February 8, 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:  John Belton, Pamela Bogan

Staff: Susan Hollenbeak, John Pottenger, and Ross Campbell

JANUARY 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 $715.96 paid after the January meeting, bringing the total January disbursements to $44,026.61.  Bills in the amount of $20,722.54 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson.  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.  

REQUEST TO WAIVE ORDINANCE #53:  John Belton with Seven Devils Bar requested that the Council suspend Ordinance #53 to allow open containers of alcohol in designated areas during the five major summer events.  Reviewed the five major events scheduled – Women with Bait Fish Dance, Salmon River Jet Boat Races, Riggins Rodeo, Big Water Blowout, and Hot Summer Nights.  Mayor McClure indicated a copy of Resolution #17-2 will be forwarded to the Sheriff’s Department.  Motion was made by Wilson to waive Ordinance #53 and approve Resolution #17-2 to allow open containers of alcohol in designated areas during the event dates and times specified; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of Resolution #17-2 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

PINEHURST QUILTERS: Pamela Bogan informed the Council of the following:

1)   Pinehurst Quilters would like to donate $150 to the City to purchase a sign positioned on Main Street directing folks to the Riggins Community Center.  Mayor McClure thanked Bogan and advised that the City will make arrangements for the signage.

2)   Pinehurst Quilters are requesting that a Quilts of Valor commemorative plaque be displayed at City Park.  Councilor Akins described his vision of the plaque being part of a new rock base for the flag pole; discussed running electricity to the flag pole in order to provide lighting on the flag as well as the parking lot.  Bogan will research and advise on option for the design of the plaque.

3)   FREE NUTRITION & COOKING CLASSES will be held at the Riggins Community Center every Friday from March 3 through April 14.  Since some of these classes will be held on the same day as the Pinehurst Quilters group, there was a question of discounting the facility fee.  After discussion, it was proposed that the cooking class fee be $25 for the Lower Level including the Kitchen.  Motion was made by Akins to accept the proposal of $25 per day for the classes; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 


LIBRARY – Susan reported that she has been approved to attend a Library Directors Conference in Boise in March with registration and lodging covered by Idaho Commission for Libraries.

EMS – Susan reported that Janeen is doing well and recovering from her surgery; Janeen plans to return February 16th and begin working with the EMT students as needed.

WASTEWATER – John reported:

Ø  Has been wasting into geobags; using a different formulation of polymer.

Ø  Drying beds have been wet given the weather.

Ø  Salsness parts have arrived from Norway.

Ø  Jason is planning on being on site next week and will make a plan for projects.

WATER/STREET/PARK –Ross reported:

1)  Have been experiencing issues with the frozen ground and water meters breaking; meters have been replaced.

2)  Met with Mayor McClure, Clyde Hirst and Brenda regarding the City Park Stage Project and scheduling of various jobs including tree removal and removal of the current stage structure.

3)  Park Restrooms were vandalized; have researched costs to replace damaged door (approximately $300); Clerk is checking on deductible with the insurance carrier.

4)  Storm drains are working again.

5)  Riggins Community Center – located 6’ rubber parking blocks at a cost of $45 each plus shipping; after discussion there was concern these were too small.  Research will continue on concrete parking bumpers.

6)  Brief discussion on commercial businesses with dispensers (pop, coffee, etc.) and the need for a check valve/pressure reducer to prevent backflow/cross connection issues with the City systems as described in the Cross Connection Ordinance.  Councilor Miller believes such businesses do have the proper equipment. 


NPDES (National Pollution Discharge Elimination System) PERMIT APPLICATION:  the Clerk reported that J-U-B Engineers is finalizing the application and will forward for the Mayor’s review and signature. 

BRADCO ATTACHMENT (SKID-STEER):  The Clerk has received a written bid for this piece of surplus equipment from Wade Wiltse in the amount of $2,500.  Motion was made by Akins to accept the bid; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

STREET ISSUES – WINTER WEATHER:  Discussed recent street issues being experienced as a result of the winter weather including ice buildup and dangerous intersections in North Riggins, Ace’s Place, Elfers Lane and Well Street.  Mayor McClure reported that she is pursuing a formal agreement with Idaho County Commissioners to be able to request assistance from the Road Department as needed for sanding, etc. The cost will be included in the FY18 Street budget.

Cemetery Hill Road: Discussed the ongoing issue of maintenance on Cemetery Hill Road.  This road is not a City street and is owned by the property owner, Chuck Boyd.  Residents have an easement from Boyd to use the road.  It was suggested that Boyd, and perhaps the Cemetery District, consider coordinating with the County to address winter maintenance issues for residents using the road.

TUCKER VACATION RENTAL PROPERTY – PARKING:  Mayor McClure read a letter received from Abigail Tucker regarding her vacation rental property at 1201 South Main, and concerns about the driveway access being blocked by neighboring commercial business customers.  She is requesting that the City repaint the “No Parking” on the sidewalk to prevent blocking of the small driveway to the right of the fenced area, and also in front of the double gate driveway to allow use of the gates to access the property without damaging other vehicles.  Tucker also asked for feedback on the city policy of reserving parking for incoming guests, and to confirm the parking lot next to the Community Church is still utilized for public parking.  Councilor Wilson indicated illegal parking issues should be referred to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department.  After discussion, it was determined the Public Works will repaint the curb between the River Rock Café and Tucker Vacation Rental as well as 5 feet on either side of the driveway.  Tucker will be advised that the City cannot do away with on street parking, and that the Community Church is private property and that the City has nothing to do with their policy.

RANTS & RAVES BREWERY, MOSCOW:  Clerk reported that Neil Marzofl, owner of Rants & Raves Brewery in Moscow, came in, introduced himself, and stated he is in the process of purchasing property in Riggins to open a tap room and café.  Clerk stated she received a number of calls from concerned citizens about this potential ABL application.  Any request for an Alcohol Beverage License within the City of Riggins will go before the City Council for review and consideration.

FIREWORKS – JET BOAT RACES:  Mayor McClure requested approval on behalf of the Jet Boat Committee and Salmon River Chamber of Commerce for a fireworks display on Saturday, April 15th at City Park.  The fireworks are made possible with proceeds from the Winter Ball fundraiser.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the request for a fireworks display on April 15th; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSING AND ORDINANCES:  Mayor McClure requested that the Council review all Ordinances and Municipal Codes pertaining to Alcohol Beverage licensing and to recommend revisions as needed.  This will be a standing agenda item until completed.


Riggins Community Center (Upper Level):  CEDA Tourism Industry Forum on Wednesday, March 15th; 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


DEER MANAGEMENT:  Councilor Miller reported he has received a permit for 20 deer. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer