November 10, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Akins, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  Guests: Jesse Travis, John Belton, Curt Brimacomb, Jeff Joyce, Ross Campbell, Susan Hollenbeak, and John Pottenger.

OCTOBER MINUTES:  October 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 Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,010.45 paid after the October meeting, bringing the total October disbursements to $50,079.83.  Bills in the amount of $26,879.65 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Akins. 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.

JESSE TRAVIS:  Jesse visited with the Council and expressed his concern on three issues stating he’s researched the City Ordinances pertaining to these issues and would like to see them enforced:

1)  Folks trespassing on his property, and picking flowers;

2)  Dogs off leash, and in his yard;

3)  Trailers being parked next to his house and on the street.

1-   Councilor Wilson explained the trespassing law indicating violators should be verbally warned by the property owner; if the problem persists, law enforcement should be contacted to deal with the issue. 

2-   Councilor Wilson also addressed the difficulties with the leash law, including not having an animal shelter and therefore not being able to take possession of any stray animals, as well as not knowing the owners of such animals even if the Sheriff’s Department were able to take them into custody. 

3-   While trailers may be parked on the street up to 24 hours, Councilor Wilson explained the difficulties with monitoring and tracking these violations, stating it's often difficult to definitely determine whether or not a vehicle has been parked in the exact same spot for a long time, or if it left and came back to approximately the same spot. 

The Council thanked Jesse for voicing his concerns.  The City Newsletter will address these issues in the next few issues, and on an ongoing basis. 

JOHN BELTON:  John explained his proposal to hold a concert to benefit the Salmon River School District.  His initial goal was to supplement funding for the foodservice program, but stated the District could use the funds wherever needed.  Councilor Friend indicated the District failed to get their Fruit and Vegetable Grant.  John went on to explain the concert would be a 1-day event, with a tentative date of August 15th.  The Braun Brothers Reunion concert in Challis is held the weekend prior to the 15th, so the hope is that some of those groups could easily travel to Riggins for the following weekend.  John indicated he wanted to get feedback from the City Council before proceeding.  Possible venues including the school football field, rodeo grounds, City Park, and Salmon Rapids Lodge were discussed.  The City Park seems to be the best venue with parking, etc.  John has spoken with Judd DeBoer regarding camping on his property across from the rodeo grounds.  John is hoping 2,000 tickets could be sold at a cost of $40 per ticket.  The Council expressed support for the idea.  John will start contacting bands, etc. and will report back.


EMS REPORT- Curt Brimacomb reported:

  • The new power stretcher has been ordered per the grant application.
  • Mike Cornforth is now only a Driver/Extraction volunteer, having chosen not to take the test for EMT.
  • Coolant system on Ambulance A needs flushed.  Discussed local shops able to perform this service.  Curt will check with Steve Smith at Hoot’s Auto. 
  • Curt reported that some of our equipment is not being returned from Life Flight; this equipment is costly to replace.  Curt will continue to attempt to get these items returned to Riggins.
  • Councilor Friend asked if driving records were reviewed for ambulance drivers.  Curt indicated he does check driving records, looking for recent infractions and patterns.  Curt stated he would be willing to explain this to any concerned citizens in the future.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce reported:

  • The Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau evaluated the Fire Department on October 20th.  It appears the City’s rating will remain at “6”.  Also, lighting, a saw, and Thermal Imager is needed.  Councilor Akins indicated the Dive Team has lights they could share with the Fire Department as needed.  Annual tests on hoses and the pumper truck could improve the rating in the next couple years.  The Bureau will be submitting a report to the City in the near future. 
  • Jeff would like to apply for a grant to get a new pumper truck.  The 1957 red Ford does not qualify as a Pumper truck.  Jeff would like to try to sell the Ford.
  • Lettering on the doors of the Ambulance/Fire Bay need redone.  Jim Scott provided a bid of $300 to replace the lettering.  The doors will need to be cleaned and prepped for the application.


SEWER – John Pottenger

a)   Plant is running normal with 99% removal.

b)  Utilizing a company called Watersolve to research polymer for the geotubes; samples will be sent off in the near future.

c)   RAS pump needs replaced; leaves get into the pump during the fall.

d)  A wall heater is needed in the Lab; currently using a space heater.  The heater in the shop needs repaired.  Will research what needs done. 

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell distributed a written report to the Council:

  • Doug Young, with the Idaho Surveying and Rating Bureau, inspected three hydrants.  (A copy of the report was circulated).
  • The City’s Source Water Protection Plan is nearly complete.  The plan is used to ensure clean and high quality drinking water sources.  Adrianna Hummer with IRWA has been assisting in the process.  There is a 6 step process, working toward state certification through Idaho DEQ.
  • Mike Broering with Watersolve is working with us to find a polymer that will work in our geotubes.  He is very knowledgeable and is a good resource for ideas such as… utilizing a static mixer rather than just a polymer pump. 
  • RCC – block seal has been applied, and block painted.  Have yet to apply the white trim paint.
  • The Irrigation headgate photo cell has been installed with new batteries; warranteed for 10 years.
  • Estimates for the north Silt Box cleanout are as follows:  ASAP $285; Honey Dippers $225 per hour; Pipeline Inspections $225 per hour (water injection on truck).  IRWA recommends Pipeline Inspections since they are most familiar with this type of cleanout.  They would need to schedule the cleanout when they are coming through this area.  Estimated 1-2 hours to complete.  The Council requested that Ross proceed with scheduling with Pipeline Inspections.
  • Ross pointed out that the invoice for $106 from the Print Shop was for two copies of the Sewer Collection system as-builts.  The City only had one copy, so now there are working copies at the Plant and City Hall.
  • Ross would like to order another LED street light (FY15 budget).  He has one to be installed near the Salmon River Motel.  Discussed the next location; determined that the area between Seven Devils and Summerville’s (in front of cabins) would be the best. 
  • Heritage Center – light in parking lot needs replaced.  Ross will research who is responsible for this fixture.

BOAT RAMP RENOVATION PROJECT:  Tabled until December meeting


FERAL CATS – NORTH RIGGINS:  John Pottenger Sr. was unable to attend.  Council proceeded to discuss the number of cats at the Wayne Wicks property which is currently being rented.  The cats appear to be in poor condition, and neighbors are concerned about the spread of disease.  Council reviewed Idaho Statute 25-3511 that deals with Animal Care, bringing in an Idaho licensed Veterinarian, and involving local law enforcement if necessary.  The Mayor requested feedback from Health Department officials earlier today. Motion was made by Friend to direct the Clerk to send a letter to the property owner, and renter, with a copy of the Idaho Statute, informing both parties that further steps will be necessary if the situation is not resolved; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

TRAFFIC/SIGNAGE – NORTH RIGGINS:  Councilor Akins expressed concern with drivers speeding, and accelerating in North Riggins.  With the number of children and pedestrians in the area, he requested that the words “SLOW” and “15 MPH” be painted on the pavement where possible.  Ross indicated that adding two stop signs on Borah and Salmon would be beneficial – approved.

IDAHO COUNTY ROAD DISTRICT PROPERTY:  Councilor Akins again expressed concern about the unsightly appearance of the County shop on the north end of town.  Akins stated that local businesses try to improve the appearance of their property in town.  It is Akins hope that the County workers could trim weeds, which could be a potential fire hazard, and clean up the grounds.  He stated he has had clients comment negatively about the property.  It was decided the Clerk would send a letter to Supervisor Gene Meinen addressing the Council’s concerns, with a copy to the County Commission.  It was also suggested the County utilize the Inmate work program if necessary. 

LHRIP (Local Rural Highway Investment Program) GRANT – STREETS:  The Clerk reported that she recently attended a LHTAC (Local Highway Technical Assistance Council) workshop detailing grant opportunities.  A critical factor in the grant application process is having a Transportation Plan.  She has researched and determined the City is part of the Upper Clearwater Transportation Group who developed a plan in 2006.  At that time, Capital Improvement Plan priorities were, 1) Ace’s Place (storm drain system and sidewalk), 2) Well Street (widening), 3) pavement repair, and 4) Street Sweeper.  She spoke with the engineer who developed the plan (John Watson, Riedesel Engineering in Lewiston) who indicated several municipalities in the group were wanting to update their portion of the plan.  Watson estimated a cost of $1,500 to update the Riggins plan.  After discussion, a motion was made by Wilson to proceed with having Riedesel Engineering update the Riggins plan; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  

IRRIGATION ORDINANCE - REVIEW:  Tabled until spring 2015.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council. 



  • Donald Een – has requested a reduction in the annual irrigation fee; has been charged $60 per year (acre rate); Een believes their property is less than an acre.  Een provided the Council with a copy of the property description.  After review, it appeared Een’s lot exceeds the 50’ x 100’ lot size specified in the Irrigation Ordinance.  Therefore, the irrigation rate would be the next amount higher.  The Clerk was directed to send notification to Een with a copy of the ordinance explaining the determination. 
  • Steve Thornock – is contesting the July 2014 garbage fee.  Correspondence to and from Thornock was reviewed.  The Council determined the garbage fee is reasonable in keeping with Ordinance 205.  The Clerk will draft a letter to Thornock advising him of the Council’s determination.
  • Summerville’s American Bar – requesting a credit due to a water leak in the downstairs restrooms discovered in April 2014 which was repaired May 8, 2014 (copy of invoice received).  In addition, another leak was discovered in the basement in June 2014, which was also repaired (copy of invoice received).  The Council reviewed the previous two years water usage records.  It was pointed out that the restaurant was closed in May and June 2014.  The two highest months of usage were December 2013 and January 2014.  It was determined a credit for 50% of those two months would be applied to the account.  The Clerk will notify Summerville’s of the determination.
  • EXODUS – requesting a credit due to a water leak discovered October 8th, and repaired October 10th.  A copy of the repair invoice is forthcoming.  It was determined to reduce the October fee to the minimum $50.  

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m.