RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

December 9, 2013 – 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 Friend, Akins and Miller.  Councilor Crump was absent.  Guests: Ross Campbell, John Pottenger, and Jonny Wilson.

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $820.63 paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $41,873.28.  Bills in the amount of $20,969.29 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Akins. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

OLD BUSINESS

EMS REPORT:  No report

FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT:  No report

CITY PROJECTS REPORT:

SEWER - John reported the following:

a)   Generator – needed to order new coolant

b)   High Chlorine was an issue at the plant; water flow was adjusted and it’s corrected.

c)    Lift Station Pumps – work will be done on Well Street Lift Station in January, with the assistance of Jason Wereley.

d)   Community Center – need to determine what temperature to set the thermostat on.

WATER/PARKS – Ross reported the following:

a)   Cemetery Hill Project – distributed a copy of survey completed by Timberline Surveying in 2010 provided by Chuck Boyd that shows property owners and the various parcels on Cemetery Hill.  The road is not indicated on the survey; Boyd has stated he gave Cemetery Road to Idaho County, however there is nothing recorded as such.  Ross has contacted the City Attorney to begin working on getting easements necessary to complete the waterline project; Adam Green has stated he could have these completed by March 2014.  The material list bid from HD Supply has been revised; total is $13,477.67.

b)   Community Center – handicap parking spots completed.

c)    Heritage Center – vapor barrier has been installed.

d)   Street Paving – distributed a copy of the Local Rural Highway Investment Program (LRHIP) application for North Riggins to include McArthur Avenue, North and South Borah, and Dalton Streets; removal and replacement of two culverts, 874 square feet of patch paving, and 6,518 square yards of chip seal.  Total cost of project is $42,807.86; this is $1,645 over bid.  City will receive notification in March 2014 if accepted.  Project would be completed in FY2015. 

e)   Ross and John have completed their Idaho Bureau of Licensing applications for the Wastewater Collection I exam scheduled for March 2014. 

f)    Irrigation Flume – there is approximately 18 feet of pipe needing grouted.  As agreed, Cook and Sons Construction will complete this.

g)   Ward Hall’s property – rock wall by ditch is deteriorating; work will be done to repair.

h)   Squaw Creek area sheep – there continues to be concerns with the sheep on the hillsides above the Irrigation ditch causing rock falls and a dangerous situation.  Ross and Jonny Wilson will contact Dave Haney about this.

i)     Councilor Miller requested that the natural gas tank on the white pickup be returned to Mike Blimka with CARCO as agreed upon.

j)    Mike Kennedy has been laid off effective December 1st.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:  Councilor Miller reported that the Phase 2 electrical is complete upstairs.  Flooring is ready to be installed; waiting for a quote for vinyl in the upstairs bathroom; fixtures will be installed after vinyl is completed. 

CLARIFIER:  No update

WATER DEPARTMENT – THANK YOU:  Clerk read a note received at City Hall to the Water Department which read, “The other day as I was canning apples, using water to wash them before cooking, I thought of how thankful I am for the blessing of water – water at my kitchen sink!  Thank you for your time and effort spent keeping our water safe for drinking from the tap.  I have lived places where this is not the reality.  Blessings be with you, One Thankful Lady.”

STORM DRAIN – RIGGINS ONE STOP:  A meeting is scheduled for December 12th at 1 p.m. to come up with a solution.  Roy Chisom with Interstate Petroleum, Adam Green, and Kim Zolman have been invited to attend.

DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN:  Councilor Akins reported the following: 

  •  Justin Scuka was contacted about harvesting deer; followup to see if he’s made a decision.
  • A list of the needy families in the area will be compiled by January.

NEW BUSINESS

CITY HALL - HOLIDAY SCHEDULE:  Discussed the closing of City Hall around the holidays.  It was decided to close on December 24, 25 and 26.  City Hall will also close at 3 p.m. on December 31st. 

SENIOR CITIZENS and IDAHO FOOD BANK:  Pamela Bogan was not in attendance; discussion was tabled.   Pam Galli has requested another freezer for the Senior Citizen food.  After discussion, it was suggested the Sr. Citizen foods be consolidated on one shelf in the refrigerator, and to post a sign indicating the shelf is Sr. Citizen’s.  This will allow other facility users to have space in the refrigerator if needed.

HINKLEY – ACCESS TO CITY PROPERTY:  As a follow-up on the 2012 felony conviction of Kelly Hinkley, the Council discussed restricting Hinkley’s access to City property and buildings including the EMS building, City Hall and Library.  Following discussion, motion was made by Akins to restrict Hinkley from all City property except those buildings that are publicly accessible; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  Mayor McClure will draft a letter to Hinkley clarifying his restriction from the EMS building; copies will be sent to Allan Yearsley with SRRFD, Jeff Joyce and Curt Brimacomb. 

PERSONNEL:

a)   2013 Salary Adjustment of 2% for employees, and the EMS Bonus of $2,500 were reviewed.  Motion was made by Friend to approve both the 2% Salary Adjustment and EMS Bonus for processing by the Clerk; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

b)   Janitorial – position is vacant again.  At this time, Ross is taking care of the Park.  It was decided to not hire anyone until the spring when things get busier.  If possible, the Mayor would like to find someone to clean the Community Center and HeritageCenter now. 

c)    Travel Reimbursement Form – Clerk distributed the draft form created for staff to complete for travel reimbursement. 

d)   ICRMP online courses must be completed by the end of December.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.

CITY SERVICE ADJUSTMENT REQUEST:

Request received from Erin Dean, Bookkeeper for Summerville’s American Bar for a credit on their last water bill due to a leak in one of their hot water tanks.  The request stated the water had been turned off to the tank and would be repaired.  Clerk will check usage to see what the increase was.  Request will be considered upon receipt of proof of repair.

CITY ATTORNEY:  Councilor Friend expressed concern over the number of calls to Adam Green.  She asked that staff be mindful of the expense, and to consolidate issues before contacting the Attorney.

FIREWORKS – JET BOAT RACES:  Mayor McClure stated the Race Committee would like the Fire Department to take over the fireworks, including funding.  Approximately $2,000 was spent on the 2013 fireworks.  A flyer for donation jars has been formatted for consideration.  Mayor McClure will discuss the issue with Jeff Joyce.

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS: 

St. Luke’s Foot Clinic has submitted an application for the Council Room; City Clerk approved.

Farmer’s Market has submitted an application for the 2014 Christmas Bazaar in the RCC; Clerk approved.

CROSSWALK AT POST OFFICE/BANK:  Chuck Vogelsong submitted a suggestion to move the crosswalk in front of the bank 12 feet to the north to allow for an additional parking spot in front of the post office.  The Council indicated this was not possible as the crosswalk would be in Salmon Street. 

COMP TIME:  Discussed the need to keep comp time to a minimum.  Of particular concern, is the Public Works department due to weekend coverage.  Discussed going to a 10 on and 4 off schedule.  This will be discussed more in the future.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:35 p.m.