September 11, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.

City Hall

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

Staff: Jeff Joyce

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

FINANCIAL STATEMENT and BILLS FOR PAYMENT:  The financial statement was read detailing $1,933.87 paid after the August meeting bringing the total August disbursements to $54,734.26.  Bills in the amount of $23,066.59 were then presented for payment.  Motion was made by Wilson to approve the financial statement and allow the bills for payment; seconded by Friend.  Voting yea, Wilson, Friend, and Miller.  No nays; motion carried.  A copy of the financial report is attached and hereby made a part of this record.

MIDAS GOLD – UPDATE ON STIBNITE ADVISORY COUNCIL:  Bob Crump provided a written report in his absence advising the Council.  The Foundation is having an all day meeting today with a tour of the project site on September 12th.  The Advisory Council website is now available at www.stibniteadvisorycouncil.com with a link to the Frequently Asked Questions document.  The Foundation is developing a website also, and will be issuing grants in 2020; the Foundation must issue grants of at least 5% of total assets each year.   ~The Stibnite Tour is scheduled for Saturday, October 5th.  Clerk will send out an online link to a form required for all those attending the tour.  It was agreed to offer the three Council candidates the opportunity to participate in the tour. 

RESOLUTION #19-06 – SANITATION RATE INCREASE: Resolution #19-06 was presented authorizing a fee increase in Sanitation Fees effective October 1, 2019.

Motion was made by Miller to approve Resolution #19-06 as presented; seconded by Wilson.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

2020 “RATTLE THE CANYON” FUNDRAISER:  Mayor McClure requested that the Council consider approving the 2020 event which would be a fundraiser for the Stage Project and Salmon River Jet Boat Races.  John Belton of Seven Devils Steakhouse is willing to manage the Memorial weekend event.  After discussion, motion was made by Friend to approve the 2020 Rattle the Canyon Fundraiser; seconded by Miller.  Voting yea, Miller, Friend and Wilson.  No nays; motion carried.

PERSONNEL POLICY MANUAL REVISION:  Councilors were provided with a draft of the first half of the policy revision.  Council will review and prepare for discussion at the October meeting.


EMS – no report

LIBRARY – no report

FIRE – Jeff Joyce reported the following:

The County has been talking about switching to a new P25 system which will require our fire department to get new radios compatible with the new system; cost will be approximately $10,000.  Need to research grant opportunities, and possible funding from the County.

  • 1957 Ford Fire Truck was previously declared surplus; truck is inoperable, was stored in Dive Team Building until moved down to Treatment Plant storage shed.  Need to publicize and accept written bids for this vehicle.
  • Fire Prevention Week is October 7-11.  Jeff will hold an educational program for the school kids during this week; he would like to have the Salmon River Rural Fire Department involved if possible.  Councilor Friend offered to provide cookies for this event.
  • Fire Hydrant near Hells Canyon NRA – Jeff has contacted Scott Manifold with ITD about a permit to access the roadway; Jeff is coordinating with Dan on accessing the hydrant valve when the SCAT project excavation work is being done in the highway.  
  • Foam Truck Pump – Jeff has received a recommendation from John Sangster about a shop that Grangeville Fire uses in Lewiston.  Jeff will follow-up on that.
  • Roof leak in EMS/Fire bay; Jeff knows where the leaks are and will coordinate with Dan.

PUBLIC WORKS – Dan provided a written report in his absence:

~ Curbs have been painted red and handicap parking area painted.

~ Ellen Johnson is painting the Treatment Plant building.  This should add to the life of the building and make it look nicer.

~ Continuing to cleanup around the plant and sludge drying area.  The old fire engine is currently being stored in this area – any plans on getting this sold? 

~ With recent rain storms the water bars installed on the boat ramp access road have worked well stopping the erosion that was occurring.

~ Heritage Center air conditioning system serviced and fixed; a new, simple to use thermostat was installed.

~ Lift Stations have been cleaned of any grease buildup.

~ Installed a new LED outside light at the Dive Shop to replace the old light that was malfunctioning.

~ Have been teaching Shane how to do the coloform tests at the plant.

~ Looking forward to hiring soon; currently have two good applicants.  Would like to schedule interviews.

~ Dan is leaving on sheep hunt September 20th.  Shane is doing very well and Dan is confident he can manage during Dan’s vacation.




Sarah Christensen – Friday, September 13th for Baby Shower


Reviewed e-mail exchange between County Clerk and City Attorney regarding billing for prosecution and lack of court fine revenue.  After discussion it was decided that the Clerk will contact other cities in the county as well as AIC legal counsel, etc.

Riggins One Stop – Clerk will send a letter to owner inquiring about drain maintenance schedule.



There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Tilley, City Clerk-Treasurer