July 23, 2012

Public Hearing

The City of Gooding held a public hearing to consider public comment regarding the proposed increase of sewer fees and to explain the reasons for the increased fee.  The fee increase is being implemented to offset the costs of operation, repairs, and maintenance of the sewer department.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Mary Fullmer, Dawn Crowley, John Aguilar, and Ed Reagan.

Public Comment

Mary Fullmer:  Mary Fullmer is concerned about another increase in the sewer fees as she is on a fixed income.  Mary wanted to know if commercial businesses will have to pay the increase as well.  Mayor Morton assured Mary Fullmer that everyone receiving sewer in the City of Gooding will pay the same increase.

Dawn Crowley:  Dawn Crowley is concerned about another increase in the sewer fees as she is on a fixed income.  Dawn explained how difficult it is for someone who is retired and on a fixed income to pay more in expenses every year when they have no way to generate additional income.  Mrs. Crowley said she understands that the City has to maintain the sewer system but would like to see the increase be as low as possible.

John Aguilar:  John Aguilar wanted to know what the increase will look like on his monthly bill.  The Mayor let John know that the Council has not decided on the amount of the increase yet.  Mr. Aguilar brought in his current bill and the charges were explained.

There was no testimony.  The public hearing closed.

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 23, 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 Hobdey.

Visitors

Jim Mullen and Oksana Roth

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the City’s water rights.  Attorney Hobdey, Public Works Director Bunn and Keller Associates Mullen and Roth met with Brockway Engineering.  Brockway Engineering will research whether the City can drill new wells and use some of their surface rights to mitigate.  The City will save $2,004,000 if it can mitigate surface rights to drill wells.

Meeting Scheduled

A Town Hall 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 22, 2012 at 7:00 pm.

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