Meeting Minutes – June 13, 2024

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho

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

Guests: Advisor Mike Tilka, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Matthew McGregor with Jerome County IT department, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes

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

Self introductions were made with a welcome to new board member Steve Haag.

Minutes: John motioned to approve the May 9, 2024, minutes with unanimous approval. 

Treasurer’s Report: $10,677.38 in the account. The $60k annual budget has $6,820 spent, so $52k is left with 3 months remaining. IT only billed 4 months for this year. The RV Park account is complete with bills submitted. Waiting for State RV Association grant funds; Bill estimates $29,700.

Tent Camping Development: Estimate is $100k mostly for road and grading. Suggestions on funding/fundraising. Noted the Broken Bridge/Yingst Grade budget is separate with roughly $60k left in that account. Yingst will need a fix on the Mermaid Cove drainage system once water is shut off this Fall. Brenda motioned to use $50k of the remaining $52k budget for developing tent camping area, Becky Dean seconded followed by unanimous approval. Bill added this is dependent upon Commissioners’ approval.

RV Park: Draft of the new ordinance was shared for the Board’s approval. Discussion about how much use the RV park has seen and if any are overstaying. Suggested publishing the new ordinance in the North Side Journal and to do so in English and Spanish.

Website: Matthew from IT reported the website migration was complete with only two days of downtime. Agreed for contact form to go to Bill and Mark. Matt set up a google account that can be used as an intermediary address. IT now has a 15GB central location for SRCP file storage and Bill and Matt will work to get data saved there. Bill will be designated to respond to the contact form. Bill for website has been turned into the county and will fit within the SRCP’s IT budget. Bill and Mark will have website access for simple edits with more complex edits to Matt.

Facebook: Matt has passwords but hasn’t logged in and suggests using google account login. Instagram is blocked on county website by default, and Matt will work through that.

Broken Bridge: Railings back up after high water flows this Spring. Bill needed help to do this and shared the two bottom rails had bolts instead of pins. Contractor indicated they will fix. If water flows are under 3,000cfs then rails can stay up. Discussed flow notification apps/emails and ways to lock rails down, lockable hitch pins, consulting with the contractor on how to manage rails and safety, and having others to help with this task.

Yingst Grade: Plan to change out the Mermaid Cove drainage pipe this Fall. Discussion about possible trail widening, locations, and assessment of emergency response options. Bill’s focus now is to move concrete blocks and with gate option to allow better emergency access. Discussed bench ideas suggesting Brenda contact Clay Wilkie, CSI Welding department, and Realtor association as they may be interested in funding. Two picnic tables are ready to be placed at bottom of grade and near the top. Discussed need for strong help move tables and drill and pining to secure.

Shooting Range: Feasibility grant funds are coming and now searching for someone to complete the study noting the estimated cost has increased. John handed out a new range design and shared features including lead recovery and two separate ranges (pistol on the right and rifle lower left). John will research who can complete the feasibility study within budget.

Shoshone Falls Overlook: Project is second in priority with the BLM. Mark and Brenda agreed to pick up where Larry Hall left off since his is now retired from Jerome 20/20. BLM has a new real estate person beginning in July, so Fall is the earliest for BLM, which puts this project into the 2026 budget year. Brenda will stay on it with the BLM noting they have the proposal documents from Larry.

IDL Trail and Highway District: This winter there were cattle on BLM ground east of Highway 93 that crossed the cattle guard due to snow build up. Dilemma on who is responsible to fix this problem and its delay on the proposed canyon rim trail project, with discussion on how to resolve. [After the meeting and with further research, Brenda stated that the Jerome Highway District does have an easement with IDL and asserts that it is the Highway District, and only them, who have the responsibility to maintain the road, adding that they are the only ones with the power to close the road to fix the problem. Art will work to get the problem resolved.]

Volunteer Service Awards: OHV group received their award at their annual cleanup in May. Cleanup covered by KMVT press. June 18 12pm SRCP will award Gerald Martens and Dave Thibault their award at the EHM Engineers office.

Volunteer Group: Bill would like to assemble a volunteer group to help with rails, cleanups, etc. outside of the need for a maintenance person. Bill will create a list of tasks.

Maintenance Budget for Next Year: Mark found a less expensive portable toilet company who is also willing to clean the vault toilet facilities. Discussion led to clarification of the Board’s two-prong focus: 1) serve as advisors to county commissioners, and 2) friends of the park to raise funds and get projects done. Bill shared SRCP is a 501c3 so they can accept grant funds. Bill would like a CPA to come advise this board and Steve will make some inquiries of one.

Other: John shared seeing an antelope and two fawns near the watering hole by the Morley Arbor.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00 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.

Notice of Open Meeting June 13

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, June 13, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, ID.

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

Date:  Thursday June 13, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

Approval of Minutes from May 9, 2024, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           Tent Camping  

                                            RV park –

                                           5 day limit in RV Park

                                           Webpage for SRCP – Bill  add other parties WEB address

                                    . Broken Bridge –  Bill Bridges

                                        . Yingst Grade Easement – Repairs

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston 

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                            Trail on IDL from the Perrine Bridge to Shoshone Falls

                                            Volunteer Service Awards

                                            Volunteer group

                                          Maintenance (budget for 2025)

                                          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 July 11, 2024, 11am – 1pm, Blue Lakes Country Club

                        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 May 9

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, ID.

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

Date:  Thursday May 9, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

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

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           Tent Camping  and RV Park status-Horse Corrals, tent camping, raise money

                                           5 day limit in RV Park – Mark

                                           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

                                        Water Flow – 14,000 cfs

                                        . Yingst Grade Easement – Repairs

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston   Archery

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                            Trail on IDL from the Perrine Bridge to Shoshone Falls

                                            Volunteer Service Awards

                                            Arbors, picnic tables and toilets

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          Maintenance (budget for 2025)

                                          Open Meeting Rules

                                          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 June 13, 2024, 11am – 1pm, Blue Lakes Country Club

                        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 – April 11, 2024

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, April 11, 2024

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho

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

Guests: Aaron Utz with Idaho Power, Larry Hall with Jerome 20/20, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Stan Crawforth Geotech Engineer with Shannon & Wilson, Matthew McGregor with Jerome County IT department and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes

Bill called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m. with a quorum present. Self introductions were made and welcomed Stan Crawforth from Shannon & Wilson.

Minutes: Sue motioned to approve the minutes from March 14, 2024, Board Meeting, Jeff seconded, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report:

Bill reported $11,352.20 with a few bills still open. Bill purchased disc golf flags and poles, toilet paper, etc. The county budget has $56k and anticipate $20k invoice coming for the Shoshone Falls overlook study, however that will be paid from a separate account. Sue has invoices coming to be paid from the RV Park grant and is still expecting a bill from the concrete contractor.

Shoshone Falls overlook: Larry introduced Stan Crawforth and noted others from Civil Science had an emergency and couldn’t attend. Report recommends situating the foundation farther back to be outside rock topple areas. Cantilever structure with pedestrians on top. Project could have two stages of development. Payment structure can be designed for the paved road, and it could be a private road to fund its cost. Restroom and gift shop configuration assumes one roof. Report did not consider sewage in assessment, as that will be up to Civil Science, and also did not consider water well structures, noting there could be some sub-surface water.

For the cantilever, rock anchor tiedowns would come off the back side with 2 strips of footings with anchors on back and front side of overlook. Most structures like this have a 75-year life span. Structural designer would use this data to design. Stan shared he was part of the Perrine overlook structure design work team several years back and their plans were modified to have a less dramatic cantilever due to budget constraints.

Site selected gives fullest view of falls. Alternate location was higher but interfered with power plant and edge of rim. Study completed two bores to characterize rock, looked at setback of rim because of rock topple potential. They were cognizant of Idaho Power’s concerns and blasting for the road. The current proposed access road is far enough away (like 1200 feet) and Stan explained peak particle velocities and seismograph testing with the lowest risk possible for the power plant. Of the four routes considered, this proposed one is without archeological issues.

Shannon & Wilson submitted its draft report and is anticipating comments from Civil Sciences and Idaho Power. Larry noted this report was funded by Idaho Power and Jerome County. Next will be an estimate of what the costs would be. Idaho Power has committed an initial $250k but would need to coincide with when project is done. Aaron thinks funds are earmarked for 2025 but recommends changing it to 2026. Others agreed 2026 is more realistic. Larry mentioned a possible grant from Idaho Parks and Rec ($500k) but projects this project might be in the $2M range including building, water, sewage, etc. Noted old cost estimates were $1.5M. Discussion on site visualization with mention on landscaping and natural rust-coloring on the structure.

Discussion if SRCP takes the lead or Jerome 2020, with agreement that it is now for SRCP. Stan recommended to move forward on the project to create momentum and consider phases of the project and get a bid for the access road and parking. Bill stated that IDL has granted an easement and BLM has approved it. Brenda suggested SRCP keep the overlook as second priority with the BLM noting they will ask for plans. Next step is for Civil Science to get the Board a drawing and price. Stan said costs could be reduced by using pit toilets and no well and starting with a concept layout for Civil Science. Larry clarified that what has been budgeted to date should cover Shannon & Wilson’s work and that from Civil Science.

Stephen Anderson from Civil Science joined by telephone and asked about timing for request of design work for road, profiles, alignments, and location of overlook. Noted their current contract is to assist with geotechnical investigation, and it does not include scope of design. Bill requested their design work contract to present to the Jerome Commissioners.

Discussion and agreement to move forward on the project in a phased approach and push it to 2026. The Board will work to get permits and other things in place. Stan recommend getting an estimate and schedule of activities including permitting, fundraising, bid proposal, construction. Agreed to keep the overlook and trail projects separate as they may have different grant opportunities and restrictions. Noted years ago a 2 mile paved trail had an estimate cost of $840k; this trail project could have 4.1 miles. Gerald Martens has been asked to estimate the cost for 4.1 miles of gravel 10’ wide.

Camping/RV Park: Second vault toilet is installed and the walkway in with Hemmingway construction is complete. Nicks excavation completed the concrete pad and gravel parking area A handicap sign will be installed. Everything passed with inspection.

Corrals will be installed by the Back Country Horsemen on Friday April 19th with a personnel gate added in the fencing to get horses in/out without having to cross the cattle guard. The Number 4 boulder is still overturned and Sue will ask the Horsemen to fix it with their skip loader.

Reported seven campers last night and five this morning.

Shared the County’s newest set of ordinances with Jerome Prosecutor’s suggested changes, notably Part 3, Section 3.1 B. Discussed limits on camping and adopting the same wording as the BLM for moving more than 25 miles away for more than 28 days. Agreed the 5-day limit here is optimal for benefits and discouragement of long-stays.

Website: Mark introduced Matt McGregor with Jerome’s IT department and that he and Matt will both be trained to add website posts. Matt said there are challenges with updating pages on the website due to how it was built. Suggested Jerome IT take lead entirely on the functions and domain of the website. Discussed notifications of open meetings and be aware in adding them to the site and posts.

Broken Bridge: River running 6,000cfs now and anticipated increases. Brenda asked about a sign on each side to warn hikers of dangerous conditions. Agreed to place two permanent signs above graffiti tag height saying:

DANGER

HIGH WATER POSSIBLE

CROSS AT OWN RISK

Bridge rails can only fold inward and Bill will go pull the pins to lay them down. He will have signs made and installed as soon as possible. Brenda shared positive sentiments from hikers and is in favor of name: Auger Falls Unity Bridge. She will inquire with the BLM if the park can install primitive benches and a picnic table ahead of BLM’s permit finalization.

The Mermaid Hole culvert has caused and may cause more damage once canal water is released. Dr. Jim Irwin offered to help with bridging and other improvements. Discussed solutions with inquiries to be made with BLM and county.

