Swap meet was success, budgeting process underway

Our City
A.F. Mayor Marc Beitia

As of Monday morning no word has been received from the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), the agency providing the oversight for the Downtown Revitalization Project, as to when the pre-construction meeting for the project can be scheduled or when the city can begin its conversations with the project’s contractor Depatco. We are on schedule for the meeting to be held this Friday, June 14. Please check the city website, http://www.cityofamericanfalls.com, for a confirmed date, time and location.

Once the project begins, weekly meetings will be scheduled and the affected property owners will be contacted so they can take part if they choose.

The first annual Outdoor Recreation Swap Meet was a huge success this past Saturday, June 8. I extend a very special thank you to Tricia Mitchell, Debbie Brady and the members of their committee for the tremendous amount of work they did on behalf of the city of American Falls. I eluded to it last week but it is the selfless “we-can” attitudes of people like these who make so many great things possible.

My contribution to the event was insignificant by comparison to the committee’s but it did take my breath away over 20 times as I was plunged into cold water at the dunking booth. I am glad the money from the booth went to such a good cause, although it makes me wonder how my students and FFA members feel about me when they bought over 90 attempts to dunk me.

All the proceeds from the Swap Meet will be used on amenities for the Downtown Project.

The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) will host a meeting on Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. in the American Falls Fine Arts Auditorium. The Idaho Fish and Game will briefly describe the role of native fish in Idaho’s fishery management plans and how they affect reservoir operations. The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality will outline water quality programs including TMDL’s and water quality standards related to the operation of the American Falls Reservoir. Irrigation interests will be present to describe the reservoir system’s role on the agricultural industry in Idaho. I will briefly address the role of fishing and other water recreational activities and its impact on our local economy. The BOR will a have a presentation which will include a brief history, 2007 and 2012, of the operations of Water District 1 as well as some projections for this year and their operational constraints, along with considerations and rationales for their operations.

This meeting is open to anybody who is interested in any of these areas as they are affected by the resource we know as American Falls Reservoir.

Also this week the city will begin our budgeting process. Early indications predict budgets and services will be much the same as they have been over the past five to six years. The budget meeting schedule has been submitted to The Power County Press for publication and is also available on the city website.

Until next week…

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