The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akins, Barnard and McClure. Councilor Friend was absent. Guests present included Kate McEachren, Bert Tumelson, Blake Watson, Paul Stevens, Jon Wilson, and Curt Brimacomb.
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 and the minutes accepted.
The financial statement was read detailing $23,942.78 bills paid after the September meeting, bringing the total September disbursements to $45,059.16. Bills in the amount of $44,940.81 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the financial report and allow the bills. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
There were no additional items added to the agenda.
Kate and Bert, from Cattlemen’s Café visited with the Council about the limited street parking near the café. A long area adjacent to a private driveway across the street from the café is painted white, and the property owner routinely patrols the area asking for cars to be removed from the “no parking” area. They inquired if that area had been officially designated no parking, and if so, could that decision be reconsidered. They cited the limited street parking available and indicated that area was the only parking space near the café for vehicles with boats or trailers. Charlie Amell indicated that the area adjacent to the driveway had been painted white, restricting parking away from the driveway in order to provide safer exit from the property. After discussion, it was agreed that the parking space was not long enough for vehicles with trailers but suggested that it be marked for compact car parking only, and that white diagonal bars be painted near the driveway to alert drivers of the no parking space. It was also agreed that the white painting restricting the parking would be checked to be sure it was not too long.
Blake Watson, Idaho Power’s community representative, visited with the Council about Idaho Power’s current programs such as energy efficiency audits, transmission projects and community assistance programs. He reported that he had checked into the City’s complaint about the additional $5000 Idaho Power charge to install the new service at the sewer plant, and indicated that the actual charge may be less than the $5,000 estimate. It was also reported that the lights on the basketball court were not being turned on due to school budget restrictions. Blake will figure the estimated electrical cost for the lights, and someone will check with Carolyn Friend or other school board member about restoring the lights. Watson left Idaho Power brochures for the Council’s review.
Curt Brimacomb gave the following EMS report:
(1) Basic EMT class with two students is now underway.
(2) The ambulance subscription information and application are now complete, and the Council OK’ed it to be publicized.
(3) Requests for 2011 training: 9 Day Trauma Course for two, with he and Stefanie attending. Motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to authorize their attendance at $630pp, with fees, lodging and mileage paid. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Also, the Wilderness Training is now scheduled for McCall in March, so more members may be able to attend.
(4) Letters requesting donations for the power stretcher went out in the waterbills, and he has an additional 68 letters prepared for Lucile, Pollock and Rapid River residents.
(5) Ambulance A has a fuel leak, which will be fixed next Wednesday in Lewiston. They are using Ambulance B in the interim.
(6) Curt and Fire Chief Dan Catherman are looking into the pros and cons of consolidating the Ambulance and Fire Departments. There may be benefits from granting agencies if the departments are combined. Some factors in the consolidation are no particular, specified organization structure is required, EMS and Firefighters do not have to be cross trained, but AEDs must be present on every fire scene, they must have common radio frequencies, a comprehensive plan for emergency response and must belong to Incident Mgmt System. Curt and Dan will continue in this discussion.
Paul Stevens, JUB, reported on the following:
(1) The sewer renovation project is wrapping up, with Wednesday being the date of substantial completion.
(2) The services of JUB resident inspector, Don Dunn, may not be needed any further.
(3) The following JC Constructor’s change order proposals are being presented:
(a) CPR #15R in the amount of $6157 to cover costs incurred for the additional sludge removal. JC had originally estimated $2900, but actual costs were much higher at $9057. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to table discussion of CPR #15R for further explanation and/or justification of the costs from the contractor. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
(b) CPR #17 - $4391 Stairs to the clarifier
CPR #18 - $ 997 Back flow preventer, required by DEQ
CPR #19 - $5604 Addition of hand rails
CPR #20 - $34,849 (Estimate) Sludge building enclosure
After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to approve CPR #17, CPR #18 and CPR #19, for a total of $10,992. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
CPR #20 - $34,849 for the sludge building enclosure will be revisited when the actual design is complete and a better, hopefully less, quote for the construction can be made. Stevens indicated that the engineering costs for the building enclosure would be $3,000-$5,000.
