January 20, 2015

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 January 20, 2015. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Houser.

Roll Call

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


Present were Officer Adrian Manzo, Gavin Wrigley, Ana Wrigley, Nanette Davids, Tom Wrigley and Janiel Wrigley.

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

Councilman France moved to add “Historical Society Lease Update” and “Oath of Office – Newly Hired Officer Gavin Wrigley” to the agenda under New Business.  The motion was seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser, Magnelli and France 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 approve the Consent Calendar.

  1. Minutes of the December 15, 2014 Meeting
  2. Minutes of the January 5, 2015 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business


Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Annexation of the Rural Fire Department Land:  Public Works Director Todd Bunn stated there is a Public Hearing scheduled for February 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the City Hall.

Rangen Water Call: Mayor Nelson stated Idaho Department of Water Resources will have a hearing on January 30, 2015 on the stipulated Mitigation Plan with the Rangen Water Call. The attorneys don’t feel it’s worth the cost of doing anything until the water line is done. The attorneys feel the water line will be done and there will be sufficient water provided.

Gooding Country Club Lease:  Gooding Country Club lease is tabled for a work session.

Dog Shelter: PWD Bunn stated he has a preliminary floor plan drawn out. When the plans are approved, Ken Young will furnish the final plans for the dog shelter and they will present the plans to Franklin Building Supply and get the cost estimate to build the facility. PWD Bunn will present the estimate at the next meeting.

New Business

Authorization for City Clerk Hollye Lierman to attend Mountain West Institute held in Boise on March 25th thru the 27th : Councilman France made a motion for City Clerk Lierman to attend the Mountain West Institute in March. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously.

Gooding High School Class of 2015 donation:  Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to donate $100.00 to the Gooding High School Class of 2015 for the graduation party. Motion seconded my Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried unanimously.

Approval for Mayor signature for the FlexTechs Contract:  Councilman France made a motion to approve Mayor Nelson to sign the FlexTechs Contract. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously.

Flexible Spending Account: PWD Bunn stated we have initiated the FSA with 9 employees enrolled. We were not aware the program is zero funded to start with. By the end of the 12 months the employees will have paid in up to $12000.00 into the pool but if they were to use it now, the funds would not be available. It should be funded not fully but up to 50% funded at the beginning of the year so employees are able to use the funds at the beginning of the year if needed. By the end of the year the funds the City has put into the pool will be fully paid back by the employees. PWD Bunn, City Clerk Lierman and Treasurer Kathy Lehr have looked into where the funding could come from and they have determined the funds could come from each department and at the end of the year put the money back into the departments. PWD Bunn explained the easiest way for book keeping would be to take it from the Capitol Improvement Fund in the amount of $6000.00 and to put into the FSA account and at the end of the year it would be put back into the Capitol Improvement Fund. Councilwoman Houser made a motion to fund the FSA from the Capitol Improvement line for $6000.00. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried unanimously.

Oath of Office – Newly Hired Officer Gavin Wrigley: Police Chief Chris Ward administered the oath of office to Officer Gavin Wrigley.

Historical Society Lease Update: PWD Bunn stated there is a new legal description for the land at the Historical Society. There was a small piece of land by the Historical Society that we will be adding into the land description for the Historical Society.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward stated he is now fully staffed. Officer Shawn Newland will be going to POST in March and after that Officer Adrian Manzo will be going to POST. Chief Ward also stated he will be going to Austin, Texas in May for a continual training for the FBI program.

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Todd Bunn 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 was not present.

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

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.



Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                                  Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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