TWIN FALLS — Anticipating less state funding and more expenses, Trans IV Buses is asking for the city’s financial support in the upcoming 2019 and 2020 grant years.
On Monday, the City Council will consider a request to provide matching grant funds of about $45,000 over both years to help Trans IV offset increased costs anticipated for employees, insurance and fuel, among other items.
Trans IV is managed by the College of Southern Idaho and has provided public transportation in Twin Falls since 1979. It offers scheduled demand response service to citizens, specifically aimed to help seniors, low-income individuals and people with disabilities.
Idaho Transportation Department, which funds Trans IV, has cut the program’s yearly grant amount by $101,000 per year beginning in 2016. Meanwhile, CSI has been losing money on the program due to sources for its matching funds drying up, city grant writer Mandi Thompson said.
A study the city commissioned last year determined that a fixed bus route is premature for Twin Falls, but the city should take steps toward public transportation, including additional funding for Trans IV.
In May, Trans IV Buses was a recipient of a Municipal Powers Outsource Grant from the city for $25,000.
The City Council meeting begins at 5 p.m. Monday at 303 Third Ave. E.
At the beginning of the meeting, Vice Mayor Suzanne Hawkins will read a proclamation recognizing Oct. 22 as the bicentenary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, the founder of the Baha’i faith.
Citizens regularly send in proclamation requests to the mayor, and they are approved at his or her discretion, Mayor Shawn Barigar said.
“It’s an opportunity to give some publicity and give attention to issues that are important to citizens,” he said.
This is the first time Barigar could recall the city has formally recognized the birth of a religious leader.
“I don’t really find it to be a religious proclamation,” he said.
The resolution recognizes that Baha’u’llah brought a message of “human dignity, capacity and oneness suited to the requirements of contemporary life.”
The proclamation urges all to “promote in themselves and in their relations with others those qualities and attributes that will help bring about the recognition of the oneness of humanity; to embrace diversity; and to work for unity in our local community, in our country, and in the world.”
Another proclamation to be read Monday will be in recognition of Oct. 20 as Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Twin Falls. Attendees are encouraged to show up in pink at the meeting.
Police officers and firefighters have been wearing pink this month and are supporting women in their lives to get regular screenings, city spokeswoman Joshua Palmer said.
Also on Monday’s agenda:
Recognition of firefighter Jeff Miller’s promotion to driver/operator; and driver/operator Dave Owens’ promotion to captain.
An update on the city/Urban Renewal Agency Main Avenue Project.
A request to award a bid to Rosenbauer for a new airport fire truck for $640,172.16 under an FAA grant.
A request to adopt an ordinance annexing 2.19 acres at 491 Canyon Rim Road with a residential zoning.
A request to adopt an ordinance vacating the Garnand Subdivision Conveyance plant, excluding dedicated easements and right-of-way, on property at 129 Eastland Drive.
A request to approve a records destruction resolution.
A request to rezone 2016 Addison Ave. from R-2 to R-2 PRO to allow for a professional office.
Adjournment to executive session to consider the evaluation, dismissal or disciplining of, or to hear complaints or charges brought against, a public officer, employee, staff member, individual agent or public school student.