JULY 15, 2010

Orofino City Council

Trevor Haag tournament ramping up

   Jeff Wilson, acting on behalf of the Trevor Haag Memorial Little League Baseball Tournament, made two requests of the council at the July 13 meeting: to allow more time for field lights to remain on during cleanup and field preparation should a game run late. He stated it is normally 10 p.m. when lights go out in the park, but it could possibly take longer.

   Wilson’s second request concerned allowing overflow campers, in self-contained R.V.s, to be allowed to park overnight at the east end of the city park should they not be able to find accommodations in an R.V. park. Motions passed approving both requests.

   The memorial tournament hosts 26 teams from four states with 300 registered players. It is becoming well known in the Pacific Northwest and generates good will and business for Orofino. This is the seventh annual Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament to be held in Orofino. It is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, July 23-25.


   After lengthy consideration, two special use applications: Jennifer Dunaway and Lyle Finney respectively, were temporarily, granted special use permits in separate decisions.

   It was noted that to assist these businesses, which are already in operation, in a timely manner that they each be granted permits for the period of one year with the following conditions: they are temporary; subject to revision or revocation; do not set a precedent for any future requests, and may be re-determined at any time. Any complaints brought against the businesses will be investigated. Each application is non-transferable, requires an operating license, and is only for the present qualifying residence. To protect R2 zoning, the daycare facilities are allowed to care for six children, including two of their own – not to exceed eight children at any time.

Fair buildings

   A motion was passed to pay for half of the (paint) supplies used to paint the fair barn and exhibit building – up to $810. The supplies were mistakenly purchased (from an out of county vendor) and painting underway before final approval from the city was given stipulating local purchases only.


   Clearwater Substance Abuse Workgroup (CSAW) recently donated checks in the amounts of $247.80 and $348.80 in support of police participation in non-underage drinking activities.


Two new, 2009 Dodge Charger vehicles are currently being equipped with police equipment in Utah. Some equipment is on backorder. The vehicles should ready by mid August. The City of Grangeville purchased one of the older squad cars.

   Between Oct. 8, 2009 and July 7, 2010, 50 parking citations were issued in Orofino. This is an average of approximately five per month. Unpaid traffic tickets, which are also state violations, may be issued state citations with enhanced fines and allowing for possible suspension of a driver’s license if applicable.

   Chief Wilson is one of 35 individuals in the United States to be selected to attend the National Institute of Justice’s Rural Law Enforcement Institute. It is held the first week of October, with all expenses paid. Due to his excellent qualifications, he was also invited to participate, all expenses paid, in a Small Agency Summit to be held in Ft. Myers, FL the first week in August. This conference helps small agencies identify opportunities available, for which they might qualify.


   A first reading took place of an, as of yet, unnumbered ordinance known as the Orofino Child Care Facility Ordinance.


   Citizens are asked to report anyone taking items, which are placed for donation to thrift shops, as thefts of donated goods have been occurring.

Future meetings

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