December 15, 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 December 15, 2014.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Vern France.

Roll Call

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


Present were Joseph Gutierrez, Lynne Corbett of the Gooding Senior Center, Gordon Ankeny of the Gooding Senior Center, Sarah Zatica of the Gooding Volunteer Group, Lindsay Poole of the Gooding Volunteer Group, CPA Dale Bunn of France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn CHTD, Jonathon Canales and Lorren Loveless of FlexTechs.

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

Councilman France moved to add the “Agreement for Engineering Services, Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs – Riedesel Engineering, France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, CHTD – Audit Report, Gordon Ankeny – Gooding Senior Center and the DEQ Grant Agreement”.  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 Magnelli moved to accept the Consent Calendar as presented. Motion was seconded by Councilman France.

  1. Minutes of the December 1, 2014 Meeting

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

Visitors Business:

Sarah Zatica: Sarah Zatica stated the equipment that the Gooding Volunteer Group purchased is out of Nampa, Idaho as opposed to the company they were looking at to purchase the playground equipment for the Lions Park on Main Street. The company located in Nampa had a better price and an easier way to maintain the equipment. The Group purchased the equipment for ages 5-12 years old; it has 8 different activities on it as well as a swing set including a toddler swing. The company agreed to hold the equipment until the Group is ready for it to ship. Ms. Zatica also stated the light show event that is going on right now as part of the Groups fund raising efforts has kicked off. They would like it to become an annual light show in town so the community could come out and enjoy the festivities without driving out of town. As opposed to just raising money for the parks, they are also raising money to help Chase Hall and his family with medical expenses. Ms. Zatica stated there are approximately 20 spaces at the RV Park that can be sponsored. They had 12 sponsors. Sunday thru Thursday will be a drive through show. They will have a couple of booths that will be handing out hot cocoa and cookies. They will also be roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. During the weekend it will be more family oriented. Families will be able to walk through the show. Thursday night they will have a booth for kids to make ornaments and they will have the help from the Library and the 4-H Office. Friday and Saturday will be a park and ride night. Citizens can ride on a trailer to go through the lights. The Gooding Police Department and the Gooding Fire Department will be there to help direct traffic and hand out candy. Saturday night will be the finale. They will be doing a chili cook-off and awards will go out to the winners.

Joseph Gutierrez: Joseph Gutierrez stated he would like his $100.00 deposit refunded. He stated he was informed that the City will be keeping his deposit because he has been delinquent on his bill a few times. He stated his water has never been shut off but he has paid late. Mr. Gutierrez feels that it is harsh to keep his deposit just because he has paid late a few times and he pays when he can. Councilman France stated the City’s policy states that if you have missed payments in the past that you should have a period of no missed payments before you can expect your deposit back. Mr. Gutierrez asked if it meant missed or late. Councilman France explained that he had been late and eventually he did catch up on his payment but that is not what the City policy states. Mr. Gutierrez explained to the Council that if he couldn’t make his payment that he always came in and made an arraignment. Mr. Gutierrez said that he didn’t expect the money and that we could apply it to his account instead. Councilman France made a motion to not refund the advance deposit of $100.00 to Joseph Gutierrez until he has paid his bill on time every month for a whole year. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried unanimously.

Gordon Ankeny: Gordon Ankeny presented the Council with photos of a light pole and trees from around the Gooding Senior Center. He stated that they have a problem with electricity in that area. The light does not work in the parking lot of the Senior Center. His second concern is the trees around the Senior Center. He stated the big limbs have been falling and he would like to get them trimmed before something gets broken. PWD Bunn informed Mr. Ankeny that he will go look at the trees and see what the City could do to help with the situation

Public Input:  None

Unfinished Business

Annexation of Rural Fire Department Land:  Attorney Craig Hobdey stated the Planning & Zoning held a Public Hearing. The City Council now needs to set a date for a Public Hearing. The Council decided to set the Public Hearing for February 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Rangen Water Call: Attorney Hobdey stated the letter from the Bureau of Land Management stated that the Gooding Recharge site is eligible for the recharge. The cities will be free of the water call at least until March 16, 2015.

FlexTechs: Lorren Loveless stated he was here to answer any questions the Council may have regarding the contract from FlexTechs. There are 3 proposals. The first proposal is the MSP Software Subscription. The monthly cost would be $74.46. If the City decided to purchase the subscription outright, the cost would be $1365.82 including a 12 month period for updates. After the 12 month period is up, the cost of the updates would be approximately $200.00 per year. The Council once expressed interest in a Cloud Backup System. Lorren presented the Council with 2 proposals for the Cloud Backup. The first proposal is the Managed Backup and Replication. The City would need to purchase a network attached storage device and it would be stored at the FlexTechs facility. The City would then back up the data to the FlexTechs facility and encrypt it. The cost is approximately $448.00 per month. The second proposal is the Offsite Backup Replication. With this proposal the City would have the software but the City would put one of the network attached storage devices at another one of the cities facilities, such as the Fire Department. We would then back up the data to that site. The cost for this proposal is $99.38 per month. Lorren explained that right now the City currently backs up the data onto an external hard drive and City Clerk Hollye Lierman takes it to the safety deposit box at the bank once a week.The Council has tabled this item until a separate work session can be scheduled to discuss it further.

New Business

France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, Chtd – Audit Report: CPA Dale Bunn of France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, Chtd, presented the City’s audit for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2013 and ending September 30, 2014.  Bunn gave a quick analysis on the financial statements and provided views on reported findings, conclusions and recommendations as well as planned corrective actions.  The Mayor thanked Bunn and advised him if the council has any questions after reviewing the audit, they will contact him for additional explanation.

Agreement for Engineering Services, Gooding Municipal Airport: Public Works Director Todd Bunn stated the Agreement for Engineering Services is from Riedesel Engineering. The agreement is for the Project Formulation, Environmental Assessment and Project Closeout on doing the pre engineering and the environmental assessment on the extension of the runway at the Airport. PWD Bunn stated the cost will be $7,564.00 for the engineering services. It will be funded out of the entitlement money that we receive from the FAA. Councilman France made the motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Agreement for Engineering Services for the Gooding Municipal Airport. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried unanimously.

Airport Final Pay Request: PWD Bunn presented the final pay request for Straight Stripe Painting for the pavement rehabilitation project at the Gooding Municipal Airport to the Council. Councilman Arkoosh made the motion to approve the final pay request for Straight Stripe Painting in the amount of $29,905.75. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried unanimously.

Request for Reimbursement for Construction Programs: PWD Bunn presented the Council with the Request for Reimbursement for Construction from Riedesel Engineering. The amount requested for reimbursement is $32,117.00.

Department of Environmental Quality Wastewater Grant Agreement: PWD Bunn stated the DEQ Grant Agreement is a $30,000.00 grant for the facility planning study for the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Councilman France made the motion to sign the DEQ Grant Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried unanimously.

Land at the Museum: Mayor Nelson was contacted about a strip of land by the Gooding County Museum. The Museum would like to know if that strip belongs to the City.  The land is between the Museum and the road. PWD Bunn will be looking into whether the City owns it or not.


Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward was not present.

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn stated the Urban Renewal Agency is open to selling a portion of their land in the Industrial Park for the City to put one of the new wells for the upcoming water improvement project. The Council has tabled this item until a separate work session can be scheduled to discuss it further.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

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

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Craig Hobdey submitted notices of interest to the Council.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.





Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                           Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

This entry was posted in Council Minutes. Bookmark the permalink.