Oct 30 2017

The Mayor’s Corner 10/04/2017

Our hearts go out to the residents of Las Vegas and the families of those killed and injured in the senseless acts of Sunday night. What a tragedy for our nation.
October is a month of many activities again. Volunteer opportunities abound. This month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Domestic Violence Awareness month. There will be activities all month bringing attention to these issues.
It is also Fire Prevention Awareness month. Watch for information and the opportunity to visit the Weiser City and Rural Fire District stations. This is always a great month to check your smoke detectors and replace the batteries.
The end of the month will bring the Annual Rec Department Halloween Carnival in the Vendome. The Carnival will again be held on Halloween Night, Tuesday, October 31 and run from 7-9 p.m. for infants through 6th graders. Each child will receive 10 free tickets and additional tickets can be purchase at 4 for $1. The costume parade will take place at 7:30. This is always fun. There is a canned food drive and for every 3 cans of food donated, the done receives one ticket for the drawing for a 2018 Family Pool Pass. No outdated cans, please.
As always, volunteers are needed to help with the games and the costume parade. The Rec Department is also seeking donations of cookies, cakes, punch and cash donations. Each year, the City works to provide this fun, safe Halloween activity for our kids. Over the last few years donations of all type have been very, very low and we have to evaluate how to continue. Volunteers and donations are very important to keeping the Carnival viable. If you or your organization can help in any way, please contact Jeannie or Ken at the Rec Department, 208-414-0301. We appreciate the support from our community.
Our Parks Department has received calls and concerns from residents about the dying grass on the hillside at Memorial Park. The brown grass is not a result of the lack of water but is instead the type of grass that covers the hill. I was on a call this past week with a representative from Simplot Partners discussing options. Basically, the type of grass it is goes dormant this time of year and thus looks dead. There is really nothing to do but replace it. After football season is over, the crew will thatch the areas and reseed them with a rye grass to hopefully replace and take over what has been identified as Bermuda grass. The areas will be covered with straw to protect the seed so we don’t want to do it with home games still scheduled for high school and little league teams. We appreciate residents concern for our parks.
The Electric crew is beginning the 9th Street project this week and will be working there for most of the month. Wastewater crew will be working on a storm drain project on Park Street near E. 13th over the next few weeks so watch for signage in the area along with the harvest trucks.
It’s Mud Drag Race time at the Mortimer’s Island property this Saturday, beginning at 10 am. Admission is $7 and kids 5 and under are free. Bring your chairs, bug spray, and sunscreen. No outside coolers. The Fall Bazaar at Second Chance Consignment is also this week on Friday and Saturday from 10-6 featuring over 40 vendors. Two great annual fall activities.
October is also the month for the Chamber Awards dinner on October 16 so get your votes in. Lots happening this month in Weiser.