April 1, 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 April 1, 2013.

 Roll Call

 Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magn


Present were Alfie Eichholz, Ken Worthington, Richard Fife, Paul Koonce, Julia Oxarango-Ingram and Times News Reporter Kimberlee Kruesi.

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 March 18 & 25, 2013 meetings
  2. Accounts payable in the amount of $84,847.87
  3. Payroll in the amount of $101,983.99
  4. Building Permits











Gooding School District


7th Ave West






Gooding School District


4th Ave West

Chain link fence


 $ 30.00



Elizabeth Clontz


Orchard Drive

Vinyl fence

 $  3,583.00

 $ 30.00



Pat Bishop


3rd Ave East

Chain link fence

 $  1,800.00

 $ 30.00



Sjuni Bunderson


Colorado Street


 $     500.00

 $ 31.73

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Southern Idaho Rural Development- Julia Oxarango-Ingram:    Southern Idaho Rural Development (SIRD) is a division of Region IV Development Association, Inc. (RIVDA).  SIRD provides community development, economic development assistance, downtown revitalization, business financing and more to rural cities.  Last week, Mrs. Oxarango-Ingram was given a tour of the City by Mayor Duke Morton and she has ideas for growth and the economic development in the City of Gooding.  She asked the Council to consider becoming an active local partner with SIRD for a yearly cost of $2,000.00.  The Council will take Mrs. Oxarango-Ingram’s offer under advisement.

Hagerman Business Center- Valrea Farnsworth:  Valrea Farnsworth was not present.

Fiddler’s Inc.:  Fiddler’s Inc, a non-profit Idaho corporation dedicated to preserving old time fiddle tunes and honoring the folks past, present and future who contribute to the musical history of America has been designated by the National Old Time Fiddlers as host for the 2013 Idaho State Fiddler’s Championship.  The Idaho State Fiddler’s Championship will be held in conjunction with the 100th Anniversary of Gooding County and the Western Heritage Gathering and Ranch Rodeo Celebration on Saturday June 29, 2013 at the Gooding County Fairgrounds at 8:00 am.  The contest is open to all fiddlers without regard to age, race, ethnic background, religion or sex.  For more information on the Idaho State Fiddler’s Championship, please contact Dennis Koyle at 934-4269 or email idahofiddlersinc@gmail.com. 

Fiddler’s Inc will be hosting a benefit dinner and entertainment on Saturday April 27, 2013 at the American Legion Hall in Gooding, ID from 5:45 pm to 8:30 pm.  Entertainment will be provided by nationally acclaimed singer, songwriter and poet Ernie Sites with Matt Renner.  Marilyn and Dan Neal will cater a dinner of smoked beef tenderloin, smoked chicken, potato salad, cowboy beans, dinner rolls with butter, peach cobbler, chocolate cake, lemonade, tea and coffee.  Tickets can be purchased from Paul Koonce (358-0902) and Dolores Koonce (316-0883) for $18.00 each and will help fund the 2013 Idaho State Fiddler’s Championship.

Public Comment

Mr. Alfie Eichholz addressed the Council regarding the cost of dog licenses.  He feels the Council should charge $10.00 per neutered dog and $12.50 per unneutered dog.

Unfinished Business

Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  The Lincoln Inn is $358.99 behind in rent for the City owned parking lot.  Mayor Morton wrote a letter to the new owner to meet with the Council to discuss writing a new lease for the parking lot.  The council tabled this agenda item pending a discussion with the new owner.

Water Improvement Project:  In the March 4, 2013 meeting, the Council moved to explore options for a revenue bond election in September.  The Council has learned that revenue bonds will be voted on during the general election on November 5, 2013.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to explore options for a revenue bond election for the water and irrigation system improvements for the November 5, 2013 election.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Gooding Dog Group:  On March 18, 2013, Nan Reedy addressed the Council regarding the adoption of dogs in Gooding as well as Municipal fees associated with dogs.  Mrs. Reedy suggested the City lower the cost to license dogs from $10.00 per dog to $10.00 for unneutered/unspade dogs and $5.00 for neutered/spade dogs.  Mrs. Reedy also suggested that the Council add a line in the current dog ordinance #666 stating that if an approved dog rescue group exists and the vet deems the impounded dogs fit for adoption that the dogs are to be given to the dog group instead of being euthanized.  The Council has tabled with item until a separate work session can be schedule to discuss it further.

New Business

Schedule Public Hearing- Facility Planning Study:  The City of Gooding will hold a public hearing on April 15, 2013 at City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding ID at 6:00 pm.  The public hearing is to present the Gooding Facility Planning.  The main purposes of the meeting are to explain the proposed upgrades to the drinking water delivery system, costs involved, potential financial impacts on the public and to solicit verbal and written comments beginning April 4, 2013 for review.  Written comments will be accepted for a period of fourteen (14) days following this date.  After considering and addressing comments, the City Council will select an alternative and document the selection.  The notice will be published in the Times News on April 4th & 11th, 2013.

Customer Service Policy:  The customer service policy puts in place fair and equitable policies to ensure the financial health and stability of the City of Gooding.  The Council has tabled this item until a separate work session can be scheduled to discuss it further.

Arbor Day Proclamation:  Mayor Morton proclaimed May 2, 2013 as Arbor Day for the City of Gooding.  He encouraged citizens to celebrate Arbor Day, to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and urged all citizens to plant trees.

An Arbor Day event is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd, outside the main office at the Gooding High School, 1050 7th Ave West, at 9:30 am.  The City of Gooding will be participating with the Mayor’s proclamation that will also satisfy the Tree City USA requirements. Gary Bates with the Idaho Arbor Day Foundation will also speak briefly. The Wood River RC&D will provide refreshments  and the Gooding Soil Conservation District will be sponsoring a team of FFA students that will leave the school directly  after the ceremony to plant a windbreak along Highway 46 just south of Gooding.  Nan Reedy, part-time librarian, will take care of photos and provide an article to the Times-News, Hub City News, Camas Courier and will also be available online on the City’s webpage.  No costs to the City of Gooding are anticipated at this time.

Budget Workshop:  Budget Workshops for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 were scheduled for May 6, 2013 and May 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

Spring Cleanup Week:  Spring Cleanup Week was set as April 22-26, 2013.  The city will pick up yard waste, clippings, limbs, leaves, etc.

Gooding High School- Graduation Party:  The Gooding High School will be hosting a graduation party on May 25, 2013 at 6:00 pm.  The Graduation Committee approached Councilman Arkoosh and requested a $100.00 donation from the City of Gooding. Councilman Arkoosh stated he has a conflict of interest as his son is in the graduating class.  Councilman Magnelli stated he has a conflict of interest as his grandson is in the graduating class.  Police Chief Perry and Fire Chief Covey both support the donation stating they have not had fatalities caused by underage drinking at the Senior Graduation Party since the School started hosting the “sit-in” party.

Councilwoman Houser moved to donate $100.00 to the 2013 Gooding High School Graduation Party.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Councilman France and Councilwoman Houser voted aye.  Councilman Arkoosh and Councilman Magnelli abstained.  Motion carried.

Idaho Chapter of PRIMA:  City Clerk Hall asked the Council’s permission to attend the Idaho Chapter of PRIMA’s 2013 Spring Training on April 30, 2013.  Permission was granted.

Authorization for Mayor’s Signature- BLM Application:  The Mayor needs authorization from the Council to sign the BLM right-a-way application in order to move forward with the Water Recharge Project.

Councilwoman Houser moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the BLM right-a-way application for the Water Recharge Project.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Authorization for Mayor’s Signature-  Sale of Airport Land Closing Documents:  The Mayor needs authorization from the Council to sign the closing documents for the sale of airport land.

Councilwoman Houser moved to authorize the Mayor to sign the closing documents for the sale of 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.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Authorization to use 21st Ave for Access:  The Fire Chief Brandon Covey needs authorization for the Rural Fire District to use 21st Ave E. to access the new land donated to the Fire Department. 

Councilwoman Houser moved to allow the Rural Fire District to use 21th Ave. E. to access the new land donated to the Fire Department.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  Mayor Duke Morton reported he will be meeting with the Community Development Planner from Jerome tomorrow regarding economic development.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Perry reported the City has been approved for a grant to put an alarm system in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, ID 83330.  The ongoing cost for monitoring will be $180.00 per year.  Chief Perry submitted the police department stat report.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  No report.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  No report.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  Submitted letters and notices of interest to the council.

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:30 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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