The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump. Councilors present were Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Guests present included Tom Lindsey, Randy Dolman, Jim Rehder, Jim and Margaret Medley, Mike and Melissa Blimka, Richelle Barger, Steve Zuhl, Mike Kennedy, and Robert Ader. Doug Giddings joined the meeting later.
The Council was polled and all confirmed that they had read the minutes of the previous meeting, and the only correction offered was the spelling of Skyrman. With that correction noted, the minutes were approved as corrected.
At this time the Public Hearing on the proposed 2007-2008 Appropriation Amendment was held. Mayor Crump explained that the budget amendment was to increase the Sanitation Fund $26,000 to provide for the billing of commercial containers. He reported that previously the City had billed and collected fees for the green carts only. Since the garbage contract now requires the City to collect for all garbage service within the City, including the commercial dumpsters, the Sanitation Fund budget must be increased to allow for that increased revenue and expense. There were brief questions comparing the costs of service with the new contractor versus county costs, etc. There was a sizeable group of citizens present with no pubic comment offered about the budget amendment.
The financial statement was read detailing billing totaling $16,771.70 paid after the August meeting, bringing the total August disbursements to $31,719.26. Bills in the amount of $21,710.70 were presented for payment. After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to approve the statement and allow the bills. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. A copy of the financial statement is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
Idaho County Commissioner Jim Rehder, who is now a candidate for Dist 8 State Representative, visited with the Council and guests about the upcoming election. If elected, Rehder cited schools, roads, health care and grants as issues to address. He reported that Dist 8 covered a large area, from Elk City to Cascade, but he would try to visit each community for input and representation.
Idaho County Commissioner Randy Dolman spoke on the following county issues: (1) Solid Waste the County is trying to get a local landfill developed for the five county area to eliminate increasing trucking costs; (2) a lease agreement has been signed with Fawn Rupp for a repeater site just above town, which should provide for better emergency communication in this area. Dolman, who is now a candidate for the State Senate, then visited with the Council and guests about his campaign. More local control, local TV and local option tax are items he would like to see in the State government. With 85% public lands, with only 15% under private ownership, Dolman stressed the need for local management. He also expressed concern about rural education with declining enrollment and less operating funds, and indicated the need to tax public lands. He also had concerns that since the school M&O had been taken off the property tax, many large corporations and out-of-state property owners owning large parcels of real estate do not contribute to the school funding. He would like to see a school tax that was fair to everyone.
When asked by Mayor Crump, who would take their places, if they are elected to the state offices, they indicated that the Governor would make appointments from candidates selected by the party committees. Both indicated that, if elected, they would maintain open communication with citizens, as they had as County Commissioners, through e-mail, phone calls and correspondence. Tom Lindsey expressed concern for the bureaucracy in Idaho Power, Fish & Game, the environmentalists, Forest Service, police and property tax, and indicated that he would like to see the candidates cut the bureaucracy. Councilor Anderson agreed that the county needed to cut down the number of police officers.
Robert Ader expressed his concern with the Idaho County Sheriff dispatch, citing a complaint made at 10:00am, with a return call not being received until 10:00pm that night. He was not happy with their twelve-hour response time.
Mike Blimka visited with the Council about the residential water and sewer hookup purchased for their property at 1518 N. During the process of obtaining the right-of-way permit from ITD, it was determined that ITD actually owned 106 of their 120 lot, so they would no be able to build on the property. They requested that the hookup fees paid be returned. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to refund the fees paid. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
It was reported that Charlie Amell needed help for several projects and requested that Mike Kennedy be hired. The request will be addressed in executive session.
Tom Lindsey addressed the Council about his problem with the Idaho County Sheriff Office and local deputies, as well as the subdivision and neighbors in the Lucile area. The City Council indicated that they could not help with his problems, which are all county related, and suggested that he contact Idaho County officials with his concerns.
Charlie Amell was not present to give the project reports, however Robert Ader requested approval for the purchase of a $269 shop vac and blower for trash removal. The Council agreed to the purchase.
Jon Wilson was not present, and there was no CCC report.
The subject of the proposed sign ordinance was brought up. Previously it was suggested to modify the Grangeville ordinance, but since it dealt mainly with billboards, the Council agreed it was not relevant to our needs. Further research will be done on the regulation.
At this time Ordinance # 190 , amending the 2007-2008 Appropriation Ordinance, to increase the Sanitation Fund $26,000 was read.
APROPRIATIONS AMENDMENT ORDINANCE #190
AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF RIGGINS, IDAHO, AMENDING ORDINANCE NO. 176,
THE APPROPRIATIONS ORDINANCE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2007, to
reflect the receipt of unscheduled revenue, increasing and establishing the
appropriations for expenditures in the SANITATION FUND; providing that the tax
levy upon taxable property within the city is not affected hereby; providing
that all ordinances in conflict herewith are repealed to the extent of such
conflict; and providing an effective date.
Since a public hearing on the proposed budget increase was held earlier in the meeting, with no negative public input or comment received, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to suspend with the rules requiring reading of the ordinance on three separate days. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Motion was then made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to pass and approve Ordinance # 190, amending the 2007-2008 Appropriation Ordinance, under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Ordinance #191, increasing the Mayor and Council salary, and compelling their attendance at meetings was then discussed. The Clerk reported that according to Idaho Code and City Atty Albers, the salaries cannot be raised effective October 1, 2008 as originally planned. If the salary is increased, according to code, the raise cannot be effective until January 1 following a city election. A seated Council cannot raise their own wages. After discussion, the Council agreed to continue on with passage of the ordinance, with the effective date of the Mayor and Council salary increase set at January 1, 2010, to comply with Idaho Code. Although the salary increase would be delayed, the section compelling members to attend meetings would be enacted and in place upon ordinance approval. Ordinance #191 was then read:
Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to suspend with the rules requiring the ordinance to be read on three separate days. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. Motion was then made by Friend, seconded by Barnard, to pass and approve Ordinance #191 under suspension of the rules. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
Resolution #08-08 was then read adopting the Attendance Guidelines, as referred to in Ordinance #191. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to pass and approve Resolution #08-08. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays. A copy of the resolution is attached and hereby made a part of this record.
The White Water Park Feasibility Study was briefly reviewed by the Council. The URA recommended that a more in-depth review was needed, a meeting had been scheduled for 3:00pm, Tuesday, September 16th. The Clerk will e-mail the study and the contract scope of work to all URA members, as well as Judd DeBoer and Brian OMorrow, for review prior to the meeting.
The Clerk requested that the funds donated to the Dive Team be removed from the General Fund and placed in a 99 private account, so that they could be used by the Fire Dept for future fund raising activities. It was determined that $3375 of current Dive Team funds were from previous fund raising activities, with the remaining $1007 in the Dive Team balance collected as fees. After discussion, motion was made by Anderson, seconded by Barnard, to transfer the $3375 donated funds, which had been held in the General Fund, to a special 99 OP Dive Team Account. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
It was reported that three Dive Team members were scheduled for training. The Council authorized the payment of the training and travel expenses.
The Clerk reported that Pine Tree Credit Union had been contacted about receiving City funds for deposit. According to their regulation and Idaho Code, the City could deposit investment funds in the credit union if they are approved as an Idaho Public Depository. Pine Tree officials reported that they are not currently approved as an Idaho Public Depository, but are willing to do the application required. Credit Union accounts are insured, similar to FDIC, up to $100,000. After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to deposit $95,000 in the Riggins Pine Tree Credit Union in an interest bearing account for one year, provided that they are certified as an Idaho Public Depository. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
The Council also agreed to limit the funds on deposit at Sterling Savings to $100,000, transferring funds currently held in TCDs to Pine Tree Credit Union and the Idaho State Treasurer Investment Pool. Since there is some confusion about FDIC rules governing public accounts, the bank will be contacted to invite FDIC officials to meet with City and Chamber members. Councilor Friend will contact Vicky Lowe to arrange the meeting.
It was reported that City Atty Albers will pursue a criminal complaint for unpaid, unreported Resort Tax revenue, and is in the process of amending the Local-Option Tax regulation to include the filing of tax liens for the unpaid taxes.
Idaho County Deputy Doug Giddings gave the following police report for August: There were 72 calls in the office, 24 of which were City. There were 33 citations issued, with 19 being within the City, most of which were traffic.
Councilor Barnard suggested that, in the future, the City Council meeting be opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Councilor Anderson expressed opposition to the suggestion, and there was no action taken.
Barnard also proposed a method to determine salary adjustments each year, based on employee performance ratings. Information on the proposal was given to each member for their review, with the matter to be discussed at the next meeting.
Barnard also reported that he would be attending the Leadership Training held in Lewiston, along with his wife, Joyce, who is attending on behalf of the School District.
An update on the Riggins Ambulance activities, prepared by Emergency Medical Supervisor Curt Brimacomb, was presented to the Mayor and Councilors for their review.
A new contract for the street light repairs has been received from Idaho Power Solutions. The contract is being transferred to a different division of Idaho Power with no change in terms. After review of the new document, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Anderson, to approve the change and authorize the Mayors signature. No nays.
The Clerk reported that there were two businesses in town that had been turned back to previous owners, both with outstanding city utility bills. Water service to both properties has been turned off for lack of payment. The owners taking the businesses back felt that they were not responsible for the bills and had declined to pay the outstanding accounts. The water ordinance states that the charges go with the premise, and authorizes tax liens to be placed upon those properties. Two liens were previously filed on one property, but since the property was not sold, but turned back to the previous owner, they were not addressed when the property was transferred. The Clerk requested the Councils guidance in the matter. After discussion, the Council directed the Clerk to contact City Atty Albers, giving him the facts in each case, and to follow his advice in the matter.
At 9:20pm, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to go into executive session to discuss personnel matters. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
At 9:35pm the executive session ended and motion was made by Friend, seconded by Anderson, to resume with regular session. Voting yea, Anderson, Barnard, Friend and McClure. No nays.
After discussion, the Council agreed to hire Mike Kennedy as a temporary laborer at $8.00 per hour, as long as he is needed for Charlies assistance.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.