August 5, 2013

Public Hearing

PURSUANT TO Idaho Code 50-1002 a public hearing was held at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 5, 2013 at 6:30 pm for consideration of the proposed budget for the fiscal year from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.

Roll Call

Present were Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.  Council President Vern France presided over the meeting.

Visitors

Present was Alfred Eicholz.

Public Comment

There was no testimony.  The public hearing closed.

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 August 5, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.  Council President Vern France presided over the meeting.

Visitors

Present were Alfred Eicholz, Brook Leguineche, Bill Harding, Virginia Harding, Julia Spackman, Art Pierce, Sue Sabala and Lonnie Leavell.

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.)

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

  1. Minutes of the July 15, 22 & 29, 2013 meetings
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $154,264.65
  3. Payroll in the amount of $117,1969.71
  4. Building Permits

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

 Value

 Fee

19-13

7/1/13

Donna Dunsbergen

506

Montana Shed

 $     200.00

 $     31.73

20-13

7/3/13

Vicki Blunt

705

5th Ave West Patio

 $     570.35

 $     34.63

21-13

7/9/13

Idaho Power

101

Washington St Storage

 $66,000.00

 $1,246.99

22-13

7/23/13

Jeff Rickman

133

8th W Fence

 $  2,300.00

 $     30.00

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

None

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn measured the parking lot and according to the description, the Lincoln Inn Hotel sits on part of the cities land.  Attorney Craig Hobdey and Public Works Director Todd Bunn feel the Council should consider selling the parking lot.

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:  Attorney Craig Hobdey provided a draft ordinance with proposed changes to the Council for approval.  The Council would like more time to review the changes before moving forward.

Gay Yow- Chickens within the City Limits:  The City Council conducted a work session regarding chickens and decided not to allow them within the City limits at this time.

Idaho Department of Transportation- Resolution 223- Authorization to sign proposed signal cooperation agreement:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt resolution 223 authorizing Council President Vern France’s signature on the Idaho Department of Transportation Signal Cooperation Agreement.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Sale of Airport Land: CD Rates:  The City Council discussed the CD rates for several different local banks and asked City Clerk Morri Hall to find out the CD rates for US Bank and Farmer’s Bank before a decision is made.

Brush Yard:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn met with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to assess whether they would allow the City to bury or burn the existing material at the brush yard.  DEQ will not allow the City to bury, burn or compost the existing material without going through an application process that could take up to six (6) months.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn feels the City should move forward with a pilot project to keep the brush yard open.  The City would purchase a small building with power for one (1) staff member to occupy at the brush yard.  This staff member would ensure people dropping off brush yard material will separate the grass clippings, manufactured wood and branches into different piles.  Then the City would haul the separated piles to the Wendell Transfer Station.  This will give the Council an idea of what the cost will be to maintain the brush yard.

Councilman Magnelli moved to allow Public Works Director Todd Bunn to move forward with the brush yard pilot project by purchasing a small building with power, allocate a staff member to the brush yard, and haul separated piles of material to the Wendell Transfer Station.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Schedule Town Hall Meetings:  The Town Hall meetings regarding irrigation and water improvements were scheduled for September 5th, October 2nd and October 29th, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Walker Center, 605 11th Ave East, Gooding, Idaho.

Beer & Wine License Waiver- Stampede Burger:  Carmen Stevens from the Stampede Burger located at 701 Main Street received a letter from the Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control stating they will not approve the beer & wine license without a waiver from the City of Gooding for on premise consumption of beer & wine within 300 ft of a school or church.  The Episcopal Church and Methodist Church are within 300 feet.  The City Council would like Mrs. Stevens to obtain a letter from both churches offering their consent and then they will consider writing the waiver to the Alcohol Beverage Control.  The City has received one letter and is waiting on the second.

New Business

Ordinance 682- Budget Appropriations:  Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1003 a proposed ordinance of the City of Gooding, Idaho was read fully and distinctly, the same relating to the annual appropriation budget, appropriating the necessary funds to defray the expenses and liabilities of the City of Gooding for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013 and ending on September 30, 2014, appropriating the sum of $11,189,360.00, and that the general tax levy of $904,576.00 on all taxable property be levied.

Councilman Arkoosh moved that the same be numbered and adopted as Ordinance No. 682 of the City of Gooding and the second and third readings be waived.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser, and upon roll call the same was unanimously carried.

Ordinance 683- Bond Election:  Ordinance No. 683 is an ordinance providing for improvements to the domestic water system for the City of Gooding, calling a special election for the submission to the qualified electors of the City the question of incurring an indebtedness and issuing revenue bonds in a principal amount not to exceed $5,000,000 to pay a portion of the cost thereof; establishing the date, time, and place of election; providing for public notice of election; providing for registration of voters; providing for related matters; and providing an effective date.

The Council asked for more time to review this ordinance before moving forward.

ICCTFOA Conference:  The 2013 Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers & Finance Officers Association Conference takes place in Boise from September 18-20, 2013.  The cost is $190.00 per person for the conference and hotel room is $309.00 per person.  This conference offers training for both clerks and treasurers regarding alcohol licensing, State & Federal required filings, elections, conflict managements, bond records, financials and more.  Clerk Morri Hall and Treasurer Kathy Lehr would like to attend the ICCTFOA Conference.

Councilman Magnelli moved to allow Clerk Morri Hall and Treasurer Kathy Lehr to attend the 2013 ICCTFOA Conference from September 18-20, 2013 for an approximate cost of $1100.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

SIEDO Renewal:  The Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) is a joint venture of public and private sectors formed to help diversify and strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting business to the Southern Idaho region.  SIEDO works closely with each community to promote economic development through expansion of existing business and to implement a focused consistent program to attract new businesses to the region.  The cost to renew the City’s membership to SIEDO is $4,345.00.

The Council discussed the SIEDO renewal and decided they would like to have Jan Rogers come to the next Council meeting to discuss the benefits of renewing the City’s SIEDO membership.

Idaho Community Forestry Program Advisor Agreement- Authorization to Sign:  The Idaho Community Forestry Program provides assistance in employee education for pruning of mature and young trees, tree insect and disease identification and suggests appropriate control measures, assistance with completion of a public tree inventory, the establishment of a long-term Community Forestry master plan, prioritization of management needs within the master plan, support and training for the City Tree Advisory Committee, Tree Ordinance review and recommendations for enhancement and identification of high risk trees at no cost the City of Gooding.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize Council President Vern France’s signature on the Idaho Community Forestry Program Advisor Agreement.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Yard Sales:  The City has received several complaints from citizen’s regarding yard sales.  The complaints are about the number of yard sales one person can have, how long they can have a yard sale and that people attending the yard sales park in front of their mailbox preventing the Post Office from delivering.

The special meeting of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:30 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 12, 2013.

Employee Raises:  Discussion was held on raising employee wages.  Following discussion, Councilwoman Houser moved to increase employee wages 3% beginning October 1, 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported the City was approved for a grant to install a new alarm system and cameras in the Municipal Building.  Pinnacle will start installing the system tomorrow.  The police department received a thank you letter from someone who had been passing through Gooding and lost their backpack.  The police department tracked him down and mailed him back his property.  He had all his money and identification in the backpack and was very thankful for its return.  Police Chief Jeff Perry submitted his resignation letter to the Council.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy Bigler reported that 2000 patrons visited the library in July, over 3500 books and materials were checked out and another 300 books were given away on a grant.  The library has started reading programs for all ages from adult to very young children.  On Tuesdays and Thurdays, the library has approximately 80 kids participating in the summer reading program.

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  None

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall presented the Council with a thank you letter from the 2013 Gooding High School graduating class for the $100 donation.

Executive Session:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or discipling of staff and (f) to communicate with legal counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, 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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