Stites appoints Mireles new fire chief, reviews quarterly financials

— STITES – The City of Stites approved a motion to appoint Rey Mireles as fire chief in its regular council meeting Oct. 10. Lucky Brandt resigned as fire chief at the Sept. 12 meeting.

Mayor Gerald Cathey said Brandt served the community for almost 25 years as fire chief. He also said Mireles is a former mayor of Stites and has fire experience through another department.

“We certainly appreciate [Brandt’s] dedication to the community of Stites,” Cathey said.

The council had a full slate of business to attend to at its meeting. On the agenda were seven items to discuss under old business and seven under new business.

Items of note include the council’s review of its quarterly financial report. Clerk Karen Braun gave the report and indicated income at 43 percent of the budget and expenses at 38 percent. Cathey said the report looked good and was about where the council expected it to be.

It also considered selling a lagoon located next to the city. A request was made by Sam Schneider to purchase the lagoon from the city. Cathey said the city has used the site as a sewer lagoon in the past, however, it is not currently in use.

The council approved a motion not to sell the site.

The city also heard sewer and water updates from the maintenance department. Drilling has begun on the new water well and the State Street water line is being updated. The project has been under way for about a year, Cathey said, and it’s “progressing nicely.”

Other agenda items included:

• update on the wastewater improvement project and water-sewer connection resolution;

• discussion on Rabbit Creek Range;

• discussion of Clearwater Valley High School and Middle School sewer connection;

• State of Idaho retirement cost assessment;

• discussion regarding the deep well power source;

• request to analyze city’s computer and phone systems; and

• noted the City of Kooskia accepted a $2,000 bid from the City of Stites to purchase a 2002 pickup. Stites may now consider selling one of its vehicles.

The next council meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at City Hall.

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