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Wednesday November 26, 2014

Mayor asks for attorney contract bid
Rigby Mayor Jason Richardson said that he wants a city government that will always be looking for the best options for its citizens.To that end, Richardson said that he would be interested in putting the city’s contracts out for bid instead of letting them renew automatically. He broached the subject, and began with city attorney Robin Dunn’s ...

County budget done two months into fiscal year
Nearly two months into fiscal year 2015, a finalized Jefferson County budget, including step-and-grade increases to employee pay, is available to the public.The $17 million finalized budget is a $380,671 increase from the 2015 budget published in the Aug. 20 Jefferson Star, as the Jefferson County Board of Commissioners reopened the budget Oct. 14 ...

Excess equipment auction successful
County and city departments will see an influx of cash after an auction on excess equipment raised over $360,000 Nov. 15.Jefferson County Public Works Administrator Paul Snarr said that the auction was a success, and that his departments’ equipment went for approximately $350,000.“Everything went. Everything sold. All of our reserve prices ...

Wastewater projects, online city ordinances approved
The Rigby City Council approved expenditures Nov. 20 for a total of approximately $17,000 for a replacing of a sewer line, sterilizing equipment for the wastewater treatment facility and to post searchable city ordinances online.Clerk Dave Swager explained that Sterling Codifiers, who reviewed and updated the city’s ordinances, has offered to ...

LID assessment hearing scheduled
The public will have another chance to weigh in on the total cost of a Local Improvement District (LID) on West First North Street in Rigby.Rigby City Council Chairman Mike Maloney put forth a motion Nov. 20 to move the first council meeting in January to Jan. 8 and to hold a public hearing on that date for the final assessment, which was ...

Winners galore in Turkey Days drawings
The Annual Turkey Days drawings at local businesses saw hundreds of entries filled out with 30 local businesses participating.The grand prize winner of a $75 shopping trip for turkey and all the trimmings at Broulim’s, courtesy of The Jefferson Star, was John Erickson, of Rigby.He said that winning surprised him.“I’ve never won anything in ...

J-O Bazil Dairy wins Idaho milk award
James Bazil, of the J-O Bazil Dairy, in Rigby, was awarded the 2014 Idaho Milk Quality Award at the United Dairymen of Idaho’s annual awards meeting last week. The award is based on quality indicators submitted by Idaho companies (milk processors, co-ops and associations). Bazil earns this award, based on the results of 12 monthly milk quality ...

Mud Lake Airport issue resolved
The City of Mud Lake has received a missing 2009 airport disbursement from Jefferson County, which ends a long-running dispute between the two entities.At the Mud Lake City Council meeting Nov. 12, the council was informed that the $3,500 check from the county was received. The city had to loan money to the airport to make a payment on resurfacing ...

Ririe has new councilman, council president
The Ririe City Council appointed Brent Ferguson to the council Oct. 14 after former council President Larry Lovell was appointed mayor. The group then voted to elect Will Jones as its new president.In a Nov. 18 interview with Mayor Lovell, he said that Ferguson will serve Ririe well.“He was born and raised in Ririe. He’s been around longer ...

County issues denial in Elliott case, Lairds likely to be tried
Jefferson County could not have issued a stronger denial in its lawsuit versus Hamer resident Candace “Andi” Elliott.Other than admitting that some of the defendants are who she says they are, the county denied every paragraph in the complaint and said that the matter should be dismissed. In other court business, Rodney and Kristie Jo Laird, ...

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