May 9, 2018 – 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 Akins, Wilson and Miller.  Councilor Friend was absent.

Guests:  Neil Marzolf, Sean & Sandy Anderson, David Grewing, Harold Martin, Sheriff Doug Giddings, Steven & Mariah Crump

Staff: Jeff Joyce, Janeen Eggebrecht, Dan Wash

Mayor McClure asked that the Stokes/Thacker/Riverside RV Park sewer issue be added to the agenda.  Motion was made by Wilson, seconded by Akins to add to agenda.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller. No nays; motion carried.

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $22,170.26 paid after the April meeting bringing the total April disbursements to $69,518.49.  Bills in the amount of $13,611.24 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

IDAHO COUNTY SHERIFF, DOUG GIDDINGS:  Sheriff Giddings stated that the department was not trying to rip off the city by requesting they pay the $40/hour per deputy.  Councilor Wilson then asked Sheriff Giddings if any other city (without its own police force), organization, or event had been told that they would be required to pay the $40/hour per deputy fee; Giddings stated no other had been told they’d have to pay that fee.  Sheriff Giddings then stated that his unwillingness to discuss a contract last year was because the $15,000 or $20,000 or whatever the city was going to offer, wouldn’t even cover the insurance for a deputy, let alone his wages and other expenses.  Councilor Wilson asked the Sheriff if the Sheriff’s office had a contract with the City of Kooskia; Sheriff Giddings stated yes, they did.  Councilor Wilson then asked Sheriff Giddings how much that contract was for.  Sheriff Giddings stated that he didn't know off the top of his head.  Councilor Wilson provided that the Sheriff's office contract with Kooskia not only provided for two deputies on-duty and within a 20-minute response time at all times, but that contract was for only $25,000.  Sheriff Giddings then stated that he had trouble retaining deputies, especially in the Riggins area.  Councilor Wilson then asked Sheriff Giddings if he would be willing to work together and negotiate a contract for the upcoming fiscal year.  Giddings stated that he would be willing to talk about it.

SCAT Machine/Forest Service:  Councilor Akins met with the Forest Service about not having a SCAT machine available for boaters this year. The Nez Perce National Forest and the Wallowa Whitman are working toward developing a Land Use Agreement on the property located at the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area office in Riggins. They are also working with ITD to open a driveway on the north end of that property in 2019.

For the 2018 summer season, the Forest Service is working with John Bayse (Honeydippers) to have a mobile pumper truck set up for a few hours a day on either the Walters property by the dumpsters near the rodeo grounds, or across the road on Brown’s property.  The pumper truck would be able to clean out the groovers on site.  This would only be available during the peak season which is July and August.  Steven Crump estimated the SCAT machine was used 100 times a day during the peak season.

LIFE JACKET LOANER STATION: Councilor Akins reported the property line at the north end of the Park is being checked.  The Clerk is working with ITD to find a suitable place to locate the loaner station that would be visible from the street.

SUMMERVILLE’S/RANTS AND RAVES - SHARED SEWER LINE:  The Council discussed the issue again referring to diagrams and maps for the area. The sewer easement pertains to the service line and is between the two property owners.  The City’s only easement is on the main sewer line at the back of their property.


EMS – Janeen reported:

  • The special event weekends were extremely busy. There were 3 lives saved and 1 lost.  Calls involved alcohol poisoning, drowning, broken jaw and a heart attack.  Janeen stated she may be called to testify if any of these cases go to court.
  • Janeen and Councilor Akins went to the school and talked to students from 5th grade through 12th grade about the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as how to handle themselves on the scene of an accident.  Councilor Akins commented on what a great group of kids we have in our high school.
  • Janeen had an issue with an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Deputy having a long response time to the scene of the car wreck over Jet Boat weekend and the way the Deputy handled the scene.  She will be talking with Sheriff Giddings about this issue.
  • One of the ambulances has bad injectors and will be getting fixed soon.
  • The extra EMT’s from out of town were a huge help over these busy weekends.  Mayor McClure asked that the city write a letter of thanks to those EMT’s.

FIRE – Jeff Joyce reported:

  • The fireworks were a success on Saturday night of Jet Boat weekend; it was an “excellent” show. 
  • The Fire Department has been helping out EMS a lot.

PUBLIC WORKS – Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:

§  City of Riggins was awarded the ITD grant for $50,350 to upgrade City sidewalk ramps to ADA compliance.

§  The recent power failure caused issues with the generator on Well Street; Western States was called in to do the maintenance and fix the issue.  Dan would like to move forward with a new maintenance agreement with Western States.

§  Irrigation ditch is going great.

§  Steps will be painted at the Community Center before the Capital for a Day event.

§  Two applications have been received for the full-time public works employee opening.

§  The lift at the community center passed inspection and then broke down; repairs will be made by Northwest Elevator; no estimated date at this time.

§  Work at the City Park is being held off until after the May 19th wedding.

§  Councilor Wilson will be working on installing the security cameras at the City Park.

§  McGarvin water meter issue was discussed.  Dan found an old water meter but it was not hooked up to the main water line.  Plan to dig line up to the main line on Tuesday and find out if there is a corp stop.

RESOLUTIONS – both resolutions were tabled:

RESOLUTION #18-2 (Designation of Records Custodian)

RESOLUTION #18-3 (Accounting Capitalization Policy)

BUDGET REQUESTS:  Department Heads need to have their budget requests turned in by the June 13th regular meeting.

“CAPITAL FOR A DAY”: Mayor McClure provided information about the May 18th Capital for a Day event and requested that any Council members available be present for at least part of the day.

STOKES/RIVERSIDE RV PARK/THACKER SEWER ISSUE:  Council discussed the issue with the shared sewer line; Riverside RV Park is not willing to grant an easement.  The property owners (Stokes and Thacker) need to be notified that if there is an issue with this line in the future they will be required to put in a separate sewer line.  Any new owners need to be advised of this issue before any property is sold.  A letter will be sent to Pat Thacker advising of the issue.



HERITAGE CENTER – Salmon River Gun Club - May 18, 19 & 20th for a gun class.




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted, Susan D. Hollenbeak, Deputy City Clerk