May 19 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 May 19, 2014.

Roll Call

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



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


Visitors Business


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.

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.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to pay the most recent invoice of $3,221.78 for the Rangen Water Call.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

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:   The Mayor and members of the Council will reach out to the community to see who may be interested in serving on the P & Z Committee.

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 and discuss fees in more detail during the budgeting process.

Schedule Budget Work Session:  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 June 2, 2014.

New Business

Delinquent Accounts to Credit Bureau:  The Council would like the City Clerk to research the cost of using other collection agencies other than the current one we are using.  The delinquent accounts will not be turned over at this time.

Sheriff to Deputize City Officers:  County Sheriff Shawn Gough gave the Oath of Office to and deputized the following Gooding City Police Officers:  Sjuni Bunderson, Shawn Newland, Charles Rivers, Josh Switzer, Teresa Thiemann and Chief Chris Ward.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  None

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey was not present.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  None

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

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

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

The meeting reconvened and there being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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