix an appropriate value for it.

    A similar piece of property, which was 800 square feet and purchased in 1980 was, valued at approximately $7,500. The committee took the price paid in 1980 and converted it to arrive at a formula for pricing the present property. They set it to have a minimum bid price of $7,500. A motion was passed to accept that valuation.


    Mitchell Marx accounting gave a presentation of the recent audit of city financial records for FY 2008-2009. He made recommendations that all documentation of grants received, be first funneled through financial channels as a future policy.

    Christine Frei, Director of Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA), presented council members with a packet of information and highlighted areas in which they are focusing.

    She discussed topics such as: increased broadband coverage, loans made to local small businesses, and an award made to the Clearwater Historical Museum as part of the Lewis Clark Bicentennial Program. She gave the advantages of membership with CEDA and stressed that dues would not be raised this year.

Future meetings

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