RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

May 10, 2017 – 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 Wilson, Akins, and Miller.  Councilor Friend was absent. 

Guests:  Vicky Lowe, Shelly Dumas, Neil Marzolf, Ramirose Attebury, Tim Kinkeade, Brian Hoffman, Scott Carnes, and Clayton (Lake Shore Disposal)

Staff: Janeen Eggebrecht and John Pottenger

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $24,080.23 paid after the April meeting, bringing the total April disbursements to $75,013.72.  Bills in the amount of $25,938.70 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Akins to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

AMENDMENT TO AGENDA:  Mayor McClure requested an amendment to the agenda to include the Rants and Raves Brewery Liquor License; the owner is requesting to discuss the issue with the Council.  Motion was made by Wilson to add the Rants and Raves Brewery Liquor license to the agenda; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

FIRE – no report

LIBRARY – no report 

WATER/STREET/PARK – no report

EMS – Janeen reported:

  • Having issues with the door lock at the EMS building; researching and fixing problem.
  • EMS crew has covered 4 events in five weeks; another High School Rodeo will be covered this weekend.

WASTEWATER – John reported:

  • No violations in April.
  • Samples sent out today for testing along with additional testing required for the Permit application.
  • Beds are working well and drying.
  • New touch screen and PLC has been installed for the salsnes; some data is not showing up on the touchscreen but he can tell the process is working.

REGIONAL ANIMAL SHELTER – Shelly Dumas

Shelly Dumas addressed the Council regarding efforts to fund a Regional Animal Shelter.  The Animal Ark has been in existence for 28 years and is the only animal rescue and foster care in the area; operated by volunteers.  The Clearwater Economic Development Association became involved in 2016; have begun work on a Strategic Plan and Feasibility Study, as well as grant opportunities.  The City of Grangeville has made a provisional donation of ½ acre in Grangeville for the shelter.  Construction cost is estimated at $900,000; annual operating expense is estimated at $80,000.  The group is looking for Board members from all the communities in the area.  If anyone is interested in serving on the Board or volunteering on the project, they may call 983-2821 or 451-4302.

RANTS & RAVES BREWPUB:  Neal Marzolf and Tim Kinkeade requested a vote from the Council to allow them to open a brewpub, stating they will be automatically denied by the State if they don’t have a waiver from the City Council pertaining to the proximity to the school.  Kinkeade indicated the State inspector in Lewiston has advised him they will not do an inspection of the building without a waiver from the City.  Marzolf stated they expect to be 80% complete with their renovation within the next 10 days; they would like to open by July 4th.  Mayor McClure advised Marzolf and Kinkeade that it was her understanding that the State makes the inspection when the building is 80% complete and determines if there are any deficiencies, along with the need to acquire waivers.  Mayor McClure will confirm and advise.  Marzolf requested the issue be on the June 14th agenda.

LAKE SHORE DISPOSAL CONTRACT NEGOTIATION: (Scott Carnes and Brian Hoffman)

Lake Shore is proposing adjustments based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from the previous year, with no increase the first year of the contract; adjustments would be agreed upon by both parties during the City’s budget process.  The 2016 CPI for Idaho was 1.3%; the 2017 year-to-date CPI is 2.4%.  Carnes advised the Council that Lake Shore is incorporating the use of tablets in their service process; these tablets will record a time stamp for all services.  Carnes stated Lake Shore would like to become more involved in the community; he advised the Council their company has provided sand for communities experiencing flooding.  Councilor Akins asked if Lake Shore provides recycling containers for special events; Carnes stated that was possible if the event organizers sorted and cleaned the materials.  The Council thanked the Lake Shore officials for their proposal, and advised they would discuss and the Clerk will be in contact.

IDAHO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTRACT:  Mayor McClure requested the Council revisit the issue, and shared her concerns with the safety of residents and visitors in town, and the increase in crime.  After a brief discussion, it was decided to include the issue on the June 14th agenda.  

RESORT TAX – ORDINANCE AMENDMENT:  After discussion and a report from the Clerk regarding other cities collection of tax on retail sales, it was determined that Ordinance 220 would not be amended.  The Clerk will have the Municipal Tax application and remittance forms made available on the City’s website.

FY2017-18 BUDGET SCHEDULE:  The Council reviewed a draft schedule of Budget-related special meetings.  The Council will accept input from Departments at the June 14th regular City Council meeting.  After discussion, a Budget Workshop will be scheduled for Wednesday, June 28th at 6 p.m., and a Special Meeting to review and tentatively adopt the budget for Wednesday, July 19th at 6 p.m.  The Public Hearing and adoption of the budget will be held prior to the August 9th City Council meeting.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – EQUIPMENT & VEHICLES:  Councilor Wilson stated he would like to explore grant opportunities for upgrading fire equipment and trucks.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed.

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS

RCC:  Class of 1967 Reunion in the lower level July 29, 2017; deposit on record.

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUEST:  None

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

CITY CLERK REPORT:

  • CITY PARK STAGE PROJECT - Awarded $2,500 grant through the Idaho Community Foundation.
  • ACCT #1-33 (Woodley) - City has lien for past due utility billing.  A pending Tax Deed notification has been received from County; tax sale October 2018.  Discussed fire hazard due to dry weeds; Jim Adair will be contacted regarding this.
  • HOOKUPS - Confirmed that paid water/sewer hookups that are unused may not be sold to another individual.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:  Discussed the kitchen floor in the lower level.  Councilor Miller has received an estimate from Andy Marosvari to take out the vinyl in the kitchen and the carpet around the counter to the wall, and install new tile at a cost of approximately $3,500.  The Clerk will check on the budget for flooring replacement.

LAKE SHORE DISPOSAL CONTRACT:  After discussion, the Clerk was instructed to amend the five year contract between the City and Lake Shore Disposal for garbage service to include an annual adjustment based on the CPI for the previous calendar year, with no increase the first year (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018).  Clerk will send amended contract to Lake Shore for review, and will be on the June 14th City Council Meeting agenda.

DIVE TEAM BILLING:  Councilor Akins reported on billing issues for Dive Team services.  He was instructed by Sheriff Giddings to send Dive Team bills to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department which he has done for the past year.  Akins made a point of contacting Sheriff Giddings when he was in Grangeville recently since he had received no response from the Sheriff in over a year.  Akins was advised that the County will only reimburse for fuel and meals, and that the Dive Team should have billed the family and insurance providers.  Akins indicated he has requested information from the Idaho State Police with no response.  It was determined that Akins can get the public information in order to bill for their services from the County Recorder’s Office a month following the event.  Akins will gather the necessary information in order to bill insurance providers for past services, as well as the County for fuel and meals. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer