JULY 29, 2010

Orofino City Council

Flood plan presentation

    Don Gardner, of Clearwater County Emergency Operations Plan (CC-EOP), gave a slide presentation concerning past flooding on Orofino Creek. He showed pictures of current blockages from debris and deteriorating railroad trestles, which potentially cause ice blockages and may result in future flooding.

    Mr. Gardner presented a letter, to be signed jointly by the communities of Pierce, Weippe, Elk River, and Orofino, agreeing to accept a revised emergency operation plan. Council passed a motion to join with these surrounding communities in adopting the EOP.

    A public meeting will be held at 2200 Michigan Ave., Wed, Aug. 4 at 6 p.m. for people to learn more about the EOP.

Konkolville Water

    A meeting will be set for council members to talk with Konkolville Water about Orofino’s upcoming water facility improvements and Konkolville’s water needs.


    Clearwater County Community Foundation, Inc. made a request for the city to release $4,570.00 that has been held for that organization. They are forming a grant seeking, umbrella organization. City Administrator Rick Laam, recommended the release of funds, and a motion was passed in favor of that action.

    RFP Grant Administration

    A request for proposals for grant administration, to include block grant application for $500,000, to facilitate the water improvement project was decided upon.

    A motion was made to accept Clearwater Economic Development Association (CEDA) from among the applicants who applied.


    The second portion of the Unbiased Policing Grant was reimbursed to the department in the amount of approximately $34,000. The remainder of the grant will be reimbursed at the end of September, 2010.

    Two offices of the Idaho State Police in Lewiston will be consolidated. They have offered used furniture, in good condition, and free of charge, to OPD, which has been greatly in need of better furniture for many years.

    Chief Wilson thanked everyone concerned with the Trevor Haag Memorial Tournament. He said, in particular, city workers gave tirelessly of services, over and above their regularly scheduled work, to aid the tournament. He especially thanked John Barton, of Public Works, for his constant and efficient help. There were 79 games played, requiring 150 “all volunteer” umpires. Wilson has received many emails commending the community for sponsoring such a great tournament.

    Four applications were received for the open, patrol officer position; only one candidate was certified. A conditional offer of employment was offered to Officer Matt Russell who has served as a deputy with the County Sheriff’s Department.


    A second reading took place of Ordinance 767: Orofino Child Care Facility Ordinance.

Budget 2010-11

    A budget workshop was held to review items for a tentative FY 2010-11 budget totaling $13,860,470. It is available to the public at City Hall and will be published.

Future meetings

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