April 7, 2014

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 April 7, 2014.
 
Roll Call
 
Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli.
 
Visitors
Present were Bill Huffer and Jason Neil.
 
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.)
 
Mayor Walt Nelson asked, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilman France moved to approve the Consent Calendar. 
 
1.      Minutes of the March 17, 2014 Meeting
2.      Accounts Payable in the amount of $146,759.52
3.      Payroll in the amount of $114,814.64
4.      Building Permits
5.      Sign Permit- Maverick
 
Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 
 
Visitors Business
 
1.      None
 
Unfinished Business
 
Airport Hanger Purchase:  The Fixed Base of Operation (FBO) is not currently owned by the City of Gooding.  The City of Gooding would like to purchase the FBO but would like to see an appraisal first.  LeMoyne Appraisal, LLC appraised the FBO at $530,000.  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2014. 
 
Transient Merchant/Peddlers:  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2014. 
 
Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2014.
 
Budget Hearing: Scheduled for August 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm
 
Fence Ordinance:  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2014.
 
Rangen Water Call:  Attorney Hobdey gave an update that the city had received a curtailment letter from the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) indicating that some water rights were going to be curtailed.  He has met with attorneys from other cities and IDWR and the culinary water would never be curtailed, it would just be the irrigation water and maybe some industrial use water.  No final decisions on the Rangen water call have been made yet but Attorney Hobdey predicts more water calls in the future and feels it is important for the effected cities to participate in the coalition of cities to show a united front.
 
Utility Application:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to start using the Utility Application for customers needing water, sewer and sanitation services from the City of Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.
 
New Business
 
Personnel Policy:  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 5:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 15, 2014.
 
Planning & Zoning Commission- New Appointee needed:   Members of the Council will reach out to the community to see who may be interested in serving on the P & Z Committee.
 
Arbor Day Celebration:  An Arbor Day event is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 1st, outside the County Court House, 624 Main Street, at 2:00 pm.  The City of Gooding will be participating with the Mayor’s proclamation that will also satisfy the Tree City USA requirements. Gerry Bates with the Idaho Arbor Day Foundation and Idaho Representative Donna Pence for District 26 will also speak briefly. Librarian Cindy Bigler will read a poem about trees.  Lew Pence has donated several red maples to be planted in the City parks.  Gooding Elementary School, North Valley Academy and Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind 2nd grade classes will be participating in a poster contest with the theme “Trees are Terrific…in all Shapes and Sizes.”  One student from each 2nd grade class will win a gift from the City of Gooding in honor of Arbor Day.  Nan Reedy, part-time librarian, will take care of photos and provide an article to the Times-News, Hub City News, Camas Courier and will also be available online on the City’s webpage.
Councilman Arkoosh moved to spend $45.00 plus shipping to order 10 tree themed gifts to give away at the Arbor Day Celebration.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.
 
Gem Vet Fees:  Gem Vet has raised the boarding fees for dogs running at large and this month’s bill was considerably more than it has been in the past.  Both Public Works Director Todd Bunn and Police Chief Chris Ward feel the City will need to start looking into their own dog pound or working with the County for a dog pound as Gem Vet has reported that he only wants to offer his services to the City for another year or so.
 
Public Protection Survey Information Request- Fire Department:  Cities, towns, villages, fire protection districts, and other graded areas are evaluated based on major elements of their fire suppression system.  This evaluation develops a public protection classification number on a relative scale between 1 and 10, with 10 representing less than minimum criteria. The numerical class or grade is a fire insurance pricing tool and it is not intended to analyze all aspects of a comprehensive public fire protection program.  Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection, and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.  This evaluation is done every seven (7) years.  The Gooding Fire Department is currently rated at level three (3).
 
Blue Cross- Group Voter Designation:  Councilwoman Houser moved to nominate Mayor Walt Nelson as the Blue Cross Group Voter Designation for the City of Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.
 
Department Reports
 
Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported that he sent Police Department Specialist Rhonda Shoup to training to become the custodian of the evidence room and the Safe Kids training to learn the proper way to install car seats for children.
 
Chief Ward also reported that Police Officer Josh Switzer will be sent to Police Officer Standards and Training (POST) in September 2014.
 
Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that the Fire Department had a total of forty-three (43) calls last year and that they have already responded to eighty-seven (87) calls this year.  They spend over eighteen (18) hours on hay barn call last week.
 
Chief Covey also reported that the new airport fire truck will be here in the next few days.
 
Mayor Nelson reported that Idaho Educational Services for the Deaf and Blind would like to visit the Fire Department.  Chief Covey will coordinate the visit.
 
Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that irrigation will start on the 1st Monday in May.  He also reported that his crew started pothole repairs today.  They would have started earlier but the weather has been too unpredictable.
 
Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy reported that the library served 1970 patrons, checked out over 2766 materials and read to 455 children for outreach events and story times.  The library also had 680 computer log-ins and over 230 people participated in the Science Technology Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Programs.  Gooding has 16 students who are bused over to Wendell for the Head Start Program as Gooding does not have one.  Mayor Nelson asked how many other students could benefit from a Head Start Program in Gooding and Mrs. Bigler explained that there are probably approximately one hundred (100) students in Gooding that would fit the income guidelines for the Head Start Program.  The library is still busy re-bar coding all the books to match the new circulation system.
 
Some events in April include a meditation class this coming Tuesday with others to follow.  There will be a financial investing class taught on Thursday of this week.  On Fridays there is a junior lego club and a 3D printing class starting on Saturday.  On April 15th, the library will be hosting an Earth Day Celebration and on the 25th the library will host a El Dia De Los Ninos Celebration.
 
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 Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.
 
The meeting reconvened at 9:15 p.m.
 
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
 
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