Friday, April 26, 2013

Crouch Council: Cottage Resort Development Moves Ahead

  Since the Crouch City Council denied de-annexation of a piece of property between the Post Office and Weilmunster Park last year, the county has been working toward a solution to the problem posed for Don Weilmunster’s development of Garden Valley Cottage Resort.
  Planning and Zoning Interim Administrator, Rora Canody, appeared at the April 10 Crouch Council meeting, on behalf of Boise County. “We’re trying desperately to work with the city and Mr. Weilmunster to help get a family split, so the city portion remains in Crouch,” she stated. “My request is—we want the city to agree to split the parcel, and the part of the property in the City of Crouch would be the city’s.”
  City attorney, John McFadden, said that from the standpoint of people who invested money, the council should vote.
  Councilmember, Wendy Bates, requested clarification on the term, “family split”. It was explained that it referred to an old concept of splitting off a part of a parcel belonging to a family, which would normally be for the use of a family member. Canody said that under the Boise County Subdivision Ordinance, they do have a process of splitting.
  McFadden assured that the split-off parcel would then be completely under City of Crouch jurisdiction, so county rules would not apply.
  On the other hand, Weilmunster can go ahead with development of his property, which will now be completely within the jurisdiction of the county.
  Council approved the split.
  The Grand Opening of the Center for the Arts will be on Saturday, April 27, all day, along with Spring Fling. Booths, crafts, wagon rides, food, fun for the family!
  The Garden Valley Arts Alliance was given approval to change its name to Garden Valley Center for the Arts. GVCA Treasurer, Tiffany Thuleen, presented several requests pertaining to the Center’s financial operations. Since the ordinance is being re-written by McFadden, he will include the approved items.
  The Center for the Arts will open a gift shop, inside of the center, which had a successful Raggedy Opening three weeks ago, in the revived Lumberyard building in downtown Crouch. Acting Mayer, Richard Messick, signed a sales tax registration form, so the artists can collect taxes.
  Attorney McFadden said that the City of Crouch does not have a non-profit 501c3 but Boise County Commissioner, Jamie Anderson, explained that they can use an IRS “courtesy letter”, which will allow the arts center to make grant applications to a lot of entities.
  The council has not completed the process of adding the Crouch Museum to the city. It is expected to be finished next month. City Clerk, Kim Bosse, received unexpected notice that the Laura Moore Cunningham grant money must be used by May, not July. Hence, Paul Shepherd’s bid to change the ground slope was accepted and he will get right on it.
  Businesses delinquent in paying their annual business license fees will be charged an extra $150. For reconsideration, they must appear at a meeting and address the council.
  Kim Bosse bid her farewell to the council and introduced newly hired City Clerk, Vickie Chandler, who will begin her stint at the beginning of May. (A farewell party was held for her on April 20 at the Dirty Shame.)
  The next Council meeting will be on May 8, at 6:30, in the Syringa Building.

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