Notice of Open Meeting February 8th

Notice of Open Meeting

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, Frb.8, 2024, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at 19th Hole, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

19th Hole, Jerome, ID.

(Agenda subject to change up to the time of the meeting or for an emergency)

Date:  Thursday Feb.8, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

Additions to Agenda – action item with Motion and Order to Amend Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Jan. 11, 2024, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           Tent Camping status-Horse Corrals, tent camping, raise money

                                           Raise Money for many projects

                                           Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

    Use county IT dept.

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                        . Yingst Grade Easement

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                            Volunteer Service Awards

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            Places Bill is speaking – Land Trust, Rotary.

                                           . Speakers for Summer

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules – Jeff

                                          New Business – additional items if added by agenda amendment.

Guest Sharing – guests are invited to share ideas and information during this time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates –

  • Monthly Meeting, Thursday March 14, 2024, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

                        Adjournment upon completion of business. 

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Notice of Open Meeting January 11th

Notice of Open Meeting

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Renew on Main St., Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

Renew Main St. Jerome, ID.

(Agenda subject to change up to the time of the meeting or for an emergency)

Date:  Thursday Jan. 11, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

Additions to Agenda – action item with Motion and Order to Amend Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Dec. 14, 2023, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           Tent Camping status-Horse Corrals, tent camping, raise money

.  Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

    Use county IT dept.

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                        . Yingst Grade Easement

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                            Voluteer Service Award

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            Places Bill is speaking – Land Trust, Rotary.

                                           . Speakers Bureau

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules – Jeff

                                          New Business – additional items if added by agenda amendment.

Guest Sharing – guests are invited to share ideas and information during this time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates –

  • Monthly Meeting, Thursday Feb.8, 2024, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

                        Adjournment upon completion of business. 

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Meeting Minutes – January 11th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Renew Coffee, Jerome, Idaho

Attending Board Members: Chairman Bill Bridges, Sue Williams, Brenda Weekes, John Weston, Mark Reyes, Jeff Pierson, Greg Moore, and Becky Dean as alternate Board Member. Not present: Steve Paulson and Alan Clawson.

Guests: Mike Tilka as Advisor, Larry Hall with Jerome 2020 as Advisor, David Freiberg and Codie Martin with BLM, Jerome Commissioners Charlie Howell and Art Watkins, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

Bill called the meeting to order at 11:10 a.m. with a quorum present. Introductions were made.

Minutes: December 14, 2023, minutes reviewed with Sue submitting corrections on the grant amounts including (PLEASE CHECK THESE) $34,8741 in two grants. The Park spent $256,419.89 and $92,321.11 is left from the grant and funds are to be used by June 2024. Sue thinks another $30k will be spent in March for the second vault toilet, and any other incidentals for the RV Camp. Sue moved to approve as corrected, Brenda second, minutes approved.

Treasurers Report: (PLEASE CHECK THESE) $11,352 in account. Tracy McKim was unavailable so the other account balances are unknown for this report. The regular account has $56,710 left but cannot verify expenditures. The I.T. account has had no expenditures. Commissioners provided $85k for the Broken Bridge project and $27,500 is unspent. Any additional expenditure must occur by July and Art will confirm the deadline date.

No approval yet from BLM for Yingst Grade improvements and if we don’t get approval soon then it may need to be paused until eagle nesting restrictions have passed. Bill asked if it is possible to use the Yingst funds of $27k for the tent park and then when tent park money comes in it can go back towards Yingst. Art will look into this too. Discussion on ARPA funds and disagreement if they need to be used by 2024 or by 2026. Bill is concerned about timing and if eagles are nesting then the project is stalled. Codie stated based on Fish and Wildlife database maps and past nests, it should be assumed the nests are occupied until outside the restriction time. Codie said Bill Bridges may be able to get certified by Fish and Wildlife to complete bird observation reporting. Codie added the BLM is understaffed in that 15 positions at their Shoshone district office, eight are now vacant.

Tent Camping: Sue said the Backcountry Horsemen members are tied up until March and will look at installing horse corrals after that. She posted notice of RV camping on a travelers Facebook page with almost 500 hits so far, mostly from equestrian travelers happy about the stopover proximity. She will monitor demand and timing. Sue has not looked at funding options for tent camping yet, but Gerald Martins estimates $100k will be needed for grading, parking and designating sites and signage. Bill said Eastern Idaho Railroad will likely donate used ties and he will get Sue a contact. Sites will be 16×16 so about 8 railroad ties per site for 11 sites equals an estimate of 90 needed. Sue will provide her written Tent Camping proposal for Bill and others to start fundraising. Bill spoke to the Twin Falls morning Rotary club and a member from Glanbia said they may be able to help. Sue will actively look to collect names of businesses and people to start fundraising for the project.

Website: Bill and Art will monitor billing and website posts.

Broken Bridge: New bridge is installed and being used. Brenda inquired if the contractor has been fully paid. Brenda added since the work was done from the North side instead of the South, there was some mild grading done and she was concerned as the BLM had not pre-approved work on the North side. Codie confirmed there was road modification but that it was not dramatic; it looked like someone mildly graded the two track roads. He reminded SRCP to remind contractors to not do any additional work, but in this case, Codie is not concerned.

The new bridge needs a name. Bill’s January newspaper article requests suggested names. Ribbon cutting is likely to be in April or May, and will confirm access issues, particularly relative to Quagga mussel closures.

Yingst Grade Easement: Brenda took Gerald Marten’s development plan to BLM on January 8th and confirmed Dirk (front desk at BLM) has it and may work on it until John Tjaden is back. Codie thought a fair amount of clearances have already been accomplished and BLM needs to process it with their realty specialist. One year ago, Bill suggested the highway department to consider widening the road to the Yingst parking lot.

Shooting Range: John will check in with Fish and Game about the $4,700 grant for a feasibility study. Codie said the district is considering several areas to place shooting ranges. The Arizona visit was insightful as to considerations and what to not do in developing a shooting range. Codie said BLM is narrowing locations with the easiest natural use and without grazing areas. BLM has identified at least three retired gravel pits for possible 100/200 yard ranges including one in Malad by Gooding, another South of Filer, and a third by the Murtaugh bridge. BLM is looking into lead contamination issues and if you need a reclaiming company, liner use of chips.

Codie said the BLM acknowledges the SRCP’s interest in a range, but the BLM and Jerome County need to look at what is being proposed in the area outside of the park, who pays for it, runs it, etc. Discussed if the feasibility study should be pursued and Codie acknowledged the BLM would like to see those findings if it is completed. Also noted that BLM is engaging allotment holders in conversations about future land uses.

Shoshone Falls Overlook: Larry said Steven Anderson with Civil Sciences updated him on the survey and core drilling. All fieldwork is complete; their report should be done in another month or two. John had given him a footprint of drilling and based on that is there an idea how footprint might change, including the drive isle, but not much else anticipated in changes. Visual can easily be camouflaged, buildings will open to the north, and steel materials will have a rusting look and blend in. Larry believes they can present results at a future meeting.

Randel Brunmeier with the Idaho Department of Lands has worked with Idaho Power over safety concerns.  Codie martin said two large boulders came through the plant in the canyon. Fencing was installed this fall as an emergency fix. Bill added that the 3-acre private property to the East has some recent grading done and some was done on the IDL parking lot without IDL’s permition.  Bill indicated is desire for the park to acquire this property. Mention of historical burial sites, albeit one marker was fictitious, and other nearby properties.

Volunteer Service Award: Sue recommended establishing a $300 budget for volunteer recognition awards, John made the motion with Sue’s second; motion carried. Brenda suggested two awards given, one for volunteers and the other for services. Brenda nominated Gerald Martens and his company Tensco for the services award and the work he is done in helping engineer the Broken Bridge, Yingst Grade and the RV Park (see Brenda’s handout). Bill added a second nomination for the Off Roaders group for 24 years of volunteer park cleanup. Jeff felt awards are a PR benefit for the park and supports the idea of two awards. Brenda motioned to give two awards this year, one as the volunteer service award and the other for outstanding services to the park, Mark second, passed unanimously. Bill clarified that Gerald Martens will receive the services award and the Off Roaders will receive the volunteers award and awards will be given as a plaque with SRCP logo and design from Mason’s trophies.

Work on Five Year Plan: In December Brenda and Sue met with the and updated the planning packet handout with its list of all projects they’ve placed by compatibility on the map and have noted timelines and priorities. Some projects don’t need BLM clearances but for those that do, the BLM wants a clear priority list.

Brenda and Bill will next present to Jerome County Commissioners at their January 16th meeting. Art asked for a commissioner to be included in future meetings with BLM. Brenda suggested establishing relationships with the user groups and to be mindful of those who already have rights or right-aways. Brenda clarified she needs this board to review the 5-year plan draft and BLM priorities.

Codie suggested a hiking trail from bridge to overlook and only needing the Idaho Department of Lands for easement approval. Brenda would like to prioritize said trail and suggested working with the county. Other items that can be worked on and don’t need BLM approval, include naming of ORV trails and marking already established equestrian trails. Inquired if they could use the $5k grant for placement marking and trail markers.

Codie added that designating non-motorized use areas is challenging and suggested implementing an ordinance from the county commissioners instead of BLM designation. Bill noted East of Devil’s Corral could be non-motorized and West of it could stay motorized with Codie adding that emergency use access is necessary and to not install barricades.

Sue reiterated that the Board’s action item here is to review and submit priorities noting the two columns of Board’s Priority and BLM Priority. BLM’s first priority is Yingst Grade and second is the Shoshone Overlook. Board members to send subsequent priority suggestions to Brenda before January 16th.

Speaking Opportunities: Bill will reschedule his speaking with the Magic Valley Land Trust. He spoke to the Twin Falls AM Rotary on Tuesday.

Speakers Bureau: Sue encouraged the board not to delay in planning these events.

Security: Bill reported no issues in the past four months; only one damaged sign at Vineyard and he will replace it. Added that the Idaho Conservation League picked up eight 30-gallon bags of garbage in a cleanup at Vineyard. The Prairie Falcon Audubon is also looking to help with projects.

Maintenance: Bill said the board needs to figure out a budget on how to handle future maintenance including grass cutting and trash cleanup. Proposal needs to be submitted to commissioners by September.

Newspaper Articles: Bill’s January article has been submitted and Sue’s article on tent camping will run in February.

Open Meeting Rules: Jeff asked to defer discussion.

Closures: Brenda had sent notice that Vineyard Lake area is closed to off-road vehicles but no

signs are posted. Codie added that the non-private area of Devil’s Corral is on BLM property, is also already non-motorized, and it would also be a good place to ride horses.

Meeting Adjourned at 1:00 p.m.

Next meeting Thursday February 8, 2024, 11am – 1pm, at the 19th Hole

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Meeting Minutes – December 14th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, December 14, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board Members: Chairman Bill Bridges, Sue Williams, Brenda Weekes, John Weston, Steve Paulson and newly appointed Mark Reyes. Not present: Jeff Pierson, Greg Moore, and Alan Clawson

Guests: Aaron Utz with Idaho Power, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

Bill called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m. with a quorum present. Introductions were made and Bill announced that Mark Reyes has been appointed as a SRCP board member.

Minutes: November 9, 2023, minutes were reviewed. Steve moved to approve, Sue second, minutes approved.

Treasurers Report: No changes as no money was spent.

RV Park: Solar light is fixed; it was out due to a power outage caused by moisture. Inform Sue of any new issues as they may be covered under warranty. Corrals construction will start after the winter season as the backcountry horsemen want to be involved, and they are busy helping the forest service now.

Regarding tent camping development, Sue shared Gerald Martens’ grading estimate of $96,500 which doesn’t include the lumber needed to create defined campsites. Grading estimate is $5,500 with $70,800 for aggregate and base material. State grants for developing tent camping are not available as there is no revenue associated with tent camping. Sue is inquiring about camping supply firms (i.e. Coleman) that may offer funding, but it likely will need to come from donations; perhaps $10k per unit donations. Considered a long-term project due to funding. The second vault toilet will be installed near the Morley Arbor in March, and it will service tent campers. Funding for this vault toilet comes out of the RV camp grant.

Tracy McKim, Jerome County Clerk, went over their accounts regarding the two grants that funded the RV camp. Of the $348,741 granted, $256,419.89 has been spent, and likely will need funds to regrade Morley arbor area. Of the remaining $92,321.11 available from the grants, Sue estimates that we will have another $30,000 in expenses to complete the project.  Some funds will be needed to regrade the Morley Arbor parking lot.  Funds from both grants will be available until June 2024. Any unused funds from the RV grants , can’t be used for th tent camping project.  Sue noted that two invoices (about $8k) were charged to the park and should have gone through the grant and are now paid and assigned to the right account. Sue asked for invoices related to the RV Camp to run through her so she can reconcile.

Website: Jerome County IT will take over all website management soon.

Broken Bridge Completed: Concrete was poured Monday, and the new bridge is primarily complete with its rails up and being utilized by hikers and bikers. The Snake River is still closed from the east side and SRCP has been asked to hold off on a public announcement until spring when subsequent quagga mussel sampling will be done. This delay will also give time for trail improvement. Gerald Martens said he’d finish the things the BLM needs to give SRCP its 20-year right of way. John sent the right of way application and Brenda completed the answers and will attach them to Gerald’s plan.

Steve will complete the restoration seed plan section from the application. Brenda said people are pulling weeds and hauling them out in trash bags and believes it is a friend of long-time park steward Carl Nellis. Brenda suggested getting volunteer groups to continue to help.

City of Twin Falls Park Director Wendy Davis said she didn’t get the SRCP’s previous invoice and Bill has re-sent it. Other funding will be coming in for trail grading, estimated around $50k. Bridge contractor Michael Walters from Wolftone has been paid to date. He will give Gerald a bid on further rock removal.

Bill and Jerome County Commissioners visited the bridge and Bill would like to see graffiti removed by sandblasting and address the functionality of rail lowering. Rail design is supposed to release and lower with pins and a padlock and now each rail has 4 bolts that will take hours to lower. Steve suggested confirming the construction is done to design specs and Bill will follow-up with Gerald. Bill will inquire with the Bureau of Reclamation how to be notified when water levels will run high.

Steve inquired of a plan to mitigate future graffiti cleanup and Bill said it falls under maintenance and on the list of things the SRCP will need to manage, adding the need for a maintenance budget and operator. Discussed security cameras, setups with adjacent base stations, apple trackers and game cameras.

Shooting Range: John Weston reported frustration on getting the feasibility study completed noting the Fish & Game’s grant deadline is June 2025. Extended discussion with what has occurred so far, what needs to happen to follow required procedure, and SRCP’s decision to run the shooting range or to let the BLM manage it. Suggested incorporating it into the 5-year plan to give SRCP oversite and keep it on BLM’s track.

Bill suggested getting in front of Jerome Commissioners to clarify that we have a F&G grant for a feasibility study and SRCP has a quote from a firm to complete it. The Commissioners can then submit it to the BLM with the plans, design, and area identified. Bill and Art will look to get on the Commissioner’s agenda and John will complete the application.

Steve suggested the Board decide if they support managing the range with discussion about potential revenue stream and insurance coverage provided by the county. The Board unanimously agreed they support the SRCP taking on the management of the range and Art requested a motion. Brenda made a motion for the SRCP Board to submit a request to the BLM to have a lease to run the shooting range as part of the park. Steve second. All voted in favor.

Overlook: Larry Hall is following through on tasks for the overlook with help from Commissioner Art Watkins. Civil Science will start its geotechnology drill testing next week.

5-year Plan: The subcommittee met November 16, 2023, to cover proposals from various user groups. Brenda compiled a report she shared showing the subcommittee’s work dividing the park into regions from West to East: 1) Auger Falls Parcel, 2) West Parce, 3) East Parcel – West of 700 Road, 4) East Parcel – East of 700 Road, 5) Hansen Bridge Parcel, and 6) Canyon Rim finding that most proposals fit nicely within the master plan. The committee identified projects if they need to be submitted to BLM for approval or not. The last pages are a spreadsheet of proposals with estimates as to priority and year. Suggested adding the shooting range to the East of 700 Road.

Asked for Board review, particularly with years identified for priority. Steve asked if areas are predicated on funding, some are. Brenda added the rock crawling only needs signage for roads/trails and that SRCP would just assist their proposal to the BLM. Also noted some timelines pushed later as there wasn’t a proposal submitted yet (i.e. the dog park).

Discussion about SRCP making changes on priority, timeline, requirements, and discussion on reserving the right to set standards, approve activities and events, charge fees, noting safety, weeds, parking, toilets, etc. Additional discussion about use and conflicts of use, for example between rock crawlers and equestrians in adjacent or overlap areas, adding that users have different utilizations and challenges the board should be prepared to address. Brenda will create a cover letter explaining this is a working document, can be changed, and does not guarantee dates and/or usage. Suggested using a Gnatt Chart to helps with project planning.

Speaking: Bill is speaking to the Twin Falls morning Rotary in January and asked for suggestions for other groups. Discussed mountain biking groups, school groups, Parks & Rec resources, etc.

Security: Corral panels are knocked over, but otherwise few issues.

Newspaper Articles: Sue will write one about the RV park and desire to develop tent camping. Broken Bridge replacement article will be coming up too.

SRCP Outstanding Service Award: Sue requested nominations for a person or group for outstanding volunteer service to the park.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:10 p.m.

Notice of Open Meeting December 14th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the 19th Hole (formerly Caddy Shack) Restaurant located at the Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome

(Agenda subject to change up to the time of the meeting or for an emergency)

Date:  Thursday Dec.14, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

Additions to Agenda – action item with Motion and Order to Amend Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Nov.9, 2023, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           RV Park status-Horse Corrals, tent camping

.  Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

    Use county IT dept.

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                        . Yingst Grade Eaeement

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            New Board Member

                                            Places Bill is speaking – Land Trust, Mid-Snake RCD, Rotary.

                                           . Speakers Bureau

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules – Jeff

                                          New Business – additional items if added by agenda amendment.

Guest Sharing – guests are invited to share ideas and information during this time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates –

  • Monthly Meeting, Thursday Jan. 11, 2024, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

                        Adjournment upon completion of business. 

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Meeting Minutes – November 9th

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, November 9, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board Members: Chairman Bill Bridges, Sue Williams, Brenda Weekes, Greg Moore, and John Weston with Alan Clawson joining by phone mid-meeting. Not present: Jeff Pierson and Steve Paulsen.

Guests Mike Tilka as Advisor, Larry Hall with Jerome 20/20, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Mark Reyes with Jerome County GIS, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

Bill called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m. with a quorum present.

Minutes: October 12, 2023, Minutes reviewed, Greg moved to approve, John second, minutes approved.

Treasurers Report: Bill reported that Tracy with Jerome County said SRCP’s budget has $93k that includes next year’s cost for the second vault toilet. Bill said last year’s budget included the vault toilet that is already installed. No matching cost this year, so budget is $60k plus $5k for IT.

Broken Bridge and Yingst is $12k from Soil & Conservation, $10k from Southern Idaho Parks account, $10k from Mid Snake RC&D and $10k from City of Twin Falls, yet to be received. Discussion about paying bridge contractor; Bill said county mailed the check yesterday.

RV Park: Bill reported corrals are next and the second vault toilet in March 2024. Sue clarified that the first vault toilet was included in the records from Tracy McKim and Sue will review her records of this. First half payment of toilet coming in March has also been paid so the remaining half of $15-18k will come to the county then. Bill asked Sue to call Tracy next week to clarify and Bill to keep Sue informed on other conversations with Tracy. Second vault toilet coming from Montana, is less in total cost, but a longer lead time. Sue said Cache Peak Backcountry Horseman has been doing trail work on forest service land and have not been able to move corral posts yet. She will check in with them and only the hardware cost is left.

  1. Vault toilet                       Grant: $14,800  County match: $2500
  2. Additional crushed rock: Grant $27,000   County match: $2500

Bill informed the toilet’s solar-powered light isn’t working and Sue will give him the manual.

Tent camping plan discussion. Sue suggested barrow pit grading location and parking lot access, but that a state grant will be needed. Grant applications open December 2023 and close in January 2024. Sue asked for board approval to pursue and to work with EHM. Bill motioned to pursue tent camping, Brenda second, motion carried. Sue asked about a budget suggesting $10k for preliminary work and amount was approved. Sue will apply for a grant but noted they won’t be awarded until June 2024. She thinks the biggest expense is gravel for access. Greg asked about concrete and part of vault toilet to level area. Brenda added Yingst trail estimate was $85k and Bill thinks $35k is more realistic. Both noted a new estimate will need to be done.

RV Park toilet is being used, mostly on weekends. Sue shared an inquiry from travelers with horses and fewer inquiries since mid-October. Bill sees 2 or so people using the RV site. He needs to clean out a fire ring and notified someone with a longer stay of the night limit.

Website: Jerome IT Is starting to add to website and Canyon Crest Creative asked for agendas and minutes to post. County IT received website permissions from Canyon Crest and Bill believes they’ll be up on it within a few months. Greg asked who owns the website and Bill believes it is SCRP. Brenda noted SCRP also has a Facebook site with the last post on September’s RV Park Grand Opening. Brenda will send Broken Bridge photos for Facebook.

Broken Bridge: Brenda shared that project was held in getting permission from Riverence to access the property. Mike Walters with Wolftone Construction said the ramp is fabricated, and he is getting materials, base forms, and is trying to get them put in today. Discussion on delay in paying contractor and suggested Sue and Brenda meet Tracy and Bill be copied on invoices to help facilitate payment process.

Grand opening was delayed due to Quagga mussel restrictions and river is still closed there. Greg suggested postponing the Grand opening until Spring, and others agreed. Brenda said by then we may know more about trail costs, grants, and bridge naming.

Shooting Range: Bill reported no funding yet from Fish & Game but thinks it will come before 2024. F&G Boise said the grant money is there to do the feasibility study. Sue said the estimate was from the Boise group and she will research who.

Disc Golf Course: Flags 5 & 18 are missing and #8 is stuck in the hole. New poles and flags will be ordered this winter to replace the missing flags.  At least 2 truckloads of garbage is there to remove and Greg suggested getting a big dumpster placed there for the spring cleanup. Vineyard cleanup by ICL pulled 8 bags of trash with 8 volunteers. Bill picked up trash at Hansen Bridge parking lot, including a mattress.

Overlook: Larry Hall reported that John Tjaden BLM to inquire about geotesting and the need to complete before February 2024. The contract with Civil Science expires end of December, noting an August 29th certified letter sent to Jerome Commissioners (received September 5th) that they approved the geotesting. Stephen Anderson with Civil Science said they can extend to end of 2024 and get started before year end anyway. Map shows 23 acres on edge of canyon, and there are no problems with National Register, golden eagles, and other nesting as long as it is done before February 1. Agreed Stephen to talk to John Tjaden to be sure about the rest of it beyond geotesting. Larry said may need to re-design a little bit with camouflage and site-issues. Alan Clawson joined by telephone. Bill will follow through with Commissioners, BLM and Civil Science. Larry cited from the Jayden letter regarding BLM approval. Can’t see the overlook site from either Perrine Bridge or Evel Knievel site but can see part of the rim trail down the trail from the jump site. The purpose is for the site to have visual cosmetic blending or camouflage, and not based only on visibility.

5-Year Plan: Brenda shared the sub-committee will plan to meet next Thursday. She went over projects with BLM and they agreed to this approach. Projects were designated to certain areas and then separated into those needing BLM approval (e.g., needing earth moving) and those that don’t. Some equestrian trails don’t need approval, nor does the tent camping. For each area identified in the Master Plan, to look at what is appropriate for that area, things like secondary protection and recreation, dog park, trails along the rim, rock crawling, rock climbing, equestrian, CSI property, and committee will continue to take proposals.

The Prescott family owns 200 acres that are land locked in the park. Jerome county had property appraised and presented an offer to the family who declined thinking the market value was higher. Sue said the property would be an ideal addition to the park as it includes the Walgamot trail that is an offshoot from Oregon Trail immigrant road and stage stop to Shoshone. Have not heard from mountain bike group and Brenda suggesting reaching out to her connection.

Discussion on Allen Estate property and Bill will check in with Trustee Melinda Bunn on status of listing and division of property. Greg recalls his discussion with Charlie Howell about rim property requiring developers to put in a trail before they could sell it. Bill to follow-up.

Brochure: Brenda said the brochure map will be updated by Mark Reyes with noted sites. Discussion on icon photos and other brochure suggestions.

Board Member: Art said three people expressed interest in joining the board. Potential board members have until the 15th to apply. Group collectively expressed support for Mark Reyes noting no conflict with him employed by Jerome County.

Speaking: Bill shared he will speak to the Magic Valley Land Trust in December and the TF Morning Rotary. He is trying to get on with the evening Rotary. The Mid Snake RD&C wants Bill to come back to let them know how their $10k was spent.

Newspaper: Bill researched history of the park about Devil’s corral, past airport consideration, National historic landmark consideration, Boy Scout camp, etc. Looking at next article on Vineyard and open to suggestions for future articles.

CSI Property: ITD said there will not be a stoplight installed to enter property from the East side of Highway 93 going into the National Guard entrance. Discussion about access and going through Big Little Ranches, and issues it would create for residents and the county. On hold for now.

Security and Maintenance: New signs, and one by Vineyard needs to be replaced and two signs missing for the Highway Department to replace. Adam Stockberger removed three dumped washing machines before he closed his off-road rental business. Weed control plan requested and County looking for new weed supervisor; applicants must have applicator license.

Brenda asked next in process for BLM. Sue asked about signs on Hwy 93 notifying of camping and ITD said too many signs right now, so no.

Next meeting is Thursday, December 14th.

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 pm.

Notice of Open Meeting November 9th

Notice of Open Meeting

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 9, 2023, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the 19th Hole (formerly Caddy Shack) Restaurant located at the Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome

(Agenda subject to change up to the time of the meeting or for an emergency)

Date:  Thursday Nov9, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

Additions to Agenda – action item with Motion and Order to Amend Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Oct. 12, 2023, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           RV Park status-Horse Corrals

.  Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

    Use county IT dept.

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                          Disc Golf Course

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            New Board Member

                                            Places Bill is speaking – Land Trust, Mid-Snake RCD, Rotary.

                                           . Speakers Bureau

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules – Jeff

                                          New Business – additional items if added by agenda amendment.

Guest Sharing – guests are invited to share ideas and information during this time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates –

  • Monthly Meeting, Thursday Nov. 9, 2023, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

                        Adjournment upon completion of business. 

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Notice of Open Meeting October 12th

Notice of Open Meeting

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the 19th Hole (formerly Caddy Shack) Restaurant located at the Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club, Golf Course Road, Jerome

(Agenda subject to change up to the time of the meeting or for an emergency)

Date:  Thursday Oct.12, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

Additions to Agenda – action item with Motion and Order to Amend Agenda

Approval of Minutes from Sept. 14, 2023, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           RV Park status

.  Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

    Use county IT dept.

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            Places Bill is speaking – Land Trust, Mid-Snake RCD, Rotary.

                                           . Speakers Bureau

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules – Jeff

                                          New Business – additional items if added by agenda amendment.

Guest Sharing – guests are invited to share ideas and information during this time.

Upcoming Calendar Dates –

  • Monthly Meeting, Thursday Nov. 9, 2023, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

                        Adjournment upon completion of business. 

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Meeting Minutes – August 10th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, August 10, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board members: Chairman Bill Bridges, John Weston, Greg Moore, Jeff Pierson, Brenda Weekes, and Steve Paulsen. Guests were Larry Hall, Mike Tilka, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

Bill called the meeting was called to order at 11:00 a.m. followed by self-introductions.

Minutes: July 13, 2023 minutes reviewed. Brenda requested replacing “anthropology” with “archeology.” She said the 5-year plan did not receive an official request from rock climbing, but have received a request for a dog park, equestrian trails and camping. She also hasn’t seen Alan’s Off-Road request yet. With changes, Steve motioned to approve, Greg second, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: Bill reported $6,602.00 in the account. Southern Idaho Tourism (SIT) had promised $20k toward the Broken Bridge project and sent two $5k checks, one that Bill deposited, the second check is dated for August 17th. Southern Idaho Legacy Trails held a paddle fundraiser for the project, but since they are not a 501c3, they gave the funds to SIT. Unsure what that amount was but Bill will check.

Bill reported that Jerome Commissioners asked Tanya Stitt, EMT Director, to be SRCP Treasurer, but she still doesn’t have clear financial records. The Broken Bridge and RV Park need to know the balance from the county’s $60k. Art recalls two accounts that total $60, but a key person at the county is out for medical reasons. Bill is meeting the county Tuesday, August 15th and asked Commissioner Watkins attend. Bill noted a $2,400 IT amount for the website and $1.5k for signs. Discussion reminding the need for matching funds including Gerald Martens and Brockway Engineering expenses. Brenda noted her request at the City of Twin Falls Council meeting and that Twin Falls will be passing their budget on August 21st.

Link to Twin Falls Recommended Budget for 2023-2024

RV Park: Bill said they need a permit for the RVP Park sign, which is completed and sign post holes are dug. There will be other speed and directional signs coming. The cattle guard on north side is in. The second cattle guard will be installed at the South side of the park and is being relocated from the South side of the Broken Bridge. Concrete poured around pit toilet. Cattle will go in after October 1st so fence will need to be done by then. The other vault toilet will arrive in March and the second RV grant will go to cover its additional cost. Bill said first campers are there and he gave them an okay for five-day camping.

Website: Jerome county’s IT department may undertake the SRCP website. Jerome is in the process of changing their own site to a new provider, and they want to add the airport and other county assets. Bill noted we may be able to link to other user group websites. Others noted the current website contractors are doing a better job.

Broken Bridge: Selected contractor is Wolftone (Mike Walters) out of Kimberly with a bid of $158k. Gerald Martens knows them and it was the lesser cost of two bids. Ramp has been fabricated but decking still to be put on. Guard rails/railings had to be done with galvanizing and should be done next week. South end first to get connected, then the bridge and ramp will hold equipment to get to other side. Bill predicts it will be complete within 60 days. Brenda shared the recent Times-News story noting reporter Lorien Nettleton is very interested in covering future park accomplishments. Brenda would like to hold a ribbon cutting when the new bridge is finished.

Times-News: Lorien.Nettleton@magicvalley.com

KMVT: elizabeth.hadley@kmvt.com

Brenda spoke with North Side Canal Company (NSCC) asking about replacing the Yingst grade culvert and suggested a wooden bridge crossing over it. Bill added Alan Hansten with NSCC said they should be involved in this type of community improvement. Bill is hoping after the October water shut off the NSCC can bring in gravel for fill-in and possibly use their equipment to clean up a recent rock slide. Discussion about who is responsible for the culvert as NSCC said their responsibility stops at the upper edge. Questioned if it is BLM or F&G land? Brenda said when we get permit from the BLM for the right of ways, we will need to include it. Charlie said John Tjaden (BLM) found the original easement permit which noted we had 100 feet (50 off each side).

