RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL MEETING

August 23, 2016 – 9:00 a.m.

City Hall

This Special meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor McClure.  Councilors present were Miller, Wilson, Friend, and Akins. 

The purpose of this Special meeting was to review the ballot language for the proposed Resort Tax issue to be voted on in November, and to discuss a waiver request. 

RESORT TAX: 

  • Mayor McClure requested comments and feedback from Council members.  Discussion included pros and cons of each option that has been considered including an additional 2% on packaged beer, wine, and tobacco products, or an additional percentage on all other retail sales.  Also discussed the consequences of the Resort Tax not passing… increased sewer rates. 
  • Council members reviewed the previous Resort Tax ballot question for the vote in 2006.  Motion was made by Wilson to keep the current 2% Local Option Tax on lodging rentals, liquor by the drink and prepared meals , and to add a 1% Local Option Tax on all other taxable retail sales; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.  The Clerk was directed to submit ballot language to the County to continue the 2% on lodging rentals, liquor by the drink and prepared meals, and to add an additional 1% on all other taxable retail sales.
  • Council reviewed the City of Riggins Voter Mailing List received from the County.  Clerk will contact the County regarding deceased voters, and individuals who no longer live in the City. 
  • Discussed sending out a special mailing to voters on the Resort Tax issue in September stressing the higher sewer rates if not passed; also discussed ordering door knob hangers printed with a brief description of the ballot question for distribution in October.  Councilor Friend offered to donate the printing of the door knob hangers at Blevins Agency.   

RIGGINS WHITEWATER MARKET – WAIVER REQUEST:  Mayor McClure reported that John Llewellyn is considering building a new store in their empty lot.  Councilor Wilson was able to contact Llewellyn via phone to discuss his hookup fee waiver request, and what he was proposing.  Llewellyn stated he would like to know if the City would consider helping with city-related fees on the development, including water meters and incidental connection fees. 

There are three (3) Sewer Hookups paid on the property (current cost of $22,500).  After reviewing the Sewer Connection EU Schedule, it was determined that an additional 4.5 EU in hookup fees would be required.  Councilor Miller stated the Council will need more detailed specs on the project to determine water hookup fees, parking lot drainage, and requirements for fire suppression.

Motion was made by Wilson to waive the additional Sewer Hookup fees for the current store project; and that waiver of Water related fees be considered once Llewellyn has more details on the project; and that any additional development of the property beyond the grocery store would be addressed by the Council following a review of specific development plans; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Wilson, Akins, Friend and Miller.  No nays; motion carried. 

Council discussed the Sewer Connection EU Schedule, and associated Hookup Fee.  Council will discuss in more detail at future meeting.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer