The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present were Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. There was a large group of citizens present including, but not limited to, the following: Jim Birdsall, Wanda Keefer, Ray Payton, Lorraine Roach, Matt Laine, Mark and Michelle Hollon, Dave and Cindy Buchanan, Ray Sterger, Debbie Frei, Michelle Simpson, Bill Bieren, Ann Wilson, Linda Heiter, George Nuchols, Sue Barner and Dan Catherman,
MINUTES AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT
Mayor Crump polled the Councilmembers, and all confirmed that they had read the minutes of the previous meeting posted on the city website. The Clerk reported that the following information had been added to the record. “Council-President Underwood conducted the meeting in the absence of Mayor Crump, and Sue Barner served as Clerk in the absence of June Whitten.” Motion was then made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to approve the minutes as posted and corrected. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper McClure and Underwood. No nayes. The Clerk repeated her objection to the current method of dispensing with the reading of the minutes aloud at the following meeting, requesting the Council to re-consider their decision. The Council noted her objection.
The financial statement was read detailing $13,972.56 bills paid after the March meeting, bringing the total March 2006 disbursements to $52,269.69 (with $.99 correction to bills approved at March 14 meeting). Bills in the amount of $66,252.25 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to approve the financial statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Idaho County Deputy Ray Payton gave his monthly police report. He indicated that he did not have the month’s record of citations, due to a computer failure, but reported that the County’s speed indicator sign had been used in Riggins during March, and had seemed to help slow the incoming traffic. He also reported that dog tag sales had increased dramatically since his article in the Current about the community’s dog problem. Sue Barner asked Payton about enforcement of the parking ordinance in front of her residence. She showed pictures of cars parked in the marked no-parking area, and cars actually parked on the sidewalk. She reported that she had donated land in front of her residence to allow right-of-way for the curbs and sidewalks, with the understanding that there would be no parking. She indicated that the illegal parking is making it hazardous to exit her driveway, and reported she had previously talked to officers about the problem, and nothing had been done. Officer Payton requested that she call the Sheriff’s Office when she observes a violation, and they will dispatch an officer to the scene.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN
At this time Jim Birdsall and Lorraine Roach presented the Council with the Salmon River Economic Development Strategy Plan. Birdsall reported that the plan was the final draft, with the comments received during the previous month added. He reviewed the five goals of the plan, which had been established after many community meeting and extensive public input, detailing business development and expansion, marketing, infrastructure improvements, community services, etc. The plan also contained various projects in each of these categories required for implementation, with timelines and suggested partners to get it done. As an example, they spoke of business development goals such as inventories that could be accomplished by the community without major funding. Information such as this could be made available to developers. They also suggested that the City and community be aggressive in seeking business development in the area, and used the mill site and Judd Deboer as an example. They also stressed the importance of infrastructure, and reported that the sewer study and system improvement/enlargement is critical to future development. They suggested that GEM grants may be available as a funding source for the sewer facility plan and suggested the creation of alumni endowment to fund projects and provide grant match. They indicated that a copy of the plan should be sent to all the agencies and groups identified as partners to help get it done, such as Idaho County Commissioners, the GEM Team, the Chamber of Commerce, School Board, BLM , the Forest Service, etc. with requests for their support and endorsement. Lorraine Roach also invited the Council to attend the Idaho State Tourism and Recreation Conference scheduled in Lewiston May 18-19, with visitor training scheduled on May 17. She also recommended reading of “Boom Town, USA” by Jack Schultz, as an example of what can be done in small communities such as Riggins. A bound copy, and electronic file, of the plan was submitted for approval along with the final contract payment due in the amount of $23,500. After discussion, motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to accept the economic development plan as submitted and approve the final payment of $23,500. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
Since Birdsall’s contracts for the Economic Development Strategy and the Wellness Center Study had previously been extended only to March 31st, he requested that the Economic Development Strategy contract be extended to April 30, 2006, and the Wellness Center Study extended to June 30, 2006. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood, to extend the Economic Development Strategy contract to April 30, 2006 as requested. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
WELLNESS CENTER STUDY
Birdsall reported that the Wellness Center Study had been slowed and adjustments had to be considered since Syringa closed the Riggins Clinic. Syringa had been a major factor in previous plans. However, Birdsall reported that recently there had been renewed interest in the Center, combining it with development of a Senior Center. It was reported that there seemed to be more funding potential for Senior Centers, and by combining the two, feasibility of the Wellness Center was increased. He requested the contract extension to pursue this aspect of the project. After consideration, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to extend the Wellness Center Study to June 30, 2006 as requested. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
Wanda Keefer, CEDA, visited with the Council explaining their agency’s role in economic development. CEDA, which is a council of governments serving the five-county north central area, assist local governments identify project funding sources, assist in project development, and write and administer grants. They also administer a revolving business loan fund. She offered her assistance in partnering with the community on projects identified in the economic plan, and invited the Council to attend an affordable housing seminar scheduled in Tamarack May 19-20.
SEWER PLANT CHLORINE ROOM
Charlie Amell reported on the sewer plant’ chlorine room project, indicating that JUB has submitted the plans to DEQ for review.
BIG WATER AND RIVER FESTIVAL
Matt Laine visited with the Council about the upcoming Big Water and River Festival scheduled for June 3rd. He requested use of the park for the event, which features Outfitters booths with discounted whitewater trips, food, music, games, art-in-the-park, beer garden, etc.. He reported that the beer and wine sales would be sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce or catered by a local business. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Anderson, to approve the park use as stated, upon the receipt of the proper application, fees and alcohol permits. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time Mark Hollon addressed the Council about the Salmon River Dive Team. He requested that the Council amend the lease for the building, eliminating the expensive drain now required. He reported that the Dive Team would not be doing any hazmat activities, and they would like to eliminate installation of the drain now required in the building. Since the Council did not have a copy of the lease at the meeting, Mayor Crump said they would take the request under advisement. Hollon will provide a proposal to change the lease eliminating the drain requirement for the Council’s consideration. Hollon also presented a request for the Council to consider incorporating the Dive Team into the City Fire Department. He listed the pros and cons of such a merger and indicated that they are requesting to be part of the City’s emergency services in order to maintain the organization’s longevity. Although Idaho County has assisted the group in the past with loans of vehicles and equipment, they are now a non-profit private organization with no direct government affiliation. They offered to transfer their assets, which he estimated to be $100,000 in the building, vehicles and equipment, to the City and to become members of the City Fire Department. He reported that the request is being made to insure the stability and continuity of the organization and their service to the community. They fear that without the help of the City, they may not be able to provide the necessary training and long-term administration required for the organization’s increasing/changing membership. Hollon indicated that, according to his research, the insurance cost to the city, for their operation, would be around $600 per year. There are also eight members for training and certification, and that cost is estimated to be $300-400 per person. He indicated that the Dive Team would continue to conduct fund raisers to complete the building, but that the cost of building construction had left them without training funds. They felt that their members would boost the Fire Department, increase the volume of calls and runs helping future grant applications, and the donation of assets could be used a match for additional grants. Hollon also explained that his tow company sometimes billed for Dive Team services, and those funds could continue to be used to support their activities.
The Clerk reported that if the Dive Team is incorporated into the City, any fees for their services would have to be generated by the City, and accounted for in the City records. She also indicated that public hearings are required before any new fee, or increase over 5%, could be considered by the City. By incorporating into the City, the Dive Team would no longer be independent, but would be subject to the City rules and regulation.
Fire Chief Dan Catherman voiced his approval of the request, stating that seven of the new fire department members are from the Dive Team.
The Mayor and Council indicated their support for the request but it was reported that time should be allowed for research on the legalities and liability issues, costs, etc. and to allow for public comment on the proposal. Dive Team members agreed that time was needed to further research the proposal. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to table the discussion until the May meeting, to allow for further research and public comment. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Information about the request will appear in the Current, the City Website and Newsletter.
WAIVER OF ORDINANCE #53
At this time request was made from Debbie Frei and the business community to consider the waiver of Ordinance #53 during Jet Boat and Rodeo Weekends. The ordinance prohibits open containers of alcohol on the city streets and sidewalks. There was discussion about the reasons for the ordinance, of past problems, and the need for any restriction was discussed. The need for the barriers was also discussed, since the city now has sidewalks. The business community also asked about allowing people to cross the street, rather than only allowing open containers on one side of the street. It was reported that the original ordinance was enacted because of past unruly uncontrollable crowds, but that in recent years, the ordinance was waived and patrons were allowed to have open containers in designated areas in front of the bars. The barriers were used to define the area and to keep people out of the street. Deputy Payton reported that Idaho State Code prohibits intoxicated persons from being on the street, from fog line to fog line. He said that last year’s extension of the barriers on the east side of the street from Summervilles to Seven Devils made it easier for police patrol, since that area is usually traveled more by the bar patrons. After further discussion, the group agreed that the waiver made last year was acceptable. Resolution #06-01 was read to waive Ordinance #53 in the designated areas in front of Salmon River Inn and the sidewalk from Summervilles to Seven Devils on both Jet Boat and Rodeo weekends, from 5:00pm Friday to 6:00pm Sunday. Motion to pass and approve Resolution #06-01, as read, was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record. The bar owners will place the barriers, and the City will provide flyers to be attached to prohibit alcohol beyond the barriers.
The Clerk reported that word had been received from Dennis Albers confirming that the annexation of the properties receiving city utilities could be done with one ordinance, if all the parcels contiguous or adjacent (nearby). The Council agreed to proceed with the process, starting over, including all the legal descriptions of all properties receiving city service, regardless of size. Public hearings will also be scheduled during the process to address public input. Charlie Amell questioned the annexation of the mill property, as they have only limited water service from one meter with no water lines in place to provide additional service to the property, and it was questioned if there would be sufficient capacity to provide sewer service. These issues will be researched during the upcoming process.
The Council requested that the Clerk contact Dennis Albers about the monthly prosecutors report. There has not been one received for several months. The lack of prosecution and willingness to plea bargain was also discussed. Mayor Crump has been contacted about Stefanie Bonnie, an attorney from Fairfield that is now representing small communities such as Council and New Meadows to the south. He will visit with her about possible prosecution of city matters.
WILLIAMS DRIVE USE CHANGE
The change in use on Williams Drive was brought up. There has been no negative comment on the proposal. It was agreed that letters should be sent to all abutting property owners to have written documentation that they would all be in agreement with the change.
RIGGINS MANOR WATER SEPARATION
The water line change, with separation of utility lines at the Riggins Manor was discussed. The property was previously subdivided as required in compliance with Riggins Subdivision Regulation, but immediate separation of the water lines was not required, as it was anticipated at that time that Zatica’s adjacent lot would soon be developed and new water mains installed in that area. Since that development has not occurred, and portions of the Riggins Manor property are being offered for sale, the water lines should be separated. It was agreed that Gordon Nine be advised that each parcel of property should have their individual water service line and meter, and be installed according the Idaho Plumbing Code. Since it will not involve new hookups, only realignment of the water lines, no hookup fees will be due, but all costs incurred by the City in the process of the water installation, including meters, valves, meterboxes, etc., will be at the expense of the property owner. In addition, easements for lines crossing adjacent properties should also be prepared. It was reported that sewer easements and maintenance agreements for both the street and utility lines have previously been prepared and executed during the subdivision process.
ARBOR DAY & SPRING CLEANUP
At this time, Riggins Spring Cleanup and Arbor Day was brought up. On Monday, April 17th a ceremonial planting and Arbor Day celebration in the City Park at 11:30am will follow a citywide cleanup. Posters will be made and everyone was encouraged to attend.
It was reported that the group of teens involved in a recent home vandalism are being required to perform hours of community service. It was suggested that they clean the riverbank behind the home vandalized and all through town after the Jet Boat Race.
COUNTY GARBAGE DUMPSTERS
Councilor McClure reported that there were two dumpsters being placed at Shorts Bar for use by the river users. There was some concern expressed that city and county residents will use them, and there will be a scattering of debris, but the dumpsters had to be located in a area easily accessible to boaters.
WATER-SEWER HOOKUP APPLICATIONS
The following water and sewer applications were brought up:
(1) Rob Nuckols, to add eight long-term trailer spaces or eight one bedroom adjoined apartments to his property at612 S, and to increase the water meter size to 2”. The appropriate hookup fees of $200 for water and $6450 for sewer have been paid. After clarification that the same number of sewer hookup EU’s were used for either a long term trailer space or a one bedroom attached apartment, there were no further questions. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to approve the application. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
(2) Mike Blimka, to split his property at 1516 N., adding a shop with an overhead apartment on the original property, and to add another residence to the separated parcel. It was reported that city utilities to Blimka’s property have to be located in US#95 right-of-way, and ITD requires that the City obtain the necessary easements and be responsible for the lines located within the easement. The City did obtain the easement for the original line servicing Blimka’s residence, but the installation, which was done to the City’s specifications, was made by the property owner in compliance Idaho Plumbing Code. After discussion, the Council agreed to make the same offer to Blimka. The City would apply for the right-of-way permit only if Blimka agreed to install the water and sewer lines according to Idaho Plumbing Code with the addition of the City’s construction requirements. Additional requirements would include such items as installing the lines in conduit or culvert, with sand bedding, etc., to protect the right-of-way from future damage. Motion to that effect was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
WATER BILL ADJUSTMENT – LEAK
The Council has received a request from LeRoy Jeffreys for adjustment of his water bill, due to the major leak he just recently repaired. Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to adjust the water bill for the four month period back to the 2005 levels. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
RIVERBEND ESTATE SUBDIVISION
The City has received a letter from Carl Edwards concerning RiverBend Estates Subdivision plans. He is reviewing it for the County and there were several items that Edwards wanted the City to address in connection with the Subdivison. Most of the items listed had previously been addressed during the subdivision process and Edwards will be sent the verification documents, but there were two items remaining to be formally addressed by the Council: (1) Review of the final plat by the City Engineer and (2) Formal acceptance of the water-sewer lines and the street lights. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to waive the requirement for review of the final plat by the City Engineer, accepting JUB’s review of the preliminary plat, along with review of the final plat by the City Public Works Director. And to formally accept and approve the streetlight installation and the water-sewer lines as constructed. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Edwards will be advised of these formal actions regarding RiverBend Estates Subdivision.
FREI WATER LINE RELOCATION
Rick Frei has requested a relocation of water connection on his cabin at 108 S. The cabin, which is hooked into the old Taylor Motel water service, was split off with the Rodeo Club property when those properties were separated. After review, the Council agreed that if the cabin is to remain under the same ownership as the Rodeo Club, the cabin’s water supply line may be disconnected from the Taylor Motel line and connected to the Rodeo Club water system. If the cabin is to become a separate parcel and sold,
it must have a new line with a separate hookup. It was reported that the separate hookup would be costly, since the City water main is located in the highway near the fog line, and installation would require pavement and sidewalk cuts. Since the line change will not involve new hookups, only realignment of the water lines, no hookup fees will be due, but any costs incurred by the City in the process of the changing the water lines must be paid by the property owner. Motion to that effect was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
BACKEDDY GRILL ABL APPLICATION
At this time an application was read from the Back Eddy Grill for an Alcohol Beverage License for the sale of bottled and canned beer to be consumed on premise ($50), sale of wine by the drink ($25) and sale of packaged wine ($25). All State and County licenses were in order and the $100 fee paid. After review, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to approved the license as requested. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING DATES
The Council established the date and time for the 2006-2007 budget hearing, as required by Idaho Code. The public hearing will be scheduled for the regular August meeting, August 14, 2006, at 7:00pm. The Auditor will be so advised. The Clerk reported that, in addition to the 2006-2007 budget hearing, the City must hold a hearing on a 2005-2006 budget amendment for the inclusion of a $6000 Idaho state grant received for street signs. The grant was not included in the current budget and expenses associated with the sign project will overrun the Street Dept budget. The Clerk reported that amending the budget is allowed for the unexpected receipt of revenue, such as grants.
