March 5, 2018

Work Session

The work session of the Mayor and Council of the City of Gooding, Idaho was called to order at 6:00 pm in the Gooding Municipal Building, 308 5th Ave West, Gooding, Idaho on March 5, 2018.

Roll Call

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

Employees

Present were Public Works Director Larry Bybee, Airport Manager Dale Thomas, Attorney Craig Hobdey and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Visitors

George Parker III, Terry Platts and Mike Jurak.

Purpose

The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the Aerial Applicators Permit, AWOS Signal Interference and the Airport Commission.

After discussion and review of the Aerial Applicators Permit Councilman France suggested amending the permit to a flat fee of $2,000.00 each year.

PWD Bybee stated there is currently an interference with the AWOS signal. They are unsure what is causing the interference but they are working on resolving the issue. PWD Bybee did state there is an unpermitted tower located close to the airport that may be causing the interference. He is working with Gooding County Planning & Zoning Director Cathy Harris and Prosecuting Attorney Matt Pember in regards to the unpermitted tower.

Councilman France gave an update to the attendees in regards to the previous Airport Commission that had been dissolved by Mayor Morton in 2012. Councilman France stated Ordinance 670 should be revised before creating an Airport Commission.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:58 pm.

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 March 5, 2018. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Arkoosh.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Nan Reedy, Terry Platts, Susan Bolton, Michelle Spigarelli, Todd Bunn, John Infanger, Matt Pember, Anna Weber Stearns and Bob Stearns.

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

Councilman France made a motion to add South Central District Health Sign Permit Approval 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 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.

  1. February 20, 2018 Meeting Minutes
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $510,943.37
  3. Payroll in the amount of $128,153.33
  4. February Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value  Fee
04-18 2/16/18 Myrna Cornelison 310 12th W Fence  $                2,500.00  $           30.00
05-18 2/20/18 City of Gooding 222 3rd W Shed  $                4,045.00  Waived
06-18 2/26/18 Tom DeHart 2210 California New  $              50,000.00  $         200.00
07-18 2/26/18 Tom DeHart 2210 California New  $              50,000.00  $         200.00
 $            106,545.00  $         430.00

Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

Nan Reedy – Property Values: Ms. Reedy expressed her concerns regarding decrease in property value. She would like to see an anti tethering ordinance in Gooding. She feels that a tethered dog in the neighbor’s yard decreases the property value of the homes in that neighborhood.

John Infanger – Riverside Estates; Installation of 5 Mobile Homes: Mr. Infanger stated he approached the Council in 2016 to install 5 additional mobile homes at his mobile home park. He stated the Council would approve his request based on 4 conditions. The first condition is the road that services the trailer park and the Wastewater Treatment Plant becomes a dedicated public access road to be controlled and maintained by the Gooding Highway District. Mr. Infanger stated he would not have a problem with dedicating the road but if he were to do so he would like the City to purchase the private property he owns adjacent to the mobile home park. Mr. Infanger does not want to give up the road due to the quietness of the area available to the citizens living in his mobile home park. He feels that if he allows public access neighbors will begin building close to his property and traffic and noise would be more frequent. The second condition is a paved cul-de-sac type turnaround be constructed at the west end of 1775 S prior to the City of Gooding’s Treatment Plant property line and shall be constructed of sufficient size to accommodate snow plow trucks and fire trucks. Mr. Infanger stated he doesn’t have a problem installing a hammerhead turn around on Riverside Lane as suggested by Fire Chief Covey but he does not have the funds to pave it or to install a cul-de-sac turn around at the end of 1775 S. He stated he would allow semi-trucks to turn around in his mobile home park if they needed but feels there is not enough property to build a turnaround as asked. The third condition is there will be a $2,000.00 charge for each sewer service tap made by the City of Gooding for the requested hookups. Mr. Infanger has no objection to paying the requested fees for hookups. The fourth condition is the 5 additional lots shall be billed under the same agreement as the existing lots, wherein the trailer park owner shall be responsible for the monthly payment for the sewer service fees for each lot. Mr. Infanger has not objection to the monthly fees as he already pays the monthly fees for the current homes in the park. There were question regarding why the previous Council asked for the road to be dedicated and as to why Mr. Infanger couldn’t move forward installing the homes and the road be discussed at a later time. Todd Bunn, former Public Works Director, stated the Council asked for the road to be dedicated because in 1981 when the City purchased the property the City was only granted with a 50 year easement from the owner at that time. By asking for the road to be dedicated protects the City in the future from losing access to the Treatment Plant. Mayor Brekke suggested the Council meet to gather additional information before making a decision.

Anna Weber Stearns – Website: Ms. Stearns presented to the Council a website analysis. Ms. Stearns stated she could create an easy, modern, clean website for the City. The cost is estimated to be $600.00 -$1,000.00 to create a website for the City and would provide in house cross training for employees.

Matt Pember – Prosecuting Attorney: Prosecuting Attorney Matt Pember introduced himself to the new Council.

Public Comment

None.

Unfinished Business

Gooding Water Project: None.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy: There is currently no interest from anyone to fill the vacancy at this time.

New Business

Resolution No 251 – Authorizing the Negotiation of a Settlement Agreement Term Sheet in Response to the Surface Water Coalition Water Delivery Call and the Designation of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Ground Water Management Area: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adopt Resolution No 251; Authorizing the negotiation of a settlement agreement term sheet in response to the surface water coalition water delivery call and the designation of the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer Ground Water Management Area. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried.

Keller Associates Invoice #2 for WWTP Approval: Councilman France made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #2 for the WWTP in the amount of $6,000.00. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried

Keller Associates Invoice #33 for Water Improvement Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #33 for the water improvement in the amount of $15,335.50. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Blue Sky Construction Pay App #4: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Blue Sky Construction Pay Application #4 in the amount of $413,399.61. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Blue Sky Construction Change Order #6 and #7: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Blue Sky Construction Change Order #6 in the amount of $8,828.72. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Blue Sky Construction Change Order #7 in the amount of $10,458.94. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Schedule Budget Hearing: A budget hearing is scheduled for August 20, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

South Central Public Health Sign Permit Approval: Councilman France made a motion to approve South Central Public Health Sign Permit. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher:

  • All officers are back to work.
  • Interviews were held to fill the vacancy last week. He hopes to have an answer from the candidate this week.
  • Officer Herman will be going to POST Academy next month. He will be gone for 10 weeks.
  • There was 750 pounds of dog food that was donated to the dog pound. Officer Kelley will be giving it to families who are in need of dog food for their pets.
  • The department received a $5,000.00 grant from Homeland Security. They purchased 7 new handheld radios.
  • Chief Fisher requested an executive session to discuss personnel issues.

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

Library Director Cindy Bigler:

  • Library Director Bigler presented the February stats and March calendar to the Council.
Computers Patrons Materials Programs References Exchange LilI Help
670 1866 2402 295 793 57 0
Maker Games Outreach New Cards Catalog Give Away Hours
758 231 754 12 166 0 127

Public Works Director Larry Bybee:

  • The parks staff has been working on reinforcing the bed of the truck used to haul grass clippings due to rust.
  • He is still expecting the delivery of the new sanitation truck in the middle or end of March.
  • He submitted a grant for $7,200 to install or replace 6 ADA curb ramps on Main Street at Orchard, 21st Avenue and 22nd Avenue.
  • He has 5 staff members that will be receiving their flagger certifications on March 8th.
  • He received official notification that the City did not make the funding level for the Child Safety Grant. ITD will work with Bybee to improve the scoring for the next grant cycle.
  • He has received 2 reports of backed sewer lines but was not caused by the City lines.
  • He submitted an application to the Idaho Department of Commerce for nomination to be identified as an “Opportunity Zone”.

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.

Executive Session:  Councilman Arkoosh moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (a) to discuss personnel issues at 8:24 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Smith and Cram voted aye. Motion carried.

There being no further business Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:54 pm.

 

ATTEST:

 

 /S/ Hollye Lierman                                                             /S/ Jeff Brekke                        

Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                                Jeff Brekke – Mayor

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