The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Anderson, Friend, McClure and Barnard. Guests present included Sheriff Doug Giddings, Roy Akins, Richelle Barger, and Everett Arter.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented. Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered and the minutes were approved as presented. The financial statement was read detailing $18,710.48 bills paid after the May meeting, bringing the total May bills to $42,490.00. Bills in the amount of $21,248.98 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to approve the statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Anderson, Friend, McClure and Barnard. No nays.
The Council was made aware of the following items after the original posting of the preliminary agenda:
(1) Extension of the URA
(2) RTCA Park Service Assistance Grant
(3) Meeting with Judd DeBoer
(4) Seven Devils Steakhouse & Saloon – Cater License Request
(5) Shrum/Whitten Driveway repair
(6) Guests: Sheriff Giddings, Roy Akins, Everett Arter - LakeShore
(7) Flume Repair
(8) City Welcome Signs
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to add the listed items to the meeting agenda. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Sheriff Doug Giddings gave the following police report:
Citations: May 08 – City 16, Area 25
May 09 - City 10, Area 25
Jan-May09 – City 76, Area 117
Calls: May 08 – City 58, Area 119
May 09 - City 35, Area 110
Jan-May08-– City 167, Area 375
Jan-May09 - City 119, Area 377
Sheriff Giddings also reported that the County would not be seeking a change in the City/County Police Contract, for the upcoming fiscal year. He indicated that the present annual contract rate of $32,000 would be sufficient to maintain the four Riggins area deputies and their equipment. Although he would not seek a contract raise, Giddings requested the Council’s consideration of partnering with the County for the purchase of an intoxilizer and radar. He requested a City contribution of $2300 for the intoxilizer and $700 for the radar. The Council indicated they would take his request under consideration during the budget process.
Roy Akins, the Dive Team Captain, reported on the Dive Team activities. He reported they now have fifteen members, with five trainees. They have recently had two fundraisers and had been active in May with rescue calls. He reported on a recent rescue in May that required two days for the Dive Team, which resulted in very large bills for the rescued citizens. After review of the approved Dive Team charges, Akins suggested that the Council consider a $250 set fee for rescues plus $5 per mile and reimbursement for any equipment costs if damaged or lost. He felt that the high rate of billing now approved might scare the people in need from calling on the Dive Team for rescue assistance. Akin also indicated that the higher approved rates should be continued for recovery efforts – which would be for vehicles, bodies, boats, etc. The suggested changes would only apply to rescue efforts. The Council thanked Roy for his leadership role in the Dive Team and his report and would take his suggestions into consideration during the budget process.
Everett Arter, from Lake Shore Disposal, visited with the Council about the upcoming contract needs. He indicated that they had not had sufficient time to prepare a request and indicated that they could have a proposal to the Council by June 15th. Mayor Crump reminded Arter that the City had approved a 9% increase last year, basically due to the fuel prices. Since those costs are now down considerably, he urged Arter to consider that when considering their proposal. It was also reported that the City has received many complaints about missed garbage, recently those on Main Street. Arter indicated that there had been parked cars in front of the garbage carts, but that they will try to get around the cars in the future, since he understands the number of parked cars will increase with summer season.
Mayor Crump gave the following project reports:
(1) The clarifier repairs are complete. He reported that there were tire parts and metal blocking the pump, and the entire clarifier had to be drained in order to repair it. Mayor reported that Charlie Amell had gone above and beyond his duties, working overtime in the sludge and muck to fix the equipment. After consideration of the great job and service Charlie had done for the City, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to give him a $50 gift certificate to the Seven Devils Steakhouse in appreciation. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and Friend. Councilor McClure abstained from voting. No nays.
At this time the subject of the sign ordinance was brought up. The Council agreed there was a need for an ordinance, and the ordinance prepared by Mayor Crump will be resent to the Council for their review and comments.
The Clerk reported that there had been no bids received as a result of the legal advertisements for the public sale of the surplus Dive Team compressor. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to allow the Dive Team to sell the surplus equipment on the open market in order to raise the maximum dollars for the equipment. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
It was reported that Dave Tucker had not responded to the Council about the Library carpet or access to the new apartment building. A letter should be written asking him to address these issues as well as the hazard from the post brackets remaining in the sidewalk where the hardware store canopy was bolted, which have caused pedestrians to fall. The problem with post brackets should be included in the letter, but the City will try to address it as soon as possible to remove the foot traffic hazard.
There were no bids received as a result of the notice of sale of surplus electronic equipment. After discussion, the Council agreed to donate it to the “computers for kids” program through the school.
The damage from the Idaho County Deputy’s mercury spill was brought up at this time. It was agreed that a claim should be sent to Idaho County for the carpet replacement, the vacuum cleaner and entryway mat, which were all contaminated and removed from the premise by HAZMAT crews. Quotes for carpet replacement were reviewed at this time. Pim’s Incorporated quoted $3610.32 and Betty’s Flooring from Grangeville quoted $3666.95. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to accept the quote from Pim’s Incorporated for immediate carpet replacement, and send the claim to Idaho County for the carpet replacement, along with $398 for the vacuum, and the entryway mat replacement (estimated $100). Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The subject of Ken Walters’s water line on the south end of town was discussed. There are currently four individual lines installed for future use, which may be affected by the planned road construction in that area. This item will be put on a future agenda to be discussed with Walters.
