The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present were Harper, McClure and Underwood. Councilor Anderson was absent. Guests present included Jack Carlson from Salmon River Ranger District, Paul Rosenthall, Glenn McNitt and Paul Colmeir, USFS officials from the Lightning Fire, and Linda Heiter for the Current.
The Council was polled individually and each affirmed that they had read the minutes of the previous meetings. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to approved the minutes as presented with no alterations or corrections. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The financial statement was read detailing $12,815.82 bills paid after the July 10th meeting, ringing the total July 2006 disbursements to $35,746.01. Bills in the amount of $29,291.56 were then presented for payment. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to approve the statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
At this time the public hearing on the proposed 2006-2007 budget totaling $1,315,475 and proposed fees increases exceeding 5% for annual irrigation fees, monthly sewer fees, and ambulance base rate and mileage rates. There was no citizenry present to offer input or comment on the budget or fee increase proposals, and no written comment was received.
Jack Carlson, USFS, and the officials from the Lightning Fire Management Team visited with the Council updating them on the nearby project fire. They reported that it was 40% contained, and expected their 150-man crew to be working 3-5 more days. It was reported that the Forest Service was purchasing potable water from the City, and disposing gray water. An emergency contract had been signed over the weekend, charging $20 per load of potable water and 5ň per gallon for gray water disposal. It was also noted that the City did not accept waste from the portable toilets, that since the Cityís treatment plant could not process it, only the disposal of gray water was allowed.
Officer Payton was unable to attend the meeting, but provided the following police report for the month of July: The Riggins Sheriff Office received 44 call for service, 7 of those involved juvenile problems, 6 were for suspicious persons and 7 were medical emergencies. There were 28 citations issued in the City, 9 were speeding and 5 were for no proof of insurance. The report also indicated that there have been many complaints about vehicles parked, long-term, on the Zaticka lot next to the Visitor Center. One truck and travel trailer is dripping sewage causing a strong odor and fly problems. He suggested contacting the property owner, or requesting that his real estate agent contact him, about the problem. The report also listed an update on the Lightning Creek Fire.
Charlie Amell gave the following report: (1) SRS Construction moved the large rocks that were diverting water away from the irrigation headgate, which had increased the ditch flow considerably. (2) He reported that the Forest Service was purchasing potable water and disposing gray water, according to the contract signed the previous weekend. (3) He reported that Punk Candler has a used John Deere riding lawn mower for sale for $1000, which would be suitable for the City use. The Council authorized him to purchase the mower, if still available.
It was also reported that the City Hall vacuum cleaner needed repair. Skip Shoemaker had contacted the vacuum sales and repair company, and the estimated cost of repairing the old cleaner was $160 or a reconditioned commercial vacuum, or a new larger unit could be purchased for approximately $300-$400. He requested the Councilís consideration of the repair, or purchase of a new one, since he was now required to use his personal equipment at the City Hall. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to authorize an expenditure of $300-$400 for a vacuum. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The Tree Study and Assessment has been completed and two copies of the report, by arborist Michael Bowman, was received, and distributed to Charlie Amell and the City Council for review.
At this time the Irrigation Fee Increase Ordinance was read:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 165 OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS; PROVIDING FOR THE INCREASE IN THE CURRENT RATE FOR IRRIGATION WATER; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE AND THE PUBLICATION THEREOF.
Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Harper to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to pass and approve Ordinance #169, under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The 2006-2007 Appropriation Ordinance was then read:
AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2006, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $1,315,475 TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSE AND LIABILITIES OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR; AUTHORIZING A LEVY OF A SUFFICIENT TAX UPON THE TAXABLE PROPERTY AND SPECIFYING THE OBJECTS AND PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID APPROPRIATION IS MADE.
Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Motion was then made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #170, under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
City of Riggins Resolution #06-07 was read increasing the ambulance base rates to $300, $400, and $500 and the per patient mileage rate to $6.05, effective October 1. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to pass and approve Resolution #06-07. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Resolution #06-08, which increases the monthly sewer EU rate to $20, effective October 1, 2006, was read. Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution #06-08. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
The L-2 Tax Certification was then presented, authorizing a Riggins city property tax of $57,270 for the fiscal year 2006-2007. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to approve the $57,270 tax certification, and authorize the Mayorís signature. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
It was reported that Idaho County was having a public hearing on their proposed solid waste ordinance on August 21st, which authorized a new garbage fee for city residents. The new fee could be up to 10% of the county residential garbage fees, and would cover the cost of city use of county dumpsters. It was also reported that dumpsters were being placed at Lake Creek Bridge for the river users.
At this time the Sewer Facility Plan was discussed. The Clerk reported that $10,000 may be available through the Idaho GEM Grant program. Job creation is the main objective of the GEM Grant, and Judd DeBoer has agreed to write a letter indicating that if it were determined that sewer capacity was available, he intended to develop the millsite property and create jobs. Since the City cannot guarantee that sewer service is available to the property without the study, Idaho Dept of Commerce will consider the grant request if a letter from DeBoer accompanies the Cityís GEM Grant application package.
Riggins Resolution #06-09, the Idaho GEM Grant Application authorizing the $10,000 grant application for the Sewer Facility Study and designating the City Clerk as administrative agent for the grant was read. Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Harper, to pass and approve Resolution #06-09. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Idaho Dept of Commerce officials also indicated that the City could request pre-authorization that the Cityís expense of the Sewer Facility Study be considered match for future ICDBG Block Grant applications made in connection with sewer improvements identified in that study. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to request the pre-approval of the Cityís costs associated with the Sewer Facility Study (which has been contracted with JUB for $37,000) to be considered as grant match for future ICDBG Block Grants. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time, Mayor Crump reported on a recent meeting with Judd DeBoer, Lorraine Roach and Gil Bates, the new Ida-Lew Economic Specialist. Annexation and development of the millsite property was discussed, as well as the creation of an Urban Renewal District in that area. It was explained that upon the creation of an Urban Renewal District, the distribution of property tax revenue is frozen at the current assessment value, and tax revenue from any increased assessment value is set aside in Urban Renew District funds to provide for public infrastructure improvements, such as the needed sewer upgrade. Since it appeared that the creation of an Urban Renewal District is a complicated legal process and requires the completion of a feasibility study, Lorraine Roach suggested that John Austin (of the Panhandle Areaís CEDA) be contacted for assistance. He is one of the few experts in this field, in Idaho, and has done the feasibility studies in similar cases for approximately $5,000. Mayor Crump reported that Judd DeBoer recognizes that development of the property is dependent upon the City utilities, and DeBoer requested that the City annex the property and proceed with the investigation of the Urban Renew District process. DeBoer indicated that he would be willing to fund the $5000 study, if those funds could be reimbursed with future Urban Renewal District tax revenue collected. Lorraine Roach indicated that if the Urban Renewal District could be formed by December 1, the tax assessment level would be frozen at the 2005 levels before the recent countywide assessment increase. The Council expressed reservations about rushing to have it completed by the end of the year, and would rather take time to thoroughly research and understand the process. They did agree to meet with John Austin for a presentation on the process. A tentative meeting had been scheduled for Friday, Sept 8th at 1:00pm, and will try to be rescheduled for an earlier time slot if possible. (CLERKS NOTE: The meeting was rescheduled for 11:00am, on Sept 8th). Mayor Crump suggested that a letter be written to Judd DeBoer confirming his request for annexation and his agreement to fund the $5000 study. He will be requested for the letter of support for the GEM Grant describing the job creation his proposed development will include.
At this time the Local Option Tax was discussed. City of Riggins Resolution #06-10, declaring the Riggins to be a Resort City was read. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Harper, to pass and approve Resolution #06-10. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and made a part of this record.
With the Resort City designation, Riggins can authorize and collect a local-option sales tax on lodging, liquor-by-the-drink and retail sales upon 60% voter approval. The Council is proposing a 4% tax on lodging sales and 2% tax on liquor-by-the-drink and restaurant meal sales, and Resolution #06-11, calling for a special election to be held in November to ask for voter approval, was read. Motion was then made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution #06-11. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
The Council reviewed a draft ordinance for the Local-Option Tax and several changes were requested. The revised ordinance draft will be submitted to Dennis Albers for his review.
The Council and Charlie Amell reviewed the Public Tree Inventory and Risk Assessment as prepared by Michael Bowman. After review, motion was made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to accept the document and authorize the $3500 payment, and request grant reimbursement. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
After review of the 2006-2007 budget, it was agreed that although the changes proposed in the garbage EU assessments and the rules governing Library Cards did not increase present fees, the changes proposed would increase costs to certain users. Since this change in cost would exceed 5% of those charged last year to some users, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Harper, to schedule a public hearing on the proposed changes, to be held at the regular City Council meeting on September 11, 2006. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The Dive Teamís Fundraiser, SeptemberFest, is scheduled in the park September 2, 2006, and a beer and wine garden is planned. The Fire Department has obtained a state permit allowing the sales, and motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood, to approve the sale of beer and wine, as proposed, on September 2, 2006, from noon until midnight. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
It was reported that an $89,000 grant has been received from Idaho EMS towards the purchase a new ambulance.
Councilor McClure reported on a Library Board Meeting recently attended.
The Council revisited the Sewer Facility Assessment and Plan. Charlie Amell reported that before the engineers can begin the study, there is a lot of data and information he will be required to collect. Since this process is time consuming, and the chlorination system change is in the process, upon his request, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to issue the Notice to Proceed on the JUBís contract for the Sewer Facility Assessment and Plan, when Amell was ready, with his preparations complete. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Amell also reported that it was important to be sure that the contract scope of work include a thorough look at the plant process, and plan upgrades to help make it operate more efficiently. Amell also reported that all developers can be required to prove, by engineering study, that their development will have no significant impact on the system. This requirement puts the burden of proof, and the engineering costs, on the developer rather than on the City.
The Clerk reported that she had tried the wireless laptop computer offered for sale by Sue Barner. Since the laptop does not have the 3.5 floppy drive, it was not really compatible with the other city computers, and use of the Library or Recreation Dept computers was still required for much of the online work. After discussion, the Council agreed that a portable computer is not needed at this time, and authorized the Clerk to pursue purchase of a wireless desktop PC, built to be compatible with the Cityís computers.
A Park Use application was read from Jackie Sabasko, for a wedding August 26th, with no alcohol planned. After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Underwood to approve the application as presented. Voting yea, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.