The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Anderson, Friend, McClure and Barnard. Guests present included Vanna Holland, Linda Hieter, Curt Brimacomb, Pam Hoogland, Sheriff Doug Giddings, Marilyn Giddings, Dan Bell, Steve Zuhl, Buck Fitch, Michelle Huttash, Randy Brown, Joyce Barnard and Mike Ware.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. The Council 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 $19,418.69 bills paid after the April meeting, bringing the total April bills to $60,124.38. Bills in the amount of $23,779.52 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Anderson, Friend, McClure and Barnard. No nays.
Councilor Friend was called away from the meeting at 7:10.
Vanna Holland, from Mt Lakes Realty, presented a written request from LaVar Murdock to grant a variance, reducing the radius turn on the Chukkar Point Estates cul-de-sac from 40í to 35í. The variance request was made to reduce the height and bank of the turnaround, and to clear that debris from Lots 3 and 4. Holland reported that the 40í radius was set in order to allow turning area for large emergency vehicles. She and Fire Chief Dan Catherman had measured the area needed for the Cityís largest fire truck, and the truck could turn around in 58ídiameter or 29í radius. The Council took the request for variance under consideration for further discussion.
Sheriff Giddings gave the following police report: April 2009 Calls were 81 in area with 27 City, compared to 71 and 30 in April 2008. Citations were 17 in area with 10 in City in April 2009 compared to 24 and 15 last year. Year to date: 2009 Calls, 269 area and 84 City, 2008 Calls 256 area and 109 City. Year to date 2009 Citations, 92 Area, 66 City. 2008 Citations- 64 area and 38 City. The majority of the citations issued were for speeding. Giddings reported that there were six arrests during Rodeo weekend, 4 for outstanding warrants, one DUI and one obstructing. They also had a large police presence in some County areas, such as Shorts Bar, which seemed to settle the crowds.
At this time Councilor Friend re-joined the Council Meeting.
Councilor McClure inquired about the obstruction arrest of Cody Wilson, indicating that citizens questioned his arrest since he was not fighting, just did not move and talked back to the officer. Giddings reported that the situation was tense and when he defied the officerís order to move, the officer made the decision to arrest to prevent more crowd defiance. Giddings did report that the former Marine officer having words with Wilson had been dealt with internally, as well as the transporting officer who was speeding. When questioned about freedom of speech, Sheriff Giddings indicated that the officer felt that Wilson was obstructing his duties to control the tense situation and made the arrest. Giddings indicated that since the citation was issued, the matter will now be dealt with in court.
Joyce Barnard, Randy Brown and Mike Ware presented information about the upcoming $495,000 school supplemental levy request. They requested support for the levy, indicating with the levy approval, they will not have to freeze salaries and can keep existing programs in place. They indicated that both Randy Brown and Mark Shiebe are staying for the next school year, and that the new school district is doing very well. They are now receiving forest funds, but are not using them for operation and maintenance, only capital expense. A public meeting on the levy will be held May 14, 7:00pm at the Best Western, and the levy election held May 19th.
Buck Fitch visited with the Council about dog problem in town, especially in North Riggins and Aceís Place. He cited biting dogs or dogs that exhibited vicious tendencies, and his concern for the many people who are walking for their health. He presented a copy of Payette Countyís ordinance banning pit bull breeds and other vicious dogs, and suggested that the Council review the ordinance and maybe consider some type of action in Riggins. The Council took his request under advisement.
Linda Hieter presented the Council with the ITD Division of Public Transportation Grant Agreement for the new CABS bus. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to enter into agreement with ITD for the $45,000 grant to purchase the new bus, and to authorize the Mayorís signature on the assurances and certifications required. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Michelle Huttash, from ASK, visited with the Council about the use of the Visitor Center. It was requested that the group be allowed to use, and man, the Visitor Center during the summer. She indicated that the kids had designed a business plan, would be trained by Department of Commerce, and would like to man the building, operating it as the ďPurple CowĒ selling prepackaged ice cream to raise funds for their European trip in June 2010. They would be learning business skills, receive Visitor Information training from the State and would be ambassadors for Riggins, directing visitors and handing out brochures. After discussion, it was agreed that ITD should be contacted about the commercial use of the building, since it was located on the park property, which is under a special use right-of-way permit. An agreement was reviewed, and motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to pursue the agreement with ASK, granting the Cityís approval to allow the use of the Visitor Center, subject to ITDís approval, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The Clerk reported that the Visitor Center is a cooperative project between the City, the Chamber, BLM, the Forest Service and NRA. BLM has requested to opt out of the agreement, and it was expected that the Forest Service and NRA would opt out as well. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to accept BLMs request to opt out of the agreement. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Dan Bell visited with the Council requesting them to consider some type of building code. He reported that his neighbor was planning to build on their property line, and without any building regulation, there was nothing to prevent it. He feels that the City should regulate construction to prevent this in the future. Also he inquired about regulation on the irrigation ditch culverts. It appears that there is no written policy on the size of culvert, etc, and the neighborís smaller culvert had caused problems with his irrigation system. PWR Charlie Amell agreed that there should be written regulation concerning the irrigation ditch. The Council took the request into consideration.
