RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

May 8, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Council President Roy Akins.  Councilors present - Wilson, Miller, and Friend.  Mayor McClure was absent.

Guests:  Kyle Ewing

Staff: Dan Wash

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $23,996.64 paid after the April meeting bringing the total April disbursements to $93,386.98.  Bills in the amount of $22,458.36 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

STUDENT COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Kyle Ewing, Salmon River High School Principal, addressed the Council regarding community service opportunities for the next school year.  He would like to setup a quarterly schedule of community service for students (4 hours each quarter) for grades 6-12.  He would like to see the students give back to the local community while teaching work ethics.  Ewing would like to gather ideas and needs from the City and local businesses.  The Council suggested the Salmon River Senior Citizens and Riggins Recycling be contacted, as well as the City Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and Salmon River Dive Team, with the idea of learning what each group does in the hopes students may want to volunteer for these in the future.  Councilor Friend stated the Honor Society cleaned up town following the rodeo years ago, and that she would like to see that again, but expressed concern about the school’s liability.  Councilor Wilson suggested a beautification project in the City which would have a more positive impact.  Principal Ewing thanked the Council for their time and indicated he would reach out closer to next school year to get the program going.

IDAHO COUNTY RECYCLING PROGRAM:  Councilor Akins reported the group is meeting with Idaho County Commissioners next week about the future of the Recycling program in Idaho County.  

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – No report 

LIBRARY – No report

FIRE – No report

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash provided a written report:

·         Irrigation Ditch was put online a few days early – some residents have voiced their disapproval of this, while others were pleased to have the ditch in.

·         Cold Mix Asphalt has been purchased – potholes will be cutout in North Riggins and repairs made to Cherry Lane.

·         Part-Time Laborer – discussed need to hire

·         Credit Card requested – Dan requested a credit card in order to make purchases in a more timely and efficient manner – request approved.

·         Cell phone usage – discussed the amount of work-related calls on personal cell phones; Dan cited his calls for one month totaled 156 with 136 of those being City related calls.  He requested the Council consider an allowance for he and Shawn.  The Clerk stated other cities do pay employees a monthly allowance ranging from $35-$55.  After discussion, it was suggested that Dan research plans and options and bring that to the next meeting.  Councilor Miller voiced his agreement to reimbursing Dan and Shawn for the number of City-related calls on their personal cell phones.

·         Splitting lot at 1025 South Main Street – Vicky Lowe has notified City staff that she plans on dividing the lot with Salmon River Realty and the front house, which will be for sale, in the future.  Both water and sewer hookup fees will be required.

Councilor Akins expressed his appreciation for the crew’s efforts to get the City looking nice for Rodeo weekend; weed trimming throughout town made a difference.

MIDAS GOLD – STIBNITE COUNCIL:  Reviewed the March 14th minutes and April 16th news release regarding grant shares and cash to Stibnite Foundation. 

Councilor Wilson voiced concern about a post the Clerk shared on the City’s Facebook page expressing support for the Stibnite Project; while the City has signed the Community Agreement and does have a representative on both the Advisory Council and Stibnite Foundation, Wilson is concerned about portraying the City being in support of a private enterprise. 

Wilson also expressed a concern about the April Council minutes stating Salmon River Transit would be contacted about the possibility of providing transportation to Donnelly for the upcoming Stibnite Tour… specifically, who is paying for this?  Taxpayers?

Stibnite Project Tour may need to be rescheduled due to road conditions.  Councilor Akins will be unavailable in July and August and suggested a date in September if need be.

KORT RADIO ANTENNA: As a follow-up from the April meeting’s approval for the placement of an antenna on City Hall, Councilor Wilson expressed concern about allowing a private enterprise to put equipment on City property.  Clerk reported that the City Attorney was contacted about the issue and had responded that many cities rent or lease city property for antennas for everything from radio to internet.  Clerk will follow-up on this with Mayor McClure.  Wilson suggested KORT contact the school district about setting up a radio program similar to that in years past and placing the antenna on a school building and make it a learning opportunity for students.

FIRE TRUCK – City of Council:  Clerk reported that Chief Joyce believes he has seen the truck in operation in the past, and has been in contact with the Council Fire Chief to schedule a time to drive the truck and see what he thinks.  

RECREATION ECONOMY FOR RURAL COMMUNITIES PROGRAM:  Reviewed the 2019 Application along with FAQs about the Federal program.  This is not a grant but an offer of “help from a planning team to consider challenges and opportunities, convene a community workshop, and develop an action plan for community revitalization through the recreation economy”.  Application questions were focused on challenges the community faces in terms of Main Street revitalization, economic development and diversification.  Councilor Akins noted the City Park Boat Ramp Project as a issue.  After discussion, the Council chose to not submit an application.

