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Bathrooms at square? Save your money

Grangeville City Hall

Grangeville City Hall

— Last week the city council got to the bottom of what it would take to put in bathrooms at Heritage Square.

For now, it’s not their number one priority.

Continuing a discussion topic from last year, the Grangeville City Council last Monday, March 5, heard from public works on cost estimates, placement and continued maintenance for a public restroom.

According to public works supervisor Bob Mager, a ready-built two-stall heated unisex structure would cost $118,590, equipped with stainless steel fixtures, air dryers and LED lighting. Setup is designed to minimize vandalism opportunities, such as including wall-inset soap dispensers, and minimizing paper towel waste used to plug toilets. Facility placement would take three days.

Police chief Morgan Drew added this addition would allow for outside surveillance cameras to be installed to monitor square activity.

“It’s a nice bathroom, but if you plant this, you’re going to have to live with it forever,” said Mager, and based on usage at Lions Park restrooms, “it’s going to get used a lot.”

To consider in their deliberations, he advised the council this would require more personnel time for their maintenance, especially on a daily basis during the summer, and to fix vandalism. Placement at south end of Heritage Square, adjacent to the Bell Equipment fenced lot, would reduce parking three to four spaces.

“And this bathroom is not going to cover you for Border Days, Oktoberfest or any other hootenanny,” he said. “You’ll still have to bring porta-potties in,” which, he noted, are the provider’s maintenance responsibility.

Councilor Beryl Grant suggested alternative placement at Soroptimists Park, as the city has been interested in encouraging more use there. Acknowledging that option, Mager added though this wouldn’t reduce problems, “as you’re going to have vandalism down there too.”

Funding the project was generally discussed, with the city potentially seeing grants and business contributions. Mayor Wes Lester advised public works to continue researching the issue, and meanwhile for Grant to discuss it with the chamber of commerce: “If they feel it would be a big asset to downtown, they can start saving money,” he said.


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