November 6, 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 November 6, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Attorney Craig Hobdey.

Roll Call

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


Present were Jim Mullin, Oksana Roth, Dave Flesher, Carleen Herring, Susan Bolton and Nichole Hultz.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add Lucas Ward Drilling Change Order #2 to the    agenda. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. 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 $157,385.20
  2. Payroll in the amount of $140,680.29
  3. Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value  Fee
29-17 8/31/17 Doris Foster 234 4th W Fence  $       1,500.00  $         30.00
30-17 9/7/17 Chill N Grill 227 Main Sign  $          235.00  $         38.78
31-17 9/11/17 Today’s Dental Care 325 Main Alteration  $     48,000.00  $    1,028.86
32-17 9/29/17 Robert Snow 248 Rice Carport  $       3,500.00  $       275.45
33-17 9/29/17 Duane Burg Sr 113 11th W Garage  $       6,965.00  $       218.98
 $     60,200.00  $    1,592.07

Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Alan Wilding – Non Payment Policy: Alan Wilding was not present.

Carleen Herring – Region IV Development – Block Grant Funding for WWTP Project: Carleen Herring stated the City of Gooding wanted to pursue an Idaho Community Development Block Grant application during the 2017-2018 cycle. Unfortunately the sequence of events that had to happen to put together a successful application for submission on November 17th made it problematic. The City does not meet the low to moderate income (LMI) benefit eligibility threshold. Without the LMI documentation in the application the City would be thrown out of consideration at the outset of the November 2017 ICDBG cycle. Carleen stated if the City had the LMI information compiled by November 17th the City would not have any evidence of matching funds for use in leveraging the block grant in the November application. Carleen stated commerce may allow the application to move forward despite the lack of borrowing authority but if the judicial confirmation is successful sometime in January, an appeal can be filed and we must wait 42 days after that decision date. If an appeal was made it would put the City’s evidence of matching funds pas the March 2, 2018 addendum filing date. Carleen stated her staff will continue to pursue the USDA funding and will work on the implementation of the income survey with the anticipation of applying for ICDBG funds next November 2018 for the use of construction in 2019.

Dave Flesher, Director of Community Funding for Rural Development, stated Rural Development received the facility plan from Keller Associates and are in review. Dave stated the City’s income is low enough for RD approval based on the 2006-2010 American Community Survey. Dave presented the single contract method and the dual contract method. He stated the single contract method is when the owner contracts the General Contractor and equipment is written into the General Contractors contract. The dual contract method is when the owner contracts separately with equipment suppliers and the General Contractor. Dave stated there are pros and cons to both. Dave stated there have been some changes in the RD funding process. In May 2018 the funding is subject to American Iron and Steel. The block grant funds will be subject to Davis Bacon if the funds go into construction. The DEQ Revolving Loan fund is subject to both the American Iron and Steel and the Davis Bacon if funds go into construction. The other change is that Rural Development is going paperless. All contracts and agreements will be made electronically. Dave stated Rural Development is excited to be working with the City on their project.

Jim Mullin – Keller Associates – WWTP Project: James Mullin stated the City has selected Stephanie Bonney as their Bond Attorney to complete the Judicial Confirmation process. A public hearing will take place on November 20th at City Hall to present findings of the Wastewater Facility Planning Study. Jim also stated DEQ has approved the Wastewater Facility Planning Study for public participation. Following the fulfillment of the public participation requirements DEQ will approve the project for design and construction. He hopes to have the survey and design completed this winter. Keller Associates presented a contract for the engineering services for the Wastewater Facility Project. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Keller Associates contract for the WWTP Project in the amount of $1,316,000.00 for the base and $183,000.00 for the construction observation. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: Oksana Roth, Keller Associates, stated Phase 1 Part B, South Well – Lucas Ward Drilling started test pumping on November 1st. Plans and specifications to complete the South Well Site are ready for submittal to DEQ. They are waiting on test pumping results to finalize the pump specifications. The project will be advertised for bids following DEQ’s and RD’s approval of plans and specifications. Phase 1 Part B, North Well – C.H. Spencer damaged the pump while they were loading it onto a trailer in their shop. The pump has been repaired and installation has been scheduled for November 28th. WETCO and T2R Mechanical will mobilize to the site following installation of the pump. Phase 2, Distribution System Improvements – the project was awarded to Blue Sky Construction. The contractor mobilized on October 16th. The contractor started installation of the new water line in the High School zone and 4th Avenue W. The 4th Avenue West canal crossing is 50% complete. Boring on 2nd Avenue and Main Street has started. The first construction meeting will be November 28th.

Oksana stated Idaho Power offers incentives to customers. She stated with the variable frequency drives and the high efficiency pumps that will be installed Idaho Power will be issuing the City a $22,000.00 check when the project is complete.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.

Gooding Fire District: Chief Covey stated he felt the Town Hall Meetings were a success and he received positive feedback.

Gooding Sidewalk Grant Application: PWD Bybee spoke to City of Twin Falls regarding their sidewalk grant process. Twin Falls said the first year they only issued $6,000.00 worth of grants. They were not excited about the success of the program. They hope the next year will be more successful. Twin Falls funds their program through their general fund. PWD Bybee is proposing using $10,000.00 from the sale of the land to fund the grant program. Councilman France stated he has a philosophical issue using the sale of a capitol asset to go to a program like this. Councilman Arkoosh agreed. The Council stated they would like to see grants from ITD to help fund the program or to budget funds rather than use capitol asset funds.

Rental Space on East Well Water Tower: Tekfinity proposed a lease contract to the City to lease a space on the west water tower. The lease is a 5 year lease for $3,000.00 per year. Councilman France made a motion to approve the lease contract from Tekfinity for the rental space on the west water tower for $3,000.00 per year for 5 years contingent on the construction of the fence being to the Council’s approval. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Circuit Breaker Program: PWD Bybee stated he hasn’t had time to look into options for the program but feels it is an item that will need to be discussed when it’s time to work on the budget.

Housing for Out of County Dogs: Chief Fisher stated Dietrich has inquired if the Gooding City Pound could hold dogs for them. Neither Shoshone nor Lincoln County has a facility to hold dogs. Chief Fisher proposed that we make a conditional arrangement to accommodate their needs, with the understanding that they would need to work on a long term solution for this issue. Councilman Arkoosh stated he doesn’t see a problem helping them out as long as we have room for Gooding City and Gooding County dogs.

New Business

Keller Associates Invoice #29 Payment Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #29 in the amount of $7,628.72. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

North Canyon Hardware Sign Permit Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the North Canyon Hardware Sign Permit. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.

Discuss CIP for Airport: PWD Bybee stated he had good news to report. The Environmental Assessment has moved a step forward in being complete. PWD Bybee will be going to Montana to meet with the engineers.

Lucas Ward Drilling Change Order #2: Councilman France made a motion to approve Lucas Ward Drilling Change Order #2 in the amount of $6,600.00. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: None.

Fire Chief Brandon Covey:

  • Chief Covey stated as of today they have ran over 300 calls for the Gooding City and Rural Fire Department for the year. This is the first time in their history that they have ran that many calls. Call numbers are up. He stated he anticipates the SIRCOMM invoice to be a little higher due to the call volume.
  • Assisted the Wendell Fire Department with the fire at the Farmhouse Restaurant.
  • Lofgran did training with the EMR’s on how to use Albuterol.
  • Chief Covey stated he received 24 boxes, 2 doses in each box, of Narcan. He feels this is very beneficial to their department.
  • He received a quote for the bullet proof vests the Council suggested he put into the trucks. He doesn’t foresee purchasing 25 vests and helmets at this time. He does see the need to purchase 3-5 vests and helmets for the initial response crew.

Library Director Cindy Bigler:

  • Library Director Bigler presented the October stats to the Council.
Computers Patrons Materials Programs References Exchange LilI Help
702 2155 2568 484 853 62 1
Maker Games Outreach New Cards Catalog Give Away Hours
875 105 423 7 274 347 148
  • She stated the Library Board decided that when the Library is closed on a Friday it is not beneficial to be open for 3 hours on Saturday. The Library will be closed November 10 and 11 for Veteran’s Day and they will be closed November 23, 24, and 25 for Thanksgiving.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee:

  • PWD Bybee stated he was contacted by the Gooding Volunteer Group. They have selected an outdoor fitness theme for the West Park.

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 8:38 pm.


/S/ Hollye Lierman                                                         /S/ Vern France                             

Hollye Lierman- City Clerk                                           Vern France – Council President

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