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 Ray Payton, Vanna Holland, Larry Simonson, and Cheryl Teed.
The Council was individually polled, and all confirmed that they had read the minutes of the previous meetings. There were no alterations or corrections and the minutes were approved as presented.
The financial statement was read detailing $12,203.65 bills paid after the August meeting bringing the total August 2006 disbursements to $41,495.21. Bills in the amount of $16,883.91were then read for payment. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to approve the 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 the August police report. He reported there were not too many complaints, 23 calls for service in the City, and 24 citations issued. Payton reported on a vicious dog in North Riggins. There have been six to eight complaints within the last six months about Bonato’s dogs, that were left unattended for a week. It is reported that the dogs were running at large, threatening residents, attacked two dogs and killed one dog in the neighborhood. Payton reported that City Prosecutor Albers advised that the Council could deem the dogs vicious, and order their removal from the City. The Clerk reported that Albers had also contacted the City Hall with that information, and that the public defender, the opposing attorney in this case, reported that Councilman Anderson had reportedly made statements about the pending charges. Albers felt that these statements may indicate “prejudgment” by Anderson, which could cause his disqualification from voting on this issue. For the record, Councilman Anderson responded that he had not made judgemental statements about the charges in this matter and felt he had not prejudged the issue, and did not wish to be disqualified from voting on the issue. Payton also indicated that prosecution may be difficult, with trouble identifying which dog was vicious. It had been reported that the dogs were similar in appearance, but the larger of the two Black Lab/Akita mix was the most vicious. He would find out the dogs name for better identification. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Anderson, to declare that the dogs were vicious, and request that they (or it) be removed from the City and the owner given the opportunity to ask for hearing about the request for removal, at the next City Council meeting. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
Vanna Hollard and Cheryl Teed visited with the Council about the Zatica lot. They reportedly represented Larry and Christine Damerman, of McCall, who were interested in developing the vacant lot. They inquired about the availability of 25 residential sewer hookups for condo/timeshare development. They indicated that four were previously purchased by Zatica, and the developers would be interested in purchasing and securing 21 additional hookups, but asked if the Council would consider refunding the hookup fees for ten, if it were later found that they did not need them. (It was noted that the actual number of hookups previously purchased by Zatica may be three, rather than four as stated, and that number would be verified by city records.) The Council reported that because the treatment plant were reaching capacity flows, all sewer hookup fees were being approved on one-by-one individual basis, and that any commercial development, especially one of this size, would have to be analyzed by the engineers. A letter from the developer was needed detailing the entire project and it’s specific impact on the sewer system.
Larry Simonson visited with the Council about the property just south of the city limits, where the Lym Storage Sheds were previously located. He inquired about sewer service to that area, and if it were possible to cross creeks with sewer pipe, etc. The Council reported that the area would have be annexed into the City before hookup is approved, and suggested that DEQ, ITD, and Idaho F&G would have to be contacted about regulations concerning sewer line extension along the highway and across waterways. Charlie Amell will contact a few of these agencies to find out which agencies regulate this type of development. Simonson indicated that these issues should be resolved, and approval for the construction obtained, before further development plans are made, and will confer further with Amell.
Dave Couch, ITD, invited the Mayor and Council to a meeting at SRE on October 5h, 11:00am, to discuss the parking issues in the North Riggins area.
The matter of Gruell’s water hookup was brought up at this time. Charlie reported, that after further research, they had found that fire hydrant lines are sometimes used for services lines also. The 6” line is teed, and two valves are installed to allow isolation of the fire hydrant and service line. By teeing the line and installing isolation valves, the efficiency of the fire hydrant is not compromised in emergencies. Charlie reported that using the 6” fire hydrant line on the Gruell property for their three subdivision hookups would eliminate the need for cutting through the sidewalk and highway asphalt to reach the 10” main line, and he recommended that the Council consider this type of construction in this particular case. Amell did indicate that the DEQ requires that this change in public line would require an engineering design and DEQ approval of the plan. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Anderson, to allow the 6” fire hydrant line to be teed and three service lines added, as proposed by Amell, with the costs of engineering fees, as well as City’s material and labor costs incurred in the hookup, reimbursed by the property owner. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time the public hearing was held for the proposed change and/or increase in Garbage EU assessment and Library Patron Cards. There was no citizenry present to offer input or comment on the proposed changes/and increases, and no written comments were received.
