The City Council is now applying for a $7,000,000 dollar loan from the Department of Environmental Quality to address the numerous problems with the City water system infrastructure. We are all aware of these problems and the need to address them. We held one Town Hall meeting several years ago and appointed a Citizen committee to review the options and make a recommendation. We now have more information, some new strategies to hold down the costs, and an implementation plan. Improving and maintaining our infrastructure is an ordinary and necessary expense that impacts the health and safety of every citizen.
Mark August 22, 2012 on your calendars. On this date we will hold another in a series of Town Hall meetings to bring you up to date on our plans for the water system infrastructure. Implementing this plan will have an effect of the cost of water which will be reflected on your water bill. Our engineers, Keller and Associates, will also be at this meeting to answer any technical questions you may have. The meeting will be held at the Walker Center and start at 7:00 P.M. This is an important project for our City and I am looking forward to working with you to make it a reality. We need to have an infrastructure that will protect our health and safety, allow us to manage our water in a fair and equitable manner, as well as provide a platform for growth.
DONT FORGET THE FAIR AND RODEO. Our rodeo is nationally ranked as one of the best for towns of our size. The Fair starts with the 4H competition on August 11th. There will be a parade followed by a street dance on August 15th. The Carnival at the Fair also opens on August 15th. The Rodeo starts August 16th and ends the evening of August 19th. This is a big event for our City and brings a lot of people to our town. Don Gill has done a great job on coordinating the Rodeo and street dance. I highly recommend your participation in all of these activities. In a few days I will be delivering a letter to each of our Main Street vendors with a challenge to decorate their store fronts for the Fair and Rodeo as they did 22 years ago when I first arrived in Gooding.
The City has issued over 100 letters to home owners whose yards are considered a nuisance because of junk and weeds. I challenge each of us to be better stewards of our city, to keep our yards clear of junk and weeds and our lawns mowed. If you see a weed or junk on the street pick it up and put it in the trash. If possible, help your neighbor if they are unable to take care of their yard. We set a tone for our city in how we present ourselves and welcome others. Gooding is a great city. We need to show our best to everyone who lives here and to those who come to visit.
The Community Garden needs volunteers to weed. If you have extra time, an adult or youth group that needs a project, call Eric Moore at 934 8481 ex 112 for detail on how to participate in this community project.
And last, enjoy the summer months. Celebrate the good things, and join with the City Council to make Gooding the place to be.