Mayor Crump inquired about the meter installed at LaVar Murdock’s barn. The Clerk was requested to ask Charlie to compile the material and labor costs and bill for those in addition to the hookup fees.
LaVar Murdock’s request for variance from Chukar Point Estates 40’ radius culdesac turnaround, reducing it to 35’ radius, was discussed. A liability waiver and hold the City harmless statement had been signed by the adjacent property owner, Anita Williams, as previously required. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to approve the waiver request and authorize the plat to be amended to require only a 35’ radius on the culdesac, with all expenses to be paid by the petitioners. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
It was reported that there are new Idaho laws for cities: (1) New rules for added agenda items, (2) Requirements for entering into executive session, to name Idaho Code and section by reference, and (3) new purchasing requirements. Council member Barnard will e-mail the new information to the Council.
The Clerk reported that ITD is willing to deed the park over to the City, but cannot guarantee the clear title. If ITD gives up the ownership, the property may revert to previous owners. A title search would identify any residual ownership interest. After discussion, it was agreed that a title search should be ordered on the property.
At this time the Council revisited Roy Akins’s request to set a flat $250 fee for Dive Team rescue. The Council agreed to include the new fee in the upcoming budget process. In addition, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson to waive the fees charged to the rescue victims in May, and bill only the $250 flat fee, plus $5 per mile charge. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Mayor Crump reported that he had reviewed the City’s vicious dog ordinance, and felt that it was adequate. He indicated he had contacted Buck Fitch about the ordinance, and that the Council would not be enacting regulation banning any specific breeds, that the present ordinance addressed all vicious dogs.
It was reported that Cloningers may be adding a deli to their operation and it was suggested that a letter and Resort Tax Application packet be sent to them, as well as to Steve Thornock, who is now advertising his property as vacation rentals.
The Clerk reported that City Atty Adam Green had been contacted for his input on the upcoming budget needs and had notified the City that he would not be seeking any change in the present contract for legal services. He would not require the $600 retainer after December, as previously stated, but would continue to bill $125 per hour as worked, with no retainer required.
Mayor Crump reported that he and Vicky Lowe had been contacted to serve on the Idaho County Health Care Steering Committee, representing Riggins. If anyone had any suggestions to bring to the committee, they should contact either of them.
The budget workshop meeting was scheduled for 2:00pm Thursday, June 18th.
A letter was read from Shrums about their driveway, which was damaged in the recent waterline leak. The leak washed out the gravel, and had not yet been replaced. The Clerk reported that the Sam Whitten property had also been damaged by the waterline break, and was in need of grading and gravel. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to restore both driveways with grading and gravel. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
At this time the additional added agenda items were discussed:
(1) URD Extension – The URA has recommended that the Urban Renewal District be extended from the present 10-year period to the maximum of 24 (27?) years, because the tax increment funds were being planned to pay a portion of the 30-year general obligation bond passed for the sewer system renovation. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard to begin the formal process to extend the Riggins URD for the maximum period. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. The Clerk will contact John Austin for his advise in the process.
(2) RTCA Nation Park Service Assistance Grant – The URA has recommended that the City pursue and obtain grant assistance for the design of the park area bordering the proposed River Park. Preliminary application is due 6-30-09, with the formal application with support letters due in August. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to authorize the Mayor to continue in the grant application process, and request support letters from Ida-Lew, URA, Chamber of Commerce, GEM Committee, Judd DeBoer and CEDA. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
(3) Meeting with Judd DeBoer – The URA also recommended that an on-site meeting be scheduled on July 13, 5:30pm, prior to the URA meeting, with Judd DeBoer, Brian O’Morrow and Carl Skyrman. The Council agreed that the meeting is necessary to define boundaries and obtain solid commitment and support letter from DeBoer.
(4) Catering Application – Seven Devils Steakhouse has applied for a catering license for June 11, 12, and 13, to cater the Best Western from 3:00-11:00pm each day, for beer and wine, for the Robertson’s Supply group. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to approve the catering application upon the payment of $20 per day and certificate of insurance. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, and Friend. Councilor McClure abstained from voting. No nays.
(5) Flume Gulch repair – The irrigation flume crossing Flume Gulch is sagging and needs to be replaced or repaired. The Council needs to inspect the structure and have the repairs made as quickly as possible. Mayor Crump and Councilor Anderson will look at a temporary fix until the water is out of the ditch and more permanent repairs can be made.
(6) Welcome to Riggins sign – It has been suggested that the City landscape the area around the new Welcome to Riggins sign. The irrigation ditch makes a natural waterfall in that area, and landscaping would enhance the entrance to town. Councilor Barnard will do preliminary drawings of proposed landscaping design.
There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned.