March 17, 2014

Work Session

The work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on March 17, 2014.

 Roll Call

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

 City Staff

Present were Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Clerk Morri Hall and Fire Chief Brandon Covey.

 Purpose

The purpose of the work session was to discuss the annexation of the Rural Fire Department Land into the City limits.  After discussion the Council decided to hold off on the conversation until Councilman France and City Attorney Hobdey are available.

The special meeting closed.

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 March 17, 2014.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Bill Huffer, J. Newland, Angela Newland, Waylon Zielinski, Cathy Newland, Devon Rice, Bev Prince, S. Prince, Josh Switzer and Shawn Newland.

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

Councilman Arkoosh moved to add “Airport Fire Truck”, “Online Payment System” and “Managed Recharge Project” to the agenda under New Business.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Magnelli and Houser 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.)

Mayor Walt Nelson asked, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the Consent Calendar. 

1.      Minutes of the March 3, 2014 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Visitors Business

Sarah Zatica- Playground Equipment & Grants:  Sarah Zatica addressed the Council regarding playground equipment for younger kids under the age of five (5) for the City parks.  Sarah is a certified grant writer and has contacted other citizens about creating a group to raise money specifically for park playground equipment.  She would be willing to write the grants but will need the City’s endorsement to apply.  The Council expressed interest in supporting Ms. Zatica’s efforts.  She will be in touch with City Clerk Morri Hall as needed.

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.  Public Works Director (PWD) Todd Bunn has contacted an appraiser and will report back to the Council when the appraisal is done. 

Transient Merchant/Peddlers:  Attorney Hobdey stated he would prepare a document based upon what was discussed at the work session for the next meeting.  Attorney Hobdey was not present.

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  The Council decided to hold off on the conversation until Councilman France and City Attorney Hobdey are available.

Budget Hearing: Scheduled for August 4, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

Fence Ordinance:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn was asked to resend a copy of the draft fence ordinance to the Council and Mayor.

Rusty Gillette-Dry Land Lease:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that Rusty Gillette approached him about the 100 acres of dry land that we have previously leased to him every year.  Mr. Gillette is interested in leasing the property again for $1000.00 a year.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the dry land farming lease for $1000.00 per year.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

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.  Attorney Hobdey was not present to give an update.

New Business

Oath of Office- Josh Switzer:  Police Chief Chris Ward administered the Oath of Office to Officer Josh Switzer.   The Mayor and Council welcomed Mr. Switzer to the Police Department.

Oath of Office- Shawn Newland:  Police Chief Chris Ward administered the Oath of Office to Officer Shawn Newland.   The Mayor and Council welcomed Mr. Newland to the Police Department.

Arbor Day Proclamation:  Mayor Nelson proclaimed April 25, 2014 as Arbor Day for the City of Gooding.  He encouraged citizens to celebrate Arbor Day, to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and urged all citizens to plant trees.

Fair Housing Proclamation:  Mayor Nelson proclaimed April as Fair Housing Month.  The City of Gooding supports equal opportunity for all-regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin.

Utility Application:  Attorney Hobdey was not present to discuss the utility application.

Airport Fire Truck:  The Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) meets the requirements of the Department of Defense (DOD) Firefighter Property program authorized under 10 U.S.C. 2576B. Therefore the IDL can acquire vehicles and equipment through this program and make this property available to local government agencies for use in all emergencies which threaten the loss or damage to life or property.

Fire Chief Covey announced that the Fire Department has been awarded a 1987 Oshcosh military airport fire truck through this program for the shipping costs of $2,400.  After 2 years, the Fire Department will officially own the truck.

Online Payment System:  Xpress Bill Pay has developed an innovative web-based online bill payment system. The system makes it easy for organizations both large and small to offer online bill payment to their customers – allowing them to pay their bills online with credit cards, debit cards or electronic fund transfers.  Customers go to the Xpress Bill Pay website, log on, and have immediate access to their account where their bills are presented just like the paper bill they’re familiar with.

The Council will discuss an online payment system in more detail during the budgeting process for FY2014-15.

Managed Recharge Project:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the managed aquifer recharge and withdrawal project proposed by Brockway Engineering, PLLC and Keller Associates, Inc. as part of the public water system improvements under Alternative 3a which also includes two (2) new ground water wells and upgrade of undersized distribution pipes.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

 Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported that the department is working with Elko County regarding a homicide as the suspect is from Gooding. 

Mr. Ward also announced that the Police Department is hosting a police training at the Armory.  Three of our officers will receive free training since Gooding is hosting it.

The Police Department has joined the Sheriff’s Department in creating a Relay for Life team to raise money to fight cancer.

The Police Department is selling tickets for a drawing to be held April 17, 2014.  The money will be donated to a previous officer of the City of Gooding who has terminal cancer.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that the Fire Department will host a hazmat class next month.

Mr. Covey also reported that the department had 8 calls today from high winds, trees & branches falling and utility lines coming down.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that today most of his public works crew had to work on cutting down uprooted trees and large branches that fell from trees because of high winds.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy reported that the library served 1938 patrons, checked out over 2800 materials and read to 465 children for outreach events and story times.  The library also had 668 computer log-ins, a Dr. Suess night with over 140 people and a 3D printer class that was attended by 15 teens and 15 adults.  Over 230 people participated in the Science Technology Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) Programs.  The library is still busy re-bar coding all the books to match the new circulation system.

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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