RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

January 11, 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 Wilson, Miller and Akins.  Councilor Friend was absent. 

Guests:  Steve Zuehl

Staff: Susan Hollenbeak, Janeen Eggebrecht, Jeff Joyce and Ross Campbell

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $4,168.89 paid after the December meeting, bringing the total December disbursements to $52,075.81.  Bills in the amount of $26,010.06 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.  

AMENDMENT TO AGENDA:  Councilor Miller made a motion to add the Deer Management Program issue to the agenda; he recently received communication from his contact person at Fish & Game requesting the Council discuss an ordinance imposing a citation for feeding of deer in town; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM:  Steve Zuehl addressed the Council regarding his concerns with the removal of town deer that was discussed at the December meeting.  Councilor Miller explained his communication with Idaho Fish & Game regarding the issuance of permits to harvest town deer, and the benefits of harvesting the deer.  Councilor Akins went on to detail the study Fish & Game completed several years ago, the exotic louse infestation, abnormal diet and other issues that have negative effects on maintaining a healthy deer population. 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – Janeen reported that December was slow; call volume is down from a year ago.  A debriefing session was held for the crew on a call involving a deceased local which was beneficial to the crew.  Testing is being completed now for new EMT’s; they are riding along on calls.  Janeen is scheduled for knee surgery on January 19th and plans on returning to train the new EMT’s in 3-4 weeks.  While she is recovering, she plans on reviewing run sheets online.  There is a need for more drivers. 

LIBRARY – Susan reported that she is finishing up the online class on library cataloging and categorizing.  Approximately 400 DVD’s were donated to the library recently.  She also visited the Riggins Preschool today, read stories, and presented each child with a Hide & Hug Olaf book gift set. 

FIRE – Jeff reported:

  • The Fireman’s Ball is scheduled for Saturday, February 11th at Hoots in White Bird.
  • The City Fire rating is a “6”.
  • Jeff will research options for radio maintenance that needs done.
  • McCall Fire Department procured new SCBA’s and will possibly be donating their previous units to Riggins.
  • Kamiah Fire Department got new turnouts, and are donating the old ones.
  • RED DOT PROGRAM:  Jeff has purchased materials for the Red Dot Program which provides a red dot sticker to every student to be placed on their bedroom window; in the event of a fire, firemen will survey the home and will know if a child is in the home.  This information is being shared with other communities in the area. 
  • Councilor Wilson asked if there was a source for affordable fire extinguishers for City residents.  Jeff described some of the challenges with keeping small extinguishers charged and operational.   

 

WASTEWATER – Ross reported in John’s absence:

Described the issues he encountered at the plant yesterday; he was able to resolve them and has ordered geo tubes and polymer to address the issues.

WATER/STREET/PARK –Ross reported:

1)  Anatek Labs will no longer be picking up samples for testing here at City Hall.  Samples will be sent by the bus at a cost of $18.85.

2)  Street – discussed recent snow/ice events; Morgan Bieren was called upon to clear some of the areas with his equipment.  Mike and Connie have been working on clearing the area around drains; Mayor McClure requested that drains be addressed as soon as possible following any future snow events so the ice buildup is minimized. The County Road Department was called upon to assist with some of the problem areas in town; discussed the need to research how to access the County crew if necessary.  Clerk will contact the County for feedback.

3)  Park – restrooms were vandalized; damaging stall door and spreading feces everywhere.  As a result, the Men’s and Women’s restrooms have been closed for the winter leaving only the handicapped open.  Discussed surveillance cameras in the budget for $800; will research options.

4)  Ross reported that he is taking a Sacramento State course on Advanced Wastewater Treatment in preparation for the Wastewater Treatment III exam.

NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) PERMIT APPLICATION:  the Clerk reported that copies of the last six years DMR’s have been sent to J-U-B Engineers as requested. 

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – PROPERTY BOUNDARY:  when the weather improves, property boundary markers will be identified with a line painted on the ground to designate the property line.

SHERIFF DEPARTMENT (Sheriff Doug Giddings):  Sheriff Giddings joined the meeting.  The Council discussed utilizing Sheriff Department staff for the Deer Management Program.  Sheriff Giddings was in agreement and will be contacted when Councilor Miller receives the documentation.

DARE TO KAYAK – 2017 GRANT:  The Clerk referenced the written request from Devon Barker for the City and the Salmon River Dive Team to administer the grant funds.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the request to administer the 2017 Wild Rivers/Dare to Kayak Grant; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE RENEWALS:  Motion was made by Miller to authorize the Clerk to approve the 2017 Alcohol Beverage License renewals upon proper application and payment of fees, and contingent on having a current Resort Tax status and City utilities current; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Wilson.  No nays, motion carried.

BOAT RAMP/ADA PROJECT REPORT – Councilor Akins reported he is finalizing the letter to the Idaho Transportation Board representative.   

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER/HERITAGE CENTER – MAIN STREET SIGNAGE:  The Clerk reported on the letter from Dolly Gill regarding the proposal to erect a sign on the corner of Gill’s Main Street property for the two facilities.  After reviewing the response, it was decided this was not an option.  Pinehurst Quilters would like to donate $150 for the sign project.  Council discussed other options to be reviewed before the February meeting.

PINEHURST QUILTERS – CITY PARK BENCH/MARKER:  the Pinehurst Quilters are requesting permission to put a commemorative bench or granite marker at City Park acknowledging the Quilters honoring of Veterans with their Quilts of Valor.  The Council discussed various options; Councilor Akins suggested of a new flag pole including a light with a Pinehurst Quilters/Veterans plaque on the ornamental base.  The Council requested Pamela Bogan attend the February meeting to discuss in more detail.   

IDAHO COMMUNITY FOUNDATION GRANT:  The Clerk reported there is a $5,000 grant opportunity for the City Park Stage Project through the Idaho Community Foundation.  Motion was made by Wilson to proceed with the application; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SELECTION:  Motion was made by Wilson to feature Roger Rashok in the next City Newsletter; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS:

Park – Anniversary Party on July 8, 2017 by Mikki Martin from 2-10 p.m.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed.

CLERK REPORT:

a)   Insurance claim filed with ICRMP for Tilley’s personal pickup damaged by the Riggins Ambulance while parked at City Hall.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer