8-10-09

City Hall

7:00 pm

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Councilors present were McClure and Barnard.  Councilor Friend and Anderson were absent from the meeting, but Councilor Anderson joined the meeting later in a telephone conference.  Guests present included Richard and Linda Hieter, Blake Watson, Dan Catherman and Curt Brimacomb.

 

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.   Motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the minutes as presented.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference. 

 

The financial statement was read detailing $15,904.49 bills paid after the July meeting, bringing the total July bills to $35,689.22.  Bills in the amount of $28,673.69 were then presented for payment.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the statement and allow the bills.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

The Council was made aware of the following items after the original posting of the preliminary agenda:

(1)    New Outfitting business – Riggle

(2)    RV camping on city street – Blake

(3)    URA Extension

(4)    Grant Training – Fire Chief Dan Catherman

(5)    Stokes Irrigation

After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to add those listed items to the agenda.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

At this time the public hearing was held for the consideration of the 2009-2010 city budget totaling $6,600,809, and for new rescue fees for the Dive Team, new and increased fees for the Ambulance service, increase in water and sewer hookup fees and a 5% increase in the garbage rates.  Detail information about the budget and proposed fee increases has been published, as required by law, and there was no citizen present to offer input or comment on the issues. There have been no written or oral comments previously received pertaining to the public hearing on the proposed budget or fee increases. 

 

Since there was no citizen input to consider in regards to the 2009-2010 budget, Ordinance #192 was read:

 

 

 

                                                ORDINANCE #192

 

            AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2009, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $6,600,809 TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSE AND LIABILITIES OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS FOR SAID FISCAL YEAR, AUTHORIZING A LEVY OF A SUFFICIENT TAX UPON THE TAXABLE PROPERTY AND SPECIFYING THE OBJECT AND PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID APPROPRIATION IS MADE.

 

After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #192 under suspension of the rules.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Ordinance #193 providing for increase in Sewer Hookup Fees was read:

 

                                                ORDINANCE #193

 

            AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION 1.B (2) OF ORDINANCE NO. 121, 166, 180, AND 188; PROVIDING AN INCREASE IN SEWER CONNECTIONS FEES, PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.

 

After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #193 under suspension of the rules.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Ordinance #194 providing for increase in Water Hookup Fees was then read:

 

                                                ORDINANCE #194

 

            AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING SECTION IV OF ORDINANCES NO. 122, 167, 179 AND 189; PROVIDING FOR AN INCREASE IN APPLICATION AND CONNECTION FEES ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF THE WATER METER; PROVIDING FOR THE REPEAL OF CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, AND PROVIDING FOR THE PUBLICATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE.

 

After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #194 under suspension of the rules.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.

 

Resolution #09-05 providing for new and increased fees for the Ambulance service was read.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the resolution as presented.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.  A complete copy of Resolution #09-05 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

Resolution #09-06 providing for a 5% increase in Sanitation fees was read.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the resolution as presented.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference.  A complete copy of Resolution #09-06 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

The L2 Property Tax Certification, requesting $48,470 tax revenue for the budget year 2009-2010 was reviewed.  The reduced tax request of $48,470 is based upon the current tax revenue budget of $57,270 less $8,800 Resort Tax Property Tax Relief Fund (which is the Resort Tax collected in excess of the 2007-2008 budget).    After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the L2 Property Tax Certification in the amount of $48,470.  Action on the motion will be taken later in the meeting when Councilor Anderson participates via telephone conference. 

 

At this time, Linda Hieter gave the following CABS report:

(1)   Grant checks from ITD and the Henry Morrison Foundation are on the way, and EK Coaches will release the MSO upon receipt of the City’s payment.

(2)   The CABS Board has been formed, consisting of Chairman Julie Good, and members Doug Crump, Tricia Ellinger and Ruth Couie.  Robert Crump will serve as the City representative.  There will also be an advisory committee made of staff, contract professionals, team members, stakeholders and partners.

(3)   Work sessions for the 501C3 application are planned in conjunction with the regular board meetings, which are scheduled for the 2nd Wednesday of every month.  The City will receive copies of all board minutes.

(4)   They are developing a CABS website and have obtained an EIN tax number, a PO Box number, and a bank account has been established at Pine Tree Credit Union.

(5)   The CABS Board will review the Memorandum of Understanding draft prepared by the City, and will add the state and federal requirements and assurances listed in the Grant agreement.

(6)   Stimulus Grant update:  Some of the agreement attachments have been received from ITD, but the complete document has been delayed, and has not yet been received.  It will be reviewed upon arrival, which should be this coming week.  Upon signing of the grant agreement, CABS will proceed with the request for quotes for construction, procurement of equipment and supplies, and the search for employees.

 

Blake Watson, from Idaho Power, introduced himself explaining that he had taken Lane Dotson’s job as the area’s community representative.  He visited about Idaho Power Company, their rates, service and efforts towards renewable resource projects.  There are two major projects underway at this time:  Gateway West and the Boardman to Hemingway transmission projects.  He presented written information about the projects and their efforts.  Councilman Barnard requested that Idaho Power send the Salmon River School Board information on energy efficiency.

 

Fire Chief Dan Catherman visited with the Council about upcoming training on grant writing.  He requested that Quincy Matteson be authorized to attend on behalf of the Fire Department.  Catherman reported that the Boise training registration was $299, and with motel and meal expense, he estimated the cost to be approximately $500.  After discussion, it was agreed that the Fireman’s fund, currently being held in the State Treasury, could be used to cover the training costs.

 

Curt Brimacomb gave the following EMS report:

(1)   The number of ambulance runs was down, so there have not been many supply purchases required.

(2)   Debbie Baker is retiring from the EMTs, which has caused a shortage of available EMS personnel.  A Basic EMT class is scheduled to begin September 29th, and the Council agreed that ads could be run in the Current to attract students.  Brimacomb reported that he will be taking the Instructor Course.

(3)   There will be Block Grant training held in Orofino Sep 10, and in Boise Sep 15.  The Council agreed to pay travel costs if Brimacomb attended one of the sessions.

(4)   He reported that Jeff Joyce and Mike Cornforth wanted to take the CPR and First Aid Instructor Course, so the courses would be available for outfitters, guides, etc.

(5)   We have received a State EMS Equipment Grant totaling $1565, for the purchase of turnouts and 4 Epi-Pens. 

(6)   USDA-RD had been contacted about grant funding for the proposed new Emergency Service garage.  They reported that no grant funding was available at this time, but the City could pursue bond loans from them at a 4.5% interest rate.

Brimacomb reported that pre-made metal buildings were very cheap at this time, at 60-70% off.  After discussion, it was agreed that discussion would be held to partner with CABS, the school, etc., to see if a location could be obtained, and finances pooled.

 

At this time, Jon Wilson gave the following police report:

July 09 Calls:  73 in Area, 25 of those in City, Y-T-D totals 176

July 09 Citations:  10 in Area with 9 being in City, Y-T-D totaling 102

 

Wilson also requested that the Council consider waiving Ordinance #53 (which prohibits alcohol on the city streets) during Hot Summer Nights, the same as it does on Jet Boat and Rodeo weekends.  There are large crowds during that weekend also, and usually too hot for the crowds indoors.  The Council agreed.

He also suggested that CABS service could be used for that weekend.  Wilson also reported that the Riggins repeater pad was under construction at this time, and the project should be completed within two months.

 

Wilson also gave the following CCC report:

(1)    Light-the-Court – The lights are going off, it appears that the timer had been tampered with and Medley Electric will be checking it

(2)    CABS is breaking off from the CCCs and will be obtaining their own 501C3 status, independent of the CCCs.  The CCCs are also working on obtaining 501C3 status.

(3)    The Farmers Market is going strong, with market items, food and music.

(4)    New Projects – EKO friendly housing and Portable speed indicator signs.  The CCCs will plan a fundraiser to purchase the speed indicator signs.

(5)    Wilson presented the Council framed pictures of Riggins in the 1920s and 40s.  The signs will be displayed in City Hall.

 

At this time the draft of a letter to Dave Tucker concerning his water-sewer hookup and the library carpet was reviewed by the Council.  The Council agreed with the contents of the draft.

 

The Clerk reported that the sign ordinance draft had been sent to City Atty Adam Green for his review and preparation.

 

It was reported that the ITD Beautification Grant, which was planned for the Welcome to Riggins sign project, is due by September 4th.  Councilor Barnard is working on the application.

 

The Clerk reported that the resolution proposed to establish the policy on water and sewer service lines had not yet been completed.  She will work with PWD Charlie Amell on the resolution draft upon his return.

 

It was reported that the sewer renovation project is about two weeks behind schedule.  JUB is working to regain the schedule and is also working with Idaho Dept of Lands on the accretion ground issue.

 

It was reported that Jason Riggle is operating an outfitting business on the Heath rental property.  It was suggested that Heaths be contacted about increased utilities and garbage fees that will be due on the property, since it would be classified as commercial, rather than residential.

 

It was also reported that a RV trailer had been parked on Berger Street, and set up for a long-term stay.  It was requested that a letter be written to Bob Blake and ask him to remove the camper from the city street.  It was also noted that a propane tank was located on the street, and the propane company will be asked to remove it also.

 

Mayor Crump reported that the URA would be working on the new URD plan extending the plan to the full 24 years, until 2030.  John Austin has agreed to provide consulting assistance to the URA in completing the plan.

 

The Clerk reported that Kathryn Stokes had again questioned the irrigation charges on their property.  Stokes indicated that sufficient water was not being provided for irrigation purposes.  The Council asked that the ditch be checked, and if water was running, the irrigation charges must stay. 

 

Mayor Crump asked that the Drinking Water Newsletter and brochure describing storm drain marking information be passed on to PWD Charlie Amell.

 

RC&D has requested that the City join their organization this year, and after review and in consideration of the limited budget, the Council declined.

 

At 9:30pm, Councilor Tom Anderson joined the meeting via telephone conference.  The following items were reviewed:

(1)   The minutes of the previous meeting - After all Councilors were individually polled and confirmed they had read the minutes, with no additions or corrections offered, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the minutes as presented.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays. Motion carried.

(2)   Bills and Financial Statement - After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the statement and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays. Motion carried.

(3)   Appropriation Ordinance #192 - After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(4)   Appropriation Ordinance #192 – Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the Appropriation Ordinance #192 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(5)   Sewer Hookup Ordinance #193 - After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays 

(6)   Sewer Hookup Ordinance #193 - Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #193 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(7)   Water Hookup Ordinance #194- After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(8)   Water Hookup Ordinance #194- Motion was then made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Ordinance #194 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(9)   Ambulance Fee Increase Resolution #09-05 – After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution #09-05 to add new and increase ambulance fees, effective October 1, 2009.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.  A complete copy of Resolution #09-05 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

(10)           Garbage Fee Increase Resolution #09-06 - After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve Resolution #09-06 to increase garbage fees 5%, effective October 1, 2009.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.  A complete copy of Resolution #09-06 is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

(11)           L-2 Tax Certification - After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pass and approve the L2 Property Tax Certification in the amount of $48,470. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(12)           Five additional agenda items – After review of the five items to be added to the agenda, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to add those listed items to the agenda.  Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard and McClure.  No nays.  Motion carried.

(13)           Seven Devils Catering Permit 8/29/09 – After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the alcohol catering permit as requested.  Voting yea, Anderson and Barnard.  No nays.  Councilor McClure abstained from voting.  Motion carried.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

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