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April 14, 2014 – 7:00
regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna
McClure. Councilors present were Wilson,
Friend, Akins and Miller. Guests: Vicky
Lowe, Kelly Thompson, Norm Klobetanz, John Belton, Linnea Sohrakoff, Ross
Campbell, John Pottenger, Jeff Joyce, and Susan Hollenbeak.
MINUTES: March meeting minutes were presented. 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, Wilson, Akins, and Miller. No nays; motion carried.
STATEMENT: The financial statement was read detailing $6,126.66
paid after the March meeting, bringing the total March disbursements to $43,317.85. Bills in the amount of $43,379.67 were then
presented for payment. Motion was made
by Friend to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller.
Voting yea, Friend, Miller, and Akins. Councilor
abstained. No nays; motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached
and hereby made a part of this record.
OF COMMERCE: Vicky Lowe and Kelly Thompson presented the
WEBCAM on the river; the Chamber would like to mount the webcam behind City
Hall and link it to the Chamber website.
The cost will be less than $1,000 to setup the webcam; a $500 grant is
being obtained from the WildRiver license plate
fund. There is a significant savings if
the Chamber can piggyback on the City’s Frontier account; cost would be $10 per
month. If the Chamber gets a separate
account, their cost will be $80 per month.
Installation can be completed by Four Corners Communication and will
involve a 10-15 foot tall post with a camera mounted on top. The Chamber would like the City Council to
consider allowing them to piggyback on the City’s Frontier account. Motion was made by Wilson to allow the Chamber to connect to the
city’s Frontier account and install the webcam; seconded by Akins. Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Wilson and
Miller. No nays; motion carried.
SNOWFLAKE LIGHTS – in past years, the lights were billed through the City’s
Idaho Power bill at a cost of $400 per year which was split between the City
and the Chamber. The Chamber has
researched replacing the bulbs in the lights with LED’s. Casey Medley is willing to donate his time to
convert the lights and replace the wiring, etc.
There are 62 LEDs in each of the 11 snowflake lights; cost is $2 per
LED. It will take approximately 4 years
to see a return on investment. The
Chamber is requesting that the City cover the cost of half of the LEDs
($650-750). Mayor McClure stated that
the Council will consider the proposal during the FY2014-15 Budget
fencing for HOT SUMMER NIGHTS – the Chamber is finding it difficult to get
volunteers to put up the temporary fencing at the Park. They would like to install chain link fencing
from the sidewalk to the restrooms.
WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross reported the
Signs – Ron Bowman has requested that a 2-sided street sign be installed at the
intersection of Borah and South Street on top of the Yield sign. The issue is there is only printing on one
side of the sign, and the sign is mounted below the Yield sign on the post;
Ross circulated a photo of the area.
Councilor Wilson expressed his concern with emergency vehicles not being
able to locate an address during an emergency.
After discussion, the Council requested that Ross proceed with
installing a 2-sided sign to be displayed on the Yield sign at this location.
Phones – Ross requested that the Council consider purchasing two Smart Phones
for himself and John Pottenger. They
both use their personal cell phones for work.
Verizon has a 2-year contract at a cost of approximately $160 per month
for both phones. Ross described situations
where a Smart Phone would be a benefit to he and John: 1) PLC at the Sewer Plant – would be able to
access the system on their Smart Phone and make corrections as necessary; 2)
they would have the capability to take a picture of a problem and send it
immediately in order to get feedback quickly; 3) would allow them to
communicate with City Hall, the City Council and each other. DC Engineering would be able to configure
emergency notification between the Plant and Smart Phones.
Engineering will be sending the City a thumb drive or CD with a backup of the
plant PLC for safekeeping.
Board – clarified that the Cemetery does have potable water; water is used
mainly for the drinking fountain. They
use an irrigation pump for the majority of watering. They have a service valve but no meter, and
have not been charged for water usage. A
meter setter with backflow prevention is required. It was determined that if consumption goes
over 8,000 gallons in a month, the Cemetery Association would be billed for
Day – the City did not receive a grant from the Idaho Nursery and Landscape
Association. However, the Department of
Lands has funds available from the Idaho Timber Special License plate
sales. DOL is offering up to $200 to the
City of Riggins for trees. Arbor Day is
scheduled for May 5th. After
discussion, it was decided to proceed and get a maple tree for the Park.
