Council Meeting Minutes



May 11, 2015 – 7:00 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, Wilson, and Miller.  Guests:  Cliff Scheline, Danny Bell, Stefanie Brimacomb, Jeff Joyce, John Pottenger, Ross Campbell, and Susan Hollenbeak.

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $21,488.83 paid after the April meeting, bringing the total April disbursements to $62,567.19.  Bills in the amount of $21,665.44 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Akins. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.


FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce reported:

  • Contacted by Chris Dvorak with concerns regarding accessibility of emergency vehicles due to the fences being built by neighbor, Danny Bell.  It was determined that, while the layout of the property has proven difficult in the past, if the property owner wants to build a new fence on his property, that is his choice.
  • Fireworks for Jet Boat Races were a success and enjoyed by many.
  • Researching a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser for the Fire Department during Jet Boat Races.
  • Fire Department sponsored the Kids Fun Run during the recent Color the Canyon event.
  • Participated in a practice burn at Pinehurst with the Salmon River Rural Fire Department.
  • Fire hydrant behind the Chevron is not working properly; Ross indicated he is working toward getting that repaired.
  • Last Friday, a convoy of Idaho police officers traveled north to attend the memorial services for the fallen police officer in Coeur d’Alene.  Jeff brought the engines out on the street with lights flashing to show support.
  • Requested permission to purchase 7 pairs of gloves for firefighters at a cost of $85; approved.
  • The stairway behind the EMS/Fire Bay is falling apart and needs rebuilt.
  • Has been researching Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector programs; unable to locate any programs that would provide detectors.  Susan indicated she would assist in researching the availability of these.

BUDGET REQUEST:  Jeff stated he had his budget request nearly completed and would forward to Clerk.

WASTEWATER –John Pottenger

a)    John reported he did not pass the Wastewater II Exam; plans to take it again in the Fall.

b)    DMR is at 98% removal with no violations.

c)    Ordered sand for drying beds.

d)    Researching the cost for upriver and downriver tests required by DEQ.  Current permit expires in 2017; new regulations will go into effect then, and will require upgrades to the plant at that time.

e)    Surplus wastewater equipment (Muffin Monster) offered by Grangeville Public Works remains available for $150; will schedule pickup in the near future.

f)     Ross stated he experienced problems with the Chlorine Analyzer meter at the plant over the weekend; need to order new circuit board at a cost of $400; John will need to process the order.

g)    John requested to switch weekends with Ross after Memorial weekend in order to get back on Tracie’s weekend schedule 

BUDGET REQUEST:  reviewed list; camera lines will be a carryover.


1.    City Hall – Exterior:  Have $5,000 in this year’s budget for paint and repair.  It appears the exterior is in such poor condition repainting would not be feasible.  Ross got an estimate of $13,000 to install siding and trim, including labor.  The siding is a 2-coat acrylic (no need to paint); trim would need to be painted prior to installation.  Cost of materials is approximately $8,000.  Discussed putting out a bid for the Labor on the project; project could be funded using $5,000 in the FY15 budget, with the balance coming from Resort Tax funds as this is a Capital Improvement.  Motion was made by Friend to purchase the siding and trim materials for the exterior of City Hall using $5,000 from the General Fund FY15 Budget and the balance with excess Resort Tax funds; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

2.    City Hall – Electrical:  the “mast” located behind City Hall containing the Idaho Power connections is being repaired by Challenger tomorrow.  They will also be repairing the ambulance outlet at the back of the building, removing the heater and conduit above the City Hall entrance, and installing a photocell for the flag light.

3.    Heritage Center – Flag Pole:  pole is leaning badly; Council approved the removal of the pole.

4.    Irrigation Ditch: the extra help on the ditch cleanout did a nice job; has created more flow into North Riggins.  Would like to put betonite in south of Seven Devils Road and by Salmon River Motel.  There is leakage all along the bank at the Bullington property.  Discussed the budget line item to concrete a section of the ditch; need to carryover this line item.

5.    Cemetery Hill – Fence:  Poles and gate are set; will begin stringing the fence in next couple weeks.

6.    Community Service Request:  worker request; will have him mow post office, Cemetery Road area to Kaschmitters.

EMS REPORT:  Curt Brimacomb absent.


BOAT RAMP RENOVATION PROJECT – Roy Akins:  Akins reported he has been contacted regarding ADA access for the boat ramp.  Mike Smith, who is a member of the Western Whitewater Association, recently had his leg amputated due to diabetes.  Smith, an avid fisherman, discussed the lack of handicap fishing access in the Riggins area.  While the Idaho Fish and Game officials are considering access, they are focusing on the Slate Creek and Hammer Creek areas.  Smith has contacted John Haney, Senator Crapo’s Chief of Staff, regarding the possibility of getting a handicap accessible site in Riggins.  Akins will be meeting with Senator Crapo’s staff in June to develop a plan for a handicap fishing and launch access project in Riggins.   


SCHOOL BUS COMMUNICATION PROJECT – Pastor Cliff Scheline:  Pastor Scheline visited with the Council regarding a project to fund satellite phones for the District’s school buses. The benefits of equipping bus drivers with satellite phones are many; would allow communication with the Sheriff Department’s Dispatch in the event of an accident involving the bus, or being the first to come upon an accident scene.  Pastor Scheline stated the state average is 17 minutes between the time of an accident and Dispatch being notified.  Satellite phone plans have been researched; $5,315 for the equipment and installation of the Orbit 100 hands-free devices; 1-year contract is required, and the District will own the phones; cost of the plan ongoing will be reduced.  The District’s School Board has approved the purchase, and is now looking for donations from the community; donation cans have been placed in local businesses; contract will be signed August 1, 2015.  The State Department of Education will fund $30 per month per phone.  At this time, $3,875 is unfunded.  Councilor Akins stated the Salmon River Dive Team has sent a letter of support to the School District indicating the Dive Team is willing to donate $500 at this time, and will donate more if needed.  Clerk was directed to release a check for $500 from the Dive Team OP Fund when requested.

SALVATION ARMY PROPOSAL:  Michelle Simpson absent.

GARBAGE & DOG ISSUES - Danny Bell:  Danny Bell described a situation that escalated recently concerning a neighbor, Chris Dvorak, involving Bell’s dogs and Dvorak’s garbage.  Bell states that Dvorak was walking across Bell’s property with his child when Bell’s dogs apparently startled Dvorak.  Bell stated he gave one of the dogs away and is building a fence to keep the remaining dog in his yard.  In what appears to Bell to be an act of retaliation, Dvorak attached his garbage can, which had a number of holes drilled in it and was full of ripe garbage, to the fence near Bell’s workshop.  Bell stated the odor was particularly offensive.  Bell contacted Jonny Wilson with the Sheriff’s Department, who contacted Lake Shore Disposal regarding the destruction of the garbage can; Lake Shore was not willing to press charges.  City Public Works staff removed the can from the fence; Dvorak fastened another can to the fence using a chain.  Mayor McClure indicated the Council would review the Garbage Ordinance and consult the City Attorney if necessary to resolve the issue.  A letter will be drafted to Dvorak advising him of the City Ordinance.

ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY GRANT PROPOSAL – Stefanie Brimacomb:  Stefanie distributed a handout to the Council outlining the proposal and process.  Stefanie and Curt Brimacomb toured the Salubria facility in Cambridge and have been in contact with their Upper-Country Eldercare Coalition representative, Jennifer Neider, who wrote the grant for the project.  The Brimacombs feel there is a need for an assisted living facility in Riggins; would allow local elders to remain in our community; would employ 15-20 people; and provide the local school district with a venue for technical skills training.  The process involves obtaining City approval to proceed.  The 16-bed facility would be owned by the City and governed by a Board.  Stefanie has researched the State requirement that all facilities must be within 30 minutes of a hospital, and has determined the likelihood of the State granting a waiver for the requirement.  The proposed grant is estimated at $2 million for the land and building of the facility from the ground up, with a timeline of 2-5 years for completion of the project.  The Council expressed concern with liability, personnel management, and administration of the facility.  The Council requested that the Clerk contact her counterpart in Cambridge to get some feedback on the project and the City’s involvement and responsibilities, and to contact ICRMP regarding liability concerns.  More information will be discussed at the June City Council meeting.      

IRRIGATION ORDINANCE REVISION:  Wilson reviewed a report incorporating the proposed rate level system, resulting in a minimal increase for residential properties across the board.  Wilson will continue to work with the Clerk to verify property sizes and billing issues.  It was confirmed that the ordinance revision would become effective October 1, 2015 for Fiscal Year 2016.  Council discussed the possibility of billing a “Maintenance Fee” to property owners outside of city limits who use water from the City Irrigation Ditch.  The Clerk will research the history of the Irrigation Ditch billing issues outside of City limits. 

FIREARMS ORDINANCE REVISION:  At this time, the amended Firearms Ordinance was presented:



Motion to dispense with the rule requiring reading on three separate days was made by Friend; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

Motion was then made by Friend to pass, approve and publish by summary Ordinance #213 under suspension of the rules; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried. 

SALMON RIVER MEDICAL CLINIC:  the Council reviewed a request from Diane Thach with the Salmon River Medical Clinic indicating they have many patients using wheelchairs, walkers and canes, and as a courtesy for those patients, they would like to have one handicap reserved parking spot in front of their office.  The Clerk reported the request was reviewed with Shane Niemela with the Idaho Transportation Department; Niemela indicated ITD typically paints the shoulder stripes and centerline markings.  Any additional painting, such as crosswalks and painted curbs is delegated to the City.  Therefore, the City would need to paint the handicap markings for the Clinic.  ITD also referenced the MUTCD for specifics on markings.  The request was approved, making sure to follow ADA guidelines.

FY14 BUDGET CONFIRMATION:  The Clerk detailed the FY14 Ambulance fee increase for ILS (Immediate Life Support) Transport; $50 was added to each rate to cover drug costs.  Rates effective October 1, 2014 are as follows: City - $400; County - $500; and Out of Area - $600).  Clerk explained that the increase was missed in the Fee Increase Resolution.  Motion was made by Akins to confirm the FY14 Ambulance Fee increase; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

MANNING CREVICE BRIDGE:  Mayor McClure reported that she was contacted to see if the City would like a piece of the bridge for historic purposes before it is dismantled.  Following discussion, it was decided that a piece of the bridge, possibly tower beam, could be displayed in the City.  Akins indicated he would be traveling that way soon and would determine what specific parts would be good to display in the City. 


=   Vacant Properties:  Mayor McClure reported she approached Pamela Bogan of the Salmon River Senior Citizens with the idea of the Senior Citizens acquiring their own building.  There are a number of vacant properties that may be suitable.  Bogan indicated this is not the right time for the Senior Citizens to enter into such a project.

=   Pantry Storage Building:  Miller reported that a concrete approach/walkway is required for the front of the storage building.  Miller will notify Pamela Bogan of this. 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTRACT – FY16:  Any amendments to the contract must be completed by July 13, 2015.  Clerk was directed to review previous contracts, and to forward to City Council for review.

WAGE INCREASE – CAMPBELL:  Ross Campbell recently passed the Wastewater II exam and has received his licensure from IBOL.  Motion was made by Friend to increase Campbell’s hourly wage $1.50; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  


  •  PARK:  Darlene Hinkley – Birthday Party – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. – July 17th
  •  PARK:  Big Water Blowout – June 6th
  •  RCC: Salmon River Senior Citizens – Taco Feed Fundraiser – May 15th

Motion was made by Wilson to approve the three rental applications; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.


Follow-up – April Meeting request - #1-40: Clerk reported that after consulting the City Attorney regarding Hamell’s request, it was determined that since the property remained in Hamell’s name as the owner, the utility charges are the owner’s responsibility, and that Hamell’s only recourse would be to take the previous tenant to Small Claims Court. 

FERAL CAT COMPLAINT:  Frances Ford requested that the Clerk notify the City Council of the abundance of Feral cats in North Riggins.  A neighbor is feeding cats, and Ford is concerned about the possibility of rabies and other diseases being transmitted to domestic cats in the area.  The City Council expressed their appreciation for Ford’s concern; however the City does not have an ordinance regulating cat population or vaccination.  The Clerk indicated she would put information in the next City Newsletter to call attention to the concern.

At 11:05 p.m., motion was made by Friend to go into Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(b) to discuss a personnel issue.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote on the motion as follows – Friend aye, Wilson aye, Akins aye, Miller aye.  No nays; motion carried. 

At 11:20 p.m., motion was made by Friend to end the Executive Session and resume regular business.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote on the motion as follows – Friend aye, Wilson aye, Akins aye, Miller aye.  No nays; motion carried. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:20 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer