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Twin Falls City Council

Councilman Shawn Barigar (third from left) speaks during a City Council meeting, Feb. 10, 2014, at the City Council Chambers in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS • City Council will hear a presentation from the Greater Twin Falls Area Transportation Committee’s chairman and consider which road projects to prioritize Monday.

The committee came out earlier this year with its proposal to recommend future road improvements in the area.

City Council will hear a presentation from Chairman Gary Young, and city engineering staff is recommending the Council prioritize, for state funding purposes, some safety-related road projects first, then some projects meant to reduce congestion downtown and some improvements to increase traffic capacity on Washington Street South, Blue Lakes Boulevard and Eastland Drive.

Young will address questions about a proposal to build a truck route bypassing Twin Falls to the southeast, which has run into pushback from some Kimberly residents who live along the route, and about the committee’s compliance with the Open Meeting Law. Young said recently he would take steps to ensure compliance after the Twin Falls County Prosecuting Attorney’s office said in September the committee may not be following the law.

The Council is also scheduled to consider approving a pre-construction and construction services contract with Starr Corporation to be construction manager and general contractor for the new City Hall in the Banner Building and the renovation of the current one, along with the police station, into a Public Safety Complex.

Starr will get $16,000 for the pre-construction work, and for the construction work will get 3.75 percent of the project costs, up to $9 million.

The project is expected to cost less than $9 million, but if it costs more, Starr will get 3.5 percent.

The Council will also consider whether the city’s free leaf collection program is worth it.

The city is building an equipment storage shed on the former leaf collection site, according to a memo from Public Works Director Jon Caton.

Caton writes that the city has about six years’ worth of stored-up leaves stockpiled that it doesn’t know what to do with, that illegal dumping at the collection site has been a problem, Local lawn care businesses are one of the major users of the program, Caton said. He recommends the city phase out leaf and Christmas tree collection.

Among other agenda items, the Council is also scheduled to:

  • Proclaim Oct. 5 “Harold Gerber Day,” to honor the architect’s contributions to the city designing and remodeling numerous prominent public and private buildings, and
  • Appoint Abbie Mashaal to the Airport Advisory Board and present an award to outgoing board member Dan Olmstead.

The Council plans to meet at 3 p.m. for a tour of the Auger Falls recycled water wetlands, to see the six acres of ponds that have been built there to reuse treated wastewater to create wetlands for wildlife habitat.

They plan to be back in the Council chambers at 3rd Avenue East at 5 p.m. to start the regular meeting.

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