RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

October 14, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Chairperson Roy Akins.  Councilors present were Wilson, Friend and Miller.  Mayor McClure was absent.  Guests: Jerry Zumalt, Susan Hollenbeak, and John Pottenger.

SEPTEMBER MINUTES:  September meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes.  Motion was made by Wilson to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,529.89 paid after the September meeting, bringing the total September disbursements to $59,710.96.  Bills in the amount of $32,155.21 were then presented for payment.  Councilor Friend inquired as to what the ERLA Inc. invoice was for; Clerk stated that she had requested information on the invoice from Curt Brimacomb who said, “this is a company that once a year checks out the stretchers on both ambulances, replaces the mattresses, belts, and oils/greases the joints; they have been doing it for us for years”.  Brimacomb also indicated he thought it was a budget item.  Friend requested that the Clerk research past invoices from this company as it didn’t sound familiar.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

JERRY ZUMALT:  Jerry Zumalt, candidate for 2-year term on the Idaho County Commission visited with the Council.

OLD BUSINESS

CITY PROJECTS REPORT:

SEWER – John Pottenger

a)   Oen Generator – John reported that the technician from Rocky Mountain Cummins diagnosed the generator on October 2nd (a copy of the report was provided to each Councilor).  Technician believes the fuel mixer is the problem, and needs to be replaced.  An estimate has been provided, which includes the cost of the October 2nd visit - $5,614.  Discussed the travel and mileage charges, and if there was a branch closer which should be researched for any future repairs. John indicated the technician drives a service vehicle with load bank, computer, etc.  Motion was made by Wilson to move forward with the repair on the gen-set; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell was absent, but provided a written report for the Council.

  • The Riggins Community Center has been caulked and primed with some painting done on the exterior.
  •  Irrigation Head-works As-Builts cannot be found.  New gel-cell batteries were installed.  A photo cell is also needed similar to what needs replaced; can be easily installed.
  • The Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau will be here October 20th.  All fire hydrants have been field checked.  A “Hydrant File” has also been started for future use; will contain a hydrant map showing hydrant numbers.  A Hydrant Maintenance Log has also been developed with nine issues.  Kevin McLeod from IRWA will be here October 15th to work on the annual hydrant flushing program.
  • Silt Box Inspections have been completed and a copy of the report provided to each Councilor.  No issues reported in the South box.  The North box had significant sediment build-up which needs to be removed.  A file has been started which includes the inspection reports; Right-of-Way Encroachment Application and Permit from ITD since these are required to close the traffic lane while work is taking place; As-Builts; and all information pertaining to the July 2012 diesel incident.  Ross is researching providers qualified to remove the sediment.  Honey Dippers has quoted $225 per hour.
  • ITD curb marking and signage information was provided to each Councilor.  Discussed the application of yellow paint on curbs in No Parking areas on the Highway; this seems to have improved the parking issue at the Post Office.  Discussed the crosswalk lights; apparently, these have been problematic and have not worked the past few years.  There is also a question of who is responsible for maintaining these; ITD contract will be researched.
  •  A certified letter from the Clerk has been sent to Sam Stokes regarding the five RV Sewer and Water hookups on his property; all Sewer pipes need to have screw-on caps, and these should be tightened, and all Water spigots need to be six (6) inches above ground, or be plugged.  The Clerk reported that Mr. Stokes received the letter and came in wanting to know how soon that needed to be done; he was advised to get the modifications done as soon as possible.
  • Irrigation Ditch – will remain on until the end of October, depending on precipitation.

EMS REPORT- No report

FIRE DEPARTMENT – No report.

BOAT RAMP RENOVATION PROJECT:  Tabled until November meeting

NEW BUSINESS

FUNDRAISER CONCERT – John Belton (absent)

 SPORTS COMPLEX – Melisa Bryant, IDA-LEW

Clerk reported that Melisa contacted City Hall today and requested her presentation be postponed until the November meeting.

TERRORISM INSURANCE COVERAGE – ICRMP

The Clerk reported that notification was received from ICRMP offering terrorism property coverage in addition to the regular coverage provided by ICRMP at a cost of $5,000 per year.  The ICRMP Board of Trustees has purchased $50,000,000 in excess insurance for members of ICRMP (as a whole) and is included in the City’s regular ICRMP coverage at no additional cost.  After discussion, it was decided to reject the extra coverage since the City has coverage in the regular policy.  The Clerk will complete the documentation and return to ICRMP.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH – OCTOBER

Kristy Beckstead, an advocate with the YWCA, is requesting permission to hang ribbons along Main Street during the month of October.  In addition, she would like to also hang ribbons in April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  The Council approved the request, and asked that all ribbons be removed following the campaigns.

ILLEGAL DRUGS/PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

Discussed concerns regarding illegal drugs/prescription drugs being sold in the City, and what can be done about it.  Councilor Wilson explained some of the difficulties law enforcement faces.  Also discussed related crimes committed in order to buy illegal drugs – burglary, theft, etc.   

IRRIGATION ORDINANCE - REVIEW:  Tabled until the November meeting.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  Councilor Friend requested more detail on the report.

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS:  None

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:

  • Priscilla Jeffrey – requesting irrigation fees be waived at her property located at 437 South Irwin Drive due to there not being a pump and the tank is no longer operable.  After discussion, the request was denied on grounds the property has access to the ditch.
  • Donald Een – is requesting a reduction in the annual irrigation fee; has been charged $60 per year (acre rate); they believe their property is less than an acre.  After discussion, the Council requested a legal property description from the Een’s to determine the property size.  The Clerk will advise the Een’s of the request.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER

Rocke Wilson will be featured in the November City Newsletter.

DEER IN TOWN:  Councilor Miller reported that he contacted officials with Fish and Game about obtaining a kill permit, etc.  Fish and Game has requested a written plan be submitted first.  Miller has secured processing of the meat for $50.  The issue will be discussed at the November meeting.

AUTOMATIC LICENSE PLATE READERS (ALPR):  Councilor Wilson described this program which involves setting up a unit in the City facing north and south on the highway; would provide immediate notification on Amber Alerts.  He requested that the Council research the program further online and discuss support of the program at the November meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.