November 5, 2012

Public Hearing

The public hearing regarding the Idaho Community Block Grant was called to order at 6:30 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on November 5, 2012.

Council Present

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

Visitors

Present were Carleen Herring, Dan Olmstead, Mike Barrie, Marr Chartier, Tom Lowman and Stan Cole.

Purpose

Mayor Morton opened the public hearing for the Idaho Community Development Block Grant at 6:30 p.m.  After some opening remarks, Mayor Morton turned the meeting over to Carleen Herring of Region IV Development Association for an overview of the project and the Idaho Community Development Block Grant application.

Carleen presented information on the Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) application for the City’s water system improvement project.

Among the things covered were:

  • The application procedures and requirements of the ICDBG program
  • Amount of funds available state-wide
  • Categories of funds and eligibility requirements
  • Project specifics – including activities to be funded with ICDBG
  • A copy of the application handbook was available for review

Public Comment

None

After accepting public input the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.

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 November 5, 2012.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Carleen Herring, Dan Olmstead, Mike Barrie, Marr Chartier, Tom Lowman and Stan Cole.

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 October 12 & 15, 2012 meetings
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $102,001.77
  3. Payroll in the amount of $59,610.96
  4. Building Permits

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

 Value

 Fee

Builder

44-12

10/26/12

Mike Clements

1045

Nevada Remodel  $ 2,000.00 $ 93.49 Steve Branam
45-12

10/31/12

Valley Country Store

2442

Main St Fence  $ 14,000.00  $ 30.00 Snake River Fence

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Fiddler’s Inc.:  Richard Fife would like to move the Fiddler’s Jamboree to Gooding during the Ranch Rodeo but are awaiting a decision from the Gooding Chamber of Commerce whether they would be willing to help host the celebration.  The Fiddler’s Jamboree normally hosts 40-45 contestants ages 5-89.  The Idaho winners go on to represent Idaho in the National Fiddler’s competition.

Vehicles/Yards:  Mr. Stan Cole addressed the Council regarding the number of vehicles his neighbor has parked at their home North of 541 California Street in Gooding, ID.  Mr. Cole stated the neighbors have 9 vehicles on their property and that some are blocking the sidewalk.  He is concerned about public health as he has seen them spill gas and paint on the ground.  He has also seen propane cylinders lying around the property.  Mr. Cole feels the excess vehicles and clutter drives down the value of his property.  Police Chief Jeff Perry has been to the house and all the vehicles are registered.  The Council asked Mr. Cole to bring in pictures of the property for their consideration.

Roy Mink:  Roy Mink addressed the Council regarding the property at 1021 Colorado Street in Gooding on October 15, 2012.  There are tall shrubs that block the view when backing out of the driveway that are on the neighbor’s property and extend into the City right away.  He is requesting the City addresses the issue.

Mr. Mink was not present and the Council asked this agenda item be added to unfinished business in the next meeting.

Idaho Power:  Idaho Power addressed the Council regarding the height restriction of 30 feet within the City of Gooding.  Most of their power poles are over the height restriction and require Idaho Power to apply for a special use permit every time they need to extend power or add additional power lines.  Idaho Power would like the Council to consider adding an exception into their ordinance so they would no longer have to apply for special use permits.  Idaho Power provided examples of other cities ordinances that include an exception for Idaho Power.  The Council will take this information under advisement.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Authorization for non-audit services:  The City is set up to deduct employee dependent health insurance premiums on a pre-tax basis but has not implemented it.  France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn are willing to assist the City in fixing this issue.  The estimated fee will be between $550.00 and $1350.00.  The Council discussed and decided not to change employee dependent health insurance premiums to a pre-tax basis until January 1, 2013.

Sidewalk signs:  The City has received complaints regarding temporary signs in the front of some businesses along Main Street.  City Code 11-13-3 F provides “no portable or temporary sign shall be placed on the front of the face of a building, or on any premises except as herein provided.”  The City Council discussed and decided to have Mayor Morton write letters to the businesses located down Main Street asking them to remove any temporary sign from the sidewalk.

New Business

Resolution 217:  Resolution #217 authorizes the Mayor to accept and sign all applications, loan agreements and amendments, and other documents relating to the Idaho Community Block Grant for the current water project.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt Resolution #217 authorizing the Mayor to accept and sign all applications, loan agreements and amendments, and other documents relating to the Idaho Community Block Grant for the current water project.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 218:  Resolution #218 authorizes the adoption of amendment number three to the HRA plan for the City of Gooding.  This amendment allows for non-vested employees with less than 5 year of full time service to be reimbursed for any deductibles, prescriptions, dental, vision, co-pays, and co-insurance.   This amendment allows for non-vested employees with less than 5 year of full time service to be reimbursed for any deductibles, prescriptions, dental, vision, co-pays, and co-insurance plus all allowable 213 expenses.

Councilman Magnelli moved to adopt Resolution #218 authorizing the adoption of amendment number three to the HRA plan for the City of Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 219:  Resolution #219 authorizes the adoption of the Financial Control Policy for the City.  This manual puts in place basic accounting, billing, and cash control policies and procedures designed to protect and secure the City of Gooding, ensure the maintenance of accurate records of financial activities and ensure compliance with governmental and private funding source reporting requirements.

Councilman France moved to adopt Resolution #219, the Financial Control Policy that puts in place basic accounting, billing, and cash control policies and procedures designed to protect and secure the City of Gooding, ensure the maintenance of accurate records of financial activities and ensure compliance with governmental and private funding source reporting requirements.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Region V HazMat Team:  The Magic Valley Emergency Response Team (MVERT) has dropped from a level one response team to a level three response team as some of the other fire departments in the Magic Valley are no longer participating.  The Gooding Fire Department will continue to participate in MVERT and try to help re-build the team response level back to a level one.

City Cell Phones:  Cell phones provided by the City of Gooding are primarily used for a business purpose and therefore minimal personal uses of these cell phones qualify as a De Minimis Fringe Benefit and are not considered taxable wages by the IRS.

City Owned Vehicles:  Personal use of a government-owned vehicle is generally a taxable fringe benefit even if the vehicle is taken home for the convenience of the employer.  The value of the benefit must be included in wages and Social Security and Medicare withholding.  Police, fire vehicles, and utility vehicles are considered qualified non-personal use vehicles, therefore these City employees are allowed to take these vehicles home in case of an on-call emergency where their services are needed.

Proclamation for Idaho Family Reading Week:  The Gooding Public Library proclamation encourages parents to read aloud to their children every day and to visit their local library for information and materials to help with reading.and to announce November 11-17, 2012 as Idaho Family Reading Week.

Councilman Magnelli moved to adopt the Gooding Public Library Proclamation.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Tree City USA Recertification:  The Tree City USA recertification is due by the end of the year.  The Tree Committee needs to be selected before the application can be submitted.  Mayor Morton will contact the current committee to see who would like to continue their participation.

Lawn Care Renewal Agreement:  TruGreen provides lawn care services for City Hall.  Authorization is needed for the Mayor to sign the renewal agreement at a cost of $265.00 per year.  The Council discussed and decided not to renew the TruGreen Lawn Care Agreement as the Parks Department can maintain the City Hall lawn.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  Mayor Duke Morton would like to thank Police Chief Jeff Perry, Public Works Director Todd Bunn and Fire Chief Brandon Covey for the quick response and clean up on the graffiti that happened this last week.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported that they caught one of the people responsible for the graffiti around town and has leads on the others that were involved.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported about $600 worth of graffiti damage at the Fire Department has been cleaned up.  The Fire Department had about 14 calls this last month; one was a 4 alarm house fire in Hagerman.  Fire Chief Covey will be taking an Urban Interface and Structural Fire Course from the National Fire Academy this weekend.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that Fall Clean-up has been set for November 26-30th.  The City will pick up bagged leaves and piles of branches that are placed in the alley by the trash cans.  His department has also been trimming trees around town.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall provided a copy of a “Thank You” note to the Council from a citizen.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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