February 4, 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 February 4, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Houser.  Councilman Magnelli was not present.


Present were Chuck Brockway Jr., Larry Hann and Sherry Hann.

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.)

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 January 22, 2013 meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $ 88,640.44
  3. Payroll in the amount of $102,411.73
  4. Building Permits


North Canyon Fitness & Rehab


Main Street Door  $150.00  $38.78

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Brockway Engineering:  The City of Gooding hired Brockway Engineering to evaluate whether the City has enough surface/irrigation water rights to allow enough water to be withdrawn from groundwater wells to abandon the current irrigation system.  Using an Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer model developed by the State, Brockway was able to demonstrate how the City will be able to replace all of the groundwater depletion by using the City’s surface/ irrigation water rights to recharge the aquifer.  The recharge would take place at the existing flood control diversion point from the Little Wood River that was built by the Army Corps of Engineers and appears structurally adequate for this project.  The water would have a high infiltration rate through the old river channel in the basalts located northeast of Gooding.

Mountain View Water Corporation- Sherry Hann:  Sherry Hann addressed the council regarding the sewer bill for the Mountain View Subdivision.   The Mountain View Subdivision only receives sewer services from the City of Gooding.  The City of Gooding bills the Mountain View Subdivision for sewer services on a set number of houses.  Two of these houses are empty as they are in foreclosure.  The Mountain View Subdivision feels they should not have to pay for sewer and sewer debt fees for unoccupied homes.  Sewer fee is $16.20 per month.  Sewer debt fee is 10.00 per month.  One home has been vacated for three months and the other was just vacated two weeks ago.  Sherry Hann will notify the City if/when these two homes are occupied again.

Councilwoman Houser moved to lower the Mountain View Water Corporation’s City sewer bill by $52.40 per month while these two homes are unoccupied and refund $78.60 for overpayment.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Windy Acres Lease Renewal Airport Farm Lease:  City Council has decided not to renew the Windy Acres Lease as they plan to sell the farmland located at the northwest corner of 1600 East 2000 South, Gooding, ID 83330.

Sale of Airport Land:  McKinlay & Klundt Appraisal Company provided a certified appraisal dated January 9, 2013 for the municipal real property located at the northwest corner of 1600 East 2000 South, Gooding.  The property is zoned agricultural and was appraised at $730,000.00.  Councilman France moved to sell municipal real property, all water rights, penstock, and pivot located at the northwest corner of 1600 East 2000 South, Gooding at a minimum price of $730,000.00.  Bidders are required to bring a cashier’s check in the amount of $10,000 at the time of the auction.  Successful bidders must close within 60 days and pay $10,000 down in earnest money.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Association of Idaho Cities:  An AIC conference will be held June 19-21, 2013 to address latest information on critical legislative developments and new opportunities that apply to your ever-changing work environment.  Mayor Morton requested the support of the council to attend.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to grant permission for the mayor to attend the AIC conference.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Irrigation Board of Corrections:  Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections hearing was set for 6:30 pm on March 4, 2013 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  The purpose of the hearing is to correct any error or mistake that may have been found in the said assessments.  Such assessments levied for the maintenance and operation of the irrigation works.  The notice will be published in the Times News on February 21 & 28, 2013.

Set Public Hearing Date:  Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1403 a hearing regarding the proposed sale of municipal real property located at the northwest corner of 1600 East 2000 South, Gooding, ID 83330 was scheduled for 11:30 am on February 22, 2013 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  The notice will be published in the Times News on February 7, 2013.

Meeting re-scheduled:  President’s Day is observed on February 18, 2013.  Therefore, the regular Council meeting will be re-scheduled for Tuesday February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  Mayor Duke Morton has been in contact with Mark Mendenhall from the Army Corp of Engineers regarding the River Wall Project.  They plan to meet in the next two weeks.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry will meet with North Valley School regarding security procedures.  He will also meet with them and the Gooding Public School District regarding security cameras.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey requested a joint work session with the Rural Fire District on March 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  None

City Clerk Morri Hall:  None

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (a) to discuss hiring a public officer, employee or staff member & (b) to hear complaints or charges brought against a public officer, employee or staff member.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Houser voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 9:00 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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