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City hears plan on 20-lot subdivision; road may be issue

'I think we can work something out'

Grangeville City Hall

Photo by David Rauzi
Grangeville City Hall


An aerial photo of the proposed Kaschmitter subdivision proposal.

— Plans were unveiled last week to expand Grangeville residential housing eastward with a proposed 20-lot subdivision.

This would be the first of a three-phase project by developer Tim Kaschmitter, planned on property east of Mt. Idaho Grade Road. As explained to the Grangeville City Council at its meeting last Monday, Nov. 20, by Kaschmitter’s assistant, Mike Cook, “this would put a subdivision in place and provide what I think are much-needed lots for the city.”

Estimates based on 2016 levy information, using an average $250,000 home value (minus the $100,000 homeowners, exemption), would provide an annual $1,949 property tax revenue per home, of which the city would receive $960, according to information provided at the meeting. Cook laid out the tentative timetable for development, starting with property annexation in January or February, preliminary and final plat development through subsequent months, and development to start between June to August 2018.

A sticking point in the proposal raised at the start by Mayor Bruce Walker was a requirement by the Grangeville Highway District for the city to take jurisdiction of a section of Mt. Idaho Grade from State Highway 13, specifically 880 feet from the intersection to Elm Street. Walker said subdivision access could come from Elm Street and the 405 feet of adjacent Mt. Idaho Grade would make sense for the city to take over, “but more than that is not reasonable.”

City attorney Adam Green said in discussion with the highway district they would be willing to enter into an agreement with the city for maintenance but that the whole stretch would have to be under city jurisdiction. Public works director Jeff McFrederick said the city has similar jurisdiction agreements for maintenance on B and Scott streets, and this is worth pursuing as it is a development the city needs.

“I don’t think it’s that big of a deal,” McFrederick said. “I think we can work something out.” That point was agreed to by Councilor Beryl Grant who favored discussing maintenance for the potential gains: ‘Something has to give,” she said.

From this point, Green will discuss the road issue further with the district’s counsel.

“As Beryl says, we have to work this out,” Walker said. “It’s a wonderful idea, but we need to make it feasible for the city.”


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