August 1, 8, & 11, 2011

August 1,  2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

Special Meeting/Work Session:

A special meeting/work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 6:00 p.m. at the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 1, 2011.

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

Staff Present:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Carmen Korsen, Police Chief Jeff Perry and Fire Chief Pat Bishop.

Purpose:   The purpose of the special meeting was to work on the proposed budget for FY 2011-12.

  • The library board has tentatively set their FY 2011-12 budget. After scrutiny, the council accepted the proposed library budget.   The library is slowly building their fund balance.
  •  The airport budget was examined; it was decided not to establish an airport maintenance fee. The airport budget was reduced by $8,000.00.
  • Currently, the fire department has two full time employees, next fiscal year only one full time employee will be on staff.  Fire Chief Bishop is retiring as of September 30, 2011.  The rural fire district pays one half of the wages.  After careful consideration, the council decided the fire department budget will remain the same. The savings in wages will be split and put into a building fund and an equipment fund for future growth.  The special meeting closed.

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

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

Pledge of Allegiance:  Council President Vern France led the pledge of allegiance.

Changes to Agenda:  Councilwoman Houser moved to add the following items to the agenda:  (1.)  Change meeting date of regularly scheduled meeting; (2) Review letter received from Gooding County Administrator Ami Bennett; (3) Set meeting date and time with Dale Thomas.

Visitors:  Visitors were Michael & Karen Kerr, Bruce McGhee, Debbie Urrutia and Don Gill.

Consent Calendar:   (Consent Calendar contains items which require formal Council action, but which are typically routine or not of great controversy. Council members can approve the items listed on the consent calendar as one item or, if finding a correction needs to be made, can pull that item for discussion.  There will be no separate discussion on these items unless a Council Member or a member of the audience requests removal of the items from the Consent Calendar.)

 Mayor Morton asked, “Consent  Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilwoman Houser moved to approve:

(1.) Minutes of the July 19 & 25, 2011 meetings

(2.) Approval of Accounts Payable $349,213.42 & Payroll $92,590.80

(3.) Review of the July building permits

Permit #    Name                Address                 Use                              Valuation

20-11   Patty Suesz     445 Montana            Fence                          300.00

21-11   Hector Gonzales612 Utah                Fence                     1,000.00

22-11   Alta Giese       210 21st West           Patio Cover            5,600.00

23-11   Harold Reed    905 Main                Carport                   9,044.00

24-11   Jason Young   437 Illinois             Remodel               10,000.00

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Finding the Idaho Power bill was not on the accounts payable list, Councilman Arkoosh moved to pay Idaho Power $13,549.83.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.  With this payment the accounts payable total is $362,763.25.

 Visitor Business:

Karen Kerr:  Karen Kerr, a Gooding resident implored the city to step forward and encourage the Gooding Recreation District (GRD) to keep the indoor pool open for aqua therapy.  The GRD has indicated they are closing the pool.   Kerr has Multiple sclerosis (MS) and cannot walk; aqua therapy has helped  Kerr maintain her mobility.  North Canyon Medical Center (NCMC) pays $1,500.00 per month to the recreation district for the indoor pool use.  This allows them to use the pool for aqua therapy on disabled citizens.  Kerr spoke with Hospital Administrator David Butler; Butler says NCMC can no longer afford to contribute this amount.  Kerr hopes to have ISDB, NCMC and GRD partner to keep the indoor pool open.  She stated the pool is also used for Red Cross life guard training, lap swim and swim team practice. 

 Public CommentThis section of the agenda is reserved for citizens wishing to address the council.  The council does not take any action. Bruce McGhee complained about dogs.  McGhee stated the city has a leash law but, dogs are allowed to run loose.  McGhee has called the police, but they were unable to locate the dog.  McGhee was advised the city is doing everything we can to remedy the problem. Karen Kerr asked about sidewalks and the proposed skate park

Unfinished Business:

Airport Hangar Lease:   The proposed airport hangar lease was before the Council for adoption.  Discussion was held, it was decided not to implement a maintenance fee.  The lease will be revised.

Airport Standards:  The Council asked the Airport Advisory Commission to put together some standards to implement at the Gooding Municipal Airport.  A work session to review the recommended standards was set for August 15, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Teresa and Heladio Rodriquez:  At the May 2, 2011 meeting, Teresa & Heladio Rodriquez inquired as to having animals, fencing their land, using city irrigation or if unable to use irrigation water reducing the irrigation fee on their five (5) acres of land.  The land is located between 2nd Ave West and the railroad tracks. Questions concerning city right of way and the property line arose.  The Mayor opened the floor for discussion.  Councilman Magnelli stated as animals have been kept on the property he feels Rodriquez can continue with that use.  Arkoosh stated when the property was purchased the irrigation fees were disclosed.  He is not in favor of reducing the fees.  Houser questioned the number of animals and the kind.  France suggested contacting them and inquiring as to the number and species of animals they will keep.  Following deliberation, Councilman Arkoosh moved that the irrigation charge remain the same; and to have Mr.  & Mrs. Rodriquez come before the council to advise of the number and species of animals.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

In reference to the proposal from Grade Tek to find and mark the property line and right of way on 2nd Ave West, it was the consensus of the council no survey is necessary at this time.

 New Business:

Debbie Urrutia:  Johnny Mike and Debbie Urrutia owners of ‘The Cove’ of Twin Falls have applied for a liquor catering permit to be used three (3) nights during the Gooding County Fair & Rodeo.  Debbie Urrutia along with Fair Manager Don Gill were present to explain what will take place.

Gill has researched the sale of liquor at other county fairs, it posed no problems.  Pendleton Whiskey is one of the sponsors of the Gooding County Fair & Rodeo. Gill & Urrutia advised only Pendleton Whiskey will be served, the area will be roped off, ID’s will be checked, patrons will be required to wear a bracelet, the whiskey will not be sold in the stands and the county is furnishing security.  Per city policy the permit was submitted to the Police Chief and has been approved.  The mayor and council thanked them for the information.

Change Meeting Date:  In support of the Gooding Chamber of Commerce and Gooding County Fair & Rodeo event occurring on Monday, August 15, 2011, Councilman France moved to reschedule the regular meeting and work session to Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 6:00 p.m..  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.

 FBO, Gas Tanks & Island Lease:  With regards to the lease for the FBO, gas tanks and island at the Gooding Municipal Airport a meeting with Dale Thomas of High Range Aviation was set for August 11, 2011 at 6:00 p.m.

Gooding County P&Z:  A letter from Ami Bennett, Gooding County Planning and Zoning Administrator, notifying the city of an application submitted by Joe & Kay Hults for a change of use of a permitted structure within Gooding’s area of impact was received.  The city was asked to comment.  The council decided to discuss the application at a special meeting on Monday, August 8, 2011.

Department Reports:

Police Chief Jeff Perry:

  • Reported one of the police cars had been damaged in an accident.  There were no injuries. Pioneer Auto Body has repaired the car.

Fire Chief Pat Bishop:

  • Submitted June & July stats.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:

  • Public Works Director Bunn reported the Gooding Highway District wants to acquire a small section of city owned property.  The highway district has plans to widen the road and replace the Bimrose Bridge.   The city is selling the land in question and has engaged someone to survey the property.   Bunn advised he arranged to have the surveyor do two legal descriptions.

City Clerk Carmen Korsen:

  • Submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

    August 8, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

Special Meeting/Work Session:

A special meeting/work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 6:00 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 8, 2011.

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

Staff Present:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Attorney Craig Hobdey and City Clerk Carmen Korsen.

Visitors Present: Airport Manager Dale Thomas.

Purpose:   The purpose of the special meeting was threefold:

1.  Airport Lease – FBO, Gas Tanks & Island:  Dale Thomas of High Range Aviation has leased the city owned Fixed Base Operation (FBO), gas island and tanks since 1978.  The FBO was demolished in May of 2010.  The city permitted Dale Thomas to build a new FBO on the site.  The council and Dale Thomas were meeting to negotiate a new lease.

It was decided the City would provide:
(a)    fuel tanks and pumps for each product,
(b)   pipes to meters,
(c)    meters,
(d)   filter housing,
(e)    hose reel, hoses and nozzles,
(f)    tank monitoring system,
(g)   fire extinguishers,
(h)   tank testing and line tightness testing.

              High Range will provide:

(a)   filters – change every six months
(b)  do daily, monthly and annual fuel checks
(c)   clean fuel island
(d)  furnish clean fuel to maintain certified airport status
(e)   trained personnel
(f)   card reader
(g)  $100 million liability with city named additional insured.
(h)  pay the city 7.5 cents for each gallon of fuel sold.

Attorney Hobdey will draw up the lease for council approval.

2.    Gooding County P&Z:  A letter from Ami Bennett, Gooding County Planning and  Zoning Administrator, notifying the city of an application submitted by Joe & Katy Hults for a change of use of a permitted structure within Gooding’s area of impact was received.

The city was asked to comment.    Gooding County approved a storage and grain drying site on property along US Hwy 26 for Joe and Kay Hults.  Initially the operation was to be for the exclusive use of the Hults’ product.  Now, Hults would like to have the opportunity to dry corn for other farmers if the need arises.  They are asking for a change of use from Ag to Commercial.  The property is zoned commercial.  The mayor asked the council for comments.  Arkoosh stated the facility is already there and will be used for the purpose of drying corn, he sees no reason to deny them the opportunity to dry other farmers crop.  France and Magnelli voiced the same sentiment.  Houser stated she is not against extending the days of operation, but does not want to see them add to the foot print.  All agreed to that comment. Discussion was held.  The Mayor will write a letter commenting the city will not oppose Hults application for change of use, nor of increasing the days of operation, but the city does not want to see the facility increase in size.

3.   Four applications for the Fire Chief vacancy have been received.  A meeting with the Gooding Rural Fire Commissioners was set for 6:00 p.m. on August 11, 2011 to go over the applications.

The meeting closed at 8:00 p.m

  August 11, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

Special Meeting:

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, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 11, 2011.

Roll Call:   Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser and Magnelli.  Councilman France joined the meeting in progress.

Staff Present:  City Clerk Carmen Korsen.

Visitors Present: Gooding Rural Fire Commissioners Jim Brockman, Larry Capps and Joe Pavkov.

 Purpose:   The purpose of the special meeting was twofold:

1.  In accordance with Idaho Code 63-802A(3):  If a taxing district wishes to change the time and location of budget hearing as stated on the assessment notice, it shall publish such change of time and location in advance of such hearing. Councilman Arkoosh moved to hold the budget hearing at 6:30 p.m. on September 6, 2011; to notify County Clerk Denise Gill and publish an announcement.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried.

2.  Fire Chief Pat Bishop’s announced retirement leaves a vacancy in the city/rural fire department. The council  met with Gooding Rural Fire Commissioners to review the applications received.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to recess into EXECUTIVE SESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH IDAHO CODE 67-2345 (A) To consider hiring a public officer wherein the respective qualities of individuals are to be evaluated in order to fill a particular vacancy or need.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Arkoosh, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried unanimously.

The meeting reconvened at 7:55 p.m.  There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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