December 13, 2017 – 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 Akins, Wilson, Friend and Miller. 

Guests:  Steve Schweich

Staff: Dan Wash

NOVEMBER MINUTES:  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the November meeting minutes.  Wilson requested a change be made to the EMS report’s Mutual Aid Agreement clarifying the mile markers indicating that Riggins provides support to MP 179, and that the County line is at MP 182.  Wilson also requested that the section on the Front Office describe the condition the office was left in with more detail (papers, garbage, and confidential information on the floor).  Motion was made by Miller to accept the minutes with these changes, seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $3,605.69 paid after the November meeting, bringing the total November disbursements to $39,809.63.  Bills in the amount of $29,951.79 were then presented for payment.  Payment to Core & Main for $1,624.35 (check #14432) was reviewed; it was determined this invoice was paid in November.  Motion was made by Wilson to amend the bills for payment and to void check #14432, and to approve the financial statement and allow the remaining bills for payment; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

AMENDMENTS TO AGENDA:  Mayor McClure requested two additions to the agenda – 1) Salary adjustments and bonuses, and 2) Front Office space.  Motion was made by Miller to amend the agenda adding these two issues; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

ILLEGAL DRUGS IN COMMUNITY:  Steve Schweich visited with the Council and expressed concerns about the illegal drug use in the Riggins area.  Discussed concerns including Mr. Schweich’s idea of holding a town hall type meeting at the Riggins Community Center, and requesting that the County Sheriff and Prosecuting Attorney attend.  Mayor McClure thanked Mr. Schweich for bringing his concerns to the City Council and indicated the rental fee for the Community Center would be waived if Mr. Schweich wanted to proceed with a public meeting.


EMS – no report

FIRE – no report

LIBRARY-SURPLUS ITEMS – Susan Hollenbeak was absent, but provided a list of surplus items for the Council to review and consider.  List – five Dell Windows XP towers, Deskjet 923C Printer, Dell Monitor and Mouse, General Electric range (from kitchen).  After reviewing list, motion was made by Akins to declare the list of Library equipment surplus; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

PUBLIC WORKS–Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:

  • Treatment plant running well; 98% removal.
  • Salsnes Project was completed December 5th; parts were installed.  Discussed concerns with the initial invoice; Clerk reported a $700 discount was applied per request.
  • Water Meters – being replaced as time allows.
  • Pine Tree Credit Union – Kern Construction has contacted Dan regarding project they are doing to expand the parking lot; Kern requested approval to concrete a section of the ditch behind parking lot at the Credit Union’s cost.  Project will be completed in February.
  • Utility Management Certification Course – Dan reported he completed the 2-day course and passed the exam.
  • Track Utilities damage to sewer line at High School – Nelson Plumbing has completed the project to camera the main sewer line; no debris located.  When Clerk receives invoice, will request reimbursement from Track Utilities for the expense.
  • Fire Hydrant parts – vendor has filled order with wrong parts which have been returned; correct parts coming.
  • Work Schedule – Dan indicated work schedule is 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with 30 minute lunch break.

OFFICIAL ELECTION RESULTS:  Clerk reported the 2017 Abstract of Election Votes has been received from Idaho County Clerk.  City of Riggins officials elected – Mayor Glenna McClure, Councilor Roy Akins and Councilor Jonny Wilson.  Motion was made by Friend to accept the Election results as presented; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

DIVE TEAM – Compensating volunteer on Salvage Project:  Councilor Akins requested that the Council consider paying Dave Olson $200 for diving on the vehicle salvage at Slate Creek Rec Area.  The insurance carrier has paid the City of Riggins.  Discussed the Dive Team Budget; need to include this issue (vehicle salvage vs. recovery of body) in the FY19 Budget Workshop.  It was decided that $200 would be paid to Dave Olson out of Dive Team OP Fund.   

SCAT – FOREST SERVICE:  Reviewed the meeting held last week with Forest Service official regarding relocating the SCAT machine from the Gem Stop. 

MANNING BRIDGE TOWER PROJECT:  Councilor Miller reported that Idaho Transportation Department officials are requesting an Engineer’s stamp of approval on the plans to move the north tower to the City Park; Jesse Webb, Project Engineer, has declined.  Miller will contact Reese Levitt, Haener’s Engineer, about consulting on the project. 

CITY’S BANK SELECTION:  In light of Umpqua Bank closing the Riggins branch in March, the Council reviewed information from Idaho First Bank and Pine Tree Community Credit Union.  After discussion, a motion was made by Akins to direct the Clerk to move the City’s bank accounts to the Riggins branch of Pine Tree Community Credit Union; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Akins.  Wilson abstained since he is a member of the PTCCU Board.  No nays; motion carried.

2018 DEER ELIMINATION PROJECT:  Council discussed the decrease in signs of lice on deer in the area and improved health of town deer and contributed this to efforts to reduce the deer population over the past few years.  Councilor Miller would like to request 20 kill permits from Idaho Fish & Game with the project to take place in January/February.  The Council reiterated that all meat harvested will go to needy residents in the Riggins area.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the application for 20 kill permits; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

FRONT OFFICE:  Discussed the empty front office space at City Hall, and the possibility of renting this out for meetings, etc.  This could also be used as a testing room and quiet space for Library patrons.  The office will be repainted and carpet cleaned in near future.

2% SALARY ADJUSTMENT AND BONUSES:  The Clerk provided a breakdown of the 2% Salary Adjustment for staff, and the bonus data for EMS and Fire volunteers.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the Salary Adjustments and bonuses; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

LACK OF PARKING AREAS:  Councilor Akins reported that he was approached by Tom Anderson about the lack of parking in the City; Anderson suggesting looking into the Basketball Court for a possible parking lot.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER ACOUSTICS:  Mayor McClure reported that the Acoustic Tile project has noticeably improved the acoustics in the Upper Level and was applauded at the recent Winter Ball. 






There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer