The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akins, Barnard, McClure and Friend. Guests present included Clyde and Mary Lou Hirst, Mike and Melissa Blimka, Tim Heath, Linda Hieter, Kathy Ackerman, Beetle Sohrkoff, Curt Brimacomb, Paul Stevens, Jonny Wilson and Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered and the minutes were approved as presented.
The financial statement was read detailing $18,484.63 bills paid after the March meeting, bringing the total March disbursements to $45,275.02. Bills in the amount of $31,318.69 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the financial statement, allow the bills and to send a bill to Spickelmire and Browns Industries for the JUB Engineers expense incurred in connection with the utility lines on the new bridge. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Council was made aware of the following items after the original posting of the preliminary agenda:
(1) NW Insurance recommendations regarding the ICRMP Insurance Appraisal
(2) Clyde Hirst – Review of Commercial utility assessment
(3) Mike Blimka – Vendor policy, storm water drain-off and other issues
(4) Rapid River Block Grant Application – Tim Heath, Linda Hieter
After review, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Barnard, to add the listed items to the agenda. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Kathy Ackerman, candidate for Idaho County Clerk position, visited with the Council and guests regarding her campaign for office. She indicated that she has 23 years of experience with Idaho County, ten years as District Court officer and had been a Civil Deputy since 1997. She cited her leadership, experience and knowledge base as qualities supporting her candidacy. She answered various questions from the group and urged everyone to vote.
Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings reported on the issue of Idaho Code prohibiting
4-wheelers on all State and Federal highways. Since the City is on record opposing this restriction within the city limits, Idaho County will not issue tickets for the operation of a 4-wheeler within the city, provided that all other laws regarding their operation are obeyed. However, ISP may continue to issue tickets, according to the State Code. He indicated that Idaho County does not intend to pursue prosecution for the operation of 4-wheelers on US#95 from Rapid River to Race Creek.
Blimkas and Lenae (Beetle) Sohrkoff visited with the Council requesting the waiver of Ordinance #53, which prohibits all alcohol from the city streets and sidewalks, for all the large community events, such as Jet Boat Races, Rodeo, Dart Tournaments, Big Water BlowOut, Fish Dance, Hot Summer Nights, etc. They specifically requested the waiver from 4:00pm on Fridays until 7:00pm on Sundays for the Jet Boat Races April 16-18, Rodeo from April 30-May 2, and Dart Tournament from May 14-16, with the Big Water Blowout on Saturday June 5th from noon-7:00pm Sunday, June 6th. The Council indicated that they were not inclined to blanket approve the waiver for the entire year, but would take their requests for specific events under consideration. The Council also requested that the sidewalks be kept clear for pedestrian traffic, with no tables, chairs, signs, etc., on the sidewalk blocking foot traffic.
Sheriff Giddings reported that they plan to have extra officers on duty for those weekends with strict enforcement of DUI’s, underage drinking and fighting.
Id County Deputy Jonny Wilson gave the following police report for March 2010: There were 65 police calls in the area, 27 of those within the City, with 21 citations issued in the area, 10 being within the City. Most of the calls were for suspicious persons, thefts and accidents and the majority of citations issued for speeding.
Linda Hieter and Tim Heath visited with the Council about Rapid River Water Sewer District water project. They indicated that they were planning to apply for a Dept of Commerce Block Grant to assist with funding for the project, but needed a city or county to sponsor their application since the WS District did not qualify for ICDBG funding. They reported they had hired a consultant from Kamiah, after completing the RFP process for administration, and were now in the process of project development. They indicated that their staff and consultant would take care of the grant administration, and that the City would just have to do the publications, audit, etc., and offered to pay the City $2500 to offset any expense incurred. When asked why they had not contacted Idaho County, since Rapid River WS District is not within the City, they indicated Idaho County had been contacted and had referred them to the closest city. After discussion, the Council agreed to take their request under consideration for further discussion.
Clyde Hirst visited with the Council about the utility assessment of his property. He now has the Banana Company Store and a new residence. The store has no water or sewer service facilities, but he has a residential water and sewer hookup on the property and has been paying the regular monthly fees. He requested that the property’s commercial assessment take this into consideration.
EMS Director Curt Brimacomb gave the EMS report and requested that the city credit card be used for a $1,000 radio purchase. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akin, to allow the purchase. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Brimacomb also reported that a community service project was needed for two girls. He suggested that they survey the town for fire numbers, making lists of houses that needed their signs repainted or replaced. He felt that improving the visibility of the house numbers would greatly improve emergency services as well as delivery service.
Mike and Melissa Blimka visited with the Council about the temporary vendors allowed in town for the event weekends. They indicated that vendors come to town for these large events and take the business from the local cafes who employ area residents all year long and have been struggling all winter to keep their door open. They requested that vendors no longer be allowed in the City. The Council took his request under consideration for further discussion.
Mike Blimka also talked about the storm water run-off that comes from Cemetery Hill Road across SRE property and onto Blimkas, depositing 2” of mud and silt on their property. He has contacted ITD about ditching along the highway to redirect the run-off, but they indicated he must talk to the City. Blimka felt that it was a city issue, since Cemetery Hill had been annexed. He requested the Council’s assistance in the matter, and asked that they talk to ITD about ditching the highway. The Council took his request under consideration for further discussion.
Paul Stevens, JUB Engineers, visited with the Council about the sewer renovation project.
(1) He presented Partial Pay Estimate (PPE) #2 for JC Constructors in the amount of $103,360, and recommended payment.
(2) He presented JUB Engineers PPE#5 in the amount of $11,515, and PPE#6 in the amount of $38,516.88, and recommended payment of both.
(3) He reported that the Resident Inspector fees, which were originally estimated at $40,116 may be increasing. He indicted that $25,000 have been paid so far and estimates that costs may be as high as $50,000.
He reported that funding may be available through a $30,000 Search
Grant to assist with the Water Facility Plan.
If the Council wished to have Lisa, at JUB Engineers, apply for the
funding, a Letter of Intent to apply was necessary.
After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve payment of JC Constructors PPE#2 in the amount of $103,360, and JUB Engineers PPE#5 in the amount of $11,515 and #6 in the amount of $38,516.88, as presented. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. Motion carried. Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to authorize JUB to apply for the $30,000 Search Grant, with the Letter of Intent. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. Motion carried.
Charlie Amell gave the following project reports:
(1) He informed the Council that a truck’s motor had blown, spilling a good amount of oil onto the streets and had entered the storm drains. He felt that the street and storm drains should be cleaned, and suggested that Council notify ITD of the trucker’s insurance. He also suggested that the drains be camera inspected every ten years or so, and cleaned. After discussion, the Council agreed that Amell should inspect the storm drains for oil and contact ITD about the cleanup process.
(2) He requested that the Council purchase 2 additional Geo-Tubes for the plant, as the present tubes being used are getting full. The Council agreed and authorized him to make the purchase, which Amell estimated to be $1410.
The review of the sign ordinance and water-sewer ordinance amendment were postponed until the May meeting.
The subject of the title search for the right-of-way needed for the Cemetery Hill water line was brought up. Charlie Amell reported that, even though the easement was not centered on the pipeline, it should be adequate. He recommended that the City pursue the title search for the easement as prepared by JUB. The Council agreed.
It was reported that Chuck Boyd had purchased the Cemetery Hill property previously owned by Sherman Hart, and had expressed interest in selling the road and land located south, to the City. It was agreed that the City had no funds for the purchase.
REP has submitted a billing in the amount of $2783 for Element #4 Meetings plus $583 Expense of their contract for the River Park engineering design. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the completion of Element #4 Meetings, plus expenses, along with the payment of $2783, and submit the information for GEM Grant reimbursement. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At this time Resolution # 10-03 the Fair Housing Resolution, which prohibits housing discrimination and declaring April as Fair Housing Month was read. Motion was then made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to pass, approve and publish Resolution #10-03, Riggins’s Fair Housing Resolution. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A complete copy of Resolution #10-03 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Resolution #10-04, which establishes policy regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of disability was read. Motion was then made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to pass, approve and publish Resolution #10-04, Riggins’s Non-Discrimination Policy Resolution. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A complete copy of Resolution #10-04 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
At this time, the Council revisited the request to waive Ordinance #53. It was agreed that a blanket waiver for all events for the entire year would not be made. The events upcoming with the next two months, which are Jet Boat, Rodeo, May Dart Tournament and Big Water Blow Out would be considered at this time. Additional dates will be considered at future meetings. It was agreed that the bar owners should provide the barriers, as in the past. The barriers should be placed on the edge of the sidewalk, or next to the sidewalk in the gutter and there should be no chairs, tables or signs in the sidewalk to impede foot traffic. It was also stressed that the waiver applied to the designated area only. Ordinance #53 would be enforced in all other areas. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akin, to pass and approve Resolution #10-05, waiving Ordinance #53 for the following times:
Jet Boat Race - 4:00pm Friday-7:00 Sunday, April 16-18
Rodeo - 4:00pm Friday-7:00 Sunday, April 30-May 2
Dart Tourney - 4:00pm Friday-7:00 Sunday, May 14-16
Big Water BO – Noon- Saturday-7:00 Sunday, June 5-6
Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Clerk reported that the power costs for the Christmas Snowflakes is now being included on the City’s street light bill. The cost is $26.51 per month. It was agreed that the City and the Chamber would share this cost, and Chamber Treasurer Carolyn Friend reported that the Chamber would issue the City a check for $159.06 for half of the annual cost.
