September 2, 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 September 2, 2014.

Roll Call

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


Present were Pat Baker, Mary Comer, Sharon Couch, Bryan Jorgensen, Jan Gooding and Jason Neal.

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


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 France moved to approve the Consent Calendar.

  1. Minutes of the August 18, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $72,632.13
  3. Payroll in the amount of $124,223.36
  4. Building Permits











Luis   Zatica


Wyoming Awning


 $  58.50



John   and Dawna Flora


Utah   Street Foundation





Valley   Country Store


Main   Street Sign


 $  74.00



David   Morrow


Orchard Fence


 $  30.00



Robert   Jones 721-733 California   Street Fence


 $  30.00

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Pat Baker- ICRMP Renewal:  Pat Baker from Baker Insurance Agency, Inc. delivered the ICRMP policy renewal for October 1, 2014 to October 1, 20145  The premium increased 8% for a total of $39,804.  Mrs. Baker explained the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act requires ICRMP to offer complete Terrorism property coverage to its members.    Members are under no obligation to accept the terrorism coverage.  ICRMP has purchased blanket coverage of $20 million per year available to be shared among any Members affected by acts of terrorism; it is included in the regular policy.

To comply with the law, Councilwoman Houser moved to decline complete individual terrorism coverage and accept the blanket coverage offered by the regular ICRMP policy.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Mary Comer & Sharon Couch- Starley Levitt- Flex Spending Account vs. Health Reimbursement Account:  Mary Comer & Sharon Couch from Starley Levitt gave a presentation regarding the differences between a Flex Spending Account (FSA) vs. a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA).  The City currently has an HRA but is considering adding a FSA so employees can make pre-tax contributions into an FSA for medical expenses.  The Council will take the information under advisement.

Bryan Jorgensen- Washington Federal- Banking Fees:  Bryan Jorgensen from Washington Federal gave a presentation regarding the amount money Washington Federal could save the City of Gooding in banking fees if they were to move their checking account and merchant services to Washington Federal.  The Council will take the information under advisement.

Public Input


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 Engineers will be finishing the survey and legal description soon.

Idaho Power Franchise Ordinance- 689:  An Ordinance in accordance with Idaho Code 50-328, 50-329 and 50-329A granting a franchise to Idaho Power Company, was read fully and distinctly for the third time.

New Business

Raising certain fees- Resolution 229:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adopt Resolution 229; raising water and sanitation fees.  Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried unanimously.

Idaho Community Forestry Program Advisor Agreement:  Councilman France moved to authorize the Mayor’s signature on the Idaho Community Forestry Program Advisor Agreement.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Delinquent Accounts:  After discussion, Council asked that a final notice be sent to all delinquent accounts alerting them that they will be sent to small claims if their delinquent bill is not paid within 10 days.

Idaho Chapter of PRIMA training- October 10, 2014 @ Best Western Vista Inn in Boise:  City Clerk Morri Hall will be attending.

Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO)- Annual Summit- September 11, 2014 from 10-2 pm @ the Herrett Center in Twin Falls:  Mayor Walt Nelson, Public Works Director Todd Bunn and City Clerk Morri Hall will be attending.

All Hazards Mitigation Plan Meeting- September 3, 2014 @ 10 am in the County Planning & Zoning Building:  City Clerk Morri Hall will be attending.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported that there will be a neighborhood watch public meeting on October 15th at 7 pm in the multi-use room at the High School.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported that they have been checking the flow of all fire hydrants within the City this week.  Also, an old house has been donated to the fire department to burn for.  Since school is back in session, the fire department parked a fire trucks along 7th Ave West with a banner stating, “Slow Down; School is in Session”.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn reported that the City received the initial review from the Department of Environmental Quality regarding well monitoring for the managed water recharge project.  Mr. Bunn also reported that requests for qualifications and proposals were sent out for the Skate Park Project and we have already received three (3) qualified responses.  Irrigation ends September 27, 2014.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy reported that the library served 1683 patrons, checked out over 2467 materials and read to 539 children for outreach events and story times.  The library also had 734 computer log-ins.  Mrs. Bigler is working on a grant to help pay for the library internet.

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, Houser and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

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



Morri Hall- City Clerk                                                            Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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