June 5, 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 June 5, 2017.

Roll Call

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

Employees

Present were City Clerk Hollye Lierman, Treasurer Brenda Aquiso, Library Director Cindy Bigler, Police Chief Dave Fisher and Public Works Director Larry Bybee.

Visitors

None.

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the increases and decreases anticipated in revenue and expenses for Fiscal Year 2017-2018.

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 June 5, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present was Sharon Cheney, Dave Tuthill Jr., Detective Jeromy Smith, Karen Smith, Officer Shawn Newland, Waylon Newland, Officer Chris Knott, Officer Gavin Wrigley, Ordinance Officer Mike Kelley, Donna Kelley, Stacey Fisher, Jessica Gibbons, Aubrey Gibbons and Carter Gibbons.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add Sign Permit for Landr Inn at 413 Main Street. Councilman Arkoosh seconded the motion. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, and Magnelli voted aye.  Motion carried.

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 the May 15, 2017 Meeting
  2. Minutes of the May 22, 2017 Meeting
  3. Accounts Payable in the amount of $548,240.42
  4. Payroll in the amount of $133,402.91
  5. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
11-17 5/11/17 Mel Magnelli 611 Maple New  $     168,000.00  $      1,611.97
12-17 5/12/17 Gilbert Martinez 706 8th W Fence  $         1,150.00  $           30.00
13-17 5/24/17 Lawrence Ervin 705 Wyoming Fence  $         1,000.00  $           30.00
 $     170,150.00  $      1,671.97

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Sharon Cheney – Concerns Regarding Park On 3rd Ave: Sharon Cheney stated that she has a couple of concerns regarding the East Park. Her first concern is the dog feces in the park. She stated citizens are not putting their dogs on leashes or picking up after their dogs. She is concerned for the wellbeing of the children in the park and feels parents should be able to take their kids to the park without being concerned about their kids and dog feces.

She is also concerned about the dead tree limbs in the park. She feels that if we get a big wind storm the limbs could possibly break and fall. She would like the City to take care of the limbs before they have the chance to break and damage the equipment or hurt anyone.

Ms. Cheney did thank the City for allowing the Gooding Volunteer Group to install the new playground equipment.

Ms. Cheney would like to bring to the City’s attention the home at 305 Nebraska Street. She stated the house has been empty for years and the weeds are taking over. She feels it is a hazard to the City and would like to see it cleaned up. Ordinance Officer Mike Kelley stated he has mailed numerous letters to the owner and has had no response.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: PWD Bybee stated he is waiting on the engineers to finish the rebid notice.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

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

Terms of Collaborative Agreement By and Between Recharge Development and the City of Gooding: Dave Tuthill Jr. presented a Collaborative Agreement to the Council. After reviewing the Collaborative Agreement Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to enter into a Collaborative Agreement between Recharge Development and the City of Gooding. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Surplus Land: PWD Bybee previously brought before the Council a proposal to surplus 14.701 acres of land owned by the City. PWD Bybee contacted George Yerion regarding the survey of the land and he stated the map is correct. PWD Bybee does not anticipate a need for the property in the future. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to surplus the 14.701 acres of land North West of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Airport Funding Plan and Scope of Work By GDA Engineering: PWD Bybee stated they are currently working on the AWOS design and funding through FAA. They are on track to go out to bid by June 30, 2017. PWD Bybee has solicited cost to conduct the analysis for the City by TO Engineers in Boise. The estimated cost will be $2,500.00 to complete the work within 2 weeks.

New Business

Sign Proposal for Tom DeHart – Mobile Home Park: Mr. DeHart was not present. PWD Bybee stated Mr. DeHart owns the Mobile Home Park and he would like to install a billboard type of sign. Due to the setback requirements in our sign ordinance Mr. DeHart is not allowed to install a sign in the proposed area. PWD Bybee stated Mr. DeHart will need a variance permit or a special use permit.

Oath of Office – Police Chief: Mayor Nelson administered the Oath of Office to newly appointed Police Chief Dave Fisher.

Authorization for PWD Bybee to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 21-23, 2017: Councilman France made a motion to authorize PWD Bybee to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 21-23, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

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

DEQ Loan Offer: PWD Bybee would like to schedule a workshop to discuss funding for the wastewater project design and construction. Oksana Roth from Keller Associates is currently gathering information to present to the Council. PWD Bybee suggested at this time to accept Rural Developments offer as its user rates are $4 per month per user lower than DEQ’s offer.

Idaho Power Incentives to Convert Public Works Shop Lighting to LED Lighting: PWD Bybee has put out to bid for replacement of the lights in the public works shop. Approximately 30% of the lights are out in the shop. All the lights will be converted to LED. The initial cost will be $7,021.28 and after the incentive from Idaho Power the cost will be $4,757.57. PWD Bybee has intentions to change the lighting in all the buildings at a later time. Councilman France made a motion to grant PWD Bybee authority to change the lighting to LED through Idaho Power. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, Chtd. – Authorization to sign yearly audit contract: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to authorize Mayor Nelson to sign the yearly audit contract with France, Basterrechea, Wagner & Bunn, Chtd. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Councilman France abstained. Motion carried.

Sign Permit for Landr Inn – 413 Main Street: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the sign permit for Landr Inn. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Dave Fisher thanked the Council for the opportunity to be Police Chief. He also thanked his fellow officers for their support.

He stated they swore in his newest officer today. He’s hoping to have another officer hired in a couple weeks. They will be doing interviews tomorrow.

He’s been working on the grant program so that he can apply for a grant to hire an SRO.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated they did the Fill the Boot and raised $2,400.00 for the Lions Club. He stated participation from the Lions Club was down but they will give them another year and if the participation continues to drop they will look into donating the money to a cancer fund.

Chief Covey stated their EMT class is completed.

Yesterday south of the Camas County line they responded to a motorcycle accident. Chief Covey was the first to respond. The gentleman succumbed to his injuries.

His department responded to a fire at the old Sorenson Dairy. A tractor had caught on fire. They extinguished the fire and moved the tractor away from buildings and other vehicles. The following day his crew reported to the dairy again. There was a wind storm that blew the burning straw and debris across the dairy.

Approximately 10 years ago they put in for a grant and were able to purchase turnouts for the entire department. Turnouts are only good for 10 years. There are a few that he doesn’t need to replace as they are still in very good shape and hardly used. Chief Covey has been purchasing 2 sets every year. He would like to purchase 2 sets from the fire equipment savings account. The last few years the Rural Fire Department has purchased the turnouts and he would like to purchase them through the City this year. They will surplus the sets that are still usable. Councilman Magnelli made a motion to authorize Chief Covey to purchase 2 turnouts from the fire equipment savings account. Motion seconded by Council France. Motion carried.

Fireman’s BBQ Picnic will be June 24, 2017 at the West Park.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated clean up week is wrapping up this week.

A large sinkhole was reported by Councilman Magnelli last month. His crew filled the hole with gravel but it redeveloped. They cut the asphalt back today to investigate the cause and compact gravel into the void spaces. He did notice that when the businesses in the area sprinkle their grass that their excess water tends to go to that area in the street. They will continue to monitor the area.

A tractor knocked down 2 poles at the intersection of 3rd and Main on Monday. The driver was cited and the City will be working on replacing the poles.

PWD Bybee has created a backflow educational flyer that will be mailed out to residential customers this month. They have been receiving test reports and he will be working with Adrian Martinez to identify properties needing devices throughout the summer. He will be sending Adrian to receive training to become a Licensed Backflow Tester so that he will have knowledge to answer customer questions as well as ensure city compliance with the program.

Earlier last week a malfunction on the garbage truck of the arm that grabs cans caused the truck to hit 2 trailers parked by the Gooding County Sheriff’s office. We have not received the claim from the County at this time. Garbage collection was delayed for 2 days while repairs were made. The backup garbage truck was also broke down at that time. After repairs were made to both trucks they were able to catch up on collection by Friday.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler presented her June calendar and May stats to the Council. She stated the outreach was really high.

The Library had their summer reading kickoff. There were approximately 65 attendees. Things went well except the internet wasn’t working correctly to run the robots.

Today they were at the park for the Summer Nutrition Program. The Library partners with the Summer Nutrition Program during the summer. There were over 255 people that took part in the program today and at least 200 of them stopped by to talk about the library and find out what they are doing. Cindy did state that the dog feces concern by Sharon Cheney is also a concern of hers. She stated that it’s a nuisance to have to watch your step when you are loading and unloading tables or when dogs are taking the children’s food from them.

They started their robotics class today. They had 18 participants for robotics and 15 for computer coding classes.

They were able to purchase 2 new 3D printers with a grant they received. The 3D printer they purchased years ago is slow and cumbersome.

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.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.

ATTEST:

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

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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