City Hall

05-09-11

7:00pm

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Council present were Akins, Barnard and McClure.  Councilor Friend was absent.  Guests present included Sheriff Giddings, Marilyn Giddings, Deputy Jon Wilson, Tom Osen and Charlie Amell.

 

The Councilors were individually polled and all agreed that they had read the minutes.  There were no corrections or additions offered and the minutes approved as read.

 

The financial statement was read detailing $46,323.75 paid after the April meeting, bringing the total of the April bills to $82,355.79.  Bills in the amount of $20,310.52 were then presented for payment.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to approve the statement and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Idaho County Sheriff Giddings visited with the Council about the Inmate Work Program.  Idaho County has received a grant to help make the Idaho County inmates available to provide labor service to cities, civic and nonprofit groups.  Work to be done by the inmates would be limited to that work normally not funded or paid by the organization.

After discussion,  the Council thanked Giddings for the opportunity, and he left work site proposal applications for any anticipated projects.

 

Sheriff Giddings requested no change in the Police Contract price or terms, confirming the $25,000 annual contract rate.  He also reported that Idaho County now had a new dispatch system, purchased with the $1 billed on everyone’s monthly phone bill.

 

Deputy Jon Wilson reported that the State agreed that another jake brake sign could be placed on the south end of town, and left the new sign with the City for installation.  He then gave the following police report:

 

        City Calls            City Citations    County Calls      County Citations   

2009                            307                     180

2010                            335                     142

2011 ToDate               104                       59

April 2011                     22                         8                           73                    21

 

Tom Osen, the new USFS District Ranger for the Salmon River/Clearwater District, introduced himself and visited with the Council about the Forest Service activities.  Mayor Crump reported that a final bridge inspection and any identified corrections should be completed before the City would accept the bridge transfer from the Forest Service.  Osen addressed several citizen’s questions.

 

Charlie Amell reported on the following projects:

(1)    IRRIGATION DITCH  - Water will be turned in on Monday, May 16.  It has been cleaned and the silt removed at the headgate.

(2)     PUMP REPLACEMENT PROJECT - Project should be completed next week.  The following Change Orders were presented:  Change Order #6 $1706.27 for the conduit and new wiring and Change Order #7 $5832.75  to clean Well #2.  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve Change Orders #6 and #7, as presented.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  After discussion, motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to use $7500 from the Water Hookup Fund to pay for Change Orders #6 and #7.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.    Additional contract amendments for JUB Engineers were also discussed.  The Mayor and Clerk will contact JUB about additional charges being made, and find out if additional costs will be requested.

 

Challenger Company’s Payment Request #2 was then presented for $28,500.00 along with a letter of JUB’s payment recommendation.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the payment request as presented.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried. 

 

(3)    SEWER RENOVATION – The project is basically complete and can be closed out upon the completion of the M&O manuals and the purchase of the sewer flow meter.

 

There was no EMS Report presented.

 

The River Park was discussed, with Mayor Crump reporting on the U of I student presentations held recently.  Several landscaping students prepared plan proposals for the park and surrounding area and presented their concepts to the WhiteWater Park Committee.  It was reported that Browns Industries is still interested in constructing the White Water Park, and may continue to work through the permit process.

 

Councilor Akins presented the results of the town deer numbers count.  The city was divided into six sections which were all counted twice at the same time, once in the morning and once that evening.  The actual number of deer counted was 55, so they estimated that there may be as many as 70 deer living in town. Akins suggested a depredation hunt be held each year, combined with 15 kill permits.  He will write up a report of the survey results and suggestions.  After discussion, the Council considered a City Resolution to prohibit deer feeding.  City Resolution #11-2 was read prohibiting the intentional feeding of deer within the city limits.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to pass and approve Resolution #11-2.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

The budget workshop was set for Tuesday, May 10th at 2:00pm.

 

Jim Medley has requested permission to place a bench in the park in memory of his wife, Margaret.  The Council agreed with the request, but it was suggested that Charlie Amell be contacted about the placement of the bench.  It was also suggested that a letter be written advising him that the City would retain the right to remove it or repair as necessary in the future.

 

An inventory of all City property was discussed.  The Council agreed that property valued over $100 should be inventoried, by department, by the end of January 2012.

 

The hole repair on McArthur Street was discussed.  Charlie will be reminded to attend to the matter, as it may be a safety hazard in the busy neighborhood.

 

The need for paving the city streets was discussed.  This project will be discussed in the upcoming budget workshop.

 

The Resort Tax, and its use for sewer and water projects was also discussed.  The Council requested that the City Newsletter and the Current include an article about the use of the Resort Tax for these major projects to keep citizens aware of the importance of the tax.

 

The following park use application was read:  Maggie King wedding, July 30th, with no alcohol planned.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the use as requested.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

Councilor Akins visited with the Council about public access for the mountain trail to the painted “57”.  He reported that there is a primitive trail now which is used by some local residents.  He would like to see the City get public access to the trail, and maybe some improvements made, so that locals and visitors can feel free to use it.  After discussion, it was agreed that Akins and Mayor Crump will check into the matter further.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                              Clerk

 

         

May 18, 2011

City Hall

9:00am

 

A special meeting of the City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Friend, Barnard, Akins and McClure.  Guests present were Don Norris, Rexanne Zimmerman, Charlene Workman, Charlie Amell.  Deputy City Clerk, Susan Hollenbeak took minutes in City Clerk June Whitten’s absence.

 

The meeting was called to discuss the sewer easement encroachment created by the recent construction addition to the mobile home owned by Don Norris, located on Rexanne Zimmerman’s property behind the Main Street Station. A deck and ADA ramp for wheelchair access was being constructed, and in order to meet ADA specifications, it was located over the easement. Construction of the deck covers the sewer line and manhole with one post located on top of the manhole.  Rather than remove the deck construction, Norris suggest that he would move the post away from the manhole and build a trap door in the deck to give access to maintenance on the manhole.  Norris expressed anger that he was not informed in advance of the sewer easement and that he had a lot of money in the deck construction.

Mayor Crump explained that the manhole should be raised two or more concrete rings to bring it up to current ground level.  He also indicated that it is possible that a variance could be filed on the property to allow the deck over the easement.  However, the landowner would be responsible for any costs associated with removal of the deck or anything else that encroaches on the city sewer easement if the need arises.

 

PWD Charlie Amell stated he would like the City to have zero tolerance for any sewer line encroachments.

 

Councilors asked Don if he’d be willing to sign a subdocument to pay any expenses incurred in the removal of the existing deck if needed.  He agreed that he would be willing to sign with the landowner.

 

Mayor Crump and Councilors discussed the following options with landowners Rexann Zimmerman and Charlene Workman, Don Norris with PWD Amell’s input.

 

1.       Removing the deck completely with just a small porch.

2.       Putting in a trap door in the deck for access to the manhole.

3.       Filing a variance to allow the deck with stipulations.

 

It was reported that the mobile home was originally located on the sewer easement with an easement encroachment variance issued at that time.  Mayor Crump asked that the Clerk be contacted to confirm that a variance had been issued to Ken Thomas and is recorded.

 

Councilor Barnard suggested that verbal permission be given to the landowners with the stipulations to comply with the Council’s recommendations on the easement.

Rexann agreed to write up an agreement with the mobile home owner, Councilor Friend will type it for Don Norris’s and Rexann Zimmerman’s signatures. 

 

Norris would like to wait until Monday, May 23rd and have the contractors look at making the porch removable from the mobile home and the feasibility of the trap door.

 

Councilor McClure expressed concern for city workers who will have to work in a cramped space to maintain the manhole and do necessary work.  Charlie stated that the workers would need at least a 4 foot by 4 foot trap door.

 

Norris stated that the deck and ADA ramp will be covered and he will have the contractors look at all of the options and help make the decision on what can be done to comply with the City’s wishes.

 

Mayor Crump recommended that Norris discuss the options with the contractors and the Council will re-discuss in a week.

 

Since there was no further business, the special meeting was adjourned at 9:50 am.

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                                          Clerk