March 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, Friend, Miller and Akins. 

Guests:  Mark & Sara Christensen, Karen Akins, Julie Hofflander, Mike & Melissa Blimka, Paul Gatti, Derek Olson, Dave & Kim Olson, Camarie Thomas, Brandi Speer, John Belton, Tom Tumelson, Kali Whitney, Neal Marzolf, Ramirose Attebury, Tim Kinkeade, Vicky Lowe

Staff: Jeff Joyce, John Pottenger, and Ross Campbell

FEBRUARY 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, Friend, Miller, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $8,548.32 paid after the February meeting, bringing the total February disbursements to $47,653.77.  Bills in the amount of $23,597.80 were then presented for payment. Councilor Wilson requested the Clerk confirm the Davis Communications billing with the EMS Director before making payment. Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial report and allow the bills, with the exception of Davis Communications; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.  

SALMON RIVER PTO – “COLOR THE CANYON 5K FUN RUN”:  Karen Akins requested approval from the Council to hold the annual event on Earth Day - April 22, 2017.  The run will start at the Elementary School to the High School then back to the Cemetery and finishing at the Elementary School starting at 10 a.m. and finishing around 11 a.m.  Akins will provide the City Clerk with a copy of the schools certificate of insurance showing the City as additional insured.  Akins indicated the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department would be contacted to advise them of the event.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the request; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

RANTS & RAVES BREWERY:  Tim Kinkeade, Sales Manager, introduced himself along with Neal Marzolf and Ramirose Attebury, business owner.  Marzolf introduced 3 other staff members in attendance, and stated they had purchased the old Canyon Jan’s property from Earl & Jan Baumgarten. 

Mayor McClure stated she and the City Clerk clarified the Alcohol Beverage Licensing application process recently with the ID State Police; ISP indicated they had not received the Rants & Raves license application yet.  Kinkeade stated the application was mailed to ISP last week.  Mayor McClure described the Idaho Code which states no Alcohol Beverage License shall be issued for any place beer is sold for consumption on the premises within 300 feet of a school or church except with the approval of the City Council.  Since the building is less than 200 feet from the Elementary School property, this statute will be addressed by ISP during their inspection.  If the property passes ISP’s inspection, the Riggins City Council will consider the request to exempt the establishment from the Idaho Code requirement. 

Marzolf introduced his wife, Ramirose, who is the owner of the business as well as a professor at University of Idaho.  Marzolf stated they are not a bar and intend to serve soups and sandwiches (sandwich bar, not a full kitchen) as well as 20 taps of beer from their brewery in Moscow, the Heaven’s Gate Brewery, and breweries in McCall.  Marzolf indicated their business has no violations in Moscow, have never been fined, and have passed every evaluation with the liquor board and Latah County.  Councilor Wilson reported that he had made some inquiries with contacts in the Moscow area and received very positive feedback on the Rants & Raves ownership and management.

Comments were received from business owners and residents including Kim Olson who stressed how close knit the community is and the importance of fundraisers and special events to help local businesses.  Olson went on to say how difficult it can be to keep a business open year round and voiced concerns about another beer and food establishment making it more difficult for the existing restaurants to survive. 

At this time, Marzolf shared his history and circumstances around his 1990 conviction in the State of Washington resulting in his Sexual Offender Registry status. 

Marzolf stated they hope to get their State AB License and would like to come back to another City Council meeting to address any questions the Council may have at that time, and request a City AB License.

SATELLITE TV MARKET:  Vicky Lowe reported she met with the Idaho County Commissioners regarding the Satellite Market Modification request to include Boise stations; discussed the need to designate 2 markets (Boise and Spokane) since farmers on the Camas Prairie area need agricultural market information from Spokane stations.  Dish Network responded they would need to reach a retransmission agreement with the stations in Boise, and in the event any one of the Boise stations denied consent it would be “economically infeasible” and too costly to offer customers the remaining stations that did grant consent.  At this time, the County Commissioners are drafting a letter to the 4 main TV stations in Boise focusing on consumer choice and requesting their consent to allow DISH to retransmit. 

SUMMERVILLE’S – BREWERY:  Mike Blimka stated the Summerville’s Café closed in February.  They have entered into business with Heaven’s Gate Brewery to brew beer in the building.  Paul Gatti reported they will be brewing 20 gallons at a time.  Discussed the potential impact to the City’s wastewater treatment; there should not be a lot wasted; used grains will be reused for livestock; yeast will be harvested and reused.  Jason Wereley requested the City be notified so testing can be completed at the brewery’s first washdown which Gatti agreed to.  Summerville’s has received their Federal, and State of Idaho Brewer’s Pub License and is currently the only location selling the five Heaven’s Gate Brewery beers.   

SALMON RIVER EXPERIENCE:  Mark Christensen stated he is purchasing the building and is getting a residential home loan; he and his wife, Sarah, plan to live in the building.  He went on to state that all rafting trip transactions will be done online with no walk ins on site, and that walk in customers will be referred to another outfitter.  Christensen requested that the City change his utility billing to a residential rate.  The Council discussed the need for all SRE signage to be removed in order to consider the request to change the billing rate. 


LIBRARY – Susan submitted a written report in her absence: Attended a Library Director’s conference in Boise; learned about community awareness efforts to let the community know what the library has to offer.  One idea is to have a “Pop Up” library at either the Senior Meal site or at Irwin Center. 

EMS – Janeen was absent but submitted a written report that the State inspection on the ambulance service was completed last week; passed inspection.

FIRE – Jeff reported:

þ  The Fireman’s Ball was a success; each of the fire departments received $1,475.  Jeff has sent out thank you cards to those who donated items for the auction as well as the White Bird Chamber of Commerce.

þ  Red Dot Program – the program was presented to the elementary school students.  More supplies were ordered since there are 150 kids in the Salmon River School District.  Information will be mailed out to parents of high school students.  White Bird is interested in the program since there are 35 students attending Grangeville schools from White Bird to Slate Creek.  McCall and New Meadows departments are also interested in participating.

þ  Volunteer membership is increasing.

þ  Jeff met with Jeff Wagner who is a radio specialist regarding fire department radios.  Wagner recommended small radios (cost approximately $35) that can be programmed online.  Wagner also provided Jeff with a number of pieces of equipment and is willing to join the fire department.

þ  Clearwater Fire Academy is March 18-19; Jeff, Roger Rashok and Jonny Wilson are scheduled to attend. 

þ  There was a vehicle wreck at Lucile recently that required extrication.  Jeff determined more training was needed on extrication which he has since provided.

þ  Requests: 1) new charger and 8 batteries are needed for the battery operated Sawzall ($350); 2) Shocks for Extrication Vehicle ($100); 3) may need to get a heavier duty winch.

WASTEWATER – John reported:

Ø  Passed the Wastewater II exam; motion was made by Miller to raise Pottenger’s hourly wage $1.50 effective March 1, 2017; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

Ø  Received an estimate from Dr. Pipeline to clean and camera 3,100 feet of sewer line - $3,875; there is 9,300 feet of line in the total system; will need to budget accordingly over the next 2 years and into the future to complete inspection throughout the system.  Motion was made by Friend to proceed with the project to clean and camera 3,100 feet of sewer line for $3,875; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea Akins, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

NPDES PERMIT APPLICATION:  Jason visited with the Council regarding the Permit Application.  The current DMR is quite easy, but changes are expected in terms of monitoring.  Jason anticipates progress will be made on the permit in the next 60-90 days; a meeting will be scheduled to discuss upgrades to the plant monitoring system.  Jason anticipates a continuous 24-hour monitoring requirement. The Sewer budget will be impacted.  He believes the de-chlorination system can be upgraded in house.  The installation of timers on system components needs addressed.  Also discussed the software programming on the treatment plant; Jason strongly recommended having a programmer specialist such as Pete Cook come in and strip the program then reinstall with the program backup in our possession.

WATER/STREET/PARK –Ross provided a written report:

1)   IRRIGATION: Ross would like to hire a part-time laborer to help with the irrigation ditch through the rock cut.  Met with HD Supply and received three proposals for culvert in the rock cut; more research is necessary.

2)   PARK:  New exterior lights and hand dryers are scheduled to be completed by mid-March; Robert’s Tree Service will be in the area towards the end of March to remove the tree necessary for the stage project.

3)   WATER: IRWA support services are scheduled the week of March 20th to provide GIS system mapping for the water system.  The DEQ completed their Sanitary Survey on our Water system which is required every 4 years; no violations.

4)   STREETS: Ross proposed that the Council consider patching the areas needed and do chip sealing (cost would be under $30,000) on North Riggins streets; this would be more cost effective and could be done faster than waiting for the possibility of a grant through LHTAC.  The increased revenue from the State Highway User tax could be used for this, and possibly the additional Resort Tax revenues.  Mayor McClure requested the Clerk research the use of Urban Renewal Agency funds for the North Riggins street repair. 

RIGGINS URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT:  At this time, the Riggins URA Chairperson, Glenna McClure, presented the 2016 Financial Report to the Council.  Mayor McClure then called for a motion to accept the report and to publish in accordance with Idaho Code.  Motion was made by Friend to accept and publish the Riggins URA 2016 Financial Report; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

RESOLUTION 17-3 – RECORDS RETENTION SCHEDULE:  The Council reviewed the proposed Records Retention Schedule as recommended by the Association of Idaho Cities.  Motion was made by Akins to pass and approve Resolution 17-3 which establishes minimum retention periods for various types of city records; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.



Riggins Community Center (Upper Level):  Fitch Birthday Party, March 11th

Riggins Community Center (Lower Level): Marosvari Family Reunion, April 16th

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:  Discussed the following –

·        Get an estimate on kitchen flooring repair from Marosvari; Councilor Miller will follow up.

·        Councilor Miller will pickup 24 of the cement parking blocks at a vendor in Caldwell; cost is $38 each.


Gale Larson – Account 2-302; water leak repaired; requesting credit on his account.  Councilor Miller verified the repair was completed.  Motion was made by Wilson to adjust the water billing to the previous year’s usage; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer