April 17, 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 17, 2017.

Roll Call

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

Employees

Present were Library Director Cindy Bigler and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Visitors

Library Board: Cora Caldwell, Heather Wright, Pat Campbell, Kim Perkins and Gary Major.

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the logistics about the Library staying at City Hall if they become a Library District.

Councilman France suggested a 5 year lease at $1.00 per year with an option to renew. The Library District will need to carry rental insurance and pay their own expenses.

All the items that are currently in the library will be kept by the library if they become a district.

Library Director Bigler will present all of her requests that were agreed upon at the meeting to Attorney Hobdey for a lease agreement.

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 17, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Nelson.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present was Megan Gallegos and Vanessa Behunin.

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 Arkoosh moved to approve the Consent Calendar.

  1. Minutes of April 3, 2017 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Megan Gallegos – Fundraiser for Main Street Park:  Megan is a sophomore at the College of Southern Idaho. For her sustainability project she would like to do some work at the Main Street Park with the help from her Gooding Middle School Volleyball Team. The Gooding Rec District has donated volleyball nets, Franklin Building Supply has donated paint and Public Works Director Bybee has offered to fix the volleyball net poles. If she has extra paint she would also like to repaint the lines on the basketball court.

Later this summer she would like to host a sand volleyball tournament to raise money for the Gooding Middle School Volleyball Team uniforms.

The Council gave Ms. Gallegos permission to do the work at the Main Street Park and to host her volleyball tournament. They thanked Ms. Gallegos for the work she is planning to do.

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 Schubert Theatre: No discussion at this time.

New Business

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman to attend the Human Resources Managers Meeting in Boise on May 19, 2017: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the authorization for City Clerk Lierman to attend the Human Resources Managers Meeting in Boise on May 19, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

TNT Fireworks Application Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the TNT Fireworks Application. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Alsco Service Agreement: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the Alsco Service Agreements for the City Hall and the Fire Department. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Leak Policy: PWD Bybee stated his crew was unable to read meters this winter due to the amount of snow that we had received. We had some phone calls regarding high water bills because when we can’t read meters we estimate. Some customers use more water than what we estimate them to use so their bill is higher when we start reading meters again. Speaking with City Clerk Lierman, the City does not have a policy regarding the estimating process. He suggested he would like to have an administrative policy set in place for estimating water consumption during the months when reading the meters is either not possible or would take too much staff time to be practical. The Council reviewed the proposed policy and made some suggestions. PWD Bybee stated he will do some more work on the policy and present it at the next council meeting.

Industrial Builders Agreement: Attorney Hobdey stated he has not yet received the agreement.

Department Reports

Police Chief Chris Ward: Chief Ward stated he has received the finalized crime report. Their clearance rate is up to 65%.

Detective Smith and Chief Ward will be going to the Gooding High School on Friday to meet with staff to create a lock down procedure.

Chief Ward reported a County Deputy made traffic stop. The Deputy called for the City Police K-9. The K-9 found heroin, meth and marijuana in the vehicle.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated they have had lots of calls for fires and rollovers.

A company comes once a year to test fire hoses and ladders. This year they only lost a section of 1 ½ inch hose.

They will be testing pumps in September.

They will soon be flowing hydrants and removing the snow flags.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated the animal shelter is close to being finished. The floors are done. The paint that was originally going to be used has been changed to a tan color and a semi-gloss finish for less maintenance. The Public Works crew has been doing finishing touches inside. PWD Bybee will meet with Building Inspector Paul Klingler on Thursday to do a final walk through.

Sprinklers have been installed at the Skate Park and have been started at the East Park.

PWD Bybee has received an invoice from Gnesa Excavation for work that has been done at the diversion. Flooding had occurred in March and flooded a field owned by Magic Valley Growers. Gnesa Excavation has built up the banks 2 feet and removed some trees.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler stated she would like to block off the City Hall parking lot on May 18th. They will be exploring robotics and kicking off summer reading. PWD Bybee stated he will get the parking lot swept and get barricades to block the entrances.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey informed the Council members that were unable to attend the mediation on April 12th that they had reached an agreement.

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 7:55 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:24 p.m.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.

ATTEST:

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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