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Scenic potholes in Tetonia. The city council is prioritizing its road improvement plan this year.

City sets goals for next fiscal year

Having finished its municipal water project, a multi-year undertaking, the City of Tetonia is poised to consider what the rest of 2019 will hold.

Some goals were rolled over from FY2019. The city is still working on nuisance ordinance enforcement and Mayor Gloria Hoopes and city clerk Jacque Beard returned from a workshop in Boise with some fresh ideas on how to hold citizens accountable when they choose not to comply with city code.

Beard also emphasized the importance of updating the city’s ordinances; she said the code is complicated and hard to navigate.

Tetonia is also continuing to work on park improvements, since its parks are one of the main attractions for the city. Councilman Brent Schindler requested that establishing a Tetonia library should be added to the list of goals.

“It’s a very popular idea,” he said.

The city has applied for a grant that would fund a library and should hear back about it by the end of the month.

The top goal for Tetonia, the council agreed, is to work on its street improvement plan. Hoopes said the biggest complaints from citizens are potholes and dust control. One area of concern is the school and church access road, which is only partially owned by the city and is plagued with deep potholes and poor drainage.

“Cars are bottoming out there,” Beard said.

The city still has around $20,000 of funding for road improvements that has not been allocated. The council agreed that the intersection probably needed an engineer’s oversight before improvements were explored.

New development possible for city

There is the potential for a large recreation project in downtown Tetonia that pairs architectural and agricultural history with modern design and utility.

Architect Paul Neseth and business development manager Barbara Hahn presented their concept to a group of Tetonia stakeholders and members of the public on Monday.

Hailing from Minnesota, they both have experience with the area. Hahn has roots in Idaho, while Neseth designed a house in Alta. As founders of RAW, a series of design/build workshops for architects, they’re looking for a home base and a new community in which to incubate more RAW projects.

City attorney Bart Birch cautioned against too much enthusiasm, as the project would require an extensive amount of work and a long application process to come to fruition.

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