Heyburn Votes to Hire Animal Control Officer

2013-01-25T02:00:00Z Heyburn Votes to Hire Animal Control OfficerBY LAURIE WELCH - lwelch@magicvalley.com Twin Falls Times-News

HEYBURN • The Heyburn City Council voted unanimously to hire Debbie Heinze as the city’s animal control officer. She will also work in the parks department.

Heinze was hired at a starting wage of $9 per hour. She will start Feb. 1.

“(Heinze) went to work for the city of Rupert when the city took over the animal control shelter,” said Greg Richins, Heyburn’s city administrator, on Thursday. “She worked at the shelter and in the field so she is trained.”

As one of the city’s Public Works employees, Heinze will also perform duties in the streets, water and sewer departments as needed.

Richins said the city council has not officially given the city of Rupert an answer to whether Heyburn will consider rejoining the jointly operated animal control facility located in Paul.

Heyburn opted out of the joint-powers agreement that includes Minidoka County and the cities of Rupert, Paul, Acequia and Minidoka in 2005.

Richins said Minidoka County Fire Protection Chief Mike Brown used to also work part-time for the city of Heyburn as the city’s code enforcer. Due to changes in the fire protection district that contract was dissolved Dec. 31.

Mike Devers, with the Heyburn Police Department, was the city’s previous animal control officer. He will now assume the duties of code enforcer for the city.

How they voted

The Heyburn City Council holds its regular business meetings at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday each month. The meetings are held at City Hall, 941 18th Street.

• The Heyburn City Council voted unanimously to accept public improvements at the Magic Valley Business Park. The improvements will now be subject to a one-year warrantee by park developer Ken Lebsack.

• The council unanimously approved moving forward with a zoning amendment that will restrict the placement of large above-grade storage tanks. The amendment will now be presented to the city’s planning and zoning commission where a public hearing will be scheduled. The amendment will then be passed to the city council for another public hearing before the council votes on the amendment.

• The council tabled an engineering contract for a substation upgrade because the contract was not yet ready.

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