June 18, 2012

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 June 18, 2012.

Roll Call

Present were Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.  Mayor Morton was absent.  Council President France chaired the meeting in the Mayor’s absence.



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.)

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

  1. Minutes of the June 4, 6 and 11, 2012 meetings
  2. List of accounts sent to collections

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business


Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Continuous Sidewalk- Dollar Store:  Gooding City Code 9-2-1 thru 17 sets specific requirements pertaining to sidewalks and gives authority of the Council to order sidewalks repaired or constructed.  The City Council would like to ask the Family Dollar Store located at 2302 Main Street, Gooding, ID (also known as 1902 State Hwy 46, Gooding, ID) to finish the sidewalk on their property so it will connect to the Valley Country Store sidewalk.  Attorney Hobdey prepared a memo and asked the Council to read through it and ask him questions as needed before making their final decision.

Membership in International Economic Development Council:  In the last Council Meeting Mayor Morton stated he would like to join the International Economic Development Council.  His hope is to gather as much information as possible on how to expand and develop the City of Gooding.  The City Council would like a representative from the organization to give a presentation to the Council.

Review State and City Code regarding Fireworks:  The Gooding City/Rural Fire Department received a letter from the State Fire Marshall asking if the City plans to allow the retail display and sale of non-aerial common fireworks inside the Ridley’s store as Idaho Code only allows temporary stands.  Fire Chief Covey let the State Fire Marshall know the City of Gooding has an ordinance allowing retail stores to sell safe and sane fireworks as long as they comply with specific requirements.  Chief Covey spoke to the assistant manager at Ridley’s regarding compliance with the Gooding City Code pertaining to fireworks and plans to speak with King’s as well.  Chief Covey feels the Council should review the Gooding City Code before next firework season so the City’s Ordinance supports Idaho Code.

New Business

Transfer funds from Capital Improvement to General- Auditor entry:  France, Basterrechea, Wagner, and Bunn performed the yearly audit for Fiscal Year 11.  They entered an auditor adjustment for the Idaho Power Franchise income received in October 2011 to post to the Capital Improvement Fund for Fiscal Year 2010-11.  The City posted the Idaho Power Franchise income to the General Fund for Fiscal Year 2012.  The auditors need the City Council to make a motion to transfer $5,580.69 from the Capital Improvement Fund to the General Fund to reconcile both sets of books.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to transfer $5,580.69 from the Capital Improvement Fund to the General Fund.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Set Public hearing to Amend Budget:  It was determined the Budget for Fiscal Year 2011-12 does not need to be amended; therefore a public hearing does not need to be scheduled.

Capital Improvement request from Library:  The air conditioner for the Library is not working properly.  The bid to repair the air conditioner is $1,500.  Librarian Pat Hamilton wrote a letter to the City Council asking for help with the unexpected cost as she does not have enough money in her budget to pay for the repair.  The Council discussed the expense.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to pay for the air conditioner repair for the Library out of the Capital Improvement Fund.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mid-month payment request from Library:  The Public Library uses the City Clerks Visa credit card, #5.  This card is tied to almost all of the book and material purchases for the Library.  The card is currently at its limit.  Librarian Pat Hamilton wrote a letter to the Council requesting a mid-month payment so the Library may continue to receive books that were pre-ordered using card 5.  Librarian Hamilton would also like to request her own credit card for the Library.

Councilwoman Houser moved to make a mid-month payment on Visa credit card #5 and to order an additional credit card on the City account with a limit of $1,000 for the Library.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported that approximately 30 businesses and homes were vandalized with graffiti over the weekend.  They are currently working on the cases.

The Police Department received the 2011 Statistics Report from the State of Idaho; Gooding has the highest clearance rate for crimes in the state at 80%.

The Police will be hosting a “Child Safety Day” at the Fireman’s Picnic on June 30, 2012.  They will be offering a Child Identification Kit which includes fingerprinting, DNA collection, photographs and general precautions to prevent a child from being kidnapped.  They will also offer free car seat installation and checks.

Police Chief Jeff Perry would like the Council to consider passing an ordinance requiring citizens to display their address on their homes.  This would make it easier for 911 services, fire, law enforcement, and EMS to respond to calls.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that the Fire Department had 21 calls on June 4, 2012 after the wind storm; otherwise everything has been quiet.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that just about everything is cleaned up from the wind storm on June 4, 2012.  The City has started working on yard clean-up and will be cutting down willows and spraying weeds.

Deputy City Clerk Morri Hall:  Deputy City Clerk Hall distributed notices and letters of interest to the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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