October 17 & 24, 2011

Public Hearing:

Pursuant to Idaho Code 1402 a public hearing concerning the council’s intent to effectuate certain proposed transactions was held in the Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West at 6:30 p.m. on October 17, 2011.  

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

Visitors:  Visitor was Larry Heil. 

Purpose:   Whereas the Gooding City Council proposes to exchange approximately 2.24 acres of real property for approximately 2.24 acres of real property with Larry Heil and Marcella Heil, husband and wife, Gooding, Idaho; and, 

Whereas the Gooding City Council proposes to sell by public auction approximately 25.934 acres of real property at a minimum starting bid of $25,000.000; and, 

Whereas the Gooding City Council proposes to convey approximately 1.248 acres of real property to Gooding Highway District, pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1403(4) without consideration, for safety purposes; and, 

Whereas, all such property is located in the Northeast Quarter of Section 36, Township 5 South, Range 14 EBM, Gooding County, Idaho, 

Mayor opened the public hearing and asked for questions and comments from the public.  There were none.  The public hearing closed at 6:40 p.m.  

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. 

Staff Present: Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Attorney Craig Hobdey, City Clerk Carmen Korsen, Police Chief Jeff Perry, Fire Chief Brandon Covey. 

Visitors:  Visitors were Drew Nelson, Jon Cook, Bart Morrow and Johnny Urrutia.

 Pledge of AllegianceCouncil President Vern France led the pledge of allegiance. 

Changes to Agenda:  None                                        

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 stated, ‘The Consent Calendar Item before you is approval of minutes’.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve:
(1.)  Minutes of the October 3, 2011 meeting
Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Visitor Business:
Jon CookJon Cook of the 116th Calvary presented the city with an American Flag flown in Baghdad on July 14, 2011 during “Operation New Dawn” by Charlie Company based out of the Gooding Armory.  There were eight (8) national guardsmen deployed from Gooding County.  The flag was presented to the council in recognition of the support given by the city, county and its citizens. 

Dale ThomasNot Present 

Bart MorrowAirport Advisory Commission Chairman Bart Morrow gave an update on the Airport Advisory Commission meetings.  Morrow remarked favorably on the slurry seal project at the airport.   

Public Comment:  This section of the agenda is reserved for citizens wishing to address the council.  The council does not take any action.

An invitation from Nan Reedy promoting a pet shelter was read.  An organizational meeting with representatives from a non-profit group will be held on November 12, 2011.  The group, Anything’s Pawsable, is ready to break ground on a new regional shelter that could include Gooding County.  

Unfinished Business:
Airport Standards:  The council asked Riedesel Engineering for airport standards recommendations.  Riedesel Engineering has worked with other airports to set up standards and define zones.

 New Business:
Fuel Island Agreement:  Councilman France moved to enter into an agreement by and between the City of Gooding and High Range Aviation, Inc., giving High Range Aviation the right and privilege to the use and management of the fuel island, together with fuel storage tanks, pumps, hoses, reels, meters, and other appurtenances located at the Gooding Municipal Airport.  The Lessee shall pay for rental, the sum of seven and one-half cents ($.075) per gallon for all fuel sold.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Intent to Sell, Convey and Exchange PropertyHaving held a Public Hearing pursuant to Idaho 50-1402, Councilman Arkoosh moved to exchange approximately 2.24 acres of real property for approximately 2.24 acres of real property with Harry Heil and Marcella Heil; to convey approximately 1.248 acres of real property to Gooding Highway District without consideration; and to sell at public auction approximately 25.934 acres of real property at a minimum starting bid of $25,000.00 on November 7, 2011 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. at the Gooding City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Letter of Interest – Dacagon LimitedJohnny Urrutia approached the council with a Project titled ‘Little Rivers Power Company”.  This project packet included a description of the market, market needs, impact, how they plan to address those needs, and projected financial rewards.   Urrutia gave a brief outline of the responsibilities and obligations the entity would enter into with Decagon Limited. Urrutia mentioned names of persons involved in the project; how the project could use Inducements to fund the tax exempt bonds.  Urrutia appealed to the council for a Letter of Interest (LOI) to Decagon Limited.  Attorney Hobdey stated he has found no information and would like additional particulars.  Mayor Morton advised he spoke with Chris Socha from Senator Risch’s office and Mr. Packwood from Department of Commerce.  They offered help, but had no information about Dacagon Limited or Lawrence Lester.   Houser stated if the city were under no obligation it might be okay if the city submits a LOI.  Magnelli stated the concept seems too good to be true.  France question whether or not it is appropriate for city government to be involved, as this project does not seen to be an everyday function of elected city officials.    Questions were asked.   Urrutia was unable to answer some questions.  Urrutia stated he will ask Jim Herbert who can better explain Inducements to come before the council. Herbert is currently working with a bonding company using Inducement authority to issue tax-exempt bonds allowed under federal law.   It was the consensus of the council that further study is needed before a decision is made.  

Employee RaisesDiscussion was held on raising employee wages.  It has been three years since raises were given to all employees.  France in favor of waiting until first of year.  Magnelli commented 3% was budgeted.  Arkoosh in favor of increase to begin with new budget.  Following discussion, Magnelli moved to increase employee wages 3% percent beginning October 1, 2011.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.  

Department Reports:
Police Chief Jeff Perry:
·         None
Fire Chief Brandon Covey:
·         Reported three (3) new volunteers have begun training.  They are Damon Hanson, Joshua Lehigh and Michael Shelamer.
Public Works Director Todd Bunn:
·         Reported the slurry seal project at the Gooding Municipal Airport is completed.  The water and sewer project in the Industrial Park is 98% complete.  The road will be paved on Wednesday, October 19, 2011.  Idaho Power will begin installing the street lights.
·         Under the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) every five years the city must solicit proposals for professional engineering services.
·         Gave an update on the Skate Park.  Grant funds from the Wildlife Conservation fund will not be awarded again until 2014.  He and the committee working on the Skate Park have decided to raise matching funds in the interim and re-apply in 2014.
City Clerk Carmen Korsen:
·         Submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.
Councilman Magnelli:
·         Councilman Magnelli, liaison for the Library, distributed the September Library stat report.  Over 3,750 items were checked out.
Mayor Morton:
·         Mayor Morton in response to a question concerning the Gooding Urban Renewal Agency (GURA) stated the wrecking yard in the Industrial Park now belongs to the GURA.  The previous owner was given a year to clear the property. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned. 

 

October 24, 2011
Gooding City Council Minutes

 Special Meeting/ Worksession:
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 October 24, 2011. 

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

Staff Present:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn and City Clerk Carmen Korsen.   

Visitors:  Visitors were Johnny Urrutia, Jim Herbert and Ed Regan with the press. 

Purpose:   The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss Little Rivers Power Company and to learn about Inducement Committees and Resolutions. 

At the October 17, 2011 council meeting, Johnny Urrutia approached the council with a Project titled ‘Little Rivers Power Company”.  This project packet included a description of the market, market needs, impact, how they plan to address those needs, and projected financial rewards.   Urrutia gave a brief outline of the responsibilities and obligations the entity would enter into with Decagon Limited. Urrutia mentioned names of persons involved in the project; how the project could use Inducements to fund the tax exempt bonds.  Urrutia appealed to the council for a Letter of Interest (LOI) to Decagon Limited.  Questions were asked. Urrutia was unable to answer some questions.  Urrutia stated he will ask Jim Herbert who can better explain Inducements to come before the council. Herbert is currently working with a bonding company using Inducement authority to issue tax-exempt bonds allowed under federal law.   It was the consensus of the council that further study is needed before a decision is made.    

Now, Herbert was present to address the council concerning Inducement Committees and Resolutions. 

Jim Herbert explained revenue bonds can finance 100% of the cost of equipment and facilities for many projects.  The initial requirement for tax-exempt eligibility is the adoption of an Inducement Resolution by a governmental authority such as a city, county, regional or state authority. The bonding agent usually requires the government entity to appoint an Inducement Committee. Once in place, they review the project and make recommendations.  The committee’s preliminary approval of the project does not commit the Authority to issue bonds.   Bonds may be issued any time after Inducement and up to eighteen (18) months after the project has been placed in service.  As of the date of adoption and sixty (60) days prior to that date, all qualified expenditures paid by the Company may be financed with tax-exempt bonds. Issuance costs will vary among jurisdiction.  Herbert also mentioned platforms as another instrument of funding.  Herbert stressed he does not have information relevant to the Little Rivers Power Company.  He was merely explaining Inducements.   

Discussion was held.  Mayor Morton questioned whether or not the council wants to proceed with a letter of interest. 

Attorney Craig Hobdey said he has researched what information he has been given but has found no relatable information.  Hobdey also reported he was given names to contact concerning the type of project Little Rivers Power Company is attempting to put together; he contacted those persons, but they seemed to have no information.  

Councilman France stated he is reluctant to move forward after speaking with two individuals about a person involved in the project.   

Councilman Magnelli stated he left each meeting with lots of unanswered questions.  He believes the meetings on the Little Rivers Power Company are not getting him any answers that interest him. 

Councilman Arkoosh recused himself so as to avoid anysemblance of partialityorbiasbecauseofinterestor personal involvement.

Councilman France moved to abandon any further proceedings with Decagon Limited and their appeal for the city’s participation in the funding mechanism.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

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