March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

A special meeting/work session, preceding the regular meeting of the mayor and council, was held on March 7, 2011 in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West at 6:00 p.m.

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

Purpose: At a prior work session, sections of sewer ordinance #538 were discussed, changes were deliberated.  The proposed changes were reviewed.   City Attorney Hobdey will draft an ordinance amending sections of the sewer ordinance.

A city vehicle use policy was deliberated.  City Clerk Korsen was asked to check with the auditors concerning regulations recommended for implementation.

The special meeting/work session closed at 6:45 p.m.

Public Hearing

The City of Gooding is in the process of applying for an Idaho Community Development Block Grant in an amount not to exceed $500,000.00.  These funds are being sought to partially finance improvements to the Gooding Industrial Park.

Visitors: Visitor was Carleen Herring.

Mayor Morton opened the public hearing for the Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) at 6:45 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building on March 7, 2011.  After some opening remarks, Mayor Morton turned the meeting over to Carleen Herring of Region IV Development Association for an overview of the project and the ICDBG application.

Carleen Herring presented information on the ICDBG application for the City’s economic development infrastructure project.

Among the things covered were:

  • The application procedures and requirements of the ICDBG program
  • Amount of funds available state-wide
  • Categories of funds and eligibility requirements
  • Project specifics – including activities to be funded with ICDBG
  • A copy of the application handbook was available for review

Following this brief presentation, the Mayor opened the meeting for comments from the public.  No comments from the audience were made.  The Mayor closed the public hearing.

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.

Visitors: Carleen Herring, Linda Culver, Mike Mathews, A.J. Church and Ed Reagan of the Camas Courier.

Changes to Agenda: A motion was made and duly seconded to set a time and date to meet with Rusty Gillette of Windy Acres to discuss the airport farm lease.  Upon roll call, Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

Minutes: Minutes of the February 24, 2011 meetings were read.   Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the minutes as read.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously.

Visitor Business:

Carleen Herring:  Carleen Herring of Region IV Development explained the city’s public infrastructure project to facilitate the location and operation of WEL Companies’ new facility in the Gooding Industrial Park falls under the economic development category.  Applications are reviewed quarterly with the next submission March 21, 2011.   Councilman France moved to pass and adopt Resolution #208 authorizing the mayor to sign and submit an application to the Idaho Department of Commerce for an Idaho Community Development Block Grant to partially finance improvements to the Gooding Industrial Park; and Fair Housing Resolution #209 letting it be known to all persons of the City of Gooding that discrimination is prohibited by Title VIII of the 1968 Civil Rights Act and declaring April as Fair Housing Month.   Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Linda Culver:  Linda Culver, Staff Assistant/Field Representative for Congressman Mike Simpson introduced herself, Mike Mathews, Regional Director for Senator James E. Risch and A.J. Church, Regional Director for US Senator Mike Crapo.  Culver announced they are making the circuit, meeting the Mayors and councils of their congressional district.  They urged everyone to call on them if they have any issues they want their legislator’s help with or any concerns their office can bring to the attention of their Senators/Representatives.  Mayor Morton explained Gooding is in a flood plain, diversions and improvements have been made since the flood maps were compiled in 1985.  The likelihood of flooding is less now.  The mayor asked them to forward a letter to FEMA concerning the high premiums costs to Gooding’s residents and asking them to re-evaluate the town.  Culver stated they would be happy to do so.

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.  Gooding County Assessor Patty Bauscher and Gooding County Treasurer Christina Wines will be contacted for information on personal property tax for the airport hangars and on regional landfill fees at the Airport.

New Business:

Advance Deposits:  The current charge for advance deposits is $30.00.  The minimum bill for city services is $35.00.  The deposit most generally does not cover one month’s bill.   In the past the deposit covered two months billings.  Charges for services have risen, the deposit amount has not.  Information on deposit amounts and recommendations will be reviewed at the March 21, 2011 meeting.

Arbor Day Grant: Idaho communities are eligible for grant funds to be used for purchasing trees and shrubs for their community’s Arbor Day Celebration.  Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2011.  Councilman Magnelli moved to authorize the mayor to sign and submit an application for the 2011 Arbor Day Grant Program.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried.  The grant is for $300.00 with a match of  25% (75.00) in cash or in-kind donation.

Proclamation:  Whereas, land surveyors provide an exceptional service to our communities, Councilman Arkoosh moved to proclaim the week of March 20-26, 2011 as National Surveyors Week.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Building Permits:  The February building permits were reviewed.
Permit# Name Address Use Value
02-11            Gem Vet Clinic              238 Main                     Sign                  $  634.00

03-11            Wilson Bates                318 Main                     Awning            $2,000.00

04-11            Jose Hernandez              238 Dorothy                Fence               $1,200.00

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

Department Reports:

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  The annual Child Safety Day will be held in conjunction with the Firemen’s BBQ on June 25, 2011 at the West Park.

Fire Chief Pat Bishop:  Submitted the fire department monthly stat report.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Reported Glanbia and M.H. King’s are donating some funding for the Community Garden project.  Bunn requested permission to allow the community garden to use some of the 8×2 pressurized treated lumber the city owns.  The council was in full support of the community garden and agreed to let them use some of the treated lumber.

City Clerk Korsen:  No report.

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

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