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David Rauzi

A good turnout, Grangeville! Let’s hope for as much or better public involvement in community affairs in the future.

Last week’s candidates’ forum for open city council and mayoral positions had an impressive turnout; more than 90 attended Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Grangeville Elks Lodge. And the event was a deal-maker or breaker for several voters we talked with, who said they will be making their voting decisions come Nov. 7 on what they heard that evening.

A few standout issues from the crowd were concerns for commercial and residential development – what stands in the way and how can we change this – on city infrastructure and services – the state of sidewalks, and what amenities such as the pool could use improvements – and conducting commerce on public property – why the restriction, and the potential for instituting a business permit system.

Whoever wins the vote next month, definitely these are issues the new council and mayor should be putting on its “to-do” list for 2018. Also, the suggestion that night for a follow-up public forum on equity buy-in fees – their purpose, and the ways to change these – should most certainly be implemented, as there were many questions on this process.

Lastly, we’d highly recommend watching the videos of the forum. The Free Press live-streamed the event on Facebook, and those videos are available to watch, along with viewer comments as the evening progressed. Don’t just take our word for it. Go to www.facebook.com/idahocountyfreepress/.

When you’re meeting with candidates, we bring this list to your attention:

Daniel Sigler for Cottonwood City Council; Ralph Jackson, Neil Bronson and write-in Joshua Bradley for Stites City Council; and Paul Sand, Michelle McNamee, John Collins and Darlene Wadsworth for White Bird City Council.

We were unable to provide candidate profiles despite a solicitation for information by mail, a phone follow-up for those we could find contacts for, the fact that an active election is obviously going on, and for the simple reason they made the effort to file in the first place.

Maybe that’s a plus for you, or maybe you already know them, and they know everybody worth knowing, so it’s no big deal.

Something to consider come ballot time Nov. 7.

Oh, and next week is your last to write a letter of support for a candidate. Note you have 350 words or less to do so. Your opinions help your neighbors decide on how to cast their votes, so consider voicing your reasoning in a letter. Note: As Nov. 1 is the last issue before the election, we’ll be holding letters that raise issues or concerns with candidates they would be unable to respond to for print in a timely manner.



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