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COUNTY TO CO-SPONSOR ELK BEND PROJECT 3-24-14 LMS

Lemhi County has agreed to be the co-sponsor of an Elk Bend Sewer District block grant application for system upgrades.

Elk Bend resident and sewer district representative Eleanor Wisner and Rick Miller from the Rexburg based East Central Idaho Planning and Development Company met with the Lemhi County Commissioners Monday, March 24 to ask for the county’s support. The process will be similar to the one the Development Company has been overseeing for the city of Salmon’s water treatment plant upgrades

Wisner said the Sewer District and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have co- sponsored a nearly completed study of the system which was constructed in 1972 and consists of 110 connections in units number 1 and 2. Keller Associates is doing the study. The system has been on DEQ’s non-compliance list for five years. She said the community now needs government entity support in applying for an Idaho Community Block Grant of $350,000.

Miller said the DEQ has approved a low interest loan for the infrastructure project. The arrangement includes some loan forgiveness. He said Elk Bend qualified last fall for the block grant and an application will be submitted this November.

Lemhi County’s sponsorship role would consist of hosting some public hearings and, if awarded, accepting the Block Grant monies and passing them on. Miller said the Development Company will be doing the bulk of the administration paperwork. The DEQ loan monies will be handled by the Elk Bend community. The block grant money would come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the DEQ money comes from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Wisner thanked the commissioners of behalf of the Elk Bend community.

Ferrell Steiner of Searle, Hart and Associates PLLC presented the yearly Lemhi County audit results. The 80 plus page document details all individual department’s expenditures and revenues, equipment depreciation and includes numerous charts and graphs. He described some of the recent changes in audit standards and what they entail.

He said that overall comparisons of the last year to the previous year show county funds are steady. Road and Bridge has a climbing cash balance. That department relies on state and federal funds and due to the unknowns connected with each source, the county consistently sets aside reserved funds.

All in all Steiner said there are no major issues with county finances and that things look good.

A few copies of the audit books are available for review in the County Clerk’s office.


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