RIGGINS CITY COUNCIL

September 12, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

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

Guests:  Jeannie Fitch, Anne LaBelle and Mackenzie Lyon

Staff: Susan Hollenbeak and Jeff Joyce

AUGUST MINUTES:  Council members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the regular August meeting minutes as well as the Special meeting minutes.  Motion was made by Miller to approve the August meeting minutes as presented; motion was seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Wilson, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $2,964.66 paid after the August meeting bringing the total August disbursements to $48,803.26.  Bills in the amount of $21,915.58 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Akins.  Voting yea, Miller, Akins, Wilson, and Friend.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

MIDAS GOLD IDAHO – Councilor Akins reported that he had a meeting with two MGI staff last week to address his concerns regarding humidity cell testing and other heavy metal concerns.  A handout from the meeting, Geochemistry Baseline Study – August 2018, was distributed to the Council for their review.  Akins briefly described the discussion – the humidity cell testing has been completed; acid rock drainage is being addressed on the project plan; three new pits are being opened up with the West Pit holding natural rocks that counteract the effects of the drainage; other pits will be backfilled with this rock.  Akins stated that there is potential in the future for heavy metal leaching, but tests have shown this is not a major concern going forward.  MGI is willing to change their plans to minimize leaching and acid rock drainage.  Councilor Miller reported he went on a tour last week with Kyle at the Stibnite site; his concerns regarding the wastewater treatment at the site were addressed and he was impressed with the plan.

Draft Community Agreement – Anne LaBelle stressed that this is NOT an endorsement of the project, but is meant to encourage ongoing conversation on issues and concerns; MGI would like to complete the agreement now in order to make sure their plan is complete and issues are addressed going forward.  Counties will be asked to participate in the agreement also.  In regard to the Tribes, presentations have been made specific to their issues which they will be considering.  A meeting is scheduled for September 21st to get everyone at the table to gather comments and have influence on the final agreement; Councilor Akins has agreed to represent the City of Riggins at these meetings.  The next draft agreement will come out following the October 19th meeting.  MGI staff stated they are willing to make community presentations if necessary; they will forward information on times when they will be taking questions on the project at their Donnelly office.

Councilor Akins will prepare an article for the next City Newsletter; written comments will be requested.

RESOLUTION 18-07: Resolution #18-07 was presented authorizing an increase in monthly Sanitation Fees effective October 1, 2018.  Motion was made by Friend to approve Resolution #18-07; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend, Akins and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried. 

CITY BOAT RAMP – Grant Opportunity:  Councilor Akins reported that Idaho Parks and Recreation has contacted the Clerk regarding the possibility of grant funding to improve the City Boat Ramp.  The Clerk reported that Sadie Kennel, Boating Safety Education Trainer, had reached out to the City after the Life Jacket Loaner Station was installed; including ADA accessibility raises the priority of the project.  Akins stated he has touched base with BLM, Idaho Outfitters and Guides Association, Western Whitewater Association, and other entities to gather support.  At the Capital for a Day event earlier this year, the idea of the City entering into a Land Use Agreement with ITD for the Boat Ramp was suggested by ITD officials.  The Clerk will check on the boundary of the current Land Use Agreement for the Park.  Akins would like to see a stairway created next to the ramp to improve pedestrian safety.  In terms of ADA accessibility, will need to explore options such as a fishing platform located at the bottom of the ramp; it does not seem feasible to have an ADA accessible walkway from the top of the ramp.  Akins would also like to see a trail from the bottom of the ramp to the end of the City Park; this would help prevent erosion of the riverbank.  Akins reported that BLM had setup a vehicle counter for the Shorts Bar parking area – 30,000 vehicles were logged last year.    

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

EMS – no report

FIRE – Fire Chief, Jeff Joyce, reported the following:

  • Memorandum of Understanding between ITD and the City has been renewed; the MOU provides the ITD with fire protection for vehicular fires between milepost 185 and 207.  Billing is based on the Idaho Department of Lands Idaho Fire Service Organization Book rates. 
  • Briefly discussed budget revenue for the Fire Department.
  • Regulator on foam air compressor needs replaced.  Jeff is researching vendors and costs.
  • Fire Pickup Replacement – Salmon River Rural Fire Department has obtained a couple affordable vehicles through a surplus program in California.  Jeff will research further.
  • Matt Walker has donated boots and other equipment again.
  • Mutual Aid Agreement with New Meadows Fire for DISASTERS is being reviewed. 
  • Fire Prevention Week is October 8th.  Jeff would like to provide a program for elementary students.
  • Jeff would like to thank the Fire volunteers who respond to EMS calls and help if needed. 

 

LIBRARY – Susan reported the following:

  • Riggins Elementary has donated a number of children’s books to the Library; Susan has made these available for Free.
  • Another generous donation has come in from Evelyn Pickett’s book collection.
  • Our library has been named Library of the Year by the Idaho Library Association!  Susan will be attending a conference in Moscow the first week of October and will be receiving the award at a banquet October 4th.  Jeannie Fitch expressed her appreciation to Susan for what she does for the local kids and adults through the Library.  Council members applauded Susan and the award.

 

PUBLIC WORKS – in Dan’s absence, the Clerk reported:

Shane Harper started today in the Public Works Department; he will be on a part-time basis.

SCAT PROJECT – FOREST SERVICE:  Clerk reported that Jeremy Harris with Forest Service said their engineers were happy with the City’s “Will Serve” letter.  Their next step is to contract with a design firm to start all the details of the design such as site plans, road entrance, power, etc. which will take some time to get quotes and potential interest from design firms. 

OPPORTUNITY ZONE:  Clerk distributed an update from Association of Idaho Cities dated 9/6/18.  The U.S. Department of Treasury has not issued final guidelines and forms yet.  AIC anticipates these will be announced in the Fall. 

PAST DUE WSG BILLING:  Reviewed – Clerk will follow-up on the bankruptcy filed by Acct #2-289. 

FACILITY USE APPLICATIONS

CITY PARK:

Idaho British Car Club Lunch – June 27, 2019

Wedding for Chantell Lowe – June 29, 2019

Jerry Wolcott – Anniversary Party – July 20, 2019

CITY SERVICE WAIVER/ADJUSTMENT REQUESTS:

Fitch – Account #2-201 – Jeannie Fitch requested that their sewer billing be reviewed and considered for a credit; their renter moved out of their apartment in August 2017 and has not been rented since that time.  They have been billed an additional EU for the apartment living unit for September 2017 through July 2018 (11 months) totaling $319 less the $5 per month unconnected sewer fee ($55) comes to a credit of $264.  Fitch explained that they pay several hundred in advance on their bill and as a result have not scrutinized their monthly bill.  Motion was made by Akins to approve the $264 credit; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, Miller and Akins.  No nays; motion carried.  Mayor McClure requested that the Fitch’s report any changes in their billing in a timely manner in the future.

Muench – Ambulance Billing – Clerk reported she received a call from Ms. Muench stating she did not request an ambulance on June 15th; the ambulance report states she did.  Clerk was directed to request report from Idaho County Sheriff’s Department to clarify.

CITY PARK VANDALISM:  Clerk reported a Deputy from Idaho County Sheriff’s Department took the report; has not heard anything since.  Clerk was directed to contact the Sheriff’s Department for an update.

MUNICIPAL CODE REVISIONS – tabled

WATER/SEWER SHUT OFF STATUS – tabled

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:15 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley

City Clerk-Treasurer