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Cross-control program brought before council

New measures are planned to protect the municipal water system with an ordinance to establish a city monitoring program the likely next step. On the table is implementing a cross-control program, one of the outcomes of a recent sanitary survey conducted on city wells a few months ago, and a requirement being put forth by Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

November 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Weed ordinance not working, council to revisit in October

“We had good intentions,” said city councilor Beryl Grant, “but it’s not enforceable. So, let’s fix it, get rid of it, and go back to where we were.” Weeds were on the Grangeville City Council agenda at its Sept. 4 meeting, specifically the continued problem with overgrown lots and difficulty in getting property owners to take care of this vegetation nuisance, both to the eye and for its potential fire danger.

September 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Need for agreement, city to be project manager in band shell project, says Grangeville council

The vision and fund-raising for a proposed band shell at Pioneer Park would remain in private hands, but overseeing the project would now fall under the management of the City of Grangeville. This is the consensus reached by the city council at its Sept. 4 meeting, which appointed two members to meet with project coordinators on formalizing civic and private responsibilities in subsequent planning and development efforts for the structure now two years in the making.

September 12, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Council takes up question of library taxing district

Should Grangeville Centennial Library break off from the city and form its own tax-supported district? Is there interest? Who would head the effort? Last Monday, Aug. 20, the Grangeville City Council discussed the issue that has been in the air the past several years for both this body, as well as by the Grangeville Centennial Library board itself.

August 29, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Incentive to build: City proposes buy-in fee deferral for developers to eliminate the up-front costs

“Some places call them capacity fees, some places call them interceptor fees. It’s all about the city trying to recoup its costs,” said Jeff McFrederick, Grangeville public works director, “what it costs to add on developments, what our demand may be 20 years from now.” McFrederick and city attorney Adam Green helped guide discussion at a recent city council meeting as members hashed out proposed options for a deferred payment schedule for contractors as concerns equity buy-in fees.

August 22, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Council encourages citizen to pursue crosswalk safety flags project

“I’ve observed people trying to cross at the crosswalks,” she said, “and so many people don’t stop.” Referencing handheld crosswalk flags available at locations in Lewiston and McCall, she questioned whether it would improve safety by helping motorists “see a little better the people who are there.”

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

City land donation for shelter still ‘possible’; ARF building set for 2022 start

Plans for constructing a regional animal shelter facility continue to move forward with a new ground-breaking date within four years. Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), a nonprofit group, updated the Grangeville City Council last Monday, July 16, on its achieved benchmarks so far, and also sought clarification that public land promised for the facility is still available.

July 25, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Bathrooms at square? Save your money

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.

March 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

City fees focus of public meeting set Tuesday, Feb. 27

What are equity buy-in fees? Last fall, the Grangeville voters considered this issue in evaluating prospective candidates for council elections, and it’s been on the city government’s radar for nearly a year. But exactly what these are, their purpose and how they fit into other charges for city services still remains confusing for many. Addressing this, the City of Grangeville is holding a public information meeting next Tuesday evening, Feb. 27, at the Soltman Center.

February 21, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Mood inviting to sell on public property

Selling knives, fresh produce, a hot sandwich? City code hasn’t changed but rather a clarification in procedure that may ease the way for vendors to set up temporary trailers within city limits to sell their wares.

February 14, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Council to decide on FY18 $5.516M budget

Next Tuesday, Sept. 5, the Grangeville City Council will be considering adoption of a $5,516,160 budget for upcoming fiscal year. As part of this public hearing, the council will be also considering related increases in fees including water and sewer (up 3 percent), and garbage (up 105 percent). Fees, in varying amounts, will also be increasing at Snowhaven Ski Area. Public comment will be accepted at the hearing, which runs concurrent to the regular city council meeting starting at 7:30 p.m., city hall.

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


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