May 15, 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 15, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by City Clerk Lierman.

Roll Call

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


Present were Susie Peterson, Nan Reedy, Heather Wright, Officer Gavin Wrigley, Pat Rains, Colin Smith, Debra McClain and Dave Tuthill.

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. Minutes of May 1, 2017 Meeting
  2. Minutes of May 3, 2017 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Susie Peterson – Dog Rescue: Susie Peterson appeared before the Council to receive authorization to be an approved rescue group. Ms. Peterson’s rescue group, known as A Road to Home, is located in Lincoln County. The group currently works with law enforcement, veterinary hospitals and the City of Shoshone insuring the best outcome for the dogs. They have assisted the Gooding Dogs Group in placing or holding a dog that was waiting for transport, housing or shelter when it has nowhere to go. They use a home base fostering system for many of the dogs, placing them up for adoption after they are spayed, neutered and vaccinated. They partner with rescues and no kill shelters. The City of Gooding holds dogs for 72 hours. After the 72 hours Ms. Peterson would like to take the dogs to find a foster or permanent home for them. There would be no cost to the City of Gooding. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve A Road To Home, Inc. as an approved animal rescue group for the City of Gooding. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Airport Fuel Concession Lease Agreement: Councilman France made a motion to renew the Airport Fuel Concession Lease Agreement as changed. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Airport Manager Agreement: Councilman France made a motion to adopt the Airport Manager Agreement. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Gooding Water Project: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to give the City Clerk authority to pay $412,500.00 for the IBI Settlement upon Rural Development approval. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

PWD Bybee presented a bid from C.H. Spenser in the amount of $24,980.00 for the north well parts and labor. Councilman France made a motion to approve the bid from C.H. Spenser in the amount of $24,980.00 to finish the north well site. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

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

New Business

Terms of Collaborative Agreement By and Between Recharge Development and the City of Gooding: Dave Tuthill from Idaho Water Engineering Water Solutions presented the Terms of Collaborative Agreement By and Between Recharge Development and the City of Gooding to the Council. The Council reviewed the agreement. Attorney Hobdey suggested the Council schedule a work session to further discuss the agreement. A work session is scheduled for May 22, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Big Wood & Little Wood Water Association Annual Dues: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to pay the Big Wood & Little Wood Water Users Association annual dues in the amount of $1,802.50. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Police Chief Vacancy: Mayor Nelson stated Police Chief Chris Ward has turned in his resignation.

Schedule Work Session to Discuss Surplus Land and Airport Funding Plan and Scope of Work By GDA Engineering: A work session is scheduled for May 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Stop Sign at 5th and Colorado: The Council would like a chance to look at the location before making a decision. Item is added to the work session on May 22, 2017.

Schedule Budget Work Session: A budget work session is scheduled for June 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

Department Reports

Sergeant Dave Fisher: Sergeant Fisher stated the Antique Tractor Association will be having a parade that will be going through town on Saturday.

They will be doing some training at the schools this week. They will be at the school with the drunken goggles. Kids will get to experience what it feels like to be drunk without being drunk.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated they have had 113 calls for the year so far. They have had a lot of med calls and a few structure fires. There is possibly an arson running around starting the fires.

They have had a few crashes they have assisted with. They had to respond to a vehicle crash last night and recovered the body.

They have finished the classroom portion of the EMT class. They will be doing the hands on portion next.

They will be doing Fill the Boot on Friday. All proceeds will go to the Gooding Lions Club. The Gooding Lions Club has been spending a lot of money locally on glasses.

The Fireman’s BBQ will be June 24th at the West Park. The flyers are done and ready to be mailed.

The fireman will be doing their pack test on Wednesday. They must carry a 45 lbs. pack for 3 miles in less than 45 minutes.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated Kent Atkins from JUB has completed the final walk through and is working with Pierson Construction to complete the closeout documentation for the Animal Shelter. PWD Bybee had signs made to direct traffic to the Animal Shelter. Ordinance Enforcement Officer Mike Kelley has suggested the name be changed from Animal Shelter to Dog Kennel since the City only accepts dogs at this time. PWD Bybee asked the Council what their preference is for the name of the facility. The Council suggested changing the signs to say Gooding Dog Kennel.

The Public Works crew has completed the concrete at the East Park. They will now finish spreading the soil and hooking up the sprinkler system.

Spring Clean Up week began the second week in May.

He has received a quote from Caselle for the Backflow Module to the data management program. The cost quoted is $7,300.00. The cost for service orders was $3,575.00 for a total setup fee for both modules is $10,875.00. The monthly billing for the modules will be $190.00 per month.

The property on Oregon Street has been cleaned up as asked by the Mayor. PWD Bybee will talk to the Assessor about adding the cost of clean up to the owner’s property taxes or putting a lien on the property. PWD Bybee will work with Attorney Hobdey on how to proceed.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler was not present. Library Board of Trustee Heather Wright was representing the Library. Mrs. Wright stated they had held a meeting in the Library and could hear the police interviewing someone in their department. Mrs. Wright feels something should be done regarding the privacy between offices. PWD Bybee stated he will work with Sergeant Fisher and look into some options that could possibly help.

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 (a) to consider hiring a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent, wherein the respective qualities of individuals are to be evaluated in order to fill a particular vacancy or need at 8:39 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 9:12 p.m.

Mayor Nelson offered the Chief of Police position to Sergeant Dave Fisher. Sergeant Dave Fisher accepted the offer. Mayor Nelson appointed Sergeant Dave Fisher as Chief of Police. Chief Fisher will have a 6 month probationary period.

There being no further business, Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. The meeting adjourned at 9:20 pm.




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

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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