RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

June 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

 

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

 

Guests:  Jordan Zwygart, Vicky Lowe, Bob Crump

Staff: Dan Wash and Janeen Eggebrecht

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $12,284.97 paid after the May meeting bringing the total May disbursements to $59,514.77.  Bills in the amount of $64,750.28 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

FY2017-2018 AUDIT REPORT:  Jordan Zwygart from Zwygart John & Associates CPA’s presented the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Audit.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to accept the FY17-18 Audit Report; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

VICKY LOWE – SPLITTING LOT AT 1025 SOUTH MAIN:  Vicky Lowe addressed the Council regarding her property that she wants to split; she is keeping the Salmon River Realty office and is selling the house.  Currently, both the house and office are on one water meter.  Mayor McClure referenced the Water and Sewer Ordinances that address the requirement that water and sewer be separated, and the required Hookup Fees.  In reference to the Sewer separation, Mayor McClure noted that Council could waive the requirement and Sewer Hookup Fee if easements are recorded for any lines that cross properties and maintenance agreements are agreed upon for any “community lines”.   Lowe stated that she has been paying for services for 28 years, and that no new plumbing will be needed to install another water meter which she is willing to pay for.  However, she is not willing to pay a Water Hookup Fee.  The Council thanked Lowe for bringing her request to the Council and advised her it would be discussed and she would be notified tomorrow of the decision.  After discussion, motion was made by Akins to deny the request to waive the Water Hookup fee; seconded by Friend.  Voting nay, Wilson, Akins and Friend.  No yea; motion carried.

PATSY MURPHY ESTATE:  Vicky Lowe stated that she was the Executor for Patsy’s estate, and it was Patsy’s wish to donate her estate to the Riggins EMS.  Upon Patsy’s death, Vicky went to the Post Office and asked for Patsy’s mail in order to take care of any bills, etc. that came in.  She was advised by the Postmaster that documentation of Patsy’s death, will, etc. had to be provided in order to release any mail to Vicky.  The estate had to go into probate in order to satisfy this requirement at a cost of $2,500, and once Vicky had obtained the documentation and took it to the post office, the Postmaster told her she had already returned all of Patsy’s mail as “deceased”.  As a result, the $2,500 that should have gone to EMS as a donation from Patsy was expended in probate. 

MIDAS GOLD – UPDATE ON STIBNITE ADVISORY COUNCIL:  Bob Crump reported that the Council is continuing to meet on a regular basis with various educational topics discussed, including the fish passage tunnel design most recently.  The tailing storage facility is scheduled for the June 13th meeting discussion.  The Nez Perce Tribe has recently announced they are suing Midas Gold for contamination to the water sources in the area; Crump noted that Midas Gold has not done any mining on the site.  The Clerk reported on her conversation with Belinda recently regarding the lawsuit in that Midas Gold has been working with the EPA over the last year regarding the monitoring of water quality on the site, and have been sharing their results with the EPA, Idaho DEQ and the Forest Service; Midas Gold has requested that the EPA form a Task Force to determine where the arsenic and antimony is coming from, and to determine that the contamination occurred in the past in order for a CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, know also as a Superfund) umbrella to be placed on the project releasing Midas Gold from any liability for the contamination.  Crump stated he was interviewed by National Geographic regarding the project, community agreement, and issue surrounding the Advisory Council.  The Stibnite Tour will be rescheduled to accommodate the Council.

Crump also reported that the Stibnite Foundation has $200,000 in the bank, with $1.5 million in stock.  The first cycle of grants from the Foundation will be in 2020. 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – Janeen reported:

Recent repairs to Ambulance A as a result of breaking down on top of White Bird Hill; it was towed by Frank’s Towing in Grangeville and diagnosed by Frank’s Welding and Equipment Repair as having a faulty lining in the fuel tank which has corroded engine parts; Ford is no longer manufacturing these tanks.  Ambulance returned to service today and appears to be running better than ever.

  • Also reported that the City of Donnelly may have a surplus ambulance coming up.
  • Budget – planning on applying for a couple grants – radios and ambulance. 
  • New EMT’s – Fred Taylor and Elly Elder; two more EMT’s are moving to the area from Winchester; also have new Driver, Gary Haueter.

LIBRARY – No report; budget request submitted

FIRE – No report

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash reported:

  • Patching potholes in streets
  • ITD’s ADA Ramp Project – will be receiving training in near future; funds available July 1, 2019
  • Boat Ramp Access Road – had deteriorated due to recent rainfall; in working order now; waterbars have been installed to fix the runoff; hole filled with riprap.
  • Cattleman’s ditch issue – discussed history of leak, and what it will take to repair it.  Dan indicated he is prepared to concrete that section when the ditch is shutoff, but it doesn’t make sense to try to do that project when the ditch is in high demand now.  Mayor McClure will draft a letter to Jim Medley to clarify the city’s stance on the issue.

At 8:30 p.m., Mayor McClure requested an Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(b) to discuss a personnel issue; seconded by Friend.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Friend, Wilson and Akins; no nays; motion carried.

At 8:40 p.m., Friend made a motion to end the Executive Session and resume regular business; seconded by Akins.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

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

  • Harper Pay Increase – motion was made by Wilson to increase Shane Harper’s hourly wage from $18 to $18.50 per hour effective June 1, 2019; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

FY2020 ITD CURB RAMP PROJECT – COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT:  Reviewed the agreement between the Idaho Department of Transportation and the City to upgrade curb ramps to ADA requirements; amount of project is $50,350 and must be completed by June 2021. 

RESOLUTION #19-2:  Execution of Cooperative Agreement to construct ADA improvements on State highway within city limits.  Motion was made by Akins to approve Resolution 19-2; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Akins.  No nays; motion carried. 

RADIO ANTENNA:  Mayor McClure attempted to contact Jim Nelly with Nelly Broadcasting in order for the Council to hear his proposal, but no answer.  The issue is tabled until Mr. Nelly can attend a future City Council meeting.

FIRE TRUCK – CITY OF COUNCIL:  Councilor Wilson reported that the Council Fire Chief was prepared to deliver the 1986 Mack LaFrance Fire Truck that has been declared surplus to the City of Riggins Fire Department.  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to approve the acceptance of the fire truck pending Jeff Joyce’s approval; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

PAST DUE WSG ACCOUNTS:  reviewed

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS

Park:   Matt & Jennifer Smith for June 13th for a Birthday Party from 2-6 p.m.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

CITY CLERK REPORT:

  • City Attorney’s Prosecution Billing – Clerk shared response from Adam Green stating, “the City is responsible for the prosecution of all violations of city ordinances and misdemeanors that occur within the City limits.  Idaho Code Section 50-208A specifically mandates that it is one of the duties of the City Attorney to prosecute those offenses”.  After discussion and it being noted that the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department no longer has a contract with the City of Riggins, Council members questioned why these billings are not being paid by Idaho County.  The Clerk will research further.
  • Readerboard – reported that numerous discussions with the ICRMP Insurance Adjuster with Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (in California) have occurred; requested that someone familiar with the readerboard provide him with video of the readerboard electronics; Clerk contacted Mike Nelson who had worked on the readerboard in the past; Mike is dealing with health issues, but had indicated he was willing to talk to the Adjuster but apparently they never connected.  The Adjuster questioned why the claim was not presented at the time of the damage, and wanted requested proof of ownership, a diagnosis of what was wrong, and the damaged parts visibly available for inspection.  Since this information was not available to the Adjuster immediately, he closed the claim.  The Clerk will report back any further information as it becomes available.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:40 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer