April 15, 2013

Public Hearing

The public hearing of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2013.

Moment of Silence

Mayor Duke Morton observed a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Bob Harkins, Dorothy Harkins, Casey Hobdey, Connie Jacobson, Mary Condie, Perry Wolfe, Don Mays, Shellie Amundson, Bill Harding, Jeff Harding, Carleen Herring, Alfred Eichholz, Kent Novinger and George Dains.

Purpose

The purpose of the public hearing was to present the Gooding Facility Planning Study.  The main purposes of the meeting were to explain the proposed upgrades to the drinking water delivery system, costs involved, potential financial impact on the public, and to solicit verbal and written comments regarding the alternatives under consideration.  A copy of the plan was available at City Hall beginning April 4, 2013 for review and written comments were accepted for a period of fourteen (14) days following this date.

Mayor Duke Morton announced the City plans to hold another series of informational town hall meetings to address a broad range of questions regarding the City water and irrigation systems.  He explained that this hearing is a specific requirement from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to elicit public comments on the alternatives under consideration in the Gooding Facility Planning Study.

Public Comment

Casey Hobdey:  Mr. Hobdey addressed the council by stating he came into the City office to look over the Facility Planning Study and after looking at the different alternatives, he believes the Council is probably choosing the right plan.  However, Mr. Hobdey feels the City should have been putting money back for many years to pay for upgrades and maintenance of the water and irrigation system instead of going into debt.  Mr. Hobdey feels the City needs to have a Plan B in mind because he doesn’t feel the City will win the vote in November to go into debt.

George Dains:  Mr. Dains asked how the City can continue to move forward with this project when the judge ruled against the case for judicial confirmation.  Mayor Morton explained that this hearing is a requirement through DEQ regarding the facility planning study and that the City cannot incur long term debt until after either the voters or a judge approve it.  Mr. Dains would like to know why the City can’t put $400,000 to$600,000 in savings a year and repair the system one section at a time instead of all at once.

Kent Novinger:  Mr. Novinger wanted to know how much the water bills will go up?  He feels times are tight for everyone and that the government should be more disciplined with money.  Mr. Novinger stated that government cannot continue to tax and punish people who are on fixed incomes.  People on fixed incomes will have to pay for the increase out of their grocery bills.  Mr. Novinger feels the water system has continued to deteriorate and has not been maintained properly through the years.  He wants more notification of meetings and asked if there is a charge to put meeting announcements on the radio or television.

Alfred Eichholz:  Mr. Eichholz gave the suggestion for the City to have fund raisers to help make extra money as a Plan C.  He also suggested the City use volunteers to help with the project.

Connie Jacobson:  Mrs. Jacobson would like to see the irrigation system repaired in smaller sections instead of one big project that we have to go into debt for.  She doesn’t understand why the system cannot be repaired one section at a time like a road.

Don Mays:  Mr. Mays said he is confused whether the City water improvement project is about domestic water or irrigation.

Jeff Harding:  Mr. Harding feels the City is lacking contact with the people and that the people of Gooding do not understand what is going on with the water improvement project.  Mr. Harding feels the City needs to build a stronger relationship with the people and spend more time answering questions.  Otherwise people feel the Council is trying to slide things through.

There being no further business, the hearing 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 April 15, 2013.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Carleen Herring, Alfred Eichholz, Heather Wright and Derrick Wright.

Changes to Agenda (Idaho Code 67-2343 Sec 4 (b))

Councilman France moved to add “Sale of Airport Land” and “Library Director- Cindy Bigler” to the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons France, Houser, and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

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 Magnelli moved to approve:

  1. Minutes of the April 1, 2013 meeting
  2. Sign Permit- Romero Valencia- 337 Main Street

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

None

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  Mayor Morton wrote a letter to the new owner of the Lincoln Inn 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.

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.

Schedule Work Session- Customer Service Policy:  The customer service policy is a requirement from DEQ for the water improvement project.  However, since there is no specific timeline for when this policy needs to be complete the work session was not scheduled at this time.

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 change 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 would like the clerk to prepare a comparison of the revenues and expenses from 2011, 2012 and 2013 for dog enforcement.

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.

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 and economic development assistance to rural cities.  In the April 1, 2013 meeting Mrs. Oxarango-Ingram asked the Council to consider becoming an active local partner with SIRD for a yearly cost of $2,000.00.

Mayor Morton has spoken to the Gooding Chamber of Commerce and they would like to partner with the City of Gooding to focus on developing Main Street.  Councilman Magnelli has also been approached by citizen regarding the need for economic development.

Councilman France moved to become an active partner with Southern Idaho Rural Development for a yearly cost of $2,000.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Sale of Airport Property:  Robert Meyers would like an extension for the closing on the airport property purchased on March 18, 2013.  He would like an extension from April 5, 2013 to June 14, 2013.  Councilwoman Houser moved to allow the Mayor to sign the paperwork extending the closing on airport property from April 5, 2013 to June 14, 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Library Director- Pat Hamilton:  After 14 years of dedicated service to the Gooding City Library, Library Director Pat Hamilton will be retiring as of May 31, 2013.  Her retirement party will be held on May 31, 2013 from 3:00-5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave W.  Thank you for all the hard work in promoting literacy in our community.

Library Director- Cindy Bigler:  Mayor Morton asked for the Council’s approval to appoint Cindy Bigler as the new Library Director.  Councilman Magnelli moved to approve Cindy Bigler’s appointment to Library Director for the City of Gooding starting June 1, 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.  Cindy Bigler will be at the next meeting to accept her certificate of appointment.

Library Board- Heather Wright:  Mayor Morton asked for the Council’s approval to appoint Heather Wright to finish out the term of Library Board Trustee vacated by Taryn Massa on February 28, 2013.  Heather’s appointment will run to October 2015.  Councilman Magnelli moved to approve Heather Wright’s appointment to the Library Board for the City of Gooding starting immediately to October 2015.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.  Heather was welcomed to her new position on the Library Board.

Facility Planning Study- Alternative Selection:  The City of Gooding published notice of a public hearing regarding the Facility Planning Study on April 4th & 11th in City’s official newspaper.  A copy of the plan was available at City Hall beginning April 4, 2013 for review and written comments were accepted for a period of fourteen (14) days following this date.  After considering public comment, Councilman France moved to approve the Facility Planning Study as written and the City approves the recommended Alternative 3a which includes 3 new ground water wells, a managed aquifer recharge and withdrawal project, and upgrade of undersized distribution pipes.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Managed Surface Water Recharge:  An evaluation of the feasibility of a managed recharge mitigation project for the City of Gooding has been completed.  The primary finding of the study was that the project appears to be feasible, and if approved would provide mitigation for the City’s current and reasonably anticipated future groundwater usage.  Brockway Engineering submitted an estimate to prepare the required applications and the development of the formal mitigation plan and technical analysis as required by the Idaho Department of Water Resources on a time-and-materials basis with a not-to-exceed amount of $11,253.

Councilman France moved to accept the estimate from Brockway Engineering to prepare the required applications and the development of the formal mitigation plan and technical analysis as required by the Idaho Department of Water Resources on a time-and-materials basis with a not-to-exceed amount of $11,253.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Planning and Zoning Commission:  The City Council discussed lowering the number of members required on the Planning and Zoning Commission from seven (7) members to five (5) members.  Attorney Craig Hobdey will prepare the revised ordinance for the next meeting for the Council to discuss.

Fireworks for July 4th Celebration:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented a bid from Fireworks West Internationale for $2,000 for the Fourth of July Celebration.  Councilman Magnelli moved to accept the bid from Fireworks West Internationale for $2,000 worth of fireworks.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Councilpersons Houser and Magnelli voted aye, France, abstained.  Motion carried.

Addresses Displayed on Homes:  There are many homes in Gooding that do not display their addresses on their homes.  This makes it difficult for the police, ambulance and fire department to find a specific address in the event of an emergency.  Fire Chief Brandon Covey mentioned the volunteer firemen may work on this project as time allows.  Heather Wright mentioned the Eagle Scouts may be willing to take on part of this issue as an Eagle Scout Project.

AIC Annual Youth Program Conference:  City of Gooding intern Kallie Shadwick would like to attend the AIC Annual Youth Program Conference to learn to work with local elected officials, accurately identify, understand and respect the feelings of others, develop skills to identify and solve problems and ethical dilemmas, learn how to work as a team, develop a positive self-concept, create a positive mental attitude, recognize the importance of school and community service and learn how to delegate and include others effectively.  The registration fee is $280.  This covers lodging, transportation at the conference, workshops, materials, all meals and activities during the conference.

Councilman France moved to allow City of Gooding Intern Kallie Shadwick to attend the AIC Annual Youth Program Conference from June 19-22, 2013 for a cost of $280.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Mayor Duke Morton:  None

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  None

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  None

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn clarified that the engineering fees for the baseball field improvements were not paid out of the airport fund even though the airport engineer created the drawings; those charges were paid out of the parks department.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  None

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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