March 6, 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 March 6, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Council President Vern France.

Roll Call

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


Present was Nan Reedy – Gooding Dogs Group, Debra McClain – Gooding Dogs Group, Jan Shepherd – Gooding Dogs Group, Brad Wills – SIEDO and Lucy Wills.

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.)

Councilman France asked, “Consent Calendar Items numbered are before you, are there any items to be removed?”  There being no objection, Councilman Arkoosh moved to approve the Consent Calendar.

  1. February 21, 2017 Meeting Minutes
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $148,096.60
  3. Payroll in the amount of $138,740.27

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Nan Reedy – Gooding Dogs Group: The Gooding Dogs Group organization offered certain services to the new dog pound that is currently under construction. Ms. Reedy proposed advertising on Facebook to assist in owner claims, fundraise to provide needed items, help with landscaping, volunteer at the counter, dog exercising, yard cleaning and maintenance, promoting adoption for unclaimed dogs and transport for unclaimed dogs. Ms. Reedy would like the City to provide a written policy for the facility. Councilman France advised Ms. Reedy the City and County are currently working together to develop a policy.

Councilwoman Houser suggested that when we do have a grand opening that we can invite the public and suggest a donation for dog food and toys if they would be able to do so.

Brad Wills – Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO): Brad Wills is the Interim Director at SIEDO. SIEDO is funded by cities and organizations. Their mission is to market Southern Idaho by promoting the area, business recruitment, business retention and talent attraction. Mr. Wills stated he feels the City of Gooding is getting their money’s worth with SIEDO.

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: Assistant PWD Bybee stated Keller Associates are still working out details so that we can go out to bid to complete Phase 1.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

Pumpkin Walk for Shubert Theatre: No discussion at this time.

New Business

Ordinance No. 703 – Fences, 1st Reading: Attorney Hobdey read the 1st reading of Ordinance No. 703.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward was not present.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  A couple weeks ago his crew went to a structure fire in Wendell.

He currently has an EMT class going on right now. The class is every Thursday night for 14 weeks. He has 13 students and 9 of them are firefighters from his department. After the class is complete that will put him up to 23 EMS responders

He was able to get a 5,000 gallon water tender from the Orchard Training Fire Department at no cost. He stated he may be putting up to $5,000.00 into it by purchasing new hoses and equipment.

Chief Covey would like to schedule a work session to discuss the ARFF truck.

Public Works Director Todd Bunn: None.

Assistant Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee has been tracking the expenses for snow and ice removal by outside contractors. His crew has been patching streets when weather allows.

He stated the width of the kennels at the dog pound will not accommodate a standard fence gate. They will need custom made gates and he has talked to Frank Larson at Snake River Fence. Pierson Construction will drill the concrete floors to facilitate the installation of the gate posts. PWD Bybee has contacted Pinnacle Technologies for pricing to install the door FOB. The HVAC, lighting, paint and door hardware is complete.

PWD Bybee and PWD Bunn will be meeting with the Clover Creek Subdivision project Engineer, Scott Allen from JUB, to discuss the design details on the lift station at Clover Creek Subdivision.

PWD Bybee stated he attended the public meeting in Shoshone Friday night regarding water contamination. He would like permission to notify Gooding County that the City would be willing to supply water to those in the county that are losing animals due to the tainted water. They would be able to fill their own tanks at the City yard fill tower.

PWD Bybee and Water/Sewer Superintendent Tim Weaver will be attending the Idaho Rural Water Association Conference in Boise on March 15, 16 and 17th.

PWD Bybee stated the newest sanitation truck that the City purchased 5 years ago continues to require excessive repair and maintenance. He would like to develop a structured capital replacement program. PWD Bunn suggested looking into what other cities, such as Pocatello, are doing and what the cost is.

Councilwoman Houser asked if he has any plans on fixing the roof so that we don’t have any leaks. PWD Bunn stated he has had his crew patch the roof and as soon as the weather clears up his crew will replace the seams and gutters with the patch material.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler presented the February stats to the Council.

Bigler stated February is on par compared to previous years.

She attended a Library Director Summit last week. She thanked the City for having a Strategic Plan. She was asked to recommend updating the plan since the current plan was created in 2007.

She did visiting with some people from the state regarding becoming a Library District. She would like to meet with the Council to discuss what her future plans are for a building if she becomes a Library District.

She has been trying to answer questions about becoming a Library District. She stated there are rumors going around that the library is closing and she is unaware where the rumor is coming from but has been reassuring citizens that they are not closing.

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 Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel at 8:07 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, Houser, France and Magnelli voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:20 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.



Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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