April 3, 2017

Work Session

The work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on April 3, 2017.

Roll Call

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

Employees

Present were Public Works Director Larry Bybee, Attorney Craig Hobdey, Fire Chief Brandon Covey and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Visitors

Oksana Roth – Keller Associates, Jim Mullen – Keller Associates and Noel LaRoque – Rural Development.

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss Phase 1 of the Gooding Water Project.

The Council discussed the mediation that is scheduled for April 12, 2017.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

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 April 3, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Arkoosh.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present was Colin Smith, Jim Mullen – Keller Associates, Oksana Roth – Keller Associates, Library Directors Cora Caldwell, Heather Wright and Gary Major.

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

None.

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. March 20, 2017 Meeting Minutes
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $160,595.45
  3. Payroll in the amount of $141,894.73
  4. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
01-17 3/22/17 Diane Houser 1021 Idaho New  $            178,000.00  $           1,881.72
02-17 3/23/17 David Beach 621 Nevada Fence  $                   500.00  $                30.00
03-17 3/24/17 Sagrario Rodriguez 434 13th W Fence  $                1,000.00  $                30.00
04-17 3/29/17 Jose & Roseanne Celaya 1531 Marie Dr New  $            150,000.00  $           1,761.60
 $            329,500.00  $           3,703.32

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Heather Wright – Gooding Chamber of Commerce: Heather Wright spoke to the Council about the Chamber of Commerce’s plan to host a light parade on December 2, 2017. She will be getting the permits needed from the Idaho Transportation Department to close down Main Street during that time.

Public Comment

None.

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.

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

New Business

Phase 1 – Part B Water Project Engineering Agreement: Jim Mullen stated Keller Associates have prepared Phase 1 – Part B for the Engineering Agreement services to do a design and put out to bid the next phase of the water project for the wells. The agreement is a 3 bid process. Step 1 is to complete the south well. Step 2 is to install the north well pump. Step 3 is to finalize the north and south sites. Councilman Arkoosh moved to accept Phase 1 – Part B Water Project Engineering Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Oath of Office – Larry Bybee: Mayor Nelson administered the oath of office to newly appointed Public Works Director Larry Bybee.

Ordinance No. 703 – Fences, 3rd & Final Reading: Attorney Hobdey read the 3rd and final reading of Ordinance No. 703. Councilman France made a motion to approve Ordinance No. 703. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

2017 Fair Housing Proclamation: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the adoption of the 2017 Fair Housing Month Proclamation. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Authorization to Fund the Installation of the Landscape Sprinkler Systems at the South End of the Skate Park and the East Park: PWD Bybee presented a quote from Steve’s Pump Service in the amount of $14,534.97. The quote includes the installations of landscape sprinklers systems on the south part of the Skate Park and the East Park. The funds will come from the parks reserve fund. Councilman France made a motion to authorize the expenditure of $14,534.97 towards the installation of landscape sprinklers at the East Park and the Skate Park. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman to attend the Idaho PRIMA training in Nampa May 10, 2017: City Clerk Lierman stated Councilwoman Houser and Police Chief Ward would also like to attend the Idaho PRIMA training. Councilman Magnelli made a motion to authorize City Clerk Lierman, Councilwoman Houser and Police Chief Ward to attend the Idaho PRIMA training in Nampa on May 10th. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Police Chief Chris Ward presented the 2016 crime statistics that also includes the preliminary report. His department had 3,992 calls for service, 494 incidents, 614 offences, 111 citations and 282 arrests. His department had an 11% decrease in crime and a 56.1 clearance rate.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Covey stated as of today he has had over 80 calls for the year which has doubled from last year. They have had lots of EMS calls. The EMTs are getting a lot of hands on practice.

His department has been doing a constant evaluation of the flood areas in Gooding. The swift water team is on standby.

The Fire Commissioners are looking at going to a Fire District. Once the Commissioners have all of the information gathered that they need they will schedule a meeting with the City Council.

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

She stated they have had great success with the family reading night and chess club on Friday’s.

She would like to plan a work session for the Library Board to meet with City Council regarding occupancy of the current building if they become a Library District. A work session is scheduled for April 17, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

She presented the Council with the Library calendar for the month of April. They will be having Tommy Patton come this month for Cowboy Poetry.

The Gooding Volunteer Group is hosting a Read and Feed to raise money for the summer reading program.

The Library will be closed on April 21, 2017 for regional training for librarians.

She is working on filing for E Rate to help compensate the cost of internet.

The library will be blocking off half of the parking lot to kick off the summer reading program.

At the last City Council Meeting the Council made a decision to limit Wi-Fi access to the public due to law breaking activities. The hours were set to turn on 30 minutes before the Library opened and to turn off 30 minutes after the library closed. Library Director Bigler suggested the Council reconsider the hours for the Wi-Fi. She stated there are numerous times the library is having meetings after hours and need the Wi-Fi access. There are elderly customers that need assistance with devices that need access before the library opens to the public. She also stated students access the Wi-Fi after hours to complete assignments. After some discussion Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to change the Wi-Fi schedule to 7 days per week from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. If there are any law breaking activities the Council will revisit the topic.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated GDA Engineers are working with Riedesel Engineering to complete the Environmental Assessment.

The Animal Shelter is coming along nicely. Gates are installed, flooring is going to be done this week, the sewer and water are complete and once the floor is cured they will have the washer and dryer delivered. He is hoping to open the shelter by mid April.

Marty DeWitt is back and running the sanitation truck.

The alleys were sprayed with pre-emergent on Wednesday. They will be blading the alleys and adding gravel back to the road edges this week.

They have been having issues in the 2000 block of Whipkey Drive. Sweets Septic cleaned the line due to the amount of blockage. They also had a blocked line on 7th Avenue West due to grease in the line. PWD Bybee will be visiting with businesses regarding how often their grease traps are cleaned and maintained.

The tree grinder started blowing motor oil and had to have the turbo replaced. There still seems to be something wrong with the motor and our mechanic will be working on it. They are unable to complete the existing piles. The tree yard will be opening on Tuesday. PWD Bybee will reach out to the public to let them know tree grindings are available. Tree grindings can be purchased for $1.00 per yard.

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 8:12 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Magnelli voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:19 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

 

ATTEST:

 

 /S/Hollye Lierman                                                /S/ Walter C. Nelson                   

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                 Walter C. Nelson – Mayor

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