January 22, 2013

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 January 7, 2013.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Alfie Eichholz, Jim Mullen and Oksana Roth.

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 December 17, 2012 meeting
  2. Payroll in the amount of $99,574.54
  3. Accounts Payable in the amount of $126,980.01
  4. Building Permits

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

 Value

 Fee

50-12

12/5/12

Valley Country Store

2442

Main St Storage racks  $60,000.00  Waived $ 1177.69
51-12

12/12/12

Gooding County Historical Building

273

Euskadi Lane Covered porch  $  1,200.00  $                 74.00
52-12

12/14/12

North Canyon Medical Center

267

North Canyon Drive Door  $  2,100.00  $               116.57
53-12

12/26/12

Bill Korsen

526

Idaho St Remodel  $  7,000.00  $               187.99

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Keller Associates- Engineering Contract:  Jim Mullen from Keller Associates presented a contract to provide engineering design services for three new wells and associated well houses, pumps, controls, and SCADA system and associated transmission lines as outlined in the Facilities Planning Study and as generally referred to as Priorities 1, 2, and 2.5.  Assistance with the acquisition of water rights will be under a separate agreement.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the Engineering Contract from Keller Associates to provide engineering design services for three new wells and associated well houses, pumps, controls, and SCADA system and associated transmission lines as outlined in the Facilities Planning Study and as generally referred to as Priorities 1, 2, and 2.5.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Windy Acres Lease Renewal Airport Farm Lease:  City Council tabled this agenda item pending an appraisal on the farm ground.

Sale of Airport Land:  City Council tabled this agenda item pending an appraisal on the farm ground.

New Business

Meeting re-scheduled:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on January 21, 2013.  Therefore, the regular Council meeting will be re-scheduled for Tuesday January 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Municipal Fees:  Jerry Butler, Mitch Rogers, Noel Edwards, Sjuni Bunderson, Teresa Thiemann, Tim Weaver, Todd Bunn, and Jeff Perry are currently receiving free water, sewer and sanitation services through the City of Gooding as part of their benefit package.  Employees hired after March 2006 do not receive free water, sewer, sewer debt service and sanitation services.  Councilman France moved to adopt a $.57 raise for Jerry Butler, Mitch Rogers, Noel Edwards, Sjuni Bunderson, Teresa Thiemann, Tim Weaver, Todd Bunn, and Jeff Perry and the City will start billing these employees for water, sewer, sewer debt service and sanitation services.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Danny Dains, Scott Carrico, Pat Bishop and Carmen Korsen are currently receiving free water, sewer, sewer debt service and sanitation services through the City of Gooding as part of their retirement benefit package.  Per IRS guidelines, Danny Dains, Scott Carrico, Pat Bishop and Carmen Korsen will be issued a 1099 for the cost of water, sewer, sewer debt service and sanitation services.

Set Meeting Date to Review Irrigation Fees: In accordance with Idaho Code 50-1807 the mayor and council shall meet on January 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. to make an estimate of the necessary funds for the expenses of maintaining the city irrigation system for the ensuing calendar year.

City Treasurer- Kathy Lehr:  City Council tabled this agenda item to gather more information before making a decision.

Billing Clerk- Hollye Lierman: City Council tabled this agenda item to gather more information before making a decision.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  Mayor Morton invited the council to attend AIC City Officials Day at the Capitol on Thursday, January 31, 2013. During this event, attendees will gain insight into the legislative process, have opportunities to communicate with your legislators, and become informed about important legislative issues facing Idaho’s cities.  Mayor Duke Morton, Councilman Vern France, Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Morri Hall and Intern Kallie Shadwick will be attending.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Perry thanked the Street department for sanding the intersections as it has cut down on ice and snow related accidents.  The police department now has 5- “Level 1” part time officers.  Police Chief Perry distributed the end of the year stats and indicated he will be starting his inventory next week.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Not present.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  No report.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  No report.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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