By Griffin Hewitt
Fruitland is a city with a lot of history. Much of that history was made through the school, now referred to as the “old school,” since it is the site of Treasure Valley Classical Academy. The transformation into TVCA was just the beginning of the proposed community revitalization.
This school is a project that was made possible in part by Alma Mater, Inc., an organization that TVCA Principal Stephen Lambert, told the Council that helped this school “come to fruition.”
Lambert, along with other members of the Fruitland community, gave statements in support of Alma Mater, Inc.’s newest project — Milovich Heritage Museum — during Fruitland City Council’s meeting on Monday night.
Mike Dalton, in representing the proposed museum, said such a landmark in the city would be used for a “combination of things” including: fundraising events / dinners and joint events with TVCA.” Dalton went on say that the museum will feature antiques, class trophies, class pictures and other memorabilia from Fruitland’s long educational history.
Former Fruitland Mayor Ken Bishop also attended the meeting to offer his support for the project.
“Fruitland has been largely ignored by historians,” he said.
Bishop added to this that it is important for us to know more about our roots.
Dalton was present on Monday night to follow up on informing the City Council about whether he had secured a conditional use permit since the last meeting. He said he had gotten the permit for a building he plans to renovate for the museum. However, City Attorney Stephanie Bonney added that the city will also need formal record agreements from adjacent businesses to allow shared parking among the buildings. In addition, Dalton asked the council for as many fee waivers as they could provide reinforcing that the project is for the enrichment of the community’s history.
Councilors opted not to waive fees for water and sewer, however, were able to waive some costs for the proposed museum.
The city will waive $450 in planning and zoning fees, $159 in building permits and $165 in mechanical operation fees. In addition, the council agreed to waive future building fees, making the total costs waived by the city $1,053, according to a phone conversation on Tuesday afternoon with City Administrator Rick Watkins.
Councilors gave Dalton their support for this project and asked him how far along the project is from being completed. He replied that he has a list of contractors that he is communication with and “(he) will proceed tomorrow.”