(John Tjaden, Field Specialist, (208) 732-7292 jtjaden@blm.gov)

Steve asked about re-veg efforts. The RV park rock has surrounding area that could use re-veg and Bill and Steve will schedule to meet and look at the area around the broken bridge and hopes re-veg work is considered. Bill noted SRCP had an easement from F&G straight south between that and the BLM land, but the easement expired before he joined board. We are reapplying for this and adding 100  feet to bridge. North side is below the water mark so it doesn’t involve BLM. New permit will be like a 20-25 year permit. Brenda asked about other side trails and not just the 100 feet to the bridge, and Bill thinks 95% of that would be covered. Not sure if the CSI fish farm still has an easement.

Shooting Range: John said the draft permit application will be submitted to county commissioners next. The subcommittee is working on the master plan and bylaws. The plan is staged with a 5-year to 20-years building process in sequence. He is working with Mark at the county to map the area of impact and with standard rounds of ammunition there is plenty of room for fallout. All positive responses with 150 people from the public survey.

Overlook: BLM is delayed in providing SRCP a permit to complete testing. Civil Science is the testing company and they are ready. Larry shared the 25-year lease renewal, which is part of the document attached to the North Rim master plan, states a 0.25 mile rim buffer. This is an issue that needs to be addressed. Explained that all the north rim land is in the Preservation District as zoned by Jerome County, except the Allen estate was pre-zoned for houses. The new recreation plan would wipe out the Preservation District, and would allow more options for development along the rim, and the Overlook would be part of that.

Discussion about the 0.25 mile rim buffer requirement and concerns about the effect on the overlook project. Jeff made a motion to not incur the survey/geo expense until we’ve met with the BLM for clarification, and to schedule a meeting with Cody (BLM) and Commissioner Charlie Howell as soon as possible. Steve seconded, all voted with unanimous consent to wait. Larry will wait to inform the engineers to see if this can be resolved.

5-Year Plan: Brenda shared a handout of Proposed Projects by Location, noting the need for maps showing locations. 1) East side of 700 Road added parking lot to support equestrian and rock crawling. 2) North of Ricketts RV Camp trails and possible mountain bike challenge course, trail modification. 3) West side of Hwy 93 off 600 Road dog park, parking lot and fencing with dog partners. 4) Canyon Rim future planned trail project to connect Twin Falls and Jerome County (15-mile loop for biking and hiking).

SRCP Outreach and Grant Opportunities: Bill will speak to the Jerome Rotary on Aug 15th, and outreach to Optimist Club, Mid Snake Rivers Resource Conservation District on September 22nd. Steve spoke to the Off-Road club and was well received. Discussion about other grant and community giving opportunities from First Federal, D.L. Evans, ICCU, etc.

Security: Two RVs are camping in the park now. BLM rangers and Jerome Sheriff have been seen patrolling.

Newspaper: Bill asked for ideas for articles.

Other: Charlie Howell is getting an appraisal of the 200 acre property owned by the Prescott’s to see if it can be purchased and incorporated into the park.

ATV rental person is out there with no issues. Bill mentioned possible horse rentals in the future. Bill has enough wood for 5 corrals and in September Sue is putting two corrals in by the RV Park.

Brenda updating brochure and adding to partners to the list including Idaho Power, Jerome County Soil Conservation District, ATV riders, and Southern Idaho Climbing Coalition. Suggested she add the Mountain Bike parking lot on East Side of Silver Beach.

Meeting adjourned at 12:48 p.m.

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.                                                                             

Meeting Minutes – May 11th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, May 11, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending board members were Chairman Bill Bridges, John Weston, Jeff Pierson, Sue Williams, Brenda Weeks, and Alan Clauson. Guests were Mike Tylka and Mark Reyes and minutes were taken by Rebecca Wildman.

Bill called the meeting was called to order at 11:08 a.m. followed by self-introductions.

Minutes: The April 13, 2023 meeting minutes were reviewed, Sue motioned, Brenda second, minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Sue said the first two invoices for the RV Park have been paid and funds will come out of the grant. Mike suggested Bill contact Wayke regarding getting gravel to the park. Sue paid $250 for the Health permit for the vault toilet and will submit a receipt for reimbursement.

RV Park: Nicks excavation is laying the rock and aerial photos were taken. The excavator is digging for the vault toilet today and needs a minimum of 4 feet in depth. Larry Maschak is laying rock and they’ve agreed if they cannot get deep enough then they will build it up on the sides.

Sue shared that ATV’s are drag racing on the access road and she proposes trying to close this section until construction is finished. Sue said excavator has caution tape and cones to mark the hole, but she is still concerned. Bill noted the Saturday night speaker series would need to have access. Suggestions included asking for additional sheriff or BLM patrol, signage, barriers, etc. agreement that signage is only thing we can do for liability and suggested signs from the highway department indicating construction zone. Bill will ask the highway department.  

Boulders will be used to identify campsites and will have metallic numbers that correspond from the kiosk. The highway department authorized taking boulders from the quarry the north side of 700 road. Sue asked for help to locate two front-loaders and a trailer to transport boulders to RV camp; the current contractor is too busy to do this.

Photos from Mark’s drone shared. Nicks had offered to do fencing and agreed to clear the perimeter. In July they will start fencing with a 3-strand barbed wire plus cattle guards. Sue said they got an extension on funding of one year for the first grant. Second grant notification scheduled for June including more rock and second vault toilet.

