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 October 16, 2017. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Magnelli.
Present were Mayor Nelson, Councilpersons France, Houser, Magnelli and Arkoosh.
Present were Susan Bolton, Jeff Brekke, Kit John, Rick Patton, John Gough, Bill Palacio, Dale Thomas, Todd Bunn, Rod Thomas, Wes Werbelow, George Parker III, Colin Smith, David Hultz, Klyn Cheney, Nichole Hultz, Tim Pierson and Jim Brockman.
Changes to Agenda (Idaho Code 67-2343 Sec 4 (b))
(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.
- Minutes of October 2, 2017 Meeting
Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.
Gooding Water Project: PWD Bybee stated the progress on the South Well is going well. Test pumping will begin next week. The pump for the North Well was damaged by CH Spenser employees. CH Spenser will have the pump rebuild and will be adding an extended 6 month warranty.
Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No discussion at this time.
Gooding Fire District: Councilwoman Houser stated the interview the news did for the Fire Department was outstanding and she felt it got the information out to the public.
Housing for Out of County Dogs: Topic postponed until Chief Fisher is present.
Proposed Dog Park: PWD Bybee ask to resend his request. After speaking with residents around the proposed location they had the same concerns the Council did in regards to vehicles and children crossing the road.
Gooding Airport FBO: Wes Werbelow, GDA Onsight Project Inspector for the AWOS Project, stated the construction has begun. They hope to have the project complete by mid to late November.
Airport Manager Dale Thomas discussed the history of the FBO. Dale stated the old FBO was not up to code, they had a couple of fires and the bathrooms were not ADA accessible. The City did not have the available funds at the time to build a new FBO. Dale stated High Range Aviation had the funds to build a new FBO and an agreement was made between High Range Aviation and the Council that High Range Aviation would build the FBO and the City would purchase the building in 2015. They further agreed the City would not pay more than $350,000 for the building. The City was going to use CIP federal funds, city funds and state funds to purchase the building. The appraisal replacement value for the FBO is $700,000. Rod Thomas stated although the appraisal came back higher than they had planned High Range Aviation had still agreed to sell the FBO for $350,000 and they would also like to rent the building for $800.00 per month. At the end the City would have invested $158,000 in cash for a building that in 2037 should be worth 1.5 million. Rod stated High Range Aviation entered into a good faith agreement with the City in 2010 and he feels High Range Aviation has done their part. Dale mentioned the FAA would rather see the entitlement money used for safety. Councilman France stated his concern was the City had agreed on a $350,000 building and the current appraisal is a lot higher than they had anticipated and he feels that is where the problem is. Councilman France suggested holding off on any decisions regarding the FBO until the runway extension project is complete. John Gough stated the contributions from the Thomas Brothers are numerous at the Airport. John expressed his concerns regarding the construction and purchase of the FBO because he feels it is a faulty plan. Jeff Brekke stated he feels it was a major fail that there is no written record of an agreement between the City and High Range Aviation. He doesn’t feel there would be revenue generated for the City if the building was leased to High Range Aviation. Jeff asked the Council to do their due diligents and receive multiple appraisals. Klyn Cheney stated his concerns regarding the money the airport has should only be spent at the airport. He hopes the Council uses it very wisely. Klyn suggested putting together a committee and feels the pilots aren’t asked to be involved enough. Councilman France asked the Thomas’ if they would consider any other options. Rod stated they would look at any option. Councilman France suggested spending more time with Rod, Dale and the rest of the Council to resolve the issue. Councilman France stated it is not the City’s intention to leave the Thomas’ hanging and would like to have this issue resolved soon.
Authorization to Install Fence Around East Water Tower: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the installation of 354 feet of 6 foot chain link fence to be installed around the east water tower and building by Snake River Fence Co., Inc. in the amount of $7,433.00. Motion seconded by Councilwoman Houser. Motion carried.
Review Draft of Gooding Sidewalk Grant Application: PWD Bybee stated he has previously discussed using the funds from the surplus land sale to benefit some of our citizens in sidewalk replacement. Discussion was held and the Council suggested PWD Bybee contact the City of Twin Falls in regards to their Sidewalk Grant procedure and where their funds come from.
Proposal to Rent Space on the Well Water Tower: Tekfinity submitted a proposal to rent space on the water tower for $3,000.00 per year for 5 years. Mayor Nelson and PWD Bybee will look into other tower leases before making a decision.
Select Judicial Conformation Attorney: Councilman France made a motion to select Stephanie Bonney as the City of Gooding’s Judicial Conformation Attorney. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.
Circuit Breaker Program: PWD Bybee stated he recognizes the burden that it may be for fixed income residents to pay their utility bills. The Circuit Breaker Program would help relieve some of the burden for qualified citizens. The Council requested PWD Bybee to look into what other cities are offering for their circuit breaker programs. Susan Bolton stated that it is through her experience that it is based off of the citizen’s monthly income.
Wastewater Facility Planning Funding: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to apply for the Rural Development 30 year loan at 2% interest with the CDBG Grant. Motion seconded by Councilman Magnelli. Motion carried.
Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Fisher was not present.
Fire Chief Brandon Covey:
- Chief Covey stated they were put on standby with a truck and crew to assist California with their fires. If they are called they will be taking 1 rural engine and 1 command vehicle.
- The Department has been responding with a 1988 old Pepsi truck as a rescue truck. They run the truck on structure fires. The truck is significantly slow. Chief Covey stated they had an opportunity to replace the truck. West End Fire gave the Gooding Fire Department a 1991 Hazmat Truck. The truck seats 6 and has heating and air conditioning. The Gooding Fire Department donated the 1988 Rescue Truck to the Wendell Fire Department.
- He will be hosting a Crew Boss Coarse on November 13th and 14th.
- 5 Fireman will be going to Sun Valley on November 3rd and 4th for an EMS Conference.
- Mayor Nelson asked Chief Covey if his personnel have been trained to handle an active shooting if it were to happen. Chief Covey stated his department will stand down until the scene is clear. They are trained for situational awareness and trained for the aftermath of a shooting. He does carry a bullet proof vest in his vehicle. The Council suggested he look into purchasing additional vest to put into the respond trucks. Jim Brockman highly encouraged the Council to set up, with the police, fire and school, an active shooter plan. The Council advised Mr. Brockman that action has been taken to get a plan started.
Public Works Director Larry Bybee: PWD Bybee stated Blue Sky Construction is mobilizing and will be using the rock saw on 4th Avenue West on Wednesday.
Library Director Cindy Bigler:
- Library Director Bigler presented the September stats. She stated the numbers are average.
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- Cindy, a staff member and a middle school teacher went to a 3D printer training in Pocatello. The class was 2 days.
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 8:59 pm.
/S/ Hollye Lierman /S/ Vern France
Hollye Lierman – City Clerk Vern France – Council President