Council Meeting Minutes
RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL
June 16, 2015 –9:00 a.m.
A special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure. Councilors present were Akins, Friend, and Miller. Councilor Wilson was absent. Guests: Jeff Joyce, Kelly Thompson, Paul Shepherd and Dawn Shepherd.
The purpose of this special meeting was to consider a request to waive the City’s Municipal Code in order to have a Fireworks Show on the 4th of July.
Mayor McClure’s opening remarks: The City has a Municipal Code 7-2 related to the prohibition of Fireworks. The City also has Resolution #12-6 to specifically allow non-aerial fireworks only for New Years Eve and the 4th of July. In addition, the City must receive a Park Application and applicable fees for any event held in the City Park.
Mayor McClure stressed that the proposed Fireworks Show is a Chamber of Commerce sponsored event, and that the City is not liable for any property damage as a result of the Fireworks.
Paul Shepherd stated he recalled previous fireworks in the City with little to no problems. Mayor McClure clarified that the City sponsored fireworks in the past were halted when the Fire Chief made the decision they were too dangerous.
Shepherd referenced the Municipal Code 7-2-3(B) Exceptions, and that the Fire Chief has agreed therefore the event could go forward.
Kelly Thompson, representing the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce, stated they have a contract with Fireworks America which is the same company used for fireworks during Jet Boat Races. Discussed listing the City as an additional insured ($2 million). Shepherd stated the fireworks are setup to go up very high and rain down to the ground cold.
Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, stated he has 6 volunteer firefighters with the City Fire Department, and 22 volunteers with the Salmon River Rural Fire Department. Friend stressed that a fire danger remains even with trimming and clearing dry grass.
Friend expressed concern about people setting off illegal fireworks, and wondered how this was to be controlled. Shepherd stated signs will be made for the Park – No Private Fireworks. Discussed the fireworks held during Jet Boat Races; Friend pointed out that the fire danger in April is minimal to July.
Shepherd requested a donation from the City to help cover the cost of the fireworks. Total for the show is $3,000. Thompson stated the Chamber of Commerce has paid the deposit of $1,500; if donations exceed $1,500, Chamber will be reimbursed; the fireworks donation was not in their budget. Shepherd has donation cans around town.
Akins relayed comments he has received from property owners with the majority of folks not in favor of fireworks, concerned with the timing and it being too late to get dry grass under control; many felt preparations must be done earlier in the future if fireworks are to be scheduled. Akins also stated kids will be disappointed if the event gets cancelled due to the weather; consider alternatives in the future that won’t be affected by the wind such as a laser light show.
At 9:40 a.m., a motion was made by Miller to go into Executive Session per Idaho Code 67-2345(i) to discuss risk management/liability concerns. Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote on the motion as follows: Friend aye, Miller aye, Akins aye. No nays; motion carried.
At 9:50 a.m., a motion was made by Akins to end the Executive Session and resume regular business. Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote on the motion as follows: Friend aye, Miller aye, Akins aye. No nays; motion carried.
Discussed stipulations if a Fireworks Show is approved: 1) Approval from ITD; 2) Prep area around Park; 3) Have water trucks on hand to douse the river bank and area around park the day before and morning of show; 4) Fireworks company list the City as an additional insured ($2 million) on insurance certificate; 5) Notify all neighboring properties of the event to allow adequate time to prepare; 6) Monitor area for private and illegal fireworks.
At this time, a motion was made by Miller to approve the request by the Salmon River Chamber of Commerce to waive Municipal Code 7-2-2 in order for a Fireworks Show at the City Park on the 4th of July contingent on the list of stipulations; seconded by Friend. Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote on the motion as follows: Friend aye, Akins nay, Miller aye. Motion carried. The Clerk will prepare a Resolution for signature by the Mayor.
Discussed the City making a donation towards the cost of the fireworks. Motion was made by Miller to donate $500 to the fireworks fund; seconded by Friend. Voting yea, Friend, Akins and Miller. No nays; motion carried.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10 a.m.