The Fruitland City Council heard several presentations from community members and officials during its regular meeting on Nov. 25 at Fruitland City Hall. Following is a brief roundup of what to know about the meeting.
Splash pad closure
The Fruitland High School Alumni Association’s Dick Gross had a request to bring before the City Council. Gross, who has been part of the Alumni Association since approximately 1980, is currently making preparations for the class reunions of ’68, ’69 and ’70. He said that due to the hearing challenges of some of the older participants in the reunion, Gross requested that the community splash pad be closed temporarily as it is in close proximity to where the reunion will be held, and the noise from the water and the patrons makes hearing and understanding difficult for the guests.
The council agreed unanimously to close the splash pad from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 27 to accommodate the reunion.
The first presentation was from Western Idaho Community Action Partnership (WICAP). Karla Bales and Shelly McGehee, two representatives of the organization, made the announcement of an initiative called “Project Launch.” This branch of the organization is aimed at families with small children (ages 0 - 9 years old) and it focuses on mental health and addressing issues such as developmental delay. Other aspects of the program include teaching parenting skills and developing a behavioral plan with a child’s school. McGehee closed the presentation by saying, “The goal of this program is to make the family successful.”
$5,200 in stocking stuffers
Full-time employees of the City of Fruitland are getting a stocking stuffer in the form of a $100 gift certificate to a retailer in the local area. Council members approved the holiday gifts for the 52 qualifying city employees.
Police departments ‘burning through’ drug test kits
Fruitland Police Chief J.D. Huff told the City Council that the police department is having to use drug testing kits for marijuana and heroin testing extensively.
“We’re burning through testing kits,” he said.
Huff indicated using these kits has become more of a priority as of late.