February 16, 2011 Special Meeting

February 16, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

A special meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 12:00 noon in the Gooding Municipal Building on February 16, 2011.

Purpose:   The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Joe and Kay Hults’ application to the Gooding County Planning and Zoning Commission for a grain dryer facility in the city’s impact area.  At the February 7, 2011 meeting Joe and Kay Hults of Wendell, Idaho advised the council they are purchasing land in the impact area and have applied for a building permit.  Joe Hults distributed pictures and a FSA map showing what they submitted to the County.  Hults stated they are planning to build a grain dryer facility for their farm.  They have ordered a 36 foot high corn dryer and estimate traffic of two (2) semi-trucks per hour.  The trucks will enter and exit onto State Highway 26.  The operation needs approximately 5 to 10 acres and they anticipate growth. The Mayor declared, this type of operation at the entrance to our town has caused the city concern.  The council questioned whether this type of use, corn-grain dryer processing, is a good fit for the area.   Hults commented, if the city was not in favor of the project, the time to stop the process was before it was erected.

At a special meeting on February 9, 2011 the council informed Hultses of their decision to appeal the Gooding County Planning and Zoning administrator’s decision to approve the corn-grain drying project, if Hults continued with his plans.  An appeal was filed.

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

Visitors: Joe and Kay Hults and Benny LeaVell.

Executive Session: Councilman France moved to recess 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 and Houser voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 12:55 p.m.   Councilman Arkoosh moved to call the Gooding Planning and Zoning Commission and ask to be on their agenda to discuss zoning in the impact area and to call the Gooding County Clerk and ask to be placed on the Gooding County Commissioners agenda to advise them of the city’s intent.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Upon roll call, motion carried unanimously.

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

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