RUPERT • Rupert Police Officer Matt Hawkins updated the council on the Loss Prevention Program. He said it has grown from his initial concept of protecting Rupert merchants to also involve Burley. About 30 business owners from Mini-Cassia attended the first meeting.
“I’m still getting phone calls from businesses in Paul, Burley, Heyburn, stuff like that,” he said.
They are discussing times when businesses are most vulnerable, such as when they are receiving freight. He feels the businesses are working well together.
Some of the same criminals work from one county to another, Hawkins said.
Mayor Michael D. Brown commended Hawkins, saying this was so much better than anything the city has had before.
In other business
• Park fees were waived for the Folk Dance Festival which is from 5-9 p.m. July 25. Mayor Brown said he wanted the roads around the square closed off during the parade portion, around 6 p.m. Dancers will mingle with the crowd afterward.
• Susan Biggins of the DeMary Library, who is over the teen and children events, told the council there will be a teen event to wrap up the summer reading program. A band of their peers will play for them. She anticipates some spillover into the street and asked how to handle that. She requested a police officer help with hot dogs or sodas, because many children of that age group are afraid of officers. The event will be held 7:30-10:30 p.m. July 26.
She also requested that the lawn watering be delayed on Friday, July 13 and July 26, for their Monster Fashion Show and for their wrap-up celebration.
• The Fourth of July Celebration drew positive responses from residents and tourists. One Oregon tourist wrote a thank you letter enclosing a copy of one of his photos of the fireworks and his children. Several people praised the parade as the best one ever. Comments are also coming in favor of the new flagpoles set up along the highway which were installed by the POW-MIA committee.
• Rupert city administrator Kelly Anthon gave the city council a 10-page explanation of the city’s code regarding how to deal with surplus property, and also how much value an employee may receive as a gift from a customer. He worked with Colleen Severson, Rupert City Financial Officer, on the new policies.
“As we go through, if there are problems we could tweak it this year,” Anthon said.
Approval of the policy was tabled until the Aug 28 meeting in order for council members to study it.