March 5, 2014

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 March 3, 2014.

Roll Call

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

City Staff

Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Treasurer Kathy Lehr and City Attorney Craig Hobdey.

Purpose

The purpose of the work session was to review and discuss the Customer Service Policy and a sample Transient Merchant/Peddlers Policy.  After discussion the Council decided to adopt the Customer Service Policy in the regular meeting.  The Council asked Attorney Hobdey to draw up a policy regarding Transient Merchant/Peddlers and present it to them at a later time.

The special meeting closed.

Public Hearing

Pursuant to Idaho Code 50-1807 the Irrigation Board of Corrections public hearing was opened at 6:30 pm on March 3, 2014 in the Municipal Building at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.

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

Purpose:  The purpose of the hearing was to correct irrigation assessments as may be deemed necessary.  Assessments were mailed; notification of the Board of Corrections meeting was given on the utility bills and published in the City’s legal newspaper.

Stephen Jones-524-526, 528-530 2nd Ave W:  Mr. Jones sent an email to City Clerk Morri Hall stating that he has owned the above property for over a decade.  He has paid the irrigation assessment every year even though his property has no access to the irrigation water.  He is requesting exemption for the irrigation bills.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to reduce the irrigation rate Stephen Jones at 524-526, 528-530 2nd Ave West to the bookkeeping fee of $9.60 per lot.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dorothy Tschannen-2110 California St: Mrs. Tschannen stated she lives at 2110 California St.  She has no access to irrigate and has a sprinkler system.  Councilman France moved to forgive the irrigation rates on 2110 California St for Dorothy Tschannen and maintain the bookkeeping fee of $9.60 per lot.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dee & Kurtis Borda-200 21st Ave W:  Mr. Borda stated they live at 200 21st Ave W.  The only access they had to irrigate was from a pasture that abuts his property.  The new owner is using the lot for parking and the water is no longer available.  PWD Bunn confirmed that there is no water available to them.  Councilman France made a motion to waive the irrigation fee and keep the bookkeeping of $9.60 per lot for Kurtis Borda at 200 21st Ave W.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Alma Rose McHargue-2132 Bitterbrush Court:  Mrs. McHargue stated she lives at 2132 Bitterbrush Court and has no access to irrigate.  She has a sprinkler system.  Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to waive the irrigation fee and maintain the bookkeeping fee of $9.60 per lot for Alma Rose McHargue at 2132 Bitterbrush Court.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Grace Palacio-2138 Bitterbrush Court:  Mrs. Palacio stated she lives at 2138 Bitterbrush Court and there is no way she can get irrigation water and she has a sprinkler system.  Councilman Magnelli moved that we forgive the accessed fee and maintain the bookkeeping fee of $9.60 per lot.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Karrie Giles-620 8th Ave W:  Ms. Giles stated she lives at 620 8th Ave West.  She has a box on her corner but the openings are sealed up with steel plates.  PWD Bunn confirmed that she always had water.  Councilman France moved that we forgive the irrigation charges for Karrie Giles at 620 8th Ave West and leave the bookkeeping fees of $9.60 per lot in place.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Diane Houser representing Solid Rock Baptist Church-2148 Main: Mrs. Houser representing the Solid Rock Baptist Church at 2148 Main is requesting that the irrigation fee be reduced to the bookkeeping fee because there is no access to irrigate.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to remove the irrigation fee and keep the bookkeeping fee of $9.60 per lot at Solid Rock Baptist Church located at 2148 Main St.  Councilman Magnelli seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

There being no further business the public hearing adjourned at 6:45.

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 3, 2014.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Gordon Ankeny and Gary McLaughlin.

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

Councilman Arkoosh moved to add “Rangen Water Call” to the agenda under New Business.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Magnelli, France 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 February 18, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $49,627.29
  3. Payroll in the amount of $101,768.15
  4. Building Permits

No.

Date

Name

House

Street

Use

 Value

 Fee

3-14

2/6/14

Crist & Sons/Tricia Maxwell

113

3rd Ave E Remodel $2,000.00 $114.26

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.  Because the Idaho Power bill had not come in yet and was not on the Consent Calendar, Councilman Arkoosh made a motion for City Treasurer Lehr to pay that bill when it comes in.  It will be approximately $12,000.00-13,000.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

None

Public Comment

Gary McLaughlin:  Gary McLaughlin wanted to know why he had to pay water maintenance when he does not have a ditch.  Mayor Nelson informed Mr. McLaughlin that he had received a notice that the meeting for irrigation issues was at 6:30 pm and the meeting has closed and we could not address it now.  Mr. McLaughlin understands the ditches will be done away with.  PWD Bunn also stated the irrigation assessments should go away next year.

Gordon Ankeny:  Gordon Ankeny would like to see a memorial for veterans in the park.  He says there are different ways to fund these memorials and would like for the public to be able to enjoy them.

Mr. Ankeny suggested the City contact some farmers and have them bring their big farming equipment in to be part of the Frontier/Ranch Rodeo parade to get more people involved resulting in a bigger parade.  Mr. Ankeny thinks maybe some of the ministers in our area would be willing to bless the equipment and it would show an appreciation to the farmers.

The Mayor and Council asked that he come back to them with ideas and the City of Gooding would see what they could do.

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.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt the Customer Service Policy as discussed in the work session.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

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.

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  Work session on March 17, 2014 at 6:00 with the Rural Fire Commissioners at City Hall.

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

Fence Ordinance:  PWD Bunn was informed to resend a copy of the draft fence ordinance to the council and mayor.

New Business

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Grant Application:  PWD Bunn asked that Mayor Nelson be authorized to sign the application for federal assistance through the FAA for pavement rehabilitation project in the amount of $361,203.00 and that would seal all the asphalt at the airport.

Councilman France moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the FAA Grant Application.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Rusty Gillette-Dry Land Lease:  PWD Bunn reported that Rusty Gillette approached him about the 10 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. PWD Bunn was instructed to draw up a lease and present it to the Council for approval.

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.  The Idaho Ground Waters Appropriators (IGWA) has filed a mitigation plan and a hearing is set for March 17& 18, 2014, beginning at 9:00 am to see if anyone wants to object to the plan.  The IGWA asked the Director to Stay the Curtailment order and he agreed.  Therefore, there is no Curtailment in the very near future.  Attorney Hobdey continued that Rangen is not the only company jumping on the curtailment wagon.  At the meeting with other cities, they have discussed hiring one lead attorney to represent all 14 cities.  Rob Williams has taken the lead on that with the approval of each city. His fee is $250.00 per hour and each city will pay based on their population.

Councilman Arkoosh moved that we allow the Mayor to sign a resolution to hire Rob Williams as the lead attorney for the Rangen Water Call case in conjunction with the other 13 cities. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried unanimously.

Attorney Hobdey also reported that Rangen has filed a new application for 59cfs of what they consider unappropriated water.  Attorney Hobdey is recommending that the city file a Notice of Protest at a fee of $25.00.

Councilman Arkoosh moved that the Notice of Protest be filed for a fee of $25.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion was carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Received emergency call and was not present.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Received emergency call and was not present.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: Reported he is still waiting on the appraisal for the airport hangar and nothing new to report on the skate park.

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

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall was not present.

City Treasurer Kathy Lehr:  No reports.

Councilman France moved to recess into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel and (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 8:15 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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