It has been proposed, and the public hearing scheduled to consider changes in the Garbege EU Assessment, increasing bars and cafés to a 5 EU minimum, adding additional assessment for Outfitters, and eliminating fractions of EU’s. Since no comment was received on the proposal, Ordinance # 171 was read:
ORDINANCE # 171
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION 13 OR ORDINANCE #59; PROVIDING FOR A MINIMUM FEE FOR THE COLLECTION OF RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL ACCOUNTS; PROVIDING FOR THE REQUIRMENTS FOR THE DISPOSAL OF CONSTRUCTION DEBRIS; REPEALING ALL ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Motion was made by Underwood, seconded by Anderson, 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 McClure, seconded by Underwood, to pass and approve Ordinance # 171 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
In regards to the garbage dumpster problem, it was reported that the dumpsters at Lake Creek were not being emptied. The Forest Service needs to be advised of this, and Mayor Crump volunteered to contact John Santini about the problem.
Since there was no citizens present to offer input on the proposal to eliminate the Library’s Single Patron Card, after consideration, motion was made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to eliminate the $7.50 Single Non-Resident Patron Card, making the price for a Library Non-Resident Patron Card (single or family) $15.00 per year. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time Mayor Crump reported on the meeting held with John Austin, from Panhandle Area Council (similar to Region II’s CEDA) concerning the formation of an Urban Renewal District. Austin reported that when an Urban Renewal District is formed, the assessed value of the properties in the District are set as a base value, and when the property is developed and the assessed value increased, any taxes levied against the increased portion of the assessment are set aside, for specified period of time as Urban Renewal District funds, to be used for infrastructure improvement to benefit those properties. By creating an Urban Renewal District, funds are generated to expand and upgrade aging infrastructure (such as sewer and water systems) to accommodate that development. Without this infrastructure improvement, the development of these properties may not be possible. He reported that funds also could be used for equipment needs, such as fire protection and emergency services and park improvements. Any public improvements that would benefit the properties contained in the District could be funded. Austin reported that if the City is interested in forming an Urban Renewal District, a feasibility study must be made of the area and planned development, and a Plan presented to the residents. There are few experts in this field, and Austin, working through Panhandle Area Council (PAC), is willing to work with the City to do the feasibility study for $5000. It was reported that Judd DeBoer has agreed to fund the $5000 study, upfront, to be reimbursed from future URD funds. Austin reviewed the procedures necessary to form the Urban Renewal District. (1) An area is identified, with a map and legal metes and bounds description, which contains no more than 10% of the City’s total assessed value. (2) A 3-9 member URD Commission is appointed. The City Council can serve as the URD Commission, or others can be appointed. (3) Contracts are made with PAC for the feasibility study, and with PAC or the City for administration and (4) Reimbursement agreements are made with DeBoer for the $5000 Study. In discussion, the Council agreed that this would be an excellent way to fund infrastructure improvements and expand them to allow for future development, with little impact to city residents. It is a method to use funds generated and paid by the developers for the needed city infrastructure improvements and equipment. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to proceed with the formation of the Urban Renewal District, and call for a special meeting to be held at 9:00am, Tuesday, September 19th, to formally establish the District, appoint the Commission, and begin the URD process. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time the Local-Option Resort Tax was discussed. The Clerk reported that Idaho County had been contacted, and a City Special Election can be scheduled at the same time and polling place as the State’s General Election. Idaho County can either prepare a combined city/county poll book, with the names of city registered voters in a second column, or they can prepare a separate poll book for city residents. Due to the confusion of the residency qualifications of Riggins “city” voters, the Clerk recommended that a separate poll book be prepared, and a City Election Clerk be hired to tend to it. Idaho County officials agreed that the City and County can share other County election clerks and ballot counters, if the City could waive the building rental fees. The Council agreed, and after discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Underwood, to schedule the special election for consideration of the local-option tax for November 7th, with a separate poll book and City Election Clerk. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. Lorrie Harper will be contacted about serving as the City’s election clerk. It was agreed that the Mayor and Council would try to attend meetings to explain the tax proposal, and Mayor Crump offered to attend the Chamber of Commerce and Senior Citizen meetings. News articles will also be written for the Current, information will be sent in the City News and public input taken at the October City Council meeting. It was also suggested that a fact sheet be sent to voters not receiving the City News through the water bills.
At this time the Dive Team expenses were brought up. The Clerk reported that, as of this time, Dive Team expenses exceeded their revenue by $200. Payment for the outstanding bills received to-date had been paid, but Dive Team members had advised that a $4-6,000 invoice for the building insulation would soon be submitted and the revenue from the recent fundraiser had not yet been received. Since it was originally proposed that the Dive Team would be self-supporting, the Clerk requested direction on the payment of the bills in excess of revenue received. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to authorize the use of city funds for the payment of Dive Team bills, when properly submitted, if necessary. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
Mayor Crump reported that the written policy for the entire Fire Department Policy, as well as the Fire Chief job description, needed to be written. The Fire Department files also needed to be set up, and a billing form prepared for the Department to complete when they were called out. He will continue to pursue these procedures, with the help of Councilman Anderson and the Clerk.
At this time the Council re-visited the request by Holland and Cheryl Teed to purchase 25 sewer hookups, and return the fees for ten if they did not need them. After discussion, the Council agreed that only those sewer hookups actually needed and used should be purchased, since the number of remaining hookups may be limited. Allowing one developer to purchase the bulk of the remaining hookups for speculation, could restrict and eliminate development of other parcels. The time limit to complete the hookup was also discussed, since at one time, City policy required that the hookup be completed within one year of purchase. Since it was reported that the one-year limitation may have been a provision of the rescinded sewer moratorium resolution, the matter will be researched further.
The City has received a request from the Chamber of Commerce for $500 to be used towards the printing of the Chamber’s color brochure. The Chamber’s travel grant had been reduced, and they were looking for funds to help complete the brochure reproduction. The Council postponed action on the request and will look into the matter further with the Chamber.
A complaint has been received about individual business signs overhanging the street right-of-way, and blocking the Chamber’s readerboard sign. After discussion, the Council agreed to contact ITD about the problem.
A request has been received from Kathleen Stokes for adjustment on their water bill. They had been out of town, and returned to discover a leak. The leak had been repaired, and they requested that the Council consider adjusting their water bill for July and August. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by McClure, to adjust the bill back to the July-August 2005 use. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
Request for waiver of ambulance charges has been received from two recent runs, Mecham $37.50 and Muchow $ 146.63. In Mecham’s case, the ambulance responded to a boating accident, for a young girl with fairly significant mouch injury. The EMTs assessed the patient, and her parents transported her by private auto to the emergency room, so only the $75 non-transport charge applied. Mechams were requesting waiver of half the bill, since the ambulance was dispatched to them without their knowledge or request. Muchow was requesting waiver of $146.63 of a $630 transport bill, which is the balance owing after their insurance payment. They indicated that their daughter was underage and treated without their consent. Since they were not called, they requested waiver of any further charges. Deputy Payton advised the Council that in cases of underage patients, if the patient are not able to authorize or deny treatment, Idaho EMS protocol is to contact St Com for permission to treat and transport. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to deny the request for $37.50 waiver for Mecham, and to encourage Muchow to pay their remaining balance of $146.63 if State protocol was following when transporting their underage daughter. If proper protocol was not followed, Muchow’s charge of $146.63 will be waived. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The City has been requested to join NCI Travel Association and Ida-Lew Economic Development Association. The Council denied both requests at this time, reporting that the NCI Travel Association is more appropriate for chamber of commerce, etc., and the request for $1,000 dues for Ida-Lew had not been included in the budget. However, the Council indicated that Ida-Lew would be considered next year, since the new director, Gil Bates, had been very active and interested in Riggins economic development.
