February 13, 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, Friend, Wilson and Miller. 

Guests:  Kate Joyce

Staff: Jeff Joyce

JANUARY MINUTES:  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the January meeting minutes.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the January 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 $3,164.74 paid after the January meeting bringing the total January disbursements to $49,757.91.  Bills in the amount of $32,351.61 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.


EMS – No report 

LIBRARY – No report

FIRE – Chief Jeff Joyce reported the following:

  • Fireman’s Ball was held Saturday, February 9th.  There were more donations than in the past, and a good time was had by all. 
  • Radios were purchased last year and batteries have started going bad.  Matt Walker has donated three new batteries to the Fire Department.  Walker has opened a store front on Ace’s Place. 
  • A new air compressor and fittings have been ordered.
  • A college student from Peru, Alonso, would like to volunteer for the Fire Department, but does not have a valid Idaho Drivers License.  Clerk will research with ICRMP/City Attorney if Alonso would be covered by City’s insurance.
  • EMS training has been very good; a number of physicians and other medical providers have attended to provide information and training.

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash provided a written report:

·        The crew installed a recovered Forest Service sign on Shearer’s Ferry/Manning Bridge at the bottom of the steps at the City Park.

·        Roof at Treatment Plant – bad weather has delayed project.

·        Maintenance completed at plant, Salsnes and Kaeser Blower, Chlorine Machine cleared of scale buildup, disassembled Chlorine Analyzer and installed new parts, cleaned and performed oil change on both blowers, and maintenance completed on Skidsteer and Excavator.

·        Fence at Treatment Plant is partially completed; anticipate completion by end of February.

·        Emergency Lighting has been replaced at Heritage Center, Riggins Community Center and Treatment Plant.  Awaiting delivery of light for lift well at Community Center.  Note: none of these lights were working; cheaper to replace than purchase new batteries.

·        Generators – maintenance has been performed by Western States on Well Street and Plant generators; no problems with either.

·        SCAT Project – Dan has been in contact with engineer designing SCAT for Forest Service; project is on schedule.

·        Irrigation Ditch – crew has begun working as weather permits.

·        North Lift Station – problem encountered; pump run hours have been increasing which could indicate blockage in plumbing or in pumps.  Pumps were pulled and inspected; found impellers had severe damage.  Worn impellers decrease pump efficiency causing longer run times; resulted in an unexpected expense to purchase replacement parts for both pumps (approximately $1,500).

·        Crew was no match for recent blizzard… plowed, salted and sanded completed before melted.

IDAHO WILD RIVERS – DARE TO KAYAK GRANT:  Devon Barker-Hicks is requesting that the Salmon River Dive Team and City of Riggins again serve as Grantee/Administrator of the 2019 grant.  This will be the fifth year the City has administered the grant.  Councilor Akins stated this is a great program that benefits our youth.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the request for the City to administer the 2019 grant; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

SURPLUS EQUIPMENT – 1979 GMC SUBURBAN:  Clerk reported a bid was received from Kirk Barnum for $400.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the sale of the Suburban to Barnum; seconded by Wilson.  Councilor Akins abstained from voting as Barnum is a friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

CAMMACK MEDICAL BILLING INC. – AGREEMENT:  Clerk reported that Cammack Medical Billing, that processes our Ambulance billing, has submitted a new Agreement for Ambulance and Medical Transportation Billing Services.  Agreement has been reviewed in detail by Clerk.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the agreement as stated; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

MIDAS GOLD – UPDATE:  Distributed the January 10, 2019 report from the Stibnite Advisory Council with the following highlights - Each member is to identify a list of working group topics they believe will be most beneficial to their community; working groups will be appointed at the February 14th meeting.  Bylaws have been drafted and will be reviewed for approval at the February 14th meeting.  Role and function of this group is for each member to represent their communities rather than to advocate or support Midas Gold. 

Bob Crump has arranged for the City Council to tour the Stibnite site in May.  Idaho County Commissioner Duman has indicated he would like to join the group on the tour.

