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.

Meeting Minutes – October 12th

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, October 12, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board members: Chairman Bill Bridges, Jeff Pierson, Brenda Weekes, Greg Moore, and Alan Clawson by phone. Guests were Mike Tilka as Advisor, Adam Stockberger with Idaho Adventure Rentals, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Mark Reyes with Jerome County GIS and Rebecca Wildman from the Southern Idaho Climbing Coalition and taking minutes.

Bill called the meeting to order at 11:00 a.m. A quorum was not present until Alan Clawson joined by telephone at 11:10 a.m.

Treasurers Report: Bill reported $11,352 in the account and that the fiscal year has started with $60k coming from the county for the regular fund and $5,128 for the website noting the intent to switch to Jerome County IT hosting the site, but they aren’t yet ready to do so. Bill noted a few weeks ago the account had $15k, $2k was used (what about another $7k?). At the end of September $6k was still not spent. Discussion about County staff changes and an employee on medical leave and concern with losing funds that weren’t spent. Art does not believe the funds are lost and that the park may be able to carry them over. Noted that $18k of the new budget will need to go to RV park, so the park will have $42k budget to spend this year. Discussion only and no motion was made to accept financials.

Minutes: With no questions on minutes, Greg motioned to approve, Jeff seconded, motion carried.

RV Park: Bill reported that one or two RVs are staying there at a time now, with one traveling nurse who stayed 5 nights. It has stayed clean so far but going through TP, likely also used by day users. Mike asked Bill if the state would allow us to put up a sign indicating the location of the RV Park and Bill thought the state required running water before they would allow for a sign. No one has seen cows out there yet. The Department of Lands signs are wet from rain and Bill will get them covered in plastic and replaced. Speed signs blew over from past wind and wet ground. Rebecca mentioned possible sponsorship opportunities with ICCU per a discussion she had with an ICCU Jerome representative.

Maintenance: Bill is checking on and cleaning the vault toilet daily but may change to twice per week.

Website: Canyon Crest Creative uncooperative in providing user name and password. Greg suggested follow-up to see if they provided it to Jerome IT, and if not, suggesting asking Jerome’s attorney to write a letter to them.

Broken Bridge: Mike Walters with Wolftone Construction told Brenda that the South side is done and the railings are removed. Ramp is ready but there is a delay because they need to get on the North side to get the concrete truck over. Company needs permission from Riverence, who manages the CSI trout farm. Riverence responded they will have only one communication point and that is with Bill Bridges, and Bill is working through permissions as the road goes across three different properties. Bill is now just waiting on CSI and believes it will work through. Discussion if this will result in complications or an additional cost, etc. Brenda noted we cannot do anything in the water due to the Quagga Mussel issue, and if not soon resolved then it will

delay a grand opening. Others reported that the Quagga mussel treatment was half finished, that they will move down the river from Centennial for 6 more days and that treatment is going further down river than what they originally said.

Question about naming the new bridge with discussion of specific person tributes or to bring it back to the community with a request to submit names. Mentioned creating a SRCP email for submitting names, and to get KMVT, newspaper and website coverage.

Shooting Range: John Weston is not here but noted that the BLM is interested in running the project, but they are slow to move on it. Bill believes the BLM is short staffed.

Overlook: Larry Hall is not here. Waiting for BLM approval of geotech and then ready to proceed. The BLM had indicated approval would be done by Christmas. Current Civil Service proposal only good through the end of this year.

5-Year Plan: Brenda shared she has received proposals for rock climbing from Rebecca, horse trails from Sue, and knows the dog park proposal is in the works. Bill also noted a few trails off the Hansen bridge. Brenda shared Alan’s form for submitting proposals noting it includes a few edits. She will add a revised date to the form and send it digitally. Alan will get a proposal from the rock crawlers submitted. Brenda to gather these proposals before re-convening the 5-year plan sub-committee.