BROADBAND ACCESS:  Clerk reported that Broadband is a hot topic in the region; CEDA staff have provided some feedback on what Inland Cellular may be needing in terms of community needs (handout provided) such as barriers, location, equipment used, is current capacity sufficient, cost, local businesses access to high-speed broadband, and do institutions have sufficient bandwidth?  CEDA is willing to help with a community survey to determine what kind of network and speeds the City needs during the summer tourist season.  Councilor Wilson described how broadband is marketed between providers, and felt there would not be enough users to make it cost effective.  Will discuss further next month.

READERBOARD:  discussed the proposal received from Signcrafters, Inc. for $12,512.  Councilor Akins suggested upgrading the readerboard structure to improve the appearance, signify Riggins City Hall.  Akins indicated the Chamber of Commerce may be receptive to paying for the renovation of the signage on the structure.  Clerk was directed to proceed with filing the insurance claim for the damaged electronics. 

CEDA – “Connected, Diverse and Thriving Communities” Assurance Agreement:  Council reviewed information on this free training opportunity funded by USDA Rural Development’s Rural Community Development Initiative.  Training program will focus on broadband, housing, and community vitality.  CEDA is asking eligible communities to complete the Assurance Agreement by May 24th.  After discussion, the Council approved submission of the Assurance Agreement.

STUDENT COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER AWARD NOMINATIONS:  After discussion, the Council agreed that Chevelle Shepherd be awarded the 2019 Community Volunteer Award at the upcoming Awards Ceremony.

AMBULANCE BILLING WRITE-OFFS:  Council reviewed the FY17 and FY18 write-offs for Medicare/Medicaid and other billings.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the write-offs; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller,
Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  

ID PARKS & RECREATION – CITY PARK BOAT RAMP GRANT:  City’s grant was not funded.  Council reviewed Committee comments which focused on lack of matching funds, and lack of clarity on phases and priorities within the project.  Councilor Akins reported that he attended the Chamber of Commerce meeting today and discussed the project; will provide the Concept Plan with Phasing to Karen Savage who will share with members and provide some feedback on the project.  Plan for next grant cycle is to better explain the priorities and phasing, drainage and erosion on access road, and safety concerns requiring guardrail on road.  Councilor Wilson suggested requesting feedback via Facebook.

BUDGET SCHEDULE – FY19-20:  Reviewed proposed dates ~ Budget Workshop – Thursday, June 27 @ 2 p.m.; Special Meeting ~ Wednesday, July 17 @ 9 a.m.  After discussion, Councilors will confirm schedules in the next few days.   

IDA-LEW FY19-20 FINANCIAL COMMITMENT:  Clerk received a request for a monetary contribution to support IDA-LEW’s application for Economic Development Professional Grant funds.  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to approve the City’s financial commitment of $500; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

OPPORTUNITY ZONE – OVERVIEW OF “RIGGINS ZONE”:  Council reviewed information available on the Idaho Commerce website.  Akins requested a change to the wording on the site “local hot springs”… Clerk will request a change to “local commercial hot springs”.

CLERK – BLACK MOUNTAIN SOFTWARE PROGRAM:  Council reviewed quote from Black Mountain Software for Utility Billing, Accounting, Payroll, ACH Direct Deposit and Cloud Hosting … $17,165.00.  The current software program, HIT Industries, is outdated (DOS based) and cumbersome.  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to approve the purchase using Resort Tax funds; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  Training and conversion will occur this summer with startup scheduled for October 1, 2019.

WAIVER REQUESTS

Fessenden – request to waive Irrigation Fees for 2019.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve fee waiver request; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

Cornforth – request to waive rental fees for 100 chairs and 10 tables from Riggins Community Center for wedding.  After discussion, request denied.

Chapman – request to waive rental fee for Park on May 26th from 2-6 p.m. for Memorial Celebration of Life for Candi Chapman; request approved.

PAST DUE WSG ACCOUNTS:  reviewed

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS

Heritage Center:  Idaho River Community Alliance, May 13th from 6-8 p.m.

Park:    Candi Chapman Memorial, May 26th from 2-6 p.m.

            Big Water Blowout, June 1st from 8 a.m. to midnight; Alcohol catered by Salmon River Chamber of Comm.

            Class of 1959 Reunion, June 6th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (John Wolcott)

SCAT PROJECT UPDATE:  Clerk distributed a news release from the Forest Service (release date May 10, 2019) announcing “Plans underway for new SCAT machine in Riggins; pumping services available again this season”.  Pumping service will be available near Shorts Bar seven days a week from June 20th through September 20th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer