City Council Minutes

 

 RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

December 14, 2015 – 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 Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller.

Guests:  Kathy and Roger Rashok

Staff: John Pottenger, Jeff Joyce, Susan Hollenbeak, Ross Campbell

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,532.85 paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $38,020.83.  Bills in the amount of $50,661.34 were then presented for payment.  Councilor Wilson reported a credit should be appearing on Fiddle Creek Hardware invoice for materials returned that were not needed for the RCC Sound System installation.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson. 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.

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING:  At this time, Kathy Rashok addressed the Council regarding the absence of a public prayer at the Christmas Tree Lighting.  Councilor Wilson stated he was told by a Chamber of Commerce member that since the event was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, a public prayer could not be done.  Kathy was referred to Vicky Lowe, President of the Chamber of Commerce.

CITY DEPARTMENT REPORTS

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce:

  •  Riggins One Stop has been burning garbage behind the building; Jeff has advised them twice of the violation.
  • Jet Boat Race Fireworks – Jeff agreed to be in charge of the fireworks in 2016.

EMS Susan Hollenbeak:

  • EMT’s and Drivers are needed; not enough volunteers to cover shifts.

WASTEWATER –John Pottenger

a)    Equipment breakdowns at the plant; Salsness motor is unable to be rebuilt; received new motor ($1,900) on December 10th; back online.  Salsness needs an inspection; Jason is attempting to locate an inspector.  Belt needs replaced; is in the budget.

b)    Lift Stations – Jerry Brown with Challenger provided a detailed report of recommendations for electrical repairs which were reviewed by the Council:

1.    South Station - only one pump pumping; other pump needs repaired; not alternating; J-box needs updated with steel pipe.

2.    Park Station - components need to be reinstalled in larger panel; also needs schematic drawing and wires identified for easier troubleshooting.

3.    Water Wells Station - a number of parts are no longer available for replacement; vendor needs to be contacted for list of upgrades to replace these parts; bubbler switch not on automatic setting so was switched; need to determine if alternating since switch.

4.    North Station – this is a 3-phase, 240 volt station with built in protection for phase failure and unbalance on the panel.  When ID Power brought power to station, only used two transformers (delta high leg); runs pumps OK but protection built into the panel is not working.  Motor overload protection is bypassed; concern with rag or rock getting into pump and burning up the pump motor ($3,000 for motor).  Requested that Brown contact ID Power to determine if a third transformer could be added.

Council discussed priorities (Well Street and North) and having Challenger provide an estimate for the repair costs for each station.  Motion was made by Friend to request an estimate from Challenger for all the stations and to prioritize the repairs; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

c)    Chlorine Tab machine was plugged; following power outage, unit was kicking off; determined problem was the check valve.  Conduit has been replaced; system is working well.

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell:

1)    Excavator was received last Friday.

2)    Street LRHIP Grant for North Riggins Reconstruction was discussed; Ross reported residents in North Riggins area have complained to him about “sidewalk appeal” of some properties with what appears to be garbage/junk in yards and encroaching on the street. Discussed the need to notify residents in North Riggins of the possibility of a street project and the need to have all personal property 5 feet off the side of the street.  Ross indicated trees and bushes would also need to be cut back for equipment access.  Clerk will research city easement requirements.

3)    Ross indicated he is researching an ordinance specific to Fats, Oils and Grease; will report to Council in near future.

4)    RV water/sewer connections – Councilor Miller stated these property owners are in need of some input from the City to bring their connections into compliance. 

CROSS CONNECTION ORDINANCE #216:  At this time, the Cross Connection Ordinance was presented.

 

CITY OF RIGGINS ORDINANCE NO. 216

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, KNOWN AS THE RIGGINS CROSS CONNECTION ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE RIGGINS CITY LIMITS; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.

Motion to dispense with the rule requiring reading on three separate days was made by Friend; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

Motion was then made by Akins to pass, approve and publish by summary Ordinance #216 under suspension of the rules; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

BOAT RAMP RENOVATION/ADA ACCESS PROJECT:  Councilor Akins reported ID Fish & Game is in the process of making a digital survey of the boat ramp site along with an analysis of what will be involved in the project.  Once the survey is completed, will proceed with a site visit and walk through.

MUNICIPAL CODE 1-8-4 SETTING TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING – ORDINANCE #217:  At this time, the Ordinance amending Municipal Code 1-8-4 was presented.

 

CITY OF RIGGINS ORDINANCE NO. 217

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, PROVIDING FOR THE AMENDMENT OF RIGGINS MUNICIPAL CODE, SECTION 1-8-4, SETTING TIME AND PLACE OF MEETING OF THE RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL, PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND PUBLICATION THEREOF.

Motion to dispense with the rule requiring reading on three separate days was made by Friend; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

Motion was then made by Wilson to pass, approve and publish by summary Ordinance #217 under suspension of the rules; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

CERTIFICATION OF ELECTION RESULTS:  Council reviewed the November 2015 Election Results from the Idaho County Clerk and Commission.  Motion was made by Akins to accept the Election Results as presented; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – SOUND SYSTEM:  Councilor Wilson reported the sound system has been installed and is operable; operating procedures are being developed.  An electrical outlet is needed to complete the setup; Councilor Miller indicated he would contact Medley Electric for an estimate.  Reviewed invoice from Dave Dean for custom built cabinet ($750).  Following discussion, motion was made by Akins to pay Dean’s invoice and to get an estimate from Medley Electric for installation of an outlet for the sound system; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

MUNICIPAL CODE 7-2 – FIREWORKS:  Reviewed Municipal Code 7-2 and discussed revision for 7-2-3(B) Exceptions to include: City Council in conjunction with Fire Chief will consider and approve all requests for pyrotechnic display; also, require the vendor providing the fireworks display to list the City of Riggins as an additional insured ($2 million) on their insurance certificate, and to provide the City with a copy of this certificate.

LRHIP GRANT APPLICATION:  Council reviewed the Local Rural Highway Investment Program Grant Application for the North Riggins Street Reconstruction Project.  Application deadline was November 30th; with results expected in March 2016. 

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – TABLES:  Mayor McClure reported that the Salmon River Seniors purchased tables for the lower level; older tables can be moved into either the stairwell or chair room upstairs for storage.  Discussed grant opportunities for the Senior Citizens to acquire a Senior Center building for their use; possibly CEDA could provide info.  Another possibility was to convert the Heritage Center into a Senior Center.  Clerk will research specifics of the grant obtained years ago for the Heritage Center to determine if this is a possibility.

RESORT TAX:  Reviewed the Local Option Tax Ordinance #174, Section 4 – Duration of Taxes which states the tax  authorized and collected under this ordinance is imposed for a duration of ten (10) years from the effective date of the ordinance.  The effective date was April 1, 2007.  Therefore, the tax ordinance will need to be revisited by the Council and voted upon by the City residents on the November 2016 ballot.  Discussed and agreed to amend the ordinance to include packaged beer/wine and cigarettes, and to keep the tax at the same rate of 2%.  Clerk will research what Resort Tax funds have been used for in the past.  Public Hearings on the Resort Tax issue will be scheduled in 2016. 

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  Account #1-16 has gone into foreclosure; Clerk will follow-up and file a lien on the property.

UMPQUA BANK – SERVICE CHARGES:  Clerk reported a notice was received from Umpqua Bank advising a $12.50 per month Service Charge will be applied to each of the City’s bank accounts.  Clerk contacted the local branch to request a waiver which has been granted. 

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS: 

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:  None

At 9:00 p.m. Friend requested an Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(b) to discuss a personnel issue; seconded by Wilson.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Akins, Friend, Wilson, Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

At 9:20 p.m., motion was made by Friend to end the Executive Session and resume regular business; seconded by Wilson.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Wilson, Miller, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

No motion was made as a result of the Executive Session.

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer