August 20, 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 August 20, 2012.

Roll Call

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


Present were Pat Baker, Jan Gooding and Kevin Arkoosh.

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

Councilman France moved to add:

  1. Follow-up dates for Town Hall meeting regarding a loan through the Department of Environmental Quality for water improvements.

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon a roll call vote, motion passed, carried unanimously.

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 August 6, 2012 meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitor Business

Pat Baker:  Pat Baker from Baker Insurance Agency, Inc. delivered the ICRMP policy renewal for October 1, 2012 to October 1, 2013.  Mrs. Baker and Public Works Director Bunn will be reviewing the replacement values of the listed assets to ensure our policy is more accurate for the next renewal year.  The premium increased 3% for a total of $37,519.  Mrs. Baker explained the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act requires ICRMP to offer complete Terrorism property coverage to its members.    Members are under no obligation to accept the terrorism coverage.  ICRMP has purchased blanket coverage of $20 million per year available to be shared among any Members affected by acts of terrorism; it is included in the regular policy.

To comply with the law, Councilman France moved to decline complete individual terrorism coverage and accept the blanket coverage offered by the regular ICRMP policy.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Community Church Sign at the Entrance South of townDesert Hills Community Church Pastor Ken Bergstrom asked the Council on August 6, 2012 if the City could help re-build the Community Church sign at the entrance of town.  Councilman Magnelli spoke with the owner of the property where the sign was previously installed and the owner was fine with the sign being re-built but gave no guarantees about whether the next owner will allow it to stay.  Mayor Morton has gathered a group of volunteers together to help re-build the sign.

Quote for Corporate Technology:  The City received a quote in the amount of $9,874.26 for equipment and software upgrades to the computer system which was approved by the Council on August 6, 2012.  The labor to migrate all the existing data will be an additional $4,335.00.  We also found out today that the server will require an additional application at a cost of $1,447.34.  The total for software, application, and labor on this project will be $15,656.60.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the total cost of $15,656.60 for software, applications and labor to upgrade the existing computer system.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Feasibility Evaluation:  Brockway Engineering proposes to utilize all or part of the existing surface water rights in a managed recharge and withdrawal project for the City of Gooding.  In order to know if this proposal is feasible, Brockway will need to conduct a site inspection, research and study.  The estimated cost for these services is not-to-exceed $8,688.00.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to hire Brockway Engineering to move forward with the Feasibility Evaluation of Managed Surface Water Recharge for the City of Gooding at an estimated cost not-to-exceed $8,688.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Budget Ordinance No. 677:  Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1003 a proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Idaho was read fully and distinctly, the same relating to the annual appropriation budget, appropriating the necessary funds to defray the expenses and liabilities of the City of Gooding for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2012 and ending on September 30, 2013, appropriating the sum of $11,022,992.00, and that the general tax levy of $855,820.00 on all taxable property be levied.

Councilman France moved that the same be numbered and adopted as Ordinance No. 677 of the City of Gooding and the second and third readings be waived.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh, and upon roll call the same was unanimously carried.

Authorization for Mayor’s signature:  Keller Associates submitted an invoice in the amount of $6,000 for Engineering Services for the Water Facilities Planning Study.  Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will reimburse the City of Gooding for 50%.

Councilman France 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 $3,000.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Sign Permits:  LHC Group/Idaho Home Health & Hospice submitted an application for a new sign at 329 Washington Street Gooding, ID.  The plans for the sign have been approved through the building inspector.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the sign permit for LHC Group/Idaho Home Health & Hospice at 329 Washington Street, Gooding, ID.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Street Dance/Catering Permits: A more formal process needs to be created for catering permits so those wanting to sell alcohol off premise will have to show the Council how they plan to ensure compliance with liquor laws and citizen safety.  The Council will take it under advisement.

Employee Raises:  Discussion was held on raising employee wages.  Following discussion, Arkoosh moved to increase employee wages 3% beginning October 1, 2012.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Notice of Change in Regular Council Meeting:   The regular Council Meeting scheduled for September 3, 2012 has been changed to September 4, 2012.

Town Hall Meeting Scheduled:  A Town Hall meeting to discuss a loan through the Department of Environmental Quality for water improvements was scheduled for September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Walker Center, 605 11th Ave East, Gooding, ID.

Public Hearing Scheduled:  A public hearing public to consider the adoption of a resolution authorizing the filing of a petition for judicial confirmation under the Idaho Judicial Confirmation Law, Title 7, Chapter 13, Idaho Code was scheduled for September 11, 2012 at 7:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

The proposed petition would seek judicial confirmation of the power of the City (1) to incur an indebtedness as an “ordinary and necessary expense” of the City authorized by the general laws of the State, within the meaning of Article 8, Section 3, of the Idaho Constitution, in a principal amount not to exceed $9,454,000, for the purchase of improvements to the water system; (2) to issue revenue bonds or other evidence of indebtedness of the City for the same, for the purpose of financing the cost of necessary improvements to the public water system of the City; and (3) to pledge the City’s water system revenues for the payment of such indebtedness for a term of not more than thirty (30) years.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Chief Perry reported that the Parade, Street Dance, and Fair went well with a few isolated incidents.  They had two missing children calls; both were found quickly and were safe.  The Sherriff’s Office did a great job on monitoring the Beer-Whiskey Garden this year and the City Police appreciated their assistance.  There was a minor accident involving two vehicles, one car was put on its side from the impact.  The driver was treated and released.  Three officers and their wives attended a Marriage in Law Enforcement Class last week.  One of the Gooding City officers was threatened with a gun last week.  There were also several shootings in the Magic Valley in the last couple of weeks; persons involved are from or were recent residents of Gooding City. 

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Absent

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Nothing to report.

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

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

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