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 July 2, 2018.
Present were Mayor Brekke, Councilpersons France, Arkoosh, and Smith. Councilman Cram was not present.
Present were Public Works Director Larry Bybee, City Clerk Hollye Lierman, Treasurer Brenda Aquiso, Police Chief Dave Fisher and Library Director Cindy Bigler.
The purpose of the special meeting was to discuss the increases and decreases anticipated in revenue and expenses for Fiscal Year 2018-2019.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.
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 July 2, 2018. Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Brekke.
Present were Mayor Brekke, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Smith. Councilman Cram was not present.
Present were Brylee Drury, Noah Drury Jr., Todd Bunn, Melissa Barry and Terry Platts.
Changes to Agenda (Idaho Code 67-2343 Sec 4 (b))
Councilman France made a motion to add “Letter to John Infanger for sewer hook ups”. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.
(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. June 18, 2018 Meeting Minutes
2. Accounts Payable in the amount of $327,603.94
3. Payroll in the amount of $209,684.06
4. June Building Permits
Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.
Melissa Barry – Southern Idaho Tourism Update: Ms. Barry updated the Council on the Gooding County stats in regards to tourism. SIT (Southern Idaho Tourism) helps develop and promote tourism and recreation to Southern Idaho. SIT markets Gooding County to draw visitors to stay, play and experience the region and create demand within our hospitality industry.
Gooding Volunteer Group – Quarterly Update: Not present.
Amendment of the Skatepark Rules & Regulations: Mayor Brekke stated Mrs. Drury and her son gave a great presentation at the last meeting. Mayor Brekke contacted Mark at Dreamland Skateparks and he also reviewed all the documentation on file with the City in regards to the skatepark. From speaking with Dreamland and what he has reviewed he feels it was designed to include bikes. Dreamland did suggest that if we do allow bikes that the City requires plastic or Teflon pegs on the bikes. Attorney Hobdey stated in the documents of file with the City the Dreamland Skatepark Design & Build Project book states “The Park has received two coats of water sealant to protect the concrete. We do not suggest the need for applying an additional coat unless needed 3-5 years down the road as an extra measure. Damage from bicycles or their pegs will not be covered under warranty; the City should provide signage excluding bike pegs from the park”. Attorney Hobdey stated because of that verbiage the previous Council decided not to allow bikes, not because they didn’t want to. Todd Bunn stated he was employed with the City throughout the entire project. He stated the property that was donated was designed as a 3 phase Action Park. Phase 1 was the skatepark, Phase 2 was the BMX trail and Phase 3 was the shelter and canopy. He stated it is a great concept to allow bikes but you are then allowing it to be open for all ages and feels there will be a lot of accidents when combining the two into a small area. He feels there would be damage to the grass and landscape and there would be a conflict between bikers and skaters. He feels Phase 2 still needs to be done. The money raised for the skatepark was raised by skateboarders only. Brylee Drury stated there is currently no age limit and we should not be crutching citizens if we don’t allow them to work or play together. Mrs. Drury has spoken with a couple of bike shops in the area and they are willing to volunteer their time to teach kids ethics on bikes and skateboards. She stated it is a multi-use skatepark and she would like more for our kids and feels the skatepark is not being used to its full potential. Councilman France stated his concerns are the damage that will be done to the facility. Speed and mass in that small of an area will result in injuries and setting the City up for conflict and would much rather keep them separated and see a BMX trail be built. His concern is who would be liable for injuries even though the sign at the skatepark expresses the City is not liable for injuries. It would be likely the City will be held liable. Councilman Smith stated part of the initial vision included phase 2 but for whatever reason was not completed. He feels that if we received word that it is indeed multi-use then we should not create limitations based on fears. He stated in his opinion it is a great thing and if we can offer it to more people than we should allow that to happen. Councilman Arkoosh stated if the City does allow bikes at the skatepark he would like a letter from Dreamland Skatepark stating that if the City allows bikes that Dreamland will still cover the warranty. He also requested clearance from ICRMP in regards to allowing bikes and the statistics of injuries caused from skateboards and bikes. Councilman Arkoosh stated if it is approved or not he would request Mrs. Drury and her group to pick up and move forward with raising funds for the BMX trail. He stated regardless of what Dreamland states now they were the ones that suggested not allowing bikes. Mrs. Drury stated Dreamland did state the concrete they used for the skatepark is for a multi-use. Mr. Bunn stated multi-use was intended for the park in general but the skatepark was not designed by the City as a multi-use skatepark. He stated at one time the Gooding Volunteer Group was willing to help raise funds and there is a grant available through the state for projects such as this. He feels that if we allow bikes then there is no drive to move forward with phase 2. Mayor Brekke stated this will warrant more information on the City’s part. Mayor Brekke stated he will request a letter from Dreamland Skatepark and address whether or not they will honor the warranty if bikes are allowed and contact ICRMP concerning insurance and request any statistics they may have.
Keller Associates Invoice #37 for Water System Project: Councilman Smith made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #37 in the amount of $24,828.50. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.
Keller Associates Invoice #6 for WWTP Project: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Keller Associates Invoice #6 in the amount of $18,250.00. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried.
Amendment #2 with GDA Engineers for Runway Extension Project: Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to approve Amendment #2 with GDA Engineers for Runway Extension Project. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.
Fire Department Savings Purchase: Previously Fire Chief Covey had requested using the Fire Department savings account funds to purchase an SCBA Compressor in the amount of $52,340.00 and an extractor washing machine for their turn outs in the amount of $5,627.00 and any amount left over would be used for the road to the new fire station. Councilman Smith made a motion to authorize Chief Covey to use the Fire Department savings for the purchases. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Motion carried.
Letter to John Infanger for Sewer Hook Ups: Mayor Brekke met with Mr. Infanger and has made some corrections to the previous letter that was presented to Mr. Infanger. Councilman Smith made a motion to approve the changes to the letter to Mr. Infanger regarding the sewer hook ups in his mobile home park. Motion seconded by Councilman France. Motion carried.
Police Chief Dave Fisher: Chief Fisher stated Officer Green has almost completed his training.
Fire Chief Brandon Covey: Fire Chief Covey was not present.
Library Director Cindy Bigler:
• Library Director Bigler presented the June stats and July Calendar to the Council.
Public Works Director Larry Bybee:
• Preparations are being made to host the “Fly-In” at the Airport.
• A film crew was at the skatepark to film the facility for a fairgrounds/rodeo promo.
• The new sanitation truck has been in the shop twice. It is currently at Peterbuilt in Jerome. The old truck is having troubles holding onto cans. The city mechanic, Jerry Butler, is trying to solve the issue.
• Region IV needs the citizens in Gooding to respond to an income survey for our WWTP project. City Clerk Lierman has already given Region IV information they have needed. Once they are ready they will mail out the survey. If they don’t receive enough response we will need to go door to door to get them completed.
• 13th Avenue well is having issues with the heat. The crew is working on getting the buildings cooler to reduce the problem.
• Senior Avenue Well possibly has a failing leg in the motor. It will need to be rewound this fall if we can make it last that long.
• The painting contractor for the east well tank has backed out.
• The Clover Creek Subdivision poured the curb and gutters last week.
Attorney Craig Hobdey: Attorney Hobdey requested an executive session to discuss legal matters and requested Todd Bunn to attend.
City Clerk Hollye Lierman: City Clerk Hollye Lierman submitted letters and notices of interest to the Council.
Executive Session: Councilman France moved to adjourn into executive session in accordance with Idaho Code 74-206 Section (f) to discuss legal matters at 8:18 pm. Motion seconded by Councilman Arkoosh. Upon roll call, Councilpersons Arkoosh, France and Smith voted aye. Motion carried.
The meeting reconvened at 8:25 p.m.
There being no further business Councilman Arkoosh made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Motion seconded by Councilman Smith. Motion carried. Meeting adjourned at 8:25 pm.
/S/ Hollye Lierman /S/ Jeff Brekke
Hollye Lierman – City Clerk Jeff Brekke – Mayor