November 21, 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 November 21, 2016.  Pledge of Allegiance was led by Fire Chief Brandon Covey.

Roll Call

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


Present was Becca Pereira – Gooding Volunteer Group and Regan Willmore.

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:

  1. Minutes of the November 7, 2016 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried unanimously.

Visitors Business

Becca Pereira – Gooding Volunteer Group: Becca Pereira thanked the City of Gooding for their help and support for the East Park project. They are still working on getting the sponsorship kiosk finalized and hope to do so by January. Lighting at the East Park has been a concern for some citizens. PWD Bunn stated we will need to be careful about lighting since it is in a residential area. He will look into some lighting options. Mrs. Pereira stated this is not the Gooding Volunteer Groups final project. On January 3, 2017 they will be holding a meeting to decide what project they would like to do next. Some suggestions for the next project have been a fitness path at the East Park, a BMX path at the skate park or to help the City Library.

State of Idaho 457 Deferred Comp Plan: Was not present.

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.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

Zoning Consultant Proposal by Ami Bennett: No discussion at this time.

New Business

Approval for Gooding Springs Calvary Chapel Sign Permit: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the Gooding Springs Calvary Chapel sign permit. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Ordinance No. 702 Worldwide Properties, LLC Annexation – 1st Reading: Mayor Nelson read the first reading of Ordinance No. 702 for the Worldwide Properties, LLC. annexation.

Southfield Dairy Lease Renewal: Councilman France made a motion to approve the lease renewal for Southfield Dairy for 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Gooding Chamber of Commerce Fireworks: The Gooding Chamber of Commerce would like to purchase the fireworks for their holiday kickoff event through the City of Gooding. Councilwoman Houser made a motion to allow the Chamber of Commerce to purchase fireworks for their holiday kickoff event through the City of Gooding with the Chamber funds. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Signature Authorization for Zions Bank and Columbia Bank Accounts: Clerk Lierman stated City Treasurer Lehr will be retiring at the end of December 2016 and Public Works Director Bunn will be retiring in March 2017. Currently the signees on the Zions accounts are City Treasurer Lehr, PWD Bunn, Mayor Nelson and Council President France. The current signees on the Columbia Bank accounts are City Treasurer Lehr and Mayor Nelson. Councilman France made a motion for Clerk Brenda Aquiso to replace Treasure Kathy Lehr on the Zions Bank accounts and the Columbia Bank accounts and PWD Bunn will remain as a signer until March 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Department Reports

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

Public Works Director Todd Bunn:  PWD Bunn stated last week Paul Childs, Oksana Roth, Jim Mullins and himself went on a tour of the wastewater treatment facilities that Aeromod builds in St. Mary’s, St. George and Holton, Kansas. PWD Bunn stated that the company makes a very good product and was worth the trip and he recommended the Council to keep them in mind for the next upgrade to the WWTP. Tomorrow Paul Childs, Oksana Roth, Jim Mullin and himself will be going to American Falls and the Pocatello area to look at some different types of plants that are in operation.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated last week they finalized the Assistant Fire Fighting Grant for 20 sets of turnouts.

On Thanksgiving he and some of his fireman will help with the Turkey Trot. They will block 7th Ave W and 14th Ave W on 1800 E.

December 3rd they will be lighting off fireworks for the Gooding Chamber of Commerce Holiday Kickoff event.

Police Chief Chris Ward:  Police Chief Chris Ward stated last month his department has been busy investigating storage and car burglaries. The last 3 weeks they have executed 11 search warrants. Throughout those search warrants they have recovered some of the stolen property and seized narcotics.

A citizen reported a vehicle across from the library with 2 males that were passed out at 11:00 am. Officer Fisher and Chief Ward approached the vehicle. The driver was a parole and tried to use brass knuckles on Chief Ward. They were authorized to search the car and found a pistol that was stolen from a house on Vista Drive along with evidence from 4 other burglaries in town. They now know who is doing the burglaries but his location is unknown at this time.

His department is still participating in No Shave November. They have currently raised $250.00 to help a family in need for Christmas.

Chief Ward wrote a grant through the Department of Homeland Security for communications. It was a joint grant with the Gooding County Sheriff’s Office to improve radio communication. They received $7,000.00 to purchase new radios.

Chief Ward stated he would like to thank Mike Clements, the Vice President at Magic Valley Growers. Mr. Clements raised $13,500.00 for the K-9 program. Ward has received the donation. Treasurer Lehr, Clerk Aquiso, Mayor Nelson and Chief Ward met with Dale Bunn to discuss how to handle the donations for the K-9 program. Mr. Bunn’s suggestion was to give the donations to the Treasurer and it will be put into accounts receivable and placed into the narcotics fund.

Chief Ward and Officer Newland will be going to Washington the week after Christmas to pick out the dog for the K-9 program. Officer Newland will be going to Utah Post on January 9, 2017 thru March 3, 2017 for extensive K-9 training.

Chief Ward stated the new vehicle purchases have been made through Hincklease. Hincklease has a municipal lease program and can be cancelled annually. Hincklease will auction off the trade in vehicles and the City will receive the revenue from the sale. The lease program is not considered capital outlay. This will bring his capital outlay to zero. The lease is considered an operation expense. The vehicles will be traded every 3 years. The 2 new SUV’s that were purchased through Ford Motor Credit last year were refinanced and at the end of the lease they will save $15,000.00 on those vehicles. The Treasurer will create a line in the budget for this program.

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

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

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

The meeting reconvened at 8:30 pm.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.


Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson – Mayor

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