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Commissioners formalize $100 per ‘additional meeting’ payment policy

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— The Idaho County Commissioners on March 27 approved an “additional meetings” policy under which they are paid $100 per additional meeting they attend.

“The purpose of the additional $100 per meeting stipend is to encourage engagement and to provide additional compensation for outside meeting attendance as an alternative to making the commissioner positions full time,” the policy reads. “In order to qualify for the additional meeting payment, the meeting must last for a minimum of four hours, including round trip travel time. Only one $100 payment will be allowed per day. Additional meeting payment requests must be approved at a meeting of the board of county commissioners prior to payment….in the event travel in excess of two hours is required in order to attend an outside meeting or conference, a partial payment of $50 for travel the day prior to the meeting will be allowed.”

Last month, the Free Press reported commission chairman Skip Brandt had attended more than 20 meetings during the past year on the topic of the Forest Plan Revision.

The board’s April 2017 agendas listed 10 additional meetings: two for commissioner Mark Frei, six for commissioner Denis Duman, and two for Brandt. This year’s April 3 agenda lists one: Duman’s April 13 meeting with CEDA, the Clearwater Economic Development Authority.

The Free Press has published the new policy in full at


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