TWIN FALLS — Unpleasant smells under Canyon Springs Road have prompted the city to prepare to do more odor control near its wastewater treatment facility.
A new odor control building was the only new commercial building permit granted in November, according to the city’s monthly report. The building, valued at $751,421, has been more than a year in the planning process.
The city had received numerous complaints, possibly augmented by increased traffic into the canyon, city spokesman Joshua Palmer said.
“It was definitely noticeable,” Palmer said about the smell.
The worsened odor was a result of the city’s work in the past couple of years to increase capacity at the wastewater treatment plant. Bigger lines along Canyon Springs Road transport untreated wastewater to the facility, he said.
The city took time planning for an odor control building that water could pass through to lessen the smell, Palmer said. Part of that process addressed aesthetics of the building.
Other commercial building permits issued in November for remodels included work for Twin Falls Church of the Nazarene and St. Ignatius Church. Twin Falls Escape Rooms got approved for an interior remodel at 826 Blue Lakes Blvd. N., and the Magic Valley YMCA received a permit for roof repair in its pool room at 1751 Elizabeth Blvd.
In residential development, the city’s momentum continued as it issued 15 new single-family permits and seven permits for residential additions or remodels. Twin Falls has granted 229 permits for single family dwellings between January and November, already higher than the number issued in all of 2015.