07-11-11
City Hall
6:45pm
 
 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Councilors present were Barnard, Friend and McClure.  Councilor Akins was absent.  Guests present included Kim Zolman, Moe Een, Curt Brimacomb and Jon Wilson.

 

At this time a public hearing was held to take public comment on the proposed 2011-2012 budget totaling $4,672,674 and the proposed ambulance fee increases.  No one present offered comment on the proposed budget or the ambulance fee increase proposal, and the Clerk reported that no written public comments had been received.  Since there was no public input offered, the public hearing was closed.

 

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 accepted. 

 

The financial statement was read detailing $80,744.92 bills paid after the June meeting, bringing the total June disbursements to $104,810.50.  Bills in the amount of $25,222.85 were then presented for payment.  After review of the bills for payment, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the financial report and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Kim Zolman visited with the Council requesting that they consider changing the City Code that prohibits fireworks in Riggins.  She suggested that the Code be modified to allow some fireworks such as sparklers, but would still prohibit boomers and rockets.  She also suggested that the selling of fireworks be allowed by special permit.  After discussion, the Council agreed to take the request under advisement and further research.

 

Moe Een visited with the Council about the City Park.  The Farmers Market group would like to purchase and install a new handicap parking sign and post.  It was reported that the City needed to purchase new handicap signs for the City Hall and Heritage Center also, for the Block Grant’s ADA compliance.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to allow the Farmers Market to purchase and place the sign as requested, with the City taking over its future maintenance and repair.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried. 

 

Curt Brimacomb gave the following EMS report:

(1)   He informed the Council that during a recent ambulance call, which was an apparent heart fatality, some bystanders complained of the ambulance crew’s slow response.  Brimacomb explained the complaint indicating that the ambulance had first been dispatched to the wrong location.  When finally arriving on scene, the EMTs appeared slow in descending the riverbank to reach the patient, who was down on the river’s edge.  In addition, they complained about one EMT wearing flip-flops.  Brimacomb explained that one EMT had trouble getting down the bank due to problems with depth perception, and the EMT wearing flip-flops was not on call at the time, just stopped by to offer assistance with the call.

(2)   The new 911 machine has arrived, but contained the wrong power cord.

(3)   St. Luke’s nurses were doing EMT training at 6:00pm, July 12th.

(4)   He reported that he had re-injured his shoulder and now cannot do further physical therapy for 4-6 weeks.

(5)   The Power Cot on trial seems to be working well, and had been used on a 400# patient recently.

(6)   He requested the purchase of a rear view camera for Ambulance A, at a cost of $240.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to authorize the purchase as requested.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.   It was suggested that CostCo be contacted about a City card, and if the City could join as a $50 member, to proceed, but not if the $100 membership was required.

(7)   The number of 2011 runs is about 30% below last year’s totals, which will impact revenues.

(8)   It was reported that 14-year old Monica Brimacomb had completed and passed the First Responder course and would like to be a paid ambulance attendant.  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to authorize the Mayor to hire her as a paid attendant provided that her employment met all insurance and State child labor laws and regulations.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried. 

(9)   Brimacomb will begin to budget to replace aging ambulance equipment.

 

Idaho County Deputy Jon Wilson gave the following police report for June 2011:

Calls – Area 64, City 27 and Citations – Area 13, City 1, and reported that there were five tribal arrests recently for felony theft and burglary.  He reported that Officer Whipple would be out of service for four months with a shoulder injury.  Wilson also reported that Sheriff Giddings has started an Idaho County volunteer reserve program, and that he (Wilson) is the officer in Riggins to contact about the program.

 

Wilson then reported on the CCC’s speed indicator sign.  He indicated that it was the CCC’s intention to turn the signs over to the City upon their installation.  But since that had not formally been done, now requested that the City take over the signs and provide for their future repair and maintenance.   He also reported that the sign on the south end of town was not working properly, and he is looking into getting it fixed.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to accept the signs from the CCC’s when they have been repaired and are completely operational.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays. Motion carried.

 

Charlie Amell gave the following project report:

(1)    Mike Kennedy is now back to work, working 19 hours per week.  The crosswalks and center lines are planned for painting soon.

(2)    Well Pump Project  - The PLC is programmed with a few glitches yet to be worked out and a surge protector needs to be replaced.  Challenger Company has requested that their retainage be released and paid.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to authorize the payment of the retainage upon JUB and Amell’s recommendation.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

(3)    Street Repair – He reported that 200# of asphalt repair filled two potholes, with more to do.  The Council agreed to the additional repair and maintenance.

(4)    Sewer Renovation Project – JUB Contract Amendment #5 in the amount of $2579.84 was presented.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve and authorize JUB Amendment #5 and to release and pay JC Constructors $70,559 retainage, and any remaining retainage for JUB, upon the recommendation of JUB and Amell.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  Amell will send a letter about some remaining warranty issues, and Kent Gingrich from JUB is working on the retainage and closeout documents.

 

The Clerk reported that Brenda Tilley had been approved by the Department of Labor for internship in the Clerk’s office.  She will be meeting with Tilley and Dept of Labor officials on Tuesday to set up a work schedule.

 

At this time City of Riggins Resolution #11-08 was read detailing the MOU for the IOOF Lodge property transfer.  Motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure to pass and approve Resolution #11-08.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A complete copy of the resolution and MOU is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

It was suggested that a re-evaluation of utility services should be made at Murdock Storage units, since two units were now being used as commercial retail space.

 

Mayor Crump indicated that he will summarize the deer survey information and prepare a letter to Idaho Fish & Game for the Council’s review at the August meeting.

 

A complaint was received from Stan Autry about the accumulation of dry grass on the lots on Cemetery Hill.  A letter will be written to Bagleys to address the fire hazard.

 

At this time the Appropriation Ordinance #202 was read authorizing and approving the 2011-2012 city budget totaling $4,672,674, for $1,076,368 General Fund; $23,418 Street Fund; $26,656 Library; $217,792 Recreation; $768,490 Water; $2,439,950 Sewer; and $120,000 Sanitation; with a tax levy of $54,621.  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend to suspend with the rules requiring the reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  Motion was then made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to pass and approve the Appropriation Ordinance #202 approving the 2011-2012 budget.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

Resolution #11-09 was then read authorizing a 5% increase in the Sanitation Fees effective October 1, 2011.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution #11-09 as presented.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Resolution #11-10 was then read authorizing new and increased ambulance billing fees to be effective October 1, 2011.  Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to pass and approve Resolution #11-10 as presented.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

The 2011-2012 L-2 Tax Certification in the amount of $54,621 was then reviewed.  After review, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to approve and authorize the Mayor’s signature on the L-2 as presented.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried. 

 

A public hearing was set for 7:00pm August 8, 2011 for the consideration of new fees for service charges and interest being proposed for delinquent utility bills, effective October 1, 2011.

 

At this time an Alcohol Beverage License application from John Belton, Seven Devils Steakhouse for the sale of Alcohol by-the-Drink and the sale of Bottled, Canned and Draft Beer.  The application was complete with the State license secured and fees rendered.   After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the application as presented.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

The request to modify the City’s fireworks regulation was revisited by the Council.  After discussion, due to the lateness of the hour, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to table the discussion until the August 8th City Council meeting.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays.

 

A Liquor Catering Permit Application was read for the Seven Devils Bar to cater the Bowman Wedding in the City Park on July 30, 2011, serving alcohol from 4:00-10:00pm.  After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the Liquor Catering Permit as presented.  Voting yea, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                                          Clerk