August 19, 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 August 19, 2013.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Pat Baker, Enos Waddoups, Walter Nelson, Hal Nicholas, Lynda Nicholas, Wayne Bellamy, Dan Olmstead and Jan Rogers.

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 August 5, 2013

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Jan Rogers- Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO):  Jan Rogers reported that SIEDO has helped facilitate economic development activities with the City of Gooding including the addition of WEL Companies.  SIEDO has also submitted several site proposals on behalf of the City for various opportunities.  They are currently working with the owners of WEL Companies to sub-lease some additional space for a new company.  SIEDO has worked with the City to help support grants for infrastructure improvements.  And through SIEDO’s Operation Facelift the City has completed several Main Street projects – this year winning a bronze Most Improved City award for 2013!  Mrs. Rogers would like the City to renew their annual SIEDO membership at a cost of $4,345.00.

Councilman Magnelli moved to renew the annual Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization membership at a cost of $4,345.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Pat Baker- ICRMP Renewal:  Pat Baker from Baker Insurance Agency, Inc. delivered the ICRMP policy renewal for October 1, 2013 to October 1, 2014.  The premium decreased 5% for a total of $36,713.  Mrs. Baker explained the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act requires ICRMP to offer complete Terrorism property coverage to its members.    Members are under no obligation to accept the terrorism coverage.  ICRMP has purchased blanket coverage of $20 million per year available to be shared among any Members affected by acts of terrorism; it is included in the regular policy.

To comply with the law, Councilman Arkoosh moved to decline complete individual terrorism coverage and accept the blanket coverage offered by the regular ICRMP policy.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

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- Ordinance 684:  The Council reviewed the revised dog ordinance and decided the changes were correct.  The proposed ordinance 684 of the City of Gooding, Gooding County Idaho amending ordinance number 666 by amending section 8 regarding the redemption of impounded dogs was read fully and distinctly for the first time.

Sale of Airport Land- CD Rates:  The City Council rescinded all previous motions regarding the sale of airport land- CD rates.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to purchase a 5 year CD from Zions Bank in the amount of $99,000, a 5 year CD from Bank of America in the amount of $158,625, a 5 year CD from Pioneer Federal Credit Union in the amount of $250,000, a 4 year CD from Farmers Bank in the amount of $250,000, and a 5 year CD in the amount of $249,000.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  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 their 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 letters of support from both churches and will write a waiver letter to the Idaho Alcohol Beverage Control.

Ordinance 683– Bond Election- 1st reading:  Ordinance 683 providing for improvements to the domestic water system for the City of Gooding, Gooding County, Idaho;  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 was read fully and distinctly for the first time.

Yard Sales- Proposed ordinance 685:  The Council has tabled this item for further input.

New Business

Building Inspector Agreement:  The Building Inspector Memorandum of Agreement expires on September 30, 2013.  The terms are the same as the previous agreement.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize Council President Vern France to sign and accept the Memorandum of Agreement by and between the City of Gooding, Idaho and the County of Gooding, Idaho for building inspections services beginning October 1, 2013 and ending September 30, 2014.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Idaho Chapter of PRIMA training:  City Clerk Hall asked the Council’s permission to attend the Idaho Chapter of PRIMA’s 2013 Fall Training on October 17, 2013.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to allow City Clerk Hall to attend the Idaho Chapter of PRIMA’s 2013 Fall Training on October 17, 2013.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Sjuni Bunderson- Authorization to sign bills- Officer in Charge:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize Sjuni Bunderson’s signature on bills for the Police Department and to appoint him Officer in Charge until a Chief of Police can be hired.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Carmen Korsen- Appoint to Urban Renewal Agency:  Councilman Magnelli moved to appoint Carmen Korsen to the Urban Renewal Agency until June 3, 2017.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Re-Schedule September 2, 2013 Council Meeting:  The regular meeting on September 2, 2013 of the Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was re-scheduled to September 3, 2013 at 7:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

Department Reports

Officer in Charge Sjuni Bunderson:  Officer in Charge Sjuni Bunderson gave a report on the Gooding County Fair and Rodeo.   There were a few underage drinkers and drugs but nothing major.  No vehicles had to be towed this year.  Verizon Wireless was broken into again and one phone has already been recovered with 2 suspects in jail.

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:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that his Street crew will be working with the County on seal coating this week and will start on the City’s seal coating toward the end of this week and next week.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  None

Executive Session:  Councilman Magnelli 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 Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh 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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