The regular meeting of the Riggins Urban Renewal District was called to order by Board Member and Chairman Robert Crump. Board Members present were Tom Anderson, Robert Harper, Glenna McClure and Suzann Underwood. Board Member Larry Barnard was absent.
Board Members were individually polled and all confirmed they had read the minutes of the previous meeting, and had no additions or corrections. The minutes were approved as presented.
The Board discussed the White Water Park presentation made by Devon Barker, and found it very informative. According to the presentation, the park development would increase tourism, provide handicap access to the river, and enhance our recreational opportunities in the Little Salmon. The presentation indicated that the costs of the study would be $4,000-$6,000. It was reported that USDA-RD may have grant funds available to help with the feasibility study, and Browns Industries have also indicated interest in the study and may willing to help with costs. After discussion, motion was made by Crump, seconded by McClure, to pursue the White Water Park feasibility study, if Browns Industries is willing to cover the cost, with a Owner Participation Agreement prepared for reimbursement from URA tax increment. USDA-RD grant funding will also be pursued to assist with the financing. Voting yea, Anderson, Crump, Harper, McClure and Underwood. No nays.
Chairman Crump reported that the construction of the new Little Salmon Bridge, which is a part of the Salmon River Road Project, will soon be underway. The bridge construction was moved up to be the first phase of the road project, through the efforts of the Riggins URA and Idaho County Commissioners, to address the traffic issues anticipated with the Millsite Development. It is anticipated that the bids will be out in June.
The Sewer Facility Study was discussed. JUB is requesting the recommendation of the preferred alternative. Charlie Amell reported that he would like to visit a MBR (Membrane) plant with Belt Filter Press, and visit with those plant operators before the recommendation is made. He planned to visit the Star, Idaho facility this week, and would like to schedule a meeting with JUB on 6/4/07 to review the alternatives again before a firm recommendation is made on the preferred alternative. The URA Board agreed.
It was reported that the URA project costs needed to be upgraded, since the costs of the sewer upgrade and water needs had increased considerably.
The Board was reminded that John Austin was scheduled to meet with them at 10:00am, Tuesday, May15th, to discuss project financing procedures.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.