Riggins Clean-up & Paint Day was discussed. The Mayor, Council and City Crew will plan to paint the fire hydrants and clean up the community on Monday, May 3rd. Councilor Barnard has purchased T-shirts for the workday and will pick up the paint and brushes. Councilor Roy Akin reported there are 37 large fire hydrants and four 2” hydrants. It was agreed that the hydrants needed to be flushed, and the Fire Dept, along with the City crew will make it a cooperative project. Akin will work with Fire Chief Dan Catherman to schedule the work. It was suggested that the shirts be imprinted with “City of Riggins”, and the Clerk will contact GEM about the work, if the school is unable to do it.
The Council approved portable toilets for the Jet Boat Race and Rodeo Weekends, one to be located at the Post Office Vendor area, and two on Cloninger’s Lot. It was also reported that garbage cans were needed on the streets for those weekends. The cans will be placed on the street, after the Jet Boat Race BBQ.
It was also noted that sandwich signs were being placed on the sidewalk, restricting foot traffic. It was suggested that an article be written in the newsletter informing business owners about the sidewalk’s ADA requirements.
At this time, the 2011 budget schedule was reviewed. Contractors will be invited to attend the regular May meeting to discuss their 2011 contract needs, and a budget workshop will be held May 12th at 2:00pm to begin the budget process, in order to complete it before the Mayor leaves for vacation. The date for the public hearing on the budget was set for June 28, 2010 at 4:00pm. Idaho County will be notified of this date and time, as required by Idaho Code.
Councilor Akin reported that Idaho County Deputy Fred Carrey had received a $9,000 grant for wireless underwater communication equipment for the Dive Team. This equipment is a welcome addition and is greatly needed.
The Council revisited Brimacomb’s request for community service project. All felt that the house sign project proposed was a great idea.
Mayor Crump reported that Ida-Lew has requested a City letter of support for their continued funding. The Council agreed. The Clerk and Mayor will prepare the letter.
At this time the Blimka’s concerns about vendors was revisited. On behalf of the business community, Blimkas have requested that vendors not be allowed in the City. They reported that local businesses, who employ many people throughout the year, struggle through the winter months to keep their doors open and rely heavily on these events. They feel that the vendors, who do not employ local folks or support the community all year, come in for the events in direct competition for their business. They indicated that the vendors should be restricted from the City and that they felt the Council was not representing the community by allowing it. After discussion, the Council agreed that there was not sufficient time to change the vendor’s regulation before the Jet Boat Race or Rodeo. Vendors fees have already been accepted, and some were already here setting up for the weekend. They explained that the ordinance would have to be amended, published, etc, before the change could be effective. Blimkas indicated that an association of the food and beverage businesses was being formed, and they planned to visit the Council about these issues. The Council invited them to attend the next regular meeting, May 10th to discuss the issue further, but that there was not sufficient time to change the regulation for this year’s Jet Boat Race and Rodeo Weekends.
Mike Blimka also repeated his request for the City to work with ITD to take care of the storm water run-off coming from Cemetery Hill Road, by ditching the highway adjacent to SRE. He indicated that the City was responsible to address the storm water, since that area had been annexed. The Council indicated they were reluctant to enter into discussion with ITD, due to the problem with parking along the ditch in that area. Previously ITD restricted parking in the ditch area, causing major problems for the outfitters in that location. They suggested that Blimka work with SRE to try to resolve the problem without creating any hardship on the other. The Council also advised Blimka that the Cemetery Hill Road is not a city street, and that the City has no authority or responsibility for its care or maintenance.