Request – a new Service Request form has been implemented at City Hall. When a Public Works type issue is called into
City Hall, a form will be initiated which will track the issue and document
what was done.
– discussed selling the skid steer and using the proceeds to purchase a backhoe
which would be more useful. Burks
Tractor estimated the skid steer’s worth at $23,800 with the attachment; there
is a possibility they would be interested in buying it. Motion was made by Miller to declare the Skid
steer and attachment surplus, and to have the Clerk prepare a request for bids
announcement; seconded by Akins. Voting
yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.
No nays; motion carried.
– will be repairing the culvert leak at Wilson property this week; a work crew
from NICI will be here to work on the ditch soon; would also like to use the
NICI crew to paint the Riggins Community Center; will be painting the restroom
floors at the Park.
- John reported the following:
– Jason, Ross and John drew down the clarifier and looked at the paint bubbling;
photos were distributed to the Council earlier.
Jason has indicated his reservations about proceeding due to the timing
of the project (fall) and weather concerns, and the need to build up inventory
to assure the biological process through the winter. In addition, there is always the possibility
of the coating failing again. Discussed
accepting the $20,000 settlement Sherwin-Williams had previously offered. Motion was made by Wilson to draft a letter to Sherwin-Williams
to accept the $20,000 settlement; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and
Miller. No nays; motion carried.
Control Systems submitted a bid to program the SCADA to access the City’s lift
stations, etc. Ross indicated purchasing
Smart Phones would give them the ability to access Plant components only, and
would be much less expensive.
DEPARTMENT REPORT- Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, reported the
- The back porch of the EMS building needs painted; Jeff will check with Ross about extra paint.
- Attended the Clearwater Fire Academy; good information on pumps and maintenance.
- Jeff has joined the Idaho-Lewis County Fire Chief Association. The group has noted there is no Fire District in Riggins; form such a district could result in tax revenue to the Fire District.
- Old Mill site – burning will be done all week at the main building in back; recycling boards.
- Firemen are willing to help out the Dive Team during Jet Boat Race weekend.
- Fireworks are scheduled for Saturday night of the Jet Boat Race weekend; approximately 9:30 p.m. SR Rural Fire Department wants to do fundraising during the Jet Boat Races; proceeds will be split between the Rural Fire Department, Chamber of Commerce and City’s Firemen Fund.
- During Rodeo weekend, the City Fire Department would like to setup a hot dog stand in front of the Fire Station.
- Discussed the Forest Service burn dates – no open burning from 5/10 to 10/5. City Ordinance #185 needs to be revised to address consequences of burning outside of what is stated in ordinance.
EMS REPORT- No report
DEER MANAGEMENT PLAN:
table until September 2014.
TO WAIVE ORDINANCE #53 FOR SPECIAL EVENTS:
John Belton from Seven Devil’s Steakhouse and Linnea Sohrakoff from
Summerville’s American Bar requested that Ordinance #53 be suspended to allow
open containers of alcohol in designated areas for the four special events this
summer. Reviewed the four major events
scheduled – Jet Boat Races, Riggins Rodeo, Big Water Blowout, and Hot Summer
Nights. Discussed the issue with the Salmon
River Inn being across the highway from Summerville’s and Seven Devil’s and
making sure individuals do not cross the street with an open container; special
signage indicating such will be displayed.
Motion was made by Miller to waive Ordinance #53 to allow open
containers of alcohol in designated areas during the four special events
specified; seconded by Akins. Voting
yea, Akins, Wilson, Miller and Friend.
No nays; motion carried. The
Clerk will draft a Resolution for the Mayor’s signature.
OF COMMERCE – SNOWFLAKE LIGHTS:
Discussed the proposal from the Chamber to split the cost of upgrading
the snowflake lights with an approximate cost to the City of $700 (half the
cost). Motion was made by Wilson to budget $700 for
the City’s share of the snowflake light upgrade in the FY15 Budget; seconded by
Akins. Voting yea, Akins, Wilson, Miller
and Friend. No nays; motion carried.
SALMON RIVER GUN CLUB:
Councilor Wilson reported that the Gun
Club is requesting a letter of support from the City regarding the BLM turning
over the property north of TimeZone Bridge
to the Gun Club. Wilson stated Roger Laughlin is
Vice-President and is working on the transfer with Senator Crapo’s office. Motion was made by Friend to have a letter of
support for the property transfer drafted; seconded by Wilson.
Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Akins and Miller. No nay’s; motion carried.
RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:
House is scheduled for Sunday, May 18th. Mayor McClure will contact the Rebekah’s to
request their involvement in the event.
were hung at the RCC by the Rebekah’s without permission from the City
Council. Mayor McClure expressed her
disappointment since the Rebekah’s were asked not to hang any pictures. Mayor McClure reported that she removed the
pictures. The City Council will review
possibilities on wall hangings during the upcoming Budget meetings.
BOAT RAMP RENOVATION: Councilor Akins reported that he discovered
that the original ramp was built by Idaho County Waterways, and that Mark
Hinkley drove the project. Currently,
there is a 5-person board; some funding is available. Akins also reported that BLM has no
involvement in the ramp. On a side note,
BLM’s Cottonwood office has been condemned due
to asbestos; a new building is being built.
The Idaho Transportation Department has the property down to the
ramp. Installing a handicap access would
be a challenge due to the slope. Akins
would like to see the upper area treated more as a rest area with a restroom
added on the north end. Currently, a lot
of human waste can be found on the hillside.
Akins would like to see as many groups as possible brought together to
work on this project, including Idaho County Waterways, Fish and Game, and
Idaho Transportation Department. The
Clerk will research a title report for the property.
BURNING – ORDINANCE 185: Review and
develop a resolution including an exemption for social fire pits.
CALL FOR PROJECTS: Clerk will add the City Boat Ramp Renovation
COLLECTIONS LICENSURE: Ross Campbell
and John Pottenger passed their Collections exam. Clarified that wage increases are contingent
on receiving certifications, not passing exams.
PHONES – PUBLIC WORKS REQUEST: Will
be discussed in Budget meetings. Of
note, discounts may be available for municipalities.
BUDGET SCHEDULE: Meetings set as follows:
- Monday, May 12 – Regular City Council Meeting
Accept input from Departments.
- Tuesday, June 17 – 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, July 15 – 9 a.m.
Special Meeting – adopt tentative budget
- Monday, August 11 – Regular City Council Meeting
Public Hearing on Budget
TO WAIVE IRRIGATION FEE: Margaret
Fessenden has requested a waiver of her $45 irrigation fee. Following discussion, motion was made by
Miller to waive Fessenden’s irrigation fee for 2014 only; seconded by
Akins. Voting yea, Miller, Akins and
Wilson; opposed by Friend. Motion
carried; Clerk will draft a letter notifying Fessenden.
DAY & CITY PRIDE CLEANUP – MAY 5TH
PRIDE DAY – MAY 15TH:
will be included in May’s City Newsletter; Clerk will contact Booster
Club to get Savage gear vendor information to promote the Blue and Gold.
JANITORIAL: Mayor McClure reported that Connie Kennedy
will be unavailable June through September.
OBLIGATION BOND – EXTRA PAYMENT: Discussed
making the extra GO Bond payment of $20,916.
Motion was made by Friend to approve the extra GO Bond payment of
$20,916; seconded by Akins. Voting yea,
Akins, Friend, Miller and Wilson. No
nays; motion carried.
OF THE QUARTER: Councilors submitted their written nominations;
Mayor McClure drew Gary Miller’s name.
Miller will be spotlighted in the May City Newsletter.
DUE WSG BILLING: Reviewed by Council. Council approved Payment Arrangement Plan.
- Farmer’s Market has requested to hold their weekly event in the City Park during the summer. Mayor McClure reminded the Council of the ITD Permit provision which states, “No business or commercial activities are to be allowed, except community sponsored non-profit benefits.” Discussed alternative locations including the area outside the Heritage Center; the group would need to rent a Porta-Potty which would make it cost prohibitive for the group. The Clerk will contact ITD and request a ruling.
- Salmon River FFA would like to hold their Banquet in the RCC Lower Level on May 7th, and to sponsor a Family Dance in the Upper Level on May 10th. They have requested approval to leave decorations up between these dates. Motion was made by Wilson to approve the FFA’s request; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend. No nays; motion carried.
being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:10 p.m.