September 5, 2017

Public Hearing

PURSUANT TO Idaho Code §50-1402 a public hearing was held at 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on September 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

Roll Call

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


Present were Chuck and Stacey Turner.


The Gooding City Council has declared its intent to sell certain real property located in Section 36, Township 5 South, Range 14 EBM, Gooding County, Idaho (14+ acres of dry ground). The City Council has declared the property as surplus.

Questions and comments from Chuck Turner 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 September 5, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Magnelli.

Roll Call

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


Present were Dave Tuthill, Hal Anderson, Colin Smith, Jim Brockman, Nichole Hultz and David Hultz.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add pay request for GDA Engineers to the agenda. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. 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. Accounts Payable in the amount of $128,227.37
  2. Payroll in the amount of $139,446.60
  3. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value   Fee 
20-17 8/1/17 Dustin Vincent 210 Main Fence  $                   400.00  $               30.00
21-17 8/15/17 David Morrow 448 Orchard Fence  $                   900.00  $               30.00
22-17 8/16/17 Doris Foster 234 4th W Alteration  $                1,000.00  $               52.31
23-17 8/17/17 North Canyon Medical Center 267 N Canyon Dr Alteration  $                1,600.00  $               77.02
24-17 8/18/17 James Ray Construction 522 Hummel New  $            180,000.00  $          1,560.96
25-17 8/22/17 Tyler Magnelli 507 9th Ave E Fence  $                1,700.00  $               30.00
26-17 8/23/17 Bill Beers 301 E Roosevelt Fence  $                3,300.00  $               30.00
27-17 8/24/17 Willimina Parsons 317 Oregon Fence  $                     50.00  $               30.00
28-17 8/29/17 Bob Redfern 453 Illinois Fence  $                2,000.00  $               30.00
 $            190,950.00  $          1,870.29

Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

David Tuthill – Protests for Recharge Permit: Mr. Tuthill stated he would like to update the Council on the recharge project and protests. The application was filed and advertised. Six protests were filed from South Valley Ground Water District, Idaho Conservation League, Thomas O’Gara Family Trust, Idaho Power Company, Bureau of Land Management and Big Wood Canal Company. Their process now is to conduct a meeting with the protestants, develop a list of conditions of approval, solicit withdraws of protest, be prepared to go to hearing if needed and then obtain a permit. Councilman France suggested PWD Bybee be the point person for the City of Gooding. Mayor Nelson agreed.

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

Jim Brockman – Gooding Fire District: Mr. Brockman stated at the last meeting the Council gave their input and the Fire Department moved forward with it. Mr. Brockman would like a motion to be made to allow Attorney Hobdey to speak with the Rural Fire Department Attorney, Hethe Clark, so they can create the verbiage for the advisory vote. Councilwoman Houser made a motion to allow Attorney Hobdey to speak with Attorney Keith Clark in reference to the Gooding Rural Fire Department and the Gooding City Fire Department. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: PWD Bybee stated the anticipated ship date for the discharge head for the North Well is September 18th. The screen was selected for the South Well. Oksana Roth is confirming the specifications and we will issue a change order. PWD Bybee will be meeting with the contractor from Blue Sky Construction this week.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

Gooding Fire District: No further business at this time.

New Business

City Hall Maintenance: Mayor Nelson suggests the outside of the City Hall building be redone. PWD Bybee stated he is in the process of purchasing paint. The cost will be $1,500.00 considering the public works staff does the labor. Councilman France stated he would like to see a lower maintenance material in the future. PWD Bybee stated he will also be sealing the seams on the roof before winter.

Sign Permit for Chill N Grill: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the sign permit for Chill N Grill. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Parking Lot Development at East Park: PWD Bybee stated it was brought to his attention at the last council meeting that there is a lack of parking at the East Park. He suggested removing the grass area across the street at the old water tank to make additional parking. The Council suggested installing angle parking at the north side of the park instead. This would eliminate pedestrians crossing 4th Avenue East to get to the park. They also suggested rerouting semi-trucks to 4th Avenue East rather than 3rd Avenue East.

PWD Bybee stated the old water tank is nonfunctional and is a landmark for the City of Gooding. He would like to remove the tank due to liability issues or refurbish it. The Council recommended refurbishing the water tank rather than removing it.

South Well Pay Request #1: Councilman France made a motion to approve Pay Request #1 from Lucas Ward Drilling, LLC for the South Well in the amount of $26,234.25. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Adoption of FAA Regulations 5190.6B; Aeronautical Use of Hangers: PWD Bybee stated the FAA has been aggressive on their enforcement of non-aeronautical use of hangers. Councilman France made a motion to adopt Section II – Standards for Aeronautical Use of Hangers and FAA Order 5190.6B. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Pay Request for GDA Engineers: Councilman France made a motion to approve the pay request for GDA Engineers in the amount of $38,307.90 for the installation of the Gooding Airport AWOS installation. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried. PWD Bybee stated the City of Gooding will pay the full amount of $38,307.90 and after the installation is complete the City is reimbursed $36,392.50.

Department Reports

Police Detective Jeremy Smith: Detective Smith stated Chief Fisher had his knee surgery. He may have a longer recovery than anticipated.

Since school has started they have been patrolling more for the morning and afternoon traffic. SRO Becker is at the school now and things have been going well.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:  Fire Chief Brandon Covey thanked PWD Bybee and his crew for the work they have been doing on the sidewalks.

Four Firemen will be attending the Fire Academy in Rock Creek on Friday and Saturday.

This fall they will be repainting the fire hydrants.

DEQ has put out a burn ban. All burning is prohibited until Thursday.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Cindy Bigler presented the stats for August.

They have been busy. They will be doing a lot of outreach at the schools and daycares.

Library Director Bigler will be attending a state training in October.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated he has purchase 3 dog waste stations. They will be installed at the East Park, West Park and Lions Park.

The Gooding Volunteer Group will be showing Moana at the East Park on Thursday.

PWD Bybee met with the Army Corp of Engineers and completed the Annual Levee Inspection.

The tree grinder is up and running. The mechanic will have it fully operational this week.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey suggested the Council set a date for the public auction for the surplus land. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to schedule a public auction date for October 2, 2017 at 6:30 pm for the auction of surplus land. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman was not present. Treasurer Aquiso had nothing to report.

Executive Session:  Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (f) to communicate with legal counsel at 8:29 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Magnelli and Houser voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:56 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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