January 19, 2011

January 19, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

A special meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building on January 19, 2011.

Present: Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli, Brandon Keller and Jim Mullen of Keller Associates, Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Carmen Korsen.

Visitors: None

Purpose:  The purpose of the meeting was to meet with Keller Associates concerning the Water System Improvements project and to look over a possible project schedule and the projected rate impacts.

  1. Mullen stated it is necessary for the council to determine the method of acquiring debt.  Options are:
    (A) Bond Election
    (i) If Bond Election method is used, decide on date.  The November 8, 2011 election date seems to be the most favored.
    (C) Ordinary and Necessary Judicial Confirmation.
    (ii) If Ordinary and Necessary Judicial Confirmation is used, then decide what month to work towards.
  2. Determine when public informational open houses will be held.  A choice of dates for public informational meetings were discussed.  Suggested dates are April 6, July 13, October 10 & 26, November 2.  Once dates are confirmed a newsletter will be mailed to all customers.

The special meeting closed.  The regular meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Roll Call: Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.

Changes to Agenda: Councilman Arkoosh moved to add to the agenda, under Unfinished Business ‘Agreement for Engineering Services.”  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, motion carried unanimously.

Visitors: Visitors were Emily Katseanes of the Times News, Ed Regan of the Camas Courier,  Kit John and Randy Quigley of the Gooding Airport Flyers Association, CPA Tom Jones of JFBB, Chtd, Airport Board Chairman Bart Morrow, Marcy Morrow, David White, Youth Advisory Council members Jackie Bellamy, Anthony Arkoosh, McKinley Merritt and their advisers Chris Thompson and Eric Moore and Mario (Marti) de Haro of University of Idaho.

Minutes: Minutes of the January 3, 2011 meeting were read.  Councilwoman Houser moved to approve the minutes as read.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitor Business:

Audit Report: CPA Tom Jones of JFBB, Chtd, presented the City’s audit for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2009 and ending September 30, 2010.   Jones gave a quick analysis on the financial statements and provided views on reported findings, conclusions and recommendations as well as planned corrective actions.   The Mayor thanked Jones and advised him if the council had any questions after reviewing the audit, they will ask him to return to give explanation.

Gooding Airport Flyers Association: Kit John and Randy Quigley members of GAFA expressed gratitude for the new runway and apron at the airport.  [The city received a $2.3 million grant to reconstruct the runway and apron]  Quigley produced a DVD showing the  construction of the new runway & apron and the demolition of the Main Hangar.  They played the film clip and presented the city with a copy of the DVD.

Airport Board:   Chairman Bart Morrow reported the airport board commissioners, with the exception of one who was unable to attend, had met with City Clerk Korsen and Public Works Director Bunn.  They went over the airport budget revenues and expenses.   Morrow also gave an update on their progress in establishing zoning for the different areas at the airport.

David White: David White, 505 Nevada Street, questioned the language of the proposed snow ordinance and the responsibilities of the property owner.  White also asked the council to consider ways of making Gooding friendly for long haul drivers as they need places to park trucks and equipment.

Youth Advisory Council: Jackie Bellamy, spokesperson for the Youth Advisory Council (YAC)  defined the purpose of the their sixteen (16) member group.  The group has decided upon a Community Garden as  their service learning activity.  The garden will provide opportunities for stewardship, science and personal achievement.  Gooding High School teacher, Mr. Chris Thompson is the YAC Advisor.  YAC have found and made arrangements for the use of land,  it will be measured and divided into sections to allow individuals to grow what they desire.  They are needing a source of water.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to provide water to YAC, at no charge.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, motion carried unanimously.  The council will also write a letter of support.

Review Airport Lease:    The council is assessing the Airport Leases to determine if revisions are needed.   As the leases are due and payable by January 31, 2011, it was decided to allow the leases to stand as they are written this year but, to evaluate them before they are due for the next year.  This item will be put on unfinished business.

Engineering Services Agreement:    The City of Gooding is planning to complete a Water Facilities Planning Study.  The study is being funded, in part, by the Department of Environmental Quality.  Councilman France moved to enter into an agreement and authorize the mayor to sign the agreement by and between the City of Gooding and Keller Associates for the Water Facilities Planning Study; the compensation to be paid for the services necessary to perform the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work, on a lump sum basis to be $40,000.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Second Reading Proposed Snow Ordinance: The second reading of a proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Gooding County Idaho, prohibiting private parties from depositing snow accumulations in public streets or alleys; providing a penalty therefore; and providing an effective date and savings clause was held.

Automated Sanitation Truck Bid: Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented a bid of $93,336.00  from Solid Waste Systems for a 31 cubic yard Wayne Curbtender with 2012 Peterbilt 320 LCF speced to accommodate a 31 yard Curbtender for $121,873.00 bringing the total to $215,209.00.  Solid Waste Systems is allowing $10,000.00 for the trade-in of a 1998 Wayne Peterbilt Sanitation Truck.  After deliberation, Bunn was asked to do more research and bring other bids in  for comparison.  This bid is a piggyback off of Burley, Idaho.

Set Meeting Date: In accordance with Idaho Code 50-1807 the mayor and council shall meet on February 7, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. to make an estimate of the necessary funds for the expenses of maintaining the city irrigation system for the ensuing calendar year.  Time permitting, the sewer ordinance and the city vehicle policy will be reviewed.

Department Reports:
Police Chief Jeff Perry – Absent
Fire Chief Pat Bishop – Absent
Public Works Director Todd Bunn – No report
City Clerk Korsen:
Southern Idaho Tourism: This past summer Debbie Dane, Executive Director of Southern Idaho Tourism asked for financial assistance of $275.00 for their organization.  As tourism is important to our region, Councilwoman Houser moved to pay their request of $275.00.    Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.  Announcement: The mayor and council were invited to the Idaho Department of Commerce workshop to be held in Gooding on February 8, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.  in the Extension office building at the fairgrounds.

Executive Session: Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with section (f) of Idaho Code 67-2345 to communicate with legal counsel for pending or likely to be litigated matters.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

The regular meeting reconvened at 8:50 p.m.  There being no further business, the mayor adjourned the meeting.

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