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For the week of May 16 through May 22, 2001

New Bellevue Council sworn in

Watering scofflaws first order of business

Express Staff Writer

Bellevue’s municipal government observed a changing of the guard Thursday night with a couple of short statements, applause and a swearing-in ceremony for a new mayor and two new council members.

Leaning on a cane because of a back injury, Mayor Steve Fairbrother’s final act was to swear in his successor, Mayor John Barton. Fairbrother, who served a two-year term, did not run for re-election.

Barton then swore in the two new council members, Dale Shappee and Wayne Douthit, and returning Councilman George Moore.

But before Fairbrother departed, he thanked the council for its help over the past two years, "especially Monte [Brothwell] for what must almost be a decade of service to the city—not to mention all the free hours he put in coming in at night."

Bellevue city administrator Jack Stoneback told Fairbrother, "If you get bored, you can always come back."

And so, to the sound of laughter and applause, Fairbrother moved out and Barton moved in.


In other business, the council struggled with the issue of warning and then citing Bellevue residents who abuse the city’s emergency water-use regulations.

The regulation, passed last August, limit use of automatic sprinkler systems to the hours of midnight to 5 a.m. Other means of irrigation are restricted to the hours between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Depending on the street location of their homes, residents are further restricted to water on odd- or even-numbered days.

The issue before the council was how to deal with people who ignore the watering regulation.

Stoneback asked the council for guidance on how many warnings should be issued before a scofflaw is cited. He also wanted feedback on his belief that any city staff member should be allowed to issue a written warning to violators as they discover them.

The council decided that one warning will be issued before a citation, and that any city staff member can issue one. The marshal’s office will be responsible for issuing citations when necessary.

A sewer rate increase from $17.75 to $21 a month was tabled by the council, but not until after it heard from Bellevue water clerk Wynn Bird.

She told the council that a rate study by the city’s engineering firm, Forsgren Associates of Rexburg, recommended the increase after it looked at how much the service is costing the city and how much the city is charging.

Stoneback said it is getting more expensive to run the sewer system and that an expected 40 percent increase in power rates would further add to the expense.


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