A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present were Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Charlie Amell and Robert Ader were also present.
The special meeting was called for the following: (1) To consider Ordinance #185 Summary for publication, (2) to discuss JUB Engineer’s Preliminary Engineering Report for the USDA-RD loan application, (3) to review compliance or non-compliance of the Resort Tax ordinance, and (4) to review problems with the garbage service.
Summary of Ordinance #185 for garbage regulation was read. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson to approve the ordinance summary and authorize its publication in the Idaho County Free Press, in lieu of publishing the entire ordinance. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The Clerk reported that the Resort Tax permits for the first nine months of operation had been reviewed, and overall the system was working well. There were, however, some businesses that were not in compliance with the law with missing information, no submittal of copies of their Idaho State Sales Tax return, late filing, etc. The Council reviewed a form letter prepared to send to those businesses, requesting the missing information. The Council agreed with the format, suggesting only that references to the specific ordinance section requiring the information be added.
The Clerk reported that CEDA officials have indicated that the City must have their USDA-RD loan application complete before March 7th, when the ICDBG grant application addendum is submitted to Dept of Commerce. One of the major things to be done for the loan application is a Preliminary Engineering Report on the proposed project. After review of the material required by the application, some information may be available in the Sewer Facility Plan, but there was additional engineering work to be done. JUB had been contacted, and could provide that service, but estimated the cost to be $2500. Mayor Crump reported that without the Preliminary Engineering Report, the loan application cannot be completed, and the $500,000 grant application would not be considered. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to authorize JUB to complete the Preliminary Engineering Report as required, at an estimated cost of $2500. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
At this time the garbage problems were discussed. Lake Shore Disposal is using a large truck that cannot access the narrow driveways in town. And since the truck requires 15’ clearance, the low phone and cable lines have prevented the truck from accessing some of the city streets. The Clerk reported that the phone company had been down and raised their lines, but the cable company had been snowed in, in Troy, and had not yet come down to check their lines. It was agreed that Lake Shore will service all City streets, but those on private driveways may have to place their carts on the street curb. After discussion, it was agreed that each case would be handled individually, finding a solution that would be workable with both the property owner and Lake Shore. It was suggested that a small dumpster be placed for the residents that cannot be serviced on Ace’s Place. Lake Shore will be contacted to see if this is possible, and those effected property owners will also be called. It was agreed that the transition may have some problems, but that the City would continue to work with Lake Shore officials to try to provide the community the best service possible.
At 4:15pm, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to go into executive session to discuss a legal matter concerning non-compliance with the Resort Tax law. Voting yea Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
At 4:55pm, the executive session ended and regular open business resumed.
Concerning non-compliance with Ordinance #174, and upon the advise and recommendation of legal counsel Dennis Albers, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to pursue a criminal complaint against RT-209 permittee and business partners, for non-reporting and non-payment of the Municipal Resort Tax as provided and required in Ordinance #174. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.