By Mark Barnes
City Council members and the Mayor kicked off the meeting promptly at 7 p.m. welcoming Boy Scout Troop 811 in attendance to witness city government at it’s best.
A unanimous decision for the consent agenda items approved the minutes from the last meeting, acknowledged the accounts payable balance of $197,859.66 and approved the renewal of an off premise beer and wine license for Paul’s Market.
There were two requests by citizens.Pastor Ray Sparkman asked for a fee waiver for use of Bernie Fisher Park on July 7-11 for a youth sports camp. The council granted him the fee waiver last year for the camp which is free for city residents ages 5-12. Kids will get to participate in soccer and basketball workshops during the 4 day cap. The council unanimously approved the fee waiver.
The second request by Sheri Russell was for a donation for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Russell said that the Easter egg hunt gets bigger every year and estimates that last year there were 1,000-1,500 kids under the age of 10. She told councilmembers she spends about $1,800 and does everything she can to keep cost down but she still needs a little bit of help from the city. Councilman Richard Cardoza recused himself from voting because he said he’s heavily involved in the hunt. Councilwoman Brianna Buban-Vonder Haar requested that Russell bring this request up for next year’s hunt during the annual budgeting process meeting. The motion still carried and the city will donate $1,000 for the annual Easter Egg Hunt.
Kuna GIS Mapper Mike Borzik then presented a city website update with ongoing changes and improvements. They are searching for better quality background images for the website and he distributed images of two current options he’s been working on.
Under new business, it was approved that resident Doris Matthews, who’s property was annexed into the city limits in mid to late 2009, requested a lot line adjustment allowing her to combine her two properties into a larger one. The Council unanimously approved the adjustment as presented by Planning and Zoning planner Tory Behunin.
Before adjourning in to executive session, Mayor Nelson discussed the scheduling of working sessions for the councilmembers regarding pressurized irrigation issues in preparation for the Board of Corrections meeting on March 19.