RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

July 10, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present – Miller, Wilson, and Friend.  Councilor Akins was absent.

Guests:  Bob Crump, Steve Zuehl, Brian Hoffman, Jim Nelly

Staff: Jeff Joyce

JUNE MINUTES:  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the June meeting minutes.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the June meeting minutes as presented; motion was seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $6,922.77 paid after the June meeting bringing the total June disbursements to $93,006.83.  Bills in the amount of $33,625.98 were then presented for payment.  Briefly discussed Frank’s Welding and Repair invoice; need to followup with Janeen on ambulance repair issue.  Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

STEVE ZUEHL:  Mr. Zuehl addressed the Council regarding a recent incident with the irrigation ditch.  In mid-June, two City Public Works employees came to Steve’s house and told him they had to remove the dam in the ditch.  He was told the dam was causing a leak upstream.  Zuehl spoke with Dan after that; left a message for Dan to call him back when the dam was not put back to his satisfaction, but hadn’t received a call back.  Zuehl stated he wants the tarp dam put back in; said he would have one of the Shepherd boys help him with that.  Zuehl requested that, “if there’s a problem, talk to people rather than just come in and rip out their dam”. 

RADIO ANTENNA:  Jim Nelly of Nelly Broadcasting updated the Council on the possibility of broadcasting radio in the Riggins area.  Nelly Broadcasting airs 5 radio stations in the Lewis-Clark Valley and 2 radio stations on the Camas Prairie (KORT 92.7 FM and 96.9 KORT 'All the Hits’) reaching into six counties.  Nelly has requested a 250 Watt transmitter for the Riggins area, and is researching locating the transmitter on the tower south of town (Walters property).  The Council thanked Mr. Nelly for updating them on his progress. 

LAKE SHORE DISPOSAL:  Brian Hoffman presented the tonnage data for the 1st Quarter of 84.6 tons (last year 81 tons) and the 2nd Quarter of 107.53 tons (last year 100 tons).  This represents a 7% increase in tonnage.  Briefly discussed the economic impact of dealing with more people coming to the area and the increase in garbage that’s generated. 

Consumer Price Index at the end of 2018 was 1.9%.  Hoffman indicated that would be the fee increase percentage effective October 1, 2019. 

MIDAS GOLD – UPDATE ON STIBNITE ADVISORY COUNCIL:  Bob Crump reported that the Council is meeting tomorrow.  Two websites are being developed for the Stibnite Advisory Council and the Stibnite Foundation.  The website will include Frequently Asked Questions and Project Glossary.  Bob stressed that the Advisory Council members are not advocates of the Stibnite Mine.  He requested that if anyone has questions to please let him know.  Briefly discussed including a question from the FAQ document in the City Newsletter; Bob will coordinate with the City Clerk. Stibnite Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th; Councilor Akins will be unable to attend.  The Stibnite Foundation has $200,000 and 1.5 million shares; $190,000 has been invested.  Requests for project funding will be addressed next year. 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – no report

LIBRARY – no report

PUBLIC WORKS – no report

FIRE – Jeff Joyce reported the following:

*   Brought the new 1980 Mack Fire Truck out for the Council to take a look at.  Discussed fixing the blue truck; Jeff has researched and found a company in Salt Lake City that fixes these pumps; problem is he has to get the truck to Salt Lake.  It was suggested that he contact Frank’s Equipment Repair in Grangeville about repairing the pump. 

*   Discussed declaring the 1972 LaFrance truck surplus; agreed.  Will be on the August agenda.

Jeff indicated that he was aware that Warren has recently started up a volunteer fire department and is in need of equipment.  He will followup with them about the 1972 truck once it’s declared surplus.

*   Royal Ranger Fire Safety/Disaster Drills – Jeff is in the process of teaching the group tonight. 

WATER HOOKUP APPLICATION:  Dorwin Malsbury has purchased the property at 2224 Cemetery Road and has requested a residential water hookup; application and fee received. 

NORTH CENTRAL IDAHO EMS MASS CASUALTY AID AGREEMENT:  After review of agreement, motion was made by Wilson to approve the agreement for Janeen’s signature; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried. 

CEDA

Comprehensive Land Use Plan:  the Clerk completed CEDA’s “Leading with Intention” program which provided training on Comprehensive Land Use Planning and Economic Development Basics.  As a result, CEDA has agreed to with the Council and community to complete Riggins land use planning and write the plan for $2,500.  An agreement must be entered into by October 15th to take advantage of this offer.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to approve CEDA’s offer to assist with completion of the Comprehensive Plan for $2,500; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

Citizen’s Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) Application:   This is a National Endowment for the Arts leadership initiative in partnership with the Housing Assistance Council designed to provide support and technical assistance to host a local rural design workshop.  CEDA has approached the City of Riggins to be a focus community for the workshop, and CEDA will commit to providing the $10,000 match to the $10,000 stipend.  The City’s responsibility, if selected, would be to provide a space for the workshop and to participate in the workshop.  The application requests that the focus community have a particular “design challenge” they wish to resolve… housing was suggested as a design challenge.  Discussed the scheduling of workshop; an evening workshop may have better attendance by the community.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to approve submitting a CIRD application; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

PAST DUE WSG ACCOUNTS:  reviewed

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS

City Council Chambers:  Idaho Department of Correction – July 17-18

Park:  Cindy Buchanan – August 3rd for Birthday Party

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

CITY CLERK REPORT:

Department of Labor is transitioning from a single office in Grangeville to providing services to customers in remote locations throughout the county.  Grangeville staff have requested the use of the Council Chambers on Tuesdays from 10-4 p.m.  A Memorandum of Agreement is in the works and should be ready for approval in August.

  1. Jon and Elizabeth Kittell are purchasing a portion of Marzolf’s RV Park.  No hookup fees are required; sewer is separated already, however an easement is needed between Kittell’s and Marzolf.
  2. A Special City Council meeting to tentatively approve the FY19-20 Budget is required.  Scheduled for Monday, July 29 at 5:30 p.m. 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer