February 7, 2011

February 7, 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 7, 2011.

Purpose:  In accordance with Idaho Code 50-1807 the mayor and council shall meet in February of each year to make an estimate of the necessary funds for the expenses of maintaining the city irrigation system for the ensuing calendar year.  Said estimate shall also include a reasonable sum not to exceed ten percent (10%) of the total estimate for anticipated unpaid and delinquent taxes.

Visitors: None

Action: Discussion was held on the revenue and expenses of the irrigation department. Expenses exceeded the revenue in 2008, 2009 and 2010.  The fund balance is being depleted.  Raising irrigation rates will help to keep the fund from going into the red.  The increase will be added to the next council meeting agenda.  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 and Houser. Councilman Magnelli was absent.

Changes to Agenda: None.

Visitors: Emily Katseanes of the Times News, Ben Gnesa, Kay and Joe Hults, Lonny Kulhanek, Tana Kelley, Rick Strickland and Lorna Boguslawski.

Minutes: Minutes of the January 19, 2011 meeting were read.  Mayor Morton asked to have the minutes corrected to state “the Department of Commerce is sponsoring the workshop Doing Business with the Government.” Councilwoman Houser moved to approve the minutes as corrected.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitor Business:

Joe and Kay Hults: 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.  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.  Hults distributed pictures and a FSA map showing what they submitted to the County.  Mayor Morton thanked Hults for advising the council of their plans.  Morton explained the city is growing towards the impact area although, the city has no jurisdiction in the impact area what is allowed in the area impacts the city.  Morton added, when the city worked with Gooding County on zoning the area as commercial, the city did not envision a corn dryer/farming operation.  As the area is close

to the new hospital, the council was relating commercial to the city’s definition of commercial such as doctor’s offices, hotels, stores, etc.  Discussion was held.  Having given thought on the corn dryer processor, the council feels it is not a good fit for the area.  Having this type of use at the entrance to our town is causing the city concern.  Hults stated this is a good time to stop the process.  Mayor Morton told Hultses he would call Gooding County Planning & Zoning Administrator Ami Bennett first thing in the morning and set up a special meeting to discuss the project.

Unfinished Business:

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 remains unfinished business.

New Business:

Ordinance: The third 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.  Following the third reading, Councilwoman Houser moved that the same be numbered and adopted as Ordinance #673 of the City of Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Upon roll call, motion carried unanimously and the Mayor so ordered.

Sign Permit:  Lytle Signs submitted application to install a new sign for Gem Veterinary Clinic located at 238 Main Street.  After reviewing the design plans, Councilman France moved to approve the double-faced non-illuminated flag mount sign  for Gem Veterinary Clinic at 238 Main Street.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Airport Reimbursement Request:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve and authorize the mayor to sign the Airport Runway/Apron Rehabilitation & Taxiway Construction Project Reimbursement Request No. 8  for Riedesel Engineering invoices of $9,953.00 and $13, 419.55 and France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, Chtd invoice of $6,000.00;  the total submitted to FAA for their 95% share is $23,761.00.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Upon roll call Arkoosh and Houser voted aye, Councilman France recused himself from voting.  Motion carried.

Automated Sanitation Truck Bid: On January 19, 2011 Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented a bid from Solid Waste Systems for a 31 cubic yard Wayne Curbtender at $93,336.00 with a 2012 Peterbilt 320 LCF at $121,873.00 for a total of $215,209.00.  Bunn was asked to do more research and bring other bids in  for comparison.  This bid is a piggyback off of Burley, Idaho.  Bunn returned with four other quotes:  Pocatello $263,000.00; Bear Lake $222,421.00; Preston $230,730.00; and Shelley $196,276.00.  After contemplation, Councilwoman Houser moved to accept Solid Waste System’s bid of $215,209.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Change Meeting Date: Whereas, the next regular council meeting of February 21, 2011 falls on President’s Day, a legal holiday, the meeting was rescheduled to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2011.  Preceding the meeting, a work session was set for 6:00 p.m. to discuss lease of the airport main hangar, gas tanks & island.  The city’s main hangar has been torn down and a new Fixed Base Operation (FBO) was constructed by High Range Aviation in that location. Time permitting, the airport hangar leases will be reviewed.  Also, a work session to review the sewer ordinance and the city vehicle policy was set for 6:00 p.m. on March 7, 2011.

Building Permits:  The January building permits were reviewed.
Permit# Name Address Use Value
01-11            Glenn Hoffman               121 2nd Ave East       Alteration         $7,400.00

Pay Bills:  Having reviewed the city’s January expenditures, Councilwoman Houser moved to pay the bills as presented.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports:

Police Chief Jeff Perry – Submitted the monthly and 2010 year end stat reports.

Fire Chief Pat Bishop –   Submitted the monthly and 2010 year end stat reports.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn – No report.

City Clerk Korsen: No report.

Mayor Morton – Reported the Walker Center Auditorium was not available for the proposed town hall meetings.  He will check to see if the school auditorium is available for the dates.

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

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