TRANSFER OF TV CABLE FRANCHISE
At this time Resolution #06-02 was presented to grant the City’s approval of the requested transfer of the TV cable franchise from Cequel III Communications, LLC to Rapid Communications, LLC. The resolution was read and motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Resolution #06-02 as presented. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY CONTRACT
The City has received a contract in the amount of $2,000 from Elite Pyrotechnics for the 2006 Fireworks Display. This is the company putting on the show in 2005, and previously confirmed for the 2006 display. Elite Pyrotechnics provide their own
pyrotechnicians, insurance, etc., and were well received last year. It was reported that there is $1400 in the fireworks account, and the City and Chamber generally donate $500 each year to the display. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood, to approve the contract and authorize the Mayor’s signature. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
ASSISTANCE TO FIREFIGHTERS GRANT
At this time the Assistance to Firefighters Grant was discussed. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to confirm the grant request in the amount of $41,505 for the purchase of a compressed air foam pumper (Snuffer), eight turnouts and eight radios, and 1,000 feet of hose, with a City cash match of $2184, and to authorize Sue Barner to sign on behalf of the city, the 2006 grant application and all grant assurances required for the online application.. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
SEWER CAPACITY CONCERNS
Charlie Amell visited with the Council urging them to set up a system to monitor the sewer application process. The City has been receiving several applications a month, with some multiple commercial hookups, and he repeated his concern of reaching the sewer plant capacity. He feels that the Council should inventory the available properties in town and make a plan to best utilize the remaining capacity.
Considering the sewer capacity issue, Mayor Crump visited with the Council about the urgency of meeting with Judd Deboer about the Economic Development Plan and his plans for the mill site property. He would like to see a small committee of community leaders, Jim Birdsall and Lorraine Roach meet with DeBoer about his plans. He suggested that Councilor McClure should also attend as the GEM Team Leader.
Councilor McClure reported that Walco would be placing a roll-off container for Jet Boat Race Weekend use. The Council reported that they had all reviewed the proposed garbage EU rates, and agreed with the proposal. The contract, with the proposed new EU assessment will be sent to Walco for their consideration.
Councilor Anderson reported that there were three EMTS taking the advanced EMT class, which should be finishing in May, with clinical scheduled in Lewiston and McCall. The ambulances were manned for the Jet Boat Races, and #1 ambulance was running well, and #2 was OK.
ROAD CONSTRUCTION COMMENTS
Horrocks Engineers, representing ITD, are taking comments on proposed road construction scheduled for US#95 from Hazard Creek to Boulder Creek Road. There will be major resurfacing, and the Council was asked for their input on the project. The Council asked that the construction contractors be requested to curtail construction mid-day on Fridays with no work scheduled on weekends so weekend travelers from the Boise area would not be discouraged from coming to Riggins. They asked that ITD be aware of Hot Summer Nights weekend and Car Show, and that classic cars will be traveling to Riggins from the south, and requested the road be in good repair for that time period.
FUND TRANSFER REQUEST
The Council approved a $100 transfer from the General Fund to the Construction Account to keep it activated. The account is used for electronic grant applications such as the Assistance to Firefighter Grants, which are all filed over the internet.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.