TWIN FALLS — Should Twin Falls declare itself a “neighborly community?” On Monday evening the City Council will make its decision.
Monday’s meeting is starting at 4 p.m., an hour earlier than usual, since the Council is going to hear presentations from the 12 nonprofits applying for the $100,000 total in Municipal Powers Outsource Grants the city is giving out. These grants are meant to support groups that provide services the government might have to provide itself otherwise or enhance existing city services.
After that, the Council will launch into the rest of the agenda, with the first item after the reading of proclamations and the consent calendar being the “neighborly community” resolution.
The resolution calls for “a community where all residents are welcomed, accepted, and given the opportunity to connect with each other without bias in pursuit of common goals,” and originated out of a Boy Scout Eagle Scout Service Project at the College of Southern Idaho Refugee Center.
Boise and Ketchum have passed somewhat similar welcoming resolutions, with Boise’s mentioning refugees specifically. The draft resolution City Manager Travis Rothweiler presented a week ago — and the one in Monday’s City Council packet is very close to what it was a week ago — doesn’t mention refugees or immigrants specifically, instead tying the idea of being a community that welcomes people to points in the city’s strategic plan. However, refugees and immigrants have been the focus of discussion both among many supporters and opponents of the idea, both on the Council and in public comment. As of a week ago, Council members were split 5-2 in favor of passing the resolution.
Among other agenda items, the Council is going to hear a presentation on the progress of the Main Avenue redesign — part of Main Avenue is torn up and being rebuilt right now. And, the Council is scheduled to vote on accepting a $699,000 bid from local company Kloepfer Inc. to build the next section of the Canyon Rim Trail, connecting the Centennial Trail with the Pillar Falls section. The city has set aside $800,000 in development impact fees for the project.