December 2, 2013

Special Council Meeting

The special council meeting 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 December 2, 2013.

 Roll Call

 Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli. Councilwoman Houser was not present.

 Visitors

 Present was Dale Bunn from France, Basterrechea, Wagner and Bunn.

 Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

 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 December 2, 2013.

 Roll Call

 Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli.  Councilwoman Houser was not present.

 Visitors

 None

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

 Councilman Arkoosh moved to add “Police Department Reserve Fund” to the agenda.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Visitors Business

 None

 Public Comment

 None

 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.

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.  Attorney Craig Hobdey presented an amended ordinance to the Council.  They would like more time to review the new ordinance before moving forward.

 New Business

 EPA Compliance Report- Authorization for Mayor’s Signature:  Councilman France moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the EPA Compliance Report.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Transient Merchants/Peddlers:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented the Council with examples of ordinances from other cities regarding transient merchants/peddlers.  The Council would like more time to review the example ordinances before moving forward.

 Corporate Technologies- Approve bid for computer services & equipment:  Corporate Technologies submitted a bid for $15,756.95 to pay for a new server, back-up system, software and labor.  The Council would like more time to review the quote before moving forward.

 Police Department Reserve Fund:  It has come to the City’s attention that the police reserves have a checking account with a separate employer identification number than the City.  After researching this account, it has become obvious that this account is separate from the City and has been funded through donations and fund raisers given directly to the reserve officers.  After speaking with the City’s accountant/auditor, the Council was presented with 3 options:

 1.     The reserves could choose to donate the money in the reserve account to the City.

 2.     The reserves could choose to manage the reserve account without any input from the City.

 3.     The City could choose not to make any specific recommendation since the reserve account is not connected with the City.  However, the reserves have to make it very clear to anyone donating to the reserve fund that the donation is going to the reserves not the City of Gooding.

 Councilman Arkoosh moved to continue keeping the reserve fund separate from the City since the City has never been involved with it and to ask the reserves to make it very clear to anyone donating to the reserve fund that the donation is going to the reserves not the City of Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported a burglary at the Kendrick’s pharmacy.  It was solved immediately.  There was another burglary on 4th Avenue West in which the City worked together with the County to investigate.  The Police Department just hired a new secretary.  Mr. Ward has received 10 applications for the patrol officer position but would like to extend the deadline until the end of December as he’s hired 4 part-time officers to fill-in until the position is filled.  Chief Ward is also working on a narcotics grant.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey is working through the rural fire department to purchase 5 lots for additional ground for the new fire department.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that the Department of Water Resources has not reviewed our application yet.  The Tree Yard’s hours will be changing to Tuesday- Friday from 1-5pm and Saturday from 9-5pm until the City receives snow and then it will be closed.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy Bigler stated that the Library was visited by over 1250 patrons in November, checked out approximately 2400 materials and did 16 outreach visits in the community to promote literacy and learning.

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 (d) to consider records that are exempt from disclosure as provided in Chapter 3, Title 9, Idaho Code.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France 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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