MIDDLETON — The City Council unanimously approved construction of a lab building at Middleton’s wastewater treatment facility at its regular meeting Wednesday evening.
The lab building, which will be used to test water on site, will cost nearly $55,000 to construct. It will be added on to the treatment facility’s blower building currently under construction.
Additional change orders are expected for lighting, cabinets and counter tops, HVAC, water and waste lines, equipment and lab supplies for the building. A Keller Engineering representative told the Council a low estimate for the additional change orders would be about $25,000.
Currently, water is couriered everyday to Boise for testing. The new building will allow for on-site testing, but in some instances water will still need to be sent to a third party lab, Mayor Darin Taylor said. The city also does not have an employee in place yet to test the water, but that decision will be made in future he said.
Tyson Sparrow, a spokesperson for the group looking to recall Taylor, brought to the Council’s attention a letter he and four other recall group members received from a city employee that he chose to keep anonymous. He also provided the group’s response to the letter.
Sparrow said the letter contained litigious threats against him and four other recall group members and he brought it before the Council because the letter was signed with the city official’s title. He said the letter contained no return address, which led him to believe the letter came from the city. He also asked if the group could expect to continue to receive more letters like that.
Taylor responded that based on the way the letter was sent, he understood why Sparrow thought it came from the city. Taylor said he had already given his response to the recall effort and on his end, unless the prosecuting attorney brings forward issues, he is done responding. He said he could not speak for other individuals.
Sparrow also personally apologized — not on behalf of the recall group — to Becky Crofts, the city’s administrative coordinator, for allegations made about her qualifications. He said he did not get a chance to see her professional resume, but she brought it to his attention at a previous meeting. Sparrow then sat down next to Crofts and the two shook hands.
The City Council approved transferring funds from the Local Government Investment Program (LGIP) — $249,900 each, to Home Federal Bank and Pioneer Federal Credit Union.
According to documents presented at the meeting, the LGIP has an interest rate of about .21 percent while Home Federal’s is about .4 percent and Pioneer’s is about .25 percent.
Council member Carrie Huggins pointed out that yearly return difference is relatively small — about $500 by her calculations — but it is still more than what the city is getting from the LGIP.
The Council discussed approving the purchase of a used dump truck for city use at a cost of about $55,000. A resident asked when the dump truck with about 300,000 miles had its last major tune-up, because if it needed one still the cost would be about $10,000. Taylor responded that while he was sure the truck’s current owners, the Nampa Highway District, kept the truck in good repair, he could not say for certain when the major tune-up happened.
The Council voted to table the item for the next meeting when the date of the tune-up could be ascertained.