RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

April 11, 2018 – 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 Akins, Friend and Miller.  Councilor Wilson was absent.

Guests:  Dale Van Tassel, Rene Jungert, Laurel Sayer, Belinda Provancher, Victor Peterson

Staff: Dan Wash, Susan Hollenbeak

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $599.04 paid after the March meeting bringing the total March disbursements to $47,266.47.  Bills in the amount of $27,316.94 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

MIDAS GOLD IDAHO – STIBNITE GOLD PROJECT:  Laurel Sayer, CEO and President, thanked the Council for allowing her to present information on their Stibnite Project.  Sayer expressed her appreciation to Councilor Akins for his efforts in organizing the Public Information Meeting last night at the Riggins Community Center.  Sayer provided copies of the Powerpoint presentation, along with flash drives containing the PRO (Plan of Restoration & Operations).  Sayer then highlighted some key points for the Council:

  • MGI recognizes they didn’t include the Riggins community in previous public information outreach.
  • They began work at the Stibnite site in 2011. 
  • Community Outreach – hired Belinda Provancher to be their Public Relations contact.  Since that time, they have become a part of the community by sponsoring and volunteering at events; have funded two community projects (public restrooms in McCall area).  In an effort to increase their public information efforts, Sayer asked that if there are any groups or events where attendees are asking for MGI information to please share contact info.
  • Work Force – schedule will be 10 hour shifts - two weeks on/two weeks off year round; this will impact communities including Riggins.
  • Schools – hoping to work closely with area schools to educate children on resources, sediment, etc.  MGI is planting trees and paying $1 per tree for kids to be involved.  They hope to create rock hounds for a future work force.  Also working with the College of Western Idaho.
  • Future Public Information Meetings – would like to provide another public meeting to communicate their vision with the community.  Discussed have “stations” that folks could rotate through; possibly at the Park.
  • Housing – Sayer stated both men and women will be working; referenced the “Stibnite Lodge” which will include a laundry, kitchen, and gym/workout area. 
  • Once Permits are Approved – MGI fully intends to do the mining if the permits are approved.
  • End of Project – Midas Gold Idaho is liable for any failures or problems that arise in perpetuity.  There is a legal process in place providing for the transfer of all liability if the property is ever sold. 

Councilor Akins comments:

·      Would like to see the Riggins area of the Main Salmon included in water testing.

·      Would like to be provided with quarterly reports on the testing of the humidifiers.

Akins expressed his appreciation to Sayer for easing his mind with the information provided at the public meeting, and stated he has a positive view of the project now.

DANCE CLASS – RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:  Victor Peterson and Rene Jungert requested that the Council consider granting a reduced rental fee for the Riggins Community Center in order to hold community dance lessons.  Jungert reported they had planned on holding the classes at Summerville’s, but were denied due to their insurance coverage.  They hope to hold the class once a week in the evening.  Peterson stated there are several other dance instructors besides himself, and that this is a not for profit community gathering for those who enjoy dancing and learning new dances.  Clerk stated current fee is $100 per day; $100 cleaning deposit; Council discussed reducing the fee to 50%.  They anticipate 8-10 couples; if asked for a donation of $3 per person, could cover the $50 fee.  Motion was made by Akins to approve a 50% discount on the Riggins Community Center rental fee for weekly dance classes; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  

SALMON RIVER GUN CLUB: Dale Van Tassel requested that the Council consider allowing a yard sale fundraiser for the Gun Club in the parking lot in front of the Heritage Center during Jet Boat Races on Saturday, April 21st from 9-4 p.m.  The fundraiser is for the shelter at the gun range.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the request to hold a yard sale fundraiser in the Heritage Center parking area on April 21st; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  Van Tassel said all yard sale donations are welcome.

SNOWFLAKE LIGHTS – SR Chamber of Commerce:  Vicky Lowe was not in attendance.  Dan Wash reported that he met earlier with Scott Medley about what it would take to install the snowflakes on the City’s light poles.  Medley stated it would require pulling a neutral line to each pole and would be “very expensive”.  It was suggested that the Chamber research solar power for these lights.  Tabled until the Chamber has more information.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – no report

FIRE – no report

LIBRARY – Susan reported that given the abundance of donations, she has free VHS movies available.  This summer, Susan would like to hold the Summer Reading Program in the vacant front office.

PUBLIC WORKS–Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:

  • Well Street Lift Station – new float system has been installed and is working well.
  • Roof at Treatment Plant – flat roof is again leaking.  John applied material that has stopped the leaking in some, but not all, areas.  Dan would like to have a new sloped roof put on. Discussed using Resort Tax funds for this project.  Dan and the Clerk will research.
  • New hot water heater for the Salsnes has been installed.
  • Susan reported a new laptop has been purchased that will operate the mapping program.
  • Carlson’s Water Leak – Dan replaced the water meter recently; Gail noticed an area that had tall grass and water and it was determined there was indeed a leak on the owner’s side of the meter.  Carlson’s are in the process of repairing the leak.
  • Irrigation Ditch – water will be turned in May 1st.  Some of the rotten wood diversions have been replaced.
  • Permitting Training – Idaho DEQ is providing free training for the IPDES E-Permitting System through which we must submit permit applications, reports, and other information.  Dan and Susan will be attending a training session May 16th in Lewiston.

UMPQUA BANK PROPOSAL:  Council discussed Umpqua Bank’s proposal to reimburse the Library for 18 months of internet and 4 computers already purchased, and the purchase of one additional computer for the Library – total of $5,025.  After discussion, motion was made by Akins to approve the Umpqua Bank donation to the Library; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

ARBOR DAY GRANT RECEIVED:  The Clerk reported that City of Riggins was approved for a $300 Grant this year.  Celebration will be 9 a.m. on Monday, May 7th at the Park.  Mayor McClure, the Clerk and any Councilors available will clean trash/debris on Main Street following the tree planting at the Park.  Councilor Akins recommended purchasing some inexpensive “Reacher/Grabber” pickup tools for picking up small items that could be used by Public Works.

CITY-WIDE CLEANUP DAY – Monday, May 7th:  Clerk reported both Lake Shore Disposal and Simmons Sanitation have offered a free roll-off dumpster for the cleanup day.  It was decided to have Lake Shore put a dumpster at the Park’s upper dirt parking lot for residents to access.  Public Works will assist residents if they need help loading or unloading into the dumpster.  It was also suggested that if there was anyone doing community service to see if they could assist.  Mayor McClure stated the NICI work crew will be picking up garbage on the river banks and roadways from the Jet Boat Races on May 7th also.

FIREWORKS – JET BOAT RACES – Saturday, April 21st:  The Salmon River Jet Boat Race Committee is requesting the Council’s approval for fireworks at the City Park on Saturday, April 21st.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the fireworks display request; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

DEER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM VOLUNTEERS:  Councilor Miller requested approval to give $75 gift certificates to Riggins Tackle to the two volunteers who donated their time this year.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the purchase of two $75 gift certificates for the volunteers, seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SELECTION:  After discussion, the Manning Bridge Tower Project volunteers were chosen to be featured in the May City Newsletter.

LIFE JACKET LOANER STATION PROPOSAL from ID Parks & Recreation: Clerk reported she was contacted by Idaho Department of Parks & Recreation about the possibility of placing a Life Jacket Loaner Station at the City Park Boat Ramp; information was distributed.  This involves a kiosk with life jackets of varying sizes provided free of charge for the public for short-term use.  There are over 80 stations in Idaho.  In addition, the widow of a man who drowned on the Main Salmon near Riggins in 2015 (Megan Lusk), wrote an e-mail in support of the placement of a station in Riggins as well as areas upriver (French Creek).  Councilor Akins indicated the Salmon River Dive Team is willing to “manage” the station as far as contacting ID Parks & Rec when more life jackets are needed.  The Clerk indicated there are a number of State agencies willing to participate in the building of the station with a ceremony to open the station.  Discussed location of the station; the area near the top of the boat ramp on the north side would be an ideal location.  The Clerk will contact ITD for approval of the placement of a station at the City Park.  Discussed possible placement of stations upriver at Shorts Bar, Island Bar, Spring Bar, etc.  ID Parks & Rec are not willing to place a station on these boat ramps due to the remote location and lack of oversight.  It was suggested to contact the Forest Service in hopes that the personnel who maintain the Spring Bar restrooms would be able to oversee the Life Jacket Station as far as making requests to replenish jackets, etc.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the request to place a Life Jacket Loaner Station at the City Park Boat Ramp; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

SALMON RIVER DIVE TEAM REPORT:  Councilor Akins reported that he was contacted by Class V Adventure Gear in Boise who would like to show a new creature craft with a motor used for whitewater rescue during the Jet Boat Races.  There is also an ice rescue craft that has been donated to the Dive Team. 

LEGISLATION – GROCERY SALES TAX EXEMPTION:  The Clerk reported that while the legislature did not pass the exemption of grocery from sales tax during this session, the issue will most likely be back on the table next session.  Mayor McClure reported she discussed this with Representative Shepherd who believes the city’s 1% Resort Tax on taxable retail sales will not be affected by this legislation as it’s a separate tax.  The Clerk was directed to contact the State Tax Commission, City Attorney, and other Resort Tax cities for some clarification on the issue before budget preparation.

CITY ATTORNEY:  The Clerk made the Council aware of a potential conflict of interest with the City Attorney being the assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Idaho County.  There has been an instance where another attorney had to be hired to represent the City on a case being prosecuted by Idaho County. 

At 8:38 p.m., Friend requested an Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(b) to discuss a personnel issue; seconded by Miller.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

At 8:55 p.m., Friend made a motion to end the Executive Session and resume regular business; seconded by Akins.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Friend, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

No motion was made as a result of the Executive Session.

PUBLIC WORKS – HIRING SEASONAL WORKER:  Council discussed hiring a full-time seasonal worker as was discussed last fall.  Clerk will research the PERSI policy, and work with Dan for advertising.

EASEMENT ON SHARED SEWER LINE – Summerville’s and Rants & Raves:  Mike Blimka dropped off some documents earlier this week with Susan regarding their easement with Rants & Raves who are building on the back of the current building.  Blimka is concerned that his easement providing access to his loading dock is being blocked, and believes the City’s easement for the sewer line is also being blocked.  Dan reported he has reviewed the City’s Main Sewer line at the back of the property and it is not being impacted by the construction.  It was noted that the City does not have easements on service lines.  After discussion, it was determined that this is a civil matter between the two property owners.    

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed. 

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS:

HERITAGE CENTER – Michael Snyder for Congress – April 17, 2018 from 12:00 - 4 p.m. Cleaning Deposit and fees have been received.

CITY PARK:  Wedding & Reception for Warren Dunlap & Vicky Lowe – Saturday, May 19th.  Cleaning Deposit and rental fees including stage electricity received.

OFF-SITE CHAIR/TABLE RENTAL: Timber and Penny VanLom renting 8 tables and 50 chairs for Wedding on June 16, 2018.  Rental deposit received.

CITY PARK:  University of Idaho – College of Natural Resources 4th Annual CNR Advisory Board Natural Resources Tour – Tuesday, June 19th from 8-5 p.m.  Catered by Wild River Adventures.

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS: None

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer