As of Tuesday, February 9, 2016
ELK CITY At the annual Water & Sewer Board Meeting on Feb. 5 the draft Elk City wastewater facility plan and expected fee increases were discussed. The “various governmental agencies” representatives who were there were John Lynn from the USDA Rural Development and Walter Steed from the Idaho Department of Commerce – both representing the granting arm of these organization. No one was there from IDEQ or any other controlling agency. The comment periods for any of the options available were due by Feb. 15, but have been extended to Feb. 22 due to the fact that the copies of the draft proposal were not available until a week before the meeting. Something has to be done to correct and mitigate the problems from leaky intake pipes throughout town to problems with the sewer ponds themselves. If the Water and Sewer Association (read all users of the system) is able to access the maximum amount of grants, they/we will still have to borrow $250,000 to $350,000. At a minimum our rates for sewer will increase at least $13 per EDU. Some individuals and businesses have more than one EDU so the increased to businesses may be significant. If you would like to review a copy of the draft plan and there isn’t a printed one available at the store, you can e-mail Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org for an electronic copy.
Valentine dinner set for Feb. 13
ELK CITY — The VFW will hold its traditional Valentine dinner, Saturday, Feb. 13, at the VFW Kitchen from 5-7 p.m. Dinner is New York steaks with salad, baked potato, punch, coffee and red velvet cake, followed by karaoke in the lounge. Sign the reservation slips at The Store, Elk Creek Station, VFW Lounge, or call 842-2466.
Then, another important community meeting took place on Monday, Feb. 8, concerning the fate of dumpsters here in Elk City. One proposal is to build a fence around them like the ones in the rest of the county with lids on each dumpster. This would be done by Simmons Sanitation and would not increase costs. But the problems this would cause due to snow load on the lids would be terrific – think lifting lids with a couple of feet of snow on them unless they hired someone to shovel snow off of them. The other alternative is to build a three-sided building with the fence in front. It would solve the problem with the crows/ravens (whatever) as well as having to have lids that many people would not be able to lift. The cost of the building would be borne by the residents up here served by the dumpsters. The choice is up to the area. A building design drawing with costs, etc., will be mailed to all residents of Elk City, Dixie, Red River and surrounding areas that use the dumpsters located here.
Don’t forget Dixie’s High Country Snowmobile Club activities planned for President’s Day weekend, Feb. 13-14. See last week’s column for details.
There was a wolf seen in the meadows above town a week ago today. When will the experiment for the “non-essential experimental wolf introduction” be over and the ones who put them here come to get them?
Feb. 15 is President’s Day and there will be no school. Take some time to read some history on our founding fathers and the first few presidents. I am reading a fascinating book titled “Liberty’s Secrets” by Joshua Charles.
Meetings: VFW on Feb. 11.
Birthdays: Dave Lamar.