October 3, 2016

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 3, 2016. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Fire Chief Brandon Covey.

Roll Call

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


Kay Pierce, Karen Smith, Trevor Smith, Detective Jeromy Smith, Officer Chris Knott, Helen Edwards, Ami Bennett, Lexi Bennett, Lynara Bennett and Terry Platts

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


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 the Consent Calendar.

  1. Accounts Payable in the amount of $139,629.98
  2. Payroll in the amount of $142,475.21
  3. Building Permits

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Ami Bennett: Ami Bennett currently works for Gooding County Planning & Zoning as the Planning & Zoning Administrator. She has been employed with the County as the P & Z Administrator for 6 years. Mrs. Bennett offered consulting services independent of her County position with approval from the Gooding County Commissioners. Mrs. Bennett stated many of the City of Gooding’s development issues relating to zoning are not adequately addressed during the building permit process. The City’s current framework for handling issues relating to zoning is relatively solid. The City Clerk and Public Works Director are assertive in handling zoning code interpretations. The area of improvement exists at the intersection between those administrative type code interpretations and those that are possibly better suited for the City’s Planning and Zoning Board/Commission. She is proposing strengthening the process to provide a consistent and efficient process for evaluation. She has proposed two parts to her proposal:

  1. Working with city personnel to improve confidence and understanding about the land use regulations and City enforces; and
  2. Providing and ease of reference report for P & Z Board/Commission use which pulls together the application and all applicable standards of evaluation and requirements to be met.

Her proposal does not include the request for any authorization over city land use decisions. Her report will not include language recommending approval or denial, but will state whether or not the applicant has met the requirements for approval. Mrs. Bennett’s proposed fee is $60.00 per hour. Councilman France stated this is a concept that the Council does need to address and sees the merit to the proposal.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Gooding Municipal Airport FBO Sale and Lease Back Agreement: No discussion at this time.

Gooding Municipal Airport Hanger Application: No discussion at this time.

Airport Manager Agreement: No discussion at this time.

Airport Fuel Concession Lease Agreement: No discussion at this time.

Gooding Water Project: No discussion at this time.

Urban Renewal Vacancy: PWD Bunn stated he has one name that has been presented to him and he will be in contact with that individual to see if they would be interested and report to the Council at a later time.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: The City Planning & Zoning Commission has one vacancy to fill.

New Business

Gooding City Planning & Zoning – Terry Platts, City Planning & Zoning Chairman: Mr. Platts stated the Gooding City Planning & Zoning held a meeting regarding the proposed annexation of the Clover Creek Subdivision on 4th Ave West. The P & Z board has no reservations regarding the proposed annexation.

Gooding Golf Course Request for Funds: The Gooding Country Club Board of Directors is requesting $10,000.00 from the City in order to pay the course bills. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the request for $10,000.00 from the Gooding Country Club Board of Directors. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Oath of Office for Detective Jeromy Smith and Officer Chris Knott: Police Chief Chris Ward administered the Oath of Office to Detective Jeromy Smith and Officer Chris Knott.   The Mayor and Council welcomed Detective Smith and Officer Knott to the Gooding City Police Department

Approval for the North Canyon Medical Center Sign Permit: Councilman France made a motion to approve the North Canyon Medical Center Sign Permit contingent upon State Highway approval. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward stated over the weekend they were dealing with the clown threats. He believes Officer Thiemann has found the suspect from the High School.

September has been one of their busiest months this year. They took 340 calls for service in September. They documented a total of 68 reportable offenses, 29 misdemeanors and 10 felony arrests to jail.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated he has been doing inspections on the new addition to North Canyon Medical Center.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn stated the block layer for the animal shelter will be here at the end of the month and the cement floors have been poured.

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

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

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman stated that she held interviews for the Waterworks Clerk vacancy. Five applicants were interviewed and with approval she hired Kimberly Walker. Mrs. Walker will start on Monday October 10, 2016.

Executive Session:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel at 7:48 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:05 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:05 p.m.



Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                            Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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