City Council to Discuss Sexual Orientation Discrimination

2013-01-14T02:00:00Z City Council to Discuss Sexual Orientation DiscriminationBy Alison Gene Smith alismith@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

TWIN FALLS • The Twin Falls City Council is scheduled to discuss tonight possible action on research city staff has completed on anti-discrimination policies.

Councilwoman Rebecca Mills-Sojka commented during a discussion of a new policy handbook in December that she would encourage the addition of sexual orientation to the anti-harassment and discrimination policy for city employees.

At the Jan. 7 meeting, City Manager Travis Rothweiler said city staff was nearly finished researching the topic.

Protecting sexual orientation under government anti-discrimination policies has made headlines in Idaho over the last year after a failed attempt to add the category on a state level at the Idaho Legislature. The cities of Sandpoint and Boise have added the phrase so far, and Pocatello’s city council has considered doing the same.

The council will also consider dissolving the city’s Citizen Finance and Planning Commission. The commission was formed by an ordinance in July 2010 and has been meeting monthly since then.

The original goal of the five-person group was to advise the city on financial matters, advocate for the city and its citizens, and recommend best-practice alternatives for the city.

The commission worked with the Rec Center Committee to create a plan for a proposed recreation center and other city planning issues.

During the latter part of 2012, the commission began to question whether their original goals had been met and whether or not they should continue meeting or disband. Now they’ve decided to disband and have asked the city to vote to dissolve them.

The city council will also vote on whether to change Fourth Avenue North to a one-way from Shoshone Street to Fairfield Street North at the request of First Federal Bank. First Federal is planning an expansion at their existing downtown site and say modifying the road will help its traffic.

Other items:

• Consideration of a request to appoint Margaret Peck to serve as a library trustee for a full term of office from January 2013 through December 2017.

• Consideration of a request to amend Twin Falls City Code by allowing limited outside display of merchandise for sale subject to conditions.

• Consideration of the next step in developing a local improvement district as requested by Chobani.

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