Speaking: Bill spoke with Twin Falls Noon Rotary yesterday with requests to help cleanup at RV park. He also just spoke to the Mid Snake Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) and they are contributing $10k for the Broken Bridge. They have about $40k to utilize and not sure where they get their money from. Next he is speaking to the Magic Valley Land Trust (October 25th or 27th?). Bill will continue to reach out to the other two TF Rotary clubs and Kiwanis.

Speakers Bureau: No longer on for 2023, will look at 2024.

Security: Signage has all been replaced except big kiosk sign. Discussion regarding frame and signage.

SRCP Board Members: Still short a board member with discussion about who might be interested.

Yingst Grade: There is now a garbage can at the top and a dog bag dispenser. Another dog bag dispenser will go to the RV Park. The park has contracted for two portable toilets with the one at Yingst grade, which will stay up year-round, and the other at the disc golf course which will be pulled in November for the winter.

CSI Property: CSI owns property on the East side of Hwy 93 alongside I-84. Bill asked for feedback in suggesting it be developed with a parking lot and trail noting there aren’t many other uses. The armory will be installing a stoplight to access their new facilities on the West side of Hwy 93 and Bill thought if it became a 4-way light instead that would allow access to the East side of Hwy 93 at the same crossing. Discussion about the armory, access, and history of the property as it was originally owned by Arlen Crouch and he donated it to CSI. The armory was looking at it but decided to locate on the West side for power and water access. Also noted was the section of private property that is surrounded by the park and interested by I-84 and that Jerome County is trying to acquire it and incorporate it into the park. Mike added that ITD owns

the property that the Armory is locating on and Art thought ITD also owned property on the North side of I-84 in that area.

Brochure: Brenda shared the revised brochure noting partners and icons with photos. Art suggested “wild flowers” instead of foliage and Adam suggested a better bird watching photo. Larry Hall has offered to print copies as needed and they would be handed out as needed. Rebecca mentioned if the park gets an email to add that to the brochure. Art suggested adding the Mid Snake RC&D as a partner. Mark will help with labels on the map as he has original file and thinks it has already been updated with the pedestrian bridge, RV park, etc. Agreed to leave Jerome County logo where it is and make icons larger. Change Fusion Incorporated to Fusion Mechanical. Asked about mountain bike trails and Bill said he’s emailed Mike Young and Mark noted also Jacob Wittenburg was working on this too.

Other: Shared Idaho Power has put chain link fencing on the canyon wall above the power plant to guard against rock fall. Mark asked if Dave Fryberg with BLM was willing to do the visual inspection for the overlook. Further discussion and Brenda suggested the board or Jerome Commissioners ask Codie Martin and John Tjaden from BLM to give an update to at the next board meeting in November.

Meeting was Adjourned at 12:45 pm.

Meeting Minutes – Sept 14th

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, September 14, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board members: Chairman Bill Bridges, John Weston, Sue Williams, Brenda Weekes and Greg Moore. Guests were Mike Tylka as Advisor, Aaron Utz with Idaho Power, Adam Stockberger with Idaho Adventure Rentals, Randal Brunmeier with the Idaho Department of Lands, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Ben Lyda and Rebecca Wildman from the Southern Idaho Climbing Coalition and Rebecca taking minutes.

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

Treasurers Report: Given by Bill with $5,967 left for the year in one account and the other account with $11,352. Bill recently ordered replacement signs and Mike asked about the Shoshone Falls Road sign, Bill will get it ordered.

Minutes: Sue motioned to approve the Minutes from the August 10, 2023 meeting, Brenda second, minutes approved.

RV Park: Yesterday was the RV Park’s Grand Opening and included the Jerome County Commissioners, Keith Ricketts, and another 30 people attending. Corrals will be completed in the large open area in October.  The second vault toilet is confirmed for March 2024 and after it is installed the RV project will be complete. Sue elaborated on the horse corrals, posts, concrete work, etc. and need for 18 five-gallon buckets with Bill looking into getting them for no cost. KMVT should be televising tonight and the Times-News story on the RV Park ran today.

Website: Jerome County’s IT Department (Desea Lance, Systems Specialist) will study if they can managing the website.  Bill has notified current provider Canyon Crest Creative and has asked for the username and password.

Broken Bridge: Mike Walters with Wolftone Construction told Brenda that the ramp will be painted and hand rails ready by the end of the week. Next week they will begin installing and will need access for the concrete truck. There was discussion about access from the north or south side, along with availability of concrete. Project to be completed by the end of September and a Ceremony is anticipated first part of October. Wolftone Construction has invoiced through Gerald Martens $33k and $53k and Art will follow-up. Brenda will follow-up with invoices from EHM and getting them to Jerome County.

Brenda desires getting volunteers to do a clean-up. This Saturday is the Carl Nellis Day of Service and Brenda thought it would be a good coordinated time, possibly for next year. The park is being used by other groups and the park board does not have any information on these.  With more information and lead time we can help manage these projects.   Bill looking at ordering 3 dog-bag dispensers and probably will get a trash canister at top. Mike Tylka suggested asking the Jerome Work Duty crew to participate in a cleanup. Bill thinks three service clubs are cleaning up around the Perrine bridge this Saturday.

Shooting Range and Overlook: John Weston compiling information to submit to the BLM. It has been a year since Jerome County and Fish & Game went to Arizona and he voiced he is unhappy with BLM’s delayed response thus far. He is hoping to progress by the end of this year. Discussion about delay and issues and why BLM is not attending these monthly board meetings and if the BLM will run the proposed shooting range. John asked if we are wasting time by trying to get it going separately and Brenda advised to put it in the project request regardless.

Bill clarified the BLM priority is first the Yingst Grade Right of Way, second the Shooting Range and third the Overlook. Discussed if we can do the Geotechnical survey part of the Overlook to see if it is still in line and that the proposed structure may need to be modified with a view survey and rules. Greg suggested a meeting with BLM District Manager Mike Courtney to see if communication could be improved. Randal added that the BLM has not yet completed their exchange with the Department of Lands. Brenda shared minutes from the meeting with BLM on August 21, 2023.

5-Year Plan: Brenda shared the form that she and Alan Clawson created for user groups to submit for BLM approval and Codie Martin liked this approach. Discussed maps size and scale and Sue shared she can utilize Mark Reyes for map size and use. John suggested 7.5’ map size.

Brochure: Brenda shared the brochure asking for review. Suggested Rock Climbing added and Rock Crawling changed to Off Roading. Discussed re-naming the Broken Bridge in honor of Gerald Martens; Bill will run this through Jerome Commissioners.

Speaking: Bill spoke with the Optimist Club and SILT. Will speak to the Resource Conservation District RC&D on September 22nd, Magic Valley Land Trust on September 25th evening, and Twin Falls Noon Rotary October 11th. Brenda emphasized the purpose to ask for money and/or manpower. Bill asked Clif Bar if they’d offer employees to help with cleanup.

Speakers Bureau: No longer on for 2023, will look at 2024.

Security: Signage up, shot up, now run over.

Maintenance: Bill cleaning vault toilet bathroom daily and may check with Wilson Lake person and/or David Frieberg if BLM will take it on. Freiberg said they fill theirs with water clean it 1-2/week and pump it every 5-years. Greg suggested we get water in ours, Sue said Sweets should be contacted, Bill to follow-up.

Newspaper: Need ideas for articles.

Open Meeting Rules: Jeff Pierson to address when he is attending.

Roundtable: Adam Stockberger of Idaho Adventure Rentals introduced himself and his business of renting the side-by-sides in the area Northeast of the Bridge. He said people are rough on his machines and he’s looking at ways to mitigate torque and speed. Adam said most renters stick on state land and a few 2-hour renters go to BLM land. Mentioned some visitors are lost on the North side looking for Shoshone Falls on their GPS. Randal added that the Department of Lands has Fish & Game Wardens that also patrol that area in addition to the Jerome County Sheriff. Adam mitigates weed transfer if vehicles are used elsewhere. His permit ends September 30th.

Ben Lyda introduced himself as new Access Chair for Southern Idaho Climbing Coalition and opened discussion on possible climbing areas. Randal noted Massacre Rocks shutdown and that there are possible issues for archeological and cultural resources here too.

John Weston noted the $5k Pitman Roberts grant for a feasibility study on the shooting range shows it has already been disbursed by Idaho Fish & Game. Communication issue and Art Watkins will follow-up.

City of Twin Falls has been billed for $10k for Broken Bridge.

Meeting was Adjourned at 12:40 pm.

Meeting Minutes – July 13th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, July 13, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending Board members: Chairman Bill Bridges, John Weston, Greg Moore, Jeff Pierson, Sue Williams, Brenda Weekes, Steve Paulsen, Tanya Stitt (Treasurer) and Alan Clauson (via telephone). Guests were Mike Tilka, Jerome Commissioner Art Watkins, Kirsten Hartley, and Rebecca Wildman taking minutes.

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

Minutes: The June 8, 2023 meeting minutes were reviewed, Sue motioned to accept, Greg second, minutes approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Tanya Stitt is the new Treasurer. Account has $1,602. Tanya advised there are still some issues but she is working on getting a detailed listing to understand the RV Grant. Bill ordered Rock at $28,500 for 4 projects preapproved by Jerome Commissioners. Sue recommended contacting Nik’s Excavation to see what rock they used. Tanya informed Greg and others to track their volunteer hours as in-kind, recommending a written time card to properly document and use of machinery or equipment should be noted as well. Greg has all the posts needed to finish the project with a cost of $3/post with 55 posts.

RV Park: Sue reported all pads are now numbered, eight picnic tables are installed and the rest are coming. Vault toilet is installed and locked but sump for the vault toilet is not locked. Sue will see that it gets its own lock. Cattle guard will be installed at North end the first week in August. It is comprised of pre-cast concrete from three 4-foot sections. Gerald Martens trying to get the larger cattle guard from Broken Bridge area to install at the Park mid-end of August. Access road signage is in with directional and speed limit in next few weeks. Fire rings coming in any time and Bill will follow-up. Second vault toilet ordered and going in at Morley Arbor and will have a handicap spot and coming March to April of next year. The Equestrian group will unload and install the corral at the North end of the open area. Concrete walkway and apron to toilet is coming, with one estimate and waiting for a second. The estimate from one contractor said it would be two weeks out, so mid-August at the soonest. The last of the heavy equipment to be out there, plus grading with a 5-foot walkway. Small culvert will be installed and 2-foot apron around the vault. Kiosk installment on hold due to asking Jerome Commissioners for waiver of the ten-foot setback from property line. In this instance both the Park and IDL want the kiosk on their shared property line as the kiosk is double-sided. Commissioner Art Watkins will bring this to the Commissioners to see if the requirement can be waived. There are alternate places, but they are not as good as this one. Sue said the RV target open date is late August.

Website: Alternative vendor proposal presented to County Commissioners but no response yet. New vendor price goes up by $30/month plus $2k for site rebuild-refresh. Art asked for more details about past vendor issues and will follow-up with Commissioners. Bill wondered if Commissioners were going to ask the county IT department if they wanted to take this on.

Broken Bridge: Brenda shared that the last item is the flood plain development permit and now waiting for IDWR approval. Casey with P&Z said it is approved and we should have it tomorrow. Brenda informed Gerald Martens so he may get the contractor going. Last Monday Brenda and Bill asked TF City Council for $46k to pay for their side of the bridge connection and half of the railing on the bridge; awaiting feedback. Discussion about Hazard Mitigation dollars used on the grade and if it can be a wooden bridge instead of a culverts, washouts, size, etc. On July 20th Bill, Brenda and Art will present to the North Side Canal Company about Yingst Grade.

Shooting Range: John said grant was completely approved and Charlie Howell has the letter. Now it is in the hands of Fish and Wildlife Services to send the award. Grant program coming up again with due date of November 1st. Feasibility in putting an Archery Range within the park and could be done for less than $5k with 9 target stations, signing, bow/arrow holders, $3k improvements for road and parking, possibly at the hour-glass area behind Don Zuck’s arbor and out 60 yards. However the area identified may have conflicts with Rock Crawlers. John is discouraged with glass cleanup from illegal shooting not more than 15-feet off the road. No date given on when we get the money, but John said sometime in August. John suggested talking with Devil’s Corral owner about his desire to put in a 3D shooting range. Brenda asked John to add this to the planning proposal map.

Range itself coordinates have been done and an additional 25-30 comments on his survey have come in, all in support of the range. That makes 250 comments now on his public survey. The BLM put out survey too but John is not sure how many have responded. Bill said the shooting range check should go to Charlie Howell by December.

Overlook: The BLM guy is waiting for the anthropology report so that John T. can finish his approval. There is an eagle nesting in the area now.

5-Year Plan: User groups were given until July 1st for proposals and so far only rock climbing group has submitted. Alan said rock crawlers will be sending soemthing. Also interest in a Snake River Kennel Club dog park, overnight camping on the 700 for equestrians, and mountain bike trails. Brenda wants to meet with the BLM with the uses which are acceptable and separate projects by those that have BLM approval and those that do not. She will make sure BLM is good with this approach and it will help layout the timeline. Alan added they want to discuss with Mark Reyes about a layer mapping. No 5-year plan committee meeting scheduled at this point. Sue suggested review all proposals and see if another committee meeting is needed. Brenda informed Rebecca the need for more specifics on areas for the rock climbing use.

Annual Award: Discussion about an annual award for service to the SRCP. Steve motioned to call it the “Snake River Canyons Park Outstanding Service Award” and present recipient with a plaque and picture. John seconded, motion carried.  Will take nominations this December.

Speakers’ bureau: Discussed next forum and shared disappointment with turnout at the last one and heat in the month of August. Suggested tabling until next year.

Security: Bill said cameras in place and no damage so far. 

Maintenance: Need to get the weeds out and need for a tractor to cut grass on the disc golf course. Art will follow-up with Charlie.  Bill will order replacement flag for hole 18. 

Newspaper: Short article this month. Brenda asked about holding a ground breaking for the Broken Bridge construction, will ask Gerald about timing, and will see if we can involve TF City.

Other: CSI President Dean Fisher said the college has 200 acres along 93 and that SRCP could manage it for them. Bill said we should consider a parking lot there to provide alternate access to the North part of the park. Added that Charlie is trying to get a grant to buy 200 acres that belong to Bettencourt.

Reminder for Board Attendance, members can skip only two meetings per year. Greg suggested asking Board Member Rod Morgan his intentions in staying on the board.

Sue would like the Board to consider a specific tent-camping area adjacent to the RV spaces, suggesting the borrow area that runs along the fence as it is now graded. Greg suggested re-seeding it now. Sue will add it to the 5-year plan, placing it north of the Morley Arbor, utilizing 2 acres which could be 5-6 tent sites. Discussed security, leveling other areas, and bringing in fill dirt. Mike suggested contacting Tom Barker.

Meeting adjourned at 12:17 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 August 10th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, August 10, 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 August 10, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

Approval of Minutes from July 13, 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 – Optimist, Mid-Snake RCD, SILT, Rotary, North Side Canal Co.

                                           . 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 June 8, 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 July 13th

Snake River Canyons Park Board

300 North Lincoln Ave.

Jerome, ID. 83338-2317

The Snake River Canyons Park Committee will meet on Thursday, July 13, 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 July 13, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

Approval of Minutes from June 8, 2023, Board Meeting – action item

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report – Need a board member to be Treasure and track grant spending.

                                           Sue Williams – RV Park status

.  Webpage/Facebook for SRCP – Bill/Sue

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes & Bill Bridges

                                          Shooting Range – John Weston

                                           Larry Hall – Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                           Annual Award – Sue Williams

                                           . Speakers Bureau –  we need speakers for the 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 June 8, 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 – June 8th, 2023

Snake River Canyons Park Board

Open Meeting Minutes

Thursday, June 8, 2023

19th Hole Restaurant, Jerome Country Club

Attending board members were Chairman Bill Bridges, John Weston, Jeff Pierson, Sue Williams, Brenda Weeks. Guests were

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

Minutes: The May 11, 2023 meeting minutes were reviewed, Sue motioned, Brenda second, minutes were approved.

Treasurer’s Report: Tanya Stitt will be our new Treasurer.  We have $1602 dollars in our bank account.  We need to understand where we stand on the RV grant.

RV Park: The RV park is close to being ready.  The pit toilet is in, just needs to have concrete apron put in.  Sue is looking for a second concractor to pour the concrete.  The First concractor is to slow. 

 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.  Bids are in the low bid was $157,500.  Gerald Martens will work with them to ge the work started.  We have one more permit to obtain.  A Flood Plain permit from the same group that gave us our first permit.

5-Year Action Plan: Goal to set priority projects from all user groups for next 5-years. Brenda ask that everybody get their request in by July 1.  Brenda ans Sue want to meet with the BLM to discuss projects in late July.

Shooting Range: John says the BLM has posted their comment. John started his own comment site and has 100’s of comments already.  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: The BLM is waiting for the anthropology report so that John T. can finish his approval.

Speakers’ bureau: We need better publicity.  Meeting at Bill’s house on June 14.  It was suggested we do one large meeting in August.  Bring in a band and maybe some zoo animals.  Reptiles from the area and maybe some Birds of Prey.  Get the OHV group to organize.

Security: Bill will purchase two trail cameras and put our in the park.

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.

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.  Bill will be doing daily checks and clean up in the RV park when it opens.

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.  New business was to be voted on at the June meeting, but it did not happen.

Upcoming Calendar Dates:

Monthly Board Meeting, Thursday July 13, 2023, 11am – 1pm, 19th Hole

Meeting was adjourned at 12:55 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 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, June 8, 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 June 8, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

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

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                           Secretary – Rebecca Wildman

                                            Treasurers Report – Need a board member to be Treasure and track grant spending.

                                           Sue Williams – RV Park status

.  Webpage/Facebook for SRCP – Bill/Sue

Can the board do part of the updates?

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes

                                          Shooting Range – Charlie Howell and John Weston

                                           Larry Hall – Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five Year Plan

                                           Clean up- Bill Bridges

                                           . Speakers Bureau –  we need speakers for the 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 June 8, 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 April 13th

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, April 13, 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 April 13, 2023

11:00am          Call meeting to order

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

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

Project Reports

                                    .  Member & Guest introductions – Bill Bridges

                                            Treasurers Report – Need a board member to be Treasure and track grant spending.

                                           Sue Williams – RV Park status

.  Webpage/Facebook for SRCP – Bill/Sue

Can the board do part of the updates?

                                    . Broken Bridge – Brenda Fittante Weekes

                                          Shooting Range – Charlie Howell and John Weston

                                           Larry Hall – Shoshone Falls Overlook

                                           Work on Five year Plan

                                           Clean up- Bill Bridges

                                           . Speakers bureau  we need speakers for the summer

                                         .  Secretary – Board   Should we pay someone to take notes?

                                          Security- Bill Bridges

                                          . Maintenance

                                          Newspaper Articles

                                          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 April 13, 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.