MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY

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					MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SODA
SPRINGS, CARIBOU COUNTY, IDAHO HELD OCTOBER 18TH, 2006.

MEETING CALLED TO ORDER AT 5:00PM BY KIRK L. HANSEN, MAYOR.

ROLL CALL SHOWED THE FOLLOWING PRESENT:                 KIRK L. HANSEN, MAYOR
                                                        RANDALL E. PRESCOTT, PRES.
                                                        MITCHELL J. HART
                                                        LYNDA LEE
                                                        ARNELL R. WALKER
EXCUSED:

ALSO PRESENT:        Mark Steele                        Lee Godfrey, Director
                     CHAT TV Staff                      Tausha Vorwaller, Clerk
                                                        Clyde Nelson, Attorney

The invocation was given by Mitch Hart, Mayor Hansen then led everyone in the
‘Pledge of Allegiance’.

The Council reviewed the minutes from the last meeting. Councilmember Prescott moved
to dispense with the reading of the October 4th, 2006 minutes and approve them as
written. Councilmember Walker seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Director Godfrey presented the lease agreement with A+Contractors for Lot 1, Block 1 of
the Industrial Park. The Mayor and Council reviewed the agreement noting a couple of
small changes. Councilmember Walker moved to approve the lease agreement with
A+Contractors, seconded by Councilmember Prescott. All in favor, motion carried.

The Mayor and Council reviewed the cable franchise and pole agreements. Attorney
Nelson pointed out some of the requested changes. The term of the agreement was
reduced from 10 years to 5, availability of public education and government access
channels was added and the surety bond requirement was removed from the pole
agreement. Attorney Nelson explained the publishing requirement for adopting the new
franchise ordinance and agreement. Councilmember Prescott introduced proposed
ordinance #617 providing for the adoption of a franchise agreement between the City and
Independent Cable Systems of Idaho, LLC. Councilmember Hart moved to approve that the
City Clerk is instructed to follow the provisions of the law regarding the publishing
requirements for adopting a franchise agreement. Councilmember Prescott seconded the
motion. All in favor, motion carried. Attorney Nelson read proposed Ordinance #617 by
title only. The ordinance and entire franchise agreement will be published once, thirty days
prior to the adoption of the ordinance and final approval of the franchise and pole
agreements.

The Mayor, Council and Staff discussed the Monsanto Sewer Agreement which expired
August 15th, 2006. Monsanto has requested to amend the agreement extending it five
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years along with reductions in rate and the ability to pay their portion of the City’s facility
improvement costs over a period of five years. Director Godfrey explained that the reason
the escalating charges were included in the contract was to encourage Monsanto to control
the inflow and infiltration from their plant. There continues to be a large volume of clear,
clean looking water flowing from the plant that requires unnecessary treatment. The
Council discussed the situation at length and agreed that there was no reason to decrease
the rates but considered letting them pay the improvement costs over the period of time it
will take to complete the upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant. Councilmember
Prescott moved to approve instructing Attorney Nelson to prepare a draft new contract
with the following changes; add judicial confirmation language, use the year 2006 for
determining average flow for share of improvement costs calculation and allow payment of
the improvement costs over the period of time to complete the improvements.
Councilmember Lee seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

Councilmember Hart requested that the time to complete the comprehensive plan update
by Keller Associates be shortened if possible and would also like it to include a review and
recommendation on the City’s area of impact.

The “Platform for Strengthening Families and Improving Outcomes for Children and Youth”
Initiative is being promoted by Mayor Garret Nancolas of Caldwell. Councilmember Hart
encouraged the Council to adopt a resolution showing the City’s commitment to healthy
families and youth. Councilmember Prescott reported that he has the information needed
to draft the resolution and will prepare it for the next meeting.

The Mayor, Council and Staff discussed at length purchasing a new backhoe for the water /
sewer department. The backhoe is in the current budget and financing options were
reviewed. The need for the backhoe was also considered. Councilmember Hart moved to
approve purchasing the backhoe with the lowest cost financing available, insuring there
will be no early payoff penalty. Councilmember Prescott seconded the motion. All in favor,
motion carried.

The Mayor and Council considered and discussed a request for additional support for the
Senior Citizens Center. The City annually provides $3500 to support the Center. They are
requesting an additional $1000. The Council discussed how much support the County
provides. Mayor Hansen recommended approving the additional funds requested for this
year. Councilmember Walker moved to approve an additional $1000 to support the Senior
Citizens Center, seconded by Councilmember Hart. All in favor, motion carried.

A letter from CHAT TV requesting funds to assist in purchasing a new camera was
reviewed and discussed by the Council. Mayor Hansen suggested that it may be
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appropriate to have the Greater Soda Springs Community Development Committee consider
the request. Clerk Vorwaller mentioned that a previous request was received from CHAT TV
and the Council had requested some organizational documents and cable access agreement
that was not received. The Mayor recommended that these documents be requested and
submitted to the GSSCDC for consideration.

The Idan-Ha Theatre again requested sponsors for the Winter Family Matinees.
Councilmember Prescott moved to approve a $500 sponsorship for the matinees.
Councilmember Lee seconded the motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Soda Springs Brochure was discussed by the Mayor and Council. Clerk Vorwaller
reported that there are no more brochures. The Mayor mentioned that there was a grant
that helped pay to have the brochures printed. Councilmember Walker reported that the
GSSCDC discussed the brochure at the last meeting and they will pursue getting it updated
and reprinted.

Councilmember Hart explained the changes this year to the “Governor’s Brightest Stars
Award” program. Nominations are being taken until October 30th. Councilmember Hart
volunteered to submit any nominations the Mayor and Council would like to suggest or
anyone can submit nominations on-line.

The Chamber of Commerce is collecting prizes for the “Shop at Home” campaign. Director
Godfrey suggests a $50 free power prize. Councilmember Hart moved to approve a $50 free
power prize for the Chamber’s “Shop at Home” event. Councilmember Walker seconded the
motion. All in favor, motion carried.

The Mayor and Council reviewed the final accounts payable for September and the pre-paid
accounts payable for October, 2006. Councilmember Lee moved to approve the final
September accounts payable and the pre-paid accounts payable for October 2006, seconded
by Councilmember Prescott. All in favor, motion carried.

             (SEE ATTACHED ACCOUNTS PAYABLE REGISTERS FOR DETAIL)

Councilmember Hart moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:25pm. All in favor, motion carried.

PASSED AND APPROVED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL THIS 1ST DAY OF NOVEMBER,
2006.


                                         Kirk L. Hansen, Mayor
ATTEST:


Tausha Vorwaller, Clerk

				
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