Last week I took the entire column in explaining the relationship the City has Notus – Parma Highway District. The Highway District is not the only business in town that the city has a mutual cooperation relationship with. I am quite sure that other smaller communities have similar relationships. It is a great benefit to the citizens and the city specifically to cultivate these mutual cooperation relationships.
When the city has domestic water issues with our wells, the first businesses we contact is either Agri-Lines Irrigation or Riverside Electric, Inc. More often than not, these companies will dispatch the needed men and equipment to the problem well and the necessary work gets done. Though the city is billed for the labor and materials, what is important is that the city can rely on these businesses to come to our aid very quickly. The down time of the well can often be measured in hours as opposed to days if it were necessary to call an out of town business.
There have been many times in the past where the city has taken advantage of the Sheriff’s Inmate Labor Department (SILD) for a wide variety of projects. The most recent projects included power washing the Library building, painting the swimming pool, and repainting park playground equipment.
Another group that has assisted the city on numerous occasions is the Lion’s Club. Recent projects included the purchase and installation of playground equipment at America’s Park on the south side and swimming pool park. Many hours have gone into upgrades at the swimming pool as well. The Lion’s Club will be installing a covered picnic area near the swimming pool probably next spring. Be sure and purchase your turkey raffle tickets from a member to help fund community projects.
Crop Production Services has assisted the city with their community service programs over the years. One of their projects was to supply the picnic tables at Old Fort Boise Park. The Senior Citizens Center is a wonderful asset for the entire community and surrounding area. Of course, the Rural Fire Department and Emergency Medical Technicians are without equal in our community and should be thanked and supported by everyone who lives in the area.
The men of the Co-op Ditch Company have saved the city many hours of work by assisting the city crew when it comes to cleaning the laterals on the south side of the railroad tracks. Hartman Farms have loaned the city equipment. Parma Post and Pole have donated material to projects the city wanted to undertake. JC Watson Company and Top Air have allowed the city to borrow hysters when the city needed a lifting machine.
Parma Company, True Value Hardware, Mike’s Automotive, Troxel’s Garage, and Bruce and Rod’s have all helped in their own unique ways.
The Parma School District has helped when the city has had projects that involve school property by lending manpower to the effort. The Canyon County Mosquito Abatement team has even made themselves available at unusual times to help the city in their effort to curb those pesky mosquitoes.
Idaho Power has done a superb job with the park below the electrical sub-station. This is their project and property. Congratulations on a job well done. It is a nice small park that was needed in the north end of the city. A pedestrian bridge will be built across the drain by Parma Post and Pole. Picnic tables will be added later in the spring.
I have no doubt left some business out and for that I apologize but I would very much like to thank the Parma business community on a cooperative job well done. It is with community minded folks like you that our Parma is a far better place in which we call home. Thank you all so very much.