Weiser targeted as part of electric vehicle charger network along 95

Mayor Randy Hibberd
Well, it looks like the warmer temperatures are trying to tell us that spring is not too far off. I don’t know about you, but the sooner it gets here the better. 
 This has been another fairly quiet week around City Hall.  
 Crews are continuing to perform maintenance on equipment and plant operations for the upcoming year.  
 Mike Campbell and I are taking online training through the National League of Cities for a “bootcamp” on how to apply for federal grants. 
 The program we are working on at the moment is to bring electric vehicle chargers to downtown Weiser. Councilmember Layna Hafer will be involved in the process before it is over. 
 It turns out Highway 95 is an alternate primary traffic corridor and therefore is one of the main targets for establishing a network of electric vehicle chargers. Currently, most electric vehicles have a range of 200 to 250 miles. At this time there are not very many charging stations along the length of Highway 95. 
 Establishing a network along 95 will help bring more tourist dollars into this part of the State. Bringing the charging stations downtown will provide a welcoming setting for travelers while charging their batteries and help our downtown businesses. Wish us luck in applying and receiving this grant. 
 In City news this week, Pat Malay told me the guys from the street department have been working on the picnic tables for the parks. They have just gone through and replaced boards, nuts, and bolts where needed, as well as painted all of the tables. Unfortunately, the tables get defaced fairly regularly and need a facelift from time to time. 
 The alley clean ups will resume as soon as the alleys dry out a bit. When the alleys are wet, as they are now, the weight of the tractors and dump trucks tear up and rut the alleys with all of the maneuvering that must be done. This not only causes more work later to restore the alley, but it also can damage the equipment. So, it is better to wait a bit and do the clean up when conditions are better. This is one of those services that is provided free of charge that few other cities provide. Therefore, we want to provide it as efficiently and at as low of a cost as possible.
 Also, Ken Anderson from the recreation department let me know that co-ed volleyball league registrations are due by Feb. 15. The season will start in March with league games held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Weiser High School Auxiliary Gym. The team registration fee is $200 with a $25 late fee if registration is made after the Feb. 15 deadline. Sounds like fun! I just wish I wasn’t such an old geezer and could still play volleyball!
 In addition, Ken wanted me to let you know that spring soccer for first through sixth grade boys and girls is coming up. The registration deadline is March 1. The registration fee is $35 for city residents and $40 for county residents. There will be a $10 late fee after March 1. Players MUST wear shin guards and have a red and blue reversible jersey. These are available at the Weiser Recreation Department office next to City Hall. 
 If you have any questions on either the co-ed volleyball league or the spring soccer program, just stop by or call (208) 414-0301 and talk to Jhonna or Ken at the Recreation Department.  
 Well, that’s it for this week. Hope you are prepared for Spring. 
 It feels like it will be here before you know it!


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