RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

March 13, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present - Akins, Friend, Wilson and Miller. 

Guests:  John Belton, Reece Jones, Abby Folwell, James Gregory, Chevelle Shepherd, Randy McClure, Margaret Munson and Miranda Kohler

Staff: Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $6,680.58 paid after the February meeting bringing the total February disbursements to $61,311.50.  Bills in the amount of $28,759.37 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, Akins, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

HIGH SCHOOL GOVERNMENT STUDENTS:  Mayor McClure welcomed the students and thanked them for attending.  Each student introduced themselves and briefly described their interests.  Councilors explained their responsibilities as Commissioners for the various City departments.

REQUEST TO WAIVE ORDINANCE #53: John Belton (Seven Devils Bar) requested that Ordinance #53 be waived for the 2019 special events.  Ordinance #53 prohibits the consumption or possession of alcohol on the city streets and sidewalks.  Mayor McClure reviewed the special events for which the waiver would apply – Women with Bait Fish Dance, Salmon River Jet Boat Races, Riggins Rodeo, Big Water Blowout, and Hot Summer Nights – contained in RESOLUTION #19-1.  Motion was made by Akins to grant the waiver request and approve Resolution #19-1; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

MIDAS GOLD:  Council reviewed minutes of the January 10, January 15, and February 21 Stibnite Advisory Council meetings.

Stibnite Mine Tour – Belinda with Midas has indicated June would be the soonest; attendees will be responsible for travel to the Midas office in Donnelly and be prepared to depart around 8:30 a.m., then Midas will transport to the site.  Midas will provide snacks, beverages and lunch.  After discussion, given work schedules, a weekend would work best.  Sunday, June 30th was proposed.  The Clerk will check with Midas.

PROCLAMATION – “CENSUS 2020 AWARENESS DAY”:  Mayor McClure read the Proclamation which designates April 1, 2019 as Census 2020 Awareness Day in the City of Riggins. 

GENERAL OBLIGATION BOND – ADDITIONAL PRINCIPAL PAYMENT:  The Council reviewed the USDA Annual Statement for 2018 on both the Water and Sewer Bonds, along with the Debt Service Schedule detailing the Sewer Bond payoff projection with the base annual payment of $68,497, and an additional interest payment of $20,916 (payoff 2035), and the Schedule with an additional principal payment of $31,503 starting May 2019 (payoff 2027).  Discussed the revenue from the additional 1% on all taxable retail sales which makes this extra payment possible.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the additional principal payment of $31,503 per year in order to payoff the Bond in 2027; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

LIQUOR CATERING PERMITS:

March 23-Salmon River Chamber of Commerce – Jet Boat Fundraiser @ Riggins Community Center

April 21-Salmon River Chamber of Commerce – Jet Boat Awards @ Riggins Community Center

May 25-Seven Devils Bar – Rattle the Canyon Fundraiser & Stage Dedication @ City Park

Motion was made by Friend to approve the three Liquor Catering Permits; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

CITY PARK STAGE DEDICATION AND CELEBRATION – RATTLE THE CANYON FUNDRAISER:  Mayor McClure reported that this event will be held Saturday, May 25th and will be the 2nd Annual Rattle the Canyon fundraiser in conjunction with the finished stage dedication and celebration.  There will be three bands playing starting at 3 p.m. with American Bonfire, then Muzzie Braun, and ending with JR and the Stingrays.  Beer, wine, and food will be served.  Posters are being made and a limited supply of t-shirts will be available.  Proceeds will go to the Jet Boat Races and upkeep of the stage.

READERBOARD:  Clerk reported that the reader board is included in the City’s insurance policy.  The Chamber of Commerce has been contacted about this; the Chamber is getting a bid on repair.  Item was tabled until the next meeting.

HOLLENBEAK PROPERTY – RV:  The Clerk was contacted about the property at 105 South Main; the potential buyers are inquiring about connecting their RV to the sewer and wondered if this was acceptable and if there would be an additional monthly fee, and if they would be required to pay for a new sewer hookup.  After discussion, it was determined that since the RV is for the owner’s private use, a sewer hookup fee was not necessary. 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – No report 

LIBRARY – No report

FIRE – Chief Jeff Joyce reported the following:

  •  Jeff had surgery on March 8th and is recovering well.
  • Cascade System is continuing to be problematic.  Jeff contacted NORCO and a serviceman will check on this; there is a possibility of putting a valve on each tank to monitor pressure.  
  • Blue Foam Truck – NORCO will also check the air pressure valve on this unit.
  • Red Truck – air compressor has arrived; will resolve brake issue.
  • Radio Repeater – ongoing problems with Dispatch not hearing response, etc.

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash provided a written report:

·        Dan is attending the Idaho Rural Water Association Annual Conference in Boise this week.

·        Flu struck in February; Dan and Shane were out sick.  Shawn took care of everything in their absence, but a damper was put on activities.

·        Irrigation Headworks – gate rusted/rotted to point no longer functioning.  Replaced gate with help of Metalhead Welding.

·        Salsnes – Pressure Transducer failed causing it not to run in automatic mode.  Currently cycling it in manual mode until new transducer arrives at end of month.

·        Grease!  Experiencing a problem with grease more than usual.  Dan will plan on sending a copy of the City’s Sewer Ordinance to all the grease producers (restaurants) soon with a follow-up visit to educate owners on proper maintenance of their grease traps.

PAST DUE WSG ACCOUNTS:  reviewed

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS:

Riggins Community Center-Upper Level – April 20th from 9-7 p.m. for Pinehurst Quilters Quilt Show

Riggins Community Center-Upper Level – October 26th from 10-4 p.m. for Pinehurst Quilters Auction

ITD MEETING:  Mayor McClure reported that she met with ITD officials last week to discuss the Land Use Agreement the City has for the Park property.  The focus of the meeting was on ITD's requirements that only events held to raise funds for community entities be allowed on the Park property. To clarify, private parties, weddings, and other private groups (public is excluded) are allowed with City Council approval.  ITD's position is that the property is an ITD Right-of Way, and must be maintained as a public rest area. 

 

CITY CLERK REPORT

  • CEDA “Leading with Intention” Workshop is March 28th from 9-4 at Monastery in Cottonwood.  Event is free for participating communities; focus is on creating an economy for the future.  Akins, Miller and Mayor McClure are planning on attending; Clerk will RSVP for them.
  • Subaru Club in the Park on June 8-9; car show.  Clerk has suggested they park cars in park in designated area. 
  • Mayor McClure has approved the placement of ribbons on poles throughout the City in observance of Sexual Assault Awareness month in April.  Mayor McClure requested information be put in the April newsletter.
  • Urban Renewal – information has been coming in from the Redevelopment Association of Idaho regarding House Bill 217, which the House has passed.  The RAI strongly opposes the bill and has identified  numerous reasons the bill overreaches and will severely limit the only economic development tool available to local communities including the voter requirement already exists in the current law, and a vote would be required even with use of available funds. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee.  Mayor McClure will draft a letter stressing the need to oppose this legislation to legislators with a copy to RAI.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

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

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer