County Commissioners Meeting 3.3.23

Wednesday, March 8, 2023

The Elmore County Commissioners began their first March meeting with an executive session, after which they heard from the County Coroner who approached the board seeking office space following her retirement from a funeral home where she had been working. She explained that she does not need the space for at least another 6 months. The Commissioners listed suggestions and recommended that the coroner contact other county departments and seek out available spaces.

Next, Josh Dison, County Assessor and Amber Sloan, County Treasurer approached the Commissioners seeking a tax refund for the owner of property whose property’s square footage was improperly calculated. The refund amounted to $392.95 and was unanimously authorized by the board. The pair also gave the Commissioners a brief overview of the work taking place in the Idaho State Legislature, especially that of Mr. Dison, who serves as the legislative representative for the assessor legislative committee on behalf of the Association of Counties.

Following Mr. Dison and Ms. Sloan’s remarks, Sheriff Hollinshead approached the Commissioners. He noted that the following weeks had been an “up and down roller coaster” and also shared that he would be unavailable in the coming week due to his attendance of a conference in his capacity of chairman of the state Amber Alert Board.

The Commissioners approved an amendment to a medical service agreement between Elmore County and Sawtooth Correctional Medicine before hearing from a representative from Central District Health. The representative provided updates on the services being provided throughout the county consisting largely of inspections.

Next, Mitra Mehta-Cooper approached the Commissioners requesting the purchase of a plotter to be acquired via county contingency funds. The cost of the plotter to the tune of $9,995.00 was approved unanimously by the Commissioners.

The Commissioners then approved the destruction of certain records, certificates of residency, expenses, and three tax cancellations.

Following an update from the Public Defense Commission from Jennifer Roarke with Elmore County’s lead public defender—Terry Ratliff—present, the Commissioners heard from Mitra Mehta-Cooper and other members of the land use and building department regarding a contested area of parcels that are zoned for commercial use, but in which a resident is seeking to build a residential dwelling unit.

The Commissioners met in the afternoon for a series of executive sessions surrounding the Simco landfill, and the Mayfield Townsite Planned Community preliminary plat submittal.

The Commissioners adjourned and will hold their next meeting on Friday March 10th.

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