October 11, 2017 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall


The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Chairperson Roy Akins.  Councilors present were Friend, Wilson and Miller.  Mayor Glenna McClure was absent, but participated via phone.

Guests:  Neil Marzolf and Jon Butler (Rants & Raves Brewery)

Staff: Dan Wash, Susan Hollenbeak, John Pottenger

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,068.14 paid after the September meeting, bringing the total September disbursements to $55,761.17.  Bills in the amount of $42,694.55 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:  Chairperson Akins requested two additions to the agenda – 1) ICRMP Terrorism Coverage offer, and 2) Sinclair request for unused connection rate.  Motion was made by Wilson to add both items to the agenda; motion seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Miller and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE APPLICATION:  Neil Marzolf requested that the Council consider approving the Alcohol Beverage License for Rants and Raves Brewery.  Marzolf stated both the State and County licenses have been granted and copies have been sent to the City Clerk, and that they are prepared to open in the next week.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the license for Rants and Raves Brewery; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Akins; opposed, Friend.  Motion carried.  Marzolf expressed his appreciation to the Council for allowing the business to open.


EMS – No Report

LIBRARY – No Report

FIRE – No Report

PUBLIC WORKS– new Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:

Ø  Treatment Plant – Roof:  elastic coating has been applied to the roof of the pump room at the plant.  However, the roof continues to leak putting the equipment at risk.  Dan believes repairs can be done in-house to get through the winter.  Councilor Miller indicated a pitched roof is needed on the building; engineering and bids need to be obtained on the project.  It was agreed this is a capital project that Resort Tax funds could be used for.

Ø  Irrigation Ditch: ongoing problem with a beaver plugging the culvert near Adair’s south of Riggins; Adair has agreed to having the culvert pulled out to deter the beaver.  The ditch will be shut-off on Monday, October 16th.

Ø  Salmon River Experience – Waterline:  working on the project this week; progressing well; discussed Autry’s concern about disturbing the rock on the road, and agreed the road will be returned to its original condition.

Ø  Knight water meter: discussed prep work needed to proceed with project.

Ø  Maintenance:  Dan believes maintenance issues are getting caught up at the plant; feels that he and John work well together. 

Ø  Work Schedule:  John expressed his objection to the new work schedule (ten 8-hour days with 4 days off) and requested a return to the previous schedule (four 9-hour days with 4 hours on Saturday/Sunday).  John would like to be able to spend more time with his family, and doesn’t think the change is workable.  Councilor Miller shared his concern with the need to take time off for a meal break, and that maintenance and cleaning of the plant has not been satisfactory in the past.  Dan requested the Council revisit the work schedule issue in the future and allow him to get the department organized and schedule projects in a professional manner.  Akins thanked John for going above and beyond the past couple months while short-staffed, and for bringing his concerns to both Dan and the City Council. 

Ø  Laborer:  discussed hiring a part-time laborer in the future, and how that could be beneficial to the work schedule issue.

Ø  Fire Hydrants: have evaluated three hydrants.  IRWA assisted in getting the north Riggins hydrant working; discovered it had been over-tightened and had bent some of the components; replacement parts have been ordered.  Chukar Point hydrant – in the process of locating the valve.

Ø  Manhole – Summerville’s:  the manhole has been raised to ground level, and roots have been removed.

ICRMP – TERRORISM COVERAGE FOR FY18:  The Clerk reported that ICRMP is once again offering Terrorism Coverage on the City’s insurance policy for $6,031.  It was noted that the ICRMP Board of Trustees has purchased excess insurance for Members (as a whole) in the amount of $50,000,000 per year at no additional cost to the City.  Motion was made by Wilson to deny the Terrorism Coverage; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER:  Akins reported on the numerous public agencies he contacted to assist in the removal of the car in the Little Salmon River with no luck.  ABT Towing in New Meadows removed the car at no charge (a savings of approximately $3,000).  Akins suggested featuring ABT Towing as the Volunteer of the Quarter in the next City Newsletter.  Selection was unanimous by the Council.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed.  Discussed account #1-33 (Steve Woodley); since property was sold at Sheriff’s auction and past due utility billing is not recoverable.  Motion was made by Friend to write-off the $1,550.51 outstanding on the account; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.             


a)    Matt & Amy Sinclair – purchased property at 713 North Dalton Drive (Account #1-33); requesting approval for Unused Water/Sewer Connection fee ($5 each) with removal of water meter.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the request; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

b)    Gouge Eye Grill – requesting a waiver on garbage for their food truck now located at 101 North Main (Account #2-121).  After discussion and review of the Garbage Ordinance, the waiver request was denied. 

c)    Riggins Manor (Account #2-132) – reviewed water consumption over past few months (July- 121,600 gallons; August-79,500 gallons; September-124,000 gallons); new water meter was installed August 1st.  After discussion, Councilor Miller stated there is probably a leak estimated at a gallon a minute.  He suggested having Public Works take a reading on the meter two days in a row to determine how much water is being used in that amount of time. 




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

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer