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VARD acts as resource on Tetonia water rights; Water Study; Edge Wireless Tower next to city water tank; new council member sworn in

VARD acts as resource on Tetonia water rights
The City of Tetonia is evaluating their options for how to process their current water rights and acquire more culinary water to suit the city’s needs as the population continues to grow. VARD’s Anna Trentadue, who has a background in water law, researched Tetonia’s current water rights situation, and evaluated different options for proceeding with each water right. VARD drafted up an action plan for how Tetonia can proceed with each right to maximize its value and offered to meet with the city and a water attorney to coordinate processing these rights in the Snake River Basin Adjudication.

Water Study
The council gave the green light for Schiess and Associates to proceed with conducting a water study for the city.  The study will help the city better understand their assets and capacity and quantify what improvements future developments will require.  The representative from Schiess explained that because of all the work already done by Schiess for the sewer study, the water study would cost the city far less than if a firm were hired without that background information. 

Edge Wireless tower next to city water tank

The council reviewed two site plan ideas for the Edge Wireless cell tower they are negotiating to have installed on city property next to the water tank north east of town.  The council seemed to be in agreement that they preferred to have the tower located on the south east corner of the property.  The current tower design has a metal lattice tower 120 feet high with an equipment shed, generator and propane tank.  VARD’s Kim Billimoria asked whether the city had considered requiring any screening of the shed, tank and propane tank but the mayor said that they would not be visible from town.  Kim Billimoria also asked if the illustrations of the visual impact of the tower, which had been requested by council member Tiera Ball at a previous meeting, were available.  They were not.  Diagrams showing what would be seen from Highway 33 as you enter town and also from downtown itself seems like the bare minimum to ensure that the tower does not have an undesired impact to the viewshed of the northern gateway to town, or that of town itself.

The council received a contract from Edge Wireless but decided not to sign it until the city attorney has had a chance to review it.  A member of the public asked about details of the deal between Edge Wireless and the city but the council would not reveal what the city would be gaining financially from the tower because they are in the process of negotiating a contract. The mayor said the details would be made public after the deal is signed.  

It seems that there may be one more council meeting in which the cell tower is discussed since the city has yet to sign the contract.  Interested citizens could still contact the city with any questions or concerns although there will not be a public hearing since none is required by city ordinance.


Deck Green was sworn in as Tetonia's newest council member.  




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