January 3, 2012

The regular meeting of the Gooding City Council was called to order at 7:00 p.m. on January 3, 2012 in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho. 

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

 Staff Present:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Attorney Craig Hobdey, Police Chief Perry, Deputy Clerk Morri Hall and City Clerk Carmen Korsen.

Visitors:  Visitor was Carol France.

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

Changes to Agenda:   None.

Consent Calendar:   (Consent Calendar contains items which require 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.)

(1.)  Approve minutes of the December 19, 2011 meeting.
(2.)  Approve Accounts Payable & Employee Payroll.
(3.)  Review of building permits.

 Mayor Morton: ‘Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?’  There being none, Councilman Magnelli moved to approve consent items:

(1.) Minutes of the December 19, 2011 and
(2.) Accounts Payable of $146,925.56 and Payroll of $97,010.59
(3.)  December building permits.

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Unfinished Business:

No unfinished business to draw to a close.

Oath of Office:  City Clerk Carmen Korsen administered the oath of office to newly re-elected Mayor William Duke Morton, Councilman Vern France and Councilman Magnelli.  The elected officials signed their oath of office.

Presentation of Certificate of Election: The newly re-elected officials were presented with a Certificate of Election and welcomed into office.

Elect Council President:  Mayor Morton opened nominations for Council President.  Councilman Magnelli nominated Vern France for Council President. Councilman Arkoosh seconded the motion and asked that nominations be closed.  Upon roll call, motion carried unanimously.   Councilman France graciously accepted the nomination.

Having other commitments, City Clerk Korsen asked to be excused.   Deputy Morri Hall commenced taking minutes.

Public Input

Proposed Curfew Ordinance:  Chief Perry stated in the last meeting the prosecuting attorney encouraged him to make changes to the current curfew ordinance to help better deal with incorrigible kids as the current ordinance is unenforceable.  Attorney Craig will contact prosecuting attorney to find out what changes he proposes in order to enforce the ordinance.

Proposed Agreement with Gooding Vet Clinic:  Current agreement does not state whether the City will pay for room/board for dogs that are impounded on a Sunday or a recognized holiday.  Council agreed that since a dog cannot be adopted or euthanized on a Sunday or recognized holiday, the City will pay for this extra day in those cases.  Attorney Craig will write up the final agreement for approval at the next council meeting.

New Business

Reminder of AIC City Officials Day registration must be in by Wednesday, January 18, 2012.

Meeting set for Monday, January 09, 2012 at 6pm to review Airport Engineer RFQ’s

Meeting set for Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 6:30pm to review irrigation fees.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry- Gave the police department status report and stated things are running good.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey- Absent, however, Councilwoman Houser wanted to acknowledge Chief Covey for his after-hours work and commitment to safety.  She had a carbon-monoxide leak in her home over Christmas and Chief Covey came over late at night and through the weekend to check the level and ensure their safety before they came back into the home.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn- None

Executive Session

Councilman France moved to recess into Executive session in accordance with section (b) of Idaho Code 67-2345 to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee or staff member.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser, and Magnelli, voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:30pm.  There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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