March 14, 2018 – 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 Akins, Wilson, Friend and Miller. 

Guests:  Julie Hofflander, Bill Jeffries, Cathy Conover and Spike Darakjian

Staff: Dan Wash

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $943.46 paid after the February meeting, with a check for $50,000.00 to transfer funds to the new Pine Tree Community Credit Union account, bringing the total February disbursements to $97,407.94.  Bills in the amount of $25,342.87 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, and Akins; Miller abstained.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

UMPQUA BANK PROPOSAL – Bill Jeffries, Vice-President and Area Manager

  • Mr. Jeffries reviewed Umpqua’s proposal to pay for 18 months of Internet for the Library ($3,600), reimburse the Library for the cost of 4 computers ($1,140), and pay for one more computer for the Library ($285) – a total of $5,025.  Mr. Jeffries stressed there are no strings attached to the offer, and even if Umpqua customers don’t avail themselves of online banking, Umpqua will not request a refund, etc.
  • The ATM will remain available in Riggins; if the property the ATM is on sells, Umpqua will relocate the ATM to another business location in Riggins.  Jeffries reviewed the array of services the ATM can perform including depositing checks and cash. 
  • Reviewed online banking security; a cell phone is required for some security features to be activated (security code sent to cell phone); problematic since some seniors do not have cell phones.  Library computers have AVG, Malwarebytes, and a Deep Freeze program which assures nothing is ever saved on the computer.
  • Jeffries stated the Riggins branch phone number is now forwarded to the McCall branch.
  • Umpqua hopes to increase the availability of online banking for customers in the Riggins area. Umpqua staff from Grangeville and McCall could provide online banking training for Umpqua customers here in Riggins. 
  • Discussed setting up a meeting to coincide with the Senior Citizens Meal to provide information to folks on what the ATM is capable of, what limitations Umpqua has, and what Umpqua can do to help get Riggins area customers what they need.   The Clerk will contact Nightfeather about setting up a meeting.

COLOR THE CANYON FUN RUN – APRIL 28TH:  Julie Hofflander reviewed the event specifics with the Council and requested approval.  An Additional Insured certificate will be obtained from their insurance carrier showing the City of Riggins.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the Color the Canyon Fun Run; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

AMERICORP VETERANS PROGRAM:  Cathy Conover from the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area office in Riggins introduced Spike Darakjian.  Spike is working with Cathy and the Forest Service in conjunction with the AmeriCorps Veterans Program.  He is gathering ideas for a community project to enhance the Riggins area.  Spike explained he is tasked with planning the project from conception, along with the development of goals and objectives to complete the project.  In some cases, the project is not completely finished.  The Council provided some feedback on ideas which Spike will take into consideration.  Spike thanked the Council for their time and stated he can be reached at the Hells Canyon NRA office.


LIBRARY – no report

EMS – no report

FIRE – no report

PUBLIC WORKS–Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:

  • Well Street Lift Station – the airline in sewage well rotted out so no air was being pumped, and the Bubbler System was not switching on/off.  Dan indicated he located information in the records showing that JUB Engineers recommended replacing the Bubbler System a number of years ago since it was outdated and needed modernized.  Challenger has estimated a new Float System installed at $2,500.  Motion was made by Friend to approve Challenger installing a Float System for $2,500; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.
  •   City Park - $250 for a trencher to dig the sewer line from the new stage to the Lift Station.
  • Carlson’s water leak – Carlson’s believe the leak is on the City side.  Dan will be putting in a new meter in the near future; if the meter is still spinning, Carlson’s indicated they would repair the leak.
  • Idaho Power – Dan and Brenda met with Idaho Power earlier; the brown junction boxes on the wooden ID Power poles are out of compliance and will be removed by Idaho Power.  The Chamber of Commerce LED snowflake lights were plugged into these junction boxes.  Discussed setting up the snowflake lights on the City’s street light poles.  The approximate cost is $300 per pole.  Dan expressed concern with the snowflake lights being drowned out by the street light. The issue will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.
  • Big Eddy RV Park – Dan reported that John had touched base with Andy Savage about repairing the lateral before the ditch water is turned in, who indicated he would be working on that soon.
  • Irrigation Ditch – the crew had an incident at Medley’s when their drip-line was burned.  Discussed the crew needing to notify property owners when incidents on their property occur, and to let property owners know when the ditch crew is working on the owner’s property.

ARBOR DAY GRANT APPLICATION:  The Clerk reported the City of Riggins is eligible to submit an application for the 2018 grant.  Motion was made by Friend to apply for the 2018 Arbor Day Grant; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  If grant is funded, celebration will be held May 7th.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS – WATER & WASTEWATER:  Council reviewed the Emergency Response Plans for both Water and Wastewater.  These plans are required by USDA Rural Development which both bonds are through.  Council authorized Mayor McClure to sign the Certificate of Completion which will be sent to USDA-RD. 

IDAHO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPT – SPECIAL EVENT COVERAGE:  Council discussed the $40 per hour per deputy fee that Undersheriff Gorges had informed the Council of at the February Council meeting.  Councilor Wilson stressed that the presence of law enforcement deters a lot of altercations; also expressed concern about the City being liable for someone being injured or worse and there not being any law enforcement in town.  Mayor McClure indicated she would contact Sheriff Giddings to clarify the issue and report back at the April meeting.

2018 WILD RIVERS GRANT AGREEMENT:  The Clerk reported that the Dare to Kayak Program/Salmon River Dive Team has received a 2018 grant for $1,600 through Idaho Department of Commerce Wild Rivers Grant program.  The City will be administering the grant as in years past.

LIQUOR CATERING PERMIT APPLICATION:  Council reviewed the Liquor Catering Permit Application from the Silver Dollar Bar in White Bird for the Jet Boat Races Fundraiser event at the Riggins Community Center on March 17th.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the application; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.



RCC –Nancy Simonson - Lower Level without Kitchen on March 31st from 9-6 p.m. for a Baby Shower.  Cleaning Deposit and fees have been received.

THREAT MADE TO EMS STAFF:  Mayor McClure updated the Council on the recent threats made towards a member of the EMS crew.  EMS Director, Janeen Eggebrecht, is in contact with the EMS Medical Director as well as law enforcement.

MIDAS GOLD:  Council briefly discussed Midas Gold representatives offer to meet individually with Mayor McClure and City Council members.  It was decided an invitation would be extended to them to come to the April 11th City Council meeting and meet with the Council as a whole.  Clerk will proceed with that invitation.




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer