RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

August 11, 2014 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall

PUBLIC HEARING – A Public Hearing was held addressing the FY2014-15 City of Riggins Budget and the Proposed Fee Increases effective October 1, 2014.  There was one comment in writing received from Dolly Gill… “I propose you stay within your current budget.  A raise in fees would make my home on Borah Street $99.05 per month.  I can pass it on to the renter but they can’t afford more either.  I’m sure you will find a way to keep the cost down”.  There being no other comments, the Public Hearing was adjourned. 

At this time, the regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure.  Councilors present were Wilson, Friend and Miller.  Councilor Akins was absent.  Guests: Sam Stokes, Sam Stokes Jr., Stan Autrey, Norm Klobetanz, Ross Campbell, Jeff Joyce, and Susan Hollenbeak.

JULY MINUTES:  July meeting minutes were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes.  Mayor McClure requested a correction be made to the minutes amending the date of the URA Public Hearing to September 8, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Motion was made by Friend to accept the minutes with the correction of the URA Public Hearing date; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

FINANCIAL STATEMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,563.61 paid after the July meeting, bringing the total July disbursements to $44,138.92.  Bills in the amount of $25,457.25 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial report and allow the bills; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Wilson, Miller, and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

STOKES – IRRIGATION WAIVER REQUEST:  Sam Stokes addressed the Council requesting a waiver on his Irrigation billing for June and July 2014 stating he did not have any irrigation water during these months.  Ross explained to the Council that the ball valve from the flume gets clogged with silt; the problem can be easily solved by jarring the valve.  Mayor McClure requested that the ball valve be checked on a regular basis by Public Works staff.  The Council requested that Mr. Stokes notify City Hall immediately when he notices an issue with his irrigation. 

OLD BUSINESS

FIRE DEPARTMENT - Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, provided the following report:

  • The window air conditioning unit in the EMS training room is not working.  Councilor Miller stated there is a swamp cooler from the Riggins Community Center available.  Miller and Joyce will work together to install the swamp cooler, or locate a suitable unit for the room.
  • Salmon River Run has requested that the City Fire Department sponsor the Kids Fun Run.  Joyce will be ordering fire safety items to provide to the kids.
  • Fire Prevention Week is coming up.  Joyce will also be ordering fire safety items for this event at the schools.
  • Picnic – September 16th at 6 p.m.:  A family potluck picnic will be held Tuesday, September 16th at City Park for the City EMS and Fire Department, Salmon River Rural Fire Department, and White Bird Fire Department volunteers.
  • Fire Hydrants – Joyce reported that the Back Eddy Grill hydrant valve has been opened and is now operational; discussed concerns about the inaccessibility of the hydrant with the tables and fence around it.  Also discussed the hydrant at Mountain River Outfitters which has landscaping rocks built up behind the hydrant.  The City Clerk was directed to prepare certified letters to both business owners referencing the Fire Ordinance and requesting that modifications be completed by a specified date to the hydrants on their property.  Chief Joyce will report to the Council next month on the status of all hydrants throughout town.

EMS REPORT- no report.

CITY PROJECTS REPORT:

WATER/STREET/PARK – Ross Campbell

a)    Cemetery Hill Waterline Replacement Project – costs for project were under $26,000.  Still need to map out the lines.

b)    Sewer Plant – processing 70,000 to 80,000 gallons per day.  Drying beds with the new sand are working well.

c)    Park – Lift station pump was replaced and is running good.  Challenger wired the new pump; it was noted that the City did not have the schematic on the lift station wiring originally completed by Medley Electric; a request for the schematic has been requested from Medley Electric; the Clerk has sent a second request to Medley.

d)    Park – signage was discussed.  Ross has installed the “No Overnight Parking” between the restrooms and Cleo Patterson sign, and the “Park Reserved” sign on the left between the bank and Patterson sign.  The “Dog on a Leash” and “Pickup after your Dog” signs are located near the restrooms and garbage can.  Discussed possibly needing another dog sign near the river bank. 

e)    Projects scheduled include resolving the meter issue at the Irwin Center, exterior painting of the Community Center and Plant, and installing the new street signs in North Riggins. 

f)     Post Office – Mayor McClure requested that the weeds be mowed at the Post Office. 

SEWER – no report.

BOAT RAMP RENOVATION PROJECT:  No report.

NEW BUSINESS

FY2014-15 BUDGET APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE #212: 

AN ORDINANCE ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2014, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $4,701,481 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 OBJECTS AND PURPOSES FOR WHICH SAID APPROPRIATION IS MADE.

A motion was made by Friend to dispense with the rule requiring ordinances to be read on three separate days and once in full of the Annual Appropriation Ordinance No. 212 for Fiscal Year beginning October 1, 2014; seconded by Wilson; roll call vote - voting yea Friend, Miller and Wilson; no nays; motion carried.  At this time, a motion was made by Friend to accept Annual Appropriation Ordinance No. 212 for Fiscal year beginning October 1, 2014 appropriating $4,701,481; seconded by Miller; roll call vote - voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson; no nays, motion carried. 

2014 L-2 DOLLAR CERTIFICATION ON BUDGET REQUEST TO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS: Clerk presented the L-2 Dollar Certification on Budget Request to Board of County Commissioners showing a Property Tax Levy of $65,558.  Motion was made by Wilson to certify the L-2 and Property Tax Levy of $65,558; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend; no nays; motion carried.

OPEN BURNING ORDINANCE #211: 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO COUNTY, IDAHO, KNOWN AS THE RIGGINS OPEN BURNING ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR ENFORCEMENT WITHIN THE RIGGINS CITY LIMITS; AND, PROVIDING FOR THE ORDINANCE BECOMING EFFECTIVE UPON ITS PASSAGE, APPROVAL, AND PUBLICATION.

A motion was made by Wilson to dispense with the rule requiring ordinances to be read on three separate days and once in full for Open Burning Ordinance No. 211; seconded by Miller; roll call vote - voting yea Friend, Miller and Wilson; no nays; motion carried.  At this time, a motion was made by Miller to accept the Open Burning Ordinance No. 211; seconded by Wilson; roll call vote - voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson; no nays, motion carried. 

IRRIGATION ORDINANCE #200:  Clerk distributed a copy of the original Irrigation Ordinance #51 from 1972, along with the most recent (Ordinance #200) effective October 2010.  Mayor McClure suggested splitting the annual Irrigation fee over four months in 2015 (June through September) rather than the current three months.  After discussion, it was decided that the Council will review the ordinance and determine issues needing clarified in an amended ordinance at the next meeting.  At the September Council meeting, the Irrigation rates will be amended in Ordinance #200 as outlined in the proposed fee increases for FY2014-15.

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed by Council.  

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS:  None

PARKING VIOLATIONS:  Discussed numerous parking issues throughout town.  Trailers are being left on Highway 95 and at the upper CityPark parking area.  Clerk was directed to notify owners of Ordinance #142 which addresses parking regulations.

SERVICE WAIVER REQUESTS:

  • STOKES – IRRIGATION:  Sam Stokes has requested his Irrigation fee be waived for June and July stating he did not have irrigation water during this time.  The Service Request file was reviewed and it was determined that the first time Mr. Stokes contacted City Hall regarding the irrigation ditch was July 7th; at that time, the ball valve was cleared and water was available.  Following discussion, motion was made by Wilson to deny the Irrigation fee waiver request for Sam Stokes for June and July 2014; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

GORDON BARNER & GALE LARSON – IRRIGATION BILLING:  The Clerk brought the issue to the Council’s attention that Gordon Barner has never been billed for Irrigation.  Apparently, years ago when the property was split, the Irrigation billing remained on the neighboring property (Gale Larson).  Mr. Larson has been billed for an Acre ($60) rather than a Lot ($45) since that time.  Motion was made by Miller to bill Gordon Barner for Irrigation effective 2014, and to adjust the 2014 Irrigation billing for Gale Larson to $45; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Miller and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

CEMETERY HILL – WATER SERVICE ADJUSTMENTS:  The Clerk presented usage information for Cemetery Hill property owners who provided water for dust control on the road following completion of the project.  Motion was made by Friend to adjust Bryan Bagley (1-62) to the equivalent of July 2013 consumption, and Stan Autrey (1-63) to minimum of $25; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.