May 03 2017

The Mayor’s Corner 05/03/2017

It’s hanging basket time again. The State Street Baskets are about ready for placement. Each year the V.I.B.E. group works with our local FFAA and nurseries to plant hanging baskets to be hung along State Street to enhance our business core. They look wonderful and add a homey, colorful canvas to many activities. Originally the sponsorship of each basket was $200 but was dropped to $155 which covers the cost of the hanging hardware, flowers, pot, soil, fertilizer, etc. and the cost of watering and care during the summer months. Placards are placed next to the plant listing the sponsor or in memory of a loved one. New sponsors need to add an additional $7 for the cost of a new placard. Contact Linda Roundtree at Arrow Creek Clothing to order your plants or to drop off your sponsorship. Thanks for making our City more beautiful.
Ken Anderson, Rec Director is busy putting together a schedule for our pool. He is anticipating a soft opening on June 1st and 2nd which will include 7-8 water aerobics; 8-9 swim team; 12-1- lap swim and 1-5 Open swim. Sunday, June 3rd will have 12-1 lap swim and 1-5 open swim. The schedule may be revised when we know what guards we have. We will not be booking pool parties until June 10. Again, by then Ken will have a better idea of how many guards will be available.
We are pleased to have Aimee Wootton back as our pool manager. She does an excellent job of helping schedule and run the pool. She is also a certified trainer so we don’t have to send out guards to be trained somewhere else. Aimee will be holding certification training the week of May 29 at the pool. The cost is $150 with a $50 deposit. New guards must pass a classroom test and a swim test before becoming certified.
The City has had great guards each year and we are always looking for more. The number of guards determines the amount of time the pool is open and the availability of lessons. Currently, we are short on guard applicants so if you know of interested parties, applications can be picked up at the Rec Department. Applicants must be 16 years old or older and have a current lifeguard/CPR certificate or get certified b Aimee.
Swim lessons will be run in three sessions, June-12-23; July 10-21 and July 24-Aug. 4. Space many be limited depending again on the number of certified teachers and guards we have. Private lessons will depend on teachers as well. For additional information, contact Ken or Jeanne at 414-0301.
Watering season is here and it is time to have backflow devices checked. Annual checks are required on all backflow devices. For further information check on the Water Department tab of the City website. Local plumbers and certified backflow specialists can provide this service.
The asphalt plant is up and running for us this week’s so Street Department crews will be prepping streets and placing asphalt all week. Watch for signs alerting to work. Yes, the potholes will begin to disappear.
May 4 is Idaho Gives Day and lots of local non-profit organizations are on the giving list. Check out the list on line and this is a chance to support those groups. May 4 is also the day local churches will be gathering at noon at the County Courthouse flag pole for the National Day of Prayer.
Another personal note: I am sure going to miss Eugene Hirata’s smile when shopping at Ridley’s. Sympathy to his family.