Salmon River Heritage Center

6-23-08

3:15pm

 

A special joint meeting of the Riggins City Council and Riggins Urban Renewal Agency was called to order by Mayor/Board Chairman Robert Crump.  Councilors/Board Members Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure were present, and Board Member Norman Klobetanz was absent.  The meeting was moved from the City Hall to the Salmon River Heritage Center to provide additional seating anticipated for the White Water Park presentation.  It was noted that the change of location was posted 72 hours in advance, and upon the City Hall door.

 

The purpose of the special joint meeting was to

(1)         Emergency Medical Supervisor - Review applications, conduct interviews and select person for the position.

(2)         Conduct Public Hearings on City Budget

(3)         Consider the adoption of all ordinances, resolutions, etc., pertaining to City Budget

(4)         Conduct Public Hearing on URA Budget

(5)         Consider approval of URA Budget

(6)         Discuss Personnel Matter – Deputy Clerk’s hours and hiring of temporary assistance in the City Hall and Library

(7)         Consider ICDBG Grant Contract and related CEDA Grant Administration Contract and Plan

(8)         Consider Hollon’s request for curb cut or removal on Ace’s Place

(9)         Recreation and Planning Engineers presentation on White Water Park proposal

 

The Council reviewed applications for the Emergency Medical Supervisor position from Curt Brimacomb and Debbie Baker.  A list of several identical questions to ask both candidates was agreed upon, and Brimacomb and Baker were each interviewed individually. Upon completion of the interviews, after lengthy discussion and much deliberation, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure to offer the position to Curt Brimacomb, with a 90-day probation period.  At the end of the 90-day probation period, the performance will be evaluated with input from the EMT group and Medical Director Dr. Mucha considered.  Voting yea, Anderson, Friend and McClure.  Councilor Barnard abstained from voting due to his direct connection as a driver with the ambulance service.  No nays. 

 

Charlie Amell visited with the Council, advising them that JUB needed a commitment from the Council as to their preference for the method of sewer plant sludge removal.  They were working up the scope of work on the engineering contract and needed to know if the Council prefers Geo-Tubes or Belt Filter Press.  The Council informally agreed to go with the Geo-Tubes, and would make that decision more formal at the regular July meeting as an agenda item.

 

Amell also reported that the School was replacing the water lines at the elementary school, and he felt that a 1” meter was adequate, but that the school wanted the 1 ½” replaced.  Amell suggested that the Council consider adopting a policy about future meter replacement – considering size, need, cost, etc.  He cited the increasing cost of installing larger meters when smaller meters are adequate.  The Council agreed that this policy should be pursued.

 

At this time, 5:00pm, the Public Hearing for the Riggins City 2008-2009 Budget was held.  There was no citizenry present to offer input or comment on the $6,237,840 budget proposal and no written comment or input was received.

 

The 2008-2009 Appropriation Ordinance was read:

 

                                      ORDINANCE NO. 187

 

            AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2008, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $6,237,840 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, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Ordinance #187 establishing the Riggins City 2008-2009 Budget at $6,237,840, under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

An ordinance raising the sewer hookup fees to $5000 per EU was then read:

 

 

CITY OF RIGGINS ORDINANCE NO. 188

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION

1. B (2), OF ORDINANCE NO. 121,166, and 180; 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 Anderson, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Ordinance #188 raising the sewer hookup fees to $5000, under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

 

 

An ordinance raising the water hookup fees $500 per installation was then read:

 

CITY OF RIGGINS ORDINANCE NO. 189

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO AMENDING SECTION   IV OF ORDINANCE NO. 122, 167 and 179; 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 Anderson, to suspend with the rules requiring reading on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Ordinance #189 raising the water hookup fees  $500 per installation, under suspension of the rules.  Voting yea Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

Resolution No. 08-05 was then read, increasing all sanitation fees 9%, increasing the residential fees to $16.30 including the city collection fee, to be effective October 1, 2008.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Anderson, to pass and approve Resolution No.08-05.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  A complete copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Resolution No. 08-06 was then read, increasing the monthly sewer fees to $27.00 per EU, effective October l, 2008.  Motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution No. 08-06.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  A complete copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

A proposed draft of the ordinance to increase the Mayor and Council salary was reviewed, but the Council agreed that the new ordinance should not only increase the salary, but also compel the member’s attendance at all meetings.  The ordinance will be re-written to include that language and considered at the regular July meeting.

 

The Tax Certification L-2 was discussed, and motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to approve and authorize the Mayor’s signature on the L-2 Tax Certification requesting $57,270 city property tax dollars be collected for the 2008-2009 Budget. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and Anderson.  No nays.

 

At this time, 5:30pm, the Public Hearing on the $2,686,000 Riggins Urban Renewal District 2008-2009 Budget was held.  There was no citizenry present to offer input or comment on the budget proposal and there was no written comment or input received.

 

After review of the budget, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the $2,686,000 budget as presented.  Voting yea, Board Members Anderson, Barnard, Crump, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

At this time, the Council reviewed Susan Long’s hours.  She currently works 30 hours, but may need to work additional hours in the anticipated absence of Clerk June Whitten.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to continue her base pay, based on 30 hours per week, but if additional hours were needed, to authorize payment of those additional hours up to 40 hours per week.  Any hours worked above 40 hours would be considered comp time.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

It was suggested that the Council consider hiring additional help in the City Hall and Library to be used on an as needed basis, in the event that Sharon Boggan and Susan Long were not available in the Clerk’s absence.  The Council considered requests for that temporary position from Jenna Cereghino and Dawn Russell.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Friend, to hire Dawn Russell for temporary office work in the City Hall and Library, for $8 per hour, on an as-needed basis.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

At this time the ICDBG $500,000 grant was discussed.  CEDA reported that the grant contract would be completed soon, and after discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure to authorize the Mayor to sign the $500,000 ICDBG contract on the City’s behalf, after its review and recommendation by the committee consisting of the Mayor, Clerk and CEDA staff.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

The CEDA Grant Administration Contract for $50,000 was then reviewed.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the contract as written, and authorize the Mayor’s signature.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

The Administration Plan, made in connection with the CEDA contract was then reviewed.  Motion was made by Friend, seconded by Anderson, to approve CEDA’s Administrative Plan as presented.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

The ICDBG Request for Funds form was reviewed.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by McClure, to authorize the Mayor and all four Councilor’s signatures on the Request for Funds form, with any two signatures required to approve the request.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

CEDA has requested that Jennie Schacher be appointed as the City’s Environmental Review Officer in connection with the ICDBG Grant and sewer project.  Motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to appoint Ms. Schacher as the Environmental Review Office as requested.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

It was reported that Hollons had made a request to remove curbing in the sidewalk adjacent to their trailer court and Ace’s Place.  Since they did not attend the meeting, the matter will be postponed until the July meeting, for more information.

 

At this time, 6:00pm, Shane Siegle from Recreation Engineering and Planning  (REP) gave a presentation on the development of White Water Parks.  He explained that the construction consisted of placing rocks in the river to create waves and pools, and along the banks to provide access and entry and to funnel water to the drop rocks.  There are about 70 of these parks throughout the country with REP developing about 50 of them.

He cited the benefits as increased recreation use, such as kayaking, fishing, swimming, tubing, increased ADA access to the river, as well as the economic benefit to the community.  His presentation included pictures of other parks before and after development.  It was reported that REP had been contracted to perform a feasibility study on a White Water Park in the Little Salmon River between the Old Mill Bridge and the confluence.  They will be researching the area, identifying property owners, and contacting the government agencies involved, such as Idaho Fish & Game, the Nez Perce Tribe, National Fisheries, Dept of Water Resources, etc., identifying permits needed, etc.  It was reported that the City received a $5000 USDA-RD grant for the study, with Brown’s Industries providing the $2500 cash match required.  Siegle and the Mayor answered questions from the sizeable group of citizens attending the presentation.

 

Upon the completion of the presentation, the special meeting was adjourned. 

 

 

 

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                        Mayor                                                                          Clerk