RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

August 14, 2019 – 6:15 p.m.

City Hall

6:15 p.m. - PUBLIC HEARING was held on both the City and URA Budgets for FY19-20.  Guests:  Rene Jungert, Brady Clay and Gary Haueter.  One comment from Rachel Diaz (lives outside City limits) was posted on the City’s Facebook page for the Public Hearing… “It would be nice for the city to consider a “local” price vs. non-local for facility usage.  Having been in the hospitality industry for 10 years, you could be charging much more for the venues offered by the city, but I’d hate these same fees to be imposed on locals.”

6:30 p.m. - 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:  Rene Jungert, Brady Clay and Gary Haueter

Staff: Jeff Joyce, Dan Wash

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,172.65 paid after the July meeting bringing the total July disbursements to $61,105.64.  Bills in the amount of $28,937.10 were then presented for payment.  Briefly discussed Park Fund deficit; Clerk will research and report.  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.

PARKING ON MAIN STREET:  Rene Jungert brought her concern about a semi tractor-trailer parked on Main Street to the Council’s attention.  Jungert lives on Church Street and is unable to turn left onto Main Street when a tractor-trailer is parked on Main Street (south side of Church Street).  Jungert stated she had spoke with a Deputy with the Idaho County Sheriff’s Department who told her she needed to speak with the City Council.  Councilor Wilson indicated the truck must be 15 feet from the corner.  Parking Ordinance states semi tractor-trailers cannot be parked over 24 hours on Main Street.  After discussion, Clerk was requested to contact owner of truck, notify him of the ordinance, alert him to the concern and ask that he park across the street or in another location.

TOYS FOR TOTS:  Clerk reported that Mike Neal is requesting that the Council make a determination if the Toys for Tots program is needed in the Riggins area.  Clerk contacted the Secret Santa coordinator, Jennifer Llewellyn, for her feedback.  Llewellyn indicated there is not a big enough need in her opinion; there is a small number of children residing in the area, and with the support of local residents and businesses, she believed the Toys for Tots program would benefit another community more than it would benefit Riggins.  The Council also suggested Neal contact local churches about their needs. 

CITY OF NEZ PERCE – NPDES PERMIT:  Council reviewed the 7/30/19 letter from Steve Bateman, Mayor of Nez Perce regarding the Clean Water Act Compliance in Rural America.  The letter detailed concerns the City of Nez Perce has with the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit limits, which they cannot attain without costly upgrades to their system.  The Council also reviewed the 7/31/19 letter from Mayor Bateman to legislators detailing their frustrations with EPA, and requested assistance with their Petition for Review and support for small rural communities.  Riggins contract operator, Jason Wereley, also reviewed the correspondence from Mayor Bateman; Wereley requested the Clerk contact Nez Perce for a copy of their new permit and previous permit to review parameters.  Wereley indicated other small cities in the area are considering challenging the IPDES as well depending on how much their new permit changes.  The City of Riggins should receive the new permit in the near future, and will determine how to proceed then. 

IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR – MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:  The Clerk presented an MOU from the Department of Labor regarding the use of the Council Room on a weekly basis (Tuesday) going forward.  After review, Mayor McClure signed the MOU.

MIDAS GOLD – UPDATE ON STIBNITE ADVISORY COUNCIL:  Clerk reported that Bob Crump has been elected President of the Stibnite Foundation.  The Stibnite Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th.

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – no report

SURPLUS AMBULANCE TIRES:  Motion was made by Friend to surplus six (6) Hankook  LT265/70R17 winter tires; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

LIBRARY – no report

FIRE – Jeff Joyce reported the following:

^  Jeff and Roger have been putting in a lot of hours on maintenance and fixing the Mack.

^  Blue Truck – contacted Frank’s Repair in Grangeville; specialist believes fixing the pump could be a simple fix.  Jeff will followup.

^  Thanks to the EMS for their support during the Race Creek Fire.

^  Fire Hydrant by NRA – when SCAT project starts, would be a good time to locate the valve in the highway.  Councilor Miller requested that Jeff contact ITD about this.

SURPLUS FIRETRUCK:  After discussion, motion was made by Wilson to declare the 1972 LaFrance Truck surplus; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan Wash reported the following:

Shawn Boyd has been terminated effective August 7, 2019.  Boyd has requested reimbursement for personal tools and equipment he brought to work on his own, claiming they were ruined during the course of work (2 nylon slings @ $72 each; canvas bolt bucket @ $68; and ¾ ton Come-A-Long with chain @ $435).  Dan indicated Boyd brought these to the job site on his own, and was not asked to bring them.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to reimburse Boyd for the nylon slings - $144; motion seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried. 

Discussed hiring an individual willing to get their Operator licenses and make a career out of the position.  IRWA has an Apprenticeship program Dan will check into.

FY19-20 BUDGET:  A Public Hearing was held at 6:15 p.m. on the proposed budget, water fee increase, park use fee increase, ambulance fee increase and new fee.  No comments were received.

Appropriation Ordinance #223 was presented:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2019, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2020, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $5,564,808 TO DEFRAY THE EXPENSES 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 suspend further reading of the Annual Appropriation Ordinance #223; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

At this time, a motion was made by Friend to accept the Annual Appropriation Ordinance #223 for fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019 appropriating $5,564,808, and to publish the Ordinance in the next edition of the Idaho County Free Press; seconded by Miller.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

RESOLUTION #19-03 was presented authorizing an increase in Water Fees effective October 1, 2019.

RESOLUTION #19-04 was presented authorizing an increase in Park Use Fees effective October 1, 2019.

RESOLUTION #19-05 was presented authorizing new fees and fee increase in Ambulance Fees effective October 1, 2019.

Motion was made by Friend to approve Resolution #19-03, 19-04, and 19-05 as presented; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

L-2 CERTIFICATION – PROPERTY TAX LEVY:  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the Clerk’s L-2 Certification; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT – RESOLUTION #19-01:  Motion was made by Miller to approve the URD Resolution #19-01 for the FY19-20 Budget in the amount of $2,555,944; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

STEWART – WATER LEAK ADJUSTMENT:  John Stewart (Account #2-350) is requesting a credit adjustment on his account for a water leak in July 2019; proof of repair provided.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve a credit adjustment to Stewart’s account in the amount of $78 which will make the July billing equivalent with July 2018; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

PAST DUE WSG ACCOUNTS:  reviewed

FACILITY RENTAL APPLICATIONS

PARK: 

Salmon River Chamber of Commerce – Salmon Run BBQ on September 14th

Matt Fedrizzi – July 4, 2020 for Wedding Reception

RIGGINS COMMUNITY CENTER:     

Salmon River Art Guild – Fall Art Show on October 4th – 7th (both levels)

Jeannie Fitch – 50th Anniversary Party – October 19th

CLERK:

Clarified cell phone reimbursement for Public Works Director is retroactive from June 2019 at $50 per month.

Court Fines – no receipts – Clerk will check into with County.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer