January 3, 2017

Work Session

Work Session was cancelled.

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 3, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Houser.

Roll Call

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


Present was Larry Gillette.

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 $103,685.17
  2. Payroll in the amount of $176,880.40
  3. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
43-16 12/30/16 Leslie Lopes 426 Main Awning  $       2,434.68  $     101.71
 $       2,434.68  $     101.71

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business


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.

New Business

Windy Acres Lease Renewal: Larry Gillette presented to the Council a proposed land swap for his lease. He currently leases 38 acres of dry ground from the City of Gooding. His proposal would swap the current 38 acres that he leases for 37.8 acres of land the City owns. Mr. Gillette has had the land surveyed as requested by the Council. The Council will discuss the proposal at a later time.

Oath of Office – Brenda Aquiso: Rescheduled for January 17, 2017.

City Officials Day at the Capitol: City Officials Day at the Capitol is January 26, 2017. City Clerk Lierman informed the Council that registration for the City Officials Day at the Capitol ends January 19, 2017.

Sewer Line at 722 and 734 4th Ave West: PWD Bunn stated the sewer line for 722 & 734 4th Ave West has a sewer line in the back of their property. They share a 4 inch line that goes to Arizona Street. They keep having problems with this line backing up into their homes. He would like to pipe burst a 4 inch or 6 inch line through the old pipe and it would be the home owners responsibility to connect a line from their house to the new line the City will put in.  The cost would be around $12,000.00 and he would like to do the pipe burst this summer.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward stated last Wednesday at 4:57 pm dispatch received a call from 235 2nd Ave East for an accidental shooting. When his officers arrived they found a 34 year old male that was unresponsive but breathing. His officers assisted the victim and the shooter was transported to North Canyon Medical Center for chest pains. Chief Ward stated his department did as they were asked and got help where it was needed. Detective Smith did his first round of interviews today on the shooting. Chief Ward is proud of his department and how they handled the situation. He thanked Chief Covey for his departments assistance during the shooting.

Chief Ward requested to talk to the Council in an executive session.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated it was a record year for calls. He had received over 270 calls for the year.

His department assisted with the shooting that had taken place in Gooding. He stated Chief Ward and the City Police Department did a great job during the shooting. Everyone felt safe and secure.

Chief Covey thanked PWD Bunn and his crew for keeping his station plowed out during these snow storms.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn stated the timing of this snow storm will make it difficult for snow removal.

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 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 at 7:49 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Houser and Magnelli voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:41 p.m.

Councilman France made a motion to allow PWD Bunn’s pay to be increased to the amount he would have previously been paid before payroll was switched to biweekly from semimonthly since he will be retiring in March. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.



Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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