November 3, 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 November 3, 2014.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli, Attorney Craig Hobdey, Public Works Director Todd Bunn, Fire Chief Brandon Covey and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.



Annexation for the Rural Fire Department Land

Attorney Hobdey provided an Annexation Plan for the Mayor and Council to review. After reviewing the Annexation Plan, Attorney Hobdey would like the City Planning and Zoning committee to meet and determine what the zoning will be for the annexation.

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 November 4, 2014.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Library Director Cindy Bigler.

Roll Call

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


Present were Betty and Ben Fredericksen

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

Councilman France moved to add the Recharge Monitoring Wells, DEQ Authorizing Resolution – Form B, and Right of Way Permit – BLM to the 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 Councilwomen Houser.

  1. Minutes of the October 20, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $235,440.47
  3. Payroll in the amount of $120,865.38
  4. Building Permits











Dennis Frisby


Montana Fence  $         500.00  $             30.00


North Canyon Offices


Main Sign  $         556.00  $             41.60


Gooding High School


7th Ave W Sign  $      1,200.00  Waived


Tana Kelley


Oregon Fence  $         500.00  $             30.00


Alvaro David Hernandez


Montana Addition  $    59,435.00  $           958.23

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

Visitors Business: None.

Public Input:  None.

Unfinished Business

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  The Mayor and Council met during a Work Session November 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm to discuss the Annexation Plan. Attorney Hobdey stated he will be talking with City Clerk Hollye Lierman, Public Works Director Todd Bunn and the City Planning and Zoning to schedule a meeting to discuss the annexation and the zoning of the new annexation.

New Business

Sign Permit for Betty Fredericksen at 310 Main St:  Betty Frederickson stated she had bought the building at 310 Main St, Gooding, ID and would like to put new facing on the existing signs. Building Inspector Paul Klingler has reviewed the plans and approved the Building Permit for 310 Main St. Councilwoman Houser made the motion to approve the Building Permit. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried unanimously.

Garbage Container Ordinance: Public Works Director Todd Bunn stated that there is concern about garbage containers in the alleys for residential and commercial customers being used by people other than the ones who own the garbage container for that residence or business. PWD Bunn has discussed the issue with Police Chief Chris Ward and there is no recourse to do anything to these people that continually haul their garbage in and fill up the business containers. PWD Bunn also stated that since the Transfer Station in Wendell is charging for construction waste, carpet and other materials of that sort that they will take it to a container down the street instead of paying for it at the Transfer Station. PWD Bunn stated he would like to see an ordinance that makes it a finable offense.

Grant Agreement and City Resolution for the Airport Runway, Taxiway & Apron Rehab: PWD Bunn stated the Grant Agreement from the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Aeronautics provided to the City of Gooding reads that the maximum obligation of the State payable under this Grant shall be $11,171.00. Councilman France made the motion that the Mayor be granted the authority to sign the Grant Agreement from the Idaho Transportation Department Division of Aeronautics. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 233: Councilman France moved that we adopt Resolution 233 authorizing that the City of Gooding to adopt the Grant Offer of the State of Idaho through the Idaho Transportation Department, Division of Aeronautics. Councilwoman seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Right of Way Permit – BLM: PWD Bunn stated that he received the Right of Way Grant use permit from the Bureau of Land Management to do the recharge project on the 51.5 acres of BLM land. The term of the right of way grant is good for 30 years, December 31, 2044, at which time it would be terminated or renewed. Councilman Arkoosh made the motion to give the authority to the Mayor to sign the Right of Way Grant from the BLM. Councilman Magnelli seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

DEQ Authorizing Resolution – Form B: The DEQ Authorizing Resolution Form B states the City Council of the City of Gooding authorizing the Mayor and Council President Vern France to sign all applications, grant agreements, and other documents relating to drinking water planning grants. Councilman Arkoosh made the motion to give the Mayor and the Council President authorization to sign the DEQ Authorizing Resolution – Form B. Councilman Magnelli seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Recharge Monitoring Wells: PWD Bunn stated the Recharge Monitoring Wells need to be done by the end of November 2014. When DEQ gives PWD Bunn the final answer on Well #1 then we can move forward. Once PWD Bunn gets the approval from DEQ then it may exceed the $25,000.00 limit by putting the 3 wells in but it may be declared as an emergency on the City of Gooding’s part and so that we can get them done.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Chief Ward did a presentation at the Idaho State Deaf and Blind School about identity theft. The school had a breach of their personal information. They had a couple of identity theft cases come from that. They now have the IRS handling the issue due to the issue being tax fraud. Chief Ward also stated that Police Office Switzer is still at POST. He will be graduating in 3 weeks. Officer Adrian Manzo is also in training and doing well.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Covey stated that the fire department had 244 calls for the year which is a little above average. The fireman had October off from Wednesday night fire drills. Chief Covey took the opportunity to train with Wendell and Jerome Fire. They have been having interesting crashes lately with tractors and large equipment and they are having problems cutting into some of these larger vehicles. Chief Covey has visited with other fire chiefs and they went back to the basics and talked about heavy farm and technical excavations. They have some really simple solutions to the problems they are dealing with. They bought a couple of floor jacks for lifting and a circular saw. The saws that they now have don’t cut through fiber glass in some of the semi-trucks very well. The new circular saw doesn’t have a problem cutting through the fiber glass. They will be trying to get together once a month to share some of what the other stations are doing and what they are learning in their training. They will be taking off for the officer training class. His officers have never had a formal training. The senior firemen are moving up to the officer program. They will be going to Vegas December 1st– 5th with City Police Detective Teresa Thiemann. Chief Covey has a slot in the Fire Arson Academy. The Rural Budget paid for this and the City will be paying for the food expense. November 6-8 Brandon and a two other fireman will be going to Sun Valley to the St Alphonsus Trauma Conference. They will be doing hands on trauma care, cold weather trauma care and other stuff they don’t get in the EMS classes around the valley. On Thanksgiving, Chief Covey has a few firemen to do the annual Turkey Trot. He will be taking the trucks out and handing out water on the corners.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: Councilman Magnelli asked PWD Bunn about the regulations of the parking of camp trailers and recreational vehicle trailers. There is an ordinance on it but it all depends on how much the City wants to enforce the ordinance. Councilman Magnelli stated that with winter and snow coming that there is nowhere for the snow to go when it is plowed. Councilman France agreed. Chief Ward stated that the Council has changed the ordinance from the state code on abandoned vehicles and says that doesn’t apply to the trailers but knows what issue they are regarding. Chief Ward said that if an officer sees a problem, that officer will take a copy of the ordinance to the owner and ask them to remove it. PWD Bunn stated that we need to add other trailers such as cargo trailers, horse trailers, etc. to the ordinance instead of it reading just camp trailers.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Lierman stated they hired a new Waterworks Clerk.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler stated that her numbers are comparable to last months. Computer usage numbers were 950 in a month. She is now down to 8 computers and 2 older computers are down and may need to be replaced. The total number of patrons that came into the Library was about 2300 and 2400 materials that went out. She has had over 400 patrons at the programs not including the Halloween gathering that was held in the Library. The Halloween program averaged about 130 patrons. Maker Stations are doing great. Outreach programs are over 500 patrons. 11 new library cards were issued. The Library was open 155 hours total. Cindy talked to the Mayor and Council about Stash Your Cash. This is a grant through the Idaho Commission of Libraries and the American Library Association. She will be participating in the Stash for Cash Fair and it will be in the CSI Round Building on Thursday November 6, 2014 at 5:00 to 8:00 pm. They will be holding 3 workshops throughout the year. Cindy also stated that they will be holding an Identity Theft workshop. Cindy also went to a conference on poverty. She stated that we do have a high poverty rate in the Magic Valley and also in our community. They will be having a Family Literacy Night on Wednesday November 5th. She also stated that Saturdays seem to be working well. They have had about 15 people in 3 hours. The patrons that are using the Library on Saturday are grateful. Cindy asked the Council to keep her credit limit to $2500.00 on the Library credit card. The Council will discuss the credit limit at the next council meeting.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey stated that on Oct 24, 2014 Judge Wildman issued a memorandum decision on a prior Rangen Call. This water call is not the water call that we are dealing with. He ruled that the trim line that he talked about, which is the Great Rip, the director did not have discretion to set forth the trim line therefor if there is going to be any curtailment then it will be on 479,000 acres.

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 at 8:09 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.




Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                                  Walter C. Nelson- Mayor


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