City services are available for residents to get yards winter ready

Boy! The Weiser High School football game was a nailbiter for a while last Saturday! When the Wolverines were ahead by three, it seemed like Bonners Ferry had momentum going. But, with about four minutes left to play, the Wolverines scored another one of their five touchdowns to make it a convincing win at 35-25. Good job guys! We will see you over in Homedale on Saturday!
 One new service the City of Weiser offers is the ability to now pay your utility bill online. By going to the City’s website at cityofweiser.net you can select “Pay Utility Bill Online” from the menu options. You can either select the one time only payment or set up an account if you plan on making additional payments in the future. 
 The next screen asks for your account number, which can be found on your bill. If you choose to set up an account, there are several options to choose from for the payment method. There are also several options on how automated you want future payments to be. 
 To answer questions you may have, please call (208) 414-1965. The office staff will be happy to help you!
 Natasha McDaniel here at the City has been working to make this project a reality for about the last year and a half. She says that she has a few bald spots on her head where she pulled her hair out in the process. But the finished product is great and has been working very smoothly for about a month now. 
 For those of you who have been pushing for online payments or who wish to take advantage of this service, please let Natasha know how much you appreciate her efforts!
 Wasn’t last week’s early snow a surprise? I know that I wasn’t expecting it last Friday! 
 Speaking of winter, as the City gets ready, there are a few items that need to be taken care of for all of us to function well when major snow arrives. 
 If you have a basketball hoop in the street, a car that hasn’t been moved for a while, or a trailer parked in the street, we kindly request that these be removed to allow the snow-plow folks to do their best work. Snow plowing is one of those areas where it is difficult to please everyone. However, the fewer obstacles that are in the streets, the easier it is to clear the snow in a way that pleases the most people. 
 Going on with the theme of getting ready for winter, it was mentioned last week but deserves being said again. The City crew started their alley cleanup program on Monday. For those of you who may not know, the City will pick up your yard waste once, and sometimes twice a year, if you have an alley behind your house. Simply place the grass clippings, tomatoes, hedge trimmings, etc. (but not leaves) in the alley behind your house out of the way of the garbage truck. The City crew will then go through to clean it up. 
 This free service was started decades ago as a way to encourage residents to keep their properties looking nice. It has been a success over the years and hopefully the City will be able to offer it for decades to come.
 Also, along that line, the City offers a complementary Adopt-A-Truck program for those of you who have larger projects that require material or yard waste hauled off. The Adopt-A-Truck program is seasonal. This weekend is the last one available for the year until spring. So, if you have a project, please contact the City immediately to reserve a truck if one is available.
 As for your leaves, again, the City has a complementary service to vacuum them away. Simply rake them past the curb in front of your home. If you do not have a curb, please rake them onto the pavement. The leaves cannot be vacuumed if they are on gravel or dirt since anything other than leaves will damage the impellers on the vacuum. (These are very expensive to replace.) So, please make sure your leaves are in the street on the pavement. The leaf crew will continue to pick up leaves as long as the leaves fall and/or as long as the weather (snow) allows. 
 Well, that’s it for this week. Hope to see you at the game! Weiser really is a great place to live!
 

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