The City of Crouch started their first meeting of the year with items to bring in for discussion. The new year brought some change to the Crouch City Council members after the fall election. The council also has ongoing city water project steps they are taking to proceed with additional water hook-ups and how the water system may need to change.
The first order of business was a special plaque presentation that was made to outgoing Council President and Council Member, Richard Messick, who retired from the Council after 9 years. The Mayor expressed his sincere appreciation for Richard’s year of service and enjoyed serving with him.
The council members who renewed their positions and the one new council member replacing Messick were sworn in by City Clerk Vickie L. Chandler. The returning members were Robert Powell, Mayor and Dana Hinson, Council person. Also sworn in was newest member Steve McAninch. The Clerk also gave each person a certificate of election. Next, Mayor Powell conducted the election for new Council President. Newest member, Steve McAninch, was nominated, voted on, and graciously accepted the position.
Mayor Powell had participated in an Mayor Walkathon challenge in the fall. The goal was to walk 10,000 steps per day for one month to raise money for a charity of his choice. Mayor Powell was able to raise $1000 for the Garden Valley Elementary. The money was given to the City to be expended to his charity. The Mayor explained the number of steps each day to get the $1000 and said, “It takes a lot of walking to do 10,000 steps every day for a month.”
Tim Farrell, City Water Engineer & Mike Woodworth of Mountain Waterworks gave a water system update. The November city council meeting set approval for the Council to work on a plan to install infrastructure and a well house to serve about 115 EDU’s l. An EDU is the hook up for each business or home and number of hook ups are based on certain criteria of potential usage.
There would be steps taken to seek grant funding to keep rates reasonable. The city will need to pass a revenue bond in order to match Department of Commerce funds. Easements would have to be cleaned up first and then run a bond election. The city and Mountain Waterworks would make sure there is a good education plan for the public to gain insight on how the water funding would work. The bond is in essential in getting grants. The bond would not be used if enough grant funds came to the project or the City can’t afford the bond with the low amounts that came in grant form.
The cost would be around 1.3 million dollars to bring water system down the Middlefork from the current tank near Packer John subdivision, on to Starlight theater and the Dirty Shame, including the businesses in town. Another tank would be necessary. Location of new tank has yet to be determined. Regionalization was discussed and the possibilities in the future. Without grant money, the project would be dead. This bond is not going to the taxpayers; it will be paid for by users. Farrell explained that it would only be done with total affordable and comparable user fees. The plans will have further discussion at the next meeting and be ongoing.
Fire Hydrant Ordinance 2018-01 was approved for construction companies to come in to ask for permitting to use water from the hydrants at a nominal cost for the use of the water. Bidding Resolution 2018-R001 was also approved. Any Ordinances or Resolutions may be viewed at the city hall office for review during open hours of Tuesday-Thursday from noon to 4:00pm.
Written by Janet Juroch