EMS Director Curt Brimacomb gave his monthly EMS and rodeo update to the Council. The Council commended Brimacomb on his work and thanked him for his efforts. Brimacomb reported that the EMT Basic class was almost finished, with the class test scheduled in May, which should provide four additional EMTs. He also reported that Debbie Baker was completing EMS instructor training.
At this time Charlie Amell brought up the subject of existing Little Salmon Bridge.
He reported that he had contacted Kathleen Slinger, the State Bridge Inspector, and she reported that bridges are required to be inspected every two years for auto travel, but not for pedestrian travel. But that they should be inspected and maintenance done, and that the City would be liable if the bridge failed. He recommended that we contact ICRMP about the liability involved, and that the items listed in the 2006 inspection report be repaired and completed before the City accepts the bridge. Mayor Crump reported that a letter had been sent, detailing the Cityís concerns to Greg Gifford, Fed Highways, and Gifford requested a meeting between the City, the Forest Service, the County and Federal Highways to discuss the issues. The Clerk will work out a meeting schedule. It was suggested that JUB bridge engineers be contacted for the cost of bridge inspections, and that the City may ask the Forest Service to transfer the bridge to the City, but continue to inspect and maintain it.
At this time, Charlie Amell gave the following project report:
(1) Irrigation Ditch - Ditch water was turned on May 5, 6 & 7. In addition to cleaning and maintenance crews concentrated on cleaning culverts, the largest one being the culvert through the rock cut south of squaw creek, where rock and debris were removed.
(2) Salmon River Road Bridge - Charlie met with Matt Ulberg from DJ & A regarding water-sewer crossings. Their crews are double-checking elevations. They expect to have the water-sewer design to DEQ soon and will supply city with drawings of both the crossing and road construction. City will need a copy of DEQ approval.
(3) Sewer Plant Project - It is anticipated that the final plans will be ready for DEQ this week. A final review of plans will be done prior to sending them to DEQ this week. Concrete Construction specialties of McCall who are interested in this project, also Cook and Sons Construction are very interested. In addition, Amell has advised Tucker Construction and Jim Ormsby of SRS.
(4) Walters/NRA properties - Prior to road construction there are valves to be salvaged and meters and unused lines to be removed. The old 6Ē line that serviced this area had two 6Ē valves that can be salvaged. These valves are worth $400-$500 each and are worth the time and effort. In addition there is a meter and box that serviced the old NRA building that needs to be removed and capped at the main line. On the Walters property there are two meters that will be impacted. Amell suggested that these meters be dug back to the main line and all galvanized fittings be replaced with brass to eliminate any rusting and leakage in the future. On the North end of this property 4 additional service lines were placed to supply what was at the time 4 lots on the upper portion of this property. If the lines no longer are needed they should be plugged at the main line. Amell also suggested contacting Walterís; and see if his plans for this property have changed and if he has any need for the 4 lines mentioned above.
(5) Irrigation laterals Ė Inquiries have been received from several people about extending irrigation water to their properties. The City has surplus water pipe that can be used to do so but better clarification is needed as to how involved the city wishes to be in extending irrigation water. Also a written policy or ordinance on lateral extensions, easements, ditch size, culverts, etc. should be considered.
(6) Department of Lands Ė The paperwork for the land accretion at the sewer plant is complete and has been sent for Idaho Dept of Lands review and approval.
(7) Cemetery Hill Ė The easement description has been received.
(8) Amell reported that the salsenes building may have to be opened, rather than totally enclosed. Amell recommended a three-sided structure, with the open side to the plant. To protect it from freezing, a winter package may be added to the salsenes unit, at a cost of approximately $10,000.
(9) He reported that a new generator may be available from Homeland Security. DEQ will require an on-demand meter and the cost to rewire the well house is estimated to $5,000-$7,000. The sewer plant will be wired to handle the new generator during the renovation project.
At this time Ordinance #191A was read:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS PROVIDING FOR THE VACATION OF A 12 FOOT WIDE DRAINAGE EASEMENT IN THE 2000 CHUKAR POINT ESTATES SUBDIVISION; PROVIDING THAT THE ORDINANCE BE RECORDED UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL AND PUBLICATION TO VACATE THE SAID EASEMENT; PROVIDING THAT THE ORDINANCE BE COMPLETED AND PUBLISHED UPON THE PAYMENT OF ALL EXPENSES BY THE PETITIONER, LARVAR MURDOCK; PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION SUBJECT TO SUCH TERMS.
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. Motion was then made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #191A under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
At this time LaVar Murdockís request for waiver of the 40í turning radius on the Chukar Point Estates cul-de-sac was revisited. After discussion, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to approve the reduction of the turning radius to 35í provided (1) that Anita Williams, the owner of Lots 3 and 4, signed a statement waiving the Cityís liability in any future event (flooding or otherwise) that may occur as a result of the waiver approval; and (2) that Fire Chief Dan Catherman signed a statement attesting his approval of the 35í turning radius. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The water and sewer hookup to LaVar Murdockís barn was discussed. Water line has been provided to the property, but no meter installed. It was suggested that Murdock be billed for the hookup and minimum water.
The Clerk reported that it appeared the title to the 1985 Dive Team van had been lost. The vehicle had been purchased by the Bradbury Memorial Fund (SR Dive Team) at auction, but after checking public records, it was found that the title had not been transferred to them and was still titled in the previous sellers name. Since the van is now being readied for service, the Council agreed that title search and transfer procedure should be started.
It was noted that Dave Tucker had not attended the Council meeting, as invited, so there was no further information available on the Library carpet repair. The Clerk reported that, by phone, Tucker said that he did not plan to change the original plan for his apartment access as had been reported by ITD. During the phone conversation, Tucker said he would present something to the Council on the access, but did not attend.
The list of old surplus electronic equipment was presented to the Council. Since most of the equipment is outdated or broken, and of no use to the City, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to offer the equipment for sale, as one lot, as-is, by sealed bid on June 8th. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Notices of the sale will be posted in three public places, and the equipment can be viewed at the Library prior to the sale.
It was reported that the SRHS Honor Society cleaned the city streets Monday morning after rodeo. It was suggested that a letter of thanks be written to them for their good work.
Application for Park Use for the Big Water Blow Out, June 6th, from 8:00am Ė 11:00pm was read. There will be discounted float trips, Outfitter booths, food contests, beer garden and live music. The Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the beer garden. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the application as stated. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
A tentative meeting was set up at 2:00pm, May 27 or 28, for interested employees and Council to meet with April Farmer, representative of AFLAC insurance. Farmer will be contacted to confirm the date.
The meeting with the Federal Highways, Forest Service and Idaho County on the existing Little Salmon River Bridge will be scheduled after the AFLAC meeting, if possible.
The subject of the $7500 cash match required for the $50,000 GEM grant application for the White Water Park engineering was brought up. It was agreed that Judd DeBoer should be contacted about helping with the match. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to guarantee City of Riggins $7500 cash match, if no other funding source for the match is found, and proceed with the grant application. Any City cash match required is to be reimbursed by URA. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The $200 CEDA fees for writing the GEM grant were also discussed. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to create a MOPA for URA reimbursement. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
A request from Connie Miller was received requesting waiver of garbage fees, since her garbage was missed during the month. After discussion, the Council denied the request, since the premise was occupied during the month, which by ordinance, requires the fees paid.
It was reported that the Thornock property was now being used as a vacation rental. It was requested that a tax application packet be sent to him to set up a Resort Tax Permit.
The vicious dog complaint was revisited. After discussion, it was agreed that it would be difficult to ban specific breeds of dogs, and since the City already had a vicious dog ordinance, Mayor Crump offered to review it for any needed updates.
At this time JUBís Payment Request #2 in the amount of $41,160, for engineering services on the sewer renovation project was reviewed. After review, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Anderson, to approve the payment request as presented, subject to Charlie Amells quick review. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The contract in the amount of $8100 with Gibbons, Scott & Dean, LLC, for the 2008 city audit was reviewed. The cost has increased due to increasing government audit regulations. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to approve the contract as presented. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
CABs representative, Linda Hieter, is researching grants and requested that she be authorized by the City to apply for grant funding for CABs under the name of the City of Riggins. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to authorize her as a grant writer on behalf of the City. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
It was suggested that the Foot Clinic nurses be allowed to pick up a key to the City Hall for Clinic Days, since they need to be in the building prior to 10:00am.
It was requested that the blue and gold garbage barrels be removed from the Cloningerís Lot, so that they will not continue to be used by the traveling public.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present were Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.
The purpose of the special meeting was to consider a resolution for the application of a $50,000 GEM grant for the engineering services connected with the White Water Park.
Resolution #09-03 was read for the declaration of support of the Idaho GEM Grant program and application for the City of Riggins White Water Park Project. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve City of Riggins Resolution #09-03, and authorize the Mayorís signature. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.