April 21, 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 21, 2014.

Roll Call

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


Present were Nan Reedy and David White.

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

Councilman Arkoosh moved to remove “Minutes of April 14, 2014 Meeting” from the consent calendar.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

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 April 7, 2014 Meeting

2.      Fireworks Permit- Jared Jensen

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously. 

Visitors Business

Nan Reedy- Gooding Dog Group:  Nan Reedy addressed the council regarding the Gooding Dog Pound and dog enforcement.  Mrs. Reedy is concerned that Gem Vet Clinic no longer wants to contract with the City of Gooding to be the City Dog Pound.  She has talked to Gem Vet and says they would be interested in continuing the relationship with the City of Gooding if they were to receive a guaranteed monthly income.  Mrs. Reedy stated that the City of Gooding should see the value in the pound we currently have and try to find a way to support them as it is extremely expensive to build a City owned dog pound. 


Mrs. Reedy is also concerned about a dog that broke off its chain and bit a kid last week.  She is requesting a moratorium to stop owners who have shown a history of having vicious dogs from putting another dog on a chain thus creating the same situation.  Mrs. Reedy was advised that the City cannot tell citizen’s that they cannot put a dog on a chain.


The third issue Mrs. Reedy brought up is the value of the City’s dog tags.  Mrs. Reedy was contacted by a citizen who lost her licensed dog.  They knew who had the dog but the police were not able to take the dog back from the other party because the prosecutor advised that the license was not proof of ownership.  The prosecutor advised that the City must take a copy of the owner’s photo ID in order for the City license to be used as proof of ownership.


David White- Concerns about declining home values:  Mr. White addressed the Council regarding his concerns about declining home values in Gooding.  He had his home appraised recently and the value has decreased.  One section of the appraisal stated that other homes in the neighborhood are in disrepair and thus affect the value of his home.  Mr. White feels the City should make other property owners fix up homes and properties.

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 but the appraisal did not include anything about income potential.  Public Works Director Todd Bunn will contact the current owner to ask for a proposal regarding terms for him to lease the FBO back from the City if it is purchased.


Transient Merchant/Peddlers:  After Council discussion at the work session on April 15, 2014, it was determined that no changes need to be made to the current ordinance regarding transient merchant/peddlers.


Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  The Council discussed the annexation of the Rural Fire Department Land into the City limits and whether other land owners around the property who receive city services should be annexed as well.  Attorney Hobdey advised the Council to have surveys done of the land they would like annexed and that he will need the legal descriptions to move forward.  The Council asked Public Works Director Todd Bunn to have three separate (3) surveys done so they have options available should any land owner contest annexation.


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


Fence Ordinance:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn and Attorney Craig Hobdey will work together regarding the fence ordinance and bring the Council back a draft ordinance for further discussion.


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 Rangen call no longer affects the City of Gooding’s wells however 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.


Personnel Policy:  The Council decided they needed to take the personnel policy home to review and will discuss it again at a later time.


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.

New Business

Library Cameras- Review Bid from Pinnacle Technologies, Inc.:  Last week the Library was vandalized and there was over $2,500 worth of books damaged.  The City received a bid from Pinnacle Technologies, LLC for two (2) additional security cameras and a monitor.  The standard definition cameras would cost $260.00 each and the high definition cameras would cost $355 each.  After reviewing the entire security system for City Hall, the Council would like a bid to replace three (3) of the other cameras in the building with high definition cameras.


Municipal Fees:  Mayor Nelson reviewed all the City’s fees by department and asked the Council to consider which fees may need to be raised to support on-going services.  The Council will take the information under advisement.


Fireworks for the July 4th Celebration:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to have Public Works Director Todd Bunn purchase up to $2,500 worth of fireworks for the 4th of July Celebration.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser and Magnelli voted aye, France, nay.  Motion carried.


Schedule Budget Workshop:  A budget work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on May 12, 2014.


Operation Facelift:  Operation Facelift is scheduled for June 9-20, 2014.


Mary Lou Mendive- Release for Irrigation:    Mrs. Mary Lou Mendive would like the City to irrigate her lawn while she is on vacation in Spain this summer and is willing to sign a release and indemnity agreement to release the City of all responsibility regarding these special arrangements.


Councilman France moved to accept the release and indemnity agreement from Mrs. Mary Lou Mendive to allow the City to irrigate her lawn.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.


Idaho Sheriff’s Association Donation:  After Council discussion, Councilman France moved to deny a donation to the Idaho Sheriff’s Association.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.


Slough Ditch Proxy Vote Approval:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve Michael Sliman as the City’s Slough Ditch Proxy Vote.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.


Gooding Golf Course:  A work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was scheduled for 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on May 5, 2014.  Jolene Toone from the Gooding Recreation District and Rod Thomas from the Gooding Golf Course will participate in the meeting.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported that the issues with dogs that Mrs. Reedy brought up are correct and that the issues are not going to go away.  He would love to hire a dog catcher to help with the issue but the pound does not have the capacity to handle the amount of dogs running at large.  He also reported that the police car should be repaired by the end of the week.


Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that the Fire Department had all their fire hose tested today and that three (3) large diameter hoses will need repaired or replaced as they failed the testing.  These hoses are jointly owned by the City and Rural Fire Department.  He also reported that the ladders were professionally tested as well and passed inspection.  Chief Covey reported that the new airport fire truck as arrived.


Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  None


Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy reported that the library will be providing a summer reading program again this year and hopes to provide additional reading with the free lunch program at the parks this summer if she has enough staffing.


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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