February 21, 2017

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 February 21, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Nelson.

Roll Call

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


Present was Karolyn Gaines – Clover Creek Subdivision and Evelyn Lofgran – Schubert Theatre.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add Approval for Keller Associates Invoice #23 to the agenda. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. 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 the Consent Calendar.

  1. Minutes of February 6, 2017 Meeting
  2. Minutes of February 13, 2017 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Evelyn Lofgran – City Fundraiser for the Schubert Theatre: Evelyn Lofgran is on the Board of Directors for the Schubert Theatre. They would like to provide an ongoing yearly activity that will raise money to help maintain the Schubert Theatre and bring in money, exposure and positive impact for the town of Gooding. The Schubert Theatre Board of Directors would like to put on a Pumpkin Walk. The community would be able to grow and carve pumpkins. They would then be displayed in several places throughout Gooding. They would like to get the businesses involved. They would like the businesses to provide open air seating and tables, open houses into their businesses and restaurants offering street seating and meals for sale. They would like to have wagon rides each evening with donation receptacles on each wagon. Donation receptacles will be placed at visible and convenient intervals on the street and parking areas. Award winning pumpkins will be for sale at the Schubert Theatre. Business owners are encouraged to keep their sales but be kind enough to donate all money from the sale of the pumpkins to the theatre.

The Council addressed their concern regarding the clean-up of the pumpkins and closing Main Street for two days. Chief Ward stated Ms. Lofgran will need to talk to the State Highway about closing down Main Street. Chief Ward thought closing Main Street for one night might be fine but not for two nights. The Council will discuss the proposal and get back to Ms. Lofgran.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

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

Clover Creek Subdivision Parks: Karolyn Gaines presented plan B to the Council. Instead of having a park in the subdivision she will include 2 more lots, a snow removal area and a storm retention pond. Councilman France stated he feels plan b is a much better fit.

Proposed Fence Ordinance No. 703 – 1st Reading: Attorney Hobdey stated the ordinance will not be ready until March.

Schedule Budget Hearing: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to schedule the budget hearing date for August 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Keller Associates Invoice #23: Councilman France made a motion to approve the Keller Associates Invoice #23 in the amount of $2,830.40. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: None.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey was not present.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: PWD Bunn stated Airport Manager Dale Thomas would like to meet with the PWD Bunn, PWD Bybee, Mayor Nelson, Councilman France and Attorney Hobdey. Meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2017 at 10:00 am.

Assistant Public Works Director Larry Bybee: Assistant PWD Bybee discussed the emergency disaster meeting that was held at the Gooding County Planning & Zoning office. A state representative was there to discuss emergency management. They want to collect information from homeowners and businesses that have been damaged due to flooding or excess snow. Assistant PWD Bybee did talk to the representative about the cost of hiring excavation to be done to remove snow piles and ice from the river and she will get back to him. He stated that we will continue to document all costs and submit them so that if there is funding available we will get reimbursed.

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

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey stated that Big Wood Canal Company released 200 cfs of water from Magic Reservoir but he’s not sure if they will divert the water or not. It may not reach Gooding. American Falls Reservoir is 78% full.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman was not present.

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 7:35 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:55 p.m.

Councilman France made a motion to move forward with the Water System Improvements Project – Option B, to prepare a list a of all project components/items in City’s possession to complete Phase 1 and prepare bidding documents, bid schedule and summary of work reflecting the scope and already purchased items. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.



Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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