Board Meeting Minutes January 2024


Written by Laura Dallas

January 12, 2024

BOARD MEETING was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Board Chairman Jim Osman. Other Board members present were Eric Paull and Cliff Sires. Board member Bob Thurston was in attendance via teleconference and Board member Larry Ellis attended via zoom. Employees present were Colleen Johnson, Tanner Weisgram and Laura Dallas. The public in attendance was Brett Converse with JUB, via zoom, Mike Hammack, via zoom for Providence Park, Jeremy Dunn with Remax Realty, Garry Schickedanz with Providence Park Subdivision, Ben McGrann for Bay Trail Investments, David Phillips (homeowner), Carrie Roller (homeowner), Karissa Huntsman and Jennifer Ekstrom with the Idaho Conservation League, Brian Werst, District Legal Counsel via zoom.


  • 6:00 pm – Brian Werst, District Legal Counsel
  • 6:15 pm – Brett Converse, JUB
  • 6:30 pm – Jeremy Dunn, REMAX Realty, Garry Schickedanz regarding Providence Park Subdivision, Jake Gabbell, Bonner County Planning Department
  • 6:45 pm – Ben McGrann, Bay Trail Investments Condominiums, 50 Carnelian Avenue           

ADDITIONS TO AGENDA: Less than 48 hours prior to meeting

Minutes:  Minutes from the December Board meeting were approved.

Financial Statements:  Financials as presented were approved.

Maintenance Report:  Maintenance Report was approved as submitted.


  1. Brett updated the Board on the Grant and Loan process. Next month’s meeting the Board will be presented with the resolution to vote to be used for placing the bond on the May ballot. The applications for the Grant and Loan are due the end of March. The District has not heard from DEQ regarding the slough. Brett asked for the next meeting to have direction on proceeding to a package plant. Brett and Tanner will meet regarding the Altfillisch property on Providence Road. They are planning on installing a private well for community use. Brett and Tanner to look at setbacks as the land application site borders this property.
  2. There were no new Agency Review Requests. No Action taken.
  3. The Board discussed and agreed to adding verbiage to the monthly board meeting agendas to allow for public comment. Also to add a time allotment before the close of each meeting for general announcements and reminders. Eric moved to add the verbiage starting with February’s agenda., Cliff seconded the motion. All in favor.
  4. Jeremy Dunn addressed the Board on behalf of the Providence Park Subdivision (116 Homes). Providence Park Subdivision would like to bond this project through Bonner County allowing for building permits to be signed off prior to completion of the sewer main. Discussion surrounding the implied approval from the District was addressed by the Board and District Legal Counsel, Brian Werst. Per the District’s Sewer Main Extension agreement there can be no physical connections until completion of the SME and an inspection by the District of the SME. The project has not been approved by DEQ at this time. DEQ has requested a declining balance letter from the District. There were several variables to be considered. If the Sewer Main Extension did not get completed homeowners would not have sewer connections. If the project was bonded through the County there could still be implications to the District. Garry addressed the Board stating that the lots in question would be purchased by the builder and be built simultaneously with the sewer main extension. The builder could not sell the property until a physical connection could be made. Board has asked for a copy of the County’s bond for review. Eric moved to table further discussion until February’s meeting after the Board has had a chance to review the County bond paperwork. Larry seconded the motion. All in favor. Jennifer Eckstrom with the Idaho Conservation League asked to address the Board and was granted permission. She appreciated the Board’s comments and added that this project has not been approved yet by the DEQ. Also, with allowing building permits to be issued prior to allowing connections the Bonner County stance is usually “buyer beware”.
  5. The agreement regarding the payment of the balances owed on the New User Facility Fees for Providence Park was corrected. Verbiage changed to remove 50% paid as the New User Facility Fee is not locked in and total due could change in future. Eric moved to accept the new wording and Cliff seconded the motion. All in favor.



  1. Ben McGrann representing Bay Trail Investments and the property located at 50 Carnelian Avenue addressed the Board. This building was originally to be 8 residential rental units and was sized as a multi-unit rental with 6 ERs total (equivalent residential use). The units usage has changed and are now condominiums being sold Condominiums are considered to be individual residences and are sized at 1 ER each. Ben would like the Board to reconsider the new sizing as these are small units. Other condominiums in the District are sized at 1 ER each. Eric motioned that Bay Trail Investments would need to purchase the additional 2 New User Facility Fees (NUFFs) so that each unit would have 1 NUFF.  Cliff seconded the motion.  All in Favor.
  2. Bay Trail Condominiums at 50 Carnelian Avenue assignment of existing New User Facility Fees was reviewed. A correction will need to be made on the RP numbers for the units. A new assignment agreement will be presented at the February meeting.
  3. Resolution 01-2024 for authorization to Destroy Records. Eric moved to not read the resolution in meeting. Cliff seconded the motion.  All in favor.  Eric moved to approve the resolution and Cliff seconded the motion.  All in favor.



There were no Applications or Updates to address. No action was taken.

Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Cliff.  Larry seconded the motion. All in favor.

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

Signed:  Laura Dallas, District Clerk on January 12, 2024

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