Council Meeting Minutes



January 13, 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 Akins, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  Guests: Pamela Bogan, Linda Heiter, Jeff Joyce, Ross Campbell, and John Pottenger.

DECEMBER MINUTES:  December meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes.  It was noted that the section regarding the Secret Santa program should be amended removing Tom Anderson.   Motion was made by Wilson to accept the minutes with the correction; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,957.39 paid after the December meeting, bringing the total December disbursements to $54,682.45.  Bills in the amount of $36,399.47 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller. 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.

SALMON RIVER SENIOR CITIZENS – Pamela Bogan updated the Council on two grants they have recently been awarded:

  • TRANSPORTATION:  received a grant for a pilot program to provide transportation to McCall – “Salmon River Transit”.  SR Senior Citizens are partnering with St. Luke’s Patient Access Services, and the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI).  It has been three years since folks in the area had a transportation service.  Linda Heiter stated that CABS has dissolved and all funds went to the Salmon River Senior Citizens who already have their non-profit status.  Linda went on to say that the service is privately funded with no government assistance.  The free weekly service will start on Friday, February 6th, departing Riggins at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 3:00 p.m.  There is no age limit, and it is not only for medical appointments… folks can ride to McCall for shopping, going to pharmacy, skating rink, etc.  Pamela is working on getting the information out to the media, etc.  The Clerk will put an article in the February City Newsletter.
  •  FOOD PANTRY:  received a grant for a Food Bank/Pantry for the Riggins area community.  The Mobile Food Pantry is still operating as part of the Assembly of God, but is now being operated out of the Riggins Community Center parking lot on the 2nd Thursday of each month at Noon.  Pamela has been striving to get a Food Bank operating out of the Riggins Community Center, but the space available at the Center is not adequate for the amount of food needing stored, and it’s obvious that a bigger location is needed.  Pamela wanted feedback on possible names for the pantry; will consider Community Food Pantry.  The Council thanked Pamela for her efforts and will discuss ideas and get back to her.



SEWER – John Pottenger

a)   DMR’s and effluent is good.

b)   Well Street Lift Station pump had numerous issues/problems; was pulled out and has been overhauled; will reinstall tomorrow.  Planning to take out the other pump and have it overhauled also.  The cost of a new pump is $13,000, while the cost to do the overhaul is $2,600 per pump.  Having the contract with Jason at E-3 has benefited the City greatly; Jason has the contacts and the kind of relationship with numerous service companies that have saved the City money in repair costs.

c)    Chlorination Pump – seals need replaced ($15 each), and a Backup kit to have on hand is $268.  John has prepared a Purchase Order for approval.

d)   Watersolve – Mike Broehring has installed the Static Mixer and it’s working well; de-watering going well.   


  • Heaters have been installed at Well Street, the Shop and Lab.
  • New LED street light cost came in under budget.
  • Robert’s Tree Service is thinning and trimming trees at the Park and Heritage Center.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce reported:

  • The Sohrakoff house fire was fully engulfed in 4 minutes.  Jeff is thankful the City had the Burnout Emergency fund that could provide some financial assistance.  Discussed safety concerns with onlookers/children.  EMS personnel were treated disrespectfully when onlookers were asked to move back to a safe distance.  Councilor Wilson suggested that in the future Jeff could delegate some duties to the Sheriff’s Department such as setting up a perimeter and crowd control.  Wilson stated he would like to start attending Volunteer Fire Department meetings to learn more about protocol/procedures; Jeff indicated they meet the first Thursday of each month.
  • Fundraiser – Valentine’s Ball and Auction on Saturday, February 14th at Hoot’s Café in White Bird.  Beginning at 5 p.m., the café will be serving Ribs, Steak and Prime Rib.  Ball and Auction begins at 7 p.m. (PST); $10 per couple and $5 for single.  Live music will be provided by Dave Dixon, Joaquin and Verna Lowe.  The event is being sponsored by the White Bird Chamber of Commerce with proceeds being split between the Riggins City, White Bird City and Grangeville City Fire Departments, and the Salmon River Rural Fire Department.  The Clerk will include the information in the February City Newsletter.
  • Truck with Pump – Salmon River Rural Fire Department is trading some of their older engines and trucks out.  They have a 1985 truck at the Pinehurst Station with a 1,250/minute pump.  They are willing to donate the truck to the Riggins City Fire Department with the only stipulation being if the City were to get rid of it in the future, it would be donated and not sold.  Everyone was in agreement.
  • Brush Pile at School – Public Works guys will work with Jeff on burning the brush pile in the near future.


LICENSE PLATE READER: resolved at previous meeting.

DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:  Akins reported that he received a call from a concerned citizen regarding the removal of deer in the City; Akins explained the issue to the citizen outlining Fish and Game’s recommendations to manage the herd, etc.  Miller reported that the City currently has a kill permit for 20 deer through an Idaho Fish and Game pilot program; to date have harvested 14 deer with the meat going to local needy folks and the local food bank.  Other towns who are dealing with the same dilemma of an overabundance of deer are looking at a similar program.  Miller stated Fish and Game is willing to issue more kill permits. 


ADDITION TO AGENDA – SOUND SYSTEM:  At this time, a motion was made by Akins to add the Riggins Community Center Sound System to the agenda; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Akins and Friend; no nays; motion carried.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER SOUND SYSTEM:  At the December 2014 meeting, there was discussion regarding the estimate of $1,486.  Wilson abstained from the vote at that time; therefore there was not a quorum.  At this time, a motion was made by Miller to proceed with the purchase of the system for $1,486; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

IRRIGATION ORDINANCE - REVIEW:  Tabled until spring 2015.

FOOD PANTRY – LOCATION:  Discussed the possibility of applying for grant funds to build a storage shed on the west side of the Riggins Community Center; would need a foundation.  Also, consider a trailer with shelving.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSING:  Reviewed the list of establishments with current ABL.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the Alcohol Beverage License renewals on all establishments as long as fees are paid and the business is in good standing with the City; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.  The Clerk will advise business owners who are past due on utilities of the requirement.

UPPER CLEARWATER TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE – PLAN:  Reviewed information from Riedesel Engineering outlining the Scope of Work for a 2015 Transportation Plan Update for a fee of $2,000.  Motion was made by Miller to proceed with the Plan update for $2,000; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Miller and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

LOCAL OPTION TAX:  Discussed the process for renewing the Resort Tax Ordinance, and amending the ordinance to include the sale of packaged beer and wine.  The Mayor and Clerk will contact City Attorney to clarify the process. 

PUBLIC SURPLUS – WEBSITE AUCTION:  The Clerk reported she had participated in an on-line demonstration of the website service, pointing out there is no fee to the seller.  The Council reviewed the information provided and advised the Clerk to proceed with placing a couple pieces of equipment that have been declared surplus on the site for sale.

2015 CITY COUNCIL MEETING SCHEDULE:  Reviewed the scheduled dates for monthly City Council meetings through December 2015. 

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER:  Lorry Harper was chosen to be featured in the February City Newsletter. 

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  The Clerk was directed to contact the property owner on Account #1-40 regarding the payment arrangement; advise the property owner of the City’s Ordinance which states “the payment installment period may not exceed the period of time the account was delinquent”, and to collect the past due amount.   



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer