A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Council President Glenna McClure, acting in the absence of Mayor Crump. Other Councilors present were Anderson, Barnard and Friend. Guests present included Vanna Holland, Larry Simonson and Charlie Amell.
The purpose of the special meeting was:
(1) Discuss search for City Attorney and the proposal to amend City/County Police Contract to change the responsibility for the misdemeanor prosecution from the City to the County.
(2) Consider request to abandon a 12’ drainage easement on Lots 3 and 4, Chukkar Point Subdivision.
(3) Consider Park Use Application from SR Jet Boat Race Committee
(4) Discuss the problem of unlicensed cars parked for long periods on city streets.
(5) Federal Stimulus funds and proposed projects
The Clerk reported that attorneys Daren Fales and Dan Johnson had been contacted, and both were interested in the city’s civil work, but both had declined the criminal matters. Only one attorney, out of six contacted, had indicated interest in the criminal prosecution, and he would require a $600 monthly retainer, with hours above 6 per month billed at $125 per hour. The Clerk reported that this cost is well above the city budget. She reported that Idaho County Sheriff Giddings and County Commissioner Jim Rehder had been contacted about the possibility of changing the City/County Police Contract to change the responsibility of misdemeanor prosecution from the City to the County, with the City sharing the Court Revenue received. Since the County already has attorneys on retainer for prosecution activities, this change would eliminate the duplication of retainer fees. Both officials indicated interest in the proposal, and Rehder requested that a letter of proposal be presented to the Commissioners for their review with the Sheriff and Prosecutor. The Council discussed the proposal, and agreed that the contract change should be pursued. The Clerk reported that City Attorney Dennis Albers had billed the City for 6.8 hours during the period June 07 thru Sept 08, and the Court Revenue received during the last fiscal year was $8666. An e-mail from Mayor Crump was read suggesting that the City offer an additional $100 per month, or $1200 per year, to the County for the prosecution costs. After discussion, the Council felt that the offer of $1200 may be too low, and it was suggested that the annual Court Revenue be split 50-50 with the County, to cover prosecution costs. After further discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to write a proposal for the Police Contract amendment, to provide that the County would be responsible for the City’s misdemeanor prosecution, and to cover the costs of this added prosecution, the City would pay the County 50% of the annual Court Revenue received. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. A letter of proposal will be written, along with a fact sheet containing a review of the previous three years prosecution billing from Albers and a report of the last three years Court Revenue received, and Councilors Barnard and Friend will meet with the County Commissioners on Tuesday, February 24th.
At this time Vanna Holland and Larry Simonson visited with the Council requesting that a 12’ drainage easement on Lots 3 and 4, Chukkar Point Subdivision be abandoned. There is a sale pending for both lots, with the buyer desiring to build a house in the middle of the combined parcels. The City’s easement for drainage would prevent this construction. PWD Charlie Amell reported he had visited the site, and felt that the easement was not needed. The road is graveled and there is no drainage problem at this time, and if the roadway were to be paved, there are more suitable places to divert the run-off. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Friend, to abandon the easement as requested from Lots 3 and 4, providing that Mt Lakes Realty prepare the legal documents, subject to the Council’s review, and include wording that the City will not be held liable for any flooding which may occur in this area in the future. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
A Park Use Application has been received from the Salmon River Jet Boat Race Committee to hold a crab feed fundraiser for the Jet Boat Races on March 28th, from 2:00-7:00pm. They plan crab and other food, music and alcohol sales with the Chamber of Commerce obtaining the State alcohol permit. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to approve the permit. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Councilor Barnard brought up the subject of unlicensed cars parked on city streets for months at a time. This issue was brought to his attention as a safety issue, as a possible obstruction of emergency service vehicle access and ITD street sweeper. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to request that the local officers put stickers on the unlicensed vehicles, to be removed. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Councilor Barnard then brought up the subject of the economic stimulus funding. He indicated that a six-member committee had been formed in Idaho, made up of three former governors and three former fiancé officers. The committee would be taking input and requests for projects to be included. It was reported that the projects should be ready for construction within 120 days. Barnard indicated that the term had been changed from “shovel ready” to “shovel worthy”, so he felt that the Riggins projects should be submitted. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Friend, to submit the Wellness Center, the Water Facility Study, the WhiteWater Park and chip sealing the city streets. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. Councilor Barnard will prepare the report on the Wellness Center, the Clerk will work on the Water Facility Study and WhiteWater Park and PWD Charlie Amell will write up the street project.
Charlie Amell reported that he had an estimate of $3400 from JUB to do an independent inspection of the Little Salmon Bridge. He expressed concerns about the City accepting the bridge without knowing the extent of the maintenance needed or understanding the liability issues that come with the bridge. He recommended that the City have the bridge inspected and visit with the County bridge officials about the maintenance costs of bridge repair. The Council agreed that they would like to talk to the County official about maintenance costs.
Councilor Anderson reported he had talked with Lake Shore drivers about the hydraulic oil leakage problem, and they indicated that Lake Shore had purchased two small trucks to service Riggins, that the large blue truck would be replaced. The Clerk was requested to contact Lake Shore about the new manager and invite him to attend a City Council meeting.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.