February 17 & 21, 2012

Special Meeting

The special meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 2:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on February 17, 2012.

Meeting Purpose

The City of Gooding held a special meeting to consider proposed energy and conservation projects offered through the “Little Rivers Power Company”.

Roll Call

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


Visitors were Johnny Urrutia from Little Rivers Power Company, Joe Herring from Region IV Development, and Nan Reedy from Hub City Newspaper.

Visitors Business

Little Rivers Power Company:  Johnny Urrutia from the Little Rivers Power Company proposed an agreement between the City of Gooding and the Little Rivers Power Company.  This agreement would include irrigation and power projects in 5-6 different districts; the City of Gooding would act as the conduit to these projects.  Once the projects were completed, the City of Gooding would own the projects and any revenue generated.  Mayor Morton stated “the City of Gooding cannot compete with private enterprise and cannot own or operate projects outside the city”.

Joe Herring:  Joe Herring came to offer suggestions on whom the Little Rivers Power Company should contact to help their conservation and energy projects move forward.  Herring feels they need to contact public entities with jurisdiction over the entire State instead of just one district.   He suggests they contact the Idaho Department of Water Resources, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Bureau of Recreation, and Commerce Authority.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 2:30 pm.

Regular Meeting

The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on February 21, 2012.

Roll Call

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


Lori Capps- Coordinator of Gooding County Disaster Services

Changes to Agenda (Idaho Code 67-2343 Sec 4 (b))


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, “There is only one Consent Calendar Item before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, France moved to approve:

  1. Minutes of the February 7, 2012 meeting

Motion seconded by Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

New Emergency Operations PlanLorri Capps, Coordinator of Gooding County Disaster Services (GCDS) spoke in reference to a new Gooding County Emergency Operations Plan available for the City to review and sign off on.  This plan meets National Instant Management System requirements and was updated at no cost to the City or County.  Capps left a copy of the plan with the council to review before signing.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Proposed Agreement with Gem Veterinary Clinic:  The council reviewed the proposed agreement with Gem Veterinary Clinic concerning the impounding and care and disposal of dogs impounded by City employees.  Councilman Magnelli moved to authorize Mayor Morton’s signature on the agreement with Gem Veterinary Clinic.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Second Reading of Proposed Curfew Ordinance:  The second reading of a proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Idaho, a Municipal Corporation, establishing control over children under the age of eighteen (18) years who have run away from home or otherwise absconded from parental control by such attempt; children who fail to attend school as prescribed by compulsory attendance required by the State of Idaho; providing a penalty for violations; repealing ordinances in conflict with this ordinance; and providing severability and an effective date was held.

Mayor Morton expressed concerns that the proposed Curfew Ordinance may be too restrictive in the language preventing truant adolescents access to public places.  Mayor Morton said we can go forward with the 3rd reading; however, he would like the council to review the language of the proposed curfew ordinance before deciding whether to adopt it.

Irrigation Board of Corrections:  Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections hearing was set for 6:30 pm on March 19, 2012 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  The purpose of the hearing is to correct any error or mistake that may have been found in the said assessments.  Such assessments levied for the maintenance and operation of the irrigation works.

Lease for Farmground with Southfield Dairy:  The City of Gooding needs a formal lease for the 20.22 acres Southfield Dairy uses for farmland.  In the past there was an informal agreement between Southfield Dairy for $35 per acre. The council feels Southfield Dairy should be paying the same per acre rate as other lessees of farmland which is $100 per acre.  Councilman France moved to set the lease rate for the 20.22 acres Southfield Dairy uses for farmland to $100 per acre per year.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry- Not present

Fire Chief Brandon Covey- Chief Covey reported the fire department will be receiving a 350 Ford from the State of Idaho to pull the decontamination trailer for the HazMat Response Team.  Chief Covey will also host a HazMat training the last weekend in March and 1st weekend in April to bring our fire fighters up to the operational level for HazMat training regulations.

In addition, Chief Covey reported ten (10) firemen attended an advanced training at the Southern Idaho Fire Academy.  Four (4) of the firemen became new code officers.

Recently, while inspecting the round building at 202 14th Ave. E., Gooding, ID 83330, Chief Covey found a new business that upon inspection was not complying with fire codes.  Chief Covey would like to propose that businesses be required to fill out a business permit so the City can better track when a new business comes into town or an old business moves to a new location.  This information will alert the fire department to businesses needing a fire inspection.  Mayor Morton and council will take this information under advisement.

Mayor Morton requested for Chief Covey to involve the City up front with any relocation plans for the fire department.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn- No report, everything has been quiet.

City Clerk Carmen Korsen – Absent

Deputy City Clerk Morri Hall- Distributed notices and letters of interest to the council.

Mayor Morton- Announced the restructuring of employees in the City office will become effective March 1, 2012.  Kathy Lehr will become the City Treasurer.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

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