February 15, 2024 – Council Minutes

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Mayor Datwyler called the meeting to order at 7:00 pm Thursday, Feb 15, 2024.   The pledge of allegiance was given by Tonya Hillman and the prayer given by Tim Howe.           

The mayor asked the clerk to call the roll:

Councilwoman Harrison                Present

Councilwoman Hillman Present 

Councilman Howe                            Present

Councilman Orme                            Present   

Councilman Stone                           Present  

Councilman Wilder                          Absent  

Also in attendance:  Mitch Bradley, Chief Fullmer, Attorney Angell

Public Comment:

None

Public Hearing – status of funded activities:

Taci Stoddard representing Altura Consulting came forward and presented a status update report on the wastewater treatment plant project.  She stated the project is roughly 69% complete to date.  Funds expended to-date had 72% of the DEQ ARPA grant expended, 91% of the comm development block grant expended, and the city expended 28% of their match of $2.5 million. 

Public Hearing – 2023 Comp Plan:

The mayor asked those in attendance if there was anyone wishing to make a comment on the comp plan.  Being none he, he asked if Ione Hansen, p/z administrator, would step forward and make any comments concerning the comp plan.  Mrs. Hansen stated the zone map had been updated and corrected for certain zones which were incorrect on the earlier map. 

Councilwoman Harrison stated she like the reformatting of chapter #2 – goals and policies. 

Councilwoman Hillman moved the council approve and adopt the 2023 Comprehensive Plan seconded by Councilwoman Harrison. 

The mayor asked the clerk to call the roll:

Councilwoman Harrison                Yes

Councilwoman Hillman Yes

Councilman Howe                            Yes

Councilman Orme                            Yes  

Councilman Stone                           Yes

Police Statistical Report/Update:   

Chief Allen Fullmer reviewed the January 2024 statistical report of police activities.  A question from the council concerning the higher rate of arrest being made by one officer over the others.  The Chief stated Officer Erickson has moved into the detective position and he’s cleared a lot of back cases off and is doing an excellent job. 

For update the Chief noted the three new patrols cars have arrived and are being outfitted, the new e-ticket computers have been installed making tickets easier and readable.  The city received 3 laptop computers from a grant funded through the county under an emergency preparedness grant. The department is making an application for funds to purchase a mobile speed/information roadside sign board.  The grant has a 75% participation rate with the remaining 25% coming to the city in the form of a match grant, which can be covered under enforcement activities. 

Easement for Water Line – Teton Heights Subdivision:

Mitch Bradley has been working with the developers of Teton Heights subdivision to get access to the city’s water line on 200 North and 4000 East. He wants to have a second access line in the development so that if part of the system needs to be shut down, it won’t affect all 150-plus homes. He has talked to the owner of the property where the second water line needs to go, and the owner is okay with giving the city an easement as long as the development can use it too. Mr. Bradley is asking the council for permission to keep talking to the developer about getting the easement. If the talks go well, the final decision will be brought to the council. The council agreed to let Mitch talk to the developer and report back to them with what he finds.

Surplus Sale ’72 Chev Pickup:

The city tried to sell the ’72 Chev pickup truck at auction twice, but nobody wanted it. The last auction was two years ago. Now, a city employee wants to buy it, but because it’s been a while since the last auction, the council needs to approve the sale. The council talked about it with the attorney, and they agreed that the best way to handle it going forward, would be to pass a resolution that allows department heads to sell property after it’s been offered at auction, and no one buys it after a certain amount of time.

Councilman Wilder moved to approve the sale of the ’72 Chev pickup seconded by Councilman Howe.

The mayor called for a voice poll:  all in favor none opposed. 

Special Work Meeting:

The mayor confirmed with TischlerBise Engineering following the council meeting of February 1, to schedule a Zoom meeting with the council to discuss impact fees. Due to availability constraints, the originally requested date was unavailable, so the mayor scheduled a work meeting on March 6 at 7:00pm for this purpose.

Approval of Minutes:

Councilman Howe noted on the minutes Reed Stone should be listed instead of Roger.  He made a motion to approve the minutes of Feb. 1, 2024, with the correction, seconded by Councilman Wilder. 

The mayor called for a voice poll:  all in favor none opposed. 

Review and Approval of Bills:

The clerk noted a late bill to be added to the account payable list.  A check payable to the Rigby Rodeo committee for $6,000 was needed for the committee’s operational funds.  The check is a transfer from the Zion Bank to US Bank and is not an operating expense but is needed to have cash for the upcoming World Chariot Races. 

Councilwoman Hillman moved to approve the bills for payment along with the $6,000 to the rodeo committee seconded by Councilman Orme.

The mayor asked the clerk to call the roll:

Councilwoman Hillman Yes

Councilman Howe                            Yes

Councilman Orme                            Yes  

Councilman Stone                           Yes

Councilwoman Harrison                Yes

Executive Sesson:

Councilwoman Harrison moved the council enter into executive session per Idaho code 74-206-(c) – to conduct deliberations concerning acquisition of real property, seconded by Councilwoman Hillman. 

The mayor asked the clerk to call the roll:

Councilman Howe                            Yes

Councilman Orme                            Yes  

Councilman Stone                           Yes

Councilwoman Harrison                Yes

Councilwoman Hillman Yes

Council enters executive session: 7:44 pm

Council exits executive session: 8:10pm

Council discussion/decision: None

Adjournment:

Councilwoman Hillman moved to adjourn seconded by Councilman Orme.

The mayor called for a voice poll:  all in favor none opposed. 

CITY OF RIGBY  

                                                ____________________

                                                Richard Datwyler, Mayor

ATTEST:

____________________

David Swager, Clerk

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