SR Heritage Center
The regular meeting of the Riggins Urban Renewal Agency was called to order by Board Member/Chairman Robert Crump. Other Board Members present were Roy Akins, Carolyn Friend, Glenna McClure and Matt Sinclair. Member Larry Barnard was absent.
The minutes of the previous meeting were presented and members individually polled, all confirming they had read the minutes. Since there were no additions or corrections offered, the minutes were approved as presented.
The financial statement was presented showing the 09-30-11 balance of $5,662.13, with $1,737.67 Idaho County tax increment revenue received and $450 paid to City of Riggins for Oct-Dec 2011 administration, $1,000.00 to the City of Riggins WWP OPA, and $4,000 transferred to the Sewer Obligation Reserve, leaving a checking account balance of $1,949.80 as of 12-31-11. There is also $12,523.07 in the Sewer Obligation Reserve Fund. After review, motion was made by McClure, seconded by Friend, to approve the financial statement as presented. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Crump. McClure and Sinclair. No nays, motion carried.
After review of the financial statement, motion was made by Crump, seconded by Friend, to pay $450 to the City for the Jan-March 2012 administration, and the balance of $1500 to the City for the WWP OPA. Voting yea, Akins, Crump, Friend, McClure and Sinclair. No nays, motion carried.
A request has been received from Redevelopment Association of Idaho, requesting the URA join their organization, at a cost of $50 for the first year. Due to the high cost of regular dues, which are 1% of the tax increment or $500, motion was made by Sinclair, seconded by Akins, to decline the invitation to join at this time. Voting yea, Akins, Friend, Crump, McClure and Sinclair. No nays, motion carried.
The Board was urged to think of ideas for development incentives for future URA projects.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:40pm.
A special joint meeting of the Riggins City Council and URA was called to order by Council President Glenna McClure, in the absence of Mayor Crump. Councilor Miller was also present, and Councilor Friend joined the meeting via speaker phone later in the meeting. Guests present included Richelle Barger, Kelly Dalquist, Linda Hieter and Charlie Amell.
The special meeting was called for the following:
PUBLIC HEARING: Riggins Community Center – ICDBG Grant Application
CITY COUNCIL MEETING: (1) Riggins Community Center Renovation Project.
Match Commitment, Budget, Grant Application, Grant Forms, Assurances, etc
(2) Rural Partnership Review Visit, (3) Meadows Valley Fire Truck Donation and
(4) Executive Session – Personnel Matter IC 67-2345(b)
RIGGINS URA MEETING: (1) Riggins Community Center Renovation Project, match commitment.
Charlie Amell requested that the emergency repair of the Well Street generator be added to the agenda. Consideration of this request will be addressed later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
At this time the public hearing on the Riggins Community Center and $150,000 IDCBG grant application was held. Kelly Dalquist, CEDA grant writer, explained the grant application and Council reviewed the renovation plan which called for the addition of a lift for ADA compliant access, renovation of the kitchen and bathroom, upgrade of the electrical system, the addition of insulation, handrails, flooring, etc. Richelle Barger commended the Council, in support of the proposed project and said that being able to gather is the definition of a community. It was agreed that the former IOOF Lodge Hall was a very important Riggins gathering place, was much needed, and a worthwhile project. The City has also received letters from local businesses, governments, the school, etc. in support of the project, all which will be submitted with the grant application. There was no one present offering further input or objection to the project, so the public hearing was then concluded.
At this time PWD Charlie Amell reported to the Council that the generator providing backup power for the Well Street sewer lift station and both wells had failed. He had contacted Western States about the possible repair, and they indicated that they could try to isolate the problem and attempt to fix by replacing the controller, at an estimated cost of $7-$8,000. Due to the cost of replacing the generator, estimated to be $40-$50,000, Amell recommended that the Council have Western States do the repair immediately. Without the generator, there is no backup power available. Amell also advised the Council that they should be looking at replacement costs also, due to the age of the generator. Consideration of this request will be addressed later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
Linda Hieter visited with the Council about the Idaho Community Review Application, which had been emailed to the Council for their consideration. The application was a City request for a review of the community, done by a committee from various groups around the State, to identify our economic, infrastructure, social (etc) needs. The process would require funding for meals, motels, etc., estimated to be $2500. Linda had prepared the application, which indicated that the three areas of concern were transportation, senior citizen services and the Farmers Market, and reported that it had to be submitted by March 1st. The Council indicated that they had all received copies of the application, and would address it later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
The Clerk reported that Fire Chief Dan Catherman had received word that the Meadows Valley Rural Fire Department had offered to donate their 1973 LaFrance Fire Truck to the City. It is a large truck, very similar to the City’s main unit. Catherman reported that it would replace the pumper truck now housed in the Dive Team Building, and would need to be outfitted with some hoses and equipment. Consideration of this donation will be addressed later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
The Riggins Community Center renovation budget was discussed. In order for the project to go forward, cash and inkind match for the ICDBG grant will be required. It has been proposed that $10,000 cash from the Resort Tax be committed to the project along with $25,427 inkind match from work by city personnel and volunteers. Consideration of this match proposal will be addressed later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
A application to USDA-Rural Development for a $5,000 Facility Grant is also being submitted, requiring the execution of the following Council certifications and assurances:
(1) ID Guide 3b Certification that no funding, or direct loan is available for the project
(2) Form RD-1940-20 Request for Environment Information indicating that there is no environment problem identified
(3) Form 424D Construction Assurances
(4) Form RD-1942-54 Applicant Feasibility Report
Formal consideration of these documents will be addressed later in the meeting when Councilor Friend joins via speakerphone.
At this time, 6:15, Councilor Friend joined the meeting via speakerphone.
The Council reviewed PWD Amell’s request to add the emergency repair of the Well Street generator to the agenda. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Miller, to add the item to the agenda as requested. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Council reviewed the request for the emergency repair, at a cost estimated to be $7-8,000, as recommended by Amell. Motion was made by Friend, seconded by Miller, to authorize the repair as requested. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Council reviewed the request by Linda Hieter to submit the Idaho Community Review Application, which had previously been sent to them via email. Considering the cost of the process, the March 1st due date and the lack of time to adequately consider the application, motion was made by Friend, seconded by Miller, to decline at this time. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
The Council discussed Meadows Valley Rural Fire Department’s offer to donate their 1973 LaFrance Firetruck to the City, and motion was made by Miller, seconded by Friend, to gratefully accept the vehicle. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motion carried. A letter of acceptance and appreciation will be written to Meadows Valley Rural Fire Department.
The budget for the Riggins Community Center renovation was reviewed. Due to the need for cash and inkind match for the ICDBG grant to make the project viable, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to commit $10,000 cash from the Resort Tax and $25,427 inkind match for work done by city personnel and volunteers to the project. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motions carried.
The USDA-Rural Development grant certifications and assurances were reviewed by the Council. Motion was made by McClure, seconded by Miller, to approve the following certifications and assurances, and authorize Council President McClure to execute them on behalf of the City: 1) ID Guide 3b Certification that no funding, or direct loan is available for the project, (2) Completion of the RD-1940-20 Environment Information Request indicating that there is no environmental problem identified, (3)Completion of the 424D Construction assurances, and (4) Completion of the RD Form 1942-54 Applicant Feasibility Report. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motion carried.
This concluded the City Council portion of the meeting, and the Riggins URA meeting, which was attended by Board members Gary Miller, Glenna McClure and Carolyn Friend, was opened.
The budget for the Riggins Community Center renovation was reviewed. It is a project beneficial to the URD and important to the community. The property is located within the URD boundaries, and without the renovation planned, the deteriorating building can potentially become slum and blight. Due to the need for cash and inkind match for the ICDBG grant to make the project viable, motion was made by Friend, seconded by McClure, to commit $5000 cash from the Riggins Urban Renewal District to the project. Voting yea, Friend, Miller and McClure. No nays, motions carried.
There being no further business, the special joint City/URA meeting was adjourned.
Council President/URA Board Clerk