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The year 2017 arrived with a blanket of snow and while some cities talked snow removal and kudos to plowing efforts, there was a plethora of other topics discussed throughout the county. The following is a compilation of meeting notes for Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Kooskia, Riggins, Stites and White Bird.


The City of Cottonwood is discussing the purchase of an oil truck with five area highway districts. City Clerk Carol Altman said the agreement would be between the city and the highway districts of Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Greencreek and Keuterville. The truck would be used for chip sealing.

The city’s portion of the cost would be $12,500 and the city approved the request pending changes in the wording of the agreement.

The city also reviewed potential future projects for the Cottonwood Creek culvert, Altman said. The culvert begins at Lewiston Street and continues below The Tire Guy and Reiner’s.

The next meeting for the City of Cottonwood is at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13, at the Cottonwood Community Hall.


Ferdinand City Clerk Angie Riener said the city only met briefly in December before enjoying a dinner together to conclude the year. She said there was no action taken as the only agenda item was correspondence from a community member.

In January, the only agenda topic was an item under unfinished business. Mayor Gabe Riener could not be reached for comment. The next meeting will be 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at City Hall.


The Kooskia City Council received updates on the sidewalk and splash pad projects at its Dec. 14 meeting. The city also approved the Idaho County Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan resolution. The resolution states the city will participate in the county mitigation plan and will follow risk assessment strategies. It also agrees to utilize the county plan in regards to disaster planning.

The agenda for the January meeting held on Jan. 11 included another update on the sidewalk project and snow removal issues. Mayor Charlotte Schilling could not be reached for comment.

Kooskia’s next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at Kooskia City Hall.


The Riggins City Council at its Dec. 14 meeting began approval motions for the Resort Tax ordinance. A special meeting was held Dec. 23 to finalize approvals and the tax renewal will become effective Feb. 1. Voters approved the renewal in the November election.

Ordinance 220 assesses a 1 percent tax on all taxable retail sales within the city limits. This is in addition to the 2 percent tax on lodging rentals, liquor by the drink and prepared meals. At the meeting, council members voted to exempt rentals or leases of tangible personal property.

The resort tax was initiated in 2006 to pay back a $1.3 million bond for sewer upgrades.

Other agenda items:

  • Received updates from the Ida-Lew Economic Development Council and the Partnership for Healthy Communities. Jessaca Austad, IDA-LEW, would like to work with businesses in the city to establish training opportunities. Jenny Hanson, who was not in attendance but had communicated with clerk Brenda Tilley, asked for donations to cover utilities for the Outreach Center in White Bird. The council discussed the center’s work towards improving the health of the Riggins’ residents and the canyon community.
  • Discussed reviewing the property description in effort to determine the property line for the Riggins Community Center. Also, discussed maintenance requirements for wood fencing at the park lift station. Public works will proceed with installation.
  • Received report on the boat ramp/ADA project. Council member Akins will draft letter to Idaho Transportation Department to explain the project and request their support in moving forward.
  • At the Jan. 11 meeting, city council members discussed signage for the Riggins Community Center and Heritage Center. Talks revolved around placement and funding. Pinehurst Quilters requested a bench or marker acknowledging veterans who have been honored with Quilts of Valor. The city also considered a grant application for Dare to Kayak 2017 and the Idaho Community Foundation.
  • Mayor Glenna McClure could not be reached for comment. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. MST Feb. 8 at the Riggins City Hall.


Stites Mayor Gerry Cathey said the city had no business of any significance in December. The council met Monday, Jan. 9 and Cathey stated there was nothing to report. Agenda items for Stites City Council included:

Review the Christmas Tree Lighting Contest under old business;

Discuss sale of surplus vehicles under new business;

Review the annual road and street financial report and budget for fiscal year 2017-2018;

Discuss setback for new construction;

And receive updates on sewer and water projects.

The next meeting for the Stites City Council is 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

White Bird

City Clerk Nathalie Brake said council members discussed plans to have the sewer plant surveyed. The survey is the next requirement for the city in its progress towards repairs at the site. This moves White Bird one step closer to correcting the Clean Water Act violation.

Brake said the city hired Greg Skinner of Skinner Land Survey out of Grangeville.

The city also heard a proposal from council member Paul Sand for an ordinance creating a board to oversee fire department operations. Brake said after a brief discussion the city agreed to further discuss the issue with the fire department at its meeting Jan. 12.

The next meeting for the White Bird City Council is planned for 6 p.m. Feb. 8 at City Hall.


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