CITY PARK BOAT RAMP - Grant: Grant was submitted; awards should be announced in April.  Scope of Work and diagram of project phasing was distributed.  Phase 1 is estimated at $360,000; the Salmon River Dive Team will donate $2,500 towards the project.  The City Public Works Department committed to provide $37,440 in match on the grant (construction management, labor and equipment).  Phase 1 will regrade the existing boat ramp access road to a flatter slope to improve accessibility, paving the access road to reduce erosion, and paving and expanding the vehicle trailer parking lot to reduce erosion and accommodate more vehicles/trailers. 

The Idaho Transportation Department did provide an Addendum to Right-of-Way Use Permit to include the retaining walls, lighting, fencing and internal roadway and boat ramp improvements.  The Addendum reiterated that “all additions to the rest area will be at permittee expense, and in the event that this section of right-of-way is needed for highway expansion, all encroachments will be removed at the City’s expense with no compensation from ITD”. 

Phases 2 will focus on ADA accessibility to the boat ramp, guardrail, new retaining wall and improvements to existing parking lot.  Phase 3 involves renovating the boat ramp, City Park parking area and fencing.

Clerk reported than an addition to the Idaho County Hazard Mitigation Plan was submitted to Jerry Zumalt, Idaho County Disaster Management, to address the current condition of the boat ramp site which, in order to reduce threats to the public safety, improvements are needed to the boat ramp, access and exit route, and trailer parking area. 

IDAHO WHITEWATER ASSOCIATION – Installation of Safety Signs:  The Idaho Whitewater Association provided a letter of support for the Boat Ramp project.  Clerk was contacted by Cris Riggs that the IWA Board of Directors would like to place a safety sign along the Salmon River in Riggins.  Riggs provided copies of the signage that was installed on the Payette River - a map of the river detailing rapids and whitewater classifications along with Safety Tips (poorly equipped paddler vs. well equipped paddler diagram).  BLM is involved with the graphics, assembling and installation; IWA supplies the photographs and pays for the pedestal and the signs themselves. 

Location – Council discussed possible locations for signage and suggested near the Lifejacket Loaner Station.  The Idaho Transportation Department will need to review and provide permission for the sign.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the placement of a safety sign in the Park Boat Ramp area contingent on ITD’s approval; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

WATER/SEWER HOOKUP APPLICATION:  Clerk reported that Jane Durrell submitted an application for Water and Sewer Hookup at 1346 South Chuckar Lane along with a payment of $10,500 for the hookup fees. 

CITY PARK STAGE – DEDICATION CELEBRATION:  Mayor McClure reported that Mary Lou Hirst believes the stage will be completed in May.  A dedication celebration will be held Saturday, May 25th featuring 2-3 bands, along with food and beverages by John Belton of Seven Devils.  Proceeds will go to the stage and the Salmon River Jet Boat Races.  Mayor McClure indicated Mary Lou wishes not to have the stage named after Clyde.  Following discussion, it was suggested that information be included in the City Newsletter asking locals to submit ideas for a stage name. 

RIGGINS URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT – 2018 FINANCIAL REPORT:  The URD held a Public Meeting on the 2018 Financial Report as required; no input was provided.  Therefore, the report was presented to the Riggins City Council.  Akins made a motion to approve the report as presented; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.  The report will be published in the Idaho County Free Press. 



Heritage Center – April 13th from 11-2 p.m.; McPaws Regional Animal Shelter FREE Cat Microchip Clinic.  Requesting fee waiver – approved.

Riggins Community Center – April 20th from 3-9 p.m. for Anniversary Party; deposit and fee received.


  • CEDA “Leading with Intention” Workshop is March 28th from 9-4 at Monastery in Cottonwood.  Event is free for participating communities; focus is on creating an economy for the future.  Council members are urged to attend.  RSVP by March 15th.
  • Goff Bridge Plaque from 1935 has been donated to City.  Discussed displaying near Walking Tour kiosk on Goff Bridges.
  • Donation of saw blade from old mill – Mayor McClure reported that Tom Anderson would like to donate this to the City.
  • Security Camera System – discussed installing camera system to cover City Hall and the EMS Bay.

STEELHEAD/SALMON SEASON:  Councilor Akins reported that Fish and Game held their meeting last night here in Riggins; harvest share for Salmon River is 1500 fish, 480 for Clearwater and zero for Snake.  The permit from NOAA has been delayed but Fish and Game officials are confident it will be completed by the March 15th deadline.



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

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer