August 2010 Council Minutes

Public Hearing – Proposed Budget

A public hearing pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1002 was held for consideration of the proposed budget for the fiscal year from October 1, 2010 to September 30, 2011. The hearing was opened in the Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West at 6:30 p.m. on the above date.

Present: Present were Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli. Mayor Morton and Councilwoman Houser were absent. Council President France chaired the meeting in the Mayor’s absence.

Visitors: Visitors were Lonnie and Charmy Leavell, Barry Brown, Polly Huggins and Ed Reagan with the press.

Purpose: The proposed budget is for FY 2010-11 appropriating the necessary funds to defray the expenses and liabilities of the City of Gooding for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010 and ending on September 30, 2011. The proposed expenditures and revenues of $6,353,467.00 have been tentatively approved. The purpose of the hearing was to allow any interested person to appear and show cause, if any, why such proposed budget should or should not be adopted. Council President France asked for questions and/or comments from the public.

Questions and comments from Ed Reagan, Lonnie & Charmy Leavell and Polly Huggins were taken and answered.

City Clerk Korsen brought to everyone’s attention the proposed Library budget increased by $500.00. The library board is anticipating using an additional $500.00 from their savings/donations to balance their expenditures. This increases the overall figure for the Appropriations Ordinance to $6,353,967.00. The hearing closed.

ATTEST:

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City Clerk Mayor

August 16, 2010

The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho, was called to order at 7:00 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West on the above date.

Present: Present were Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, and Magnelli. Mayor Morton and Councilwoman Houser were absent. Presiding in the Mayor’s Absence was Councilman France.

Visitors: Visitors were Polly Huggins, Linda Cheney and Ed Reagan with the press.

Changes to Agenda: Two additions were made to the agenda. (1.) Visitors Polly Huggins and Linda Cheney (2.) Adopt proposed Budget Ordinance No. 671.

Minutes: Minutes of the July 28 & August 2, 2010 meetings were read. Councilman Arkoosh requested the minutes be corrected. [At the July 19, 2010 meeting, Greg Wokersien of Canyonside Irwin Realty stated he has a client who is buying property known as 402 1st Ave East. The property abuts a dead end alley south of the railroad tracks and lies along side Wyoming Street. On behalf of his client, Wokersien asked the city to vacate Wyoming Street from 1st Ave East north to the railroad tracks.] Correction: Councilman Arkoosh stated he would recuse himself from any participation on the matter due to conflict of interest as his brother manages the Gooding division of the company.

Councilman Magnelli moved to accept the minutes as corrected. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Visitor Business:

Linda Cheney & Polly Huggins: Polly Huggins reported that the Wood River RC&D Council has accepted the “Gooding City Volunteer Program” as a project and will be using the NRCS Earth Team Volunteer program to document all volunteer hours. Huggins and Cheney have worked to put together a community wide Residential Fall Clean-Up. Volunteers for the Clean-Up Committee have been recruited. Huggins and Cheney have put together a flyer they will distribute throughout the city encouraging resident to become volunteers. The flyer details the planned “Residential Fall Clean-Up” on October 2, 2010. The flyer lists the items accepted for disposal and the rules for discarding. Organizations, schools and recycling centers have been contacted. The committee has arranged to have furniture, large items and appliances collected free during this time. Residents can call to schedule a collection or to ask for assistance. There are volunteers willing to assist senior citizens in the community.

The council commended them on all the work, planning and time given. Discussion on method of distribution was held. Councilman Arkoosh moved to send the flyer with the August utility bills. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Old Business:

New Fee for Park Rental & Water Meters & Hookups: A reminder of a work session on August 23, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. was given. The work session will be to consider (1.) Implementing a new fee to rent the Gooding city parks (2.) Increasing the costs of a new water meter and its installation and (3.) Increasing the cost of sewer hookups.

New Business:

Sign Permit: Sharon Cheney, president of the Gooding County Historical Society submitted application to install a sign at the new Gooding County Historical Museum. They are using the sign from the old museum at the new location of 273 Euskadi Drive. After reviewing the design plans, Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the application for Gooding County Historical Museum to install their existing 3’6” x 9’ 10.5” non-illuminated sign at their new location of 273 Euskadi Drive. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, motion carried.

Given that the GCHM has no money and the new museum was built by fund-raisers and donations, Councilman Magnelli moved to waive the sign permit fee. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Change Meeting Date: Finding that the regular council meeting of September 6, 2010 falls on a legal holiday, Labor Day, the meeting was scheduled to Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

Ordinance #671: Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1003 a proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Idaho was read fully and distinctly, the same relating to the annual appropriation budget, appropriating the necessary funds to defray the expenses and liabilities of the City of Gooding for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010 and ending on September 30, 2011, appropriating the sum of $6,353,967.00, and that the general tax levy of $808,711.00 on all taxable property be levied. Councilman Arkoosh moved that the same be numbered and adopted as Ordinance No. 671 of the City of Gooding and the second and third readings be waived. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli, and upon roll call the same was unanimously carried.

Department Reports:

Fire Chief Pat Bishop:

  • Absent

Police Chief Jeff Perry reported:

  • The department has been busy getting ready for the parade, fair and rodeo which begins Wednesday, August 18th.
  • He has been asked to attend a two day conference in Boise that covers drug trends and enforcement issues in the state.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:

  • Reported he received notification that FAA was fully funding the 2010 Airport Improvement Project: Runway Rehabilitation (Phase 3); Taxiway Construction (Phase 3) and Rehabilitate Apron (Phase 3) AIP 3-16-0014-005 has been approved. The grant offer shall be $2,322,461.00. The previous grant notification was for $1,732,000.00; it did not include the Rehabilitate Apron (Phase 3).

City Clerk Carmen Korsen:

  • Announced Judy Davis is retiring after 20 years as Gooding County Planning and Zoning Administrator. A retirement party in her honor will be August 31, 2010.

Councilman France:

  • Reported the Airport Advisory Board had met. Bill Palacio has been charged with researching records to find hangar door sizes.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

ATTEST:

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City Clerk Mayor

August 23, 2010

A special meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho, was called to order at 5:30 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building on August 23, 2010.

Present: Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli, Public Works Director Bunn and City Clerk Korsen.

Visitors: There were no visitors in attendance.

Purpose: The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss implementing a new fee to rent the Gooding city parks and increasing the cost of sewer hookups and increasing the cost of a new water meter and hookup.

Implementing a new fee to rent the Gooding city parks was deliberated. People are leaving the parks in a mess. More than one reservation per day, would require someone monitoring the parks to see which party was responsible for the mess. On occasion the parks are used but have not been reserved, consequently the names of the responsible people are not available. The economy is down, unemployment is high. It was the consensus of the council not to implement any fee.

The city has not raised the cost of sewer hookups and/or water meters and hookups since 1993. The cost of materials and labor has increased in that time. The city finds it necessary to pass the increases along to the customer.

In 2008 the city contracted with Keller Associates to conduct a rate study analysis. The report examines the costs of owning and operating the water and sewer systems. Keller’s proposed increase for sewer hookups is $1,583.00 the current amount is $200.00. Keller’s proposed increase for a water meter and hookup is $2,458.00 the current cost is $450.00. Discussion was held. The council is considering $1,500.00 for each new sewer hookup and each new water meter and hookup and also implementing a new fee of $750.00 for existing water service upgrades to 1” water meters. All other water meters sizes and hookups will be actual cost of time and materials. The special meeting closed.

Further discussion and a public hearing will be continued at the regular meeting of September 7, 2010. The special meeting closed.

ATTEST:

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City Clerk Mayor

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