January 23, 2012

Special Meeting/ Worksession:

A special meeting/work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was held at 6:30 p.m. in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on January 23, 2012. 

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

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

In accordance with IC 50-1807 on or before the 4th Monday of January of each year the city clerk shall prepare an assessment book.   

Purpose:   The purpose of the special meeting was to study the number of lots billed and the estimated irrigation revenues, subsequently arriving at a reasonable sum for the ensuing calendar year.  Discussion was held.  Bunn advised the council, “repairs must be made on main irrigation lines at 5th & Oregon and 7th & Idaho.”   

The fund balance in irrigation has been declining the last five (5) years.  After review of anticipated expenses of for the irrigation department an increase of more than 5% is estimated.   Public notice and hearing must be provided prior to adoption of any fee increase of more than 5%.  A public hearing date will be set at the regular meeting of the council.  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. 

Visitors:  Visitors were George, Sandy and Destiny Jackman, Johnny Urrutia, Tom & Barbara Mannschreck, Paula Pearce, Wenna Savage, Roy Shoup and Rolland Zollinger. 

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

Changes to Agenda:   Mayor Morton announced the addition of Reimbursement Request #4 to the agenda under new business. 

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 January 3, 2012 meeting.

(2.)  Approve Accounts Payable of $39,735.76. 

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 January 3, 2012 meeting and (2) Accounts Payable of $39,735.76. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Visitor Business:

Johnny Urrutia:  Johnny Urrutia approached the council on October 17, 2011 with a Project titled ‘Little Rivers Power Company” and gave a brief outline of the responsibilities and obligations the entity would enter into.  He also discussed how the project could use Inducements to fund tax exempt bonds.  The council decided not to promote the project. 

Urrutia was present once again to revisit the Little Rivers Power Co. project.  He explained they have some new committee members who are working on a new business plan.  Urrutia explained items the city council had questioned previously were struck out of the project.  The new plan is contract specific.  Urrutia will present the new business plan in approximately two weeks.  

Sandy JackmanSandy Jackman dba “The Shop”made application to serve beer and wine by the drink at 2039 Main Street.   The state and county have approved and granted her beer and wine licenses.  Jackman asked for approval from the council for a city license.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve Beer and Wine license for Sandy Jackman dba The Shop, 2039 Main Street.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Tom Mannschreck:  Tom and Barbara Mannschreck of Thomas Development Company distributed handouts outlining their proposed renovation plan of Westside Courts located at 1447 Idaho Street.  Westside Courts is a 30 unit elderly housing complex originally built in 1981.  Thomas Development Company is a twenty- two (22) year real estate development and construction company.  Mannschreck explained they are in contract to purchase the Westside Court Apartments.  They intend to spend a substantial amount of money on interior and exterior improvements with funds they are applying for through Idaho Housing and Finance Association.  If successful, full plans will be submitted to the city prior to starting construction.  The council gave their support and encouragement to the project.  The mayor thanked them for the presentation and stated he would write a letter of support.   

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

  • ·         No public comments were made.

 Unfinished Business

Proposed Curfew Ordinance:  The county prosecuting attorney encouraged the police department to make changes to the current curfew ordinance to help better deal with incorrigible kids as the current ordinance is unenforceable.  Attorney Hobdey has made the changes.  Attorney Hobdey was not present; the council has questions and deferred the first reading until counsel is present.  

Proposed Agreement with Gem Veterinary ClinicThe City has in place a dog ordinance requiring that dogs at large be pickup up and impounded.  The City and Gem Veterinary Clinic have been operating on a verbal agreement.  It is the desire of the parties to set forth in writing their agreement regarding the keeping and disposition of the dogs. The proposed agreement was read through.  Discussion was held.  Attorney Hobdey was asked to add a clause to the proposed memorandum of agreement to allow for adoption of dogs.   The clause was added.  The new draft was reviewed. Finding no mention of how Sundays and recognized holidays would be addressed, Attorney Hobdey was asked to amend the draft to reference them.  This item remains unfinished business. 

New Business

Change Meeting DateFinding there will not be a quorum at the regular meeting of February 6, 2012, the meeting was rescheduled to February 7, 2012. 

Irrigation:  In accordance with IC 63-1311 public notice and hearing must be provided prior to adoption of any fee increase of more than 5%.  It is estimated a 15% increase is necessary.   Councilman France moved to set a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. on February 7, 2012.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.  Notice will run January 26 and Feb 2, 2012.   

Resolution #211:  Whereas, the Gooding City Council intends to develop a plan for drinking water facilities; Councilman Arkoosh moved to pass and adopt Resolution #211 authorizing Mayor Morton to sign applications, grant agreements, amendments and other documents relating to the drinking water facilities planning grant.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.  

Agreement for Engineering Services:  The City of Gooding is planning to complete a water facilities planning study (FPS).  The study is being funded in part by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  A FPS needs to be completed and submitted to DEQ for approval.   

Councilman Arkoosh moved to enter into an agreement with Keller Associates to furnish Engineering Services as set forth in the Scope of Work.  The compensation to be paid to them for the services necessary to perform the tasks outlined in the Scope of Work will be on a lump sum basis of Forty Thousand dollars ($40,000.00).  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously. DEQ funding is twenty thousand dollars ($20,000.00).

Request for Funds ICDBGReimbursement Request #3 was presented to the council for approval.  After review, Councilman France moved to submit reimbursement request #3 to the Idaho Community Development Block Grant Program for $64,214.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Pay Request #2 ICDBGRegion IV Development Association, Inc. submitted Administration Pay Request #2.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to pay Region IV Development Association $8,000.00 for Administrative Services rendered.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously. 

FAA Reimbursement Request No. 3:  Riedesel Engineering submitted Pay request No. 4 for AIP 3-16-0014-008 [Slurry Seal Project] in the amount of $476.00.  The reimbursement includes Riedesel Invoice totaling $500.50.  Councilman France moved authorize the mayor sign the reimbursement and submit to FAA.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Southern Idaho TourismDebbie Dane, Executive Director of Southern Idaho Tourism submitted an invoice for dues of $275.00.  Southern Idaho Tourism promotes and markets tourism and recreation in our area; they mail packets to those wishing to visit our area.  Councilman Magnelli moved to approve payment of two hundred seventy five dollars ($275.00).  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Airport Engineering RFQ’s:  Gooding Municipal Airport solicited requests for proposals to provide airport engineering and planning services.  On January 9, 2012 the Airport Selection Committee met to evaluate Engineering proposals submitted.  Each firm was scored based on criteria listed on the RFQ. 

 Proposals and scoring were:

  1.       Riedesel Engineering                             99 points
  2.       J-U-B Engineers, Inc                              90 points
  3.       Armstrong Consultants, Inc.                 88 points
  4.       CAN                                                            48 points

The Airport Selection Committee’s recommendation is Riedesel Consultants.   

After discussion, Councilman Arkoosh moved to appoint Riedesel Consultants as PrincipalConsultant for the Gooding Municipal Airport for a term of five (5) years.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call,  motion carried.   

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry – Reported he spoke with the Rural Fire District Commissioners concerning payment for the 1986 Suburban he is purchasing from them.  They agreed to defer payment until the end of the current fiscal year.  The public works department will not be sharing in the cost or the use of the suburban.   

Fire Chief Brandon Covey – Absent.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn – None.

City Clerk Treasurer Carmen Korsen – Submitted letters and notices of interest to the council.

Mayor Morton – Announced the SIEDO meeting will be Wednesday, January 25.

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (a) to discuss hiring a public officer, employee or staff member & (b) to hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee or staff member.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 9:03 p.m.  There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.




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