Friday, November 2, 2012

Commissioners to tackle big issues on Tuesday

Shelter rezone, airport on agenda

Express Staff Writer

The Blaine County commissioners will not discuss skilled nursing during this week’s Tuesday meeting—as a previous Idaho Mountain Express story had stated—but will tackle a number of other issues throughout the day.

According to the agenda, one of the first orders of business will be an airport update and discussion of Tuesday night’s airport meeting. The commissioners and Friedman Memorial Airport Manager Rick Baird will discuss the recent “finding of no significant impact” for regional jets at Friedman as well as any other issues that may come up.

The commissioners will also discuss assigning various board positions and projects for the upcoming year. Each commissioner sits on a number of boards—Chair Angenie McCleary said she serves on 19 boards—to serve as a liaison between that board and the county.

The organizations include the Southern Idaho Solid Waste District, the Blaine County Regional Transportation Committee and the Wood River Wolf Project.

The county will also discuss rezoning the site of the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley, in Croy Canyon, from the Resource Conservation District to Rural Residential and Residential/Agricultural.

The Resource Conservation District limits certain development to preserve wildlife habitat. However, an application from the shelter to Blaine County Land Use and Building Services for a rezone states that the shelter provides a public service—impound services for the county, among others—and that it would like to expand.

Department staff found that the shelter did qualify for a rezone based on the fact that the land surrounding the shelter has either been developed further since the original zoning was made or is set to be developed in the near future, in the case of the Croy Canyon Ranch planned for a lot across the street.

The county’s skilled nursing care discussion will resume with presentations from potential providers on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 9:15 a.m.

Kate Wutz:

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