September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

Gooding City Council Minutes

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 September 15, 2014.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Public Works Director Todd Bunn.

Roll Call

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


Present were Bill and Virginia Harding

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

Councilman France moved to add “Consent Calendar and Conference Call Regarding Outstanding Communities” as new items.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  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 Nelson asked, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept the Consent Calendar as presented. Motion was seconded by Councilman Magnelli.

  1. Minutes of the September 2, 2014 Meeting

Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Magnelli, France and Houser voted aye.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business: None

Public Input:

Bill Harding spoke about his concerns regarding the weeds.  He stated he knows we have sent out information regarding people cleaning their weeds from the middle of the alley to the middle of the street.  He appreciates our efforts of trying to get the residents to take care of their weeds.

Unfinished Business

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  The Mayor acknowledged that Fire Chief Covey was absent from the meeting.  After a brief discussion, Attorney Hobdey recommended that a work session be scheduled to create an Annexation Plan.  The work session was scheduled for October 6, 2014, 6:00 pm at City Hall.

Idaho Power Franchise Ordinance- 689:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt the Idaho Power Franchise Ordinance 689.   The motion was seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried unanimously.

New Business

Resolution 230-Authorizing Destruction of Records:  Councilman France moved that we adopt Resolution 230 authorizing destruction of old records.  Councilman Arkoosh seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 231-Surplus Property Resolution:  Councilwoman Houser made a motion that we pass Resolution 231 regarding surplus property.  Motion was seconded by Councilman France.  Public Works Director Bunn stated that the items he has on the surplus list would be sold at a public auction, October 16, 2014 with items from Gooding County.  Time has not been determined.

Advance Deposits for City Services:  Discussion was held that the current advance deposit for the utility billing usually, does not cover the final amounts owing to us when residents move.  Councilman France suggested we add “Advance Deposits” to the work session on October 6.  Attorney Hobdey stated that if the increase is more than 5%, there has to be a public notice.

Big Wood & Little Wood Water Users Association:  Discussion was held on whether the city should join the water call coalition.  The Association was formed for the purpose of protecting surface water rights in the Big and Little Wood Rivers.  Public Works Director Bunn stated that our decreed water is from the Little Wood River.   According to the letter from the association, the dues to participate are set at $5.00 per inch of water. The City of Gooding has 360.25 inches of water for a total of $1801.25.  Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to participate for one (1) year in the Association.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Magnelli.   Motion passed unanimously.

Gooding Country Club Lease: City Treasurer Lehr told the Mayor and Council that the Gooding Country Club Lease was on the agenda because it states in the Lease that the Club agrees to charge a fee of .50 cents per nine holes of golf and remit that monthly to the City.  This was brought to the attention of the Mayor and Council because there has been no remittance of fees for two (2) years.  After some discussion, it was decided to set up a meeting with a representative from the Country Club board, the Mayor and Council.  Public Works Director Bunn volunteered to set this meeting up.

Communities of Distinction: Mayor Nelson stated that the City had been contacted by a gentleman named Todd ???  representing a Community of  Distinction Program. They visit the community and interview people on film and then make a 5 minute video that will air 20 times.  One time on Fox nationwide and 19 times regionally.  They do this at a cost of $19,800.00 to the City.  After some discussion, Councilman Arkoosh moved that we skip on the offer from Communities of Distinction.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion passed unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward spoke about purchasing a “new to us” car from the Idaho State Police fleet.  The car is a 2010 Dodge Charger.  It is equipped with everything that is needed on a patrol car.  The cost will be $7,000.00. They are black cars and will only need to be striped to match our current cars.  Councilman Arkoosh moved that Police Chief Chris Ward have permission to buy the 2010 Dodge Charger from the Idaho State Police.  The motion was seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  The motion was passed unanimously.   Permission was also given for the check to be written when the invoice comes in and the car is ready to be picked up. Police Chief Ward also informed the Mayor and Council that interviews were being scheduled to fill the open position.  Officer Switzer went to POST on September 14, 2014.

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn gave an update on the recharge project. Chuck Brockway Jr and PWD Bunn have a meeting with DEQ on September 16, 2014 to discuss the draft plan for the Groundwater Quality Monitoring Program for the Recharge Site.  DEQ indicated they want us to test for additional constituents.  Brockway and Bunn plan to discuss these additional requirements at the meeting.

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

City Clerk Morri Hall:  City Clerk Morri Hall was absent, but had submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss legal matters and personnel in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or discipline of an employee.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Houser, France, Magnelli and Arkoosh voted aye.  Motion carried.

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



Kathy Lehr-City Treasurer                                             Walter C. Nelson- Mayor



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