September 3, 2013

Special Meeting

The special 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 September 3, 2013.

 Roll Call

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


 Present were Alfred Eichholtz, Bob Anderson, Enos Waddoups, Walter Nelson, Pat Nelson, Jason Neil and Terry Ruby.

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

Councilman Arkoosh moved to remove “Sale of Airport Land:  CD Rates” off the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  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, Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve:

1.      Minutes of the August 12 & 19, 2013 Meetings

2.      Revised minutes of the June 19, 2013 Meeting

 3.      Accounts Payable in the amount of $97,459.54

 4.      Payroll in the amount of $118,418.33

 5.      Building Permits

 6.      Sign Permit











Freddy Zarate


Colorado Street


 $  1,000.00

 $     30.00



Jed McGuire


4th Ave East



 $   148.40



St. Elizabeth Church




 $     500.00

 $     30.00



Tara Knecht




 $  1,600.00

 $     30.00



Gooding School District


Idaho Street



 $   599.36

Pending approval

Affordable Bail Bonds


Main & 6th Ave


$      200.00

 $     38.78

 Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Visitors Business

 Terry Ruby- Wildland Urban Interface:  The Wood River Resource Conservation & Development Council invited the City Council to a Wildland Urban Interface Conference on September 10th & 11th, 2013 in Idaho Falls.  The conference is focused at preparing communities to cope with wildfire through better fire, building, safety coding and education.

Gooding Country Club- request for sprinkler money:  Bob Anderson representing the Gooding Country Club (GCC) Board of Directors, requested the money the City sets aside for golf course improvements.  The golf course has been assessing a 50 cent per nine holes of golf played and remitting the funds to the City.  The funds have been deposited by the City into a special account created for the purpose of accumulating funds for improvements to the golf course.

Following Council discussion, Councilman Arkoosh moved to allow the Gooding Country Club to draw up to $13,782.58 of the money the City has set aside for golf course improvements.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Public Comment


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 will create a new lease for review by the Council.

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.

Ordinance 683– Bond Election- 2nd reading:  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 was read by title for the second time.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt Ordinance No. 683 of the City of Gooding and the third reading be waived.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

Gooding Dog Group- Ordinance 684:  The proposed Ordinance No. 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.

Yard Sales- Proposed Ordinance 685:  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.  A work session of the Mayor and 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 September 16, 2013.

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 discipline of staff.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 7:30 p.m.

New Business

Appoint Mayor:  After Council discussion of two resumes submitted for Interim Mayor, Councilman Arkoosh moved to appoint Walter C. Nelson to the position of Mayor for the City of Gooding until a new Mayor is elected and given the oath of office.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Oath of Office:  City Clerk Morri Hall administered the oath of office to newly appointed Mayor Walter C. Nelson.  Mayor Nelson signed the oath of office.

 Mayor Walt Nelson presided over the remainder of the meeting.

Cemetery Deed:  The Gooding Cemetery District is submitting an application to the U.S. Department of Veterans to be considered for the new location to build a Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  In preparation for submitting the application the Cemetery District found that the deed for the cemetery land is still in the name of the City of Gooding instead of the Cemetery District.  The Cemetery District would like the land deed changed to their name so they can finish their application to the U.S. Department of Veterans.  Attorney Hobdey will research the deed and get a copy of the property description.

 Department Reports

 Officer in Charge Sjuni Bunderson:  None

 Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Not present

 Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon reported that all fire crews and vehicles

are back to the station from wildfires our fire department assisted with.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented the Council with a rough draft for the new sign to be placed at the Gooding City Tree Yard.  He also reported that the last day for the 2013 irrigation season is on September 28, 2013.

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

  There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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