February 22, 2013

Public Hearing

The public hearing of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 11:30 am in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on February 22, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons France and Magnelli.  Council persons Mitch Arkoosh and Diane Houser were absent.


Present was Rusty Gillette, Cindy Gillette, Lucinda Rogers and Greg Wokersien.


Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1402 a public notice declaring the intent to sell real property was published in the official newspaper on February 7, 2013.

Whereas the Gooding City Council proposes to sell approximately 160 acres of real property located in the Northwest Quarter of Section 14, Township 6 South, Range 14 EBM, Gooding County, Idaho, the subject property consists of vacant land and does not have an address, but it is situated at the northwest corner of 1600 East and 2000 South, Gooding County, Idaho and having given public notice, Mayor Morton opened the meeting to hear public comments regarding the proposed sale scheduled March 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, ID.

Public Comment

Rusty Gillette addressed the City Council regarding the proposed sale of municipal real property located at the northwest corner of 1600 East Road 2000 South Road, Gooding, ID 83330.  Mr. Gillette wants to make sure that persons who may be interested in bidding on the property at the March 18, 2013 auction are aware of the following:

  1. Mr. Gillette feels only two of the five sales relied on by the appraiser might be considered a comparable farm property as those properties are irrigated by wells.  The other land sales used in the appraisal are irrigated with surface water delivered to the farm by gravity flow from the Big Wood Canal Company and American Falls No. 2.  Mr. Gillette also stated the ground water irrigated properties have about 200 feet less lift than the City property so the power costs will be more than for the properties considered by the appraiser.  Mr. Gillette also stated the authorized flow rate for the City water right is only about 735 gpm and will only irrigate about 105 acres of the City property.  According to Mr. Gillette it is not apparent from the appraisal report whether or how the appraiser took those additional costs and information into consideration.
  2. Mr. Gillette also wants to make sure the record is clear that the well for the City property is subject to a joint ownership and easement agreement.  Under this agreement Mr. Gillette owns 2/3 of the well, pump, panel and mainline and the City owns 1/3.  The City has an easement across Mr. Gillette’s land for access to the well.  The costs for operation of the well are shared pro rata, although for minor repairs being those costing less than $1000.00, Mr. Gillette is responsible.  Any repairs costing more than $1000.00 are shared pro rata.  Mr. Gillette wants interested bidders to be aware that although the purchaser of the City property has a right of access to the well and the right to use the well on his land, the new owner will be responsible for obtaining their water from the well, their share of the operation and maintenance of the well and ensuring they are not taking more water than authorized by the water right.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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