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Bonner Commissioners Need Mediator

Bonner County commissioners are turning to mediation to resolve their differences. The unusual step on Tuesday to enter mediation to settle disputes among the board members following the removal of Commissioner Lewis Rich (pictured) as chairman. Commissioner Mike Nielsen moved to appoint Commissioner Cornel Rasor as chairman and Rasor seconded. The motion passed on a 2-0 vote. “I view this removal from chairmanship as punitive,” Rich said after the vote. Both Rasor and Nielsen insisted the removal was not punitive, but Rich seemed unconvinced by his colleagues’ declarations. “I’m not looking for punitive action. I’m looking for a change in direction,” said Nielsen/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee. More here.

Question: Izzit just me, or does it seem as though the Bonner County commissioners' office isn't a happy place?

Commish Staff Raises Cause Stink

Item: Commissioners defend raises: County elected officials' letter questioned pay hikes of 7 to 17 percent/Alecia Warren, CdA Press

More Info: Despite criticism from other Kootenai County elected officials, the county commissioners say they are justified in some recent employee raises. “I was disappointed, because they misstated some facts,” said Commissioner Dan Green. Pay increases the commissioners gave to four of their department employees this year were questioned in a May memo signed by county elected officials, including the treasurer, assessor, coroner, clerk, sheriff and prosecutor.

Question: Are the county commissioners being hypocritical in giving raises to their own staff when they've cut positions elsewhere?

Nez Perce Commish Cut Own Pay

Item: Nez Perce commissioners cut their own salaries: Other elected officials decline to do the same/Sandra Lee, Lewiston Tribune

More Info: Nez Perce County commissioners will cut their salaries by almost $3,000 each, starting Oct. 1. But the other six elected county officials declined to do the same thing Wednesday, saying if they give up this year's 5 percent raise, they go back to their Oct. 1, 2008, salary. With inflation, their loss would be 10 to 14 percent in buying power.

Question: Should legislators and other elected officials in Idaho cut their pay, too? How much?

County OKs Road Thru Flood Area

Disappointingly bringing an end to a long process, lame-duck Commissioners Rick Currie and Rich Piazza outvoted Commissioner Todd Tondee today to approve a site-disturbance permit for a roadway through a frequently flooded, contaminated property along the Coeur d’Alene River near Medimont. The proposal, from developer/realtor John Beutler, would provide new access to an unbuilt subdivision along the River. Community members and environmental interests (including KEA) opposed the project as unnecessary in purpose and problematic in its design. More to the point, the County simply shouldn’t be permitting permanent roads in an area which floods frequently in non-extraordinary high-water events. Especially when such flooding brings contamination each and every time/Terry Harris, KEA Blog. More here.

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Commissioners Mull Impact Fees

Item: Kootenai County to consider impact fees/Alecia Warren, Coeur d’Alene Press

More Info: After a year of retooling, Kootenai County is ready once again to consider impact fee-funded improvement projects to help taxing districts accommodate new growth. “If you go back and look at the amount of growth in the last 10 years, there’s been a tremendous financial burden on every fire and highway district in Kootenai County,” said Larry Clark, commissioner of the Northern Lakes Fire District. “It is imperative that we have some way of passing these costs on to the new homeowner.”

Question: Why are Kootenai County commissioners bringing this forward now? Is it an election ploy to placate taxing districts?

County: Mary Lou ‘Respected, Loved’

“Kootenai County Commissioner Rich Piazza lost his wife last night to a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mary Lou Piazza was admired, respected and loved by all that knew her. Our hearts and our prayers go out to Commissioner Piazza and his family” — statement from the Kootenai County Board of Commissioners regarding the loss of Commissioner Rich Piazza’s wife, Mary Lou, to cancer Monday night.

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