Regular business keeps county busy

SANDPOINT — A flurry of household business kept county commissioners busy Tuesday.

Among the items on the consent agenda were a liquor license for Wine4U in Sandpoint, approval of a minor land subdivision for Sky Top Estates in Garfield Bay’s MLD0091-22 and several invoices over $5,000.

EMS had a bill of over $23,500 for power stretchers, Road and Bridge had a bill of over $31,300 for hydroseeding and another of over $13,500 for brush repair for a power brush. Recreation had a $10,400 bill for emergency repairs to dock pilings damaged in a recent storm in the Cedar Creek area.

Then County Clerk Mike Rosedale brought the final set of bills for fiscal year 2022 and the first set for fiscal year 2023, which began Oct. 1. The county closed FY2022 with just under $1.5 million left to pay. EMS ended FY2022 with over $130,000 to pay. The first round of FY2023 bills for the county totaled nearly $500,000 and for EMS it was just under $37,000.

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Rosedale also took the opportunity to announce that early voting will begin next Monday, October 24th in the County Administration Building at the Elections Office, located on the first floor.

Next, Jeff Lindsey of EMS introduced an item to transfer an old 2011 ambulance to Bonner County Emergency Management to be used for storage as it is no longer useful to EMS. Lindsey also transferred a 2016 ambulance to the Bonner County Facilities Department because it is no longer needed by EMS.

Daniel Brett and Swati Rastogi of the Bonner County Planning Department brought four items. The first was a request to deviate from road standards for two family parcels off Sunnyside Road, resulting in two parcels over 6 acres in the 5-acre rural zone. Then Rastogi brought another exemption to road standards for a family property subdivision in the western Ponderay area, which will result in two new parcels, each 5 acres within the 5-acre rural zone. Rastogi brought the third item, a boundary line adjustment for two parcels between Dover and Laclede. The request led to the creation of two 10-acre parcels within the rural 10-acre zone.

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Rastogi also brought Liz Iha’s request for a refund of the reconsideration fee she paid to challenge Jacob Gabell’s smaller land division. The fee was $380. After the board voted to approve the request, Dave Bowman commented on Zoom.

“The motion was to pass? I couldn’t quite hear.” When chairman Dan McDonald replied that it was, Bowman said: “Oh, I have no comment then. Well done.” Iha was there in person and thanked the commissioners.

Next, Jason Topp of Road and Bridge made a motion for a budget carryover for several projects that were not completed in the last fiscal year. He asked the board to approve a transfer of nearly $345,000 for the current fiscal year for the second half of the department’s curb projects, snow plows expected to be available in a few weeks, a shed replacement at Sunnyside and six railroad track surfacing operations that should be completed by the end of the month .

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Bonner County Jail Lt. Cindy Wright moved a resolution to transfer nearly $28,000 from one departmental budget to another. The surplus was left over from FY2022 and will now be used to cover unforeseen costs for fuel, mobile phones, equipment and office supplies.

Alicia Clark of Human Resources brought a resolution to recruit a detention technician for the Sheriff’s Office and for a legal assistant for the Public Defender’s Office.

Finally, Jessi Reinhold made a motion to reappoint the EMS Advisory Board, as the pandemic made their work impossible shortly after the Advisory Board was created. Seven of the nine original members remain. The two new board members are Selkirk Fire Chief Gavin Gilcrease who will be the fire representative and Priest Lake EMT Ashley Blackwell-Farley who will be the transportation representative.

The next business meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at the Bonner County Administration Building. 1500 US 2.


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