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PARKS & RECREATION REPORT 5-17-17 LMS
The city’s Parks and Recreation Team met on May 10 and according to Team Chairman, Councilman Rob Jackson, one of the topics discussed was an offer from a guest at the May 3 City Council meeting.
At the early May meeting Shad Davis of Madison County, Project Manager for “Escape the Vape,” volunteered to assist the city in having e-cigarettes and vaping banned from local city parks. Jackson said the Parks Team thought the ban would be too hard to enforce and the matter was dropped.
Public Works Supervisor Harry Shanafelt met with the team to discuss the parking issue along VanDreff Street and he suggested the possibility of building a retaining wall.
Team members in addition to Jackson are Neal James and Jim Bockelman and they will look into the cost of wall construction and report results at the team’s next meeting.
Jackson said the walking path from town out to the City Park is being used by a number of motorized vehicles even though such use is posted as prohibited. He said due to the difficulties related to enforcement of the rule the team felt it would be easier to restrict motorized vehicle access to the park by installing a post in the middle of the walking-path park entrance.
Jackson will be speaking with Idaho Transportation local representative Jeff Eagle about the future of the barriers erected last year along Highway 28 adjacent to City Park. The original purpose was to create more of a designated route for traffic headed towards the park’s entrance and prevent drivers from exiting just anywhere along the adjacent stretch of highway. The option of installing a fence along the highway is also under discussion.
The Sacajawea Center now has trail use counters and they show about 1,300 people visited the center’s walking path in 34 days. Jackson said the counters are in different locations throughout the park and will be pinpointing usage in the various areas.
The next meeting of the Parks and Recreation Team is June 14 at 3PM in the City Hall Conference Room.
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