In a significant step toward improving municipal services and infrastructure, the city has officially broken ground on its new Public Works Facility. This ambitious project is set to provide a centralized hub for the City's Public Works Department, responsible for managing vital water and wastewater utilities, as well as maintaining the City's streets and infrastructure.
Mayor Frohlich, who helped lead the council in making the new facility a reality, emphasized the importance of this project for the community. "Our city is growing, and so are the demands on our public works services," Mayor Frohlich stated. "With this modern facility, we are not only preparing for the future but also ensuring that our residents receive the high-quality services they deserve."
The project is estimated to take approximately 10 – 12 months to complete, with construction crews working diligently to ensure minimal disruption to residents. The city has also committed to keeping the community informed throughout the construction process, with regular updates and outreach efforts.
Funding for the Public Works Facility was secured through a combination of property sale proceeds, enterprise fund revenues and Local Option Tax revenues. This multi-faceted approach showcases the City's dedication to fiscal responsibility while striving for progress.
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The Idaho Water Resources Board recently awarded the City a grant of $27,500 to repair and strengthen the footings on the north side of Calderwood Bridge. Calderwood Bridge is located along S 500 W and crosses over Trail Creek. A recent bridge inspection of Calderwood Bridge found that the volume and flow of water is scouring the north abutment of the bridge, exposing the footing. To repair and strengthen the bridge, the City applied for a grant through the Idaho Water Resources Board. The City was one of ten public agencies throughout Idaho to be awarded funding. The funds will be used to construct an 8-inch-thick concrete floor under the bridge to protect the footers. The concrete will have a "turndown wall" on the downstream end to protect against further erosion of the bridge's footings. The total project cost is estimated at $55,000. The Idaho Water Resource Board grant of $27,500 will be matched with $27,500 from the City. In addition, the City provided $3,500 of in-kind services related to the bridge inspection and the preparation of conceptual engineering plans. The project is estimated to take 120 days to complete once the necessary permits from the United States Army Corps of Engineers and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have been obtained.
This project has not started yet.
Lift Station #2 is located at the intersection of Cedron and 1000 W and pumps wastewater collected from the west portion of the City to the main gravity sewer line in S 500 W. The lift station components have reached the end of their useful life and increased wastewater flows in the City require that the lift station be replaced and upsized. The new Lift Station #2 is currently under construction and is located one mile north of the existing lift station #2 at the intersection of S 1000 W and W 7000 S. The project also includes the construction of one mile of new 10-inch gravity sewer line and a half-mile of 6-inch pressure sewer line. Completion of the project is expected in late fall of 2023