JUNE 24, 2010

Orofino City Council news

   Walrath Insurance Agency marks its hundredth anniversary by extending an invitation to a celebration Friday, June 25. A letter of invitation was extended to the Mayor, council, and city staff.


   At the June 22 Orofino City Council meeting, it was noted that a letter was received from Imperial Oil advising of two upcoming meetings to discuss the transportation of oversized equipment on Hwy. 12, from Lewiston to Lolo Pass. The first open house will be June 28 at the Red Lion Inn in Lewiston, from 4 to 7 p.m. The second meeting will be June 29 at Kooskia City Hall, also from 4 to 7 p.m.

   The Idaho Transportation Department later scheduled a third meeting in Moscow on Monday, June 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moscow City Hall,

   A letter from Riedesel Engineering announcing a Transportation Advisory Committee meeting was received. The meeting will be held June 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Orofino City Hall.

   Fourteen more letters were received addressing the day care review issue. A meeting of the Building and Fire Committee was held June 15 with 18 people in attendance. The audience was in support of home daycare services. City Administrator, Rick Laam, emphasized that the meeting was not about daycare, for or against, but about proper zoning. All issues are still in committee for further review.

Seal coating of public streets

   Seal coating of Michigan Avenue and several side streets (which were last done in 2007) will take place. A motion was passed to authorize a transfer funds to accomplish this work.

Fair buildings

   A motion was passed to allow city employees to purchase paint for the refurbishing of the exhibit building and barn at the fairgrounds. The money will be drawn from the Beautification Fund, and the Fair Board will do the work. Supplies will be purchased locally. Volunteers hope to have the buildings painted before the 4th of July.

Orofino Police

   Orofino Police Department will purchase two new, 2009 Dodge Charger vehicles through Hanson Garage, Inc. in Orofino. The vehicles will come fully equipped with police equipment from Utah. Approximately $3,000 in trade-in allowance will be realized by delivering the older vehicles in trade.

   A savings of approximately $5,000 per car will be realized by purchasing these closeout models. A motion was passed allowing transfer of funds, eliminating the amounts from next year’s budget.

   Chief Wilson provided the results from the speed trailer. It was in place for 79 hours in the 2100 block of Michigan. He demonstrated, with statistics and charts, that the computerized tallies can be instrumental in measuring traffic needs. The equipment can be set to gather many different types of information. 85%, of cars counted in this time period, were traveling “in pace” at 38 mph or less. It counted 120 cars per hour (traveling in one direction). This gives the department accurate information on traffic flows.

   Chief Wilson said that the Citizens’ Academy will be taking place from September to November. When dates are firmly set, invitations and notification will be released so interested people may plan on attending. Those individuals who signed up for it previously will be notified first.


   Resolution 10-413, allowing for a special revenue bond election to be held Aug. 3, setting the pay rate and designating election judges and clerks was passed.

   Resolution 10-414, providing a special revenue bond election, to be held Aug. 3, to incur an indebtedness and to issue and sell water and sewer revenue bonds, was passed.

Future meetings

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