October 20, 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 October 20, 2014.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Jim Mullin with Keller Associates.

Roll Call

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


Missy Jo Sparks, Jim Mullin and Oksana Roth.

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

Councilman France moved to add “New Gooding High School Scoreboard Permit Fee” to new items.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli 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 approve the Consent Calendar.

  1. Minutes of the October 6, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable for the City Golf Course

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Missy Jo Sparks:  Missy Jo Sparks wanted to let the Mayor and Council know she is very proud of the City of Gooding Police Department.   She says they are very cordial and very nice.  She is very proud of Police Chief Chris Ward and all that he has done.

Jim Mullin & Oksana Roth – Keller Associates:  Jim Mullin with Keller Associates said DEQ has allowed them to proceed with the design of the wells.  Jim said a few things are still not approved and they are waiting for some final environmental clearances and so forth.  DEQ has decided based on the urgency and the timeline, to try to get the wells in place in time for next summer that they would allow us to proceed with the design and start moving into construction. Jim stated that he is here tonight to talk about moving forward with the design of the wells. Jim brought the contract between the City of Gooding and Keller Associates, Inc. to be approved and signed so they can get started. Jim presented to the Mayor and Council the City of Gooding Water Improvements Project Summary. Jim explained the project summary is a two phase project. Phase 1- Water Supply Improvements will be designed, bid, and constructed with the desire to construct two new ground water wells and associated well houses, transmission connections, and controls in service as quickly as possible and in time for next year’s irrigating season. Phase 2 will be designed, bid, and constructed following Phase 1 improvements and will target the greatest distribution system needs within the City. This will be replacing valves and water lines within the City that need replaced. Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept the contract from Keller Associates. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried unanimously.

Unfinished Business

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  Attorney Hobdey suggested a work session to further discuss the Annexation of the Rural Fire Department Land. The work session will be held Monday November 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm.

New Business

Skate Park Engineering Design Award: Public Works Director Todd Bunn presented the Mayor and Council with Skate Park Consultant Proposals 2014. The City of Gooding received proposals for the design and construction from the following companies: Dreamland Skateparks, Grindline Skateparks, Spohn Skateparks and Evergreen Skateparks. The proposals were reviewed and scored by PWD Bunn and Parks Foreman Tim Weaver based on the criteria as outlined in the advertisement for bids and the request for proposals. The scores are as follows: Dreamland Skateparks 87, Grindline Skatepark 79, Evergreen Skatepark 78 and Spohn Skatepark 70. It is the recommendation of PWD Bunn and Parks Foreman Weaver to award the project to Dreamland Skateparks from Lincoln City, Oregon. Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept the Skate Park bid from Dreamland Skateparks to design and construct the Skate Park. Councilman Magnelli seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Purchase of the Tree Grinder from Southern Idaho Solid Waste: PWD Bunn said the City has been offered the old tree grinder from Southern Idaho Solid Waste in the amount of $30,000.00. PWD Bunn asked for the Mayor and Councils approval to purchase the tree grinder. Councilman France moved to purchase the tree grinder from Southern Idaho Solid Waste. Councilwoman Houser seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Resolution 232-Surplus Property:  Councilman France made a motion that we pass Resolution 232 regarding surplus property.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

New GHS Scoreboard Permit Fees: PWD Bunn said GHS will be installing a new scoreboard and asked the Mayor and Council to waive the Building Permit fees for GHS. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to waive the Building Permit fees for the new GHS Scoreboard. Councilman Magnelli seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported the 2010 Dodge Charger he purchased from Idaho State Police is all finished and is being used for patrol. ISP has one more 2010 Charger he would like to purchase. He requested a check to pay for the 2010 Dodge Charger for $7000.00 from ISP. Chris informed the Mayor and Council he has been borrowing a Speed Monitor from the County Sheriff but would like to purchase a Speed Monitor Trailer for the City. Chris will be looking into grants from Idaho Transportation Department to help purchase the trailer. Chris reported that about 40 citizens showed up for the Neighbor Hood Watch Meeting. He has a few citizens interested and they have chosen a block in town to start at. They will be looking into social media to inform citizens about what is going on in Gooding.  The Chamber of Commerce will be putting a link onto their website for citizens to anonymously report crime. The report will be forwarded onto the City Police. Chris reported there have been storage unit burglaries in Gooding and in Wendell. He feels if the citizens can report through the social media and the Police share the information with citizens then it might help out the Gooding Police and help stop the crime. Chris gave the Mayor and Council the Gooding Police Department Organizational Chart. He said he has had so many changes in the past months that he would like to keep them updated. Chris  reported he is also looking into body cameras for the police officers to wear. He said the cameras they have now don’t work most of the time and they keep having software difficulties with them. He is looking into the digital type cameras. He would like to use the money that he has saved in purchasing the police cars in the Capitol Purchase Line to purchase the new digital cameras.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey reported there were a few industrial accidents they had responded to. He also reported they had made it through Fire Prevention Week. Brandon and his crew showed up to North Valley Academy and the Gooding Elementary School. He handed out a lot of material for Fire Prevention which the local businesses help pay for. He said that after Fire Prevention Week more people have been coming through the Fire Station.  Today they have started pounding posts at the new location for the Rural Fire District putting addresses up.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  PWD Bunn gave an update on the water monitoring project and BLM. The well he had indicated out by Bingham Dairy is still on BLM property. BLM informed PWD Bunn the City will need to get permission from the BLM to place it at that location. PWD Bunn has already done the amended application. He has already staked the location out but BLM will need to do an archaeological survey.

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

Attorney Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey reported there is proposed agreement that is going around that Clear Springs Trout has some water that is located in a pool above American Falls. They are willing to allow the cities to have that water for this year to use for recharge. All 14 cities will not be subject to curtailment. They would like to use the City of Gooding recharge site and he informed them that it is not ready yet. There is another recharge site, the Lower Snake River Aquifer Recharge District Site, North of Shoshone. The cost of the recharge project is $37,000.00 but the Idaho Water Resource Board is pitching in $10,000.00 and other outside contributions that will be putting in another $5,000.00 and that would leave $22,000.00 for the cities to fund. Attorney Hobdey feels this would be a good plan for the City. Attorney Hobdey stated if the City partakes in the recharge project it would get us up to March 31, 2016 and the City of Gooding’s portion to pay would be 10%. Councilman Arkoosh made the motion to participate in the Recharge Mitigation Project. Councilman Magnelli seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman:  City Clerk Hollye Lierman 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 (b) to consider the evaluation, dismissal or discipline of an employee.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye.  Motion carried.

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




Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                                    Walter C. Nelson- Mayor



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