May 7, 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 May 7, 2018.

Roll Call

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

Employees

Present were Public Works Director Larry Bybee and City Clerk Hollye Lierman.

Visitors

Tim Pierson, Dave Butler, Shelley Comstock and Rod Thomas.

Purpose

The purpose of the work session is to discuss the future and financials of the Gooding Golf Course.

Mr. Thomas stated the Gooding Golf Course will not sustain itself without outside funds. Discussion was held regarding advertisement, fund raising and how to get more customers.

There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 6:54 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 May 7, 2018. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Arkoosh.

Roll Call

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

Visitors

Present were Todd Bunn, Kathy Lehr and Terry Platts.

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

None.

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. April 16, 2018 Meeting Minutes
  2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $404,540.23
  3. Payroll in the amount of $133,693.68
  4. April Building Permits
No. Date Name House Street Use  Value  Fee
10-18 4/4/18 North Canyon Medical Center 267 N Canyon Dr New  $            870,000.00  $           8,235.56
11-18 4/9/18 Jake Robertson 1301 Main Fence  $                   800.00  $                30.00
12-18 4/10/18 Diane Houser 1021 Idaho Fence  $                3,000.00  $                30.00
13-18 4/10/18 Diane Houser 1021 Idaho Shed  $                7,000.00  $              248.47
14-18 4/13/18 Adriana Cervantes 719 8th E Fence  $                   700.00  $                30.00
15-18 4/24/18 Jennifer Wheeler 433 Wyoming Fence  $                   400.00  $                30.00
 $            881,900.00  $           8,604.03

Motion seconded by Councilman Cram.  Motion carried.

Visitors Business

None.

Public Input

None.

Unfinished Business

John Infanger – Riverside Estates; Installation of 5 Mobile Homes: PWD Bybee is still awaiting engineering plans from Mr. Infanger. The Council agrees that additional information will be needed before making a decision. Mayor Brekke will present a draft letter to Mr. Infanger for the Council’s review at the next council meeting.

Nan Reedy – Property Values/Anti Tethering Ordinance: The Council agreed an Anti-Tethering Ordinance is not necessary and would be difficult to enforce.

New Business

Mayor to Appoint Kathy Lehr to Gooding City Planning & Zoning Commission: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion for the Mayor to appoint Kathy Lehr to Gooding City Planning & Zoning Commission. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried. Mayor Brekke presented a Certificate of Appointment to Kathy Lehr.

Planning & Zoning Vacancy; Larry Rice Resignation: Chairman Larry Rice resigned from the Gooding City Planning & Zoning leaving an open seat to fill.

Easement Deed By & Between City of Gooding and James & Roxana Braga: Councilman Smith made a motion to allow Mayor Brekke to sign the Easement Deed By & Between City of Gooding and James & Roxana Braga. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Sealed Bid Results for South Well Project; Award Project: Bid opening for the Water Supply Improvement, South Well Project was held April 17, 2018 at 2 pm. Two contractors submitted sealed bids.

  1. Blue Sky Construction $756,711.00
  2. Eagle Rock Timber, Inc $638,318.00

Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to accept the bid from Eagle Rock Timber, Inc. in the amount of $638,318.00 for the South Well Project contingent upon Rural Development’s approval. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Blue Sky Construction Pay Request #6 Approval: Councilman France made a motion to approve Blue Sky Construction Pay Request #6 in the amount of $225,719.94. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried.

Blue Sky Construction Pay Request #8 Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Blue Sky Construction Pay Request #8 in the amount of $83,819.50. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried.

Keller Associates Invoice #35 for Water Project Approval: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #35 in the amount of $25,154.40. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Keller Associates Invoice #4 for WWTP Project Approval: Councilman Smith made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #4 in the amount of $5,530.00. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Amendment to Owner – Engineer Agreement; Amendment #2 for Water Project: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign Owner – Engineer Agreement; Amendment #2 for an increase of fees in the amount of $2,256.38 due to unforeseen contingencies. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

DEQ Loan Offer for WWTP Facility: Councilman Smith made a motion to approve the DEQ Loan Offer for the WWTP Facility. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried. The loan has been pre approved by Judicial Conformation.

Customer Service Policy Adoption: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adopt the City of Gooding Customer Service Policy. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Parking at North Valley Academy: Police Chief Fisher stated he made some phone calls and the teachers at North Valley Academy are aware of the situation. He has been monitoring the location and he has not seen any issue since he spoke to North Valley Academy. He feels there is no other action that needs to be made at this time.

Gooding Dog Pound; Gooding County Invoice: City Clerk Lierman stated she attended a Gooding County Commissioner meeting with PWD Bybee regarding the invoice that was sent for 25% of the total cost of construction for the dog pound. The County Commissioners did not receive an invoice in FY17 and did not roll the funds over to FY18. The pound was not complete at the end of FY17. At this time if the Council would like Gooding County to pay for 25% of the cost of construction they would like to be an on the deed and wouldn’t have the funds until FY19. The Commissioners stated rather than being 25% owner they would rather pay 25% of the annual cost. Todd Bunn, PWD at the time, stated the reason the pound was as big as it is was because the Commissioners wanted 4 additional pens added for county dogs and the commissioners were in agreement to pay 25% of the construction cost. The Council will review past meeting records.

Letter of Support for SIRD/SIEDO and Authorization to Pay the Fee of $1,500.00: Mayor Brekke stated for disclosure he is the current board President for Southern Idaho Rural Development (SIRD). SIRD is in the process of being approved to merge with SIEDO (Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization). All parties feel it will be beneficial to Cities and Counties in a more equitable fashion. It will reduce fees. The City of Gooding’s fee would be reduced by $500.00 total. The $1,500.00 is slated for SIRD/SIEDO Rural Economic Development Services. The funds may be used for operating expenses and will be available to the program for the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to authorize the Mayor to sign the Rural Economic Development Professional Grant Match Letter and authorize the potential payment of $1,500.00. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Water Fund CD Renewal: The Council requested Treasurer Aquiso get rates from other banks in the area before a decision is made.

Idaho Transportation Department Request to Access Private Property: Councilman France made a motion to approve Idaho Transportation Departments request to access the City’s private property at the RV Park for bridge repair. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Suspension or Repeal of Resolution 192 – Watering Restrictions: After reviewing Resolution 192 Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to suspend Resolution 192 for one year and will review the resolution again. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.

Operation Facelift: PWD Bybee stated SIEDO (Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization) is offering $750.00 for a business in town to participate in Operation Facelift. PWD Bybee stated he has discussed this with the Chamber of Commerce and they are accepting applications from businesses that would like to participate. Councilman Arkoosh stated he would like to see the business that is chosen to help with the facelift of their business rather than it all be done by volunteers within the community. PWD Bybee stated if his employees offer to help they will be paid their normal wages to operate machinery if needed. The Council is in favor of the Chamber of Commerce moving forward.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman, Treasurer Aquiso and PWD Bybee to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 20-22, 2018: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to authorize City Clerk Lierman, Treasurer Aquiso and PWD Bybee to attend the AIC Annual Conference in Boise June 20-22, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.

Authorization for City Clerk Lierman and Treasurer Aquiso to attend the ICCTFOA Conference in Coeur d’ Alene September 19-21, 2018: Councilman France made a motion to authorize City Clerk Lierman and Treasurer Aquiso to attend the ICCTFOA Conference in Coeur d’ Alene September 19-21, 2018. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.

Department Reports

Police Chief Dave Fisher: Chief Fisher stated since the weather has been nice there has been a rise in vandalism. When school is out for the summer SRO Becker will be working patrol shifts. Officer Swanson is doing well at the POST Academy.

Chief Fisher stated the Gooding School District has expressed an interest in providing additional funding for a second SRO position. Currently the Gooding School District provides $30,000.00 annually to defray the cost of one SRO position. Chief Fisher has applied for the COPS Grant and if the SRO is hired under the COPS Grant they will provide funding of 75% the first year, 50% the second year and 25% the third year. Chief Fisher provided a breakdown of cost to support the second SRO position and the school board will be discussing it in their budget meeting.

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

Library Director Cindy Bigler:

  • Library Director Bigler presented the April stats and May Calendar to the Council. They are getting prepared for summer reading. They have had some engineering nights which didn’t go as planned due to the kits that were more difficult to put together.
  • The vote for the Library District will be May 15th.
Computers Patrons Materials Programs References Exchange LilI Help
694 1876 2922 435 843 34 2
Maker Games Outreach New Cards Catalog Give Away Hours
662 163 765 5 226 345 138


Public Works Director Larry Bybee:

  • Crews are working on filling the cracks on the taxi ways at the airport.
  • Red Barons 7460 form is still being reviewed by the FAA.
  • Requested a workshop with the City Council to discuss the runway extension scope of work with GDA Engineers.
  • Requested a meeting with Idaho Chariots to discuss potential locations for a Labor Day weekend car show.
  • The new sanitation truck is not working well. He is working with the dealer to resolve the issue.
  • Crews are collecting materials from clean up week.
  • The 8 inch sewer main behind M & W Market is completed.
  • Final start up test for the north well is scheduled for May 14th.

Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey attended the Coalition of Cities Attorneys Meeting last week.

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 (f) to communicate with legal counsel at 8:26 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France, Cram and Smith voted aye. Motion carried.

The meeting reconvened at 8:40 p.m.

There being no further business Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Cram. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:41 pm.

ATTEST:

 /S/ Hollye Lierman                                                                 /S/ Jeff Brekke                                   

Hollye Lierman – City Clerk                                                Jeff Brekke – Mayor

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