The Council agreed to the engineering design of the improvements and also discussed $12,000 lab equipment needed. The available construction budget will be reviewed when the actual costs of this improvement is obtained.
(4) Stevens also indicated that the Flume Replacement project is on hold for now, with the grant funding denied.
(5) JUB is working on the design of the Well Replacement project, and bid documents should be ready in about two weeks.
(6) The Little Salmon Bridge utilities had been pressure tested and a short list of repairs given to Spickelmire’s contractor.
(7) DEQ Letters of Intent for grants and loans are now due if the City has any projects in mind.
Idaho County Deputy Jon Wilson gave the following police report for September:
Calls – Area 70, City 29 – suspicious people, disorderly conduct, thefts, etc.
Citations – Area 11, City 7
He reported the speed indicator signs are doing a good job. Wilson also requested that the Council review the dog ordinance for discussion at the next meeting.
Councilor Barnard offered to get the traffic paint in Ontario, if available, to paint the stripes indicating no parking adjacent to the crosswalks and driveways.
Charlie Amell gave the following project report:
(1) The sewer generator power is on, and DC Engineering is working at the plant, the electrical should be done next week.
(2) The Salsenes filter, now in operation, has to be cleaned each week, and the 3000-hour maintenance procedure is a 1-2 day job.
A personnel issue was brought up and a special meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, October 20th, at 7:00pm, to meet with employees.
Mayor Crump reported that a White Water River Park project development session was scheduled for November 5th at 2:00pm, in the Council chambers. Members of the URA and WWP Committee would meet with CEDA, with Linda Hieter also invited, to brainstorm project development and funding. It was agreed that the ICDBG Grant Administration contract should remain tabled at this time.
It was noted that scheduled guests Moe Een, Rick and Maggie Hopkins and Jerry Cloninger did not attend the meeting.
The subject of the sick deer was brought up at this time. The Clerk was requested to contact Fish & Game and request them to attend the November or December meeting to discuss this issue with the Council.
A letter has been received from Dennis Albers about the Idaho County Title work and $1822 bill for the property search completed on the riverbank property at the request of Vicky Lowe. No action was taken on the letter, as no information had been received from Lowe.
Mayor Crump requested that the review of the Dog Ordinance, Vendor Ordinance and Utility Ordinance be placed on the agenda for November.
Mayor also reported that a walk thru inspection of the improvements made to the old Mill Bridge was scheduled for October 19th at 10:00am. He indicated that he would attend, but would not commit to accept the bridge without the full inspection report and the City Council’s formal authorization.
The City/County Police contract was brought up at this time. After review, motion was made to enter into the contract with Idaho County for police protection, at an annual rate of $25,000, for a two-year period, as stated in the contract. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
It was reported that the Manning Crevice Bridge will be replaced in future projects, and authorities have indicated that they may want to give it to the City at some point, to be preserved for historical value. After discussion, it was agreed that the City had no funds to maintain the structure, and would accept it only if the Forest Service, or other government agency, would be responsible for its continued maintenance.
It was reported that a resident may have added an additional living unit to his property without applying for additional water or sewer hookups, although it was not known for sure if there was water or sewer service to the building. The Council requested that a letter be written to him, to ascertain if additional fees should be assessed.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.
The special meeting was called to address a personnel issue.
At 7:05pm, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to go into executive session to discuss a personnel issue, according to IC 67-2345B. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At 8:30pm, regular session was resumed by a motion made by Friend, seconded by McClure. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Motion was then made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to schedule a special meeting to discuss a personnel issue, at 9:00am, Friday October 22nd, with the employee requested to attend. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Barnard, Friend and McClure. Councilor Akins was absent.
The special meeting was called to address personnel issues.
At 9:10pm, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to go into executive session to discuss personnel issues, according to IC 67-2345B. Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At 9:30pm, regular session was resumed, by a motion made by McClure, seconded by Friend. Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The personnel issues were addressed with a letter of reprimand issued to one employee and a letter to all employees issued stating that timesheets are due on the morning of the last working day of the month, all leave and absences have to be reported to City Hall and employee’s supervisor prior to the leave taken, and ambulance run sheets must be turned in in a timely manner. If these directives are not followed, employees paychecks may be delayed and/or disciplinary action taken.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.