March 18, 2013

Public Hearing

Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections public hearing was opened at 6:00 pm on March 18, 2013 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

Roll Call:  Present were Mayor Morton, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli

Purpose:  The purpose of the hearing was to correct irrigation assessments as may be deemed necessary.  Assessments were mailed; notification of the Board of Corrections meeting was given on the irrigation bills and published in the City’s legal newspaper.

David White- 505 Nevada Street:  Mr. White addressed the Council to let them know there is flooding from the main irrigation diversion box that waters his yard.  Although it was fixed last year, it is broken again.  Mr. White also reported that he does not like the debris in the irrigation water as it clogs up his pump and hose.  He would rather see the City put in a piped system so residents can hook up their own sprinklers to it.

Peter Levdanskiy- 133 Wyoming Street & 334 8th Ave West:  Mr. Levdanskiy was not present.

Austin Rasmussen- 610 8th Ave East: Mr. Rasmussen addressed the Council to let them know he has a sprinkler system and does not intend to use the irrigation water.  He does not feel it is right that he has to pay for irrigation water he doesn’t use.  Public Works Director Todd Bunn explained that his property has access to the irrigation system and as part of an irrigation district residents are required to help pay for the irrigation system even if they choose not to use it.

Lonny Kulhanek- 541 Montana Street & 530 3rd Ave West:  Mr. Kulhanek asked the Council why the fees for the irrigation assessments on his properties were so different from one another.  One assessment is for $79.82 and the other is for $28.80.  City Clerk Morri Hall explained that his property at 530 3rd Ave West does not have access to the irrigation water; therefore, he is only charged a book keeping fee of $9.60 per lot.  He has 3 lots.  Mr. Kulhanek feels $9.60 per lot is too expensive for a book keeping fee.  Public Works Director Todd Bunn explained that the book keeping fees were established in the 1960’s.

There being no further business, the hearing adjourned.

Public Auction

Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1402 a public auction 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.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Patricia Southfield, Edwin Southfield, Cindy Gillette, Rusty Gillette, Lucinda Rogers, Arie Roeloff, Morgan Meyers, Alfie Eichholz and Greg Hirai.

Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1402 a public auction 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 auction on March 18, 2013 at 6:30 pm at City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, ID. City Attorney Hobdey went over the rules for the auction.  The sale will include the pivot currently on the property and the minimum bid, pursuant to the appraisal shall be Seven Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($730,000).  The successful bidder must deposit $10,000.00 earnest money with the City prior to 4:30 pm Tuesday March 19, 2013.  The Sale must close prior to May 10, 2013.  In the event the successful bidder fails to pay the earnest money by 4:30 pm on March 19, 2013 or fails to close the sale by May 13, 2013, the City reserves the right to either cancel the Sale and reschedule the auction or offer the property to the next higher bidder.  Hobdey declared the auction open with the bidding to start at the $730,000.00.  Public auction ended with a closing bid of $1,010,000.00 given by Morgan Meyers on behalf of Robert and Kathi Meyers.  The next highest bid of $1,009,000.00 was given by Rusty and Cindy Gillette.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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 March 18, 2013.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Nan Reedy, Alfie Eichholz, George Dains, Ken Huber and JoAnn Doerr.

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 March 4 & 13, 2013 meetings

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Gooding Dog Group- Nan Reedy:  Nan Reedy addressed the City Council to give an update on the progress of the Gooding Dog Group.  The group started 12/24/2011 and has prevented 93 impounded dogs from being euthanized by finding homes for adoption.  The Idaho Humane Society has been donating dog food for those who can’t afford it.

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.  This would give citizens an incentive to neuter/spade their dogs.  On the Gooding Dog Group website, Mrs. Reedy is willing to help encourage citizens to neuter/spade their dogs and purchase their dog tags from the City of Gooding.

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 is pleased the Gooding Dog Group has prevented 93 impounded dogs from being euthanized by finding homes for adoption and will take her suggestions into account.

Public Comment

George Dains commended the City on the Sale of Airport Land.

Unfinished Business

Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  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 System:  A work session regarding irrigation was scheduled for March 25, 2013 at City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding ID at 6:00 pm.

New Business

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.  Mayor Morton asked the Council to take home a copy of the customer service policy and to bring suggestions and comments to the next meeting.

Proclamation- Fair Housing Month:  Mayor Morton proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month.  The City of Gooding supports equal opportunity for all-regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

Declaration of Surplus Vehicles:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn addressed the Council regarding two 1977 Ford F-700 dump trucks (serial # F70EVY89739 & F70CVEH2008) and an Elgin Pelican Sweeper (serial # S5486S).  These three surplus vehicles need to be taken to the scrap yard.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to declare two 1977 Ford F-700 dump trucks (serial # F70EVY89739 & F70CVEH2008) and an Elgin Pelican Sweeper (serial # S5486S) as surplus vehicles to be scrapped for metal.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  No report.

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported that his department has been working closely with the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office regarding the homicide reported over the weekend.  They have interviewed 27 different people and the suspect was apprehended within 18 hours.  Chief Perry also reported that citizens need to lock their homes, garages and cars.  There have been quite a few robberies in unsecured garages and residences.  The department is also investigating the vandalism of mailboxes and street signs that happened over the weekend from 12th and Main and to the South.  Chief Perry discussed a bid from Pinnacle Technologies, LLC for a security system for the City Municipal Building.  He has looked into Homeland Security Grants to help pay for the system.  When he has the full details, he will bring the information back to the Council.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that he, his team, and the County have been working to clean up and gain access to the new property donated to the fire department.  Chief Covey asked for permission to attend the Idaho Fire Chief Association meeting in May.  Councilman Magnelli moved to grant Fire Chief Brandon Covey permission to attend the Idaho Fire Chief Association meeting in May 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  No report.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  No report.

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345(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, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:00 p.m

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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