October 6, 2014

October 6, 2014

Gooding City Council Minutes

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 October 6, 2014.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

None

Annexation for the Rural Fire Department Land:

Attorney Hobdey stated that the City of Gooding would fit the criteria of 50-222. Annexation By Cities, Category B. 50-222. Annexation By Cities, Category B: Annexations wherein states:

(i)                 The subject lands contain less than one hundred (100) separate private ownerships and platted lots of record and where not all such landowners have consented to annexation; or

(ii)               The subject lands contain more than one hundred (100) separate private ownerships and platted lots of record and where landowner owning more than fifty percent (50%) of the area of the subject private lands have evidenced their consent to annexation at the outset of the annexation process; or

(iii)             The lands are the subject of a development moratorium or a water or sewer connection restriction imposed by state or local health or environmental agencies; provided such lands shall not be counted for purposes of determining the number of separate private ownerships and platted lots of record aggregated to determine the appropriate category.

Attorney Hobdey stated that the City of Gooding Planning & Zoning will need to meet to discuss how the Rural Fire Department Land should be zoned.

Advanced Deposits for New Customers

City Treasurer Kathy Lehr stated that since the cost of services were going up that there is concern that the one hundred dollar ($100.00) advanced deposit required now will not be sufficient to cover the bill that is due to the City of Gooding. The Mayor and Council discussed raising the advanced deposit to two hundred dollars ($200.00). After discussion the Mayor and Council decided that a two hundred dollar ($200.00) advanced deposit would be difficult for customers to pay. The Mayor and Council also discussed changing the way that the City of Gooding handles the customers that are at least two (2) months behind on their City of Gooding bill. As of now the Waterworks Clerk sends a notice to every customer on the eleventh (11th) day of every month that are at least two (2) months behind. Turn off day usually occurs on the third (3rd) Tuesday of the month. When a customer’s service gets turned off the water services will not be turned back on until the customer has paid the twenty five dollar ($25.00) reconnect fee and also the back portion of their billing. Customers are allowed to call and make arrangements on their water bill. If the customer does not come in and pay on the day that they made the arrangements then the City of Gooding disconnects the customers water service until the customer can pay the twenty five dollar ($25.00) reconnect fee and pay what they had arranged to pay. The Mayor and Council discussed turning the water services off to customers who do not pay by the tenth (10th) of every month. The Mayor and Council discussed that if the City turns their services off before it gets two (2) months behind then the customers final bill would not exceed the advanced deposit of one hundred dollars ($100.00). The Mayor and Council would like the City to follow City Code 8-7-6: D. Charges Payable To Clerk: All charges will be due and payable at the office of the clerk on the first day of each month, and if any charges or rates are not paid within ten (10) days from the time they are due and payable the water shall be shut off from the premises, and shall not be turned on again until such charges or rates are paid, together with a sum to be determined from time to time by the mayor and city council in addition to the expense of turning the water on again. (Ord. 548, 6-17-1985, eff. 7-1-1985)

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 6, 2014.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Police Chief Chris Ward.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Carl Haney, Jayden Taylor, Jazmine Manzo, Adrian Manzo and Alice Kathryn Wright.

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

Councilman France moved to add the sign permit for North Canyon Offices located at 301 Main St and Police Chief Chris Ward will swear in new Officer Adrian Manzo 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 Councilwomen Houser.

  1. Minutes of the September 15, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $105,015.03
  3. Payroll in the amount of $124,372.85
  4. Building Permits – None

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

Visitors Business: None.

Public Input:

Alice Katheryn Wright spoke to the Mayor and Council stating that she feels our community is very receptive and friendly.

Unfinished Business

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  The Mayor and Council met during a Work Session October 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm to discuss how the Rural Fire Department Land should be annexed. Attorney Hobdey stated that the Mayor and Council discussed going with the Annexation Plan Category B.

New Business

Mayor Recommendation For City Clerk Vacancy: Mayor Nelson recommended Hollye Lierman for the City Clerk vacancy. Councilman Magnelli made a motion to accept Mayor Nelson’s recommendation of appointing Hollye Lierman as City Clerk. The motion was seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Magnelli, France and Houser voted aye. Motion carried unanimously. Hollye Lierman accepted the appointment.

Oath of Office – City Clerk: Attorney Hobdey administered the oath of office to newly appointed City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Flexible Spending Account: Public Works Director Todd Bunn stated that there were enough employees interested in signing up for the FSA Plan to move forward and the Mayor and Council would need to decide on the maximum limit that an employee would be allowed to have. PWD Bunn stated that there is a maximum limit of $2400.00 and the limit would be the same across the board for all employees. PWD Bunn explained that not all employees have to go to the maximum amount and Starley Leavitt will work with the individuals to help them determine the amount they should put into the FSA. Anything over $500.00 at the end of the year the employee will lose which some employees may not have an incentive to go to the maximum limit. PWD Bunn also explained if the Mayor and Council set the maximum limit to $2400.00 they may not see a lot of employees go that high but the City’s liability would be minimal. Councilman France made the motion to approve the FSA with the maximum amount to be $2400.00. Councilman Arkoosh seconded the motion. Motion carried unanimously.

Golf Course Bills Owing: PWD Todd Bunn suggested setting up a meeting with the board governing the golf course. After some discussion, it was decided that Mayor Nelson and PWD Bunn will contact Rod Thomas, Chairman of the Board, and discuss a day and time to review the bills.

Alsco Linens & Uniforms Contracts for 1 Year: City Treasurer Kathy Lehr informed the Mayor and Council that the Alsco Linens & Uniforms
contract and rates are the same as it was for the previous year. Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept the contract from Alsco Linens & Uniforms for 1 year. Councilman Magnelli seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Tree Brush Chipper Purchase: PWD Bunn asked to move the discussion for the Tree Brush Chipper Purchase to an executive session.

Airport Payment Request #1: Councilman France moved to pay the contractors, Straight Stripe Painting, the amount due of $129,309.19 for work done to date. Councilwoman Houser seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Fall Clean Up: PWD Bunn stated we will be setting the dates for fall clean up for November 10-14, 2014.

North Canyon Offices Sign Permit: Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept the Sign Permit for the North Canyon Office for Rockin K Realty. Councilwoman Houser seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Oath of Office – Police Officer: Police Chief Chris Ward administered the oath of office to Officer Adrian Manzo.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Chief Ward reported that Officer Manzo will be starting Friday, October 10, 2014 and he will be working with Officer Fisher and Sergeant Thiemann for approximately 8 weeks. He stated that he went to Boise to pick up the 2010 Dodge Charger that the City purchased from the Idaho State Police. Chief Ward reported they will be having a Neighbor Hood Watch meeting October 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the High School Multipurpose room. Chief Ward will have his City Police crew and also the Gooding County Sheriff Department will have a crew at the meeting and they will be working together to make this Neighborhood Watch happen. Chief Ward reported he has is trying a new 30 day trial program called Leads Online. Leads Online is a nationwide system. Chief Ward stated when someone steals something, they need money for it therefor they take it to a pawn shop. The pawn shop is required to collect a driver’s license number, serial number and information on what was pawned and they put this information into a centralized computer system that all law enforcement can access. Chief Ward stated the cost of Leads Online is around $1500.00 per year to subscribe. Chief Ward has talked to the Gooding County Sheriff and they would like to split the cost 4 ways. It would be between the City of Gooding Police Department, Gooding County Sheriff Department, Hagerman City Police Department and Wendell City Police. The cost to the City of Gooding Police Department would be $439.50. Chief Ward stated he feel this would be a great investigative tool and it would be very beneficial to the City of Gooding Police Department. Chief Ward reported that he has money in his Major Crime line item and would like to go ahead and pay for the program. Chief Ward asked permission to get a check in the amount of $439.50 purchase the Leads Online program. Councilman France made the motion to grant Police Chief Ward with permission to move forward with the purchase of Leads Online. Councilman Arkoosh seconded. Motion carried unanimously.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Covey congratulated Office Manzo for taking the oath of office. The Fire Station is up to 222 calls and things have slowed down due to a minimal fire season. Chief Covey stated they are moving into Fire Prevention Week. He will be sending a crew out to the Gooding Public Schools and taking a fire fighter over to North Valley Academy on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. They have a Fire Pup Program, the businesses in Gooding pay into the program and they get all of the Fire Prevention material from back East. The Fire Prevention materials are handed out to students from K-5th grade. The fire crew will be visiting the 1st grade students. Fire Chief Covey stated there is no drill in October due to hunting season. The last drill they had was a grand finale. They went to the property and worked in the maze, the Denver prop and the roof prop. Chief Covey invited the Mayor and Council to come participate in a drill.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn reported an update on the DEQ water monitoring plan the City submitted was approved but it needs a contingency plan. BLM will not approve until PWD Bunn has a contingency plan to DEQ and DEQ approves the contingency plan. PWD Bunn stated he talked to the Gooding Highway District Board to get permission to put the monitoring wells in the right of way. The Gooding Highway Board said they would like to consult their attorney to look into the right of way permit that PWD Bunn gave to them to use.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler reported the numbers on the computers has dropped due to school being back in session. The numbers for the computers were 600 from almost 1000 before, checked out almost over 2500 materials and served 1800 patrons. The Library is now open on Saturday. The first Saturday open was October 4, 2014. The library was slow but Library Director Bigler feels that when the word gets out they will see more customers come in on Saturdays. Their outreach program served 750. Library Director Bigler thanked Fire Chief Covey for reading to the preschoolers. Library Director Bigler stated they were chosen by the Lego Corporation for a grant from Lego to get more Lego’s into the Library. This grant helps children increase engineering aspects from ages 4-7.

Executive Session:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session to discuss legal matters and personnel in accordance with Idaho Code 67-2345 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel.  Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Houser, France, Magnelli and Arkoosh voted aye.  Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:28 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

ATTEST:

 

                                                                                                                                               

Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                                  Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

 

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