February 24, 2011

Gooding City Council Minutes

A special meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 5:30 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building on February 24, 2011.

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

Visitors: Dale Thomas, Bart and Marcie Morrow, Steve Thompson, A.J. Denham, George Parker, Paul Klingler, Jack Gough, William Palacio, Mike and Cindy Elliott, Johnny Urritia and Emily Katseanes of the Times News.

Purpose:  The lease agreement by and between the City of Gooding and High Range Aviation, Inc. gave High Range Aviation the right and privilege for the use and management of the main hangar, shop, café, lobby and fuel island (together with supply tanks) of the Gooding Municipal Airport.   The agreement needs to be renegotiated, as the building was demolished May of 2010.  High Range Aviation has built a new Fixed Base of Operation on the site.

The fuel island and tanks were addressed. Dale Thomas of High Range Aviation answered questions from the council.  Discussion was held on EPA regulations, leak detector testing and line tightness testing of the airport fuel tanks, fuel prices, and duties performed at the Gooding Municipal Airport by Thomas.

Attorney Hobdey was asked to go over a proposed lease.  It will be considered at a work session set for 6:00 p.m. on March 9, 2011.

The council is also assessing the Airport Hangar Leases to determine if revisions are needed. As many of the audience members have an interest in the airport, they were invited to the March 9th work session.  The mayor suggested they bring their ideas/suggestions for the hangar leases.  The special meeting closed.

The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

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

Changes to Agenda: None.

Visitors: [See above]

Minutes: Minutes of the February 7, 9, & 16, 2011 meetings were read.   Councilwoman Houser moved to approve the minutes as read.  Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried unanimously.

Visitor Business:

John Urritia:  John Urritia asked to rent a section of land near the city gravel pits to pasture his horses for two months while his own pasture re-grows.  Urritia offered to pay rent and clean up the area.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to rent approximately 5 -10 acres of ground to John Urritia for two hundred dollars ($200.00) a month for two months.   Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

George Parker:  George Parker owns a hangar in Complex 9-E.  The hangar lease for the complex has been sent to him for the last few years.  Parker stated he does not want the billing for the entire complex to be billed to him as he does not want to be responsible for payment of the lease.  He would like to have the city send each owner a separate billing.  Parker spoke with Gooding County Assessor Patty Bausher and has come to an understanding on the property tax bill.   Each owner will be billed separately for the tax year 2011.  Discussion ensued. Parker answered questions from the council.  He explained the owners in his complex each pay a yearly fee of $50.00 apiece for property management of their other shared billings [insurance and power].  He was asked to attend the March 9, 2011 work session and bring suggestions.

Airport Board Update:  Airport Board Chairman Bart Morrow gave a brief update of the work the board has accomplished to date.  Mayor Morton urged Morrow and the board to complete the task of establishing standards for use at the Gooding Airport and submit them to the Council for approval.

Unfinished Business:

Review Airport Lease:    The council is assessing the Airport Leases to determine if revisions are needed.   This item remains unfinished business and will be discussed at a work session set for March 9, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

New Business:

Golf Course Irrigation Pond:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported to ready the golf course for the summer season, the irrigation pond at the Golf Course has been enlarged nearly twofold.  The cost was paid by the Gooding Country Club and work was completed by Gnesa Excavating.

Irrigation Board of Corrections: Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections hearing was set for March 9, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.  The purpose of the Board of Corrections is to correct irrigation assessments as deemed necessary.

Raise Rates: In accordance with Idaho Code 50-1807 the mayor and council met to make an estimate of the necessary funds for the expenses of maintaining the city irrigation system for the ensuing calendar year.  

Whereas the expenses exceeded the revenue in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Councilman France moved to raise irrigation rates 5% and set the 2011 irrigation rates at:

  • $34.70 per lot – Irrigated
  • $ 8.35  per lot – Non-Irrigated
  • $90.30 per acre – Irrigated

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Upon roll call motion carried unanimously.

Bug Crew Sponsorship:  Wood River RC&D is asking for help to send the  “Bug Crew” to the 2011 Southern Idaho Biological Control Program Western Conference in Lewiston, Idaho.  Councilwoman Houser moved to give $50.00 towards the cost of sending the crew to the Western Conference.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Upon roll call, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye, Arkoosh abstained due to conflict of interest.  Motion carried.

Department Reports:

Police Chief Jeff Perry: Answered questions concerning the monthly and 2010 year end stat reports.

Fire Chief Pat Bishop: Answered questions concerning the monthly and 2010 year end stat reports.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  No report.

City Clerk Korsen:  No report.

Mayor Morton:  Reported the school auditorium is available for proposed public hearing dates.

There being no further business, the mayor adjourned the meeting.


City Clerk Carmen L Korsen                                                          Mayor William Duke Morton

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