City Hall

6-12-06

7:00 pm

 

OPENING

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Council present were Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  Guests present included Buck Fitch, Larry Barnard, Linda Heiter, Bob Flowers and Les Sweeny.

 

The Mayor polled the City Council individually and each member confirmed that they had read the minutes of the previous meeting.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to approve the minutes as presented with no additions or corrections.  Voting Yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes

 

The financial statement detailing $14,018.64 bills paid after the May Council meeting, bringing the total May disbursements to $51,917.92.  Bills in the amount of $13,517.34 were then presented for payment.   After review, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Anderson, to approve the statement and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

LIONS CLUB PRESENTATION

 

At this time Bob Flowers and Les Sweeny visited with the Council about the Lions Club.  The presented the Council with an information packet, and indicated that they were trying to establish a Lions Club in Riggins.    They reported that historically, the Lions Club partners with the school and local governments to provide many health services, parks and other recreation opportunities.  They also work with community organizations, and can provide insurance for events, etc., medical screenings, assistance with health fairs, etc.  They explained their “Gift of Sight” program and their relationship with the Idaho Eye Bank.  They offered their assistance in starting up a Riggins Lion Club, and reported that Midvale would sponsor Riggins and would help with the set up.  They reported that they needed twenty members to begin a new chapter.  The Council thanked them for their presentation, and would pass the information on to interested parties.  

 

GARBAGE QUESTIONS

 

Buck Fitch visited with the Council about several issues.  (1) His garbage was missed recently, along with two of his neighbors.  He inquired about the policy for missed service.  The Clerk reported that if garbage was missed, and the City Hall notified, the garbage contractor would be called so that it could be picked up later in the week when they are working in the area.  She reported that in the past, Butch Walker had stopped in the City Hall each Wednesday, to check if anyone has been missed, so that it could picked it up before he left town.  But Walker had discontinued that practice and was no longer stopping at the City Hall to check.  The Mayor reported that Walco will be contacted about the missed garbage and asked to resume the practice of stopping to check in with City Hall before leaving town on Wednesdays.  (2) He reported that storm drains are often plugged with debris and do not work properly during rainstorms.  He suggested that the people having to perform community service clean them.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – NEW FEES, INCREASED FEES, BUDGET AMENDMENT

 

At this time the public hearing was held on the proposed fees for the Dive Team, Fire Department, and unused water and sewer connections, and the increase in water and sewer hookup fees, and the amended 2006 budget.

 

Buck Fitch indicated his concerns about the Dive Team billing, and their decision not to recover the car that recently wrecked in the Little Salmon.  The Council reported that the vehicle’s driver had gotten out of the car safely, and when the Dive Team was called about the accident, they felt that the river was too high and too dangerous at that time to attempt vehicle recovery.   They reported that it would always be the Dive Team’s decision concerning safety, etc., and there may be times when they were unable to dive, and in those cases, no bill would be generated.  He was also concerned about the Fire Department billing proposal.  For example, he questioned if a bill would be generated the Fire Department was called unnecessarily, by a neighbor or bystander, for a chimney fire. 

The Council indicated that rates were just being established at this time, that the billing policy details had not been set, but it was originally proposed for those calls where firefighting was involved and actual property damage occurred.  He was also concerned about fire protection in Riggins when the city fire trucks were responding outside of the city limits on mutual aid calls.  It was reported that the city trucks only responded to structure fires within a ten-mile radius of town and would return if needed in Riggins.

 

It was also reported that if the city fire trucks assisted the Salmon River Rural Fire Department on their non-member fires, they would bill for our department’s service at the same billing rate used for their equipment.  

 

The sewer hookup fee increase was also questioned, and the Council reported that it was being increased to help fund the engineering study on the sewer system and to prepare for anticipated upgrades and improvements.

 

There were no other comments received on the public hearing issues.

 

 

BTS RECYCLE MEETING SCHEDULED

 

Linda Heiter reported that BTS was sponsoring a meeting concerning recycling, 7:00-9:00pm, Wednesday at the Salmon Rapids Lodge, and invited the Council to attend.

 

DIVE TEAM GRANT

 

It was reported that Dive Team had received a $5,000 grant from Rivers United, and it was proposed that the funds would be used to sheet rock and insulate the Dive Team Building.

 

 

CITY WEBSITE REQUEST

 

Councilor Underwood requested that the City website include a link to individual Council member’s e-mail with verbiage to direct questions and comments to them, and suggested that the Chamber of Commerce website should have a link to the City site.   The Clerk reported that the website presently has the e-mail link, but the additional verbiage could be added.  Councilor McClure will talk to the Chamber about adding the City link to their website.

 

FIRE CHIEF TRAINING

 

Councilor Anderson reported that Fire Chief Dan Catherman was going to attend a Fire Dept training in Lewiston on Saturday with a $35 registration fee.

 

 

POLICE REPORT

 

Idaho County Deputy Ray Payton did not attend the meeting, and there was no police report presented.

 

PROJECT REPORTS

 

Charlie Amell reported on the following:  (1) Bill Pease wanted to culvert the irrigation ditch on his property in North Riggins.  He recommended that a minimum of 10” culvert be used.  The Council agreed, and since it is a lateral ditch, the property owner is responsible for the cost.  (2) The irrigation ditch running through Margaret Fessesden’s property should be deepened.  When there is sufficient water in the ditch to provide North Riggins users, the ditch overflows in that area.  Since the enlargement of the ditch is required in this area to supply those users downstream, Charlie proposed that the City do deepen the ditch in that area.  The Council agreed.

 

IDAHO COUNTY GARBAGE MEETING

 

Mayor Crump reported on the garbage meeting recently attended with the County Commissioners.  There has been little resolved with the issue, but he reported that Idaho County was proposing a fee to the cities, similar to Lewis County, for excess and bulky garbage being dumped in the County dumpsters.  The fee proposed was 25% of the County residential fee, which is $13 per month at this time.  This fee, along with the fee collected by the city on their utility bills would put the city residential garbage charges to over $18 per month, compared to the county residential fees of $13.  He reported that the cities are not happy with this plan, which would be discussed at an upcoming meeting scheduled for Thursday.  He planned to attend to aggressively contest this proposal and requested that the Clerk go also.  Linda Heiter was also asked to attend to discuss recycling proposals. 

 

WILLIAMS STREET CLOSURE

 

At this time Williams Street Closure was discussed.  A letter was read from Dolly Gill concerned about emergency vehicle access if the road were closed.  She will be notified that removable barriers will be placed, and the road opened for emergencies if necessary.  Since Perry Montoya was the only remaining adjacent property owner left to respond to the street closure,, his property manager, Suzann Underwood, signed in his behalf.  The Council agreed that Brent Adams and Vanessa Springer should be notified that they, as the party requesting this change, would be responsible for the cost of the barriers and signs for the street.  They should submit a plan and design to the Council for their review.

 

 

SEWER HOOKUP FEE INCREASE ORDINANCE

 

At this time, the ordinance to increase the sewer hookup fees was read:

                                                ORDINANCE #166

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION 1 B(2), OF ORDINANCE NO. 121; PROVIDING AN INCREASE IN SEWER CONNECTION FEES; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.

 

Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Harper, so suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  Motion was then made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Ordinance # 166 under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.

 

 

WATER HOOKUP FEE INCREASE ORDINANCE

 

The ordinance to increase water hookup fees was then read:

                                                ORDINANCE #167

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION IV OF ORDINANCE NO. 122,; PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN APPLICATION AND CONNECTION FEES ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE WATER METER; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.

 

Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  Motion was then made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #167 under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.

 

 

RESOLUTION – NEW FEES, UNUSED WATER HOOKUPS

 

At this time City of Riggins Resolution #06-03 was read establishing a tracking system and fees for approved, but unused water hookups.  Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to pass and approve Resolution #06-03.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

           

RESOLUTION – NEW FEES, UNUSED SEWER HOOKUPS

 

Resolution #06-04 was then read establishing a tracking system and fees for approved, but unused sewer hookups.  Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to pass and approve Resolution #06-04.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

RESOLUTION – FIRE DEPARTMENT AND DIVE TEAM BILLING

 

Resolution #06-05 was then read establishing billing rates for the Riggins Dive Team and the Riggins Fire Department.  Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Resolution #06-05.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

BUDGET AMENDMENT ORDINANCE

 

At this time City of Riggins Ordinance #168 was read:

                                                ORDINANCE #168

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 164, THE APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2005, TO REFLECT THE RECEIPT OF UNSCHEDULED REVENUE, INCREASING AND ESTABLISHING THE APPROPRIATIONS FOR EXPENDITURES IN THE STREET DEPARTMENT, PROVIDING THAT THE TAX LEVY UPON TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY IS NOT AFFECTED HEREBY; PROVIDING THAT ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH ARE REPEALED TO THE EXTENT OF SUCH CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING AN EFFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Undersood, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.  Motion was then made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #168 under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.

 

BUDGET MEETINGS SCHEDULED

 

The upcoming budget schedule was reviewed.  The following special meetings were set:  Tuesday, July 11 at 1:00pm, for a budget workshop, and Thursday, July 27th at 1:00pm, to finalize and adopt the tentative 2006-2007 budget, with the public hearing established for the regular meeting August 14th.

 

REVIEW OF TREE STUDY RFP

 

At this time the proposals received in response to the Tree Study RFP were reviewed.  Two proposals were received, one from Mike Bowman, Moscow, and the other from Community Tree Service, Spokane.  The Council reviewed the proposals, and Mike Bowman was selected.  The Clerk was requested to contact him about the study, to see if he could work within the City’s $3500 budget.  If so, he would be the first choice, but if the $3500 budget was not workable, the Clerk was requested to contact Community Tree Service.

 

AMELL REPORTS –PARKING PROBLEMS, VANDALISM, VACATION SCHEDULE

 

Charlie Amell reported on the following:  (1)  A semi-truck has been parking repeatedly in the park parking lot over the entire weekend, limiting parking during the busy summer season.  Idaho County Deputies have been contacted about the problem, but it continues.  After discussion, Tom Anderson, who knows the truck driver, offered to talk to him about the problem.  (2)  On Berger Street, there has been a camp trailer and boat parked long-term, limiting parking and emergency access.  Anderson will check into that problem also. (3) There has been more vandalism in the City Park bathrooms.  Amell asked if the Council could request more frequent police patrol in this area to deter this vandalism activity.  Councilman Anderson will contact Officer Payton to request more police patrol in the park.  It was also reported that the City had the security camera for the park, but the installation would require electricity and a pole, and those costs were estimated to be $2000 to complete.  (4)  Charlie requested vacation time July 6-12 for a float trip.  The Council agreed. 

 

NEW HOOKUP APPLICATIONS

 

The following hookup applications were read:  (1) Steve Sabin, Chukar Point Lot #1, sewer, submitted with application fees (water previously installed), and  (2) Steve Sabin, Chukar Point Lot #2, water and sewer applications submitted without fees.  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to approve the sewer application for Chukar Point Lot #1, and approve those applications for Lot #2 upon the receipt of the hookup fees.  Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood.  No nayes.

 

PARK DUMPSTER OVERUSE

 

It was reported that the park dumpster was being overused and overloaded each week, with private garbage.  It was suggested that Walco be contacted to dump it twice a week. 

Since the park dumpster is a service provided to the City at no charge, it was questionable if Walco would be willing to dump it twice a week, but the Clerk was requested to contact them about it.

 

LETTER OF COMPLAINT

 

A letter has been received from a new city resident disputing the mandatory garbage fees.  After review of the letter, the Council agreed that he should be advised that garbage fees are mandatory city and county wide,  and in response to his inquiry about other mandatory or changing fees, to advise him about potential increased fees for adding commercial use to residential property.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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                        Mayor                                                                          Clerk