May 1, 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 May 1, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman France.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons Arkoosh and France. Councilwoman Houser joined the meeting via telephone. Councilman Magnelli was not present.


Present was Colin Smith.

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. April 17, 2017 Meeting Minutes
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $132,280.34
  3. Payroll in the amount of $140,917.12
  4. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
05-17 4/5/17 David Carabez 102 Nebraska Fence  $                  500.00  $              30.00
06-17 4/6/17 James Ray Construction 1525 Marie New  $           175,000.00  $         1,875.88
07-17 4/16/17 Linda Ellis 207 Rice Egress Window  $               1,800.00  $              85.25
08-17 4/17/17 Steve Holley 202 14th E Fence  $               7,000.00  $              30.00
09-17 4/17/17 Lucas Reed 125 Michigan Fence  $               4,000.00  $              30.00
10-17 4/26/17 Lorrie Huber 377 Locke Fence  $               3,000.00  $              30.00
 $           191,300.00  $         2,081.13

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business


Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Airport Manager Agreement: Special Meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Airport Fuel Concession Lease Agreement: Special Meeting is scheduled for May 3, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Gooding Water Project: Attorney Hobdey received the Settlement and Mutual Release Agreement for the City of Gooding and Industrial Builders, Inc. After review of the agreement Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to accept the Settlement of Mutual Release Agreement between the City of Gooding and Industrial Builders, Inc. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Leak Policy: PWD Bybee read the proposed leak policy to the Council. Attorney Hobdey would like to make some modifications to the proposed policy.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

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

New Business

Backhoe Operator for the Cemetery: Klyn Cheney from the Gooding Cemetery Board approached PWD Bybee in regards to a backhoe operator. They only have one operator for the cemetery. Since the employees for the City are qualified operators Mr. Cheney would like the Council to consider allowing the city employees to be able to operate for the cemetery in the case their operator is unable to do so.  PWD Bybee stated it would allow his employees to get more time running the equipment since the time they currently get is minimal. It would enhance the employee’s skills. The cemetery would compensate the City for any time the City employee is working at the cemetery. Councilman Arkoosh stated he was okay with allowing city employees to help as long as it doesn’t interfere with their daily duties. Councilman France feels it is appropriate to have an employee cross trained but if the Cemetery District is faced with their operator being close to retiring then the District needs to be looking at hiring a new operator of their own. PWD Bybee feels they are aware and that they are just looking for some alternatives until then. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to assist the Cemetery District with an operator as long as it doesn’t interfere with their daily duties. The District must compensate the City the loaded labor rate. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman and Treasurer Aquiso to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 21-23, 2017: Councilman France made a motion to authorize City Clerk Lierman and Treasurer Aquiso to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 21-23, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Leavell Letter – Investigate Water: Mr. Leavell spoke to the Mayor prior to the council meeting and wanted to know if the City would be interested in purchasing ground water rights that he currently owns. Councilman France stated the City has no interest in the water rights. Councilman Arkoosh agreed. There was no action taken by the Council in regards to the Leavell water offer.

Department Reports

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

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

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated the Animal Shelter opened on Monday. He has had 3 dogs to date. We will be planning a grand opening in 2-3 weeks.

They have been working at the East Park pouring concrete and installing sprinklers. Megan Gallegos and a group of people cleaned up the Main Street Park. They installed the new volleyball nets and painted the poles.

The Boy Scouts will be doing a camp out in the East Park on May 12th.

They will be patching and graveling the sides of the streets.

PWD Bybee thought Gnesa Excavation was completed with the project at the bypass. Magic Valley Growers contacted PWD Bybee to inform him that there was still work to be done. PWD Bybee contacted Gnesa Excavation and they will be completing the work.

The Water Department had to replace a service line at Zeppes Pizza. The break was due to corrosion.

The 4th of July fireworks have been ordered.

Clean up week will be the 2nd week in May.

PWD Bybee contacted Sheriff Gough regarding the property on Oregon Street the Mayor has asked the City to clean up. Sheriff Gough does not have staff to help the City. Mayor Nelson would like PWD Bybee to move forward with the clean up and get it done as soon as possible.

PWD Bybee would like to purchase the Backflow Monitoring module from Caselle. He will contact Caselle to get a quote to present to the Council.

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

Computers Patrons Materials Programs References Exchange
608 1610 2319 448 849 28
LilI Help Maker Games Outreach New Cards Catalog Hours
3 737 114 820 16 234 125.5

She had a really good turnout for the Read and Feed. She is grateful for the community that stepped up. She doesn’t have a dollar amount for how much was made at this time. It was a great experience for the Library and a great way to connect with members of the community that they don’t always see.

Her stats look pretty normal for where they are in April. Outreach is up because of the Read and Feed and a lot of outreach to different groups in the community that are asking questions about the district.

She stated a citizen approached her with a concern that did not pertain to the Library but the citizen was unable to attend the meeting tonight. The citizen was at the skate park with her children and she wanted to know if the city had ever considered fencing by the canal as there were kids running up to the canal that were there without adult supervision. She is worried about a possible drowning issue.

Mayor Nelson stated that the Library computer stats were down and asked if there was a reason for that. LD Bigler stated the Library has been having computer issues. She has 4 computers that run off of the Wi-Fi and the Wi-Fi is not working well in the Library. The reason for the Wi-Fi not working well is unknown to her. She stated the Wi-Fi hasn’t worked well since the timer has been set. She stated sometimes it works well and other times it doesn’t. She has 6 computers that are hard wired and when she is short computers they don’t get as many uses. She stated the numbers will go back up in the summer.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman stated the Arbor Day celebration will be May 4th at 10:00 am. The celebration will be at the USDA office at 820 Main Street, Gooding. The USDA office will be in partnership with Jay Faulkner and planting trees along Highway 46 for Trees Against the Wind. On May 3rd the City will be planting trees with Blue Fire Wilderness Therapy. A tree will be planted at the West Park, 2 trees at the Skate Park and 2 trees at the Animal Shelter.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:57 pm.



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

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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