Twin Falls City Council passes 'Neighborly City' resolution

City manager Travis Rothweiler speaks during the City Council meeting Monday evening in downtown Twin Falls.

DREW NASH, TIMES-NEWS

TWIN FALLS — The city’s future City Hall and Public Safety Complex are coming together, according to the head of the firm doing the work.

The basement of the future City Hall, which is going in the former Banner furniture building on Main Avenue, is in the finishing stages and the building’s exterior is fully sheeted, Michael Arrington, president of Starr Corporation, the contractor on the project, told the City Council Monday night.

“You can get a feel for what that’s going to look like,” he said.

The window system, he said, is being constructed in the shop now so it can be installed when the exterior masonry is done.

The building will be energy efficient, with features such as LED lighting fixtures.

“As far as the window systems ... and those things, the building was built to be efficient,” Arrington said.

City Manager Travis Rothweiler said the city is seeking to get the building Leadership in Energy and Enviornmental Design (LEED) certified, and that it could qualify for the United States Green Building Council’s silver certification.

As for the former City Hall being rebuilt to be part of a new Public Safety Complex, Arrington said the demolition work there is mostly done and utility installation is being done now. The structural steel was installed Saturday and over the next few weeks the building’s interior will take shape.

“From the outside you’re able to see some of the changes in the look of that building,” he said.

Arrington said the project is within budget and on schedule.

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The Council also voted to give out $100,000 in Municipal Powers Outsource Grants to about a dozen nonprofits. At $25,000, Trans IV buses is the biggest recipient.

The Council also:

Heard a short presentation on the sport of pickleball. City officials are weighing whether to include money for public pickleball courts in next years’s budget.

Voted to buy for $80,000 property near the current Public Works building to provide more parking and better deal with stormwater issues.

Honored retiring police Staff Sgt. Arnold Morgado, who has been on the department’s SWAT team since 2000 and is its field commander.

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