August 7, 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 August 7, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Houser.

Roll Call

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


Present were Jim Brockman, David Hultz, Paul Brown, Klyn Cheney and John Gough.

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 July 17, 2017 Meeting
  2. Minutes of July 25, 2017 Meeting
  3. Minutes of July 28, 2017 Meeting
  4. Accounts Payable in the amount of $158,955.42
  5. Payroll in the amount of $133,748.08
  6. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
16-17 7/11/17 Gooding School District 145 7th W New  $            120,000.00  $         1,492.76
17-17 7/11/17 United Methodist Church 805 Main Addition  $                4,230.00  $            135.63
18-17 7/26/17 Gooding School District 145 7th W Addition  $              20,500.00  $            443.14
19-17 7/27/17 Amanda Regnier 601 9th E Fence  $                2,500.00  $              30.00
 $            147,230.00  $         2,101.53

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Jim Brockman – Fire District: Mr. Brockman asked the Council if they had made a decision regarding the Fire Department becoming a Fire District and being put on the ballot in November. Mayor Nelson stated the Council’s consensus is the Department needs to take it as a vote to the citizens of Gooding City and let them decide if they would like to be in a district or not. Mr. Brockman stated going that route the department would need to get a petition signed by 10% of the registered voters in Gooding to put it on the ballot. Councilwoman Houser suggested tabling the item until they can talk to Attorney Hobdey. Mr. Brockman stated if they are to move forward the fair is next week and they are prepared to start the petition but they are getting short on time.

Paul Brown – Library Foundation: Mr. Paul Brown stated the Gooding Public Library Foundation has met and created some fund raising ideas. One idea is to create themed gift baskets that will be displayed in the library. They will do a silent auction for the basket. Mr. Brown asked the Council to allow them to add a message to the bottom of the utility bills to get people aware of what the foundation is doing. The Council agreed to allow the Library Foundation to put the notice on the utility billing.

Public Comment

Klyn Cheney: Mr. Klyn Cheney thanked the City Council for putting in the new AWOS. Mr. Cheney stated that he has concerns regarding the City purchasing the FBO from Dale Thomas. Mr. Cheney wanted to know why the City feels compelled to purchase the FBO. Attorney Hobdey stated the City is not compelled to purchase the FBO and nobody has made any proposals one way or another. Mr. Cheney asked the Council what their interest is in owning the FBO. Councilman France stated the building that was previously there was owned by the City. The City did not have the funds to rebuild but Mr. Thomas did. Councilman France stated he feels purchasing the FBO would be the long term best interest to the City.

John Gough: Mr. John Gough stated he would hate to see the City spend money on        purchasing the FBO. He doesn’t feel it is set up for a pilot’s lounge, manager’s office or    classroom but rather designed for a business. He stated it is a very nice building but would like to see the City save the money for a separate capital improvement purchase.

Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: PWD Bybee stated the contractor started working on the south well installing the casing. We are still waiting on parts for the north well.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: PWD Bybee stated Gooding County Planning & Zoning Administrator Ami Bennett will be moving on to another line of work. Her last day will be August 17, 2017. He stated as long as the Council is ok with it then he would like to use Ami and her knowledge for certain permits and requests.

New Business

Authorization to Order Snow Plows Due to 90 Day Deliver Time: PWD Bybee would like to order 2 snow plows this month due to the 90 day deliver time. The payment would not be processed until after the next fiscal budget. The cost of the plows are $16,661.00 each. One plow will be for streets and the other plow will be for the airport. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to allow PWD Bybee to purchase the two snow plows in the amount of $16,661.00 each. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Discussion and Possible Action for Lease Option on a Replacement Garbage Truck: PWD Bybee stated a 5 year lease is possible to purchase the sanitation truck.

Financing Amount: $262,474.88

Term: 5 Years

Rate: 2.75%

Structure: $1.00 buyout lease

Payments due in advance: $55,418.00 annual payments or $4,676.50 monthly payments

To purchase the sanitation truck outright the cost would be $262,000.00. Councilman France stated he would prefer to purchase the truck outright rather than make payments. PWD Bybee suggested raising the cost of sanitation next fiscal year to begin putting money into the reserve fund for the next sanitation truck purchase.

Lot Clean Up: Mayor Nelson stated there is a lot in town that he feels is a fire hazard and needs cleaned up. Fire Chief Covey stated his department is not able to clean the lot up due to the equipment and fuels on the property to do it safely. The Council suggested sending a 30 day notice to the property owner.

Authorization to Pay Remaining Sponsor Commitment for the Gooding Airport AWOS Installation Project: Councilman France made a motion to sign the remaining sponsor commitment for the Gooding Airport AWOS Installation Project. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Authorization for Mayor to Sign the Record of Pre Construction Conference: Councilman France made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Record of Pre Construction Conference. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Fisher stated Gooding has been busy. They have had shootings in Wendell and Bliss along with a robbery in Gooding. Officer Wrigley’s last day as a full time officer was Sunday. Officer Herman has started and had been riding with Officer Wrigley. SRO Becker will start on Wednesday. She will be attending the school staff meeting that day to meet the school staff. Chief Fisher would like to send SRO Becker to an SRO school in Colorado for one week. The estimated cost with rooms, food and fees is $1,200.00. Chief Fisher stated they have one vehicle down right now with axle problems. The animal control vehicle had some issues but is back up and running. Chief Fisher will be getting knee surgery done on August 29th and will be out of duty for 1 month. Detective Smith will be in charge while Chief Fisher is gone.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated the last few weeks his department has been helping with the fires in Shoshone. All the departments worked really well in a unified command. Chief Covey sent 1 water tender to Nevada to assist on a fire Saturday. They worked the Shoestring Fire for 2 days. His crew has been working really well with BLM. $46,485.00 has been billed out this year for assisting with fires. His department has had 223 calls for the year. They will be doing fire inspections on businesses soon.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated they will be opening bids for phase II for the water project on Wednesday. PWD Bybee attended the Looking Glass Academy and has made connections to help get funding for projects. PWD Bybee stated after discussion with Attorney Hobdey and Building Inspector Paul Klingler that Mr. DeHart’s sign proposal is a permitted use in the commercial zone. He will meet with Mr. DeHart to discuss the decision. PWD Bybee informed the Council that he is looking into purchasing a used vehicle from Tina’s Auto for $6,300.00. He will surplus 2 vehicles next year.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler presented the July stats to the Council. She stated the circulation program runs from August 1st through July 31st and the stats have gone up. She has had over 700 materials that were circulated. The library stats have increased steadily from 2013. The Party in the Park was last Friday. There were 410 people that attended and she gave out over 200 books. She also stated the library does have a lot of the same foot traffic and is excited to see the new faces the themed gift baskets bring in.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey suggested setting a public hearing date for the surplus property sale on Tuesday September 5, 2017. Councilman France made a motion to set a public hearing date for September 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm for the surplus property sale. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

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 discuss personnel issues at 8:35 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:58 p.m.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned.



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

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                         Walter C. Nelson- Mayor

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