June 16 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 June 16, 2014.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Shelli Mason, Joleen Toone, Tim Pierson, Rod Thomas, James Anderson Jr., Smokey Legaretta and David Butler.

Purpose

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the revenue and expenditures of the Gooding Country Club and Golf Course.  They have been losing money for many years and will not be able to remain open if the Gooding Recreation (Rec) District and City of Gooding cannot contribute $50,000 this year.  The Gooding Country Club and Golf Course held a fund raiser this last weekend and were able to raise $5,000 to help with expenses.  They have additional parties scheduled to help raise money but still need support from the City and Recreation District.

After discussion was held, the City Council and Recreation District decided to schedule a meeting with the County Commissioners to elicit the County’s help as well.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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 June 16, 2014.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present was Donald Larson.

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

None

Visitors Business

Neal Farmer- Department of Water Resources:  Neal Farmer, Aquifer Recharge Coordinator, from the Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR) reported that IDWR would like to enter into a Cost Share Agreement that would allow them to use the City’s recharge site during the winter or non-irrigation season.  Mr. Farmer explained that based on historical flow rates in the Little Wood River during the winter, it is anticipated that the diversion and recharge rate will be below 100 cfs.  IDWR may be willing to contract with the City of Gooding to operate and pay for the cost to perform winter recharge.  The Council expressed interest in the proposal and would like IDWR to keep them informed of any progress on the project.

Donald Larson- Reroof the War Memorial Building at 200 3rd Ave West:  Donald Larson reported that the War Memorial Building at 200 3rd Ave West needs to have the roof redone at a cost of $22,000.  Volunteers have formed a certified non-profit organization so they can start fund raising projects to help finish the roof.  Mr. Larson expressed that any support is appreciated.

Jennifer Wheeler- Wheeler Magic Valley Maid Service:  Jennifer Wheeler was not present at the meeting.  An independent contractor’s agreement was submitted to the Council for approval.

Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the Independent Contractor’s Agreement with Wheeler Magic Valley Maid Service.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Cheryl Simmons- Removing Stop Signs:  Cheryl Simmons was not present.

Joe Gutierrez- Request for Advance Deposit to be used to pay on Account Balance:  Joe Gutierrez was not present.

Unfinished Business

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.  Mr. Bunn contacted three surveyors and only one responded with a quote.

Councilman France moved to approve option A from the proposal from Reidesel Engineering.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

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

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.

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 9, 2014.

Collection Agency for Delinquent Accounts:  Mayor Nelson asked the City Clerk to contact several collection agencies to gather information on collection techniques, cost to have them collect, and other collection policies before making a decision on which the City will use for collections.  After investigating different options, the Council decided that collections should be done internally as the past due fees are collected when citizens come in to hook up new services and there is no reason to pay a collection agency when we’re collecting most of the fees ourselves.

New Business

Idaho Power- Glanbia Extension:  Idaho Power is requesting this variance to build structures which are approximately 75 ft tall. The height of these structures are necessitated because of concerns for wire clearance from the existing distribution lines and proposed traffic signals at the intersection of US-26 and SH-46 in Gooding.

Councilman France moved to authorize a variance to Idaho Power to build structures for distribution lines which will be approximately 75 ft. tall along US-26 and SH-46 in Gooding.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 227:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt resolution 227, authorizing the Mayor to sign all applications, grant agreements and other documents relating to drinking water planning grants.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Skate Park Grant:  The National Park Service has approved the City’s Skate Park Grant application on a federal level.  Councilman Arkoosh moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the National Park Service Skate Park Grant application #16-00565.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

ICRMP bill for daily training bulletins for the Police Department:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to pay the ICRMP bill for daily training bulletins for the Police Department in the amount of $500.00.  Motion seconded by Councilman France.  Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward submitted the police crime report.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  None

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that there is an investor interested in putting in a subdivision along 4th Ave West.  The investors have expressed interest in having the City annex their property into the City.  Mr. Bunn also reported that the Department of Environmental Quality is going to require the City of Gooding to put in monitoring wells for the water recharge project.  In addition, street overlay and seal coating will start next week.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  None

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 (f) to communicate with legal counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

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

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