City Council meets
The Cottonwood City Council approved the purchase of some equipment that would help their water and sewer lines last longer at their February meeting Monday, Feb. 11.
Fusion equipment that would bond pipe together making it so they donít have the seams that tend to wear out and fail would help new 6 inch and 8 inch pipe last much longer was approved at a cost of about $30,000. They are probably a couple months out of it arriving. City maintenance supervisor Roy Uhlenkott is hoping to have it before their spring projects. The equipment would be purchased as a joint effort of the water and sewer departments. Sewer commissioner Don Munkers said he has some ideas for some creative financing he would like to discuss with water commissioner Pat Holthaus, mayor Pepper Harman and Uhlenkott.
A bond election for the culvert project was discussed. Streets commissioner Jack Duman said they wonít know whether they will make the short list of approved applicants with the FEMA grant request until the end of May or early June. He suggested pushing the election back from May until November due to this. The rest of the Council agreed.
In a related measure the council approved going ahead with the professional services contract with CEDA for the project as they would have everything ready to go once they hold the bond election.
The Verizon Tower lease agreement was approved. Verizon agreed to cut back the number of automatic renewals from 8 to 6 five year agreements but the city would still get a $35,000 up front payment to agree to the automatic roll-overs.
A memorandum of understanding between the Cottonwood and Grangeville Police Departments for mutual aid was tabled to the next meeting as Cottonwood Police Chief Terry Cochran was unable to attend.
A water line agreement was approved with the BLM. The City of Cottonwood will service the line in case there are any problems.
Jennifer and Danielle Cochran were each given a plaque of appreciation from the City of Cottonwood for all they do for the City.
In reports, Holthaus reported they pumped 2.2 million gallons of water with only 42,000 gallons unaccounted for a loss of just 1.9%, the lowest he can remember.
Testing was good except for one sample that when redone came back clean. Uhlenkott said there may have been something wrong with the way the first sample was taken causing the bad test.
Jack Duman reported they now have lots of snow to plow. They did not get the chip sealing grant they were seeking so chip sealing will be minimal this year.
Linda Nida reported in her land and buildings report that the senior nutrition program was awarded a grant for a couple new refrigerators with one being a little too big for the space available. They are remodeling some of the cabinetry to make it fit.
Duman reported he is pursuing some funding for a slurry seal for the airport runways.
Nida reported the fire department has the new compressor up and running and it is working well. They had 1 ambulance assist in the past month with no fire calls.
In other business it was reported the Idaho Transportation Department had some issues with snow being pushed into the streets that make up Business Loop 95. Mayor Harman suggested getting together with the new local ITD representative and work things out. Duman said he would like to attend that get-together as well.
The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m. The next regular meeting will be Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m.