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Crouch City Council Reviewing Several Topics at May Meeting

City of Crouch: There was the monthly meeting of the Crouch City Council last week with all members in attendance. Council members are Mayor Bob Powell, Council President Richard Messick, and Member Wendy Bates, Jackie Kraup and Dana Hinson. Attorney Tony Pantera was present with City Clerk/Treasurer Vickie L. Chandler.

Water project planning was discussed. Tim Farrell, City Water Engineer explained future water planning with four alternatives to connect EDU’s. (An EDU or “Equivalent Dwelling Unit” is defined as one single-family residential household. It is the unit of measure by which the user is charged for sewer services.) One is to do nothing and there is no cost. Two is use existing system to connect to the planned 24 EDU’s. Third is to connect to at least 100 EDU’s and service as many people as possible. This would be the most costly and would need to look into block grants. Fourth is to connect to a regional system and the District to collects the money.

Water Master Terry Tucker asked what happens if one client could use all 24 EDU’s.  Crouch resident Jim Trudeau asked about EDU and connection availabilities.  It was explained that EDU’s would be a first come first serve. Trudeau’s opinion was that “it very important to have this water under city control.”

A PowerPoint Hazard Mitigation Plan was given to the council by John Roberts, outgoing Boise County Emergency Manager and incoming Emergency Manager/Coordinator Bob Showalter.  The Hazard Mitigation Plan covered earthquake planning to flooding, fires and rock fall. Roberts and Showalter are conducting meetings like this with other agencies to make sure Boise County is following Preparedness, Response, Recovery and Prevention to any hazard. They explained that mitigation makes communities safe and resilient.

At these meetings, they will evaluate what is most vulnerable and put that on their priority lists to mitigate. Wildfires are assessed as being the biggest issues facing Boise County. FEMA Risk Map has created certified plans to go with wildfire dangers. A Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) in combination with 9 other counties will reduce costs and is overseen by the Idaho Department of Lands. This will address wildfire response, mitigation, community preparedness and structure protection. Possible additional funding can open up after assessing risk and setting a standardized process to remove risks. This will include the Firewise Project work on private land that Roberts will be heading up.

Boise County Emergency Management has a Facebook page where there will be updates on hazards and emergencies. Showalter encourages residents to check out this site often for updates. He also encouraged everyone to be prepared for their own self sufficiency in times of emergencies. Showalter says, “You have got to have your own plan. Don’t rely on the government to do it for you.”

Mayor Powell discussed the coming solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.  He has attended meetings and relayed information of how the First Responders are working to get a plan in place for the expected thousands that will come for viewing. “Garden Valley is in the narrow path of totality and we need to be prepared for the influx of people,” explains Mayor Powell, “but we are just not sure what to do yet.’

Snow Removal Ordinance 2017-002 had a second reading and is on the table for further consideration of the certain aspects of penalties. The Discharge of Fireworks in City of Crouch, Ordinance 2017-003, had a second reading with the third reading waived and was adopted.

Garden Valley Center for the Arts gave a report that the Spring Fling was a success. Garden Valley Visitor Information Center and the Historical Museum were open and busy during Spring Fling. Council approved using street budget to have their roadway areas sealed with asphalt coating. Meeting was adjourned. Next Council meeting is June 14, 2017 in the Syringa Building at 342 Village Circle.

Written by Janet Juroch – BCC Staff