RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

March 10, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller.  Guests: Ray Stowers, Blake Watson, Stefanie Brimacomb, Norm Klobetanz, Clyde Hirst, Curt Brimacomb, Ross Campbell, John Pottenger, Jeff Joyce, and Susan Hollenbeak.

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $6,804.21 paid after the February meeting, bringing the total February disbursements to $41,221.36.  Bills in the amount of $21,764.39 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

SURPLUS TIN ROOFING:  Clyde Hirst requested that the Council consider getting rid of some of the old, broken tin roofing being stored at the Plant; discussed how this roofing came from a burned building and isn’t worth anything.  Mr. Hirst would like to use about 30 sheets of the metal roofing for his business.  Councilor Miller indicated that these sheets are not an inventory item.  After discussion, motion was made by Akins to give the old tin to Clyde Hirst; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

IDAHO BANANA COMPANY – ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE:  Clyde Hirst explained that Idaho Banana Company is hoping to expand their business towards becoming the premier place for Idaho beers and wines on Highway 95 offering beer and wine tasting during business hours (closing at 6 p.m.).  They would like to add beer and wine by the glass to their current AB License.  Mr. Hirst feels this could be quite a boon for the City and area.  He clarified this will not be a bar.  Mayor McClure stated she had reviewed Idaho Statute 23-913 regarding Exceptions to Liquor Licenses not being allowed near churches or schools, and the Statute reads the governing body of the municipality (City) can override and approve the request.  Mayor McClure and the Council thanked Mr. Hirst for his input and will consider the request.

IDAHO POWER – Blake Watson:  Watson addressed the Council regarding recent Idaho Power issues including the emergency power outage earlier today.  Susan indicated she had contacted all the businesses in town to alert them.  The Clerk’s office will develop a Call List for future reference.  Watson stated he understood there were concerns about the high power bills in December.  He described how the last rate increase was in 2012, and that increases are tied to regulations.  He went on to give a brief overview of how rates are based on amount of kilowatt hours used – 0-800, 800-2000, and 2000 and over.  Watson described the Account Manager tool available on the website which provides real time data including high usage times, etc.  He also stated that 52% of their power is Hydroelectric and of that 52%, 60% comes from the Hells Canyon Complex; Idaho’s rates are very low compared to other states across the country.  Idaho Power is offering economic development grants for businesses.  Councilor Akins expressed his appreciation for the support Idaho Power has given to Riggins Community events. 

RAY STOWERS – IRRIGATION DITCH:  Mr. Stowers expressed his concern about the irrigation ditch behind Cattleman’s.  He stated that Jim Medley had taken out the ditch bank and poured a cement wall.  Mr. Stowers would like something to be done to supply irrigation water to his property and those other properties near him with access to the ditch.  Mr. Stowers described how he had irrigation ditch water rights with IdahoCounty.  The Council discussed the issue; Councilor Miller stated a screen was needed to catch garbage and debris in the ditch; Councilor Friend expressed concern as to why the Council was not consulted prior to Jim Kern working on the ditch; Councilor Friend also wanted clarification about the City’s responsibility for maintaining headgates throughout town.  It was pointed out that the City has an easement from March 2,000 for this specific intake.  Councilor Wilson stated he felt it was the City’s responsibility to get this intake workable again.  The Clerk was directed to indicate in the next newsletter that no one should work in the ditch without the Council’s approval, and that no grass clippings or other debris is to be put in the ditch.  Motion was made by Miller to have Ross and John restore the intake; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea Wilson, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

OLD BUSINESS

FIRE DEPARTMENT REPORT- Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, reported the following:

  • Chief Joyce has joined the St. Luke’s Carbon Monoxide Detection Committee.  He is working with Seven Devils Propane to get information out.  There are discounted detectors available at May’s Hardware in McCall.  Chief Joyce is working with the Elementary School to get free detectors to those families in need.
  • Salmon River Rural Fire Department would like to partner with Riggins Fire Department to do a “Fireman’s Appreciation Picnic” sometime this summer. 
  • Chief Joyce, Roger Rashok and Randy Spickelmire will be attending the Clearwater Fire Academy in Orofino this weekend.
  • Last month, request was made to purchase some jackets for volunteers.  The Clerk will prepare an accounting of the funds available in the OP Fireman’s Fund.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the purchase of jackets for volunteers through the OP Fireman’s Fund; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

EMS REPORT- EMS Director, Curt Brimacomb, reported the following:

  • Only six runs in the past 30 days; two were non-transports
  • Ambulance inspection and licensure is scheduled later this month
  • A new driver, Kit Cave, is on schedule
  •  ITD State Grant – no response yet

 State EMS Grant – applying for $100,000 in equipment

CITY PROJECTS REPORT:

WATER/PARKS – Ross reported the following:

a)    Situation last week at one of the A-frames in North Riggins; sewage coming up in yard.  There is a private lift station that is shared by two homes.  Home owner was contacted and will get repaired.

b)    Discussed complaints about property in North Riggins being an eye sore.  Mayor McClure requested that these complaints be directed to her for resolution.

c)    Street light at Salmon River Motel; Interstate Electric quoted $799 for an LED light.

d)    Western States performed an inspection, load test and maintenance on both generators last week.  The generator at the plant was surging when the power was out earlier today.  Seven Devil’s Propane has been contacted; needs a different regulator.  Western States and Seven Devil’s Propane are working to resolve the issue.

e)    Adrianna Hummer, Source Water Protection Specialist with IRWA, met with Ross and John recently to review potential contaminates here in Riggins.  They reviewed and completed a DEQ report.

