March 19 , 2012

Special Meeting

A work session for the Water Distribution System Improvement was held on March 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, ID.

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

Purpose:   The purpose of the work session was to discuss options to improve the water distribution system.

Mayor Morton was made aware that the Department of Environment Quality (DEQ) has loan money available to make improvements on the water distribution system.  In May, DEQ will let the city know how much money is available.  The Council will need to decide on phases and staging of the improvements.  Discussion was held.   Topics included bonding, ordinary and necessary, LID’s, town hall meetings and talking with Region IV about options.  DEQ warned loan funds cannot be used to purchase water rights.

There being no further business, the work session closed at 6:25 pm.

Public Hearing

Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections public hearing was opened at 6:30 pm on March 19, 2012 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho. 

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

Purpose:  The purpose of the hearing was to correct irrigation assessments as may be deemed necessary.  Assessments were mailed, notification of the Board of Corrections meeting was given on the utility bills and published in the City’s legal newspaper. 

Tony Funk- 738 Arizona Street:  Mr. Funk has lived at the same home for 20 years and has never been able to get water for irrigation purposes.  His house sits on rock and is above where irrigation water can reach.  He didn’t mind paying the irrigation assessment when he could sign up for sprinkler rates during the summer but doesn’t feel he should have to pay an irrigation assessment when he cannot receive water.  Clerk Korsen explained his rates have been lowered to the minimum rate per lot for the yearly accounting charges.  His bill would be much higher if he were paying the full rate.

Mike & Robin Leitch- 926 Idaho Street:  Mr. and Mrs. Leitch are wondering if the City is going to get rid of the current irrigation system because they do not want to spend money to maintain and repair the old system if it is changing.  Mayor Morton explained the City does have a long-term plan to get rid of the flood irrigation system but does not have a specific date set.

Jose A Rios-Navarro- 402 4th Ave East:  Not present

Jose A. Hernandez Juaregui- 2144 Bitterbrush: Not present

There being no further business, the hearing adjourned at 6:50 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 March 19, 2012.

Roll Call

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


Visitors were Renea Kelley and Girl Scouts Aysia, Levie, Enola and Carrie Stiffler,  Rosario Morales, Katie Huber, Melodi, Moriah and Kimmie Dwyer, Ashilee Reagen, Madicyn Jeal, Roger and Sue Johnson, Danny Acha, Meorah Bryan, Meddo W, Deva Pearson, Mario de Haro Marti, Glenn Diede and David Butler.

 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, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilman France moved to approve:

  1. Minutes of the March 5, 2012 meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Renea Kelley & Girl Scouts:  Scout Leader Renea Kelley brought Girl Scouts ages 6-13 to learn more about City Government.  Mayor Morton read a proclamation celebrating the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary, applauding their commitment to developing leadership and proclaiming the week of March 12, 2013 as Girl Scout Week.

Mario de Haro Marti- Composting in City Limits:  Extension Educator Mario de Haro Marti, has developed a project for research and education on composting.  He received a grant to research ways to reduce odor, reduce dust and to develop a class on how to compost properly.  He has hauled 30 truckloads of manure to a location behind the National Guard building just inside the City limits.  Mario was approached by the Public Works Director Todd Bunn who let him know he needed permission of the City Council to proceed with this project.  Mario plans to donate the compost to the Fairgrounds, City, and Community Garden when it is completed.

 Mr. de Haro Marti answered questions from the Council.  The location where the manure is currently stock piled is not packed and consists of back-fill gravel and concrete.  Councilman France does not feel the run off from this project can be contained because of the type of fill the manure is sitting on.  The project is also uphill from two residential wells. 

 Councilman France moved to have the manure from Mario de Horo Marti’s project removed as soon as possible from within the City limits.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried unanimously. 

 Glenn Diede & David Butler- North Canyon Medical Center:  Engineering Director Glenn Diede and CEO David Butler of North Canyon Medical Center (NCMC) addressed the Council regarding the removal of sanitation fees from the monthly billing.  The NCMC does not use the City sanitation services which costs them $119.00 per month.  The Council let Diede and Butler know City Ordinance No. 578 does not allow people to refuse garbage services completely; however, they are willing to reduce the fees to the minimum charge for a 300 gallon can commercial pick up.

 Councilman Arkoosh moved to reduce the sanitation fees for North Canyon Medical Center to the minimum commercial charge for a 300 gallon can commercial pick up.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.  Currently the fee is $35.00 monthly.

 Public Comment


Unfinished Business


New Business

Sign Permit:  Clover Creek Dental submitted an application for a sign permit.  The application is for a 5’x5’ double-sided internally illuminated sign.

Councilman France moved to approve the sign permit for Clover Creek Dental located at 126 5th Ave West.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Accept and Authorize Mayor to Sign:  Department of Environmental Quality approved the City’s application for a State Drinking Water System Planning Grant in the amount of $20,000. 

Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept and authorize the Mayor to sign the Department of Environmental Quality State Drinking Water System Planning Grant Agreement accepting funds of $20,000.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.  The city’s match will be $20,000.00 making the total project cost $40,000.00.

Resolution #212:  Resolution #212 authorizes the Mayor to accept and sign the Grant Offer of the State of Idaho through the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics, in the amount of $3,381, for the purpose of obtaining State Aid under Program Number:  FAA8GNG, Project Number:  3-16-0014-008 in the development of the Gooding Municipal Airport. 

Councilman France moved to adopt Resolution #212 authorizing the Mayor to accept and sign the Grant Offer of the State of Idaho through the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics, in the amount of $3,381.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.  The project is for slurry seal at the Gooding Municipal Airport.  The State’s share is 2.5% of the allowable project costs incurred.

Lawn Mower Purchase:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn asked Council permission to purchase a new Walker Lawn Mower for the Parks Department.  The quote for the new mower is for $13,045.50.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the purchase of a Walker Lawn Mower in the amount of $13,045.50.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mayor Veto Letter:  At the March 5, 2012 meeting upon a motion duly made and seconded and carried, the council adopted Ordinance No. 677.  After mulling it over, Mayor Morton brought before the council his decision to veto Ordinance 677. 

In a letter addressed to the council he stated the following reasons:

  1. 1.      This ordinance should have the benefit of a vote by the full council.
  2. 2.      There are multiple state laws regarding compulsory school attendance and truancy already in existence.  The City does not need to add to the list.
  3. 3.      This ordinance goes too far and imposes too many restrictions regarding the daytime activities of individuals under the age of 18 who are not in school.  The letter of this law is such that an individual under the age of 18, who is not attending school (there are three acceptable reasons for not attending school), could be arrested if he or she stepped outside their yard.

Morton would like the Council to take another look at Ordinance 677 and possibly address the incorrigibility and runaway of under age children separate from curfew and truancy.  Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Council to re-work Ordinance 677 to address the incorrigibility and runaway of under age children separate from curfew and truancy.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Chief Perry has had reports about kids playing chicken with cars in the crosswalks and is looking into purchasing flags for our crosswalks to increase pedestrian safety.  He also included his statistics report in the Council packet for their review.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Chief Covey attended an “All Hazards Instant Command” class in Alabama last week.  He also attended a Railroad Response class last week.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Engineering for the new stop light to be installed at the intersection of State Highways 26 & 46 on the south end of town is in progress.

City Clerk Carmen Korsen:  Distributed notices and letters of interest to the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.

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