- During Jim Chmelik’s time as an Idaho County Commissioner, he has participated in 293 board decisions.
- Jim Chmelik has sided with the majority every time, which isn’t hard to do.
- The commissioners have voted unanimously 291 times.
- On two occasions, the Commissioners had a split vote.
- On two occasions, a motion has died without a second.
Twice, Chmelik has sided with the majority and refused to second a motion, preventing a vote of the commissioners.
1. On May 22 James Rockwell motioned to increase pay of a county employee. It died without a second.1
2. On June 5, Rockwell motion to support the City of Grangeville’s effort to keep the Forest Service Supervisor’s Office in Grangeville. It died without a second.2
It has been a very predictable commission.
1 1:30 p.m. Meinen requests pay increase for Justice Majors to $14.68 for exceptional job performance at base level. This would bump him up to an intermediate position-discussion.
Rockwell moves to approve pay increase. Motion dies for lack of a second. Brandt recommends that the request be brought back during budget discussions – from the Idaho County Commissioner minutes.
2 1:15 p.m. Brandt regarding the relocation of the USFS Supervisor’s Office. Mayor Bruce Walker speaks in support of trying to maintain the Supervisor’s Office in Grangeville due to the dramatic economic impact to this area-advises that the decision to move was made without any opportunity for public comment. Walker requests that the Commission be proactive in supporting the City’s efforts to seek an alternative that would keep the SO in Grangeville.
Chmelik advises that his stance is that he doesn’t necessarily support keeping the Forest Service here if they refuse to open the forests for private industry jobs.
Rockwell supports the City-advises that he feels that the City should commission an independent economic study to get real numbers on the impact to Grangeville. Discussion. Brandt advises that he feels that as far as the County perspective goes, there would be no negative impact overall with the school and businesses in the valley possibly benefitting. All Commission members reiterate their belief that an economic analysis would be the best way to direct a response from the USFS. Rockwell moves to support the City’s efforts to stop the move of the USFS Supervisor’s Office to Kamiah. Motion dies for lack of a second – from Idaho County Commissioner minutes