February 23, 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 February 23, 2015.

Roll Call

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

City Staff

Present were Public Works Director Todd Bunn, City Attorney Craig Hobdey and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Gooding Country Club Lease:  The Council reviewed the current lease between the Gooding Country Club and the City of Gooding. The Council discussed whether to remove the charge of $.50 per nine holes of golf that is played to be paid back to the City of Gooding. The Council came to the conclusion to leave the fee of $.50 per nine holes of golf be paid to the City of Gooding.

The Council also discussed the expiration of the Gooding Country Club lease. The Council decided to propose to change the current lease to an annual renewal lease. Attorney Hobdey stated he will prepare a new lease for the Mayor to present to the Gooding Country Club.

Water Bills: The Council discussed that the current billing procedure is not reasonable. The current due date is on the 10th of every month and the disconnect date does not have a set date but is usually on the second to last Tuesday of every month. Customers who are two months behind will be disconnected. The Council made the decision on October 6, 2014 to change the turn off policy to disconnect customers who are not paid for the current month and will not allow customers to be two month behind. After the first month of the new procedure, the Council decided the decision was unreasonable. The Council reviewed other city policies for delinquencies and decided to change the due date to the 20th of the month and a set date for turn offs on the 25th of every month, if the 25th falls on a weekend or holiday it will be the next business day. The Council decided not to send out disconnect letters as we have done in the past but rather put the disconnect date on the billings. The Council asked City Clerk Lierman to prepare an informational letter to send to the customers to aware them of the changes.

American Falls Water for Lease: PWD Bunn stated the American Falls water the City of Gooding has cannot be used for recharge. PWD Bunn and the Council discussed leasing the American Falls water shares. There are approximately 548 shares and the Council discussed they would like to do a sealed bid with no minimum amount but would like it to be above the maintenance and operations fee. The money received from the leased water shares would be used to pay for the ongoing Rangen Water Call fees.

Councilman France made a motion to accept sealed bids for the American Falls water shares. Sealed bids are due at the City Hall on or before March 16th, 2015 by 5:00 pm. Sealed bids will be opened on March 16th, 2015 at 7:00 pm. Councilman Arkoosh seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

Library Internet: City Clerk Lierman presented the Council with a contract from Cable One for the library internet and installation. Clerk Lierman stated as discussed the library needs to be on their own internet line due to excessive usage slowing all of the City Hall systems down when the library has users on the Wi-Fi and computers. Clerk Lierman stated Library Director Cindy Bigler does not have the money in her budget to move forward with the Cable One internet. After the Council’s discussion Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the Cable One internet contract and all departments in the City Hall will split the cost of the Cable One internet. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously.

Cans for Cleanup: PWD Bunn stated the City has always let customers call and request garbage cans for yard cleanup at no charge. PWD Bunn suggested the Council change the rules for the cans used for cleanup due to misuse. He suggested he would like the City to let the customer use the can for a one month period and will be charged for the one month fee of $29.40. The Council agreed to change the policy regarding the cans for cleanup.

Western States Cat: PWD Bunn informed the Council the road grader needs to be sent to Boise to Western States Cat for repairs on the turn table. The cost estimate for the repairs from Western States Cat is $9938.92. PWD Bunn stated our mechanic can’t do these repairs do to the lack of proper equipment. The Council agreed to send the grader to Western States Cat.

Water/Sewer Debt Fees: City Clerk Lierman stated the Council had asked that all properties with a possible water or sewer connection be charged for the debt fees even if the service is disconnected. Clerk Lierman informed the Council that it has been a tough process and there are still some accounts that Waterworks Clerk Heather Beals, Treasurer Kathy Lehr and Clerk Lierman are unable to find owners to. Clerk Lierman was also concerned about customers who are only being billed for the debt fees not feeling obligated to pay due to no consequences such as turning the water off. After discussion the Council decided any accounts being billed for the water or sewer debt fees that are not paid by December will be sent to small claims.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

ATTEST:

                                                                                                                                               

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                                  Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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