November 18, 2013

Work Session

 The work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 5:30 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on November 18, 2013.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.

 Visitors

 Present were Carleen Herring and Ben Peck from Region IV Development.  Jim Mullen and Okasana Roth from Keller Associates were present as well.

 Water System Improvements

 On November 5, 2013 qualified electors of the City of Gooding passed a revenue bond in a principal amount not to exceed $5,000,000 to pay a portion of the cost to improve the domestic water system for the City of Gooding.

Carleen Herring and Ben Peck from Region IV Development will submit an application for the City of Gooding to Idaho Commerce for an Idaho Community Development Block for $350,000 on Friday, November 22, 2013.  The City should have a decision from Idaho Commerce by May 2014.

Engineering Consultant Jim Mullen from Keller Associates reported that the Facility Planning Study is on hold until the Department of Water Resources reaches a decision on the water recharge project.  The application was submitted three months ago.  Keller Associates will amend the Facility Planning Study when the City receives a decision from the Department of Water Resources on the recharge project.  Then Keller Associates will submit the final draft of the Facility Planning Study to the Department of Environmental Quality for final approval.

There are several funding options available for the water improvement project.

 

 

 

1.      The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a Rural Development loan at 3.75% interest for 40 years.  With a $5,000,000 loan, USDA is offering a $1,675,000 grant which brings the total money available for the water project to $6,675,000.  The cost per user would be approximately $12.60 per month.  There would be no Davis Bacon requirements with the USDA loan.

 

 2.      The Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is offering a loan at 1.25% interest for 30 years.  With a $5,376,390 loan, DEQ is offering $376,390 in principal forgiveness bringing the total loan amount down to the $5,000,000 bond that was passed by electors.  The City needs to research whether they can sign for a loan higher than the amount bonded if the principal forgiveness brings the total down to the bonded amount.  The cost per user would be approximately $11.19 per month.

The DEQ loan cannot be used to purchase water rights.  Therefore, the City needs to look at additional funding options to purchase water rights in case the water recharge project is not approved.  The City will contact USDA to find out whether their funding can be used to purchase water rights.  If the water recharge project is not approved, the City plans to lease out their surface water rights to help offset the cost of the water project.  The City will not sell their surface water rights. 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 Public Hearing

 The public hearing of the Mayor and 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 November 18, 2013.

 Roll Call

  Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.

 Visitors

 Present were Carleen Herring, Ben Peck and Alfred Eichholtz.

 Purpose

Mayor Nelson opened the public hearing for the Idaho Community Development Block Grant at 6:30 p.m.  After some opening remarks, Mayor Nelson turned the meeting over to Carleen Herring and Ben Peck of Region IV Development Association for an overview of the project and the Idaho Community Development Block Grant application.

Ben presented information on the Idaho Community Development Block Grant (ICDBG) application for the City’s water system improvement project.

Among the things covered were:

 ·         The application procedures and requirements of the ICDBG program

 ·         Amount of funds available state-wide

 ·         Categories of funds and eligibility requirements

 ·         Project specifics – including activities to be funded with ICDBG

 ·         A copy of the application handbook was available for review

           Public Comment

Alfred Eichholtz asked if the City does not receive funding till October, will it be too cold to start building the project.  Mrs. Herring said she has been involved in municipal construction for years and there is rarely a time when the project is shut down for weather related reasons.

 After accepting public input the Mayor closed the public hearing at 6:50 p.m.

 Regular Meeting

 The regular meeting of the Mayor and 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 November 18, 2013.

 Roll Call

 Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.

 Visitors

 Present were Carleen Herring, Ben Peck and Alfred Eichholtz.

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

 None

 Visitors Business

 None

 Public Comment

 Mr. Eichholtz asked for an update on the skate park grant and was informed that the City has not received word on whether they have received the grant.

 Unfinished Business

 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.

New Business

Authorization to purchase E-file Electronic Filing System & 3 desk scanners:  After discussion, Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize the purchase of the E-file Electronic Filing System and 3 desk scanners.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Vaisala Agreement- Authorization for Mayor’s Signature:  Vaisala proposes to provide maintenance and scheduled service for the non-directional beacon at the Gooding Municipal Airport from December 1, 2013 to November 30, 2014.   Councilman Arkoosh move to authorize the Mayor to sign a Maintenance Agreement with Vaisala for annual fee of $4,980.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

2013 Election Results:  On November 5, 2013 the City of Gooding had a general election.  The total number of registered voters was 1,284 and the number of ballots cast was 530 resulting in 41.3% of the registered voters casting ballots. 

The Mayoral seat was up for election.  Walter C. Nelson received 405 votes, Jennifer Wheeler received 104 votes, Alfred Eichholz received 8 votes and Enos Paul Waddoups received 8 votes.  The Mayor of the City of Gooding will be Walter C. Nelson from January 1, 2014 to December 31. 2017.

 Diane Houser and Mel Magnelli’s City Council seats were also up for election.  They both ran unopposed.  Diane Houser received 313 votes and Mel Magnelli received 415 votes.  They will both serve on the Gooding City Council from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2017.

There was a water revenue bond authorizing the City of Gooding to incur an indebtedness of up to $5,000,000 to pay the costs of construction and installation of improvements to the domestic water system for the City of Gooding.  The bond passed with 309 yes and 204 no votes.

Councilman Magnelli moved to accept the election results.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Amend Zoning Ordinance for Utility:  The Zoning Ordinance needs to be changed for utility construction.  The current height restriction for utility poles is 30 feet however, according to Idaho Power most of their poles are now 70 feet.  Craig will put something together to present to the Council.

Fair Housing- Resolution 225:  Councilman France moved to adopt Fair Housing Resolution 225.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Authorization for Mayor to sign Grant Documents- Resolution 226:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt Resolution 226 authorizing the Mayor’s signature on grant documents.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Citizen Participation Plan- Authorization for Mayor’s Signature:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the Citizen Participation Plan.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported on-going cooperation and communication with the County regarding drug busts and burglaries.  A lot of stolen property has been recovered.

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that Christmas decorations will be going up next week.  He is also in the process of putting power into the new building at the Tree Yard.  The Tree Yard will be open the day after Thanksgiving.  Mr. Bunn also reported that the burned out house at 525 Oregon Street has been sold and that the new owners have been instructed to talk to the building inspector before doing any work on the property.  Mr. Bunn feels the Council should move forward in condemning the property at 605 14th Ave West.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy Bigler was not present.

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

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or discipline of an employee.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

 

The meeting reconvened at 7:30 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

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