RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL
October 12, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.
The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Council President Roy Akins. Councilors present were Wilson and Miller. Mayor McClure and Councilor Friend were absent.
Guests: Mike Cornforth
Staff: Susan Hollenbeak, Janeen Eggebrecht and John Pottenger
SEPTEMBER MINUTES: 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 Miller. Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, and Miller. No nays; motion carried.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT: The financial statement was read detailing $2,085.80 paid after the September meeting, bringing the total September disbursements to $40,188.69. Bills in the amount of $42,691.51 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Wilson. No nays; motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
CITY DEPARTMENT REPORTS
LIBRARY – Susan reported that a new computer has been purchased for the Library.
FIRE – no report
EMS – Janeen reported the following:
Call numbers seem to be normal.
Rocke is in the process of installing an Inverter.
Complimented the drivers on the maintenance and other duties they perform that are above and beyond the required.
Discussed difficulties in retaining EMT’s, including re-certification.
WASTEWATER – John Pottenger
No violations; things are going well down at the plant.
Described a situation that came up over last weekend with the blower on the Salsness. A purchase order was reviewed and approved for APSCO, LLC for a replacement Blower Block.
WATER/STREET/PARK – reviewed written report from Ross Campbell
Meter replaced at Clay residence.
Sealcoat at RCC/HC completed;
Striping completed in RCC/HC Parking lot, and throughout town;
Medical Clinic requested an extra handicap parking designation on the street;
Irrigation Ditch – shutting down Monday, October 17th, due to expected heavy rains and potential for rock slides; shut off date has been posted.
WORK COMP DENIAL – Mike Cornforth: Janeen described the situation that occurred earlier this year with a patient; EMS was dispatched for other issues and entered the home on numerous occasions; staff were not aware that the patient was suffering from C-Diff (gastrointestinal infection). EMS volunteer driver, Mike Cornforth, was put on an antibiotic for Strep Throat shortly before he began showing symptoms similar to C-Diff. Cornforth had consulted with the City Clerk who had urged him to go to the Clinic asap; Clerk filed a Work Comp claim. Cornforth’s symptoms diminished, and he is feeling well now. Cornforth’s claim was denied by the State Insurance Fund stating, “Evidence fails to substantiate that you suffered an accident that arose out of and in the course of your employment. In addition, medical evidence fails to substantiate that your condition constitutes an occupational disease as defined in Idaho Code.”. Cornforth has filed an appeal with the State Insurance Fund. Janeen indicated she has consulted with other EMS volunteers about the possibility of using EMS OP Funds to pay Cornforth’s medical bills totaling $543; they were in agreement. It was determined that should the State Insurance Fund deny the appeal, the City will pay the three invoices using EMS OP funds. Janeen explained that an Infrared Light was purchased to detect such micro-organisms in the ambulance.
WATER RESERVOIR INSPECTION AND CLEANING: Ross had budgeted $900 for the inspection only, and then realized the cost for cleaning was not considered in the budget. After researching the issue, Ross felt that since the tank has not been cleaned or inspected in a number of years, it would be best to get bids for inspection and cleaning.
The Council reviewed information two bids for water tank inspection and cleaning – 1) Midco Diving & Marine Services (North Dakota) for $2,675, and 2) Mountain West Commercial Diving (Hazelton, ID) for $2,600. Akins felt there is a benefit in using an Idaho-based company. It was determined that in-state references will be requested from both and a decision be made at the November meeting.
PERSONAL GAS DETECTORS: Susan reported she has requested information from Norco in Grangeville on what they have available. It was decided to get the type that detects 4 different gases rather than just H2S. Approximate cost is $400; will research the cost of cartridges.
PARK LIFT STATION – FENCE: Carpenter Fence provided an estimate of $980 for a chain link privacy fence. Council discussed the aesthetic value of a wood slat fence. Research will be done on the cost of a wood fence; discuss at the November meeting.
TOILETS – CONSIDER FOR SURPLUS: There are two porcelain toilets (no seat type) from the Park. It was determined these will be stored and used as needed.
CHURCH LANE SPEED LIMIT: Councilor Wilson stated the Sheriff’s Department has received a complaint from a resident on speeding creating a dangerous situation for children; Wilson stated the speed limit throughout town is technically 25 mph. Motion was made by Wilson to make the speed limit on all side streets 15 mph; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Akins. No nays; motion carried. It was determined that a 15 mph sign be placed on Church Lane. This will also be put in the next City Newsletter.
Terrorism Risk Insurance - $5,987; discussed this optional insurance coverage. It was noted that ICRMP has purchased excess terrorism insurance which is already included at no additional cost to its members. Motion was made by Akins to deny the additional optional coverage; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Akins. No nays; motion carried.
2016 Property Appraisal – briefly reviewed appraisal of structures completed earlier in 2016; Clerk pointed out that the insurable new replacement values varied quite a bit from the previous values. Clerk indicated that Mayor McClure will be meeting with the City’s agent next week to review the data in detail.
BOAT RAMP/ADA PROJECT REPORT – Councilor Akins reported that letters have been sent to various officials calling attention to the lack of ADA access in this area.
RESORT TAX: Letters have been mailed out to all registered voters in the City; an entire page was devoted to the Resort Tax issue in the October City Newsletter. Door hangers will be printed and placed on residence doors throughout town when water meters are read the end of October. The City Newsletter will feature the issue again in the November newsletter.
COMMERCIAL EU ASSESSMENT: Reviewed the list of commercial property EU changes that will go into effect on the October billing.
PAST DUE WSG BILLING: Reviewed
CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS: None
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.
Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer