January 5, 2015

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 January 5, 2015.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli, Attorney Craig Hobdey and City Clerk Hollye Lierman. Councilwoman Houser was not present.

Visitors

None

Land Purchase from Gooding Urban Renewal Agency

After meeting with DEQ and doing a site visit it would be in the City’s best interest to acquire a minimum of ½ acre land. The purchase of the land will help ensure the well will meet all of the setback requirements now and in the future.

The Council discussed the amount they would like to offer the Gooding Urban Renewal Agency. Mayor Nelson will present the offer to the Gooding Urban Renewal Agency.

FlexTechs Contract

FlexTechs has offered the City a MSP Software Subscription Contract along with on option of purchasing a Managed Backup Replication or an Offsite Backup Replication.

The Council reviewed all options and costs.

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 5, 2015. Pledge of Allegiance was led by City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli. Councilwoman Houser was not present.

Visitors

Present was Rod Thomas.

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

Councilman Arkoosh moved to add “Change Meeting Date for Martin Luther King Jr. Day”, “Change Meeting Dare for Presidents Day” and “Dog Pound” to the agenda under New Business.  The motion was seconded by Councilman France.  Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, 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 France moved to approve except the Minutes of the December 15, 2014 Meeting

  1. Minutes of the December 15, 2014 Meeting
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $133,689.66
  3. Payroll in the amount of $122,237.61

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

None

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Annexation of the Rural Fire Department Land: Attorney Craig Hobdey stated the Public Hearing is scheduled for February 2, 2015 at 6:30 PM. City Clerk Lierman stated the Notice of Public Hearing has been published in the Times News and the Notice of Public Hearing has been sent Certified to the homeowners.

Rangen Water Call: Attorney Hobdey stated the last day to sign the protest to the City Coalition Mitigation Plan was December 23, 2014. There were no protests. He stated there is a minor hold up due to the Bureau of Land Management replacing the bridge over the Milner Canal therefor there will be no recharge available until after February 15, 2015 when the bridge will be fully constructed. The Gooding Recharge Site has been approved for the recharge for the City coalition water.

New Business

Fire House Program – Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated they have a program called the Fire House Program. The Fire House Program is used for write report with and sends it to the state. They also spend an additional $500.00 per year for a Fire Inspector Program that was synced with the Fire House Program. Fire Chief Covey stated they assumed they had pre planned program, which they do not. Fire Chief Covey stated it is required by the Ratings Bureau. Fire Chief Covey stated they will continue to use the Inspector Program and will be able to sync it to the Fire House Program due to recently added updates called First Look Pro for the cost of $409.00, a one-time fee.

Gooding Country Club Lease – Rod Thomas: Rod Thomas, on behalf of the Gooding Country Club, stated they would like to change the lease that they signed in December 2012. The Country Club would like to remove a paragraph with states; “Club agrees to charge a fee of .50 per nine holes of golf played to be remitted on a monthly basis to the City.  The monthly remittances shall be deposited by the City into a capital improvements fund as created by resolution of the city council for the purpose of accumulating funds for future improvements to the golf course.” Mr. Thomas stated the Gooding Country Club is in a situation where they have no money to save. Mr. Thomas also stated they have expensive pumps and equipment on the premises and after     discussion with Public Works Director Todd Bunn the Gooding Country Club decided to get those insured.   The Gooding Country Club can insure $30,000.00 worth of the equipment for $150.00. Mr. Thomas stated the Country Club insurance agency, Hub International, thought it would be a good idea to name the City as an additional insured. Mr. Thomas stated the insurance is not in the lease but the Country Club would like it to be added to the lease.

Meeting re-scheduled:  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is observed on Monday January 19, 2015.  Therefore, the Regular Council meeting will be re-scheduled for Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Councilman France moved to re-schedule the regular council meeting on January 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm to January 20, 2015 at 7:00 in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Meeting re-scheduled:  President’s Day is observed on Monday February 16, 2015.  Therefore, the Regular Council meeting will be re-scheduled for Tuesday February 17, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Councilman France moved to re-schedule the regular council meeting on February 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm to February 17, 2015 at 7:00 in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho.  Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Dog Pound: Police Chief Chris Ward stated Dr. Jack Amen, Gem Vet, no longer wants to be the “City Pound”. Chief Ward and PWD Bunn have discussed the situation and both state the situation will not get better and the City will need to build an animal shelter. PWD Bunn has a site at the old sewer plant that has water, sewer, power and is already fenced for a possible location of the shelter. Chief Ward stated if the shelter is built properly, the noise and cleanliness would be under control. Chief Ward has stated he would need a part time employee as the “Dog Catcher” and he stated we can’t rely on only volunteers. He also stated we would possibly need to contract with a vet for veterinary services. He stated this is a project that has just come about and he will need some time to gather the information, cost and plans for the building along with the cost of operation and he would present the information at a later date. Work Session for the dog shelter is scheduled for February 9, 2015 at 6:00 pm.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward reported he attended Officer Switzer’s POST graduation. Officer Switzer was Top Shot in his class and graduated with honors. Chief Ward reported Steve’s Quick Service was robbed on December 15, 2014. They had all 4 suspects in custody on December 18, 2014. They worked long hours and had help from the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office. Chief Ward stated they caught a break on the storage unit burglaries. Elmore County issued a search warrant for a storage unit in their jurisdiction and located a lot of stuff from our burglaries. Detective Thiemann and Detective Walker from the Sheriff’s Office will be following up on the homicide that they had a while back where the victim was dropped off at North Canyon Medical Center. The Prosecutor will go ahead and charge the suspect. Chief Ward reported he has a vacant position. He stated he received closely up to 15 applicants and will be doing interviews with 6 of them on January 8, 2015. Out of the 6 only 2 are not POST certified.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey presented the Council with the numbers for the calls the Fire Department responded to in 2014. The City reported 141 total incident calls. They broke a record on their medical calls. Seven code enforcement officers will be testing this month. They will continue with inspection throughout the City. Fire Academy will be Feb 13-15, 2015. He will be sending 10-15 Firemen to the Fire Academy.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn reported he received the approval from DEQ on the 2 well sites locations. It will meet a lot of the setbacks. He stated he might need a little more land for the site at the Industrial Park.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:  Library Director Cindy Bigler reported the library served over 1900 patrons in December with 2300 materials checked out and over 850 computer log-ons and open for over 142 hours. They held a couple of classes for patrons who received iPads for Christmas to teach them how to use them. Cindy stated the State reports are due and she reported from October 2013 through September 2014 the library had over 31,000 materials and over 2,300 patrons. Cindy also reported they will be holding a couple budgeting classes that go along with the Stash Your Cash Grant for citizens. The library received from the Idaho Commission of Library’s, The American Library Association and FENRA a $1,000 grant for holding programs and incentives to help the citizens to handle money. The library has been holding a night for children to play Jeopardy. Cindy stated playing Jeopardy with the children and is teaching them how they should and can handle money. Cindy has received donations for prizes for the children participating.

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.

ATTEST:

                                                                                                                                               

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                                  Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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