January 26, 2010

The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners met in regular session on January 26, 2010, with Chairman Andrew Lampe, Commissioner, Mary Lou Peterson, Commissioner Don Hover and Brenda Crowell, Clerk of the Board present.

Motion – Indemnification – Steve Bozarth
Commissioner Hover moved to have Steve Bozarth write a letter that will indemnify Mike Warden for Shane Jones versus Okanogan County. Motion was seconded and carried.

Motion – Consent Agenda
Commissioner Hover moved to approve the consent agenda items 1-13 as presented. Motion was seconded and carried.

  1. Approve Commissioners Proceedings for January 18th & 19th, 2010
  2. JIS Renewal – Alan White
  3. Brewster Flats Irrigation District Appointment
  4. Letter to Richard Price – Discharge of Weapons Petition
  5. Resolution 013-2010 Ad Valorem
  6. Resolution 014-2010 – City of Oroville
  7. Resolution 015-2010 – Transfer Public Works #1
  8. Resolution 016-2010 – Transfer Corrections #1
  9. Resolution 017-2010 – Transfer Sheriff’s Special Project
  10. Resolution 018-2010 – Transfer Sole Source
  11. Resolution 019-2010 – Transfer Crime Victims Comp
  12. Resolution 020-2010 – Transfer Prosecutor
  13. Resolution 021-2010 – Transfer Assessor

Motion – Special Meeting Friendship Diversion
Commissioner Peterson moved to approve Friendship Diversion meeting minutes of January 21, 2010 as presented. Motion was seconded and carried.

Update – Sheriff
Frank Rogers, Joe Somday, Shawn Messinger, Dave Rodriguez, Scott Miller, and Noah Stewart

Dave Rodriguez updated the commissioners about the current murder case investigation. There has been a rash of DUI’s and a bump in domestic violence. It is usually expected this time of year. The dog sled races were in Conconully and the Sheriff’s office handles all their communications up there.

Scott Miller noted that the emergency tactical repeater on Peacock Mt. is normally used for training purposes, but was used to handle the testing of the radios for the check points during the sled races. Scott talked about the flooding on Silver Hill Road. Sand bags were offered. There is a chunk of sand at the old PW shop that is being used to fill the bags. The water was ponding at around 3 feet from all sides. There was a little bad press about not getting the cavalry and inmates up there sooner. Scott was actually up there at the time. The sheriff’s office brought sand bags to those who needed them.

Noah Stewart updated the commissioners regarding his request for a new van. The weed office van has 200,000 miles on it and Noxious Weed personnel don’t want the bar shield put in place because they have dignitaries that ride with them sometimes. Noah explained that he doesn’t want to use the van anyway because it has so many miles on it, plus it has acceleration issues.

Shawn Messinger explained that the Border Patrol Grant will purchase equipment. Typically this type of grant is a pass-through grant in which the other agency is the sub-grantee. Commissioner Hover asked why the agency can’t purchase the equipment and then be reimbursed. Scott said he will research whether this can be done. Commissioner Hover was concerned that if we buy the equipment then it is part of our inventory. Joe Somday explained that when equipment is purchased for a fire district the Sheriff just signs it over to the district which eliminates liability/responsibility to the county. Shawn noted that the only one they wanted to avoid pass though for is the radar units because they are charged 33% for just touching the document.

Frank Rogers said the skidoo will be used at the border only, in order to work those areas. Frank noted all the equipment purchased will be used for border support. Commissioner Peterson reiterated that cash flow is a real problem right now and encouraged the sheriff’s office to research other ways to pay for these purchases.

Shawn explained some of the difficulties he’s had with funding all five call takers out of fund 120. During budget time, one of the positions was taken out of 120 and was supposed to be picked up in Communications 024 fund, but it wasn’t funded at all. He suggested that ½ the salary for the fifth call person be paid for by the grant and the other ½ would be billed out to the cities. The commissioners were agreeable to this solution.

Commissioner Peterson asked about over-time and how that fund is looking. Dave replied that some overtime is being incurred by deputies going to Spokane for the murder case investigation. Some of the overtime will be reimbursed by the Stonegarden Grant.

Joe noted that he is aware of the overtime crunch and will take precautions to prevent unnecessary overtime.

Update - Public Works
Frank Sautell & Bob Breshears

Frank Sautell updated the commissioners on flooding that has occurred within the county.

Commissioner Hover asked that any road vacations go through Steve Bozarth first in order to ensure all legal aspects are addressed before the request comes before the board.

Frank received a complaint from a logger about the road weight restrictions currently in place. Because of how warm and wet it has been, the restrictions are necessary in order to protect the roads.

Bob Breshears noted they will begin working with the City of Okanogan on the Orchard Grade in order to put sidewalks in. The city was originally going to do it themselves, but decided to involve the county in the project.

Motion - Voucher Approval - Commissioners

Vouchers certified and audited by the Auditing Officer as required by RCW 42.24.080 and those expense reimbursement claims certified as required by RCW 42.24.090 have been recorded on a list, and made available to the Board. As of this date, the Board did by unanimous vote approve the vouchers in the amount of $ 345,846.12. Warrant numbers are cited on the two attached blanket voucher lists.

Commissioner Hover moved to approve Advanced Expenditure vouchers for meals purchased in 2008 by the Sheriff’s office. He felt this was necessary in order to move forward. Commissioner Peterson opposed. Motion was seconded and carried.

Update Economic Alliance Emerging Opportunities
Roni Holder-Diefenbach, Chris Branch, Kathy

Roni Holder-Diefenbach explained Economic Alliance’s recommendation for Emerging Opportunity for the Lake Osoyoos Veterans State Park. Funds are contingent to obtaining the property. Proposals for the acquisition will be submitted and a recommendation will be made to the state parks.

Chris Branch explained the state criteria for land transfers. They evaluate the criteria in the first round and considered five required elements. It could cost the city of Oroville around $300,000 a year to run the park with approximately $100,000 return. This is like a start-up business with similar challenges. The proposal includes renting the cabins in order to draw in more income. The aquatic portion of the park could pose some complications with extra costs to the City of Oroville. An ordinance was passed by the Oroville city council that says the park will be annexed into the city limits once title is transferred.

Economic Alliance recommends allocating $50,000 toward this opportunity. Commissioner Hover and Peterson said they support this transfer because of the benefit to the city. Commissioners approved consent agenda item #6 resolution 014-2010 approving the allocation.

Some concerns were discussed should the Tribe obtain ownership of the park. State parks would have to consider the deed restriction and the Tribes would have to waive their ?? The park used to be the county fair grounds years ago.

Discussion – North Valley Hospital Registered Warrants
Warren Bartleson expressed his appreciation to the county for its willingness to provide registered warrants. He presented a graph showing the expected debt reduction through 2013. It is expected that they can bring the debt down to 2.5 million by the end of this year. A monthly meeting is scheduled to take place on the last Monday of each month for the next 2 months.