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County receives award or low crime rate

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By looking around the local area, Solid Waste Supervisor Jim McLeod was able to find a surplus 4,000-gallon tank that he can modify for the runoff water tank at the Goodrich Landfill. The owner of the tank agreed to sell it for scrap metal price, and the tank only requires a quick rinsing out to be ready for installation at the landfill.

Contrary to our story last week, the actual construction work for the new drainage system is being handled by the Road and Bridge Department with their heavy equipment, but the job was delayed while that department worked on a road washout along Middle Fork Road.

Supervisor McLeod introduced Bill Brown of McCall who has been hired as the relief employee for both solid waste sites.

A meeting scheduled for Monday with Steve West of Centra Corp. was cancelled when West had car troubles on the trip to Council. That meeting will be rescheduled next month when West will be presenting the finalized operating plans for solid waste to meet the Department of Environmental Quality requirements for a small county landfill exemption permit.

Road and Bridge Supervisor Kraig Spelman has had his hands full in pricing several projects scheduled for 2015 and 2016. RAC funds in the amount of $45,000 have been awarded toward repairs on the Middle Fork Road above White Licks Hot Springs. Spelman presented the Commissioners with a grant proposal to LTACH, which they approved, for an additional $45,000 that would be used to complete the Middle Fork washout repair.

Spelman will contact the Forest Service to request help in replanting the riverbanks where another washout occurred last month near Warm Springs Creek. The Forest Service has asked Adams County to rebuild twelve miles of road along the West Fork of the Weiser River in a project which could take up to six weeks to complete. The Commissioners directed Spelman to cover all the county's costs in bidding the project, and questioned whether Adams County has a large enough road department to take on a project that large.

Supervisor Spelman reported that his department was helping the Council Rod and Gun Club in setting up barriers at the gun range, and would also receive a number of barriers to use on other projects in the county.

The Road & Bridge department will attend first aid training next week so all employees can be certified in emergency medical training.

The department will re-grade the eastern approach to Ashley's Bridge for better drainage, and will re-gravel the approach at the same time.

Spelman had estimated preliminary costs for the Farrell Road and Walker Road paving projects at $625,000 for the 4.4 mile stretch of road. Farrell would be twenty-two feet wide, and Walker Lane would be nineteen feet wide when completed. There is some funding available for this project, but the Commissioners did not give approval for the paving to be started this year. Adams County did agree to accept the Old Cascade Road off Mill Creek into the county road system as an access only road to two private landowners and the East Fork Ditch Company, as long as the existing culverts are maintained. Sheriff

Sheriff Ryan Zollman reported on his plans to have his department's mail delivered at the Courthouse. The department is installing a secure mailbox on the street for the mail.

Zollman received approval from the Commissioners to apply for $25,000 through the E911 program to replace all the computers and monitors used in the county 911 program because the existing computers have over five years of continuous operations and are worn out.

The Adams County Jail hosted twenty-six guest inmates this past week. Sheriff Zollman reported that he had received an award last week, recognizing Adams

County as one of the two lowest crime counties in Idaho in 2014, with Gem County being the other county recognized.

The stop sign and its location on Fruitvale-Glendale Road continues to draw criticism from local residents and the water truck driver from Starkey Water. Residents towing horse trailers and cattle trucks cannot get up to speed when they have to enter Highway 95 after making a complete stop at the sign. The Commissioners said they will appeal to our legislative representatives and urged citizens to start a petition for those affected by the stop sign. The Sheriff cited over thirty years of accident free use of the prior yield sign as a reason to consider other alternatives to a stop sign at this intersection.

In other business before the Commissioners, Assessor Stacy Dreyer requested guidance in purchasing a used, low-mileage vehicle for her appraisers' use for field visits in the remoter areas of Adams County.

Linda Rogers Bailey and Genny Jensen reported to the Commissioners on their "Get em rollin'" project, which uses the Fair Exhibit building for weekly rollerblading events each Monday night. Their next event will be Monday, August 3, and they have added a disco ball to spice up the rollerblading. They reported that they have been able to purchase fifteen new rollerblades for the project and want to continue collecting donations to add to their stock.

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Original Publication Date: July 29, 2015

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