Business as usual for weekly BOCC meetings

County Clerk Mike Rosedale requested and approved Tuesday at the Bonner County Commissioners’ weekly business meeting a batch of bills to keep the county afloat totaling $1,064,617 plus change and an additional $24,676.74 for the county EMS.

Commissioners approved the Consent Agenda, which included the issuance of liquor licenses to Little Heisel Service Station in Clark Fork; Eichardt’s Pub Grill and Coffee, Bluebird Bakery, Utara Brewing Company and Curry House in Sandpoint; Captn’s Table in Sagle, and Sandpoint Lodge 1376 in Ponderay BPOE and Elks Golf Course. It also includes condominium approvals for Bartlett Farms and an invoice for over $5,000 for Road and Bridge.

Nancy Twineham, Comptroller of the Office of the Court, presented a memorandum regarding the deficit balance due to year-end accruals for self-insured medical funds. Her request is to use $906.00 of ARPA funds to offset the deficit and bring the account into a positive balance. This request has been approved.

Also approved is Twineham’s request for the Clerk’s Office to withdraw $23,000 from the show fund because the county has entered into a lease agreement to use a new tractor at the fairgrounds. These funds help pay rent.

GIS’ Mike Boling asked the Commissioner to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Sandpoint on the street address issue.

“Right now we’re in a hybrid model where they do some work, we do some work, and that shifts all the work to us,” Bolling said. “On top of that, we’ll get the full address fee.”

Jeff Connolly thanks Boling for his work on this project.

“The hybrid worked, but I thought it would be better to get the right address in Sandpoint,” Connolly said.

The MoU was approved.

Granite North Frontage, Vintage and Mineral Ridge roads were the subject of Road and Bridge Director Jason Topp. He told officials the county had reached an agreement with the Idaho Department of Transportation to take over maintenance of those roads after Highway 95 was widened to four lanes. Taking over the job will include bike paths, some paved and some gravel, he said. Commissioners agreed to use these roads to enter the county seat.

Business Operations Manager Jessi Reinbold requested and was approved to sign a letter of engagement/MoU for an external audit by accounting firm Hayden Ross. She said the audit fee was $55,000, an increase of $4,000 from last year.

In the end, Connolly recused before officials discussed zoning the Priest River property because his brother is a part owner of the land in question. Planning and zoning supervisor Jacob Gabell told commissioners they had before them a resolution to suspend the property. He said the unzoned property could have a negative impact, so under state regulations they would have 182 days to make a recommendation. The resolution was passed.

Bonner County Commissioners hold business meetings every Tuesday at 9 a.m. in the Administration Building, 1500 US 2, Room 338. The meeting will be broadcast live. Visit for information.

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