RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL
August 8, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.
The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Glenna McClure. Councilors present were Wilson, Miller, and Friend. Councilor Akins was absent.
Guests: Gavin Lewis, Harold Martin, Anne LaBelle, Scott and Beverly Davenport
Staff: Dan Wash
JULY MINUTES: Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the regular June meeting minutes as well as the Special meeting minutes. Motion was made by Wilson to approve the July meeting minutes as presented; motion was seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, and Miller. No nays; motion carried.
FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT: The financial statement was read detailing $1,146.03 paid after the July meeting bringing the total July disbursements to $46,919.19. Bills in the amount of $21,766.70 were then presented for payment. Motion was made by Friend to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Wilson. Voting yea, Miller, Wilson, and Friend. No nays; motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
IDA-LEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL – Gavin Lewis, Economic Development Director, introduced himself to the Council, distributed pamphlets on IDA-LEW, and provided a brief description of their free services and partnership with CEDA in Idaho and Lewis counties. They have been working with cities and businesses, Idaho and Lewis counties, and the ID Department of Commerce working together as a private non-profit corporation since 2001. The focus is on assisting business owners to become successful, expand, solve problems and grow the economy. They can connect businesses with other organizations that provide grants and funding, loans, technical assistance and training. Earlier this week, Mayor McClure met with Lewis and Jenny Hemly with the ID Department of Commerce to discuss issues and concerns in our area. Mayor McClure reported the issues were mainly lack of housing and employees. Lewis has set up a couple training sessions in Riggins over the next couple months: 1) Social Media Workshop on September 18th; and 2) Business 101 presented by John Lane (CEDA) on October 4th. He also noted there is an Economic Development Conference in Moscow on September 20th. The Council requested information on the workshops in Riggins be included in the next City Newsletter.
MIDAS GOLD IDAHO – Anne LaBelle, legal counsel with Midas Gold, introduced herself along with Scott Davenport, a member of the MGI focus group. LaBelle distributed a summary draft of the Community Partnership Agreement explaining that the agreement addresses the social aspect of the Stibnite Project. The intent of the agreement is that each community would select an individual to serve on the group, as well as an individual to serve on the Board. MGI is requesting comments on the draft agreement from the City Council in August to be incorporated in the next draft for review. Mayor McClure requested that the Council table the discussion until Councilor Akins is present at the August 29th Special Meeting.
FY18-19 BUDGET: The Clerk reported the Public Hearing Notice for the Sewer and Irrigation fee increases were not published prior to this meeting. The notice will be published in the August 15 and 22 issues of the Idaho County Free Press. After discussion, the Council agreed on a Special City Council Meeting on Wednesday, August 29th at 9 a.m. to hold the Public Hearing on the Sewer and Irrigation fees, and consider approving the FY18-19 Budget.
EMS – no report
FIRE – no report
LIBRARY – Susan provided a written report: Summer Reading Program, “Libraries Rock”, ended yesterday with 5 kids; they were sent home with all kinds of musical instruments – tambourines, maracas, mustache whistles, inflatable guitars, saxophones and microphones; they were also provided with backpacks with 6 books each. The Library recently received a $500 donation from a new couple in town to be used for books and supplies for the library. New books have been ordered.
PUBLIC WORKS – Public Works Director, Dan Wash, reported:
§ Water Tank – maintenance and repair was budgeted for in FY19; MIDCO has provided a bid of $9,600 and have indicated they would like to include the City in their schedule (travel from North Dakota) in October.
§ Drying Beds at treatment plant – have not been drying properly; took one bed apart and rebuilt in with new piping; should improve the process.
§ Park – surveillance camera project is complete; lawn has been fertilized and seeded to improve the appearance.
§ Carlson water service – new meter was installed; Carlson’s have put in a new waterline.
§ Sewer Line replacement – discussed bid from Dr. Pipeline for $45 per foot (minimum of 1,000 feet) to install the cured in place pipe. Dan will continue to research options available.
§ Treatment Plant experienced some high flows over Hot Summer Nights – 76,000.
§ Shawn is doing great and progress is being made on projects.
SCAT PROJECT – FOREST SERVICE: Council reviewed a draft “will serve” letter to the Forest Service which states the City of Riggins will serve their site at Hells Canyon NRA with potable water and sanitary sewer utilities provided they are constructed and/or extended at the expense of the developer and construction plans and specs are approved by the City of Riggins and Idaho DEQ. Mayor McClure will sign the letter and send to Forest Service.
ANIMAL RESCUE FOUNDATION: The Council reviewed the correspondence received from ARF regarding their creation of a regional no-kill animal shelter headquartered in Grangeville. ARF is a non-profit with a Board of Directors who is working with CEDA on a grant for a sustainability plan. ARF is requesting a pledge of support from the City of Riggins for a regional no-kill animal shelter. After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to approve Mayor McClure’s pledge of support for the City of Riggins; seconded by Miller. Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson. No nays; motion carried.
PARKING LOT: the Council discussed the possibility of getting a grant to purchase the old Riggins Whitewater Market site for parking. Councilor Miller expressed concern over doing away with a potential business location and the associated property tax revenue. Councilor Friend stated many grants take into consideration the availability of parking when considering grant applications. Also discussed the need for affordable housing in town. The area’s designation as an Opportunity Zone by the Governor will hopefully encourage long-term investments in our community while providing a tax break on the capital gains from these investments. Mayor McClure listed the vacant properties in town; Council agreed that a packet of information be developed and sent out to the vacant property owners describing the need for affordable housing, Opportunity Zone designation, and opportunities they may not be aware of.
PAST DUE WSG BILLING: Reviewed.
FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS
Salmon River Chamber of Commerce – SALMON RUN – September 8th from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Kara Stephenson and Matt Partridge – wedding reception – September 9th from 8 a.m. to midnight
IDA-LEW – Social Media Workshop – September 18th from 6-8 p.m.
IDA-LEW – Business 101 with John Lane of CEDA – October 4th from 6-8 p.m.
OFF-SITE CHAIR/TABLE RENTAL:
Megan Jarvis – September 22-23
CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:
Wilderness Eatery – Harold Martin requested the Council review the utility billing for his café stating they are only open for breakfast and lunch. After discussion, the Council requested that Martin complete a Commercial Business Assessment form to determine the accuracy of billing.
Muench – request to waive May 15th ambulance fee. Council tabled until more information is available.
MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled
WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.