The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Akins, Barnard, and McClure. Councilor Friend was absent. Guests present included Rusty Bennett, Jerry Cloninger, Paul Stevens, and Jonny Wilson.
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 $17,075.81 bills paid after the May meeting, bringing the total May disbursements to $45,172.86. Bills in the amount of $25,378.23 were then presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the financial statement, allow the bills. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There were no additional items to be added to the agenda.
Rusty Bennett, Chuck Wagon Catering, who holds a 2010 Riggins Perm-Local Vendor Permit, inquired about any changes the Council was considering regarding Vendors. The Council indicated that, in response to the concerns expressed by the City’s business community, they may consider some type of ordinance amendment in the future, such as restricted area of operation, limited numbers, increased fees, etc. However, since the citizen’s survey indicated overwhelming support of allowing vendors to operate within the City, they did not anticipate banning vendors from the City at this time.
Bennett urged the Council to consider his comments regarding the issue:
(1) There were only four food vendors in town, and he thought that only two made money, so he doubted that the others would return in the future.
(2) Vendors are needed in the area over the busy weekends to provide food service for the masses.
(3) Vendors contribute to the atmosphere, and encourage more people to stop in town when they see the activity.
(4) While Riggins vendor fees are low, most of the higher fees include power and water for the weekend.
Mayor Crump indicated that maybe a committee, made up of all concerned (vendors, City, local business owners and citizens) should be formed to consider all options and make recommendations to the Council. Bennett offered to serve on that committee, if that option is pursued.
Jerry Cloninger reported that he feels that vendors keep local celebrations going, citing Kamiah’s experience. Going through a similar experience, at one time Kamiah did not allow vendors at their celebration, and it seemed the activity level went down, and since allowing vendors, the atmosphere changed and the celebration picked up again.
The burglary of Cloninger’s store was discussed. It was reported that the security system recently installed at the Chevron Station was instrumental in the apprehension and identification of the suspects. Cloninger reported that the store would soon have their own security system. It was also reported that there were an unusually large number of transients in the area.
Deputy Jon Wilson gave the following police report for May:
Calls: City 51, Area 104 Citations: City 19, Area 37 Disorderly conduct, assault, burglary, etc. He also presented the Idaho County Police Contract, for a two-year term, in which the County requested a $2,000 raise to $34,000 per year, with no other contract changes. Wilson reported that the Big Water Blowout presented no major police events this year. Wilson also reported that he was helping organize a “Ride and Raft” event for his fellow motorcycle riders, scheduled for the first weekend in August. It was also reported that the Wounded Warriors from McCall would be in Riggins for a weekend, and that the KTM motorcycle group would be back in September.
Wilson gave his CCC report, indicating that the speed indicator signs, purchased by the CCCs and community fundraisers, should be delivered next week.
Charlie Amell gave the following project report which included the following:
(1) Sewer Plant renovation report
(2) The clutch was replaced on the City truck.
(3) City Park – a new sewer pump was installed
(4) City water line to the Whittens meters was being replaced.
Councilor Akins reported on the Emergency Services projects:
(1) EMS Director Curt Brimacomb thinks that the cost of the two ambulance satellite phones should be a city expense as an operational cost, rather than using the EMT funds to pay for them. He indicated that the phones were required to contact the hospital and doctors now, that radios were no longer used. After discussion, the Council reluctantly agreed to include the cost in this year’s budget, since the EMT funds are rapidly declining, but agreed that Akins should visit with Brimacomb about trying to slow down the spending in both the City and EMT accounts.
(2) Akins has visited with Brimacomb about a fall emergency services fundraising event. They had discussed a Health Fair or Historic River Movie Night (with Cort Conley) as an EMS/Dive Team fundraiser. He indicated that Dan Catherman had been contacted about the Fire Department joining them, but had declined.
Paul Stevens presented JUB Contract Amendment #3 increasing the contract $40,706 for (1) $9256 Extra Inspection costs, (2) $26,950 Basic SCADA costs and (3) $4500 Chlorine Analyzer. He also presented JC Constructors Change Order #2, per Charlie’s request, totaling $4856 for (1) $6268 Increase RAS WAS size, (2) $2210 Extra light and power conduit, (3) Add 208V Conduit, and (4) $4,058 credit for contingency. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve JUB Amendment #3 in the amount of $40,706 and JC Constructors Change Order #2 in the amount of $4856, and authorize the Mayor to sign the same. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Stevens also reported that they may need to add air conditioning to the blower room to keep the electrical panels from overheating. He was doing further research and would report more later. He also reported that the JUB inspection had been cut down to two days per week now.
Stevens also reported that the US Bureau of Reclamation grant application for the flume replacement had to have some minor changes, but it was still under consideration. He also requested that a copy of the City Hall Lighting/Pump Replacement grant contract be sent to him for JUB’s use in preparation of the engineering documents. He reported that the grant application for the solar power at the treatment plant was not successful.
The sign ordinance and water-sewer connection ordinance will be reviewed at the June 28 special meeting.
At this time the River Park project was brought up. It has been recommended that the City pursue an ICDBG Block grant for construction. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to pursue ICDBG funding, and issue a combined grant writing/administration Request for Proposal, with proposals accepted until July 12, 2010. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A notice will also be submitted to Department of Commerce of our intentions, as required.
Since the Riggins Cleanup Day was cancelled twice due to bad weather, and everyone’s schedules were now very busy, the Council agreed to work, painting the fire hydrants, etc., individually (rather than as a group) as each persons schedule allows. The paint and brushes are available at the City Hall.
The issue of Vendors was revisited by the Council. The issue was on the agenda at the request of Kim Olson, but since she did not attend the meeting, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to table the discussion for further input and consideration. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried. Mayor Crump reported that he had reviewed the ordinance and made suggested, possible changes for the Council’s consideration, and would forward that information to them.
Gary Wrightman, from the Federal Highways Salmon River Road project, was on the agenda to discuss the upcoming Shorts Bar phase of the road project, but did not attend the meeting.
Councilman Barnard reported on the open meeting law recently attended in McCall. To comply fully with the law, he recommended that items not be added to the agenda in the future. If they do not appear on the posted agenda, unless they are of an emergency nature, they should be addressed at a future meeting after being posted on an agenda. The Council agreed. He also warned that the law indicates that all emails are considered public records and would have to be disclosed if requested, and that elected officials have no private lives, everything is open to public scrutiny.
It was reported that River Rock had experienced another sewer backup. It has plugged previously, and has always been in their private service line. The item was placed on the agenda at the request of Kim Olson, and since she did not attend, the subject was not discussed further.
Councilman Akins reported that he had attended the Salmon Ceremony held recently, and had been quite impressed with the Nez Perce Tribe cooperation and participation. He would like to see a “Welcome Nez Perce and Sportsman” sign placed on the Welcome to Riggins sign, to be displayed during the salmon run next year. He felt that it, like the Salmon Ceremony, might set a tone of reconciliation to help alleviate tension between the groups. The Council agreed.
It was reported that a meeting about the relocation of County garbage dumpsters was scheduled for Wednesday, June 16th, 2:00pm at the Salmon Rapids Lodge.
At this time the Rodeo Club’s Alcohol Catering Permit application was read. They are requesting a catering permit June 17, 18 and 19, 2010, for the Robertson Supply Company at the Salmon Rapids Lodge, and had submitted the required $60.00 fee. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the catering permit as requested. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The following payment requests for the sewer renovation project were presented:
$10,538.75 – Moore, Smith Buxton and Turke, bond counsel and $111,815.00 for JC Constructors PPE#5. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to approve the payment requests and authorize their payment out of the bond proceeds. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Council present included Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Guests present included Stan Autry. Vicky Lowe also joined the meeting later.
The purpose of the special meeting was to(1) hold a public hearing on the proposed 2010-2011 City budget and fee increases proposed for water and sewer hookups, irrigation rates, monthly water fees and a proposed new optional ambulance subscription fee, and (2) discuss the RiverPath project and land acquisition process.
There was no public comment or input received for either the proposed budget, new fees or fee increases.With no input received regarding the proposed budget, the Council began the budget adoption process.
Ordinance #197, the 2010-2011 $6,019,519 Appropriation Ordinance was read:
AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2010, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $6,019,519 TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSE AND LIABILITIES OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR, AUTHORIZING A LEVY OF A SUFFICIENT TAX UPON THE TAXABLE PROPERTY AND SPECIFYING THE OBJECTS AND PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID APPROPRIATION IS MADE.
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Ordinance #197 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Motion carried, no nays.
Ordinance #198, the Ordinance to increase the Sewer Connection Fees to $7500 per EU was read:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION
1. B (2), OF ORDINANCE NO. 121,166, 180, 188 and 193; PROVIDING AN INCREASE IN SEWER CONNECTION FEES, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Ordinance #198 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Motion carried, no nays.
Ordinance #199, the Ordinance to increase the Water Connection Fees to $3000 and higher was read:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO AMENDING SECTION IV OF ORDINANCE NO. 122, 167, 179, 189 and 194 PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN APPLICATION AND CONNECTION FEES ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE WATER METER; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Ordinance #199 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Motion carried, no nays.
Ordinance #200, the Ordinance to increase the Irrigation Fees to $45 per lot and $60 per acre was read:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 165 AND 169 OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS; PROVIDING FOR THE INCREASE IN THE CURRENT RATE FOR IRRIGATION WATER; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES; AND PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE AND THE PUBLICATION THEREOF.
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Ordinance #200 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Motion carried, no nays.
Resolution #10-07, to increase the monthly minimum Water fees $3.00 was read. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to approve Resolution #10-07. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A complete copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Resolution #10-08, to increase the monthly Garbage rates 5% was read. Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to approve Resolution #10-08. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A complete copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
The L-2 Tax Certification was then reviewed. After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to set the tax needs for the 2010-2011 budget year at $60,707, and deduct the $3437 Resort Tax Property Tax Relief Fund, with a net request $57,270 certified on the L-2 Tax Certification. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to approve the 2010-2011 L-2 Tax Certification for $57,270 and authorize the signature of the Mayor. Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
Vicky Lowe joined the meeting, and although she had missed the public hearing on the proposed budget, went on record as being opposed to any increase in garbage fees. She cited the impact the increasing fees had on the community’s large number of low income senior citizens.
At this time the RiverPath and property acquisition process was brought up. Lowe explained that she had visited with Idaho County Title about getting a metes and bounds description of the riverbank area between the park and the Little Salmon confluence. She understood that the majority of the property was taken off the tax rolls in 1941. Through some miscommunication between them, Idaho County Title prepared a Litigation Guarantee, and billed the City $1800. The City Council was not aware that this bill had been incurred. The Clerk reported that, upon contacting the title company about the bill, they indicated that the Litigation Guarantee is normally given to an attorney. A lawsuit is then prepared to obtain ownership of the property, naming all the property owners found to have interest in the property listed in the suit. Lowe reported that Dennis Albers was prepared to begin this process, and had planned to visit the area with her and City representatives. Lowe indicated that she thought that the Council had directed her to proceed with this action, and indicated that Albers would get paid with grant funds. However, since the Council’s actual authorization or knowledge of the cost of the property acquisition had been questioned, she had put the project on hold for their review. The Clerk requested the Council’s direction on future costs, since the City has not applied for any grants in this regard, and that normally grants do not cover litigation. It was also noted that the expense of litigation or property acquisition had not been included in the current or upcoming budget.
Mayor Crump reported that previously the Council had agreed to pay Vicky up to $250 to prepare the metes and bounds description. Lowe declined the payment, and said to apply it to the Idaho County Title bill. It was suggested that Kent Just from Idaho Parks & Recreation be contacted about available grants. Also Lowe reported that Linda Hieter would be attending a grant workshop in Lewiston for the Chamber, and suggested that the Council consider sharing the costs, if she could also work on a city grant.
After discussion, it was agreed that the Council should be consulted prior to any further costs being incurred on behalf of the City. Lowe will get a proposal from Albers for the Council’s consideration. It was also agreed that, to prevent confusion in the future, a letter should be written to Lowe outlining the Council’s desires in this matter.
In other business, the Council asked that the weeds around the Visitor Center be cut and that posters and the City Newsletter remind citizens about the City’s ban of fireworks.
There being no further business, the special meeting was adjourned.