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Sep 19 2017

The Mayor’s Corner 08/30/2017

It is a much quieter week this week. Again thank you to all the people involved in the Eclipse Event. The City continues to receive emails and letters from visitors who chose Weiser as their viewing point. The thanks and compliments on the atmosphere surrounding the event have been numerous. Visitors have thanked us for the planning, preparation and follow through that went on. People appreciated the friendliness of our residents and volunteers. They also felt the food, coffee and t-shirts were reasonable priced and in most cases did not feel like residents were trying to “gouge” visitors. Families thank us for the great memories they will have of the eclipse, Idaho, and the City of Weiser. Thank you, Weiser, many of these people said they would be back. That is great economic development.

I hope you read about the fun time at the airport in last weeks Signal. Jim and Sue Metzger did an outstanding job providing a great event for pilots and guests during the eclipse weekend. With the help of the Airport Advisory board they hosted 108 planes and approximately 300 people at the airport. The guest were treated to a movie, BBQ, trips to Weiser and other fun activities. They had visitors from all over the United States and beyond. On Monday afternoon, after the eclipse, they were able to launch 79 planes took off from the airport in 35 minutes. If you were watching, it looked like they were being shot from a cannon. Quite a sight.

The Street Department is beginning the ADA ramp replacement on West Main Street this week. They will be tearing out the old ramps and replacing with new ramps. They will also be repairing asphalt in various locations around town to close up recent water and wastewater projects. Please watch for signage.

The Idaho Department of Transportation has been working on chip sealing Hwy 95 this weekend. The work will continue over the next several weeks so watch for signs and flaggers. Their plan is to complete work and begin repainting markings after Labor Day. This will cause more congestion over Labor Day weekend so please drive carefully.

More fun information from my friend, Lyle Hill: 1) A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second; 2) A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes; 3) If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights. (Glad we live in Weiser, it would certainly be longer elsewhere)

Speaking of red lights: please watch the red light on Park Street. School has started and the crosswalks have not been repainted so pay close attention as our children cross the streets here and at Pioneer School. Crossing guards are there so watch the lights and flags. Please drive carefully by all our schools, heed the speed signs and protect our children.

We wish all our school personnel a good year. Thank you for your dedication to our kids. You are training our future.