June 9, 2014 – 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 Wilson, Akins and Miller.  Councilor Friend was absent.  Guests: Niki Schacher, Duane Carmont, Rocke Wilson, Van Cline, Buck and Jeannie Fitch, Norm Klobetanz, Curt Brimacomb, John Pottenger, and Susan Hollenbeak.

MAY MINUTES:  May meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes.  Councilor Wilson requested a correction be made to the section regarding Cattleman’s Restaurant in that…  “Jim Medley had contacted Kern Construction to do work on the irrigation ditch” (not the lateral).   Motion was made by Miller to accept the minutes with the correction noted; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $845.47 paid after the May meeting, bringing the total May disbursements to $38,891.89.  Bills in the amount of $30,013.03 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Akins. Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.


RIGGINS MOTEL – WATER WHEEL:  Duane Carmont visited with the Council regarding their water wheel in the irrigation ditch.  Carmont stated the weeping willow roots have been removed and water is now flowing freely through the ditch, and that there is no problem with the water wheel in his opinion. 

EMS REPORT-  EMS Director, Curt Brimacomb, distributed a report to the Council:

1)    Accident June 2nd involved approximately 25 EMS, Fire and Law Enforcement personnel.  A Critical Incident Stress Debriefing was held June 5th, with 6 responders in attendance.

2)    In the past week, there has been two times when both ambulances were taking a run at the same time.

3)    Brimacomb asked the Council for their ideas on how to stress the need for volunteers to follow through with basic things like refueling and refilling oxygen tanks.  Recently, the ambulance was called out and discovered the oxygen in the main tank was empty, and the fuel was nearly empty (had to stop at Pinehurst to get fuel).  The Council advised he stress following procedure using checklists, etc. 

4)    Brimacomb reported he has accepted a nursing position at Syringa Hospital starting June 23, pending results of his National Board Exam.

5)    Brimacomb has approached a new doctor in McCall regarding the Medical Director contract; will report back in the coming months.

6)    The State EMS Grant has been submitted; total is $32,000.

7)    April – 7 calls; May – 11 calls; June 1st through 9th – 9 calls. 

8)    Currently have 4 EMTs, 5 drivers, and 3 First Responders.


WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell was absent, but prepared a written report distributed to the Council:

a)    Culvert behind Cattleman’s Restaurant still has small leak; Jim Kern has stated he will pour concrete over the pipe if he’s not able to stop the leaking.

b)    Heritage Center – vapor barrier has been installed under the building.  Discovered that water under the furnace was caused by a bad condensation pump which has been replaced by Alliance Heating.  Tree roots from fallen tree have been cut out, and the lawn has been leveled and seeded.

c)    Jim Bullington has noticed water in his driveway again.  Councilor Wilson and Ross tried to determine if there was a buried pipe (per Charlie Amell), but were unable to locate.  Bullington reported the water had dissipated a few days later.

d)    Park – load of topsoil delivered; Turf Builder Weed & Feed applied to lawn.  Toilets, faucets and leaks repaired and urinal to be installed June 18th along with new water fountain faucet.

e)    Canyon Construction will be purchasing potable water from the City for their bridge project at Twin Bridges.  The Clerk is not aware of any agreement, and will follow-up on this with Ross. 

f)     The LDS Church officials have requested a sketch of the storm drain layout on their Riggins property, which has been sent.  Will follow-up on information needed regarding the Storm Drain easement.

g)    Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) for 2013-14 has been completed, with the help of Susan Hollenbeak.  DEQ requires this report every July.

CEMETERY HILL PROJECT:  Dig line was painted/marked and DigLine has been notified.  Backordered parts from HD Supply have been received.  Preliminary work will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m.

IRRIGATION DITCH MAINTENANCE:  Councilor Wilson stated he would like to see funds be allocated each year to concrete a section of the ditch, which would reduce maintenance costs in the future.

NORTH RIGGINS CULVERT PROJECT:  Contractor on the project, Kern Construction Inc., put in the two new culverts, but did not compact the area which is causing the culverts to be undermined.  Discussed the need to have asphalt applied; Clerk will research to see if the asphalt was included in the original bid.  Councilor Miller stated the City should assure there is a retainage fee on future contracts. 

SEWER - John Pottenger reported the following:

a)    Tests have come back good.

b)    Drying beds are taking a long time to dry, and taking up a lot of space.

c)    New Pump for Lift Station at Park has been received.

CLARIFIER PAINT ISSUE – SETTLEMENT:  Mayor McClure reviewed a settlement agreement received from Sherwin-Williams Company in the amount of $20,000.  City Attorney, Adam Green, is currently reviewing the agreement.  If there are no concerns, Mayor McClure will sign the document.


BOAT RAMP RENOVATION PROJECT:  Councilor Akins reported that he will be attending an upcoming Idaho County Waterways meeting to discuss the possibility of the project.


HERITAGE CENTER:  Jeannie Fitch spoke with the Council regarding the Heritage Center displays, community events and Board members.  The Board originated in early 2001.  Current Board members are June Whitten, Carolyn Friend, Jeannie Fitch, Mariah Crump, and Rocke Wilson.  The Board received a grant several years ago and purchased a laptop and projector with financial assistance from Rocke’s brother.  Jeannie stated that Evelyn Pickett has provided dresses for the display, and is willing to provide another community event later this summer.  An Evening of Memories was held June 2013 with Master of Ceremony, Rocke Wilson.  Jeannie would like to spark some interest in the Heritage Center possibly through social media and inviting new ideas.  Rocke suggested doing a reprint of the book, Riggins on the Salmon River.  At the July Council meeting, the Mayor will appoint Heritage Center Board members.  Jeannie will also draft an article for the July City Newsletter to get the word out that ideas are needed.

RIGGINS SALMON RUN:  Niki Schacher described the family-friendly foot race to be held September 13, 2014 beginning at 9 a.m., with a BBQ in City Park from 1-6 p.m; a children’s fun run for ages 3-6 will also be held.  The event will consist of a 5K, 10K and Half-Marathon course up the Big Salmon River Road; there is an entry fee for each leg of the event.  McCall Brewery will be hosting the beer garden.  There may be a band in the park also.  Chamber of Commerce organizers are working with the Idaho Transportation Department to obtain a permit, and Idaho County Sheriff’s Department; Niki stated traffic will not be stopped for the event runners.  In addition, the event will allow strollers.  There will be five aid stations on the event course.  More information is available at www.rigginssalmonrun.com.    

IRRIGATION DITCH – NORTH RIGGINS:  Van Cline addressed the Council regarding the lack of irrigation water he gets on his property as a result of tree roots having grown into the old steel pipe put in years ago along the tree line at River Village RV Park.  Cline stated he understood that the maintenance of laterals is the responsibility of the property owner, and requested that the Council consider providing approximately 160 feet of plastic pipe, and stated he is willing to use his backhoe and do the work himself during the winter.  Mayor McClure stated that the availability of surplus plastic pipe will need to be researched to determine what is available.  Once this is determined, Cline will be notified.   

DOLLY GILL – RV’S (RODEO):  Clerk reported she had received a phone call from Dolly Gill regarding concerns about the following:

1)    During rodeo weekend, spectators were charged $1 per vehicle to park on the property across from the rodeo grounds which is owned by Brown’s Industries.  In addition, RV’s were charged $5 to setup on the property over the weekend.  Gill would like to know, 1) if Brown’s Industries paid Resort Tax on the RV’s, 2) if Brown’s are paying the correct Water/Sewer EU’s for RV’s on their property, and 3) if Brown’s were billed for RV garbage that month.

2)    When the road construction was underway, construction workers setup their RV’s on the Brown’s Industries property.  Gill would like to know if Water/Sewer/Garbage was billed for those RV’s during that time.

3)    Gill held a yard sale in April and May at the vacant Blevins Agency building (next to Main Street Hair).  As a result, garbage was billed for April and May.  Gill claims no garbage was generated, and that she had removed whatever garbage there was.  Gill wants to make sure other “yard sales” are billed the same way.

The Council discussed Gill’s concerns.  Since Gill is not willing to attend a City Council meeting to discuss her concerns, it was decided that Mayor McClure would send a certified letter to Gill to clarify the City’s stance as follows:  Brown’s Industries property located across from the Riggins Rodeo grounds is private property, not an RV Park, therefore does not have water or sewer hookups.  This is bare ground located adjacent to the rodeo grounds making it a convenient place for rodeo participants to assemble, and spectators to park.  Any parking fees that were charged were negotiated between the Salmon River Cowboys Association and the property owner.  The fact this bare property is not an established RV Park excludes it from the Local Option Tax requirement.  In terms of garbage removal, the Salmon River Cowboys Association had an agreement with a solid waste contractor to provide dumpsters and disposal of garbage generated on Brown’s Industries property over rodeo weekend.  In addition, during the road construction, the contractor was billed garbage fees on a monthly basis which were paid to the City.  In regards to garbage fees on Gill’s property, the City’s Garbage Ordinance states in Section 13.1.a “… a minimum monthly fee shall be paid if the residence is occupied at any time during the billing cycle”, and Section 13.1.b “… a minimum monthly fee shall be paid if the business is open or occupied at any time during the billing cycle”. 

POST OFFICE – SANITATION EU’S:  Clerk reported she received a request from the Postmaster to have one cart rather than two.  Clerk researched their account and discovered an extra cart had been requested by a previous postmaster.  One Garbage EU is all that is required.  Billing will be amended accordingly effective June 2014.  Council discussed the potential for decreased tonnage for Lake Shore Disposal service given the new Recycling Center opening in Riggins soon. 

FISCAL YEAR 2011-12 AUDIT:  Council members reviewed the Audit Findings report from Gibbons, Scott and Dean LLP.  Of note were Water and Sewer decreases in operating revenue and increase in operating expenses.  Clerk reported that the FY12-13 Audit was completed May 23rd. 

IDA-LEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL – MEMBERSHIP/SUPPORT:  Received a letter requesting a commitment for a FY14-15 Membership Fee of $500.  Following discussion of the benefits of membership, motion was made by Akins to approve payment of Ida-Lew Membership fee of $500 next fiscal year; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

OPEN BURNING ORDINANCE DRAFT:  Council reviewed a draft of a new Open Burning Ordinance.  Following discussion, it was decided that Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, will be consulted for feedback.  A special City Council meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th at 9 a.m. to review the draft in more detail.

FY2014-15 BUDGET PACKETS:  Budget packets were distributed to Council members.  A Budget Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, June 17th at 9:30 a.m.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  


  • Hartzell Wedding Reception – Park Use Application for September 6, 2014; 1 p.m. to dark; alcohol will be served – deposits and rental fee have been received.
  • FFA Community Dance – RCC Upper Level for July 1, 2014 from 8-11 p.m.; deposit has been received. 

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

LIBRARY BOOK SALE:  Librarian, Susan Hollenbeak, reported she will be holding an ongoing Book Sale.

At 9:15 p.m. motion was made by Wilson, seconded by Akins to go into Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(i) to discuss a risk management issue.  A roll call vote was held, voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays, motion carried. 

At 9:45 p.m., motion was made by Miller, seconded by Akins, to end the executive session and resume regular business.  A roll call vote was held, voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays, motion carried.

No motion was made as a result of the Executive Session. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:45 p.m.