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The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akins, Friend and McClure. Councilor Barnard was absent. Also present were Council-Elect Gary Miller, Rick Brazell, Teresa Trulock, Curt Brimacomb, Jon Wilson, John Pottenger, Ross Campbell and a sizeable group of area residents.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered and the minutes were accepted.
The financial statement was read detailing $21,464.92 bills paid after the December meeting, bringing the total December disbursements to $43,703.70. Bills in the amount of $28,334.56 were then presented for payment. After review of the bills for payment, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Akins, to approve the financial report and allow the bills. Voting yea, Akins, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Mayor Crump reported that Councilor Larry Barnard was leaving the Council, choosing not to run for re-election, and although he did not attend the meeting, thanked him for his dedicated service to the community. He reviewed a lengthy list of accomplishments completed during Barnard’s four year term and showed a Certificate of Appreciation that will be presented to Barnard.
At this time, Council-Elect Gary Miller joined the Council, and Certificates of Election were presented to Gary and Carolyn Friend. Both were elected during the general City election held 11-9-11 to four-year Council terms. The Clerk then administered the oath of office to the newly elected Councilors Gary Miller and Carolyn Friend.
The first order of business for the new Council was the election of Council President. Motion was made by Akins, seconded by Friend, to nominate Glenna McClure as Council President, and that nominations cease. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried. Glenna McClure will serve as the Council President.
Mayor Crump then appointed the City Councilors to the following positions:
Roy Akins – Emergency Services
Carolyn Friend – Water
Gary Miller – Sewer
Glenna McClure – Facilities, Library, Streets, Recreation, Sanitation
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Akins, to confirm and approve those appointments. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
Mayor Crump then made the following Public Official appointments:
Clerk-Treasurer – June Whitten
Public Works Director – Charlie Amell
Fire Chief – Dan Catherman
City Attorney – Adam Green
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to confirm and approve those appointments. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
The Mayor then made the following URA Board appointments, re-appointing Carolyn Friend to the Board and appointed Gary Miller to replace Larry Barnard on the Agency Board. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to confirm and approve those appointments. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
Certificates of Appointment were then presented to Friend, Miller and also to Matt Sinclair, who had been appointed previously.
At this time Rick Brazell and Teresa Trulock, from the USFS, visited with the Council about the proposed Locsha Land Exchange. Mayor Crump informed the group that this was a City Council business meeting, and discussion of the land exchange would be limited to 20-30 minutes, due to the length of the regular business agenda. After a brief presentation, Brazell and Trulock took questions from the large group of area residents present. In general, the group questioned the character of WPT and owner Blickstaff, the enforcement of conservation easements and the land exchange in general. The group also questioned if public opinion and comment would even be considered in the final decision. It appeared that the sizeable group that attended the meeting were not in favor of the exchange, citing the importance of multi-use of the public land in our area now being offered in the exchange. They were also critical of the Idaho County Commissioners for proposing this land in the exchange. The Forest Service officials reported that the public comment period had been extended until February 17, 2012, so they were still accepting public input. It was also reported that the Idaho County Commissioner’s LL Exchange Task Force Committee would be meeting at the Grangeville Senior Citizens at 7:00pm on January 11th.
There was no police report presented.
Charlie Amell’s project report was presented:
(1) Water Certifiction Costs - Both new apprentices will be enrolled in a Sacramento State Course, which will provide a broad base of knowledge needed to pass the certification test, and both will have to take 12 hours of training in Distribution and Chlorine. These online courses are offered at a cost of $225 each, bringing the training cost to $600 per person, plus the test cost.
(2) He indicated that employees should be compensated for checking the plant during the weekends.
(3) Lighting Grants - Lighting grants through the Dept of Energy may be available for the upgrade of the remaining city buildings. It was suggested the OER and Idaho Power be contacted for an energy audit of these facilities.
(4) Street lights – One new light need $600 ballast replaced. He suggested that the Council consider replacing with LED instead. He suggested that the State be contacted about grant funding to change street lights to LED. It was reported that these lights were very high cost, and Idaho Power could be contacted for more information.
(5) Park Lift Station – The lift station continues to be a problem, but Medley Electric can fix for approximately $700.00. After discussion, motion was made by Akins, seconded by Miller to have Medley do the necessary repairs.
(6) Water Meters – Meter work continues, with two meters replaced on McArthur Street, and more being cleaned.
Jon Wilson requested that the Chukar Point storage addressing be changed to add addresses for the individual units, since some are now being used for separate businesses. He reported that there were extra numbers available in the subdivision that could be used. After discussion, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to allow that addition as requested, with Wilson and the Clerk working out the unit addressing details. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
Curt Brimcomb presented the following EMS report:
(1) Presented the report on the Multi-Casualty Incident Tabletop exercise, suggesting changes for emergency dispatching.
(2) Extrication Vehicle – Vehicle and box have been ordered, and may be here in late February. He will be applying for a FY2013 Traffic Safety Grant for the remaining items: generator, radio, chain saw, ladder, etc.
(3) He has also applied for a FEMA Assistance to Fire Fighters Grant for $64,000 for Hazmat training, vehicle exhaust system, intercom and coats for the EMTs. He said that they select projects for grant funding every Friday, with about 40 more Fridays to go in the cycle.
(4) He gave a report of the 2011 ambulance runs – with 150 in 2011 comparing it to previous years.
(5) Salmon River Rural Fire Dept is interested in the red extrication truck, if it becomes surplus after receiving the new vehicle. He recommended that the vehicle be kept until after Jet Boat and Rodeo weekends, but that the Council consider declaring the vehicle surplus, and giving it to the Rural Fire Dept.
(6) He reported that the missing laptop was found, and as a result of this incident, suggested changes to the building security and use of the laptop. A digital lock has been placed on the ambulance bay door, using a four-digit number, rather than a key. The laptop is now cable locked in the ambulance and cannot be removed. (Previously the EMTs had been allowed to take the laptop home to enter the run information.) Locking the laptop in the ambulance would provide much better security of the private patient information stored in the computer. Also, if EMTs are unable to enter the patient run information in the laptop after the run, all patient run sheets will be placed in the City Hall drop box, to be secured in the City Hall until the EMT’s can enter the information. This will also alert the City staff that there is additional run information to be recorded.
(7) Brimacomb will be meeting with Dr. Mucha to discuss hospital by-passing issues in regards to St. Marys and Syringa hospitals.
(8) He reviewed the Jet Boat Race weekend EMS schedule and plans.
(9) He reviewed the EMT training schedule, reporting the internet connection is a problem in the ambulance bay. Also reported that Debbie Baker is helping the EMTs with communications and inquired if she could be paid a stipend for this work.
At this time, after previous review of the applicants for the Apprentice II position, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to hire Ross Campbell, effective 01/09/12, fulltime (40 hours per week) at a rate of $12.00 per hour, with all benefits. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
It was also suggested that trac-phones be purchased for Charlie Amell and the field workers.
The Clerk reported that Access Idaho, which would allow the City to accept credit cards, be further researched and discussed at a future meeting.
The Mayor requested that Salmon River Motel’s third meter be located. Apparently the location had been obliterated during the highway reconstruction.
The irrigation flume project was discussed at this time. Mayor Crump reported that if the project is to be completed this year, it cannot be put off any longer. Councilor Friend will contact PWD Amell to see if the steel has been ordered, and the project will be added to agenda for February.
The proposed draft of the Water and Sewer ordinance revisions were reviewed by the Council, and it was agreed to send them to City Atty Adam Green for his review.
At this time the Council reviewed the recommendations made by the Riggins Community Center Committee regarding the rental of that building and other city facilities. Mayor Crump reported that a public hearing would have to be held on the grant application, and suggested that a public hearing be scheduled on the proposed rental fees at the same time. He suggested that the public hearings be scheduled for the regular February meeting date. The Clerk was requested to find out if the proposed fee schedule could be used for the grant application, or if the fees had to be formally adopted before the grant was submitted. It was suggested that the information should be on the website, with a $15 ad in the Current about the fees and public hearings also. Mayor also indicated that the City website should have a link to the Chamber’s website added.
The new City Personnel Policy, which includes the regulation prohibiting sexual harassment and discrimination, and City Vehicle Use Policy were reviewed. After review, Resolution #12-1, to adopt the City of Riggins Personnel Policy, including the prohibition of sexual harassment and discrimination, and Resolution #12-2 to adopt the City of Riggins Vehicle Use Policy were read. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to adopt Resolution #12-1 City of Riggins Personnel Policy as presented. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried. Motion was then made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to adopt Resolution #12-2City of Riggins Vehicle Use Policy. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried. Complete copies of Resolution #12-1 and #12-2 are attached and hereby made a part of this record.
The Personnel Policy and Vehicle Use Policy will be forwarded to ICRMP, so the online risk management classes can be made available to the City officers and employees. If 80% of the City’s officers and employees complete the online risk management classes before March 1st, the insurance premium will be reduced 5%.
Mayor Crump reported that he will continue to work on the City’s Maintenance Assistance Policy, to be presented at a future meeting.
There will be a meeting in New Meadows on January 12th, about a potential biomass waste disposal site, and they have invited a city representative to attend. Councilor Miller volunteered to attend on behalf of the City.
Discussion of the fireworks code was postponed for a future meeting.
At 10:20pm, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to go into executive session to discuss a personnel matter as provided for in IC 67-2345B. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
At 10:40pm, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to return to open, regular session. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, McClure and Miller. No nays, motion carried.
There was no action taken as a result of the executive meeting, and there being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Council President Glenna McClure, in the absence of Mayor Crump. Councilor Miller was also present, and Councilor Friend joined the meeting via speaker telephone. Councilor Akins was absent. Martha Stolberg was also present as a guest.
The purpose of the special meeting was to consider the 2012 Alcohol Beverage License renewals and to hear Martha Stolbergs request concerning parking barriers for Berger Street parking.
Mrs. Stolberg owns the cabins adjacent to the parking area on Berger Street, and recently the buildings have been hit by vehicles parking or exiting the street. She had placed concrete blocks on the property line for protection, but they are not high enough to stop trucks or trailers. She requested that she be allowed to move the blocks a couple of feet further into the parking area to act as a tire stop. After discussion, the Council agreed that the cement blocks should not be placed in the parking area, as the City may be held liable if the blocks caused damage to cars on the street. They did agree that “Nose-In Only” parking signs could be installed, and requested that PWD Amell check on prices for cement curb stops approved for parking lot use. Mrs. Stolberg offered to pay half the costs if the curb stops could be installed. Amell will get the price information to be presented at the February meeting.
At this time the 2012 Alcohol Beverage License renewals were presented. Since the current licenses expire 01-31-12, after discussion, motion was made by Miller, seconded by McClure, to approve the 2012 renewals and authorize the Clerk to issue the licenses when they were properly applied for, and all fees paid. Voting yea, McClure and Miller, and Friend, who voted via speaker phone. No nays, motion carried.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.