The regular meeting of the Riggins Urban Renewal Agency was called to order by Chairman and Board Member Robert Crump. Board members present were Barnard, Harper, McClure and Underwood. Board member Anderson was absent. Guests present included Brian O’Marrow, Devon Barker and Gil Bates.
Devon Barker, a well-known champion kayak enthusiast, gave a presentation about the development of white water parks. She indicated that the whitewater courses are developed in many rivers to enhance opportunities for recreation activities such as kayaking, tubing, walking and fishing. Whitewater parks, such as Reno’s downtown development of the Truckee River beautify riverfront areas, promote increased tourism, improve economic impact in surrounding areas, improve fish habitat and provide handicap access to the river. The slide show presentation showed various white water parks recently developed, and the kind of river activities and festivals possible. She felt that the Riggins area, and the Little Salmon River in particular, was a natural spot for whitewater park development. She envisioned a natural course designed within the river to provide kayaking opportunities, as well as tubing and other water activities. The placement of rocks, creating pools, would also benefit the river fishery. She said that development of walking paths with handicap access along the adjoining land, as well as park-like areas, cafes with outdoor dining, and retail businesses are common in the areas surrounding these whitewater parks. Barker indicated that was possible to contract with recreation specialists for a feasibility study to determine if such a development would be possible in a particular area, with consultants fees running $4,000-$6,000. The feasibility study would determine if the river was suitable for whitewater park development, identify necessary permits and government agencies that would be involved, estimate the economic impact of the facility, estimate the construction costs associated with the development, etc. And she said that the actual park development has been done for as little as $120,000.
Agency members, as well as Brian O’Morrow indicated interest in the idea, and the possibility of Brown’s Industries funding the study, with a reimbursement agreement from the URD, was discussed but no action taken. Brian O’Morrow also indicated that Brown’s Industries might be interested in making a donation of land to the City, for the development of a park in connection with this type of river development. O’Morrow will gather more information concerning the feasibility studies, etc., for the Agency’s review. Chairman Crump thanked Ms. Barker for her presentation and wished her well with the upcoming kayak competition.
In regular business, the Agency members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes of the previous meeting. There were no alterations or corrections and the minutes were approved as read.
The financial statement was presented, indicating that no revenue had been received, and no expenditures made. A list of estimated incurred, but unpaid, expenses as of March 31, were read, as follows:
The Plan - $ 5,000 Panhandle Area Council/Browns Industries
$ 943 City of Riggins
Administration - $ 3,500 City of Riggins
Sewer Facility Study $ 21,450 City of Riggins/Browns Industries
Water Capacity Study $ 1,180 City of Riggins/Browns Industries
A complete copy of the financial statement is attached and made a part of this record.
The sewer facility plan and water study review were completed in the Joint City/URA meeting held previously at 4:00pm, and since there was no further business, the meeting was adjourned.