City Council Meeting - Jan 9, 2023

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

The Mountain Home City Council met in the council chambers at city hall on the evening of January 9th in their first meeting of 2023. The meeting began with an uncontroversial unanimous vote to approve the consent agenda. Following this, the council unanimously moved to elect Councilwoman Garvey as the new Council President.

Next the council proceeded to a non-action item which largely dominated the rest of the meeting. Mitra Mehta-Cooper and two representatives spoke on behalf of Elmore County regarding a slate of proposed impact fees that could impact future residents and developers within the City of Mountain Home. No decision has been made, though a lengthy discussion took place and was regarded by those engaged as an “important first step” in communications between the county and city regarding the role of the county’s proposed impact fees within Mountain Home.

An action item that followed led the council to decide to retain two vehicles to be used rather than sell them to the Mountain Home Irrigation District.

Next, a representative and architect for Albertson’s proposed store expansion project which would allow the back side of the building to be expanded a few feet to increase storage within the store spoke with the Council members. They were met with an onslaught of questions and a fair bit of criticism. Citing ADA and general transportation issues, alongside uncertainty from certain board members regarding the possibility of the store outgrowing the lot its currently on, and the pending national merger, a motion was made to deny the current project. The motion passed with unanimous support.

The Council heard from department heads before the meeting was closed for executive session and then adjourned.

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