TWIN FALLS — Do you want more options for basketball, pickleball or indoor swimming?
After years of discussion, the city is taking a hands-on approach to bring a recreation center to Twin Falls. On Monday, City Council is being asked to approve the appointment of 13 people recommended for an ad-hoc Twin Falls Recreation Committee.
The city’s previous attempt to get a rec center underway has thus far been fruitless. A committee formed in 2011 developed ideas for a recreation center, but struggled to find ways to fund one without taxpayer dollars.
The City Council had then endorsed a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Magic Valley. But a solid plan never came out, possibly due to a lack of resources from either organization, City Manager Travis Rothweiler said.
This time around, he said, the committee is set up for success, with a purpose to identify priorities, partners and funding by 2019.
“What’s different in this approach is it’s a much wider swath of individuals,” Rothweiler said.
The committee’s charter identifies 12 voting members — a 13th will be recommended on Monday. Most represent specific areas of the community, such as health care or sports. Four at-large members were selected from among 17 applicants, Mayor Shawn Barigar said.
“I think the first group was really driven by passion,” Rothweiler said.
This group will have not only passion, but better resources, he said.
When the committee meets in August, its first task will be to develop a request of qualifications, Barigar said. This will be used to select a company to conduct a feasibility study and architectural design services.
Barigar said the city has gone beyond “Should we have a recreation center?” to “What would it have, what would it cost, and how would it be funded?” The strategic and master parks plans developed since 2012 will be used as guides.
“I think is really a matter of building on the work of this last committee,” Barigar said.
Over the past two years, Council members have noted a recreation center as a top priority among constituents. The ball got rolling when the Council approved a committee charter this spring.
Recommended to represent specific groups on the committee are Bill Brulotte, Jon Myers, Bryan Wright, Daragh Maccabee, Jan Mittlieder, Brad Wills, Chris Scholes, John Twiss and Kyli Goff. The following at-large members were selected from the applicants: Dave Dickerson, Eric Smallwood, Angela Heider and Trevor Morgan.
The committee will meet once monthly.
The City Council meets at 5 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E. Also at the meeting, the Council will consider:
A request to annex 9.75 acres of property east of Harrison Street and north of Canyon Falls Drive with a rezoning to R-6. The higher density zoning would allow for apartments.
Appointing Ryan Bowman, Twin Falls School District director of operations, as a commissioner to the Traffic Safety Commission.
A request to use contingency funds or pool fund mid-year funding to purchase pool blankets, metal doors and a handicap lift. The total requested amount is $25,066.
A resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the state local agreement for construction for a signal and turn bay project on Shoshone Street. The mayor would authorize payment of $34,897.
A presentation on the city’s finances for the first nine months of the fiscal year; and a presentation of the city manager’s recommended FY 2018 budget.