Website: The Board is unhappy with current provider Canyon Creative. Desert Creative Group has been contacted and considering service. Sue asked for someone else to oversee this and Alan volunteered sharing he has some experience. Alan will set up a call with himself, Bill and Desert Creative Group to pursue.

Broken Bridge: Brenda reported the bridge project is progressing with Gerald Martens working to obtain bids by May 15. She met with the Water Resources last week with Aaron Golar and IDWR, and they are pleased with the project and its good use. Jerome county asked for a flood plain development permit. Under this the county works with FEMA for flood insurance, making sure in a mapped flood zone that we are doing things as needed. The P&Zs 1985 maps indicates Flood Zone A. Brenda now just needs Charlie’s sign-off as county property owner. Bill will facilitate signature, P&Z drop off, etc. The concern is more if a development is in a flood plane, not so relevant to our bridge. Construction may begin late summer/fall when water flow goes down. Sue added that Falls2Falls promoters are very interested in this project and some asked if they could help. Discussion on painting bridge for community PR and buy-in from user groups.

5-Year Action Plan: Goal to set priority projects from all user groups for next 5-years. Recent meeting on April 25th with discussion including naming/adopting trails. Alan suggested a program like adopt-a-highway and would try to get an application example but noted we can make up our own. Brenda said each group (horseback, off-road, rock-crawlers, climbing, mountain bikers), to give us a proposal of their top things, namely trails and supporting things to further their uses. Meeting again on May 23 at 6pm then sit with Mark and protection zones overlay and start working it into a project schedule. Also asked user groups for their ideas on funding sources, grants, and partnerships to get things funded. Asked how the board can help and Sue thought after the next meeting users will have a better idea noting that many are helping with the May 13th park cleanup. Also ask user groups to think about where to install the 2 arbors and 4 picnic tables that county has for the park and Sue suggested placement of at least one table and arbor at the RV park.

MV Fly Fishers: Brenda shared that May 20 this group is hosting an event at Murtaugh Lake and will be teaching fly fishing. Idaho F&G will have their trailer there, so no fishing licenses are necessary. It starts at 9 am and is a family-friendly event with food provided.

Shooting Range: John is waiting for the BLM to post their comment period (was to be done last January). BLM might decide to construct the range which would have loss of county involvement. John has been asked to help design some smaller ranges to the south. Fish & Game Grant Status is that Commissioners will meet to approve. If BLM takes it on, it may take out the waiting period, but they are talking about building 6 ranges total in the valley. Ours would be the big one and a multi-use facility. Fear the Oregon Trail markings will be lost at the 700 due to shooting there. Sue suggested the Horse Riders could help identify this and Mark said it is already marked. Discussion of timing of shooting ban (March 2020) and history leading up to it.

Overlook: Larry Hall’s contractors were to walk property there but Bill hasn’t heard if it happened.

Park Clean up: May 13, 2023, beginning at 8:00am. Bill wants a second trailer to take trash out of disc golf park. Asked about Western Waste toilet being moved and Bill asked it to be moved back away from the picnic table.

Speakers’ bureau: Saturday night 2 speakers about Archeology and Chinese Camps (on website calendar page). Other speakers confirmed include Steve Paulson on June 10 talking about native plants. Other possible speaker dates to be determined.

Security: Already discussed. Lately lots of vandalism. Suggested bringing paint to Saturdays cleanup and doing some touch up.

Maintenance: Specifically gravel for pothole at Yingst grade, Disc Golf Course feathering out by tees, overlook needs smoothing out, and Hansen Bridge hole there.

Newspaper Articles: Open for ideas.

Reminder: Arbors and Picnic Table placement.

P&Z Recreation Zoning: Next P&Z meeting is Monday. Bill noted the proposed change would benefit Devil’s Corral for what they want to do, but it would have a negative impact on Herb Allen’s estate with allowing for fewer homes.

Open Meeting Rules: Jeff suggested the organization undertake training on open meeting laws, noting potential unknown violations and perceptions. He will inquire with the Idaho Association of Counties about scheduling.

Campground Rules and Open Date: Bill asked for responses to rules he sent about the RV Park. Bill would like the RV Park open as soon as possible (this weekend) and others said this is not  realistic. Sue suggested the soonest it could open is the end of July. Suggested Max of 5 days and question of how is this enforced. Bill said BLM has a 14 day and we can do it less than this and came up with the 5 day limit.

New Business: Sue explained her write up to implement a policy to identify outstanding behavior to the group or county based on written criteria and consider for the next meeting.  Sue added that we need a name for the RV – she used “The Rickets RV Camp” for the application. Mike and Mark added that Virginia Rickets was a local historian and had even mapped the Oregon Trail. Maybe also consider Immigrant Trail Camp. To be voted on next meeting.

Upcoming Calendar Dates:

Monthly Board Meeting, Thursday June 8, 2023, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

5-Year Plan Meeting, Tuesday, May 23, 2023 6pm – 8pm, 19th Hole

Meeting was adjourned at 12:47 p.m.

Executive Sessions may be held pursuant to Idaho Code 74-206(1) as needed during time such sessions are called.

Note: Any person needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting should contact the committee secretary, 208-293-2426; 48 hours prior to the meeting.