Regular business keeps county busy


SANDPOINT — A host of cleanup issues 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 division for Sky Top Estates in Garfield Bay’s MLD0091-22, and multiple invoices in excess of $5,000.

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

Next, County Clerk Mike Rosedale submitted the final batch of bills for fiscal year 2022 and the first batch for fiscal year 2023, which began Oct. 1. The county closed fiscal year 2022 with just under $1.5 million to pay. EMS ended fiscal year 2022 with more than $130,000 outstanding. The first batch of bills for fiscal year 2023 for the county came in at nearly $500,000 and for EMS it came in at just under $37,000.

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Rosedale also took the opportunity to announce that early voting will begin next Monday, October 24, at the county administration building in the elections office, located on the first floor.

Next, Jeff Lindsey of EMS submitted an article to transfer an old 2011 ambulance to Bonner County Emergency Management for use as storage as it is no longer useful to EMS. Lindsey also transferred an ambulance from 2016 to the Bonner County Department of Facilities as it is no longer needed by EMS.

Daniel Brett and Swati Rastogi from the Bonner County Planning Department brought four items. The first was a request to deviate from road standards for two family parcels on Sunnyside Road, resulting in two more than 6-acre parcels in the 5-acre rural area. Rastogi then filed another waiver of road standards for a division of family property in the western Ponderay area that will result in two new parcels, each 5 acres within the 5-acre rural zone. Rastogi brought in 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 10-acre rural area.

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

“The motion was to approve? I really couldn’t hear.” When Chairman Dan McDonald answered yes, Bowman said, “Oh well, I have no comment then. Good job.” Iha was there in person and thanked the commissioners.

Later, Jason Topp of Road and Bridge made a motion to transfer the budget 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 this current fiscal year for the other half of the department’s striping projects, snowplows expected to be available in a few weeks, a shed replacement in Sunnyside and six railway paving operations that must be completed by the end of the month.

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Bonner County Jail Lt. Cindy Wright filed a resolution to transfer nearly $28,000 of the budget from one department to another. The surplus was left over from fiscal year 2022 and will now be used to cover unforeseen costs for fuel, cell phones, equipment and office supplies.

Alicia Clark from Human Resources submitted a resolution to hire a detention technician for the Sheriff’s Office and a paralegal for the Public Defender’s Office.

Lastly, Jessi Reinhold made a motion to reappoint the EMS advisory board, as the pandemic made her job impossible shortly after the advisory board was created. Seven of the original nine 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 am on Tuesday, October 25 at the Bonner County Administration Building. 1500 United States 2.

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