Council Meeting Minutes



June 8, 2015 – 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 Akins, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  Guests:  Jeff Joyce, John Pottenger, and Ross Campbell.

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,180.70 paid after the May meeting, bringing the total May disbursements to $40,269.55.  Bills in the amount of $18,434.63 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.


FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce reported:

  • ROAD CONSTRUCTION – GOOSE CREEK:  Jeff attended a meeting regarding the upcoming road project scheduled to start today; distributed a handout.  Estimated completion date is mid-October.  Flaggers will be on duty during the day, with two separate light zones at night. Traffic will be reduced to one lane.  Becky Hanover is in charge of traffic control and will be communicating with dispatch in the event of an ambulance run to McCall. 
  • 4th of July Fireworks Show:  Jeff was contacted by Dawn Shepherd earlier.  Jeff stated he is willing to oversee the event and do prep work at the Park prior to the event.  Shepherd’s are requesting a donation from the City towards the cost of the fireworks.  Mayor McClure explained the Municipal Code that must be waived by the City Council before a Fireworks Show can be held.  Discussed the dry conditions and risk of fire.  Jeff stated Shepherd’s requested that he request the waiver in their absence.  In order for the Shepherd’s and a representative from the Chamber of Commerce to be in attendance, a Special Meeting will be scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th at 9 a.m. to address the Fireworks Waiver Request.
  • Volunteer firefighters are being certified in CPR by Janeen Eggebrecht.  The Fire Department will fund the training.
  • Jeff will be attending a Bomb Threat Training in Grangeville on June 18th.

WASTEWATER –John Pottenger

a)    John reported no violations on the DMR’s with 98% removal.

b)    The plant experienced an influx of FOG (fats, oils and grease) this weekend; working on getting it cleared up.

c)    Requesting two windows in the lab be replaced in order to put an air conditioner in the lab.  Has received an estimate from Salmon River Builders (Mutchler) for $120 each.  The air conditioner was donated by IRWA.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the replacement of two windows in the Lab at the Plant; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.


1.    Had a positive Coliform test recently; happens occasionally and is usually an error made by sampler; had to deliver another water sample to Moscow for retesting in May which showed no contamination; another sample will be tested June 9th.

2.    Storm Drains and Silt Box Cleanouts: Aaron Couie, Gateway Construction, has acquired a hydro-excavation/cleaning truck with equipment to clean out storm drains, etc. (Red Top Commercial Services).  Cost is $290 per hour and is comparable to what Pipeline Inspections had previously quoted. Since Pipeline Inspections, located in Nampa, were only able to do a cleanout when traveling through the area and were unable to confirm a date, Ross determined Red Top was a better option.  Ross estimates it would take approximately four hours to cleanout the north storm drain and silt box at Cemetery Hill Road.  Discussed scheduling Red Top to clean out the priority drains in the near future and budgeting for the other drains, etc. in next years budget.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve Red Top to clean out north storm drain and silt box; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

3.    Cemetery fence has been re-installed.

4.    Arbor Day – two dogwood shrubs were purchased through the grant and have been planted near the restrooms at the City Park.

5.    Budget request – finalizing request this week.

6.    Backflow/Cross-Connection Program: distributed a handout describing backflow, the need for a “backflow preventer”, and DEQ’s mandate for annual testing by certified testers.  The Sanitary Survey in 2016 will require enforcement of the program, and annual testing for all businesses. 

7.    Backflow Tester Certification Course:  Ross requested approval to attend the training by Backflow Assembly Testing & Supply in Meridian August 3-7, and indicated he has lodging available at no cost.  Council members discussed concerns that becoming a certified Backflow Tester would be outside of the Job Description for Ross; and that having a Tester on staff could be a conflict of interest.  Ross described the difficulty in finding an Inspector available to do annual testing.  Motion was made by Miller to decline the Backflow Tester Certification Course request; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea Miller, Friend, Wilson and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  Discussed the need for an ordinance to enforce the Backflow/Cross-Connection Program.  Ross indicated he would like to research other training and publications available in order to learn about the issue and be able to communicate information effectively.  Ross would like to notify property owners of the 2016 requirement for sprinkler systems via the City Newsletter.

8.    City Hall Siding Project:  A copy of the Invitation to Bid was reviewed by the Council.  A pre-bid conference and walk through will be held June 18th.

9.    Lawn Maintenance:  Feryl Candler has terminated his contract for lawn mowing.  Ken Samuels will take over the mowing of the City Park ($45) and Heritage Center ($30). 

10.  Fire Hydrants will be flushed in July.           


Mayor McClure reported that Curt Brimacomb has resigned the position of Director effective July 1st.  Janeen Eggebrecht and Susan Hollenbeak are willing to divide duties; Susan will continue to do billing and will also do scheduling; Janeen will order supplies and oversee the department.  Curt may be willing to continue to complete grant applications and provide training.  Curt and Stefanie Brimacomb were Advanced EMT’s.  With their departure, the program will change to “Basic”.  Motion was made by Akins to appoint Janeen Eggebrecht as the new EMS Supervisor effective July 1, 2015; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried. 


BOAT RAMP RENOVATION/ADA ACCESS PROJECT – Roy Akins: Wilson reported he spoke with staff from Representative Raul Labrador’s office recently who indicated they are interested in networking on this project.  Akins stated he is planning to meet with Senator Crapo’s staff later in June to discuss the project.   


ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY PROPOSAL:  Clerk reported that the City of Cambridge had minimal involvement with the project ($40,000 grant for furnishings), and are not involved with the facility in any capacity.

MANNING CREVICE BRIDGE – DISPLAY:  Akins reported that he looked at the bridge and suggests one of the big top beams (12x12) for display.  Mayor McClure will notify the representative with Department of Transportation of the recommendation.  Future issues – commemorate the Riggins Community Center; name the EMS Building (possibly Summerville). 


BUDGETING FOR FIREWORKS:  Paul and Dawn Shepherd absent.

ALCOHOL BEVERAGE LICENSE TRANSFER REQUEST:  Debby Mecham has requested the Council consider transfer of the Crump Chevron ABL to the new owners A.H. Schade Inc. – Gem Stop.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the transfer of the Crump Chevron Alcohol Beverage License to the Gem Stop contingent on receipt of the State and County licenses; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTRACT REVIEW – FY16 BUDGET:  Discussed concerns with coverage and response time.  Revenue from Court fines is minimal; Wilson stated he would check into why.  Begin negotiations on a new contract; offer $17,500 per year with increased coverage (resident deputy).  Mayor McClure and the Clerk will draft a contract and forward to Sheriff Giddings.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  




RCC – FOOD PANTRY:  Miller suggested that the cost of the concrete pad needed for the Food Pantry storage building be paid by the City; he estimated 2-3/4 yard of concrete for $370.  Motion was made by Miller to purchase the concrete for the pad at the RCC; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, Akins and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

SAFETY GUN LOCKS:  Wilson reported the Sheriff’s Department has free Safety Gun Locks to give away.  Clerk will post the information and put in the City Newsletter.

DIVE TEAM:  Akins reported that two new recruits (Tyler and Tony) are being certified; certification cost is $400 each.  Akins would like fees to be paid out of the Dive Team OP Fund.  Tyler will contact Clerk to arrange for payment.

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

Respectfully Submitted,


Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer