09-14-10

City Hall

7:00pm

 

The regular meeting of the Riggins City Council was called to order by Mayor Crump.  Councilors present were Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  Guests present included Jim Rehder, Jon Wilson, and Curt Brimacomb.

 

The minutes of the previous meeting were presented.  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes. There were no additions or corrections offered and the minutes accepted. 

 

The financial statement was read detailing $16,680.23 bills paid after the August meeting, bringing the total August disbursements to $34,567.16.  Bills in the amount of $21,116.40 were then presented for payment.   After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the financial report and allow the bills.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried. A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

 

There were no additional items added to the agenda.

 

Jim Rehder, who is a candidate for re-election for Idaho County Commissioner visited with the Council and guests, updating them on the County’s recent activities: 

(1)   Secure Rural Schools, which ends next year, is their #1 priority.  If reauthorized, Idaho County will receive $10M, with $250,000 to Salmon River School District.  He emphasized the importance of this legislation.

(2)   SR Gun Club – He is working with BLM and Gun Club members, with the revised application now submitted to BLM.

(3)   Wolves – Since they have been re-listed as an endangered species, Idaho County Commissioners have taken the lead, declaring the county to be in an emergency status to reopen wolf hunts.

(4)   FS Travel Plan – He supports and is pushing the Forest Service to open the roads.

(5)   They are working on the Forest Service land transfers

(6)   Election Consolidation will now require that the County administer all elections, including city elections, school elections, etc.  They will be adding a new elections department to their offices.

(7)   They are seeking economic development citing examples as the Kamiah mill reopening, recruitment of gun manufacturers, and the windmill projects going in on White Bird Hill.

Rehder indicated that he visited Riggins regularly and encouraged everyone to contact him if he could be of assistance in any way.

 

The Council revisited the dry grass problem with the Best Western reporting that they had mowed their property perimeters and had Fire Chief Catherman evaluate the problem.  The Council agreed that the mowed firebreak was adequate.  After further discussion, it was agreed that letters should also be sent to Bagleys and Cloningers, for removal of the dry grass on their vacant properties.

 

Id County Deputy Jonny Wilson reported on the following:

    (1) The police report for August:

Calls:  90 in area, 35 of those in Riggins; Citations: 23 in area, 15 in Riggins.

He reported that they had made 30-40 stops for speeding, with only one of those being southbound.  He feels that speed indicator sign is working, and reported that the northbound sign will be installed soon, upon completion of the construction in that area, but suggested that there may be more problems, then, with jake brakes.

   (2) Wilson also visited with the Council about the City’s dog ordinance.  He and the City Prosecutor, Adam Green, had reviewed the regulation and think it should be revised to better define the enforcement.  It was agreed that the Council would review the ordinance with suggested changes for Adam Green’s review. 

(3)   The Sheriff’s Office is proposing an Idaho County Inmate work program, where the inmates would do community service activities for the City, and presented a MOU between the City and Idaho County for the Council’s review.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to join the work program, and approve the MOU as presented.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

Wilson also reported that the water meters in his driveway would have to be lowered before the approach is paved during the construction in that area.  Robert Ader will be contacted.

 

Curt Brimacomb gave the following EMS report:

(1)    The new Basic EMT class is scheduled to begin at the end of the month.

(2)    The State EMS inspected the ambulances today, and the QRU will have to be brought into town for the annual inspection also. It has been parked up the main Salmon River for use, if needed above the road construction area.

(3)    The ambulance license has to be renewed by the end of October, but the applications have not yet been received from the State.

(4)    He requested authorization to purchase training equipment needed for required continuing education. He has found several different manikins for airway management training, with the least expensive being around $500.  The Council suggested that he contact Dr. Mucha for her recommendation, and motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to authorize the purchase of the $500 equipment or least expensive unit recommended.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

(5)    He reported the number of ambulance runs up this year, that the summer has been very busy.

(6)    An $800 grant application for Intraosseous Pediatric Trainer has been submitted to McCall Memorial Hospital.

(7)    He would like to review the ambulance rates during the next budget period, indicating that with the new billing system, the total amount of some billing had decreased.

(8)    He presented the proposed Ambulance Subscription Application for the Council’s review and further discussion at the October meeting.

(9)    He requested that the 2011 training budget be used to attend the Trauma Conference in SunValley and the Wilderness Upgrade Course scheduled in November. He will do more research on the courses and costs and will discuss further at the October meeting.

(10)Curt visited with the Council about the need for a power stretcher for the ambulance.  He indicated that the number of EMTs had declined, and almost all of the present EMTs had sustained injuries trying to lift patients.  The power stretcher operates on batteries, and can lift up to 750 lbs.  He felt that the Council should consider this type of equipment, especially considering that many of our EMTs and drivers are women.   Normally, the equipment runs from $12,000-$15,000, but he had found one company with demo units for $8000.  Various funding sources were discussed – fundraisers, donations, the Ambulance O&M Reserve, etc., and Curt indicated that he would do further research for the October meeting.

 

The problem of the sick deer in town was brought up.  Idaho F&G had been invited to attend the Council meeting to talk about the deer problem, but could not schedule it, and sent a letter re-stating their opinion – if the Council wants something done about the problem, the City must conduct a special in-town hunt to reduce the numbers.  After discussion, it was agreed that the F&G should be invited again to attend a meeting to discuss the sick deer problem.

 

Charlie Amell’s project report was presented:

(1)    Streets – Crews are painting crosswalks now, but traffic paint in unavailable at this time to finish the school crossing and curb painting.  They will be finished as soon as the paint is available.

(2)    Puncture Weeds – City crews have been spraying along the sidewalks and in the park, and Jack Kappas has been helping also with the weed eradication.

(3)    Bridge Water & Sewer Lines – Lines are complete and pressure testing done, under the supervision of Paul Stevens.  There is a minor punch list that Paul will detail in a letter.

(4)    Sewer Renovation – Aeration system in both basins are installed.  The Clarifier has been bypassed, new components installed.  Factory representatives have been onsite to supervise both installations.

 

The Council agreed that Charlie be requested to have the school crosswalks painted as soon as possible.

 

The Council then discussed the sewer renovation project

Several change order proposals for JC Constructors, were presented:  After discussion, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to approve the following proposals totaling $13,696:

(1)    Proposal #11, $1609 Replace west weir in digester

(2)    Proposal #13, $8994 Hack chlorine analyzer

(3)    Proposal #14, $2493 Demo Clarifier baffles/remove sludge load tank

(4)    Proposal #16, $  600 Clarifier control panel

Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

It was reported that Idaho Power will need additional funds, estimated to be $5000, for the new power installation required by the sewer renovation, if it is to be done before the middle of October.  Idaho Power has a heavy workload at this time, and will have to subcontract out the work if it is needed prior to that time.  This cost would be in addition to the $9349 the City was required to pay in April at the time the work order was placed.

JC Constructors reported that the power is needed as soon as possible, in order to complete the project on schedule.  The Council was not happy at this news, and Mayor Crump will contact Idaho Power officials about the increased cost.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to pay the additional $5000, if it is found to be necessary after visiting with Idaho Power officials, in order to get the installation underway, keeping the project on schedule.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried

 

The White Water River Park was discussed.  A letter has been received from Dept of Water Resources indicating that they will not proceed with the application for the in-stream work, because they and the Atty General’s office have determined that the construction would not be an allowed activity under the Little Salmon River Basin Plan.

They advised that, if the City wished to continue, we would have to meet with the State Water Board, and upon their concurrence, the State Legislature would have to enact legislation amending the LSR Plan to allow the construction.  After review of the LSR Basin Plan, Mayor Crump reported that the plan may be open to interpretation – that some wording and stated goals of the Plan indicate that construction of the River Park would be an allowable use, and may even qualify as a recreation goal of the Plan. He will plan to meet with Dept of Water Resource officials to request a re-evaluation of their decision, and if that is unsuccessful, to determine the course of action needed to change the Plan.

 

CEDA, who was selected for the White Water River Park ICDBG grant writing and administration, presented a grant writing contract proposal for $2500.00.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to table the subject of the contract until the permit issue with Dept of Water Resources is resolved.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

There is no new news on the EECBG Pump Replacement project.  JUB continues to work on the electrical design.

 

The Vendor issue was brought up, and the Council agreed that the ordinance may need to be amended to address non-profits and vending by children.  It was suggested that a ordinance review be done at a special meeting – and one was tentatively scheduled for November 17th at 7:00pm.

 

Moe Een did not attend the meeting to discuss the Farmers Market/access signage.

 

The Clerk reported that EMS personnel asked if double time on holiday ambulance runs was still being paid.  After review, it was determined that double pay for holiday ambulance runs had not been included in the budget since 2005.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to authorize double time pay for EMS personnel on ambulance runs for the following three holidays:  Thanksgiving, Christmas, and July 4th, effective October 1, 2010.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

The Loewenstein complaint against Riverview Motel was discussed.  After discussion, it was generally agreed that the City should not become involved in a civil complaint between a business and customer, and if it is a police matter, they should be called.  However, in this case, due to the threatening nature of the email received, City Atty Green had been contacted for his advice. Green advised the City not to respond to the complaint, and he emailed Loewenstein advising him that any further city correspondence should be directed to him, as the City Atty.  There has been no further action taken on the complaint.

 

At this time Recreation Engr and Planning’s invoice #5 in the amount of $4218 and #6 for $3648, for payment of “Additional Items” – defined as their response to Corps of Engrs questions on the in-stream permit, was presented.  After review, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, to approve the $7866 invoices as payment of Element #8, “Additional Items”.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

A request from Alice Montalvo to remove the garbage charges from her bill in July was read.  Montalvo indicated that they were only in residence a short time and did not use the green carts, with her relatives hauling their trash away.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Friend, to deny the waiver of garbage charges for the month, as Montalvo was in residence and the store open.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

A letter has been received from Dennis Albers about Idaho County Title’s $1822 bill for the litigation guarantee on the riverbank property.  The letter was written jointly to the City and to Vicky Lowe, indicating he was waiting to hear from Vicky about the bill, since the City did not order the title company’s work.  He also indicated that he would not be billing for his work at this time.  It was agreed that Vicky should be contacted about the letter, and the subject would be revisited at the October meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                              Clerk