The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Anderson, Barnard, and McClure. Councilor Friend was absent. Guests present included Linda Hieter, Terri Lindenberg, Jay Mentzer, Judy Watson, Vicky Heath, Alita Arendell, Tom and Tracy Travis, Mike and Melissa Blimka, Curt Brimacomb, Steve Frei, Michael Finley and Jon Wilson.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered. The minutes were approved as presented.
The financial statement was read detailing $19,501.98 bills paid after the September meeting, bringing the total September disbursements to $52,355.19. Bills in the amount of $33,307.03 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Council was made aware of the following items after the original posting of the preliminary agenda:
(1) ICCTFOA Ė Add Susan?
(2) Ambulance Write-off
(3) Blimka Ė Irrigation, Storm Water, etc.
After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to add those listed items to the agenda. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There was no police report presented.
Jon Wilson gave the following CCC report: CCCís would like to purchase and install two speed indicator signs for the city entrances. He advised that fundraisers would be scheduled to raise the money necessary for the purchase, and requested the Councilís permission to hook them into the power supplied to the streetlights. The Council took the request under consideration.
Mike and Melissa Blimka, after noting the number of guests and length of the agenda, requested that their business be moved to the November agenda. The Council agreed.
Linda Hieter, from CABS, along with Terri Lindenberg, Jay Mentzer, and Judy Watson from Treasure Valley Transit, visited with the Council about CABS and the ARRA grant.
ITD is willing to transfer the $93,375 ARRA CABS grant to TVT, and they will act as the CABS fiscal agent and oversee their operation under the ARRA Grant. There will be no change in the current service, and CABS will continue to operate in the Riggins area, as an extension of TVT, until they can obtain their 501C3 independent status. In order to transfer CABS assets and fiscal responsibility to TVT, they asked the Council to consider the following:
(1) Release the Cityís interest in both CABS buses and transfer them to TVT.
(2) Request that the sponsorship of the $93,375 ARRA Grant be transferred to TVT for the operation of CABS
(3) Transfer the remaining unused balance of the Idaho Power CABS grant ($356) to CABS for their use.
(1) Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to release the Cityís interest in both CABS buses and transfer them to TVT. The old bus title will be signed directly over and the new bus title will be released upon obtaining ITDís approval for the transfer. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays. Motion carried.
(2) Motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to request that ITD transfer the sponsorship of the $93,375 ARRA Grant to TVT for the operation of CABS. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays. Motion carried.
(3) Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to transfer the remaining unused balance of the Idaho Power CABS grant ($356) to CABS for their use. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays. Motion carried.
TVT also indicated that they would like to continue to use CFN for the bus fuel, and they will look into local opportunities to do so.
Tom and Tracy Travis visited with the Council about their dog. They have recently been given a verbal notice that their dog has displayed vicious behavior by leaving their property and attacking another dog. They were at the meeting to appeal this notice. They indicated that they felt their dog was not vicious, and they had repaired the gate so that the dog cannot leave the property in the future. They requested that the Council reconsider appeal of the vicious designation. After discussion, it was explained that if a warning is given by the Police Department, the Cityís dog ordinance provides for a hearing before the City Council, if the owner wishes to appeal the vicious nature of the dog. The Council will take Travisís request into consideration.
Steve Frei, from Syringa Hospital District visited with the Council about their November 3rd election requesting permission to go into debt for the purchase of Electronic Health Records (EHR) equipment. The $1.5M equipment is required by 2015, and if it is purchased and in use within on year, $1,395,000 will be paid back by the federal government, costing the District only $105,000. He urged the Council and citizens to support the purchase and allow the District to purchase the equipment. The Council thanked Frei for coming to explain the election purpose and suggested that he also meet with the Senior Citizens and Chamber of Commerce groups.
Vickie Heath and Alita Arendell visited with the Council about Salmon Street. They requested that the City consider vacating the 20íX130í northeast section of the Street adjoining their properties, and allow them to purchase the parcel. That portion of the street is currently being used by them, with the City previously granting a right-of-way encroachment easement for the rental trailer located on the Heath property. In addition, Arendell is currently using the 20í section adjacent to her property as yard, with trees and grass planted. They reported that that portion of the street is not paved, or being used for parking. After discussion, the Council indicated that they would take their request under consideration.
Mike Finley visited with the Council about his property in North Riggins. He indicated that he had received a letter about increased utility and hookup fees if he intends to open an RV park. The Council explained the commercial water and sewer hookup fee structure and application process required, since the property has only single residential service at this time. Finley also questioned the change of Williams Drive, opening it up to vehicular traffic. Mayor Crump reported that if it were closed to vehicles, Finley would also be restricted from its use for RV access. Commercial fees and Resort Tax were also explained to Finley, and Mayor Crump offered to advise him with RV park access needs, etc.
At this time Curt Brimacomb gave the following EMS report:
(1) He had purchased 14 chairs for the EMT meeting room, and after seeing the chairs, the Council requested that he purchase 12 for the City Council room.
(2) He also would like to purchase three white boards to be used for training at a cost of $25 each. The Council agreed.
(3) He also visited about purchasing a projector and pull down screen at an estimated cost of $650, for EMT training, rather than sharing use with the Heritage Center. He indicated that they were having many EMT and Drivers Training classes scheduled. The Council agreed, if the purchase was made from the EMT funds.
(4) He reported that a Basic EMT class began in September with six students. Three have dropped out, but the remaining three will finish in the spring. Three students are set to test in Dec-Jan, along with three students from last year, and another Basic class is scheduled to begin in February. They are trying to build up the number of EMTs available for ambulance call, as the numbers are dwindling.
(5) A six-hour Driver class will also be scheduled this fall.
(6) Curt is on the School District agenda to visit with them about possible land use for additional garage area. He will be speaking to them about the area adjacent to the Heritage Center, which is seldom used by the District.
(7) The new ambulance base rate billing has proven to be confusing for the office, and Curt is preparing a billing sheet to use, which should simplify the procedure.
(8) The heater is not working in Ambulance B, and Med-Tech may be able to offer advice over the telephone to assist in the repair. He will be in contact with them.
Charlie Amell gave the following project report:
(1) DEQ has approved adding the noise and odor mitigation procedures to the treatment plant O/M manual.
(2) The Land Board will meet October 20th to approve the accretion land transfer.
(3) With the items above complete, JUB is looking at putting the project out to bid by November 1st.
(4) Charlie and JUB are looking into moving the drying bed structure further away from the adjacent property lines, to help mitigate the noise and odor problems also.
(5) JUB has completed the Cemetery Hill water line easement, and we need to proceed with the title search to identify property owners to begin negotiation for the easement access.
(6) Charlie is working with Van Cline about gravel needed at the North Lift Station. He has obtained a $600/load quote from Ormsby, and will contact Walters for quote also.
(7) DEQ may be changing the rules for operator certification, with a new ďOperator in TrainingĒ program requiring fewer hours. He recommended that Robert Ader wait to take the next test, to qualify under the new rules.
(8) Amell requested the Council to consider keeping Salmon Street at the 50í width, and not vacate any portion of the street, due to grant requirements. Most grant funding will not address streets of less than 50í widths.
(9) A sewer line service resolution is needed to define the Cityís responsibility in the repair and maintenance of sewer lines extending from the City main line. Amell and the Clerk will work up a draft for the Councilís review.
(10)Skip Shoemaker reported that the park bathrooms need repair of water leaks, caulking and paint. Changing the lighting, which is now controlled by a motion detector, was also discussed. Charlie indicated that he would address these problems.
Mayor Crump reported there was no new information on the White Water Park. The engineering and design work by REP is in progress.
At this time the URD Extension Plan, which as been recommended by the Urban Renewal Agency, was reviewed. The proposed plan extends the URD from the original ten-year period to the maximum twenty-four years, ending in 2030. It has been determined that the plan extension is the only viable option to allow the URD to complete the infrastructure necessary to facilitate growth and development in that area. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to approve the Extension Plan as presented, and set up a public hearing at 4:00pm, November 23, 2009, for public input and comment on the plan. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried. John Austin will be invited to attend the meeting, and all taxing districts will be sent copies of the extension plan for their review prior to the meeting.
It was reported that Blakeís RV had been removed from Berger Street, as requested.
The subject of Berger Street repair was brought up at this time. Dave Tucker has not responded to the Cityís request to repair and replace the pavement cut made for the apartment utility connections. After discussion, it was agreed to send another letter, certified mail-return receipt, to request that all repairs be made, material and labor fees paid, and the Library carpet issue be addressed by November 15th.
At this time, Travisís request for appeal of the vicious dog designation was addressed. After discussion, it was agreed that the dog had displayed vicious behavior on at least one occasion, when it attacked another dog walking on a leash in the adjacent street. However, since it appeared to be an isolated incident, the Council was prepared to put the dog on probation, allowing it to remain in the City, provided the Council received documentation that the dog will be confined on the Travis property, and future problems have been alleviated, by completion of the following:
(1) Reimburse the victim $224.46 for vet bills incurred.
(2) Confine the dog to property, with documentation and pictures of gate and fence repairs made.
(3) Written assurance that the dog is properly confined to property.
(4) Documentation of current Riggins dog tags and rabies vaccinations.
(5) Dog will be allowed to remain in the City, on probation. However, if there is any reoccurrence of the dog exhibiting vicious behavior in the future, the Council would require that the dog be removed from the City.
A letter will be written to Travisís, notifying them of the Councilís decision.
Frances Ford did not attend the meeting to visit about the Old Timers Gallery. She will be rescheduled for the November meeting.
At this time the request to vacate Salmon Street was discussed. After discussion of the request to vacate the street and offer it for sale to the adjacent property owners, the Council agreed to deny the request, as the property is needed for future public parking.
If the nearby vacant lots owned by Carlsons and Cloningers are developed, the need for all off-street parking areas will be critical. The Council also agreed that, in the event the Council determines that additional parking is needed, all encroachments would have to be removed to allow for use of the full 50í wide street. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to deny the request for the vacation of 20íX130í portion of Salmon Street for the reasons stated above. Voting yea, Anderson and Barnard. Councilor McClure abstained from voting, due to the family relative connection to Heath and Arendell. No nays, motion carried. It was agreed that Heath and Arendell could continue to use that portion of the street, as is at this time.
The subject of retirement bonus was brought up at this time. After discussion, it was agreed that Councilor Barnard would prepare a draft policy for the Councilís review.
A request has been received to write-off $482.03 for the unpaid portions of Mary Stemenís four ambulance bills. This is the amount left for patient pay, after Medicare. Mrs. Stemens is terminal, in a nursing home, with no assets to cover the unpaid amount.
After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to write off the unpaid, uncollectible account totaling $482.03. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The CCC request to hook the speed indicator signs into the Cityís street light electricity was revisited. After discussion, the Council agreed.
Mayor Crump has expressed concern that the sewer plant renovation project is getting behind schedule. He indicated that he would contact JUB for a report on the bid advertisement schedule.
It was suggested that the City pursue title of the park property. ITD is willing to transfer ownership to the City at this time. However, it was originally granted to ITD for a surplus material site, with the understanding that if it were no longer needed for that purpose, ITD would relinquish the property back to the original owners. Due to that remainder interest in the property, ITD could not guarantee the City titled ownership. The Council agreed that the title company should be contacted to research the property ownership to determine if that would be a problem.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.