Shooting Range: John spoke with Commissioner Charlie Howell and will ask to push the Jerome county location ahead of the others three locations BLM was considering. John indicated he has resources to build shooting benches and carpet to protect weapons. Suggesting a design with shorter ranges: twelve 100 yard benches, six 200 yard benches and the possibility of 300 yards on the side. Jerome will get a grader and work with the county on getting crushed gravel and a firing line. John is working with Union Pacific to get switching plates to use as footings for target stands. The grant to do the feasibility study will be started by Fish & Game. John thinks it will be at least a year before BLM would start assessing the other locations and John recalls Codie at BLM indicating this area would not need a permit.

Trail Bridge to Overlook: Brenda shared her discussion with Randal at IDL on land for a trail from the bridge to the overlook including a 25-year recreation lease and SRCP bidding on the grazing right when it comes up next year.

Cattleguard filled with snow recently and cattle came onto Highway 93. Discussion who is responsible; Brenda will inquire with BLM.

Volunteer Service Awards, Off-Roaders: Brenda will set up with Gerald to give him his. Ask Greg Moore about the Off-Roaders with consideration to present on May 18th at their annual clean-up.

Five Year Plan: Brenda presented this priority list to go to County Commissioners and will write a letter for Commissioners to send the BLM in supporting priority.

  1. Yingst Grade Trail
  2. Shoshone Falls Overlook
  3. Rock Crawling Area Course
  4. Equestrian Campground on 700 E
  5. Zuck Arbor Expansion
  6. Future Primitive Campgrounds
  7. Equestrian ¼ Mile New Trail
  8. Dog Park
  9. Springtown Wildlife Trail

Notice of Open Meeting April 11

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, April 11, 2024, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, ID.

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

Date:  Thursday April 11, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

Approval of Minutes from March 14, 2024, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report –

                                           Tent Camping  and RV Park status-Horse Corrals, tent camping, raise money

                                           5 day limit in RV Park

                                           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

                                        Water Flow – 14,000 cfs

                                        . Yingst Grade Easement

                                          Dr. Jim Irwin proposal

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston   Archery

                                           Larry Hall– Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                            Trail on IDL from the Perrine Bridge to Shoshone Falls

                                            Volunteer Service Awards

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            Arbors, picnic tables and toilets

                                            Places Bill is speaking

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          Open Meeting Rules

                                          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 May 9, 2024, 11am – 1pm, Blue Lakes Country Club

                        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 – March 14, 2024

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, March 14, 2024

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho

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

Guests: Mike Tilka as Advisor, Aaron Utz with Idaho Power, Randal Brunmeier with Idaho Department of Lands, Larry Hall with Jerome 20/20, Becky Dean with Jerome County, Codie Marten with BLM, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

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

Minutes: Steve motioned to approve the Minutes from February 8, 2024, Board Meeting, Greg seconded, motion carried.

Treasurer’s Report: $11,352.20 less $674 recent reimbursement. Civil Science has billed $24,755 so far but anticipate $100k-$200k when done. Broken Bridge project has spent $130k out of the $158k quatoed. RV Park figures to be explained later. IT has budgeted $5k with $200 spent so far. This fiscal year budget has spent $3,290 of $60k ending September 30, 2024.

Camping and Horse Corrals: Second vault toilet is installed with the concrete portion delayed due to supply delays. Leveled ground and parking lot looks great. The corrals are to be built by the Outdoor Horsemen group April 19-20. Fundraising for tent camping project. Many signs will need to be re-set when ground is less soft.

RV Camping has a five-day max. Recent use has been five to six campers with one moving site to site. BLM has a 14-day max rule then campers must move more than 25 miles away. IDL has a 10-day rule with Fish & Game enforcing. Greg suggested follow-up to confirm the camping ordinance has been properly adopted by the County and Becky agreed to look into it.

Website: Jerome IT has not worked on the website yet; Bill will check in with Commissioners next week.

Broken Bridge: Brenda has been querying trail hikers/bikers about what they would and would not like to see. Most responses were against a road-like trail, especially among mountain bikers as they like obstacle challenges. Suggestions to incorporate benches, lookouts, and a bridge across the culvert by Mermaid Hole, the area shares a boundary with Jerome HOA. Recommends moving the dog bag dispenser to the entrance gate with signage requesting owners to clean up after dogs.

Brenda reported seeing someone dump a brown liquid into the river and Randal believes it was for mosquito abatement. Discussion about gate lock on Twin Falls side to keep unapproved people out. Brenda suggested considering more trail improvement, widening and addressing drainage issues, and placing benches, etc.

Heard concerns it will be a high run-off year and the park needs the option to lay the bridge rails down for high water times. Brenda noted two rock fall areas that can impact trail safety and suggested trail widening there. Discussed First Responder access aside from helicopter, BLCC through fish farms, and South side access.

CSI Professor Mark Wasden offered to help gather suggestions from user groups, possibly with a QR code activated survey at the Twin Falls side, trail entrance and even at the RV Park. John suggested shoring up the road/trail to guard against future 25 to 100-year floods. Engineers suggested a third culvert.

Discussed pros and cons of graffiti removal on the bridge and restrictions due to river proximity. Bridge still needs a name and suggestions include: Auger Falls Bridge, Yingst Bridge, Larry Hall Bridge, John Crozier, Jeff French Connection, Doris Peterson Barnes Unity Bridge  noting Doris kept the area from becoming privately owned. Encouraged decision by next month.

Shooting Range: John assessed the Park for possible placement of a range, noting it requires a minimum 1.5 miles of fallout, and concluded there is not enough space South of the Interstate. The consensus is it would need to be placed outside the park and North of the Interstate. Discussion about proceeding to use the grant funding from Fish & Game to assess that area. Bill recommended moving forward with the study for the area North of the Interstate and John will pursue with Jerome Commissioners. Codie shared BLM’s shared interest in building a range in North of the Interstate as it has favorable natural features noting BLM’s current limited capacity and need for collaborative support and neighbor outreach.

Idaho Power Substation Relocation: Call in from Ed Koysdar with Idaho Power who informed the Cliff substation in the canyon is susceptible to rock fall and has reached its end of life. Idaho Power will re-locate the substation on the bench and re-route transmission lines. Discussed specifics with proximity to planned Shoshone Falls Overlook noting the new substation will consist of fewer power lines and will likely improve the view areas for the Overlook. Aaron Utz noted his involvement in the project and Ed requested the coordinates for the Overlook once they are determined.

Shoshone Falls Overlook: Larry said Civil Science is done with drone and drilling work and should have a final report within the next few weeks. Access and parking should not be impacted but the actual overlook may need to be precisely located on existing outcrops, which would require less steel, and will utilize the natural topography. Larry will arrange a site visit for those interested.

Trail from Bridge to Overlook: Jerome Commissioners sent a letter to IDL requesting consideration of an easement or lease for a trail from the Perrine Bridge to the proposed Shoshone Falls Overlook site. SRCP to meet at IDL Jerome office on March 21, 2024 at 10am.

Magic Valley Land Trust: Bill, Brenda and Sue met with MVLT and found they are primarily interested in farmland but seemed open and supportive of a trail. Suggested keeping the door open with them. Trevor George with MVLT has familiarity with trail processes and shared his willingness to assist.

Volunteer Service Awards, Off-Roaders: Greg Moore working to find who to present the award to.

Five Year Plan: Results for priory rank for the BLM:

  1. Yingst Grade Trail
  2. Shoshone Falls Overlook
  3. Rock Crawling Area Course
  4. Equestrian Campground on 700 E
  5. Zuck Arbor Expansion
  6. Future Primitive Campgrounds
  7. Equestrian ¼ Mile New Trail
  8. Dog Park
  9. Pickle Ball Courts
  10. East Park Trailhead/Vineyard Lake
  11. Springtown Wildlife Trail
  12. CSI Parcel Development (not on BLM land)

*Shaded items did not receive a majority of board votes and need to be prioritized.

