December 8, 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 and Miller.  Councilor Friend was absent as well as City Clerk Brenda Tilley. Susan Hollenbeak was acting clerk.  Guests:  June Whitten, Lorry Harper, Bob Crump, John Pottenger, Ross Campbell, Jason Wereley, Curt Brimacomb and Stef Brimacomb.

NOVEMBER MINUTES:  November 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, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,135.37 paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $43,145.76.  Bills in the amount of $30,966.18 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

Secret Santa:  Lorry Harper has been in charge of the Secret Santa program since 1991, and would like to retire.  The dinner this year will be @ Seven Devils Steakhouse; FFA is doing food boxes and the wrapping of presents will be done on the 17th.  The giveaway is on the 18th.  Councilor Wilson thanked Lorry for her service and time all these years.

June Whitten:  Water-Sewer Connection Request

1.      Request that the back lot of 1033 S. Main Street (from formerly Riggins Christian Fellowship property) be assigned the address of 1035 S. Main Street.

2.      Request water meter installation/hookup at the stub-out provided to this property from the main water line located in the City’s easement on the south side of the property.

3.      Request approval of the installation of the second sewer hookup, currently paid and on hold for the property.

4.      Request that the City Council waive the City’s Sewer Ordinance #206 which requires that each lot have a separate sewer service line, granting approval of the proposed extension of the sewer line from the existing house sewer connection to the back lot.  This request is made due to the fact that the City’s main water line is located on the south side of the property, and space would not allow for the proper water-sewer line separation in that area combined with the fact that the city sewer line is located about halfway out in the southbound lane of US #95.  Connecting to that line, in any case, would require the removal of the sidewalk and excavation of the main highway.

As the single owner of the entire property, this sewer line extension is not subject to Ordinance #206, but if the property is divided into two separate ownerships, an easement will be granted for the sewer line access to the back lot, and a maintenance agreement for the common sewer line will be drawn up and recorded to the deeds.  A copy of all these documents will also be provided to the City.  This would be done in compliance with the requirements of Ordinance #206.

Wilson made a motion to approve all requests with the stipulation of the easements and maintenance agreements, Akins seconded.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Wilson, no nays; motion carried.

Robert Crump:  Robert came to the meeting for a couple of reasons…one he knows about the property of June Whitten and to say how much he appreciates the council and John Pottenger and Ross Campbell helping out everywhere and gave them many commendations.


EMS REPORT:  Curt Brimacomb has joined the State EMS Committee & Disaster Committee to improve EMS multi-casualty incident training…they are working on a designation system to know which hospitals can handle certain patients.  They are working on accreditation criteria for all hospitals in Idaho.  They are also working on a program so State Communications can automatically launch needed resources.

The power step will be purchased with the donation from the Freeland Estate.

 City  Projects Report: 

 Sewer Report:  John Pottenger reported there aren’t any violations on the DMR.

He needs to order DE caps for the digester basin.

The pumps will be pulled out of lift station on Well Street this month and revamped.  Seven Devils propane will use their hoist to lift the pumps in and out for a small fee.

Jason Wereley talked about the bio solids program.  DEQ is going to expand their biosolids licensing.  Jason would like for Riggins to always use the drying beds, they make Class A compost.  In the colder months we use geo tubes but they lack the correct polymer.  Grangeville will let us use their farmland to apply our biosolids, but then we have the cost of shipping.  Water Solve has GEO bags and are willing to help us find the right polymers for advertisement, using the Riggins Sewer Treatment Plant as an example.  Water Solve has done some testing on our solids at their own expense of $2000.

They suggest we get a polymer mixer from them for $7,800.  They will install it and have already provided us with a free sample of product.  This will make all our biosolids into Class A Compost.  Water Solve is giving us all the tech support we need to get the right mix of polymers.

Miller made a motion to approve purchasing the Polymer mixer from Water Solve and to proceed with this program, Wilson seconded.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

Mayor McClure stated she trusts Jason’s judgment.


¨      DEQ sent the city 3 signs to be hung up designating a Surface Water Protection Area.  Ross is going to install signs at the ends of town and at the park.  Council approved.

¨      Kurt Pullen had a leak in his water meter.  It has been fixed and he was credited for the overage charges.

¨      Sam Stokes completed the work that was requested…putting on better caps.

¨      Ross completed an O & M manual for running the city pumps.

¨      Bruce @ ITD let Ross know they would be fixing 3 manhole cover lids in the spring.  One in front of the Etc. store, by the Riggins One Stop and at the South end of town.

¨      The city hall fan motor has been purchased and is ready to install.

¨      Kerry Brennan has a leak and the crew will be fixing with a new resetter meter.

¨      The park restrooms have been winterized and shut down for the winter.

¨      The new LED street light was installed by the Salmon River Motel/ the new light was installed at Elfer’s Lane and 3 of the chambers snowflakes were fixed.  Idaho Power has been notified of the new LED snowflake lights that use less power.

¨      Jerry Brown is going to install the wall heaters at the sewer plant and the well house.

¨      Mike Kennedy is ready to be laid off for the winter.

¨      Connie Kennedy will be doing a thorough cleaning of the park once a week for the winter and John and Ross will take care of it the other days.

Boat Ramp Renovation:  Roy reported he had been talking to Dave @ ITD about putting bathrooms at the far end of the park. The Idaho Department of Fish & Game has a bathroom there for 3 or 4 months out of the year, Roy was hoping ITD could put some more $ into having a port a potty year round.

Automatic License Plate Reader:  Jonny stated that he went to Post Falls for training on this and it is great for amber alerts…Post Falls Police Department recovers an average of 2 stolen vehicles a month with their system.  This system was also instrumental in recovering a kidnap victim.  The Disaster Management program is willing to fund a camera through the Sheriff’s office for $20,000.  All that is needed is a computer and the camera and internet hookup.  Text files are sent to NCIC.  Idaho County Sheriff’s Office needs permission from the city to cooperate with the county.  All ongoing expenses would be on the Riggins Sheriff’s office.

Irrigation Ordinance:  Tabled for next meeting.

Deer in Town:  Gary Miller stated he has the shooters now and they have begun harvesting deer.  All meat must be given to needy families.


·        2% salary adjustment for full time employees

·        EMT bonus

·        Fire Department Bonus

The council discussed and decided they would like to give $50 gift certificates to the volunteer firefighters for a bonus.

Akins made a motion to approve all of the bonuses, Miller seconded.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

Past Due WSG Billing:  Reviewed by Council

Facility Rental Applications: A request from Peter I. Anderson for the park for a wedding September 6th, 2015. A motion was made by Wilson to approve, Akins seconded.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

Accounting Firm:  Gibbons Scott & Dean (our accountants who do the state audit) has been sold.  The new owners would like to keep our business.

Riggins Community Center Sound System:  Jonny Wilson turned in a bid of $1,485.95 for the speakers and sound system in the RCC.  The estimate is under budget.  We will need a stand built to house the equipment so it can be locked up when not in use.

Miller made a motion for Jonny to proceed with the sound system, Akins seconded.  Voting yea, Miller and Akins, Wilson abstained.  Not a quorum.  Will need to be voted on at next City Council meeting.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned at 9:27 p.m.