RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

December 14, 2016 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Friend, Miller and Akins.  Councilor Wilson was absent. 

Guests:  Jessaca Austad, Chuck Boyd (phone)

Staff: Susan Hollenbeak, John Pottenger and Ross Campbell

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $14,497.26 paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $57,061.44.  Bills in the amount of $22,738.12 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.  

CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION – SUSAN HOLLENBEAK:  Mayor McClure presented Susan with a Certificate of Appreciation for 10 years of service to the City. 

IDA-LEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL:  Jessaca Austad updated the Council on happenings including her certification as a Rural Business Consultant and the contract between Lewis-Clark State College and IDA-LEW to provide the Idaho Small Business Development Center.  Jessaca has been working with businesses here in Riggins on business plan development.  She stressed that all their services are free and are funded through the State.  She would like to setup training opportunities here in Riggins for businesses and employees, and urged the Council to help her get the word out about their services.    

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

LIBRARY – Susan reported that she is taking an online class during December and January focused on library cataloging and categorizing.

FIRE – no report

EMS – no report

WASTEWATER – John reported:

  • Treatment plant operations going great.
  •  Salsness parts for the upgrade have been ordered and are coming from Norway.
  • Well Street Lift Station – pressure switches have been received and will be replaced after the holidays; Challenger anticipates 3-4 hours to complete the project.

WATER/STREET/PARK –Ross reported:

1)   Street – street lights should all be working; went through photocells with Idaho Power and replaced 5 bulbs.  A new LED light has been installed by the Post Office.

2)   Riggins Community Center – upper level door and door jams have been painted.

3)   Park – new hand dryers have been delivered and will be installed.

4)   NRA – found and corrected a cross connection in the water trough; also advised that a pressure vacuum breaker assembly on the sprinkler system must be tested annually.

5)   Knight Meter – Sharon Nine provided handwritten approval to install a water line across the east side of the Knight’s Manor property to Alan Knight’s property with a formal easement to be completed in the near future.  Discussed locating the meter to Alan Knight’s on the northwest corner.  The Clerk will send a letter to Alan Knight along with a copy of the ordinance and a Utility Connection Application.

6)   Salmon River Experience Water Meter – Chuck Boyd addressed the Council by phone regarding water service to the SRE building which he is currently leasing to Mark Christensen.  Chuck briefly described the history of the properties he owns on the north end of the City which were annexed into the City in 2006.  Chuck stated the current meter to the SRE building belongs to Parcel #1.  Mayor McClure reviewed the City’s ordinance pertaining to Unused Water Connection.  Chuck requested that the current meter be capped off and the meter be moved to SRE and agreed to pay the City installation costs.  It was agreed to proceed weather permitting.  An easement between Boyd and the City will be drafted to allow the water line to cross Boyd’s property between the Cemetery and SRE.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – FENCE:  need to review the property description to determine boundary.  Discussed installing parking blocks rather than a chainlink fence; parking blocks will be researched.  Discuss further at next meeting.

PARK LIFT STATION – FENCE:  discussed maintenance needs for a wood fence including initial staining then apply shingle oil on annual basis.  Public Works will proceed with installation of wood fence.

BOAT RAMP/ADA PROJECT REPORT – Councilor Akins reported that the Idaho Transportation Department must be involved given the Land Use Agreement.  Akins will be drafting a letter to Jan Vassar, District 2 Representative on the Idaho Transportation Department Board to express the basis of the project, recap citizen input and City of Riggins support.  The hope is that ITD will see the need and start working on the project from their end.   

PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:  In the absence of Jenny Hanson, Clerk Tilley reported that the Rebekah’s in White Bird have agreed to Jenny using the small building next to the IOOF Hall for her Community Outreach Center free of charge.  Jenny is seeking donations to cover the cost of utilities for the building, and is hoping the City of Riggins could make a monetary donation.  Council briefly discussed the outreach work being done that’s improving the health of the residents of Riggins and canyon community.  Motion was made by Miller to have the Clerk request information from Jenny on what a month’s utilities would amount to, then to donate one month’s worth to the Outreach Center; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

J-U-B ENGINEERS, INC. SERVICE AGREEMENT for NPDES PERMIT APPLICATION: JUB submitted an Agreement for the completion of the NPDES permit renewal application which is due March 4, 2017 at a cost of $10,000.  Motion was made by Friend to accept the Service Agreement; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.  Mayor McClure signed the Service Agreement dated December 14, 2016.

ORDINANCE #220 – RESORT TAX

  • Discussed 1% tax on all other taxable retail sales clarifying this applies to sales occurring within City limits.
  • Discussed the definition of All Other Taxable Retail Sales referencing Idaho Code Section 63-3612; addition of a clause reading “with the exception of the lease or rental of tangible personal property”.  Motion was made by Akins to exempt rentals or leases of tangible personal property in Ordinance 220; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.
  • Discussed extending the effective date from January 1, 2017 to February 1, 2017 to allow for publication of the ordinance and for vendors to prepare their systems.  Motion was made by Friend to make the effective date February 1, 2017; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

Ordinance #220 was presented:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, FINDING THAT SAID CITY HAS SIGNIFICANT ECONOMIC DEPENDENCE ON VISITORS AND TRAVELERS; PROVIDING FOR DEFINITIONS; PROVIDING FOR THE IMPOSITION OF CERTAIN NON-PROPERTY TAXES, TO-WIT: AN ADDITIONAL TWO PERCENT (2%) OCCUPANCY TAX ON LODGING RENTALS; A TWO PERCENT (2%) TAX ON LIQUOR BY THE DRINK; A TWO PERCENT (2%) TAX ON PREPARED MEALS; A ONE PERCENT (1%) TAX ON ALL OTHER TAXABLE RETAIL SALES; PROVIDING FOR A 10 TEN (10) YEAR DURATION OF SAID NON-PROPERTY TAXES; ESTABLISHING THE PURPOSES FOR WHICH THE REVENUES DERIVED FROM SAID NON-PROPERTY TAXES SHALL BE USED; AUTHORIZING THE CITY CLERK TO ADMINISTER, REGULATE, AND COLLECT SAID NON-PROPERTY TAXES; CREATING A PROPERTY TAX RELIEF FUND; PROVIDING FOR PERMITS AND ISSUANCE; PROVIDING METHOD FOR PAYMENT OF TAXES, AUDITS, DEFICIENCY DETERMINATIONS; RE-DETERMINATIONS OF DEFICIENCY, APPEALS, INTEREST ON DEFICIENCY, COLLECTIONS AND ENFORCEMENT; REFUNDS, LIMITATIONS AND INTEREST; PROVIDING FOR RESPONSIBILITY FOR PAYMENT OF TAXES; PROVIDING PERIOD OF LIMITATION ON ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION; ESTABLISHING SUCCESSOR'S LIABILITY; PROVIDING FOR GENERAL ADMINISTRATION AND ENFORCEMENT; PROVIDING PENALTIES AND PENALTY CHARGES; PROVIDING EXEMPTIONS; PROVIDING CONFIDENTIALITY OF INFORMATION; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING A REPEALER CLAUSE; AND, PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE.
A motion was made by Friend to suspend further reading of the Ordinance 220; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

At this time, a motion was made by Miller to accept Ordinance 220; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

COMMUNICATION WITH NEWS MEDIA:  Mayor McClure raised the issue of posting meeting minutes in order to share information with the news media before the minutes are approved by the Council.  It was decided that draft meeting minutes will be posted on the City’s website as soon as possible following the meeting, with the notation “Unofficial Meeting Minutes – Have not been approved”. 

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS:

Riggins Community Center – Celebration of Life for SueAnne and Jack Gruell; April 29, 2017; both Upper and Lower Levels.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed; Account #1-24 payment installment plan was approved.

DIVE TEAM:  Councilor Akins reported that the Salmon River Dive Team would like to have a fundraiser in 2017 – Historical Tour across the river… rodeo, airport, etc.  Potluck lunch at City Park; provide transportation across the river on boats. 

CLERK REPORT:

a)    ICRMP Safe Driving Online videos completion date is mid-January. 

b)    Employee Health Insurance benefits – issue for FY18 Budget.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer