City Council Minutes



July 15, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  Councilor Akins was absent.  Guests:  Bill Lenhart, Don McKenzie, Sheriff Doug Giddings, John Pottenger, and Ross Campbell.

JUNE MINUTES:  June meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the June 8th minutes; motion was made by Friend to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Wilson; voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller; no nays; motion carried.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the June 16th minutes; motion was made by Friend to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Miller; voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller; no nays; motion carried.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the June 25th minutes; motion was made by Friend to accept the minutes as presented; seconded by Miller; voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller; no nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $3,770.70 paid after the June meeting, bringing the total June disbursements to $38,660.67.  Bills in the amount of $25,897.50 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Friend. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

ST. LUKE’S McCALL:  Don McKenzie, Clinic Manager, addressed the Council concerning an agreement between St. Luke’s McCall and the City of Riggins regarding the operation of the Salmon River Physical Therapy Clinic to assure access to low-income individuals.  McKenzie explained the one-time agreement will deem St. Luke’s McCall in compliance with 42 CFR 413.65 which requires private hospitals seeking provider-based status for certain off-campus clinics to have a contract with a state or local government to assure access in a well-defined area to health care services for low-income individuals not entitled to benefits under Medicaid/Medicare.  McKenzie stated the Riggins clinic has been operating as a stand alone clinic.  While they do operate on a sliding fee scale, there are charitable financial sources that can be accessed for those unable to pay for services.  Motion was made by Wilson to accept the agreement and authorized the Mayor to sign on behalf of the City; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

CHUKAR POINT – SPEED LIMIT:  Bill Lenhart visited with the Council regarding the speed limit on the highway on the south end of the city limits at Chukar Point.  Lenhart wanted to make it clear he has no monetary interest in the outcome of this, and is assisting his in-laws with the process.  Lenhart explained there are only 8 property owners, rather than 11, with 11 lots in the subdivision which would allow an increase in the number of lots, as they would like to split Lot #10.  Lenhart gave a historical account of the communication with Idaho Transportation Department regarding the speed limit issue, and efforts to reduce the speed limit.  Lenhart explained he would like to approach the issue in a new light since there are new ITD officials including Dave Fraser; Lenhart stated he is requesting that ITD not perform a traffic study, and asked that the City restate the intent to have a 25 mph speed limit within city limits (to Seven Devil’s Road).  Councilor Friend stated she will abstain from any voting on the issue as she has Chukar Point properties listed with her agency.  Mayor McClure thanked Lenhart for his time and comments, and stated the Council would discuss the matter and let him know the decision.


WASTEWATER –John Pottenger

a)    John reported no violations on the DMR’s with 99% removal; flows have picked up.

b)    John distributed copies of the new Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR) from EPA noting the 11 new tests they are requiring.  Jason estimated the increased testing will be $350 to $500 per month more; Clerk was advised to add this to the proposed budget for FY16.  Jason has been attempting to negotiate the effective date of the new DMR with the EPA; since our current permit does not expire until the end of 2015, Jason is hoping to not have to start the new testing until 2016.  Discussed the increase in man hours to perform the tests; unknown at this time.  John also indicated there is a possibility of modifications necessary at the plant to comply with EPA requirements such as a tank designed to remove nitrogen and ammonia; Jason is researching.

c)    Two new windows were delivered to the plant by Salmon River Builders at a cost of $120 each.  If Salmon River Builders is unable to install the windows in the near future, John has received an estimate of $400 from Mike Estrada to install the windows.  The Council approved the expense to install the windows.

d)    John requested vacation from August 6-10.  Ross has requested vacation time from July 31 to August 11.  Jason Wereley will be covering the plant over the weekend of August 7th.


1)    CRUMP CHEVRON – NEW OWNERS:  The new owner of the Chevron is A.H. Schade, Inc. dba GEM STOP from Nampa.  Ross reported he met briefly with the management and clarified DEQ regulations must be complied with on storm water drainage and runoff.  Councilor Miller stated an oil separator will be required if the area slopes to the drain.  Also discussed the City Council review the as-builts/plans.  Clerk will draft a letter to Gem Stop with a copy of the Surface Water Protection Ordinance, advising them of the Council’s request to review the plans at an upcoming City Council meeting.

2)    SOURCE WATER PROTECTION PLAN:  Ross reported that DEQ has certified the City of Riggins Source Water Protection Plan. 

3)    CULVERT BLOCKAGE at BORAH STREET:  Ross reported that Red Top attempted to clean out the blockage twice, but their truck broke down both times; were able to clear out a lot of the blockage, but there is a great deal of debris and roots in the culvert.  Red Top has elected to forego anymore work on the culvert, and have waived any billing to the City for the work performed.  Ross has contacted Pipeline Inspections to get on their service list for the silt box.

4)    POSSIBILITY OF IRRIGATION & WATER RESTRICTION:  Ross reported the Little Salmon River is holding around 210 cfs, but has been down to 190.  He is recommending a sprinkling/watering restriction be placed on both irrigation and well water if necessary.  Discussed making the restriction effective August 1st with notice in the City Newsletter indicating alternate day restriction until further notice.  Ross will continue to monitor the situation until then. 

5)    HERITAGE CENTER:  fill dirt has been put in and looks good;

6)    WATER METER REPLACEMENTS:  Irwin Center and Kerry Brennan completed.


a)    Ducks and peacocks in the irrigation ditch are creating debris in the ditch which is plugging the pump at the Heritage Center; Ross is concerned about burning up the pump. 

b)    Jim Bullington – breaching of the ditch bank is continuing.  Mayor McClure will draft a letter to Bullington’s advising the City has done as much as possible to maintain the integrity of the irrigation ditch on their property; any more issues will be the Bullington’s responsibility to repair.

c)    Discussed property owners outside the city limits using City irrigation ditch water, and the possibility of billing a maintenance fee since the City performs ditch maintenance on the entire ditch.  Clerk will contact Adam Green regarding the issue.

8)    TAYLOR MOTEL – SIGN:  the sign on the sidewalk in front of the old Taylor Motel (cabins) on the highway has been broken for a number of years.  The property owner, Martha Stolberg, claims she is putting in another sign.  There are questions surrounding ITD and if the sign post is considered “grandfathered” in.  Clerk will contact Adam Green and inquire about City liability.

9)    FIRE HYDRANT FLUSHING - CANCELLED:  Ross reported that since the City does not have a Backflow/Cross-Connection Ordinance, IRWA would not recommend performing a flush on the fire hydrants due to possible backflow into the system.  Councilor Miller stated he did not feel there was an issue with pressure dropping enough to cause a backflow problem.  Councilor Wilson stated he would agree that a test should be done to see how much pressure drops down the line.  With water restrictions imminent, it was recommended Public Works wait until September/October to flush the hydrants. 

10) RV PARKS – STATE PLUMBING CODE:  Ross distributed a copy of the Code addressing RV Park Water Connections which states, “Each potable water connection shall consist of a water riser pipe that shall be equipped with a threaded male spigot located not less than 12” but not more than 24” above grade level for the attachment of a standard water hose.  The water riser pipe shall be protected from physical damage per this Code.  This connection shall be equipped with a listed anti-siphon backflow prevention device”.  Clerk will draft individual letters to the RV Parks notifying each of the State Plumbing Code violations specific to their property, and the need for backflow prevention. 

11) CROSS CONNECTION ORDINANCE:  Ross clarified that the City has a “CROSS CONNECTION CONTROL PROGRAM PLAN, and a BACKFLOW INCIDENT RESPONSE PLAN, but an ordinance is needed.  A sample ordinance was sent out a few days ago for the Council to review.  This draft ordinance will be revised and prepared for review at the August 10th City Council Meeting.

FIRE DEPARTMENT – Jeff Joyce absent – no report.

EMS REPORT: No report.



IRRIGATION ORDINANCE – DRAFT REVIEW:  Discussed including breaching of the ditch bank is the responsibility of the property owner.

MANNING CREVICE BRIDGE – DISPLAY:  Mayor McClure reported that Greg Gifford, ITD, has been advised the City would like a beam for the City Park area.  Discussed possibly creating an “archway” over the steps leading from the upper parking lot; a plaque would be placed near the archway commemorating the bridge.


CITY CENTER SIDING PROJECT BID: Mayor McClure stated only one bidder attended the walk through, therefore only one bid was received; Belton Enterprises for $7,500 (labor and scaffolding).  Motion was made by Miller to accept Belton Enterprises bid of $7,500 to install siding on the City Center; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

IDAHO COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT CONTRACT RENEWAL:  Sheriff Doug Giddings addressed the Council concerning the Sheriff’s Department Contract.  Sheriff Giddings stated the department has changed the pay structure for deputies adding time and a half for overtime; the call volume in Riggins does not justify having four deputies here; the department is experiencing a high turnover and have found it difficult to keep our area staffed.  He estimated the salary for two deputies would be $100,000 per year.  Sheriff Giddings cited the City of Cottonwood having their own Police Department and recommended the City of Riggins consider this in the future.  With the current contract at $15,000 per year, the City of Riggins is paying less than half of one deputy’s salary alone, not including fuel, benefits, etc.  Discussed the decrease in court revenue; Sheriff Giddings clarified that fines can only come from infractions committed inside City limits.  Sheriff Giddings pointed out the clause regarding covering the “greater canyon area” in the proposal is not an option as it’s outside of the City of Riggins jurisdiction.  Discussed the annual fee, and what would be gained by increasing the contract.  Sheriff Giddings gave an example of $40,000 per year contract indicating the increase would allow the department to fill another position, yet providing a full-time deputy for the City would NOT be possible.  While Sheriff Giddings was appreciative of the modest increase in the proposed contract to $17,500 per year, he indicated increased coverage would not be possible reiterating the department will have a deputy in the City “a lot”.  Discussed special event coverage; Sheriff Giddings stated the department has cut costs by not renting motel rooms or providing meal reimbursement for deputies.  As Councilor Wilson must abstain from voting on the issue, a special meeting will be scheduled to allow a quorum to vote on the contract. 

SPEED LIMIT – SOUTH CITY LIMITS:  Discussed the request from Bill Lenhart to urge ITD to reduce the speed limit to the south city limit at Seven Devils Road.  Mayor McClure will draft a letter to Bill Lenhart supporting a reduced speed limit extended out to city limits. 

LIQUOR LICENSE VARIANCE REQUEST:  Mike Blimka spoke with Susan recently and requested the Council consider approving a variance to the Liquor License Ordinance.  Blimka has purchased Summerville’s American Bar and Café and their Liquor License.  Therefore, he has a vacant license which must be put into use within six months.  He is considering opening a bar in the Freeland house near Salmon Rapids Lodge; this property is within 300’ of a church which violates the City ordinance.  Motion was made by Miller to deny the variance request; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

RIGGINS URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT:  FY2014-2015 Financial Report was presented:

                                                            BUDGET                             ACTUAL

Income:         Developer Advance              $2,510,000                        

                    Property Tax Increment              14,073                         9,329

                    Cash Carryover                          12,644

Expenses:       Capital Improvements           $2,430,000

                    Water Study                              80,000

                    Administration                               900                            675

                    City-Swr Obl Reserve                  10,000                        12,000

                    Other                                      15,817                              50

AUDIT REPORT – FY13:  Clerk distributed copies of a report from Collaborative Solutions who performed the audit for fiscal year ending September 30, 2013. 

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER NOMINATIONS:  David Dean and John Doty were selected and will be featured in the August City Newsletter.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  




GUN CLUB – RIBBON CUTTING:  Councilor Wilson reported the ribbon cutting is scheduled for August 12th at 11 a.m. with legislative officials.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,


Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer