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EnduroCross revving up for 2010

By Alannah Allbrett

    Dale Barger gave an update for the 2010 EnduroCross scheduled in Orofino May 21. He stated that several professional riders will be competing from around the country. They want to build a safe course over a two-block area in the arena.

    The group requested more lighting and has $8,000 to put towards more lights and poles. They are putting up over $10,000 of their own money overall. Barger asked the Council to study the open container law (on alcohol) as it pertains to them. They also proposed adding a Friday night event to the schedule. The issues were referred to the Recreation Committee.

ABATE

   American Bikers Aimed Towards Education (ABATE), represented by Mike Thacker, requested permission to use the city park, from the baseball diamond to the arena, to put on a motorcycle rally to take place from a Friday night through Monday of Labor Day weekend. They stated they have successfully put on a rally in Pierce for five years with no problems.

   The group requested permission and necessary permits for people to camp. They expect between 65 to 250 bikes. They are not a club, but a non-profit organization that votes on cycle legislation. They stated they carry over a million dollars of insurance, can post a bond, and will take care of all cleanup at the end of the rally. The issue was referred to the Recreation Committee.

Mall of Infinity

   Representatives of the Mall of Infinity were introduced to council. Jim Janish heads the non-profit organization, Community of Angels (CofA) and gave a presentation showing examples of how CofA has helped other regions.

   The sales associates were also introduced. The company has hired six territorial representatives. Katherine Sell, the founder, stated where possible people will be hired from Idaho, even to cover territories such as Montana. The company plans to hire over 800 people throughout Idaho.

   It was reported that the former Barnett-Thompson car dealership building on Johnson Ave. and Michigan is not suited for this type of business so the company is searching for other properties for the call center. The former Vision Arts building is being considered for the world headquarters. Orofino Junior High School may be a possibility for the call center, and allow students to continue use of the premises.

Airport

   The Airport Committee met and is working towards a fuel agreement at the airport.

Water treatment plant

   It was suggested that a committee be formed to educate the public regarding the urgent need to replace the current water plant, which has gone 20 years past its proposed life expectancy.

Police

   Two positions are still open on the force. Advertising will need to take place to make candidates aware of the position vacancies.

   Chief Wilson said there is no change in the overall trend of incidents. Year-end statistics show incidents are up 140 over 07-08 and up 235 for 08-09.

   Chief Wilson displayed graphs and charts which the new technology database is gathering. He stated that it takes at least three years of data to show accurate comparisons but the department will have two years of data by this April. This information allows the department to ascertain areas where incidents happen most frequently and determine how to focus resources better on those areas.

Ordinances and resolutions

   A second reading of Ordinance 764 took place concerning real property located in SEC 7 36N 2E. Specifics may be viewed at City Hall.

   Resolution 10-409, requesting the US Air Force select Idaho for its F-35 Mission was passed. All cities in Idaho were asked to adopt this resolution.

Council meetings

   The council meets every second and fourth Tues., at 6 p.m. at the City Council chambers, 217 1st St.