It was reported that the cable television reception had been very poor recently. Since Rapid Cable had purchased the Riggins system, maintenance work had been minimal. The Clerk reported that she had contacted the cable company, and they agreed the service was poor and offered to adjust subscriber’s monthly charges if the service was unacceptable. It was also reported that Rapid Cable had told one subscriber that they would discontinue service in the Riggins area October 1, but that information had not been relayed to the City, nor verified.
The Council agreed to send a letter of congratulations to Debbie Baker and the Brimacombs for attaining their Advanced EMT status.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present were Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. Brian O’Marrow and Larry Barnard were also present.
The purpose of the special meeting was to (1) formally organize the Riggins Urban Renewal District, and consider necessary related documents and agreements, and (2) to consider recent public input received on the proposed local-option Resort Tax, and (3) to adopt the 2006-2007 Tree Plan and appoint a Tree Committee.
The Council reviewed the proposed URD map which included the old millsite and Browns lot just north of Salmon Rapids Lodge, Zatica’s lot, the riverbank, and tentatively added the Walters property just north of the NRA, Carlson’s lot next to the Post Office and the Bruce Motel Lot, if the property values would not exceed the $2.7 max.
Resolution # 06-12formally authorizing the Riggins Urban Renewal District was then read. After discussion, motion was made by Harper, seconded by Underwood, to pass and Resolution #06-12. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Mayor Crump then appointed the following six persons to act as the Riggins Urban Renewal Commission: Bob Harper and Suzann Underwood, to serve a one-year term each, term to expire on the first meeting in January 2008, Tom Anderson and Larry Barnard, to serve a two year term each, with terms expiring on the first meeting in January 2009, and Glenna McClure and himself (Robert Crump) to serve three year terms each, with their terms expiring on the first meeting in January 2010. The Mayor also appointed himself as the Commission Chairman for one year, until the first meeting in January 2008. The Chairman will then be elected by the Commission Board at the end of the first year, and the Mayor will make appointments to fill each Commission position as the terms expire. All six members of the Commission Board (to be known as the “Agency”) will be voting members, and will elect a Vice-Chairman at their first convened meeting. Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to approve the appointments as made by Mayor Crump. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
In related URD business, the Council reviewed a contract for the City to provide general day-to-day administration duties for the Riggins URD, for a cost of $500 per month. After review, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to approve the contract and authorize the Mayor to execute the document. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. The Clerk requested that she be considered to handle the administration duties, rather than hiring additional staff at this time. She reported that the increased workload of the annexation, the new resort tax and setting up the URD, combined with fiscal year-end closeout, the selection and training of new personnel would be difficult at this time. The Clerk requested that the $500 monthly administrative fees be split between herself and the City when URD funds become available, rather than the City hiring additional staff to be trained for URD administration. The Council agreed
A contract for URD reimbursement of the City’s cost involved with the Sewer Engineering Study up to $37,000 was also reviewed. After review, motion was made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to approve the contract and authorize the Mayor’s signature on the doument. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
At this time the Local-Option Resort Tax was discussed. Mayor Crump reported that he had attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting and gave a report on the proposed tax. Some Chamber members and the motel owners present criticized the 4% hotel-motel tax, suggesting it was too high and would interfere with the business. It was suggested that the lodging portion of the tax be reduced to 2%, the same as the liquor and meals. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Harper, to amend the Resort Tax Resolution #06-11, reducing the proposed tax on lodging to 2%, and adding the capital “equipment” purchases to the proposed tax use. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes. A copy of the amended resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
At this time the 2006-2007 Urban Forest Tree Plan, outlining the upcoming maintenance schedules, etc., was presented to the Council. After review, motion was made by Underwood, seconded by McClure, to approve and adopt the 2006-2007 Urban Forest Tree Plan as presented. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
The 2006-2007 Tree Plan requires that a Tree Committee be appointed to act as the Council’s advisor in future Urban Forest activities. Mayor Crump appointed the following to serve as the Riggins Tree Committee: Charlie Amell, Robert Ader, Suzann Underwood, Glenna McClure and himself, Robert Crump. Motion was made by Harper, seconded by Anderson, to approve the committee as appointed. Voting yea, Anderson, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nayes.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned at 10:15am.