June 14, 2017 – 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 Friend, Wilson, Akins, and Miller. 

Guests:  Vicky Lowe, Christina Nelson, Neil Marzolf, Ramirose Attebury, Tim Kinkeade, Dave Olson

Staff: Ross Campbell, John Pottenger, Susan Hollenbeak, Janeen Eggebrecht and Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $3,767.64 paid after the May meeting, bringing the total May disbursements to $48,981.82.  Bills in the amount of $20,136.82 were then presented for payment. Three bills were held pending further research: Creekside Plumbing (request detailed invoice), Robertson Supply (item needing returned), and Adam Green (billing for special prosecutor – research contract).  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills with the exceptions listed; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Akins, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

RANTS & RAVES BREWERY:  Neil Marzolf addressed the Council regarding the property at 100 South Main Street.  The Idaho State Police Division of Alcohol Beverage Control has indicated the City of Riggins must grant permission to open a brew pub within 300 feet of the school (which is a violation of Idaho Code 23-913).  Kinkeade indicated the remodel of the building should be complete by the end of next week, and welcomed any questions the Council may have.  Councilor Akins expressed concern with the lack of parking for that building; Marzolf indicated he has a good relationship with the new owner of the RV Park behind his building as well as the Riggins Whitewater Market, and that six No Parking signs will be placed along the north side of the building.  Mayor McClure stated the Council would discuss the issue and that the Clerk would make notification of the Council’s decision tomorrow. 

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTER – CITY PARK:  Vicky Lowe discussed the Visitor Information Center not being handicap accessible.  A man in a wheelchair had mentioned to Susan at City Hall that he was not able to access the brochures at the Visitor Center.  Lowe stated that Jessaca with IDA-LEW had indicated they have grant possibilities for the redesign of the visitor center to make it ADA compliant.   


EMS – Janeen reported:

  • Repairs have been completed on Ambulance B – new water pump and A/C is working.
  • Repairs to Ambulance A are scheduled for June 15th at Alpine Motors. 
  • Kudos to Susan for getting Ambulance A started so it can warm up when there is a call during business hours.  This support is very much appreciated.
  • Big Water Blowout – busy weekend; discussed the probability of increased boaters on the Little Salmon River.  Councilor Akins stated the Dive Team has extra life jackets that have been donated; he would like to see a lending station setup at the City boat ramp.
  • EPI-PEN – Councilor Akins inquired about education for administering epi-pens; Janeen indicated she teaches this.
  • BUDGET – billing increases for FY17-18 on specific items was submitted.

LIBRARY – Susan reported:

  • Summer Reading Program begins Wednesday, June 28th at 11 a.m.  This year’s theme is “Build a Better World”.  The library has purchased materials for a LEGO table in conjunction with the program.
  • BUDGET – FY17-18 budget request was submitted.

FIRE – Jeff reported:

  • A donation of SCABA tanks and turnouts was received.
  • BUDGET – FY17-18 submitted; reviewed estimate for replacement of both trucks; estimate was increased to $80,000.

WASTEWATER – John reported:

  • 98% removal; flows are down probably due to lack of tourists/visitors.
  • Hypodermic needles were found in the Park lift station prior to Big Water Blowout; Idaho County Sheriff’s Department was contacted; Deputy said there was nothing they could do.  John indicated he did not remove the needles.
  • Timers and Programming of RAS and aeration – discussed the need to upgrade with timers on WAS/RAS pumps to improve efficiency.  Pete Cook is available for programming of PLC and timers at a cost of $3,500.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to schedule project with Pete Cook and proceed; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 
  • BUDGET – FY17-18 – John requested the Council consider a replacement for the Black Ford Ranger; discussed checking surplus sites.  Also, the roof and windows need replaced at the Plant.   

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross reported:

  • Salmon River Experience waterline replacement will be scheduled; materials are being delivered June 15th.
  • Big Eddy RV Park – culvert has been replaced
  • Park tree removal by lift station will be done later this week by Roberts Tree Service.
  • GIS (Geographic Information System) Mapping of water system is complete.  We do not have a computer system compatible or able to make updates with; we can view the maps only.  Discussed the purchase of an I-Pad (in budget) that is compatible for GIS programming. 
  • Hydrant Flushing – scheduled for next week.  Mayor McClure requested that weeds and vegetation be trimmed around hydrants. 
  • 2016 Consumer Confidence Report (DEQ standard report) is complete and is available at City Hall.
  • Lawn Mower – discussed the purchase of a new push mower to be used for the north and south ends of the City, and the well house; 21” front wheel drive mower from Sears for $280.  Motion was made by Wilson to proceed with the purchase of a new push mower; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.
  • Riggins Community Center/Community Food Pantry – Mayor McClure requested that weeds be trimmed and the area cleaned up.

RANTS & RAVES BREWPUB REQUEST:  Council held lengthy discussion regarding the request to grant permission for a brewpub to operate within 300 feet of a school.  Following discussion, Mayor McClure called for a motion to grant permission for Rants & Raves to open a brewpub and waive Idaho Code 23-913; motion was made by Miller and seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins and Miller; voting nay, Friend.  Request to waive Idaho Code 23-913 and grant permission for Rants and Raves to operate a brewpub was granted.   

IDAHO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTRACT:  The Clerk reported that Jerry Mason, legal counsel with Idaho Cities Risk Management Program and the Association of Idaho Cities is scheduled to meet with the City Council via phone on June 28th at 6 p.m. during the Special City Council meeting to discuss the Council’s concerns surrounding not having a contract.  Councilor Wilson indicated he will be presenting a comparison of the contract over the years during that meeting also.  Discussed extending an invitation to Commissioner Denis Duman.

ETC. THRIFT STORE – RESORT TAX:  Discussed the Etc. Store’s non-profit status, and if the 1% Resort Tax is due on their taxable retail sales as they are charging Idaho State sales tax.  The Clerk will request clarification on the Etc. Store’s non-profit status for discussion at the next meeting.

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER – ACOUSTICS:  Councilor Wilson reported estimates were received from ATS Acoustics ($2,400 plus shipping), and Foam Factory ($1,195 with free shipping) for acoustic panels for the ceiling of the upper level.  The Council looked at color samples; Wilson will request more color samples and a decision will be made at the next meeting.

CITY FACILITY SECURITY PROJECT:  Councilor Wilson reported on Internet access at the City Park; Frontier has offered $49.99 per month with free installation on a 2-year contract; Internet is necessary for the type of security system recommended at the Park.  Wilson explained that IP (Internet Protocol) systems can be used at the Riggins Community Center, Heritage Center and the City Hall since Internet is already available at these sites.  Wilson stated the price for the security equipment for the Park is $440.  Motion was made by Akins to proceed with the purchase of the equipment; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Akins.  Wilson abstained.  Motion carried.

CITY PARK STAGE PROJECT – UPDATE:  The Clerk provided a report of revenue and expenses on the City Park Stage Project – Total Revenue = $18,942.06; Total Expenditures to date = $2,279.65.  A grant for $5,000 has been submitted to Home Depot; should know in the next couple weeks.  Another grant for $5,000 through Northwest Farm Credit Services is in the application process.  Good progress is being made with the help of volunteers in the community. 

ACCESS IDAHO – Credit/Debit Card Payments:  The Clerk provided a handout on Access Idaho’s services.  Having the ability to accept credit and debit card payments would be beneficial for our utility customers.  There is a 3% administrative fee to the customer, with no cost to the City and no special equipment or dedicated lines required.  There are numerous other cities that use Access Idaho’s secure network, and have reported good results.  The Clerk’s office will test drive the program and report back at the next meeting.

ORANGE TORPEDO – UTILITY BILLING:  The Clerk reported that Orange Torpedo Trips representative completed a utility service application for the building which is owned by the School District and where Salmon River Challenge was operating.  The representative advised the Clerk that Orange Torpedo Trips is sub-letting from Salmon River Challenge.  There is one water meter for the Elementary School property, including this building.  Following discussion, the Clerk was directed to request a copy of the lease agreement between Salmon River Challenge and Orange Torpedo Trip to confirm the sub-lease of the property for utility billing.


Frontier Communications Project:  correspondence has been received from Frontier regarding a project Frontier is doing at the intersection of Highway 95 and Seven Devils Road.  This project will bring new fiber optic cable from an existing handhole on DOT right of way and then west along the north side of Seven Devils.  The project will start June 15th and be completed by approximately August 1st. 

Back Eddy Grill:  vacation rental cabin being built behind the building.  Councilor Miller indicated that a 4” sewer line is adequate for 144 fixtures, if owned by one owner.

ITD Letter addressing dangerous sections:  Mayor McClure has received a response from David Kuisti, District 2 Engineer with ITD.  Kuisti indicates ITD is “reviewing the accident history to determine the most practical solution to curtail crashes at this location, including your suggesting of placing barrier”.  Kuisti has requested a meeting with Mayor McClure which will be scheduled in the near future.  Councilor Akins advised the speed limit signage is somewhat confusing, and hopes this can be addressed with ITD at the meeting.



RCC – Upper Level:  Salmon River Gun Club, Sunday June 25th from 8-5 p.m.

City Park:         Saturday, June 24th – Hester/Fischer Wedding

                        Friday, July 7th – Ruggles/Ratcliff Wedding




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer