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New boiler purchased for city pool; other council news

— “It’s February and snowing, and we’re going to talk about the pool,” joked Mayor Bruce Walker.

The Feb. 6 Grangeville City Council meeting included a $26,748 spending authorization for a new pool boiler from TMI Sustainable Aquatics of Manchester, Wash. Funds for purchase will come from approximately $1.72 million provided to the city in 2012 through the Orrin Webb estate.

Both public works director Jeff McFrederick and Councilor Wes Lester noted boiler replacement has been a long-discussed issue by the city; McFrederick said the existing diesel boiler has been rebuilt twice.

The new boiler comes in well less than the $40,000 budgeted by the city, McFrederick said, and will run on propane. A benefit for safety, the new boiler will be installed at ground level, according to Walker; the existing system is accessed by ladder below ground.

“We spend $700 a month on fuel for the boiler now during the high season,” he said. “I don’t think we’ll cut that in half, but I think we can reduce it a lot.”

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In other council news:

• Council consensus was in favor of plans by Grangeville Arts, in conjunction with Grangeville Horizons Recreation, to pursue a band shell structure for locating at Pioneer Park. Organizers are establishing committees to review plans for design, location and funding. The existing performance location – the Soroptimists Pavilion – was noted as having poor acoustics and difficult for performers to play at.

• Jinny Cash, director for the Idaho County Veterans Outreach and Community Center, reported since the facility opened last Sept. 26, 1,500 people have come through the doors for functions including dances and fund-raisers. A ham radio room is in the works to train locals for their certifications and be a city resource in the event of incidents or disasters. “It’s not just a vet center,” she said. “It’s a community center.”


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