Photo by David Rauzi
The Grangeville City Council met at Pioneer Park last Monday, June 18, prior to its regular meeting to review a proposed location for a multi-use band shell.
As of Tuesday, June 26, 2018
GRANGEVILLE Making a pre-meeting visit to Pioneer Park to review the site in person, the Grangeville City Council last week later voted unanimously on a location for a privately funded band shell project, which includes keeping the existing Soroptimist Pavilion.
At its Monday, June 18, meeting, council approved the band shell location at the existing pavilion site, just east of the city pool, and the pavilion would be shifted south toward South First Street.
“This will open it up,” said councilor Beryl Grant on the pavilion’s proposed new location, “and make it way more handicap-accessible.”
The council and mayor met at the park an hour before their regular meeting with city public works personnel and also Todd Marek, one of the project organizers. The 45-minute field trip allowed them to walk the site on what would be required to place and move structures, considering factors as underground city utilities, ADA requirements and site restrictions.
As the plan sits now with Monday’s decision, three cedar trees adjacent to the current pavilion would be removed, as would a utility pole. Keeping the pavilion falls in line with support from the Grangeville Horizons Committee — which utilizes this for the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony — and informal citizen comments on its usage for park and pool events and also family and organizational gatherings throughout the year.
Monday’s decision nailed down the band shell location while leaving additional related park improvements pending subsequent council discussion as it works this summer on the fiscal year 2019 budget. During its park visit, officials pondered – as part of the band shell project – to lay a cement pathway to the pavilion and an ADA-accessible picnic table, and to replace and widen the sidewalk along South First Street. Trees adjacent to the sidewalk have contributed to sidewalk deterioration, and these were discussed for removal but to be replaced by new trees set farther back.
Starting last year, volunteers through Grangeville Arts have been working to establish a band shell structure at the park, a project estimated between $60,000 to $65,000, a multi-use building to be used primarily for public performances and presentations. Toward this, the city has approved up to $30,000.
In other city business, council approved allowing a 48-hour extension on the sale of fireworks through Saturday, July 7, at midnight. This came as per a request by Kevin Asker, representing the Grangeville Elks that annually operates a fireworks stand through July 4 on Asker’s Harvest Foods parking lot. Behind Asker’s request was to allow the stand additional sales that would go toward replacing the existing trailer, which has structural problems. Asker estimated it may take two to three years of fireworks’ sales to fund the new trailer, after which subsequent sales would go toward community projects as in the past.
“If we extend their sale, we’ll have to extend the time for people to discharge them,” commented police chief Morgan Drew, “otherwise, it’s pointless to extend them.”
City clerk Tonya Kennedy said, as per ordinance, fireworks discharge closes at midnight, July 5.
As the issue of extending fireworks discharge was not on the agenda, council will address this at its next meeting, Monday, July 2.