RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

SPECIAL COMBINED MEETING

(Riggins Urban Renewal District and City of Riggins)

August 29, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.

City Hall

 

PUBLIC HEARING

FY18-19 Budget – Increased Sewer and Irrigation Fees

No comments received.

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

Guests:  Bill Lenhart, Belinda Provancher, Anne Labelle, Mackenzie Lyon

The purpose of the special meeting was to approve URA Budget Resolution; City Budget Appropriation Ordinance and Resolutions; and review Community Partnership Agreement with Midas Gold Idaho.

RIGGINS URBAN RENEWAL DISTRICT – FY19 BUDGET RESOLUTION #18-01:  Motion was made by Friend to accept Resolution #18-01 for the Riggins URD; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.

CITY – FY19 BUDGET:  A public hearing was held August 8th on the proposed budget, ambulance fee increases, and returned check fee.  Another public hearing was held August 29th on the sewer and irrigation fee increases.  No comments were received at either public hearing.

Appropriation Ordinance #222 was presented:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, ENTITLED THE ANNUAL APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE FOR FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2018, AND ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 2019, APPROPRIATING THE SUM OF $5,304,250 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 #222; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.

At this time, a motion was made by Miller to accept Annual Appropriation Ordinance #222 for fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018 appropriating $5,304,250, and to publish the Ordinance in the next edition of the Idaho County Free Press; seconded by Akins.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote - yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

RESOLUTION #18-04 was presented authorizing new fees and various increases in Ambulance Fees effective October 1, 2018.

RESOLUTION #18-05 was presented authorizing a new fee for returned checks effective October 1, 2018.

RESOLUTION #18-06 was presented authorizing an increase in Sewer and Irrigation Fees effective October 1, 2018.

Motion was made by Wilson to approve Resolution #18-04, #18-05, and #18-06 as presented; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Akins, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

L-2 CERTIFICATION OF PROPERTY TAX LEVY was presented in the amount of $73,704.  Motion was made by Miller to approve and authorize the Mayor’s signature on the L-2 Certification to be sent to Idaho County; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Friend, Wilson, Akins and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

MIDAS GOLD IDAHO – COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT:  Mayor McClure thanked the representatives from Midas Gold for attending today. 

Councilor Akins reported he has a meeting next week with members of the technical staff to discuss his concerns with issues including acid rock drainage and humidity cell testing.  After these are addressed to his satisfaction, he will be more comfortable with considering the agreement.  Akins stated the fishery, a clean river system and clean drinking water are his priorities.  Akins also suggested information be shared with the citizens in a public forum type meeting. 

Anne Labelle clarified that the letter in the Community Partnership Agreement is only a letter from the City, not a “letter of support”.  MGI is hoping to collect people from the communities around the table in order to communicate and discuss concerns.  Why do they want an agreement?... to hold MGI accountable going forward.  These groups will carry on beyond the life of the project.

There are two groups – the operation of the mine, and the foundation group.  Two individuals from the community will be appointed by the City Council to serve on the group(s).  This is an annual appointment that can be extended beyond a year.  Once thee groups are selected by the community leaders, issues will be identified and solved together… impact on communities including transportation, education, work force, housing, etc.  Meetings have been held with other City leaders and the general consensus is to move forward; have also heard the agreement should be condensed and not so wordy.  The next draft revision will be out in the next couple weeks for review. 

A Focus Group on the Agreement is being formed; meeting September 21st to review the agreement.  Mayor McClure suggested Councilor Akins represent the Riggins community; Akins agreed.

Bill Lenhart volunteered to participate in the process.

Councilor Miller thanked the MGI representatives for the $10,000 donation to the Stage Project. 

The Community Partnership Agreement will be on the September 12th City Council agenda.

At this time, Mayor McClure requested an Executive Session.  Motion was made by Friend at 9:55 a.m. to go into Executive Session per Idaho Code 74-206(b) to discuss a personnel issue; seconded by Miller.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Friend, Akins, Miller and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

At 11:55 a.m., Friend made a motion to end the Executive Session and resume regular business; seconded by Miller.  Mayor McClure conducted a roll call vote – voting yea, Friend, Akins, and Miller. Councilor Wilson left the meeting prior to this motion.  No nays; motion carried.

As a result of the Executive Session, motion was made by Friend to put John Pottenger on Paid Administrative Leave through September 5th; seconded by Miller. 

A Special City Council Meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 12:00 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer