July 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 July 17, 2017.

Roll Call

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

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

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Jim Mullin, Dallas Scoffield, Jennifer Bingham and Tom DeHart.

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. Minutes of July 3, 2017 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Gooding Volunteer Group – Quarterly Update: Dallas Scoffield gave an update on the projects the Gooding Volunteer Group is planning. The next project they were planning was the walking path around the East Park. The group received bids but the cost was more than they had budgeted for. The group has decided to start working on the West Park instead. They felt the community would benefit from the upgrade to the West Park rather than the walking path at the East Park. Mrs. Scoffield asked if there was money set in the budget for projects in the park. PWD Bybee stated he has budgeted for improvements to the parks such as BBQ grills and upgrades to the shelters but would like to coordinate with the group to help fund the project.

Mrs. Scoffield stated this coming Saturday they will be closing the East Park area to do an expansion of the picket fence area as well as an additional coat of polyurethane. They will also be doing a general cleanup of the park. PWD Bybee stated he will be fencing off the park and would provide staff prior to Saturday to help with the cleanup.

Jennifer Bingham stated the group is aware there is a movie license but not sure if it belongs to the Library or the City. Library Director Cindy Bigler stated the license belongs to the Library but they are unable to use it outside of the City Hall building. If it were to be used outside of the building the fee would be $400.00 for the one movie. Mrs. Scoffield stated they would like to show a movie in September and the group will do the entire leg work if the City would sponsor the movie. PWD Bybee stated the City could help pay for half the cost out of the parks budget. The group will look into other sponsors to help with the remainder of the cost.

The Mayor thanked the group for all they have done.

Jase Stockham – Sewer Connection for Stockham Custom Meats: Jase Stockham stated in February 2016 he had talked to PWD Bunn regarding his septic system. Mr. Stockham would like to do away with his current septic tank and connect to the city sewer line. Stockhams would need to run approximately 150 – 200 feet of 2 inch pressure line from their building to the closest city man hole. Stockhams will have a private line that will run down the city alley right away. Stockhams will be required to pay the $1,500.00 sewer hookup fee and will be required to maintain the line from the building to the city sewer line. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to allow Stockhams to move forward with their sewer project as long as it meets the state and local standards and for Mr. Stockham to meet with Attorney Hobdey to draw up an easement. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Tom DeHart – Sign Proposal at Mobile Home Park: Tom DeHart is requesting permission from the Council to erect an advertisement billboard on the north end of his property on Main Street. The sign would be 11 feet high and 17 feet long with 2 – 4×8 signs on the top. Mr. DeHart stated where he would like to place the sign does not meet city code. Current code states it shall be 30 feet off of the property line. The setback would be between his property and his neighbor’s property to the north. PWD Bybee stated he did not feel this code was appropriate in this instance. ITD has no concerns as long as it does not block pedestrian traffic. The Council recommended Mr. DeHart get a letter of approval from his neighbor and report back to the Council.

Public Comment

None

Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: Keller Associates Jim Mullin gave an update to the Council. Mr. Mullin stated there has been good progress on the project. For the south well they had received bids from Hiddleston Drilling and Lucas Ward Drilling. Keller Associates evaluated the bids and provided a letter with the evaluation results to the City. The City made a recommendation to Rural Development. Rural Development reviewed the bid documents and on July 11, 2017 and gave their concurrence to award the project to Lucas Ward Drilling. DEQ is reviewing the south well design documents and specification and upon their review should give the approval for the project award.

For the north well project CH Spenser placed an order for the discharge head with Gould’s on July 10, 2017. The estimated shipping date is September 12, 2017. CH Spenser will schedule installation of the pump after the discharge head is shipped.

For the north site chlorination equipment and electric work will be done by WETCO. Rural Development approved the agreement with WETCO. The Council will meet July 25, 2017 to review the agreement with WETCO.

The north site interior piping and installation the City has selected T2R Mechanical Contractors for this project. Keller Associates prepared an agreement between the City and the Contractor. Rural Development is currently reviewing the contract. The Council will review the contract on July 25, 2017.

The distribution system improvements are currently in the bidding process. The following is a list of current plan holders:

  1. COP, North Salt Lake, UT
  2. Walton Inc, Heyburn, ID
  3. Blue Sky Construction, Meridian, ID
  4. Knife River Corporation, Boise, ID
  5. The pre-bid meeting is at 2:00 pm on July 25, 2017. Bid opening is at 2:00 pm on August 1, 2017.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

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

Surplus Land: Councilman France made a motion to price the surplus parcel at $75,000.00 minimum bid. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

New Business

Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility Funding – Jim Mullin, Keller Associates: Mr. Mullin presented a revised analysis of funding scenarios for the Wastewater System Improvements. PWD Bybee had requested an analysis that would include a 30 year option from Rural Development. The City has received a loan offer from DEQ. Rural Development has stated they would be interested in funding the project as well.

The $500,000.00 block grant application is due in November. The financing mechanism needs to be in place in order to move forward. Councilwoman Houser made a motion that the City go with the judicial conformation for the Wastewater Treatment Facility. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Gooding Airport Grant Application: PWD Bybee stated a grant application was provided by the FAA that will allow the City to move forward with the AWOS installation. $450,000.00 worth of grant money is available to cover the AWOS installation other than the sponsor obligations. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the FAA grant application for the AWOS system. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman to attend the ICCTFOA Institute in Boise September 20-22, 2017: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to allow City Clerk Lierman to attend the ICCTFOA Institute. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman to attend the 2017 Payroll Conference in Boise October 3, 2017: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to allow City Clerk Lierman to attend the 2017 Payroll Conference. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Schedule a Work Session with Fire Department Commissioners to discuss the Fire District: The Council will schedule a meeting at a later time with the Fire Department Commissioners.

Schedule a Work Session with Gooding County Commissioners to discuss the Dog Kennel fees: The Council will schedule a meeting at a later time with the Gooding County Commissioners. Chief Fisher will contact the City of Jerome in regards to the cost of their shelter.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Fisher stated a claim has been submitted to ICRMP for window damage to a patrol vehicle. The Officer passed a gravel truck and a rock hit the driver side window.

Chief Fisher will be sending an Officer to a training next week. The class is free. The City will be paying for the room and meals.

Chief Fisher requested an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

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

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: None.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: None.

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 and (a) to discuss personnel issues at 8:24 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:41 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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