At this time the request to apply for an ICDBG Block Grant for the Rapid River Water Sewer District was revisited. The Council was not inclined to pursue the grant on behalf of Rapid River WS District because of the following:
(1) The City plans to apply for Block Grant Funding for the River Park, and only one application will be considered.
(2) There is no City staff available to handle the additional work the grant requires. In addition to the regular city office duties, we have 4-5 grant projects underway at this time. And even though it was indicated that the City staff would not have to do anything in connection to the grant, in reality the City would have the responsibility and the liability of the entire project, if the grant is issued in their name.
(3) There is no part of Rapid River WS District located within the City, it is all in the County.
(4) The grant requires the ADA Committees and review of all facilities, Fair Housing commitments, Non-discrimination policies, etc., all of which require city-wide committees, assessments and improvements, etc., if the grant is issued in the City’s name.
After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to respectfully decline the request from Rapid River WS District to make a city application for ICDBG funding for their project, and suggest that they contact Idaho County to sponsor the grant. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Clyde Hirst’s request for commercial utility assessment was brought up. He indicated that there was no water or sewer service available in the Banana Store and requested that no utility charges be levied. After discussion, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Barnard, to not assess water or sewer fees for the Banana Store, since there are no utilities available in the building, but that standard garbage fees would apply. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At this time ICRMP’s property value assessment was discussed. ICRMP has requested that the property values be increased, as per their recent appraisal: $1,230,150 with the City Hall increased to $551,136. The Council agreed.
The variance request from Anita Williams was brought up. She is requesting that her garage building be built on the Chukar Lane roadway easement line, with the eves overhanging the easement 24”. An agreement was read, allowing the overhang, provided Williams agreed to accept responsibility for any water damage the overhang might cause to the roadway bank or neighboring properties. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the variance and attach the executed agreement to the property deed. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At this time, 11:40pm, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Barnard, to enter into executive session to discuss a personnel matter, according to Idaho Code 67-2345b. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
At 12:10am, April 13th, the Council resumed the regular session. Motion to that effect was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
It was brought up that complaints had been received about the dogs owned by tenants of Canyon View Apartments, managed by Vickie Heath. It was suggested that a letter be written to Heath about the complaints of dogs running at large and pet waste in neighboring yards.
Park Use Application was read for the Big Water Blow Out, June 5th. There will be a Dutch oven cook-off, live music and beer garden. The alcohol will be provided by a Chamber of Commerce Idaho permit, and the $100 deposit has been paid. After discussion, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to approve the application. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned!
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Guests present included Jonny Wilson and Doug Ulmer of the Idaho County Sheriffs Office, Mike and Melissa Blimka and Ryker Parmenter from Cloningers Store.
The Purpose of the special meeting was to discuss police issues regarding the Jet Boat Races and to consider the “Build America Bonds” (BAB).
In regards to the police issues, the Council reported receiving complaints that there was too much police activity and presence and that officers were turning people around at the mill bridge, not allowing them into Riggins if they had been drinking.
Lt. Doug Ulmer reported that their officers had never stopped people from entering town, and had, in fact, shuttled people into and out of town to keep them from driving while drinking. He reported that they had ten officers on staff both weekend nights, with 4-6 in town and 4-6 at Shorts Bar and surrounding area. They felt this number of officers was needed, due to the big fights that occurred at Shorts Bar last year. He reported that in recent years, camping in town has been limited so the activity in town is mellowing, but more and more people are camping in the Shorts Bar area.
Ryker Parmenter, from Cloningers Store, indicated that there were no events like the carnival scheduled in the future for their property, just vendors and campers. And indicated that if vendors were a problem, they would not be allowed after this year. The area could be used for camping, but he did not want open fires on the property. He indicated that they were 3½ years away from new store construction, unless the current property sells.
Blimkas reported that their business was down 49%, and they want no more vendors in town. They requested that the City quit allowing vendors completely, and asked for a special meeting to address this problem immediately. As bar owners, Blimkas try to work with the police and think Idaho County does a good job, and commended them on their performance.
