MAY 27, 2010

Clearwater County Commissioners news

Right-of-way brushing being done on Grangemont Road

   Rob Simon, Road and Bridge Supervisor, reported on the road crew work at the Clearwater County Commissioners May 17 meeting. He reported the new brushing head has been received in time to complete brushing of the right-of-way on the upper end of the Grangemont Road. The machine is working on the right-of-way near Cow Creek Road off the Grangemont Road.

   The engineers and project managers from FHWA held an open house for the public on the Grangemont Road Project May 19 at the Best Western Lodge at Riverís Edge.

   The Board approved and signed expense and payroll claims. They also re-appointed Don Lathrop to serve the County on the District #1 Animal Damage Control Board.

   The Board met with Clerk Carrie Bird and Shirley Seeley for the accuracy test for the elections ballot counter machine. The demonstration was successfully completed.

   The Board also gave approval for the purchase of the Rhino ATV with ambulance district funds to assist in emergency responses.

   The Board approved the publication of the notice of public hearing to re-open the budget for unanticipated revenue and additional expenses. The Board also approved the notice of sale of excess county land.

Dworshak Reservoir

   Greg Parker gave an update on Corps projects on Dworshak Reservoir and powerhouse. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers news release stated that due to a request for regional fish managers, the Corps would increase water releases at Dworshak Dam and Reservoir starting May 19 to augment water flows for the out migrating juvenile salmon in the lower Clearwater and lower Snake Rivers. The increased flows were slated for three days to flush the fish through to Lower Granite Dam. The Fish Advisory Committee submitted the request to increase water flows from Dworshak.

   The Commissioners voiced their opposition to the drawdown of the reservoir level at this time. The drop in level will impact recreation usage on the Memorial Holiday weekend. This is historically the start of boating and camping season on the reservoir.

   The current water level is at 1566 feet and water supply forecast is 58 percent of normal. The 3 days of discharge will boost the 10 kcfs to exceed the upper 90 kcfs range. The request was to increase flows to aid the lagging juvenile salmon/steelhead out migration to Lower Granite Dam.

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