RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

April 13, 2016 – 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 Miller, Akins and Friend.  Councilor Wilson was absent.

Guests:  Sheriff Doug Giddings, Denis Duman and Bob Crump

Staff: John Pottenger, Ross Campbell, Jeff Joyce, Susan Hollenbeak

MARCH REGULAR/SPECIAL MEETING MINUTES:  March regular and special meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes.  Motion was made by Miller to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Akins; voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller; no nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,867.80 paid after the March meeting, bringing the total March disbursements to $43,581.42.  Bills in the amount of $24,353.78 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.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

ADDITION TO AGENDA:  Mayor McClure requested approval to add the extra GO Bond payment to the agenda.  Motion was made by Friend to amend the Agenda with this addition; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

DENIS DUMAN – CANDIDATE FOR COUNTY COMMISSIONER:  Denis Duman introduced himself to the Council and thanked them for their time.  Duman is running for the District 3 Commissioner seat which Commissioner Chmelik currently holds.  The Primary Election will be held May 17th; Duman urged everyone to vote at the Primary.  Bob Crump commended Duman on his efforts and encouraged the Council to vote at the Primary.  There is a Republican Committee Meeting April 21st at the Riggins Community Center. 

  • IDA-LEW VACANCY:  Duman informed the Council of Melisa Bryant resigning as Economic Development Specialist for IDA-LEW; they are interviewing for a replacement.  Duman also explained that CEDA handles all the financial duties for IDA-LEW, including payroll.

SHERIFF GIDDINGS:  Sheriff Giddings addressed the Council stating he wanted to clear-up any misconceptions the community may have about the lack of coverage in Riggins.  He explained that there are seven deputies on this side of the County, with 8 deputies on the other side of the County; there is an officer on duty covering the Riggins area 24/7; the officer may not be visible, but they are on duty.  In March, there were 21 calls in the City of Riggins.  If there was a resident officer in Riggins at 40 hours per week, and there was a call when he was off duty, the department would still have to have an officer respond from somewhere else in the County.  Sheriff Giddings thanked the Council for their time and indicated he would be clarifying the issue with his staff.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce:

  • There will be a Fireworks Display on Saturday, April 16th for the Jet Boat Races.  Discussed the possibility of selling glow-sticks for a fundraiser.
  • Color the Canyon Fun Run is April 23rd.  Jeff stated he has been asked to provide gift bags for the event.  Akins suggested providing manpower where needed rather than gift bags.  Jeff will check with the organizers.
  • New turnouts have been ordered.

EMS volunteers are coming from other communities including New Meadows and Kooskia to provide assistance during the Jet Boat Races.

CITY DEPARTMENT REPORTS

WASTEWATER - John Pottenger

a)    No violations

b)    Civil Dynamics will be sending a service agreement for the EPA Permit work.

c)    Will be replacing the Transducer for the Salsness; Challenger will be installing it April 14th.

d)    Discussed the RAS Pump issue; having to adjust it but are able to keep it operating; will consult with Jason about what’s causing the problem.

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell (written report):

1)    Irrigation Ditch – working on startup; will be turning into the south end next week. 

2)    Park – mowing and trimming completed.

3)    Bowman Water Meter has been removed.

4)    Streets – will be working on asphalt patch in North Riggins; discussed applying hot mix to the potholes on Ace’s Place.

5)    Arbor Day Grant – discussed options including mulch/fertilizer for existing trees and shrubs.  Arbor Day Celebration will be Monday, May 9th as part of the City Council cleanup day.

6)    Water Leaks – discussed properties that have water leaks, and as a result, have high water consumption/billing; wasting valuable resource; backflow possibility.  It was decided that a courtesy letter would be sent to the property owners making them aware of the Council’s concern.

7)    Street Boundaries in North Riggins – there are a number of residents encroaching on the City streets in North Riggins.  Discussed how best to determine street boundaries/right of way in North Riggins and where the owner’s property line is.  Friend indicated there should be a map with the lots defined; should be a point of reference that can be used to determine where the city’s property starts; can then determine a centerline and measure the width of the street (50’).  Friend will assist in locating the information needed.

LIBRARY – Susan Hollenbeak:

  • A display rack has been donated by Riggins Whitewater Market; Susan would like to put books for sale in this rack in the hallway outside the Library door to catch patron’s attention.
  • A “School Visits” Grant was applied for and received; this is not a monetary grant, but has provided 73 backpacks for kids from pre-school through 5th grade to promote the Summer Reading program.
  • Richelle Barger contacted Brenda Baugh with the Chamber of Commerce who contacted Susan about purchasing eight years of “The Current” newspaper in four hardback bound books for the Library.  Susan agreed to pay $250 which is half the cost of the four books out of her Book budget.

NEZ PERCE FOREST TRAVEL MANAGEMENT PLANNING:  The Designated Routes and Areas for Motor Vehicle Use (DRAMVU) Plan was discussed, along with the objections to the plan that have been filed by the Board of Idaho County Commissioners and the Idaho Pathfinders Association.  It was decided that a letter of support would be sent to both the County Commissioners and Pathfinders in relation to their objections.  The Clerk will include information on the status of the Plan and where residents can locate more information in the next City Newsletter.

RIGGINS WHITEWATER MARKET – EMPTY LOT:  The Clerk reported that John Llewellyn, owner of Riggins Whitewater Market, inquired about the City covering a portion of the cost of the blade work done at the empty lot between Etc. and old Salmon River Inn building; he requested $200 from the City.  Council discussed the use of this empty lot for visitors and for vendor parking during special events.  Motion was made by Friend to pay Riggins Whitewater Market $200 for the City’s portion of the blade work done on their empty lot; seconded by Akins; voting yea, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

BOAT RAMP RENOVATION/ADA ACCESS PROJECT:  No report

RECYCLING:  Councilor Akins reported that he recently met with the Salmon River Senior Citizens regarding recycling efforts.  It’s estimated that 8% of the County recycles, and that Senior Citizens make up the bulk of those who recycle in the County.  Some of the obstacles for senior recycling are transporting and moving of materials; difficult to get bulk cardboard to Riggins Whitewater Market for crushing.  Akins would like to provide five collection bins (70 gallon) at the Riggins Community Center for the Senior Citizens to utilize; bins could be placed on the east side of the building.  Others using the Riggins Community Center could recycle at the facility.  Akins believes the cost to the City for the bins would be less than $250.  The Council discussed installing a fence between the Gem Stop property and the Riggins Community Center, which would discourage garbage being put in the recycling bins; will need to fine-tune as we go.  The Council discussed single-stream recycling being done in Lewiston and Moscow; all recycled material goes into one bin which is separated later.  This type of recycling makes it easier for more folks to recycle.  Also discussed rafters utilizing recycling; Akins is working on getting this included in the orientation done at the launch site at Corn Creek to educate the public that recycling is available at Riggins.

RESORT TAX:  As a follow-up to the March meeting, the Clerk reported the Auditor advised that Land Acquisition does not qualify as City Infrastructure or a Capital Project. 

EMS/FIRE BUILDING:  Mayor McClure requested that the Council consider the Friend property on Lodge Street as an option for an EMS/Fire Building.  It was decided this would not be feasible.  The Council discussed the possibility of utilizing part of the Heritage Center property (on the school side and the back) for EMS/Fire, while leaving the current structure for facility rental. 

HERITAGE CENTER:  Mayor McClure reported that she and Jeannie Fitch have been working on organizing the storage areas at the Heritage Center.  This will allow the Yoga group to put their mats, etc. in a storage cabinet each time.  Also discussed purchasing vertical blinds for the building; Mayor McClure and Councilor Miller will research this.  Mayor McClure would also like to purchase frames for the historic pictures at the Heritage Center.  Friend suggested checking with Ty Medley at the High School about building frames as a student project.

SOCIAL MEDIA:  The Clerk requested approval to establish a FaceBook page for the City, which will provide another means to share important information with the public about the City’s facilities, Public Hearings, Elections, etc.  After a brief discussion, the Council agreed to the City Clerk creating and maintaining a FaceBook page.

SAVAGE PRIDE DAY:  Akins reported that Thursday, May 19th has been set for Savage Pride Day in the City of Riggins.  There is a school picnic that day.  The Clerk will promote in the next City Newsletter.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SELECTION:  In keeping with the upcoming Savage Pride event, Akins suggested highlighting a student volunteer.  After discussion, it was decided that Ryan Simonson will be featured.

EXTRA GO BOND PAYMENT:  Mayor McClure requested approval for the extra General Obligation Bond payment of $20,916 which allows the City to take advantage of the Interest Rebate if received prior to May 14th.  Motion was made by Friend to direct the Clerk to make the extra GO Bond payment of $20,916 before May 14th; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  No report.

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS:

PARK – June 11, 2016 from Sherri Cereghino for a baby shower; no alcohol planned. 

PARK – June 4, 2016 from SR Chamber of Commerce for the Big Water Blowout River Festival; alcohol will be catered by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce; alcohol deposit and cleaning deposit have been received.

RCC – September 3, 2016 from Iris Hawley for the off-site rental of 100 chairs for a wedding at Little Salmon Lodge; rental deposit has been received.

PARK – May 14, 2016 from Susan Anderson for the Demerse Retirement Party with Liquor Catering provided by Seven Devils Steakhouse; cleaning deposit, alcohol deposit and rental fee have been received.  Council requested the Clerk contact Anderson regarding the Liquor Catering of the event given the status of their Liquor License. 

Riggins Community Center – April 30, 2016 from Salmon River Senior Citizens for Bingo.  Friend expressed concern over this type of event being regulated by the Lottery Commission.  Council requested the Clerk contact Pamela Bogan to request she research the regulations. 

Motion was made by Miller to approve the Facility Rental Applications; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:

MARGARET FESSENDEN:  Waiver request submitted by Lenard Hansen to waive the 2016 Irrigation fees on Fessenden property.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the waiver request; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

DIVE TEAM RADIOS:  Akins presented an invoice for three Motorola 2-way Radios he purchased for the Dive Team at a cost of $203.52; Akins requested reimbursement for the cost.  Request approved.

CIVIL DYNAMICS SERVICE AGREEMENT:  Service Agreement received from Mike Martin with Civil Dynamics, PC for review, analysis and drafting of a letter to the EPA regarding 2015 inspection findings.  Motion was made by Miller to approve Mayor McClure’s signature on the agreement; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer