RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL
January 10, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
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: Gerald Kooyers
Staff: Dan Wash, John Pottenger and Janeen Eggebrecht
DECEMBER MINUTES: Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the December meeting minutes. Motion was made by Friend to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins and Wilson. No nays; motion carried.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT: The financial statement was read detailing $1,496.21 paid after the December meeting, bringing the total December disbursements to $54,148.34. Bills in the amount of $24,663.70 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Akins to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson. 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.
OATH OF OFFICE: At this time, City Clerk Brenda Tilley administered the Oath of Office to Mayor Glenna McClure and City Council Members, Roy Akins and Jonny Wilson.
CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT: Motion was made by Wilson to nominate Roy Akins as City Council President for 2018; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and Wilson. No nays; motion carried.
EMS – EMS Director, Janeen Eggebrecht, reported:
h The end of 2017 and so far this month have been busy; short-staffed.
h Kelly Hinkley has approached Janeen about being a Driver; he is now living in town. The Council reviewed the current process for charging fuel which includes the credit card receipt going into an envelope with identifying “run” information filled in and signed by EMS personnel. Also reviewed what training a new Driver receives which includes an online course and riding along on runs. The Council advised Janeen they would discuss the matter in more detail and the Clerk would advise her of their decision.
h Discussed the lack of volunteers and the impact on the department. Janeen stressed that if they don’t get more volunteers on the department, people are going to suffer. In the event the Riggins service isn’t sustainable, the length of time it takes for Grangeville or McCall EMS to get to our remote location will cause those having a medical emergency to have to wait nearly an hour or more. In addition, if we lose the service, all equipment received through grants will have to go back to the State.
h Discussed creating some opportunities for potential volunteers to see exactly what’s involved in serving on the EMS. It was suggested to have an event, possibly in front of the Riggins Whitewater Market, on a busy weekend. It was also suggested that those folks who have been recipients of Riggins EMS services might be willing to provide feedback on the importance of keeping this service in Riggins. The Council thanked Janeen for her efforts and committed to help with events to raise awareness.
FIRE – no report
LIBRARY – no report
PUBLIC WORKS–Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:
Ø The water heater for the Salsnes is leaking; this is a special water heater that is used to clean and sanitize the equipment. Cost to replace is $2,500. Unit has been ordered and is expected to arrive in three weeks.
Ø Street sign inventory is being completed and a priority list created. In addition, a reflectivity test is being done on current signs.
Ø LED Street Lights have been installed in two locations in the middle of town.
Ø Sewer cleaning is scheduled January 16th north of City Hall through North Riggins.
Ø Things are going well at the plant; a lot of grease is coming in this week.
MAIL DELIVERY CONCERNS – GERALD KOOYERS: Mr. Kooyers visited with the Council regarding the delivery of mail in City limits, reporting that he spoke with the Postmaster who had told him he needed to speak to the City about his concerns. Mr. Kooyers stated that he is concerned about 1st Class mail that’s addressed to a residents physical address being returned to the sender rather than going to their post office box. Mayor McClure clarified that the City Council had met with the previous Postmaster about the issue of physical mailboxes on sidewalks and had advised that the Idaho Transportation Department does not permit mailboxes to be placed on Main Street sidewalks, but that the delivery of 1st Class mail to a physical address was not in the City’s purview. It was suggested that the Riggins Postmaster be on the February City Council Meeting agenda to clarify Postal Service policies.
KELLY HINKLEY – REQUEST TO DRIVE AMBULANCE: The City Council reviewed the circumstances surrounding Hinkley’s 2012 conviction for fraudulent charges on the City’s EMS credit card. The Clerk reported that Hinkley did pay restitution in the amount of $1,292.34. After a lengthy discussion and review of Hinkley’s driving and criminal records, the request was denied.
DARE TO KAYAK – 2018 GRANT: The Council reviewed the 2017 report on the program which was submitted to the Idaho Division of Tourism. Devon Barker-Hicks has reported to the City Clerk that she would like to submit another application for the 2018 grant cycle, and is requesting that the Salmon River Dive Team and City of Riggins administer the grant funds again. Councilor Akins testified on the benefits of program to the area children. Motion was made by Akins to approve the request to administer the 2018 grant funds; motion seconded by Friend. Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Miller and Wilson. No nays; motion carried.
MANNING BRIDGE TOWER PROJECT: Councilor Miller reported that two engineers have volunteered to complete the foundation plans at no charge to the City. The plans have been sent to ITD for their review and approval. Dismantling of the old Manning Bridge is scheduled to begin soon. The north tower should be ready to move by the end of February.
2018 DEER ELIMINATION PROJECT: Councilor Miller reported that Idaho Fish & Game has approved a permit for 20 deer which was recently received. Officials from Idaho Fish & Game have indicated they would like to meet with the City Council at the February meeting.
AVAILABILITY OF PARKING: Discussed the lack of parking available in town.
ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE RENEWALS: Reviewed the list of establishments needing to renewal their ABL; expiration date is 1/31/18. Motion was made by Friend to authorize the City Clerk to approve the 2018 Alcohol Beverage License renewals upon proper application and payment of fees contingent on having a current Resort Tax status and City utilities current; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Miller and Wilson. No nays, motion carried.
CITY OF WHITE BIRD – POTABLE WATER: Council reviewed the Potable Water amounts which went to the City of White Bird in December 2017 during their water emergency which amounted to 20,000 gallons. The potable water fee is $50 per 2,000 gallons. Motion was made by Miller to waive the potable water fee for the City of White Bird; motion seconded by Friend. Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins and Wilson. No nays; motion carried.
VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER: Dan Catherman was chosen to be featured in the February City Newsletter.
PAST DUE WSG BILLING: Reviewed.
FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS:
RCC – St. Luke’s McCall for a Community Health Summit on January 16th – Upper Level
SUBARU CLUB – Mayor McClure reported that she was contacted by Mark Chevalier with the Idaho Subaru Club about holding a meeting in Riggins May 12th. The Clerk will contact Mr. Chevalier with information on the City Park and a Park Application.
PITTSBURG LANDING GRANT APPLICATION: The Clerk reported that she had been contacted by a representative of the Hells Canyon Recreation Collaborative group looking for support from the Riggins City Council for a grant application by the U.S. Forest Service to fund the Pittsburg Landing site repairs and modifications to the campground facility. After review, a letter of support was approved; Clerk will draft letter and forward to Idaho Parks & Recreation.
CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS: None
MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled
WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:45 p.m.
Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer