July 1, 2013

Budget Workshop

The budget workshop of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 6:30 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 1, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Councilpersons France, Houser and Magnelli.  Councilman Arkoosh was not present.  Council President Vern France presided over the meeting.

Staff

Present were Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Morri Hall.  Fire Chief Brandon Covey, City Treasurer Kathy Lehr, Library Director Cindy Bigler and Police Chief Jeff Perry were not present.

Visitors

None

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the Fiscal Year 2013-14 Budget.  The Council discussed wage increases but decided to wait until there is a full Council present before making a final decision.  The Council also discussed contracting out for sanitation services but decided against the prospect.

There being no further business, the work session adjourned.

Regular Meeting

The regular meeting of the 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 July 1, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Councilpersons France, Houser and Magnelli.  Councilman Arkoosh was not present.  Council President Vern France presided over the meeting.

Visitors

Present were Joe James, Jim Mullen, Oksana Roth, Kallie Shadwick and Alfie Eichholz.

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

Councilman Magnelli moved to add “Kallie Shadwick- AIC Youth Conference Update” to the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons 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.)

Council President Vern France asked, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilwoman Houser moved to approve:

  1. Minutes of the June 19, 2013 meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $72,947.14
  3. Payroll in the amount of $117,162.14
  4. Building Permits

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

 Value

 Fee

14-13

5/23/13

Leed Corporation- Lon Montgomery

605

14th Ave W Remodel

 $29,798.94

 $593.62

15-13

6/12/13

Helen Hopkins

306

Oregon Fence

 $  4,026.00

 $  30.00

16-13

6/14/13

Gooding Basque Association

285

Euskadi Lane Storage

 $  3,478.00

 $148.40

17-13

6/18/13

Southern Idaho Regional Comm

422

Idaho Street Cell Tower

 $20,000.00

 $530.06

18-13

6/20/13

Fernando Medina

326

Oregon Fence

 $     450.00

 $  30.00

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Joe James- Parade Route & Street Dance:  Joe James addressed the Council regarding the 2013 Gooding County Fair and Rodeo parade route and street dance.  In the past the parade has skipped his business, The Sidetrack, located at 102 Main Street, Gooding, Idaho.  He would like to be included in the Main Street parade and proposed he close down 1st Ave East for the entire day so no one can park in front of his business which will allow enough room for the parade to turn off Main Street.  After the parade he will close 1st Ave East again for a street dance.  The Council brought up concerns regarding the railroad tracks.  Mr. James said they will put up panels to block off the tracks.  The Council approved Mr. James request but asked him to work with the County since it is their parade.

Kallie Shadwick- AIC Youth Conference Update:  City Intern Kallie Shadwick attended the Association of Idaho City Youth Conference from June 18-21, 2013.  She gave the Council an update on the conference and the information she learned.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

 Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  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.

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 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 discussed raising the “Dog Running at Large” fee and eliminating the “within one year” language in City Code 6-3-14 regarding penalties for those violating any provision of the dog ordinance.  The Council has tabled this item until a separate work session can be scheduled to discuss it further.

Gay Yow- Chickens within the City Limits:  In the June 3, 2013 meeting, Mrs. Gay Yow provided the Council with five (5) pages of information in support of allowing chickens within the City limits.  According to Mrs. Yow many cities are changing laws to allow backyard or urban chickens in an effort to “go green”.  The Council has tabled this item until a separate work session can be scheduled to discuss it further.

Ordinance 681– Creating One-Way Street on 9th West- 3rd reading:  A proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Gooding County Idaho establishing that 9th Avenue West between Idaho Street and Nevada Street shall hereinafter be a one-way street with all vehicular traffic moving west was read by title for the third time.

Councilman Magnelli moved to approve Ordinance establishing that 9th Avenue West between Idaho Street and Nevada Street shall hereinafter be a one-way street with all vehicular traffic moving west.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

Operation Facelift Update:  The Ranch Bowl was chosen as an Economic Development location for the City of Gooding.  Glanbia donated $500 and a volunteer workforce, Ace Hardware donated 15 gallons of paint, Franklin Building Supply donated paint, hardware and at-cost materials for the roof, Gooding Lumber donated the use of their power washer, Valley Coop donated painting supplies and local painter Tom Stevenson donated his spray gun and time to paint the building.  The owners are incredibly grateful and have put a tremendous amount of time into fixing up the property.  KMVT will arrive in Gooding on July 15th or 16th to judge the project.  KMVT is giving away $1,000 in TV air time credit and will provide assistance in developing a commercial for them if they win.

New Business

Schedule Workshop:  A Budget Workshop for FY2013-14 and water improvements was scheduled 6:30 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 8, 2013.

Schedule Town Hall Meeting regarding Water Improvements:  The Council decided to hold off scheduling the Town Hall meetings.

July 5, 2013- Close office:  Councilwoman Houser moved to give City employees a paid day off on Friday, July 5, 2013 in observance of Independence Day.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Donna Morton- Statue request:  Donna Morton requests permission from the Council to place a statue of a bear in front of the Municipal Building in honor of Mayor Duke Morton.  The Council is in favor of the concept but would like more information on the size of the statue etc.  Public Works Director Todd Bunn said he will work with Donna Morton on the details and bring it up to the Council at a later date.

Water Improvement Project:  Council President Vern France introduced Jim Mullen and Oksana Roth from Keller Associates and gave them the floor to talk about the water improvement project.  The Department of Environment (DEQ) is giving back a percentage of the drinking water loan as principal forgiveness.  The estimated principal forgiveness is for $495,000 which will lower the projected cost of water improvements.  Keller Associates submitted their availability for Town Hall meetings over the next five (5) months.  They will continue to work with the City staff to create a public information program.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported on the success of Safety Days on Saturday June 29, 2013.  The Police Department gave out over 300 pocket size child identity kits for the safety, security, identification and protection of children.  They also have other handouts with safety information, a raffle, and overall success at reaching out to the public.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey was not present.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that the water system is being taxed because of the high heat.  The City’s decreed water rights are being cut and American Falls cut everyone’s water to 80%.  When there is low flow it’s difficult to have enough water to irrigate.  When people can’t irrigate their lawns and have to use a hose to sprinkle it taxes the City’s current wells.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  None

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

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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