12-14-09

City Hall

7:00pm

 

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Councilors present were Anderson and Friend and McClure.  Councilor Barnard was absent.  Guests present included Roy Akins, Frances Ford, and Jon Wilson.

 

The Council was made aware of the following items after the original posting of the preliminary agenda:

(1)   Library Carpet

(2)   Idaho County Claim – Carpet replacement

(3)   Water/Sewer Ordinance modification

(4)   Garbage-Dumpster at Carlsons

(5)   Old Timers Gallery-Frances Ford

 

After review, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Anderson, to add the listed items to the agenda.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered.   The minutes were approved as presented. 

 

The financial statement was read detailing $17,321.51bills paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $36,695.78.  Bills in the amount of $21,743.41       were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to approve the financial statement and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried. A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Frances Ford visited with the Council about the Old Timers Gallery.  The photograph display was started by her late husband, with the help of herself and Rosie Allen.  She would like to see the program continue, but she is personally unable to do so.  She indicated that she had talked to Jeannette Klobetanz and June Whitten, and they had agreed to carry on the photographic program, if the City Council was interested in continuing.  The Council agreed that it should go on and would continue City support.

 

Deputy Wilson gave the following police report for the month of November:

                                                City                 Area

Citations – November             22                    25    Mostly speeding, 2 DUI

                  YTD-09                 159                  237

                  YTD-08                 122                  240

Calls – November                     31                    69

                  YTD-09                 280                  811

                  YTD-08                 321                  820

Wilson then gave the following CCC report: 

(1)    The December 5th fundraiser for the speed indication signs was a great success, raising just under $3000.  Wilson feels that with the Chamber of Commerce donation and the CCC contribution, there will be sufficient funds to purchase two signs, one for each end of town.

(2)    Shooting Range – Locating the gun club site to the area above Time Zone Bridge may be stalled due to the proposed Wild and Scenic designation for the river.

 

Wilson also questioned the Council on their vicious dog policy.  It was reported that the ordinance states that upon the first warning, the dog must be removed from the City unless they are granted a waiver from the Council.  In regards to the Travis case, which was appealed to the Council, the City granted a waiver allowing them to keep the dog in town provided they provide evidence of a secure enclosure, rabies tags, dog license and reimbursed the vet costs incurred by the victim.  Travis had purchased dog tags, but the City has not received any other correspondence from them.  The Council requested that a follow-up letter be written to them to complete the remaining items by January 11, stating that the victim reimbursement payment could be paid to the City, since the family was currently out of town.  Copies of the letters will be given to Wilson.  It was also noted that the animal would have to be removed from the City should future vicious activity occur.

 

It was reported that CABS was looking for office space and may be locating at Heath Realty. 

 

The sign ordinance review was brought up.  The Clerk and Council were requested to review the proposed ordinance and Mayor’s comments for discussion at the March or April meeting.

 

It was reported that Devon Barker was meeting with Debco officials and Brian O’Morrow about donating large boulders for the White Water Park construction.  She has concerns that they are being covered, and not secured for the project. If the boulders are donated, it was questioned if a receipt for their value could be given to Debco.

 

The subject of preparing a city policy resolution outlining the City’s maintenance responsibility in regards to sewer service lines was brought up.  The Clerk and Charlie will work towards preparing a draft resolution for the Council’s consideration.

 

The Clerk reported that the bill for material and labor costs incurred in regard to the Labrum Apt water hookup had been paid.  Mr. Labrum had not yet stopped in the City Hall to complete the application to change the Apt driveway access, but ITD had mentioned some reservation about allowing the drive way curb cut so close to Berger Street. 

 

At this time the $2500 EMS bonus was discussed.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to pay the $2500 bonus, split between the EMS group based upon the number of on-call shifts taken during the year, as budgeted.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

 

The Fire Dept bonus was also brought up. A bonus of $20 per meeting/training had been proposed for the firemen to boost attendance.  A maximum expenditure of $2500 was proposed, with the Salmon River Burn Out Fund committee agreeing to fund the proposal.  Councilor Anderson will contact Fire Chief Catherman for his input, attendance records, etc.

 

A proposal for retirement bonus was also brought up, but discussion will be postponed until the return of Councilor Barnard, who was drafting a proposal.

 

The Clerk reported that Idaho County Title Company had been contacted about obtaining the riverbank property and the park.  They reported that a metes and bounds description is required to begin the quiet title process on the riverbank.  After preliminary research on the park, they determined that ITD has only a right-of-way interest in the property. If the City were to pursue title to the property, they indicated that a full title search and insurance would be required to determine ownership.  Fees for the action would be based upon the value of the property and could be as high as $15,000.  The title company will  do further research and get back with more information.  They suggested that the City Atty be contacted to review ITD’s deed for right-of-way interest and further action. 

 

At this time Ordinance #195 authorizing the sale of  $1.3M General Obligation Bond was read:   

                                          

 ORDINANCE #195

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE AND SALE OF A GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND, SERIES 2010, IN THE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF $1,300,000; PROVIDING FOR THE DATE, FORM, DESIGNATION, AND REGISTRATION OF THE BOND; PROVIDING FOR THE SALE OF THE BOND TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; PROVIDING FOR THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL OF AND INTEREST ON THE BOND BY THE ANNUAL LEVY OF TAXES; ESTABLISHING CERTAIN FUNDS AND ACCOUNTS; PROVIDING COVENANTS WITH RESPECT TO THE TAX-EXEMPT STATUS OF INTEREST ON THE BOND; PROVIDING FOR RELATED MATTERS; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.

 

Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days and to read the ordinance by title only.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays. Motion carried. 

Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Ordinance #195 under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried. 

Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to publish Ordinance #195 by summary only.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

 

Ordinance #196 Extending the Riggins Urban Renewal District was then read:

                                        

 ORDINANCE #196

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, A MUNICIPAL CORPORTION OF THE STATE OF IDAHO, APPROVING THE AMENDED RIGGINS URBAN RENEWAL PLAN; RE-CONFIRMING THE DETERIORATED DELCARATION;

RE-ADOPTING A REVENUE ALLOCATION AREA; MAKING CERTAIN FINDINGS AND CONCLUSIONS IN SUPPORT THEREOF; PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS PROPERLY RELATING THERETO, AND PROVIDING FOR THIS ORDIANCE TO BE EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE AND APPROVAL.

 

Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days and to read the ordinance by title only.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays. Motion carried. 

Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Ordinance #196 under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

 

The subject of the Library carpet was brought up.  Dave Tucker had sent information that the cuts and pulls were not warranted by the carpet manufacturer.  After discussion, it was agreed that Tucker would not respond to the City’s requests about looking at the carpet for repair ideas, so Pim’s Incorporated should be contacted for their ideas on repair.

 

The subject of the costs incurred in connection with the mercury spill in the police office was brought up.  It was reported that Idaho County’s insurance, ICRMP, does not cover pollution and will not address the $4,000+ bill.  Sheriff Giddings notified the City that  Idaho County has limited funds but would work with the City to share the costs.  After discussion, the Council agreed that the City taxpayers should not be responsible for the costs, and requested that Idaho County be sent a bill for the entire amount.  If they are unable to fund the reimbursement, $1000 could be deducted from their quarterly contract payment until it was paid in full.

 

Mayor Crump brought up the proposed Water/Sewer Ordinance amendment proposal.  He requested that the Council review the amendment proposal and e-mail comments to him.  It will be further reviewed upon his return in March or April.  He indicated that we may need to add a provision to estimate the material and labor costs that will be associated with the hookups to be paid at the time of application to prevent non-payment of the fees as experienced recently.

 

Mayor requested that write-able PDF software be purchased for the Clerk and Librarian’s computers.  He reported that without the software the City is unable to submit grants, reports, etc., which many now require. Since the Mayor has been very active writing grants, the Clerk also proposed that he may need the software also.  That need will be addressed upon his return from AZ.

 

It was reported that Carlsons are considering placing a dumpster on their property near the Post Office, for the use of upriver residents. They were proposing fencing and gates to restrict access and overuse.   There was some concern expressed about blowing garbage, but after discussion, it was determined that it was private property and an issue between Carlsons and Walco, and did not directly involve the City.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                              Clerk