TWIN FALLS — The Twin Falls City Council is moving ahead with a plan to see whether a recreation center in Twin Falls is needed and feasible.
Monday, the Council gave the ad hoc recreation committee the thumbs-up to negotiate a contract for a feasibility study. The committee will negotiate with one of three companies that have been ranked as follows: Pivot North Architecture, LCA Architects and VCBO Architecture.
“We’re really making progress with our efforts toward a recreation center,” Parks and Recreation Director Wendy Davis said.
The Council had approved the Twin Falls Recreation Center Ad Hoc Committee’s charter in April. The committee received five proposals from firms interested in studying the potential for a recreation center.
The committee will begin first by negotiating a contract with the No. 1 firm, Pivot North Architecture. If an agreement is reached, the contract will come before the Council for approval, Davis said. The cost for the study will probably exceed the $10,000 already budgeted for pursuing a rec center.
The study will decide what recreation needs are being met and what facilities and services are still needed. It will also consider the potential costs and funding of a center. The public will be heavily involved, Davis said.
City Manager Travis Rothweiler said the study may determine whether the city could support a center or if it should pursue a recreation district.
“I think this is a good step for us to decide where we’re going,” Councilman Greg Lanting said.
Also at the meeting, the Council agreed to waive about $62,000 in building permit fees for Jayco to construct a facility at 511 Hankins Road. The state and county have already offered higher incentives, Economic Development Director Nathan Murray said.
The 160,000-square-foot manufacturing and warehouse building will allow for the company to create 360 new jobs.