Twin Falls Administrative Restructure

The city council meets Mondays in Twin Falls.


TWIN FALLS — There should be a lot of sniffing around in Twin Falls after Monday’s City Council meeting.

The city is being asked to hire an engineering firm to study odors along a 5-mile sewer pipeline corridor in northwest Twin Falls. The city has large diameter sewer lines along Canyon Rim Road, up Grandview Drive, past the County West building and down into Rock Creek.

After receiving complaints from the public about odors, the engineering department plans to sign a contract with Murray, Smith and Associates for the Grandview Odor Reduction Study. If Council approves, the city will pay the firm $39,908.

The study will be funded by a bond that voters previously passed, in which more than $1 million was set aside for Grandview odor control study, design and construction.

Also at the meeting, the City Council may get a chance to meet a narcotics-detection dog being donated to the Twin Falls Police Department. The Blue Lakes Rotary Club agreed to pay $6,500 for the dog, plus $1,500 for miscellaneous costs, after it asked how the club could assist law enforcement.

“It’s something that can really help us to enhance our ability to enforce drug laws,” Police Chief Craig Kingsbury said.

The dog’s handler will be officer Matt Guzman, who will receive a 4 percent salary increase. Twin Falls Police Department will also have to pay $2,250 for a 160-hour training and $4,000 for police vehicle equipment.

“I want to thank the members of the Blue Lakes Rotary Club and Ken Pavlick of Pacific Coast K9 for helping us to keep our community safe,” Kingsbury said.

As part of the arrangement, Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office will also receive a single-purpose K-9 donated by Pacific Coast K9. The narcotics dog will arrive at the same time the sheriff’s office receives a dual-purpose (narcotics and patrol) K-9 it bought from the trainer.

“It’s a great donation — it’s absolutely fantastic,” Sherriff Tom Carter said. “There’s no downside to this.”

The sheriff’s office sent one officer to receive training to become a single-purpose K-9 instructor, he said. Cpl. Charles Hoop will help Pavlick train city and county dog handlers.

When all is said and done, the county will be back up to having three K-9 units, and the city will have four.

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A presentation of the dog donation will take place at Monday’s meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 305 Third Ave. E. Also at the meeting, the Council will:

Present Idaho Peace Officer Standards and Training Council certificates.

Receive an update on Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization.

Consider adopting an ordinance to rezone 2016 Addison Ave. E. for professional offices for the Janice Seagraves Family Foundation.

Adjourn into executive session to consider hiring a public officer, employee, staff member or individual agent.


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