09-12-11

7:00pm

City Hall

 

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 Kelly Dalquist, Bert Tumelson, Kate MacEachern, Lonnie Barner, Jon Wilson, John Tibbets, Sharon Boggan, and Johnny Pottenger.

 

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 $16,987.75 bills paid after the August meeting, bringing the total August disbursements to $36,293.73.  Bills in the amount of $34,389.73 were then presented for payment.  After review of the bills for payment, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by McClure, 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.

 

Kelly Dalquist, from CEDA, presented the ICDBG closeout documents and final administration payment request of $2500.00.  After review of the documents, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Akins, to approve the final payment request of $2500 to CEDA for administration costs and to authorize the Mayor’s signature on all grant closeout documents.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

An ICDBG grant application for the renovation of the newly acquired IOOF Lodge Hall or “Riggins Community Center” was discussed with Dalquist.  The Mayor and Council inquired about the solicitation requirements for grant writing/administration and design architect services.  It appears that the costs of these services would not normally require a formal advertised RFP process, but it was important to follow the process recommended by Dept of Commerce.  Grant applications are rated and points given for each section of the application, and Dalquist agreed to check with Commerce officials to insure that their preferred solicitation process was followed in order to obtain all the grant application points possible.  ,

 

Bert and Kate, from Cattlemens Café, visited with the Council about the lack of parking in front of their café.  The curb adjacent to the fire hydrant in front of their business, which is painted red for no parking, appears to be the only fire hydrant in town with restricted parking.  They cited the hydrant in front of Crump Chevron, where cars are always parked, as an example.  The parking across the street from the café has a very long no parking designation adjacent to a private driveway.  They objected to the length of the no parking area, and the fact that it was one of very few marked driveways.  They indicated that if safety were an issue, the curb just south of Cloningers should be marked,  that driveway was heavily used, and parking adjacent to it created very dangerous conditions.  They indicated that the loss of three parking places created a hardship for their business as they were losing customers and business because of it.  Kate also reported that she had reviewed the City’s parking ordinance, and thought that it was written to enhance parking in commercial areas, and the no parking being painted by the City was causing them to lose business and customers because of the lack of available parking.  They requested that the Council review the no parking area and allow parking in front of the fire hydrant and across the street.

 

Lonnie Barner, a neighbor from across the street, who has requested that the area be marked for no parking, reported that trucks and cars park on the sidewalk when using that area, blocking handicap sidewalk access.  He also indicated that when cars are parked in the no parking area adjacent to his driveway, he cannot get his boat out of the driveway.

 

After discussion, the Council took their requests and concerns under advisement.

 

Id County Deputy Jon Wilson introduced the new Deputy, John Tibbets, to the Mayor and Council.  He will be replacing Steve Whipple in the Riggins area.  Wilson then gave the following police report for August:  Calls:  Area 100, City 33 with suspicious persons, gas skips and disorderly conduct calls.  Citations:  Area 15, City 11.  He reported that they are following up on the inappropriate porn viewing by a patron in the Library, and all questions should be directed to the Department.  It was reported that the patron has been banned from all future computer use in the Library.  He also reported that they are investigating the recent park vandalism.

 

Recreation Director Sharon Boggan visited with the Council about the golf tournament recently held at the Grangeville Country Club.  She reported that GCC had previously charged $10 green fees for tournaments, with no green fee charges for GCC members.  The Clerk confirmed that that policy was one of the main reasons the tournament remained in Grangeville this year, rather than being held in McCall or New Meadows, as suggested by Boggan due to GCC’s new policy banning tournaments during mid-day, requiring them to begin at 9:00am or 4:00pm.  This year, without prior notice, GCC raised the green fees to $14.  This increased fee was paid at the close of the tournament for all non-members, but now, a month later, a bill for an additional $196 had been received for greens fees for the 14 GCC members participating in the event.  It was reported that the Riggins Chamber Tournament had been cancelled this year, for the same reasons.  After discussion, it was agreed that since the tournament had been held there every year for many years, the lack of prior notice about the fee increases and new charges for GCC members was very unprofessional.  It was suggested that a letter be written to the GCC Board disputing the charges, but indicating that the bill will be paid in the spirit of cooperation.

 

Johnny Pottenger visited with the Council about possible employment with the City.  He has been working with Charlie at the plant and studying the operations manual, and is working with Dept of Labor about a possible internship at the plant.  He is very interested in staying in Riggins with his family and needs work.  After discussion, the Council agreed that Dept of Labor should be contacted about his internship and possible work programs.

 

PWD Charlie Amell gave the following project report:

(1)   Streets – Painting of crosswalks, curbs and parking stripes is complete and the school crossing markings will be finished when the templates are done.

(2)   Well Project – Challenger replaced the noisy check valve in Well #1 at their cost.  Scott Medley relocated the wiring in Well #2 so the MIOX system can be moved into the new area.  The remaining work to be done on Well #2 includes interior sheeting, and painting of the addition and the exterior of the building.

(3)   A complete reading of all meters was done last month and notes were taken on the condition of each meter.  Those needing cleaned will be done prior to the next reading.  He estimates that it will take another reading before an accurate estimate can be made of those meters that are not working.  Also an accurate count should be made of the meters not being read due to vacancies, etc.

(4)   Weed Eater – The weed eater at the plant has a scored piston and cylinder.  Parts are $77 plus labor to repair, or a new one of the same size is $220.  The Council authorized the purchase of a new weed eater.

 

The curb painting marking no parking was discussed.  No parking is generally painted on curbs adjacent to fire hydrants and driveways as a result of citizen complaints.  After discussion, the Council agreed to paint out the red  and eliminate the no parking area adjacent to the fire hydrant in front of Cattlemens, since parking is not restricted near any other hydrant in town.  And it was agreed to establish a standard, uniform length of no parking adjacent to private driveways.  Amell suggested that the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control be used to establish uniform parking restrictions.  The manual or ITD will be consulted for the current regulations.  It was also suggested that a letter be written to John Logue about leaving his semi-truck parked on the city street over weekends.  It was noted that he had recently been parking in Cloningers’s Lot, and should be thanked for this effort.

 

It was reported that the extra Salsenes filters supplied during the construction may be the wrong size.  Amell will attempt to return them for the correct size.

 

The EECBG Well Replacement project was discussed.  The final payment for Challengers retainage in the amount of $6402.51 was presented, along with JUB’s recommendation for payment.  The project is now complete.  After discussion, motion  was made by McClure, seconded by Barnard, to authorize the final payment of $6402.51, taking the funds out of the Water Hookup Fund.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

The Water and Sewer Ordinance review was discussed.  A special workshop to review the ordinance proposal was scheduled for Monday, Sept 19th at 5:30pm.

 

The IOOF transfer was discussed.  The Council agreed that the building should be now called the “Riggins Community Center” and motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to secure the building, change the locks, etc. and to have the police do a regular security check.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.  It was agreed that the Council would pursue a ICDBG renovation grant, with CEDA, Steed Walters, and Debbie Evans contacted for grant writing and administration with Chad Slichter and two additional design architects contacted for their service, following the Dept of Commerce’s preferred process of solicitation.  Chad Slichter will be contacted for a preliminary needs assessment of the building, which the Mayor thought should include looking at the infrastructure, electrical, plumbing, an energy audit, ADA and environmental assessment.  It was reported that grant applications must be filed by March 3rd, but the Mayor would like to see it completed before he left for AZ in January.

 

Mayor Crump reported on the town deer problem and his conversations with F&G Vet Mark Drew.  Dr Drew indicated that the F&G plan to eliminate sick deer from town during the months of January and February, when the louse infestation is most severe.  They will be in contact with landowners adjacent to the city limits for permission to use their property, and all meat will be harvested for consumption by needy families.  All area road kill will be checked for lice also, to see how far the infestation is spreading.

 

Discussion on the fireworks regulation will be taken up during a future meeting.

 

Unauthorized park use was discussed.  Since various groups had been setting up sound systems on the stage, the Chamber had installed a combination lock on the electrical panel serving that area.  Park users have been contacting the City about use of the stage, but also need electricity.  It was suggested that the Park Use Application be revised to include the need for electricity, and the City be given the combination so that it could be turned on, if needed.

 

Mayor Crump reported that some information had been received about upcoming training for water and sewer certification.  He will follow-up on the training information and report further.

 

A complaint has been received about a police officer speeding through town, going an estimated 70 mph.  The Council agreed that the complaint should be relayed to Sheriff Giddings.

 

Mayor Crump reported that ICRMP was providing training and if 80% of the employees completed the Risk Management Training, the insurance premium would be discounted 5%, which would be an estimated $500.  He will contact ICRMP and do follow-up on that training also.

 

A request has been received from PVI Investments to transfer city funds from the State Treasurer LGIP program to their investment firm.  They indicated that they offer the same investments as the State Treasurer, but the City’s interest is higher.   Councilor Friend inquired if they were FDIC insured, and reported that the School Board auditor informed them that the State Treasurer was not FDIC insured.  She will get more info from their auditor and the Clerk will contact City Auditor Jo Bolen for advice concerning the State Treasurer and other investments.

 

Water Adjustment requests – Swinford Acct 1-38, and Marty Clay Acct 2-129 have requested adjustment on their water bill. Swinfords had been estimated at last August’s bill, and the house is unoccupied this year and they are redoing the yard and have done no watering. And it appeared that Clay’s meter had not been read accurately previously.  After discussion, motion was made by Barnard, seconded by Akins, to credit Swinford $9.95 back to the minimum water charge and to reduce Clay’s back to August 2010 consumption.  Voting yea, Akins, Barnard, Friend and McClure.  No nays, motion carried.

 

Cleaning of the new community hall was discussed.  Pam Galli will be contacted for information about the current method, as well as the Quilt Club.  It was suggested that it be treated the same as the Heritage Center where everyone using the building is required to clean up after themselves with the City doing a thorough cleaning a couple times a year.

 

The Mayor reported that Dan Miller, of River Trails National Park Service, was encouraging the City to pursue the park and trail planned in connection with the White Water Park.  After discussion, it was agreed that the Mayor should explain that without the White Water Park development, the adjacent land would not be available.   

 

Mayor Crump declared the upcoming City election to be scheduled for November 8, 2011, with voting to be held in the Heritage Center from 8:00am to 8:00pm, with Idaho County presiding over the election, according to new Idaho Code regulations.  There are two Council positions open, currently being held by Carolyn Friend and Larry Barnard.  The period for filing for candidacy is over, with Carolyn Friend, Jack Kappas, Gary Miller and Dave Tucker running for the two positions.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

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                                    Mayor                                                                          Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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