August 21, 2017

Public Hearing

PURSUANT TO Idaho Code 50-1002 a public hearing was held at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on August 21, 2017 at 6:30 pm for consideration of the proposed budget for the fiscal year from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

Roll Call

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


Present were Jeff Brekke, Linda Cheney, Colin Smith, Brenda Lewis, Jennifer Richter, Barney Richter, Susan Bolton, Brenda Aquiso and Jim Mullin.


The Proposed budget is for FY 2017-18 appropriating the necessary funds to defray the expenses and liabilities of the City of Gooding for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2017 and ending on September 30, 2018. The proposed expenditures and revenues of $9,505,660.00 have been tentatively approved. The purpose of the hearing was to allow any interested person to appear and show cause, if any, why such proposed budget should or should not be adopted. Mayor Nelson asked for questions and/or comments from the public.

Questions and comments from Linda Cheney, Jeff Brekke and Barney Richter were taken and answered.

There being no further business the hearing closed.

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 21, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman France.

Roll Call

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


Present were Jim Mullin, Susan Bolton, Jeff Brekke, Pat Baker, Adrian Manzo, Gary Beerly, Shawn Beerly, Jimmy Jacobson, Jim Brockman, Gary Major, Barney Richter and Jennifer Richter.

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 August 7, 2017 Meeting

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Pat Baker – Renewal Policy for ICRMP: Ms. Baker stated ICRMP is continuing the terrorism coverage and also domestic terrorism coverage. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to reject the endorsement for terrorism. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried unanimously. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to accept the statewide policy with ICRMP. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Jake Southwick, Civil Science Engineering – Available Grant Money to Conduct a Transportation Master Plan: Not present.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: None.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

New Business

Phase II Bid Opening Results – Keller Associates: Jim Mullin stated the Phase II bid opening was held on August 9th at 2:00 p.m. We received 3 bids from Blue Sky Construction, Knife River Construction and ID Materials and Construction. Total base bid amounts were $4,122,352.00 from ID Materials and Construction, $4,060,153.65 from Knife River Corporation and $2,968,762.96 from Blue Sky Construction. Bids were reviewed by Keller Associates and they recommend the City accept the base bid from Blue Sky Construction. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to accept Blue Sky Constructions base bid of $2,968,762.96. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Keller Associates have drafted a letter for the Mayor to sign for Rural Development stating the City Council concurs with the Engineer’s evaluation and desires to award the project to Blue Sky Construction for the base bid amount of $2,968,762.96.

Ordinance No 704 – Salaries of Elected Officials: Councilman France made a motion to table Ordinance No 704 indefinitely. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Ordinance No 705 – Annual Appropriations Ordinance: Councilman France made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Annual Appropriations Ordinance for the amount of $9,505,660.00 for the fiscal year 2017/2018. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Reschedule Meeting for Labor Day: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to reschedule the regular meeting to September 5, 2017. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Delinquent Accounts to be sent to Statewide Collections: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to send the delinquent accounts to Statewide Collections. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Idaho Power Rebate Check: PWD Bybee wanted the Council to be aware that Idaho Power delivered a rebate check to the City for converting the shop lights to LED in the amount of $2,327.00. The City’s cost for the conversion is $4,700.00. The conversion will save the City $734.00 annually in the one building.

Gooding Fire District: Fire Chief Covey stated they went out to the public during the fair to visit with people about becoming a district. They were able to get over 120 signatures to be placed on the ballot to become a district. Chief Covey asked the Council to bypass this portion and make a decision to allow the District to annex the City in so they can spend their time out on the streets working on the levy. Chief Covey stated that without the levy the District won’t work. Attorney Hobdey suggested the department hold public hearings to get the publics input. Councilman France agreed.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Fisher presented 2 quotes for products from Axon, the providers of their taser weapons and body cameras. The quote is for 2 tasers but he would like to get 3 tasers. The quote for the tasers comes with a taser assurance plan. The cost for the 2 tasers will be $3,000.00.

He will be sending SRO Becker to training in Colorado. The class is September 11-15, 2017.

Chief Fisher prepared notices to the two properties that need cleaned up. City Council set a public hearing date for September 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey stated they have been busy. They have also been busy helping with medical calls.

They will be taking 2 trucks down to 7th Avenue West with their safety banners reminding drivers to slow down in a school zone.

They will be attending as many possible trainings as they can. Rock Creek Fire District will be hosting a training this month.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated the Gooding Volunteer Group has ordered the movie Moana for the event in the park for September 7th.

He ordered 26 additional 95 gallon containers.

The City recently purchased a directional arrow and it came in very handy during the parade.

Streets Supervisor Rogers and PWD Bybee attended the monthly transportation meeting in Bliss.

He stated there will be a levy inspection on the 31st.

He is looking to possibly purchase a used dump truck from ITD.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler was not present. Library Commissioner Gary Major had nothing to report.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey requested an executive session to discuss legal matters.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.

Executive Session:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel at 9:15 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 9:48 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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