Dignitaries mark end of downtown construction

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As the fog rolled in from the reservoir and the newly installed street lights began to turn on, past and present American Falls leaders spoke about the completion of the downtown revitalization project during a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Former American Falls Mayor Amy Manning said she was excited by the result.

“I cannot believe this day is finally here. I remember that day eight years ago when the council and I sat down to vision where we would take our city in the following years. Every goal we set that day has come to pass. It is because of the hard work of so many people. I am so happy what we have here today is even more beautiful than I had imagined,” said Manning.

Current mayor Marc Beitia thanked the many people that have worked on the project.

“Every step of the way, people have been so willing to chip in and help out. Thank you to everyone that has made this day possible,” said Beitia.

Beitia served as master of ceremonies introducing numerous members of the community to speak on behalf of their business or organization.

Pre-ceremony music and the national anthem were played by the American Falls High School Pep Band. The American Falls Little Theatre offered their lobby to help people warm up.

Prior to assembling over 30 participants to cut the ribbon strung across Idaho Street, Beitia offered one more thank you.

“We knew this was going to be a disruption, but we did not anticipate the true level of that disruption so to the business owners and the people of American Falls I say thank you for your patience. Also thank you for your patience and again, thank you for your patience,” said Beitia.

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