RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL MEETING

March 28, 2016 – 2:15 p.m.

City Hall

This special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson. 

Guest:  John Belton

URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT – 2015 FINANCIAL REPORT:  Mayor McClure reported that the URA Board had approved the 2015 Financial Report (calendar year) for the URD.  The Council reviewed the report; motion was made by Friend to accept and approve the 2015 URA Financial Report and to publish the report in the Idaho County Free Press; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

ITD AGENCY SALE:  The Idaho Transportation Department is holding an Agency Sale in Lewiston on March 31st.  Miller reported he went to the Inspection on March 17th and shared his findings with the Council; 2003 Ford F250 ($3,500), and 2008 Ford F250 ($2,000).  Miller explained the agency sale in that it is not an auction, but a set price; if more than one agency is interested in an item a drawing is held to determine which agency’s offer is accepted.  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to approve the purchase of a full-size pickup at Miller’s discretion, and to reimburse Miller for travel expenses on 3/17 and 3/31; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, and Wilson; Miller abstained.  No nays; motion carried.

SEVEN DEVIL’S STEAKHOUSE & SALOON:  John Belton explained the Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control’s investigation currently underway on his establishment, and indicated the liquor license may be suspended, and expressed his concern with the upcoming special events scheduled.  Belton will keep the Council updated on the outcome.

RESORT TAX:

Brown’s Industries/Salmon Rapids Lodge – discussed Brown’s Industries and Salmon Rapids Lodge charging for RV parking on property across from Rodeo grounds; signage indicates fees must be paid at Salmon Rapids Lodge.  Reviewed Resort Tax Ordinance #174; Section 2 defines a Lodging Rental as including “…motel room, condominium, home, room, or campground, or any other residential unit or business which rents or leases for occupancy temporary lodging, sleeping accommodations or recreation vehicle spaces to individuals with or without meals, for a period of thirty (30) days or less.”  After discussion, it was determined they are charging for a short term overnight stay making the fees collected subject to the 2% Resort Tax.  The Clerk was directed to draft a letter to Victoria Melton, Salmon Rapids Lodge Manager, advising her of the Council’s determination.

Amending Resort Tax Ordinance #174

1)    Clerk reported the wording for the ballot must be reviewed by the City Attorney and submitted to the County by September 9, 2016.

2)    Reviewed State Statute 50-1047.

3)    Discussed adding to the list of what the tax is used for; Friend stated the ordinance needs to be specific on what the funds will be used for, and how funds will benefit our residents.  Also, don’t consider items that the City already has as a line item in the budget.  Wilson stated the resort tax should be on items tourist-oriented and used for services related to increased city services needed for tourists in the city.  Akins requested feedback from the City Attorney and Auditor on if Land Acquisition could be included in infrastructure or capital projects. 

4)    Bond payment - $50,000 per year of resort tax funds are used for the Bond payment.  The Clerk will prepare information on the Water and Sewer Bond schedules, interest rebates, etc.  Discussed consequences of not having the Resort Tax for the Sewer Bond payment; determined that the Sewer EU rate would increase by approximately $19 per month; would have a significant impact on residents.

COMMERCIAL ACCOUNTS – SEWER/GARBAGE EU ASSESSMENTS:  Council began reviewing Commercial Account Assessment forms returned by customers.  Determined the EU Schedules may need to be updated and made more relevant.  Example:  Coffee Shops.  Time constraints did not allow for the completion of the review; Mayor McClure and the Clerk will review remaining forms and bring any questionable to the Council’s attention for review.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer