July 2, 2012

Special Meeting

A Special meeting to discuss a $7,000,000 loan at 1% interest and a 20 year loan term through the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for water improvements was held on July 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

Council Present

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

Staff Present

Present were Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Morri Hall, City Attorney Craig Hobdey and City Treasurer Kathy Lehr.

Visitors

Present was Jim Mullen and Oksana Roth from Keller Associates.

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the priority of water improvements and how much of the loan offer the City feels they need to utilize for improvements.

The City council agrees that they should utilize the entire loan from the DEQ as the interest rates and construction costs are at an all-time low.  The money from DEQ cannot be used to purchase water rights; therefore an additional loan for approximately $2,004,000 may need to be taken out for water rights.  Attorney Hobdey will contact Brockway Engineering, a consulting firm specializing in hydraulics, hydrology, environmental science, and water resources, to set up a meeting to discuss water rights options.

Special Meeting Scheduled

A Special meeting to discuss a $7,000,000 loan at 1% and a 20 year loan term through the Department of Environmental Quality for water improvements was scheduled for July 23, 2012 at 6:00 pm with Keller Associates.

Public Meeting Scheduled

A public meeting to discuss a $7,000,000 loan at 1% and a 20 year loan term through the Department of Environmental Quality for water improvements was scheduled for August 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

Public Hearing

A 2nd public hearing to discuss the status of the Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG-11-IV-12-ED) in the amount of $460,599 from the Idaho Department of Commerce was called to order at 7:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 2, 2012.

Council Present

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

Staff Present

Present were Public Works Director Todd Bunn, Fire Chief Brandon Covey, City Clerk Morri Hall, City Attorney Craig Hobdey, City Treasurer Kathy Lehr and Police Chief Jeff Perry.

Visitors

Present were Candy McElfresh, Dale Bunn, Audra Wagner, Jacob Martinho, Joe Martinho, Terreska Martinho and Rick Lehr.

Purpose

The City of Gooding received an Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG-11-IV-12-ED) in the amount of $460,599 from the Idaho Department of Commerce for infra-structure improvements including, roadway, street lighting, and a water extension needed at the WEL Companies, Inc. site; 1045 Agri Lane, Gooding, ID.

Community Development Planner Candy McElfresh from Region IV reported on project activities and accomplishments to date, all expenditures to date, a general description of the remaining work and a general description of changes made to the scope of work, budget schedule, location and beneficiaries.  The construction and design professional expenditures were lower than originally estimated.  The City expects to return approximately $155,000 of block grant funds to the Idaho Department of Commerce.

As part of the project, WEL Companies committed to developing 21 jobs out of the Gooding facility by December 2013.  Region IV is working with the WEL Company to gather the documentation for certifying the job development.  Candy McElfresh plans to contact the Idaho Department of Commerce to ask if the number of jobs needed to comply with the Grant can be lowered since the City will be returning grant funds that were not used.

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 July 2, 2012.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Dale Bunn, Audra Wagner, Jacob Martinho, Joe Martinho, Terreska Martinho and Rick Lehr.

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

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 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 June 18, 2012 meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $88,786.74
  3. Payroll in the amount of $124,962.25
  4. Building Permits

 

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

Value

Fee

Builder

21-12

6/4/12

Dan Turner

1141

Idaho Deck

1,440

$70.43

Self
22-12

6/6/12

Valley Co-op Inc

2442

Main St Fuel Canopies

109,648

$1,728.84

Leonard Petroleum
23-12

6/11/12

D & D Transportation

1735

Main St Fence

28,760

$30.00

Snake River Fence
24-12

6/15/12

Justin Miller

515

Arizona Fence

100

$30.00

Self
25-12

6/18/12

Gooding High School

1050

7th Ave W Bathroom remodel

17,400

$470.00

Starr Corporation

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Dale Bunn:  Dale Bunn of France, Basterrechea, Wagner and Bunn (FBWB) explained why the price of a single audit has increased to over $6,000 and suggested the City involve him in the Grant process earlier so he can review the requirements and give a more accurate bid at that time.  This would allow the City to plan for the single audit expense and possibly include the expense with the Grant application.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Airport Containment Pad Lease:  The containment pads are used to fill crop dusting planes with hazardous materials to generate income.  Public Works Director Bunn reported Mr. Dale Thomas has copies of other airports containment pad leases and would like to schedule a work session to review the information on how other airports handle the fees associated with containment pads and whether the airport needs more liability insurance because of the hazardous materials being used on the containment pads.

Special Meeting Scheduled

A Special meeting to discuss the airport containment pad lease was scheduled for July 9, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

Continuous Sidewalk- Dollar Store:  Public Works Director Bunn said it looks like the Valley Country Store may finish the sidewalk for the Dollar Store as concrete forms have been laid up to the existing sidewalk.  Mayor Morton plans to write a letter thanking the Valley Country Store.

Membership in International Economic Development Council:  The City Council would like a representative from the organization to give a presentation to the Council.  Mayor Morton will contact Jan Rogers and ask for a presentation at the next Council meeting.

New Business

Oath of Office:  Mayor William Duke Morton administered the oath of office to newly appointed City Clerk Morri Hall and newly appointed City Treasurer Kathy Lehr. 

Authorization for Mayor’s signature:  Keller Associates submitted an invoice in the amount of $10,000 for Engineering Services for the Water Facilities Planning Study.  Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will reimburse the City of Gooding for 50%.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept and authorize the Mayor to sign the reimbursement request to the DEQ for the State Drinking Water System Planning Grant Agreement DWG-126-2012-7 for $10,000.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Pay Request #3 ICDBG:  Region IV Development Association, Inc. submitted Administration Pay Request #3 in the amount of $8000.00 for project implementation activity.  Councilman Magnelli moved to pay Region IV Development Association $8,000.00 for Administrative Services rendered for Grant ECDBG-11-IV-12-ED.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Vandalism of Municipal Building Bathrooms:  Chief Perry reported the bathrooms in the municipal building have been vandalized on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  The City Council discussed the issue and decided to lock the bathrooms after 5:00 pm. On the nights the library is open after 5:00, people can ask for a key as needed.

Proposed Ordinance for Incorrigible Kids:  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 will contact the prosecuting attorney to see exactly which part of the Ordinance is unenforceable so he can give guidance to the Council.

Set Public Hearing to Increase Sewer Rates:  In accordance with Idaho Code 63-1311A, a public hearing to consider public comment regarding the institution of new or increased sewer fees/rates was scheduled for July 16, 2012 at 6:30 pm.

Special Meeting Scheduled:  A Special meeting to review the $7,000,000 loan application with the Department of Environmental Quality for water improvements was scheduled for July 6, 2012 at 11:00 am.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  Mayor Morton contacted Spar McKnight regarding the building he purchased at 141 North Main Street, Gooding, ID.  The Mayor informed Mr. McKnight that the City had mandated that the building be torn down as it is unsafe.  Mr. McKnight plans to rehabilitate the building and make it into a restaurant.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  None

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Covey reported that the firemen served about 400 people at the Firemen’s Picnic on June 30th.  He thanked everyone for the support.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Bunn reported that the Airport Flying Club fixed and served over 800 cheese sandwiches to citizens during Glanbia’s Family Fun Day on June 29th.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Hall will attend a PERSI employer workshop on Tuesday, July 17, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm in Boise.

Executive Session

Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn 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, staff member or individual agent, or public school student.   Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser, and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

Meeting reconvened at 8:45 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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