Bonners Ferry Herald

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BONNERS FERRY — Metropolis Council met on Jan. 19 with all council members current, Rick Alonzo, Ron Smith, Adam Arthur and Valerie Thompson, in addition to Mayor Richard Staples.

Metropolis Administrator Lisa Ailport put forth a proposal to vary contract authorization insurance policies and purchases of products and companies. As of now, this stuff are dropped at council for dialogue and mayoral signature.

The brand new coverage would authorize employees to enter contracts with pre-approved spending limits or sideboards, and buy items and companies with out approval from council. A lot of this stuff have already been budgeted however nonetheless require approval earlier than buying in an effort to supply oversight on all spending. In response to Ailport, some companies are needed and rapid and the present coverage acts as an obstacle.

Additionally included for pre-approval can be contractual work that’s put out for bid. Idaho state procurement course of states any buy beneath $50,000 is discretionary and cities can information conduct of those contracts internally.

Councilmember Valerie Thompson expressed concern about whether or not massive purchases and/or contracts would nonetheless come earlier than the Council to determine if they’re important to the town.

The said objective is to cut back redundancy, discover a steadiness between effectivity and oversight and make Council conferences extra productive and concise.

Ailport offered examples of different Idaho cities which have carried out related insurance policies, particularly citing McCall as guideline for the method if Council selected to maneuver ahead. McCall has a inhabitants of round three,000 and took a couple of yr to draft their new 44 web page coverage.

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The Council agreed that Ailport ought to transfer ahead with assigning a committee and making a draft of the brand new coverage to be offered at a future assembly.

The Council additionally mentioned the issue in filling the guests heart cleansing place. Presently, the place requires somebody to wash the middle twice a day, seven days per week. They accepted breaking apart the hours into two positions to attempt to generate extra curiosity within the job.

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