By Madge Wylie
The City Council met Thursday, June 12, after being postponed from its regular day due to a lack of quorum.
Engineer Mike Davis explained the process for the completion of the sidewalk project along the east side of the school yard which was voted on in the spring with direction from a program called Safe Routes to School. Contingent on the financial addition of funds beyond the grants from the ITD and the school, the project will begin on the fifth of July. The council voted to accept the lower bid of $126,000 from Granite Excavation of Cascade, Idaho.
Councilman Parkie Stapleton, who is chairman for the Melba Beautification committee, announced that plans are going forward for the children’s playground and equipment depending on the amount of donations and grants that are in the works.
Arbor Day awards of $50 each have been awarded to two groups. They were the LDS Boy Scouts and a youth group from the Melba Valley Worship Center on Highway 45.
The group voted to not renew the lease on the property at 111 Charlotte Drive – the city house.
Davis explained to the Council that a notice from the Melba Fire Dept. has informed them that the water supply is inadequate in the event of a major fire in Melba. The current capacity with no pressure would be gone in 10 minutes. As a result of a plant facilities study done in May 2011, plans are under way to provide a booster storage reservoir, a standby generator and a pump station. A town hall meeting to talk about the water storage situation will take place on July 14 at the Senior Center at 7 p.m. Residents are urged to attend.
Dennis Rogers, city maintenance engineer, announced his appreciation to the Highway District for painting the lines inside the city recently.