CEMETERY HILL PROJECT – Ross reported the following:

  • Cemetery Board requested a revision to the easement draft to include irrigation water at no charge. 
  • Chuck Boyd has scheduled a walk through of the project and has indicated he will sign the easement following that. 
  • Backhoe – rental is $750 per week.  Lavar Murdock has a backhoe the City can rent; Clerk will develop a rental contract including occasional use for $35 per hour. 
  • Pipe is scheduled for delivery March 18th.
  • Described a current lawsuit in Sandpoint regarding a property owner’s refusal to install the required backflow prevention assembly, thereby violating the City’s ordinance requiring such.  Idaho Code requires the unit be tested annually to ensure it is working properly, however this law has never been challenged.  Discussed the possible repercussions if the Idaho Code becomes invalid.  New meters have risers with check valves and require a thermal expansion tank.  Ross will prepare a letter to go out to Cemetery Hill property owners notifying them of a special meeting on April 14th at 5:30 p.m. to answer questions regarding the project along with information on the thermal expansion tank requirement.

 SEWER - John reported the following:

a)    Two pumps were replaced.

CLARIFIER:  Mayor McClure reported that a letter was sent to JC Constructors recapping the February 10th meeting. 

STORM DRAIN VAULT MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE:  Council reviewed the process for measuring storm drain vaults with a tube which shows the depth of the fuel, sludge, etc.  It was decided this maintenance should be completed three times a year (spring, summer and fall).

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:  Council discussed scheduling an Open House event Sunday, May 18; the Rebekah’s will be involved in the celebration.  Refreshments will be served.  Councilor Wilson stated he would review and obtain pricing on a portable speaker system for the facility for the next budget cycle.  Councilor Miller stated the keys to the elevator are not being secured by the Senior Citizens on Tuesdays; if there continues to be problems, the keys may need to be secured at City Hall and checked out.

DEER – MANAGEMENT PLAN:  Councilor Akins reported that the local State Trapper did not receive approval from his superior to be involved.  The USDA recently provided a bid to eliminate 20 deer at a cost of $4,300.  Other options will continue to be researched.

NEW BUSINESS

BUDGET PREPARATION:  Mayor McClure requested that all Department heads begin preparing for the FY15 Budget by gathering information, cost estimates, etc.  Budget meetings will be scheduled soon.

LITTLE SALMON COALITION:  Mayor McClure reported that Jesse Main from McCall had contacted her requesting a letter of support for their efforts in proposing that Idaho Fish and Game work towards a land swap with the Little Salmon River Ranch owner for property in northern Idaho.  Mayor McClure read the draft of a letter of support she prepared stating, “On behalf of the City of Riggins, I would like to express concern in regard to the economic downfall the area will suffer if any portion of the Little Salmon River is closed down to fishing.  The Riggins City Council is in support of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game working towards a solution involving a land swap with the owner of the Little Salmon River Ranch property.”  The Council concurred; Mayor will sign and forward to Mr. Main.

IDAHO BANANA COMPANY – ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE REQUEST:  Discussed the Idaho Banana Company’s request to waive Idaho Code 23-913 which states that licensees not be allowed near churches.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the request to apply for an AB License for wine and beer by the drink; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  Clerk will notify Mr. Hirst of the Council’s approval.

CEMETERY HILL PROJECT – CEMETERY BOARD EASEMENT REVISION:  Motion was made by Wilson to direct the City Attorney to revise the easement to include a provision for irrigation water at no charge; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

ARBOR DAY PROCLAMATION AND GRANT:  The 2014 Arbor Day Grant applications are available and must be received by March 21st; awards are $300 with a $75 match or in-kind donation required.  Discussed potential dates for an Arbor Day celebration; Monday, May 5th was chosen.  Motion was made by Friend to apply for an Arbor Day Grant; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  Mayor McClure then read and signed the 2014 Arbor Day Proclamation for the City of Riggins.

LIBRARY SOFTWARE:  Susan Hollenbeak, Librarian, reported that a new software program called “Destiny” has been installed.  She described the numerous capabilities of the new program including the ability to list all the books in the library on a website.  Cost is $1,340 for the first year including technical support and training, and $750 per year thereafter.  Information will be in the next newsletter.

SURPLUS COMPUTERS AND PRINTERS:  Susan Hollenbeak, Deputy City Clerk, reported that there are numerous old printers, copy machines and computers in storage.  She would like to clear this equipment out.  The hard drives on all the equipment will be cleaned before being declared surplus.  Motion was made by Akins to declare the old computers, printers and copiers surplus; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

AMBULANCE BILLING CONTRACT - CAMMACK BILLING:  The Clerk reported that Cammack Billing has submitted a Service Contract for review.  It appears the City has not had a contract with Cammack up to this point.  The Clerk expressed some concern with the contract; particularly item 2.e. stating Cammack does not do the medical billing.  The Clerks will contact Cammack Billing to clarify concerns with the contract.

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:  The Clerk reported that the Chamber of Commerce would like to find a location to install a webcam on the river that would show real time coverage of conditions.  Councilor Akins indicated he had suggested this idea at a recent Chamber meeting and felt the City Hall was an option; Council members agreed.  Kelly Thompson, Chamber Treasurer, requested permission recently to have a vendor review the back side of City Hall to determine if it was a viable location, which the Clerk approved.  After review, it was determined the City’s Internet modem may not be adequate.  The Council clarified that the Chamber of Commerce is funding this project.  More information will be provided as the Chamber proceeds.

FAIR HOUSING PROCLAMATION:  At this time, Mayor McClure read the proclamation designating April 2014 as Fair Housing Month in the City of Riggins.  Motion was made by Friend to authorize the Mayor to sign the proclamation; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Miller and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council. 

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS:

RCC - Salmon River Art Guild – October 3-5, 2014; qualify for 50% reduction.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the application; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:00 p.m.