December 12, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

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

Guests:  Mike Neal

Staff: Dan Wash, Susan Hollenbeak and Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $829.73 paid after the November meeting bringing the total November disbursements to $47,524.68.  Bills in the amount of $23,422.85 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

SALMON RIVER JET BOAT RACES – FIREWORKS:  Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, approved the event fireworks.

SURPLUS EQUIPMENT:  The 1979 GMC 4x4 suburban that has been parked behind City Hall has been cleaned out and moved down to the plant.  Motion was made by Wilson to declare the vehicle surplus; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

WARNING SIREN SOUGHT BY CITY OF WHITE BIRD:  The Clerk has been contacted about the possibility of donating the Riggins warning siren to White Bird.  Councilor Miller stated he has a siren he would be willing to give to White Bird.  Miller will test the siren in the next few days.


  • Reviewed the report submitted by Bob Crump as well as the December 5th Advisory Council meeting minutes. 
  • Briefly discussed the comment letter to the Forest Service that will be drafted and sent in during the public comment period on the NEPA process. 

LIBRARY CARD CATALOG BIDS:  Reviewed two bids that were submitted for the card catalogs – Taffy Kettenburg (light color with 2 pullouts) - $150, and up to 10% over the highest bid below mine for oak card catalog; Anne Wereley bid $100 for each card catalog.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to accept the Kettenburg bid of $150 for the light color catalog, and Wereley bid of $100 for the other catalog; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

PROCLAMATION – STEELHEAD CLOSURE:  Councilor Akins indicated that since the season was not closed, there’s no need for an official Proclamation.  Akins did indicate that the Idaho River Community Alliance will be working with Congressman Simpson on drafting some legislation to be considered, and would like to have the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce support those efforts.


EMS – No report 

FIRE – Chief Jeff Joyce reported the following:

  • Has been cleaning the training room at the EMS/Fire Bay
  • Transported Santa for the Christmas Tree Lighting

LIBRARY – Susan reported:

  • Free NARCAN Nasal Spray for Public Libraries Program – supplying public libraries with this medication that counteracts an opiate overdose.  No special handling; basic training is provided.  Will need to be authorized by EMS Medical Director Dardis.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the program for the library, seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.
  • New and improved shelving has been installed along the back wall creating more shelves.

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash reported:

  • Reviewed bids on roof replacement on plant shop; Gateway Construction - $24,988; Kern Construction - $13,740.  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to table the issue until more information and research can be completed; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.
  • Water Tank – repairs by MIDCO were scheduled for this week; delayed; will be completed ASAP.
  • SCAT Project at NRA – Dan will be attending another meeting on 12/13 to review the site.  Tentative completion date is June 2019.
  • Discussed condition of treatment plant; Dan urged Council members to visit the plant anytime.  Discussed having a “field trip” for Councilors in the near future.


PERSONNEL FORMS REVISIONS - Clerk reported that ICRMP has updated examples of the following forms:

Personnel Policy

Vehicle Use Policy

Employment Application

Confidentiality Agreement

Clerk was directed to proceed with updating the City forms.

CITY PARK BOAT RAMP GRANT APPLICATION:  Clerk and Dan met with Sadie Kennel of ID Parks & Recreation regarding the grant application.  Councilor Akins reported that he has been in contact with an engineering firm in Coeur d’Alene that have expressed interest in the project awhile back and have done some preliminary work on the project including a digital map.  Some key areas Akins would like to see addressed in the project include: Drainage – improve the slope of the ramp; Parking Area (Park Restrooms) needs to be leveled out so no pooling; Boat Ramp made smoother and wider; Walkway; Landscaping; Erosion; Fencing; ADA access if possible.  Clerk reported the entire project could be completed in phases; each phase will need to be on a separate application each grant cycle.  Akins will contact engineer and schedule a meeting to review.

CEDA – COMPREHENSIVE PLAN & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TRAINING:  Clerk reported she attended a kick-off meeting for the training last week.  The cities of Stites, White Bird, Kooskia and Craigmont are participating.  There will be an Economic Development workshop for City Council members next spring in Cottonwood.  CEDA is willing to complete Comprehensive Plans at a cost of $2,500. 

RESORT TAX ON VACATION RENTALS:  Clerk reported that she has reached out to other cities in Idaho with Local Option Tax ordinances.  They too have experienced difficulty with the rental marketplaces reporting what they are remitting payment for.  Clerk will touch base with City Attorney for advice on how to proceed, including contacting the City of McCall Attorney who negotiated their settlement with HomeAway.  Councilor Friend suggested researching a Class Action suit for small cities to join in if necessary.


  • HERITAGE CENTER – Deana Cornforth would like to waive the rental fee for the Heritage Center for a Diabetes Prevention Program beginning in January 2019.  Reviewed flyer; after discussion the Clerk was directed to contact Cornforth and determine if there was a fee for the program.  If the program is provided at no cost to participants, the rental fee will be waived. 
  • LIFT USAGE @ RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – Councilor Miller reported the lift had been left undocked recently; directed Clerk’s office to request users dock the lift according to directions.

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:  Buck and Jeannie Fitch are requesting a review of water billing for July and August 2018 due to a faulty meter.  After review, motion was made by Wilson to apply a credit adjustment equal to the difference of the July and August 2017 billing; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

2018 SALARY ADJUSTMENT/BONUS – APPROVAL:  Reviewed the data for 2% Salary Adjustment and Bonus amounts for City Staff, EMS and Fire Department.  Mayor McClure (via phone) requested the Council consider including J. Pottenger for the 2% Salary Adjustment.  Clerk was directed to contact Pottenger and make sure this would not cause an issue with disability process.  Motion was then made by Miller to approve 2% Salary Adjustment for staff, including Pottenger, and bonus amounts for EMS and Fire per budget; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.


  • AFLAC representative will be at City Hall December 13th at 10 a.m.
  • Gordon Hodges contacted the Clerk regarding the original Goff Bridge sign from the 1930’s; Hodges saw this at a yard sale, purchased it and would like to return it to the City of Riggins for display.  Clerk will coordinate arrangements.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer