July 15, 2013

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 15, 2013.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Alfie Eichholz, Bill Harding, Virginia Harding, Walter Nelson, Shellie Amundson, Jeff Harding, Dale Thomas, Julia Spackman, Art Pierce, Rick Basterrechea, Debbie Basterrechea, Jack Rice, John Schoettger and Sue Sabala.

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

Councilman Magnelli moved to add “Bond Council- Authorization to Sign Bond Counsel Services Agreement”, “Veteran Cemetery- Letter of Support”, “Ordinance 5-9-10- 1322 California” and “Beer & Wine License Waiver- Stampede Burger” to the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, 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 25, July 1 & July 8, 2013 meetings

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Justin Hendley- Tree Removal:  Mr. Justin Hendley was not present.

Public Comment

Mr. Alfred Eichholz addressed the Council and asked to be considered for appointment to Interim Mayor of the City of Gooding.

Unfinished Business

Lincoln Inn Parking Lot Lease:  A work session of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 22, 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.

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.  A work session of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 22, 2013.

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”.  A work session of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on July 22, 2013.

New Business

FY2013-14 Budget- Approve for Publication:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the FY2013-14 tentative budget for publication in the Times News on July 25 and August 1, 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

FY2013-14 Budget Hearing- Reminder:  A public hearing pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1002 will be held for consideration of the proposed budget for the fiscal year from October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014.  The hearing will be held at City Hall, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho at 6:30 pm on August 5, 2013.

France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn- Authorization to sign yearly audit contract:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize Council President Vern France’s signature on the yearly audit contract with France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn for an estimated cost of $13,900.00.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Idaho Department of Water Resources- Authorization to sign draft application for transfer of water right:  Councilman Magnelli moved to authorize Council President Vern France’s signature on the Idaho Department of Water Resources draft application for transfer of water right.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Idaho Deparment of Transportation- Resolution 223- Authorization to sign proposed signal cooperation agreement:  City Attorney Craig Hobdey would like more time to review the Signal Cooperation Agreement.  The Council has tabled this item until it has been properly reviewed.

Sale of Airport Land: CD Rates:  The City Council discussed the CD rates for several different local banks in order to decide where to deposit the money received from the sale of the airport land earlier in the year.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to divide the $1,010,000 from the sale of airport land equally between Wells Fargo, Zions, Bank of America and Pioneer Federal Credit Union contingent on whether Zions will allow more than $100,000 CD.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Brush Yard:  Southern Idaho Waste arrived to grind up the brush, stumps and wood at the brush yard.  The County Sheriff received several complaints from County citizens regarding the dust and pollution coming from the brush yard while the waste was being processed.  Public Works Director Todd Bunn and Council President Vern France met the County Sheriff and agreed the dust was causing visibility issues across the road and that the amount of dust coming off the new machine was not healthy for citizen’s and animals around the site.

Citizen’s at the Council meeting expressed their frustration that the brush yard was shut down and gave suggestions of trying to grind on a different day or moving the yard further off the road to the West.  Council President Vern France reported that Southern Idaho Waste has tried to grind several times and each time there were multiple complaints.  Southern Idaho Waste purchased a new grinder that creates a lot more dust than the previous machine and that the City does not schedule when they can do the grinding, Southern Idaho Waste does.  President France also told the citizen’s that the dust was creating a hazard that cannot be ignored and that he intended to meet with the County Commissioner’s to discuss ways to alleviate the issue.

Schedule Town Hall Meetings:  The Council decided to hold off scheduling the Town Hall meetings.

Beer & Wine License- Lupitas:  Evaristo Mireles would like to sell beer at the Lupitas General Store located at 420 Main Street, Gooding.  He has already received his State & County licenses to retail beer.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve Evaristo Mireles’s 2013 beer license which is not to be consumed on premises.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Bond Council- Authorization to Sign Bond Counsel Services Agreement:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize Council President Vern France’s signature on the Bond Counsel Services Agreement to hire Moore, Smith, Buxton & Turcke as the City’s bond counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Veteran Cemetery- Letter of Support:  Chairman of the Cemetery District Walt Nelson reported the US Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking expressions of interests for areas interested in building a Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  Mr. Nelson reported the Cemetery District owns unoccupied land east of the current Cemetery that would be an excellent area for a Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  He would like a letter of support from the City of Gooding to include in his application to the US Department of Veterans.

Ordinance 5-9-10- 1322 California:  Ordinance 5-9-10 states it is unlawful for any person to occupy a trailer coach for more than twenty four hours within the City limits.  The address at 1322 California was given notice of the ordinance violation.  The person living there is in the guards and will be at guard camp until August 6. 2013.  He would like permission from the Council to leave the trailer at 1322 California until the end of August.  Councilman Magnelli moved to grant an extension to August 31, 2013 to ordinance 5-9-10 at 1322 California Street, Gooding but they are not allowed to dump any type of substance from the trailer.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

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.

Department Reports

Police Chief Jeff Perry:  Police Chief Jeff Perry reported on the department’s assistance with the Buhl 4th of July parade and traffic control.  Buhl Councilmen commented on the professionalism of the Gooding City Police Department.  Chief Perry also reported people have been parking in yellow zones making it difficult to see around cars when pulling onto Main Street.  People have also been parking on the wrong side of the street against traffic.  Chief Perry asked for guidance on how strictly to enforce these violations.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey gave a report on the Firemen’s Benefit Picnic.  They served approximately 485 people and raised over $8,000.00.  The fire department has been busy with mutual aid and BLM calls.  During the busy fire season, the radio frequencies have been bleeding into one another making it difficult to communicate without interruption.  Brandon was able to get a grant for part of the cost to procure a separate department tack channel and the remainder was paid for by the rural fire department.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  None

Airport Manager Dale Thomas:  Airport Manager Dale Thomas reported that Idaho’s Federal Aviation Administration District Office will be changing from Renton, Washington to Helena, Montana.  Mr. Thomas feels it would be beneficial to schedule a face-to-face meeting with the district office once the move is official.  Mr. Thomas also reported there are a few cracks starting in the runway but that they will seal those temporarily as the runway is scheduled to be re-surfaced in 2014.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy Bigler thanked Council members for attending the Idaho Commission for Libraries training on library laws.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  None

Executive Session:  Councilwoman Houser moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (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 8:00 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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