January 9, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall


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

Guests:  Linda Heiter

Staff: Dan Wash and Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $24,505.17 paid after the December meeting bringing the total December disbursements to $47,928.02.  Bills in the amount of $23,873.34 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

PARTNERSHIP FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES – LINDA HEITER:  Linda Hieter, Community Health Worker for Riggins/White Bird, distributed handouts explaining what this free program is about with details on services provided.  This is a collaboration of 8 stakeholders (Clearwater Human Needs Council, Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics, Grangeville Human Needs Council, Idaho North Central Public Health, Nimiipuu Health, Snake River Community Clinic, St. Mary’s Hospital & Clinics, and Syringa Hospital and Clinics) promoting healthy individuals and communities.  Some of what the Community Health Workers do is: free health screening events for the public, facilitate Chronic Disease Management and Chronic Pain Self-Management classes.  Hieter stated the Chronic Pain Management class in Riggins has the largest number of participants in the State. 

Emphasis is being placed on the Homeless in our community.  Two programs are available to provide assistance to homeless individuals and families – “Family Promise” offers a Day Center providing telephones, internet, shower, laundry, case management; “Sojourners Alliance” has transitional housing, Federally funded Permanent Supported Housing for those with disabilities, assistance with shut-off notices and rental assistance, and “Access Point” which is the starting point for all services.  Hieter hopes to be able to offer these homeless services in the Riggins area in the near future.


EMS – No report 

LIBRARY – No report

FIRE – Chief Jeff Joyce reported the following:

  •  Has been cleaning the training room at the EMS/Fire Bay; there are a lot of items that are no longer used; he will work on creating a list of surplus equipment for the Council to review.
  • Fireman’s Ball – Saturday, February 9th at Hoots
  • Monthly Meetings have been temporarily moved to the first Monday of each month to accommodate the EMT training classes.


PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash reported:

  • Several residential properties with leaks during the cold weather in December; Public Works was called out after hours;
  • Snow was cleared from sidewalks with the skid steer to give Shawn experience with that situation, and so the snow wouldn’t freeze and cause more problems if the cold snap continued;
  • Roof project at plant is progressing; lumber is on site and tools/equipment are being purchased;
  • Three additional picnic tables have been placed around the Park – 2 in main park and 1 by the tower.  Another table is going to be placed at the Heritage Center;
  • Jeep Fire Engine and all available parts have been delivered to the High School Shop class for assembly.  The shed where it was parked is now being cleaned and the overhead door, which has been broken for years, is being repaired;
  • Return sludge pump/SCADA system issue; Dan worked closely with Jason on troubleshooting and attempting to fix; determined there is a problem with either SCADA programming or with the variable frequency drive controller.  An expert in this area will troubleshoot this when the computer upgrade is done in the near future.  The RAZ is currently running fine in manual mode;
  • Sludge drying beds continue to drain well, but the drying process is slowed significantly due to cold weather; using a combination of drying beds and geo-bag for sludge wasting;
  • Cherry Lane – leaking water service; dug back to main line and replaced the entire service; installed a new meter and meter pit.  A large section of pavement had to be cut out which will be fixed in the spring when cold mix asphalt is available;
  •   Orchard – blocked residential sewer line; worked with home owner to locate so he could clean it; apparently blocked by roots.

CITY PARK BOAT RAMP - Grant: Councilor Akins reported that he met with Jim Tucker of Welch Comer Engineers; did a walk-thru of the site.  Given the erosion occurring on the loop road, this will be the priority in Phase 1 – retaining wall/gabion baskets; asphalt loop road and upper parking lot.  Phase 2 will focus on widening and softening the approach on the boat ramp; and Phase 3 will be for fencing, river trail from the boat ramp to the south end of the Park (promote river information; possible alternate travel route); possibly upgrade park restrooms. Clerk reported the deadline for the grant is Friday, January 25th.  Welch Comer Engineers is compiling the data for phase 1 for the grant.

FIRE JEEP:  Ty Medley’s shop class is reassembling the jeep as a class project.  Discussed where the Jeep will be displayed once it is reassembled.  Determined best place is on the hill between the Park restrooms and tower; will need to be covered and fenced.  An historical plaque will be displayed also. 

MIDAS GOLD:  reviewed the press release on City of McCall’s decision to wait for the Environmental Impact Study results which will be released in late summer 2019 then draft a Memorandum of Understanding between City of McCall and Midas Gold.  Briefly reviewed draft NEPA Comment Letter; hold until Bob Crump can review.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE RENEWALS:  reviewed list of renewals.  Motion was made by Wilson to authorize the City Clerk to process renewals; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 



  • Electric Car Charging Station – Ida-Lew Economic Development Council looking for location for charging station; Salmon Rapids Lodge is interested.  City Council approval is not necessary.
  • Siren for White Bird Fire – Councilor Miller will test his siren; is prepared to donate it to the White Bird Fire Department.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer