April 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall


The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present - Akins, Miller, and Friend (by phone).  Councilor Wilson was absent. 

Guests:  Canyon Harper, Belinda Provancher

Staff: Dan Wash

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,771.16 paid after the March meeting bringing the total March disbursements to $55,262.51.  Bills in the amount of $45,842.68 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; 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.

MIDAS GOLD:  Council reviewed a written report from Bob Crump; he will be attending two meetings within the next ten days; a tour of site for Riggins City Council members and Denis Duman, Idaho County Commissioner, is scheduled for June 30th.  Briefly discussed the transportation arrangements; the Clerk will contact Salmon River Transit about transportation to Donnelly.

Belinda Provancher, Community Relations Manager for Midas Gold, commented on how impressed she is with Bob Crump; his knowledge and ability to pinpoint the issue has been very well received.  The Advisory Council is meeting tomorrow with the focus on Transportation.  Bob is on the Environmental Issues Committee. 

After discussion, the City Council requested that Bob’s contact information be put in the next City Newsletter in order for resident’s to get their questions on the Advisory Council’s agenda.


EMS – No report 

LIBRARY – No report

FIRE – No report

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash provided a written report:

·        Roof project at the treatment plant is nearly completed with just the ends left.  When the project was started, problems were found so a contractor was brought in to complete the project.

·        Well Street Lift Station is being worked on today; grinding and rust removal.

·        Back Eddy Grill fire hydrant – part has been ordered to complete the relocation of the hydrant.

·        Riggins Community Center – lift was inspected and approved.

·        Irrigation – the headgate has been replaced.

·        SCADA – software is “in hand” now; program has been repaired and is working well.

CITY-WIDE CLEANUP DAY:  Monday, May 6th; Clerk will contact Lake Shore Disposal about placing a roll-off at the upper City Park parking lot; information will be put in newsletter.

FIRE TRUCK – City of Council:  Councilor Wilson notified Clerk and Fire Chief of a fire truck the City of Council was declaring surplus – 1986 Mack LaFrance with 500 gallon tank, 1,250 gpm pump, CAF system with diesel compressor; ladder truck with built-in foam system along with water.  Council Fire Department is getting a new truck in the near future and are willing to give this truck to City of Riggins at no cost.  After discussion, it was decided that Jeff Joyce should make a trip to Council and checkout this truck before accepting it. 

KORT RADIO – ANTENNA: Mayor McClure reported that she was contacted by Jim Nelly of Nelly Broadcasting in Clarkston who is looking for a location in Riggins to mount a small antenna to provide KORT Radio in Riggins.  Discussed possible locations including the Community Center and City Hall.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the placement of an antenna on the City Hall building; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

BROADBAND ACCESS:  Mayor McClure reported she was contacted by Aaron, a representative of Inland Cellular, about assessing the need for Broadband in Riggins.  Broadband has been a hot topic with economic development groups including CEDA and IDA-LEW.  After discussion, it was evident more information is needed on the needs and benefits, and it was suggested that the representative make a presentation to the Council at a future City Council meeting.

READERBOARD:  a proposal was received from SignCrafters, Inc. in Lewiston to install a new electronic message center in the existing structure (1-each double-face 2-line Watchfire brand 19mm message center; Ignite OP software, radio frequency communication, temperature sensor, on-site training; includes removal of existing message center) for $8,967 for Message Center and $3,545 for Travel and Labor, plus tax and permits.  Discussed additional cost for XVS upgrade, PC requirements, and need to provide service feed wires – more detailed information will be requested.  Also discussed requesting that the Chamber pay a portion of the cost (travel and labor); and to have the Pepsi logo removed.  Table until more information is available.


WILDFIRE PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP:  Reviewed information/application on this project which is funded through the University of Idaho with a grant from the Idaho Department of Lands to provide up to six Idaho communities with a one-day workshop to assess their level of preparedness and next steps.  After discussion, it was determined the City would not apply for this program.



Riggins Community Center:       CEDA – April 24th – Upper Level – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

                                                Jack Lees Birthday Open House– May 18th – Lower Level w/Kitchen – 1-4 pm

                                                Swiftwater Rescue Training-June 6th – Lower Level w/o Kitchen – 8-5 pm

                                                Class of ’69 Reunion – July 27th – Lower Level w/Kitchen – 9-4 pm

Park:    Ressler Wedding – July 6th – 1-8 pm (need stage electricity)

ITD GUARDRAIL:  Councilor Akins expressed concern about the lack of guardrail in key areas along the highway.  The section north of Fiddle Creek Hardware has been of particular concern, and with the most recent accident involving a School District staff member, he felt compelled to reach out to ITD about the need for a guardrail in this area.  Akins, who is also the Salmon River Dive Team Captain, requested the Clerk contact ITD about his concerns. Shane Niemela with ITD responded that their geologist had looked at the site along with some of the engineering staff; guardrail in this area is not part of the current paving project, but if there is any money available once the paving is completed, ITD will try to place rail along this section of the highway.  ITD staff is also looking to put together a separate project that is only related to rail along the river corridor; much of the river canyon is a candidate for rail and they are going to evaluate and prioritize placement with the individual project. After discussion, the Clerk was directed to advise ITD that the safety of our students is a priority since this is part of the school bus route (Maynard Hole to Riggins).  Akins also offered to provide ITD with a list of locations the Dive Team has responded to as a result of vehicles going into the river. 

FIRE JEEP:  Discussed possible locations for the Fire Jeep.  The jeep is currently being put back together by Ty Medley and the High School Shop Class.

OLD JAIL:  Discuss possibly relocating jail from the Park at May meeting.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer