February 20, 2018

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 February 20, 2018. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Brekke.

Roll Call

Present were Mayor Brekke, Councilpersons France, Arkoosh, Cram and Smith.


Present were David Tuthill, Hal Anderson, Doug Jones, Paul Brown, Cora Caldwell, George Parker III, Susan Bolton, Heather Wright, Nichole Hultz, Terry Platts, Todd Bunn, Michelle Spigarelli, Sheryl Baker, Connie Stopher and Madeleine Smith.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add Wetco Invoice Approval to the agenda. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Smith and Cram voted aye. 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 Brekke 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 with the minutes to be corrected to state on page 11 “Councilman France approached Ms. Weber”.

  1. February 5, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

George Parker III – Review of the Aerial Applicators Permit: Mr. Parker asked the Council to review the Aerial Applicators Permit. Mr. Parker suggested paying a flat fee rather than the Operator being credited the sum of 7.5¢ per gallon of gas purchased at the airport, up to $1,600.00. A work session to review the Aerial Applicators Permit is scheduled for March 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

Missy Shurtz – Emergency Management: Ms. Shurtz was not present.

David Tuthill – Idaho Water Engineering: Mr. Tuthill gave an update to the Council regarding the agreement that was made between the City of Gooding and the Recharge Development Corporation in 2017 and to explain how the recharge process works.

Cindy Bigler: Asked to speak during new business.

Connie Stopher – Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO): Ms. Stopher stated SIEDO is a joint venture of public and private sectors in the Magic Valley. SIEDO was formed to help strengthen the local economy by retaining and attracting business to the Southern Idaho region. SIEDO works closely with communities to promote economic development through expansion of existing business and to implement new businesses to the region. She stated they restructured the fee structure. The City of Gooding proposed fee has dropped to $3,300.00. SIEDO has been meeting with SIRD (Southern Idaho Rural Development) in hopes to merge.

Public Comment


Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: PWD Bybee stated the north well testing was great. All the components are working well. There is still 3.5 blocks of mainline left to install including 30 additional tie ins. Asphalt repair will begin when the weather is favorable long term.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: No interest at this time.

New Business

Water Call Settlement: Attorney Hobdey stated the attorneys would like the cities involved in the coalition to adopt a resolution stating the City agrees the Term Sheet contains acceptable terms from which to negotiate a binding settlement agreement in response to the Surface Water Coalition and Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Ground Water Management Area proceedings. The City would allow Williams, Meservey, & Lothspeich, LLP and McHugh Bromley, PLLC to negotiate the terms of a binding settlement agreement.

Jessica Rossow Grant Writing Service Agreement: After reviewing the agreement the Council decided if the City was to need Ms. Rossow’s services a separate agreement for each grant would be required.

Address Library Proposal to Become a Library District: Library Director Cindy Bigler stated they have been working on becoming a library district for 2 years now. They have collected petitions and will be using the same boundaries as the fire district with the addition of a few pockets. LD Bigler stated in a previous meeting with the City Council they had discussed and agreed the items currently in the library would remain in the library and since they don’t have funds to purchase or build a new building they would remain in City Hall for a lease of $1.00 per year. Attorney Hobdey suggested LD Bigler create a list of items they would like to keep and what they would like from the City. A work session is scheduled for March 19, 2018 at 6:00 pm at City Hall.

Judicial Confirmation Judgement: PWD Bybee stated the Judicial Confirmation Hearing was held on February 13, 2018 at the Gooding County Courthouse. The judgement was entered for the proposed indebtedness for the improvements to the wastewater collection system in an amount of approximately $9,000,000 constitutes a valid “ordinary and necessary expense” which no approval of the City’s electors is required.

Wetco Invoice Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve the Wetco Invoice #12237 in the amount of $11,485.00. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Police Chief Fisher was not present

Fire Chief Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Covey was not present.

Library Director Cindy Bigler: Library Director Bigler presented the 2017 Library Stats.

Public Works Director Larry Bybee:

  • Continuing to work on the Airport AWOS UHF frequency. It is unknown at this time if the towers that were not permitted by the County on the farm ground near the airport are causing and interruption in the frequency at this time. Councilman France stated if the towers are causing issues it needs to be resolved immediately.
  • Met with the Gooding Airport Flyers Association to discuss snow plowing protocol. While at the meeting the Mayor was questioned about the formation of an airport advisory group. PWD Bybee will meet with the GAFA and share the information he has. Councilman France suggested having a work session with the Mayor, Council, and any interested citizens to discuss the formation and the history of the group. A work session is scheduled for March 5, 2018 at 6:00 pm at City Hall.
  • Glanbia has donated $300.00 for additional fireworks for the 4th of July celebration.
  • Street Supervisor Mitch Rogers and PWD Bybee have been attending the monthly Northside Transportation Committee meetings so the City can stay current on ITD projects and funding opportunities for the City.
  • The ITD grant committee will meet in March. We should know if the Transportation Master Plan Grant receives funding.
  • The City is currently ranked 57/71 for funding of the Child Safety Grant.

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 Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adjourn. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:52 pm.




/S/ Hollye Lierman                                                        /S/ Jeff Brekke                                            

Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                      Jeff Brekke – Mayor

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