Several topics discussed during a meeting of the city council
BONNERS FERRY – Grants that could help local businesses were among the topics discussed by city council at a busy meeting last night.
Economic Development Coordinator Dennis Weed shared information about the upcoming availability of Restaurant Revitalization Grants through the U.S. Small Business Administration through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Relief funds are grants, not loans, and Weed said the initial rollout will prioritize applications from restaurateurs who meet certain criteria, especially women, veterans, and the socially or economically disadvantaged will be given priority. within the first 21 days of deployment. Weed added that he would send information to local restaurants in the near future.
There were also several discussions about unforeseen expenses and repairs for different departments.
One of the police department vehicles is in need of a new transmission and a discussion has revolved around the value of repair versus replacement. The town mechanic said the vehicle, a 2013 Chevy Tahoe, had required several repairs in the past and that the cost of the current repairs, around $ 4,000, would be more than the vehicle’s value. City council ultimately decided to replace the Tahoe with a used 2016 Dodge Charger that Bonner Ferry Police Chief Brian Zimmerman found for around $ 8,000.
There was also a brief discussion of the police vehicle shortage with Zimmerman saying that three officers share two vehicles.
Next on the agenda was a 2013 John Deere fairway mower for the golf course. Previously, the board had approved repair costs of about $ 3,500 for the mower. The town mechanic said he discovered additional problems with the mower and that repair costs would end up running to around $ 16,000, including the previously approved $ 3,500.
City Council was presented with some purchase options for a more durable used mower with a price tag of around $ 20,000. When asked, golf course manager Ralph Lotspeich said, of the current mower, “you always say nickel and dimes, but it’s over 25 and 50 pennies that don’t go”, and recommended purchasing the used mower. The board decided to table the discussion until Lotspeich was able to present them with some additional purchase options for the used mower in an effort to reduce the interest charges on the loan.
Finally, there was a discussion about a new transmission for a 1989 Kenworth dump truck from the Department of Water. Repair costs would be approximately $ 5,000 including parts and labor. It was a brief discussion and quickly approved by city council.
City administrator Lisa Ailport also indicated that Bonners Ferry would receive approximately $ 540,000 from the federal government through the American Rescue Plan Act. There was a brief discussion about using some of the money for broadband infrastructure, but Ailport stressed that they still need to clarify the details of what the money can and cannot do. not be used and said they would work with the Association of Idaho Cities and 360 Strategies to learn more about the requirements and restrictions.
There was also a brief discussion of a possible increase in electricity service rates later in the year. Electricity service rates will be updated before any decision is made.