Deputy Wilson suggested a common barricade between Summervilles and Rodeo Club, made of orange construction fence, with doorman on each end. This would help prevent people from bringing their own drinks from campers and cars. Blimka indicated that they plan to have their doormen stop people from bringing drinks back into the bar, once they have gone out on the sidewalk. After discussion, the Council agreed that they would not change the barricades for the Rodeo weekend.
Wilson also reported that they plan to have 14-15 officers on staff with about one third of those being in the Shorts Bar area. However, they would be coming into town for meals, etc. He indicated that some officers may be sent home, if the large crowds are not here.
Councilor Friend reported that BLM had mandated that the Jet Boat Race Committee clean the riverbank from Island Bar to Time Zone, and if the Rodeo crowd at Shorts Bar was the problem, maybe BLM should consider closing it to campers in the future. However, the Council agreed that the community needs all the area possible for camping and visitors, and shutting down Shorts Bar would not solve the problem.
Councilor McClure indicated she had heard citizen complaints about too many officers, etc., and the citizens felt that was the reason for the smaller crowds and reduced business activity. However, Ryker Parmenter reported an 16% increase in Cloningers’s sales, so the Council agreed that the reduced business in the bars and cafes had more to do with the poor economy and more people camping out, than with the police presence. After discussion, the Council urged the officers to try to be polite and get along with the weekend visitors, to try to reduce the appearance of police overload during Rodeo weekend.
It was agreed that a special meeting may be needed at some time to discuss the vendor issue, but it will be on the regular May 10th meeting agenda. An article will be placed in the city newsletter about the request to restrict vendors, and Blimkas will get the bar and café owners together prior to the meeting. The Council advised Blimkas that the vendor issue is complicated, and urged them to get copies of the vendor regulation. There may be solutions, such as limiting the vendor numbers or restricting them to specific areas, that would address their concerns without repealing the entire law.
Mike Blimka requested, again, that the City contact ITD about ditching the storm water run-off that comes from Cemetery Hill, across SRE onto his property. Since the storm water is coming from private property, not under the ownership or control of the City, and there have been problems previously in that ditch area with ITD restricting parking, the Council is reluctant to get involved with the ditching request. After discussion, Blimka agreed to work with ITD and SRE to try to resolve the issue.
At this time, the Build America Bonds were discussed. Bond Counsel, Mike Moore, reported that the $1.3M General Obligation Bond passed for the sewer renovation project would qualify as a BAB bond. It is a special bond, authorized by the Stimulus Bill, sold as a taxable bond rather than tax-exempt. In addition, 35% of the interest paid will be rebated annually, if properly applied for each year. USDA-RD has been contacted and approved the BAB bond for the Riggins project. The 3.25% interest on the $1.3M the first year totals $42,250.00, so the City would get a rebate of $14,787 that year! Moore did not see any down side to the proposed BAB Bond. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to authorize Moore to prepare the $1.3M loan as a Build America Bond. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Councilor Barnard reported he had attended a meeting with VA, SBA and Idaho Commerce about a program to encourage Vets to manufacture items for government sale. They would like to have a meeting in Riggins, and he will be getting more information on the program for the May meeting.
It was suggested that CEDA be contacted about ICDBG grant writing requirements to find out if RFPs are required for grant writing as well as grant administration. Mayor Crump reported he had visited with Tony Tenne about a Block Grant for the River Park, and it would have to be written as project to create jobs. Councilor Akin reported that the Dive Team may want to use the River Park to host events for clinics, safety exercises, training, certification and swift water rescue, which may also create jobs.
Mayor Crump also suggested that CEDA be contacted about the $150,000 Impending Disaster grants which might work for the flume replacement.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure.
The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss and consider the Reclamation Grant for the replacement of the flume at Flume Gulch.
The project to replace the flume, including engineering and design is estimated to be $211,636. It is a 50-50 grant, with $105,818 city match required, and $105,818 grant funds requested. The City match is $38,112 In-Kind and $67,706 cash. It was anticipated that the cash match would come from city cash reserves. After discussion, and after considering the costs the City would be looking at if the flume fails, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to authorize and approve the Reclamation Grant for the $211,636 project, including $105,818 grant funding and $105,818 city funding of $38,112 In-Kind and $67,706 cash match. Voting yea, Akin, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.