June 17, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.

City Hall

A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Wilson, Friend, and Miller.  Councilor Akins was absent.  Guests: Jeff Joyce.  The purpose of the special meeting was to review and discuss the draft Burning Ordinance. 

BURNING ORDINANCE:  Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, shared the following comments with the Council:

a)    Section 3 – dates burning is prohibited are shown as May 10th to October 20th.  Clerk stated that these dates were taken from a Department of Lands Burn Permit Application.  Discussed the Forest Service media releases that reference “5/10 to 10/5” being easier to remember.  Prohibited dates will be amended to May 10th to October 5th.

b)    Section 4-2 – amend to read “To control or alleviate fire hazards or weeds.”

c)    Section 5-D – remove “a nuisance” as that would be based on opinion.

d)    Section 6-B – add “…to hold the person or business owner responsible for the open burn liable for any costs…”.

e)    Section 4-4 – amend to read “To dispose of tree remnants and dry vegetation.”

  •  Discussed the need to add a statement requesting that the City Fire Department be notified of any planned burning year round.  In addition, in the event that Open Burning is necessary during the prohibited dates (5/10 to 10/5), an inspection will be required by the Fire Chief approving the Open Burn.  The Forest Service’s policy will be reviewed.
  • Costs will be based on the Department of Lands rates.
  •  Jeff stated that the Fire Department’s phone number is the City fax number.  He requested a separate line for the Fire Department which could have an answering machine to take messages after hours and weekends.
  •  The current Garbage Ordinance #185, Section 7 refers to Burning and Dumping.  This section will be amended to refer to the new Burning Ordinance.

At this time, the Mayor requested an addition to the agenda to discuss the status of the Cemetery Hill Waterline Replacement Project.  Motion was made by Friend to add the Cemetery Hill Waterline Replacement Project to the agenda; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

CEMETERY HILL WATERLINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT:  Councilor Miller expressed concerns about Ross Campbell and John Pottenger’s work schedules, and not being able to complete the project alone in a timely manner.  Miller proposed the following:

         I.    Jeff Joyce be assigned to the project to work on the temporary waterline setup; wages $15 per hour. 

       II.    Mike Shepherd of Shepherd Sawmill and Log Homes will dig the trench and lay the pipe; two laborers will be working with Mike.

DEQ has approved the City’s request for temporary water service connection for six residences for no longer than ten (10) business days during the line repair.  Motion was made by Wilson to accept the proposal; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:00 a.m.