SRCP Board to review this list and recommend to Jerome Commissioners the priority. Questions about Springtown Wildlife Trail and primitive campgrounds. Agreed to move Springtown Wildlife Trail up in priority as it is already established and helps with the parameter of the park’s East side. Brenda made a motion to reprioritize as shown below, Mark seconded, motion carried.

  1. Yingst Grade Trail
  2. Shoshone Falls Overlook
  3. Rock Crawling Area Course
  4. Equestrian Campground on 700 E
  5. Zuck Arbor Expansion
  6. Future Primitive Campgrounds
  7. Equestrian ¼ Mile New Trail
  8. Dog Park
  9. Springtown Wildlife Trail

Brenda added if a project is not getting the needed support from that user group then the next priority in line will move up. Greg expressed discouragement in difficulties with the Zuck Arbor and being located so far away. Twin Falls Commissioner Brent Reinke informed Bill they are working to connect trails from Dierkes to the Hansen Bridge. Rebecca added that she heard Twin Falls City’s Shoshone Falls road improvement project may close access to Shoshone Falls for the Summer of 2025.

Arbors, picnic tables and toilets: SRCP has two arbors and four picnic tables available to be placed in the park. Suggested locations are the bottom of Yingst Grade, the new equestrian campground, Don Zuck Arbor for a picnic table and the top of Yingst Grade for a table. Bill needs someone with a truck/trailer to help move them from the airport to Bill’s to refinish the wood. Greg suggested creating pad placement and anchor system for tables. Discussion about vault toilets cleaning and portable toilets with recommendation to continue with Western Waste and to move unit back to Disc Golf area by April 1st.

Media/PR: Bill was interviewed by Bill Coley on the radio and with KMVT on the Broken Bridge.

Security: Jerome Sheriff reported no recent issues at Yingst Grade and reminded to call if there are issues. Golf Course Road has a lot of litter on the sides and Jerome Sheriff said they’d start work detail cleanups soon. Randal met with Mr. Bunns about trespass on the Allen estate property adjacent to IDL property.

Vineyard Lake Access: Dave Elders is the owner of property that skirts BLM/park access. The BLM has approached him about creating an easement and he doesn’t want to encumber his property. Park Board has concerns about possible future issues including property damage or persons injured, and discussed possible solutions including bypassing private property with a north entrance, establishing parking, trailhead, and/or signage. No action is currently planned.

Speaking Engagements: Bill will speak to two Rotaries next week and will investigate Lions Club and Veterans groups. He will speak to SILT after their Falls to Falls run the end of April. He is deferring action on Summer Speakers inviting others to take it on if interested.

Maintenance: Anticipated to be part of next year’s budget and Bill recommends including a vault toilet cleaning.

Newspaper Articles: Still waiting to hear from Quagga Mussel person. May research the Doris Barnes Unity theme. Brenda will ask Jim Irwin to write something up.

Open Meeting Rules: Jeff requested to delay until the website is running.

Weed Abatement: Steve asked if the BLM could tackle it this year or if they can contract with an outside company, suggesting abatement in high use areas to help avoid transferring weeds out. Mike added that a sign at the end of Lexi Roth’s street  (600S) needs to be reset. No shooting sign by Devil’s Corral road needs reset.

Next meeting scheduled for April 11th and again at the BLCC.

Meeting Adjourned at 1:26 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.                                                                             

Notice of Open Meeting March 14

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 11:00am to 1:00pm at Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, Idaho.

Bill Bridges, Chairman

         Agenda

Blue Lakes Country Club, Jerome, ID.

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

Date:  Thursday March 14, 2024

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

Approval of Minutes from Feb 8, 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

                                            Trail on IDL from the Perrine Bridge to Shoshone Falls

                                            Volunteer Service Awards

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                            Aubors, picnic tables and toilets

                                            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 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.