The City of Harrison has changed several ordinances related to city function as 2019 drew to a close.

The City Council amended two ordinances related to illegal sewer maintenance and public officers, as well as passing two new resolutions re-establishing city commission rules and renewing a city credit line.

Resolution No. 2019-04 re-appoints the city’s Urban Renewal Agency. Established by a resolution in 2008, the agency was tasked with preventing and repairing deteriorating infrastructure in the city of Harrison. The agency consisted of six commissioners, who were to be appointed by the mayor as needed.

The agency was terminated by the city council in 2018, instead designating the Harrison City Council as the acting Urban Renewal Agency. However, Mayor Jordan Hall and the council determined Nov. 5, 2019 that the agency would be re-established with three members. The officers include Tim Griffith, Rand Wichman and Jessica Hutson.

In a related notice, Ordinance 2019-480 modified the process for appointing city officials. The new language simplifies the existing law, allowing the mayor to appoint a city clerk, treasurer, attorney, supervisor and other officers as needed, with the input of the city council. The law also removed requirements that the officers terms begin at the start of the year, and removed the need for full council approval.

The city also made minor alterations to an ordinance regulating sewers in the city. The new language changed the language regarding when and how often septic tanks in the city should be emptied. In addition, the changes explicitly make businesses responsible for installing grease traps when required by Panhandle Health Department requirements.

Should these businesses fail in these requirements and discharge grease into the city’s sewers, the ordinance now also makes them liable for the cost of repairs or replacements for systems damaged by the grease.

Finally, the city renewed a line of credit through Columbia Bank of Coeur d’Alene for the interim financing of an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation grant. The amount for the financing was set at $100,000, to mature and be paid in full on or before Sept. 30, 2020. The loan will be used for IDPR Grant Project expenditures, and the money will be reimbursed by IDPR grant funds awarded to the city Nov. 5.

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