City Hall



The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.

Council present were Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  Guests present included Gary Lane, Charlie Amell and Susan Long.


The minutes were presented and the Council individually polled, all confirming they had read the minutes.  The following correction was made:  “Resolution No. 08-05 was then read, increasing all sanitation fees 9%, increasing the residential fees to $16.30 $17.73 including the city collection fee, to be effective October 1, 2008.”  There being no other corrections or additions, the minutes were approved as corrected.


The financial statement was read detailing $17,730.80 bills paid after the June meeting.  Those disbursements, combined with the $19596.38 bills paid at the meeting, brought the June 2008 disbursement total to $37,327.18.  Bills in the amount of $33,292.72 were then presented for payment.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the statement and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.


Gary Lane, representing Wapiti Outfitters, visited with the Council expressing his concern about the seasonal garbage charge for his float business.  He indicated that he was a small outfitter, and a very conscientious recycler and does not need the additional two cans for summer garbage.  He requested that the Council consider waiver of the $31.80 additional seasonal fees.  After discussion, the Council agreed to look at the garbage ordinance to see if such a waiver can be considered.  Based on the fact that Wapiti is a small business, and three garbage carts are not needed, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to waive the 2 EU seasonal garbage charge, provided the ordinance allows such waiver and it is approved by LakeShore Disposal.  Voting yea Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.  It was agreed that this was not a blanket waiver, that any future requests would be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Charlie Amell gave the following project reports:

(1)    Two water leaks have been repaired – On the south end, the line to the Whitten meters was rerouted and repaired and a leak on the Cemetery Hill line was fixed.  Amell reported that both of these lines were old and should be replaced.  He showed a section of the rusty broken line servicing Cemetery Hill.

(2)    A leak in the irrigation ditch was also repaired

(3)    The Park irrigation line was extended to provide water to the new trees and an extension was also planned to provide water to the Visitor Center in the future.

(4)    In regards to the Cemetery Hill water line, Amell reported that the existing easement should be updated and moved to the Cemetery property.  The entire line should be replaced, but the easement must be updated first.  Amell reported that the line replacement would have to be engineered and approved by DEQ.  The Council discussed the idea of doing the job in sections, due to the cost anticipated.  Amell was requested to look into the costs of engineering for the entire job, or by section, and to find out the costs of replacing the line in the upper road only, since it may be possible to complete that section without easement change.

(5)    JUB officials will be in town on Wednesday, July 16th, to review the proposed contract for engineering services on the upcoming sewer project.  Charlie has written up a scope of work, but would like members of the Council to meet with him and JUB to review the scope of work, assuring that it includes all renovation planned, including any necessary electrical, plumbing etc.


Since the Council wanted to research sign regulations, the Clerk contacted several cities for copies of their ordinances, which had been e-mailed to the Council earlier.  A FAXed copy or Grangeville’s ordinance was also received, and copies made for the Council.  The Council agreed that the ordinances e-mailed were not suitable for Riggins, but the Grangeville ordinance will be reviewed for discussion at the next meeting.


The subject of the storm drain catch basins was brought up.  Mayor Crump indicated that he thought the City had never accepted responsibility for them, since they had not been cleaned and construction debris removed, as requested.  Charlie Amell indicated that he thought the right-of-way maintenance agreement, which was approved and signed by both ITD and the City, assigned that responsibility to the City.  After discussion, it was agreed that Charlie would research the agreement.


Hollons, who are requesting a sidewalk curb cut change did not attend the meeting, so the matter will be tabled for a future meeting.


The scope of work for the upcoming sewer project was discussed.  JUB needs the Council’s direction on the type of dewatering system they would prefer.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to recommend the Geo-Tubes, rather than the belt filter press.  The Geo-Tubes in use at the plant now appear to be working quite well, are much less expensive to install, operate and replace, compared to the belt filter press alternative.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.


At this time, a proposed resolution addressing meter replacement size requirement was discussed.  Because of rising cost of larger meters, Charlie Amell suggested that the Council consider a policy of reviewing the size of meter necessary for service, and install the smallest size adequate to provide water service to a property, when replacing meters.  If the customer requested that a larger meter than determined necessary, they would pay for any costs associated with that size increase.  The Council agreed, and a resolution will be prepared allowing the Public Works Director to make that determination. 


The salary rate for the new Emergency Medical Supervisor was discussed.  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to set the rate at $10 per hour until the completion of the 90-day probation period.  At the end of the 90-day period, the salary rate will be reconsidered.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

The new General Store was discussed, and the need for increase in water, sewer and garbage rates was questioned.  A review of the store will be made to determine if the proper charges are being made.


Kim Olson has requested that the irrigation charges be removed from River Rock Café and her private residence.  There is no ditch access for the residence, and although the ditch runs through the River Rock property, they do not use it for irrigation.  After discussion, the Council agreed to the removal of the charges on the residential property, since there was no access, but denied the request to remove the charges from the River Rock property.  The irrigation charges are assessed to all properties with access to the ditch, system-wide, regardless if it is used or not.   


The Clerk was requested to send Rec Eng & Planning a list of property owners along the proposed route of the White Water Park in the Little Salmon River.


A request for residential addressing has been received from Murdock’s Chukkar Point Subdivision.  The Clerk requested the advise of the Council about the numbering system.  In the past, the Fire Dept has numbered each individual building on a property.  It has been suggested that the Chukkar Point be assigned one fire number, such as 1330 S, with each lot specified as an additional number, such as 1330 S. #1.  After discussion, the Council agreed that one number for Chukkar Point Subdivision may be less confusing.  It was also stressed that, citywide, the house numbers should be posted and visible from the street to aid with home deliveries and better response with our emergency fire and ambulance vehicles.  The Clerk was requested to include this request in the City Newsletter.


It was reported that the City Recreation Department Golf Tournament and Raffle was scheduled for August 10th at the Grangeville Country Club.  Everyone was encouraged to attend!


It has been requested that a sign be made for the can collection site behind the City Hall.  Carolyn Friend agreed to make up a sign indicating “Recycle Aluminum Only – No Garbage”.


Mayor Crump had requested a list of all delinquent water bills and Resort Tax submittals be submitted to the Council.  The Clerk provided the list, which was reviewed with the Council, by account number, no names.  The Council indicated their concern about the Resort Tax, and requested that letters of non-compliance be sent out regularly.  Accounts severely delinquent would be referred to City Atty Dennis Albers.  It was also reported that tax liens had been attached to almost all delinquent water accounts, and the Council may consider charging interest on utilities as well as collection fees in the future.  It was pointed out that since these would be new fees, the public hearing process would have to be followed.


Councilor Anderson reported that Curt Brimacomb had completed the SOPs for the EMTs and Drivers, with copies under review by himself and Mayor Crump.  The Council could also review the documents, with any comments or suggestions given to the Clerk or Curt.


Mayor Crump reported that Idaho Community Environmental News provided information about symbols for storm water drains.  Charlie was requested to order the signs.


Mayor also reported that there is free water and sewer training available through Brown Environmental Training, and requested that Charlie and/or Robert Ader attend.  The City would pay for training costs as well as travel expense, etc.  Charlie will go through the brochure and schedule Ader for the training.


Councilor Friend thanked Tom Anderson for trimming his trees back from the sidewalk, removing the obstruction for pedestrians.  After discussion, the Clerk was requested to put an article in the City Newsletter to ask property owners to trim the trees overhanging the sidewalk causing the pedestrians to walk out into the streets.


Application for Park Use has been received from the Chamber of Commerce for Hot Summer Nights, noon until midnight on July 25-26.  There will be alcohol served, with a $100 deposit and certificate of insurance on file.  After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to approve the use as requested.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.


A concern about washing the gurney and ambulance at the car wash was expressed, and Mayor Crump will contact Curt about the practice.


There will be an ITD and Governor’s meeting in Lewiston concerning highway funding on July 17th.    Larry Barnard will plan to attend to represent the City.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.





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