RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

October 10, 2018 – 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 Wilson and Miller.  Councilor Friend and Mayor McClure were absent. 

Guests:  Anne LaBelle

Staff: Dan Wash, Janeen Eggebrecht, Susan Hollenbeak and Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $3,133.20 paid after the September meeting bringing the total September disbursements to $47,071.03.  Bills in the amount of $27,467.92 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

MIDAS GOLD IDAHO – Councilor Akins reported that he attended the September 21st meeting that focused on some amendments to the Community Agreement draft; the updated agreement dated October 3, 2018 was recently distributed for review. 

Bob Crump has volunteered to represent the City of Riggins on one of the groups being formed – Advisory Council or Foundation. 

  • Anne Labelle (Midas Gold Idaho Counsel) stated that the draft agreement is formatted to provide more detail to:  Chapter 1.4)
    • a.  Participate in the Stibnite Advisory Council [Chapter 2]
    • b.  Participate in the NEPA comment period for the Stibnite Gold Project [Chapter 3]
    • c.  Participate in the Stibnite Foundation [Chapter 4]
  • The next meeting to review and amend the draft agreement is Friday, October 19th.
  • The West Central Mountains Community Partnership was interested in participating in the agreement; after opposition was voiced, the group was removed.
  • Reiterated that the Community Agreement as well as the Comment Letter from each City does not have to endorse Midas Gold nor is there any obligation to endorse the Stibnite Gold Project. 
  • In terms of the Foundation and funding, Midas Gold will make an initial grant to the Foundation of $100,000 and 1.5 million shares of Midas Gold Corp.  In 2019 and 2020, additional grants of $100,000 each year will be made.  Once construction begins and in every year after until completion, $250,000 per year will go to the Foundation.  Upon commencement of the final phase, a final grant of $1 million will be made to the Foundation. 
  • More detail on the Formula for commercial production is forthcoming.  Basically, it’s the greater of either 1% of income, or $500,000 (minimum) to the Foundation, payable in quarterly installments. 
  • Each community or group will be able to apply directly to the Foundation for funding. 

Akins would like to provide information to Riggins residents and the area community about the Community Agreement; ask for written feedback, and for any interest in being a representative on the two groups.  This information will go out in the November City Newsletter and on the City’s Facebook page.  The November 14th City Council meeting agenda will include a review of input from the community, and a discussion to draft the City’s comment letter to the Forest Service.           

CITY BOAT RAMP – Grant Opportunity:  No update

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – Janeen Eggebrecht reported:

  • New heater blocks for each ambulance are in the works.
  • Killgore Motors is going to be working on Ambulance A to try and resolve issues.
  • Studded and snow tires will be going on soon.
  • Working on getting a class for EMT’s in January; there are 7 potential students.  The McCall Paramedics and St. Luke’s physicians are willing to teach the class.

FIRE – Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, reported the following:

·      Provided support for the Homecoming Bonfire last week. 

·      Mutual Aid Agreement with New Meadows (Disaster); need to review.

·      Mutual Aid Agreement with Salmon River Rural Fire Department; need to review.

·      Fire Awareness Week – will be providing elementary school tours of Firehouse.

·      Smoke detectors – industry is moving toward 10 year detectors; replace detector every 10 years rather than batteries.

·      Air compressor issue – working on getting a compressor vendor out of Lewiston to check.

LIBRARY – Susan reported the following:

·        Received the Idaho Public Library of the Year award last week at the Idaho Library Association Conference in Moscow. 

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash reported:

·        Water Tank Repair/Maintenance – contract initiated with MIDCO; should be in area this month.

·        Sand Beds – all have been rebuilt and are working fantastic; appears the beds have been overloaded in the past.

·        RAS pump – designed to cycle sludge on a constant basis; experiencing ongoing problems.  Determined there was a buildup of silt and grit; Honeydippers vacuumed out the silt which showed the pipe was blocked with silt also. 

·        Irrigation Ditch – scheduled to shut down today; problem with headgate; will work to resolve tomorrow.

·        Shawn and Shane working very well together.

·        Hydrant at NRA – dug up line; unable to locate valve.  Metal detector showed valve may be in middle of road.  Contacted Circuit Rider with IRWA who is going to dismantle the hydrant, put a camera in the line and determine location of valve.  Will work with ITD if valve located under roadway.

·        Dan is having surgery on shoulder November 6th; will be out for a short time.

BERGER STREET – TREE ISSUE:  Clerk reported she was contacted by Jim Scott about having a tree removed in front of a shed on Berger Street.  After discussion, need to determine what the city’s easement is for Berger.  Bottom line is tree maintenance is the responsibility of the property owner.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS

Heritage Center – Linda Heiter with St. Mary’s and Clearwater Valley Health; free health workshops held every Wednesday from October 31st to December 5th. 

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:

SKIP BAILEY – 514 South Main:  Utility Connection Application received for Sewer Hookup; wanting to add a living unit in shop for sister; will be a new tap.  Connection fee of $7,500 due.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer