July 13, 2017 – 6:30 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. 

Guests:  Scott Duke

Staff: John Pottenger and Jeff Joyce

JUNE MINUTES:  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the June 14 and June 28 meeting minutes.  Discussed amending the June 28th meeting minutes to include the section of the Sheriff’s Office Contract Comparison report pertaining to a conversation with Sheriff Giddings during the 2015 contract negotiation.  Motion was made by Miller to accept the minutes with the amendment, seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Friend, Miller, and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,745.21 paid after the June meeting, bringing the total June disbursements to $41,319.17.  Bills in the amount of $45,914.45 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller.  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.

HEALTH INSURANCE:  Scott Duke with Duke Insurance and Investments from Boise distributed a handout detailing health insurance plans available in Riggins along with additional information on individual versus group health insurance.  He also provided information to the Council on Cafeteria Plans (premium only).  Discussed the benefits to both the City and the City employees of participating in a group plan versus the City’s current policy of wages in lieu of insurance. 


EMS – no report

LIBRARY –no report

FIRE – Jeff reported:

  • Cascade system has been repaired by NORCO; will be hooked up tomorrow.
  • Matt Walker has donated numerous pieces of equipment including hoses, valves, nozzles, traffic control signs and turnouts.
  • McCall Fire Department has also donated SCABA tanks

WASTEWATER – John reported:

  • No violations on DMR
  • Blower Block on the Salsnes has been installed

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross provided a written report in his absence:

  • Park Restrooms – new partitions have been installed; walls and floors have been painted in all three restrooms.
  • City Hall Roof Repair – completed; insulation was replaced on the caps on the north side of roof.
  • Riggins Manor – meter replacement scheduled for July 18th
  • Riggins Whitewater Market – sewer stub and water meter will be set in approximately 2 weeks by Kern Construction.  The City has submitted a plan of action to ITD to go along with the permit needed for the job.
  • Riverbend Estates – Paul with IRWA will be in town on July 21st to camera the sewer lines.  P&B Sewer and Drain Cleaning attempted to locate the lines, but equipment failed to complete the job.
  • Fire Hydrant Flushing – Kevin McLeod and Bill Hayes with IRWA are expected to be in town July 19-20 to assist in the project.  Mayor McClure requested that Jeff Joyce be included in this project.

PUBLIC WORK PROJECTS:  Mayor McClure requested that John help the Chamber of Commerce install brackets for banners on power poles.  Councilor Miller stressed the need for Public Works staff to work on City projects, and expressed concerns with spending time on outside projects when it’s difficult getting their own projects completed; Miller would like to see a schedule set and stuck to.

GARBAGE CONTRACT – LAKE SHORE DISPOSAL:  Council reviewed changes proposed by Lake Shore’s legal counsel.  Changes were focused on listing and defining excluded waste items, liability for excluded items, City pavement and driving surface liability, and responsibility for loss or damage to Lake Shore dumpsters.  The Council then reviewed City Garbage Ordinance #185 and discussed amending the ordinance to coincide with the contract.  The Clerk will send the proposed contract to the City Attorney for review, and will advise of the need to amend Ordinance #185.  The issue will be on the August agenda.

SKATEBOARD ON SIDEWALK – COMPLAINT:  Mayor McClure and the Clerk related the complaints received about skateboarders on the sidewalk.  Clerk will review existing Municipal Codes as well as the ITD agreement to see if the issue is addressed in either. 

FY17-18 BUDGET - Council reviewed:

  • Irrigation Ditch labor costs.  Council requested information on Irrigation Districts; check with Water Resources Board and the possibility of a presentation to the Council.
  • City Facility rental information – Riggins Community Center, Heritage Center and City Park; data comparison for past 4 years.
  • Personnel Costs – reviewed spreadsheet.
  • Website Design – discussed contracting with a professional website designer for the City website; include in budget; estimated cost $1,000.
  • Special Meeting July 19 at 6 p.m. to review and tentatively accept the proposed budget.

ACCESS IDAHO – Credit/Debit:  Clerk reported system has been reviewed and test run completed satisfactorily.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the contract with Access Idaho to accept credit and debit cards for utility service payment processing; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

VOLUNTEER OF THE QUARTER SELECTION:  Motion was made by Wilson to select Jeannie Fitch as Volunteer of the Quarter to be featured in the August City Newsletter; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.



RCC – Both Levels:  Salmon River Art Guild, October 5th to October 8th

City Park:       Saturday, August 26th –Camarie Thomas Wedding 




There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer