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A.F. Council declares May as Drug Court Month as participants look on

The Power County Press of American Falls, Idaho

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Sixth Disrict Judge Robert Naftz appeared before the American Falls City Council on Wednes day, April 16, to read a resolution declaring May as Drug Court Month.

This May is the 25th anniversary of drug courts in the United States. Drug courts place some drug offenders in treatment programs rather than in prison. These are real people making real changes, Power County Magistrate Judge Paul Laggis said to the city council.

They take it one day at a time and sometimes one minute at a time," he said.

The council also recognized Arbor Day by planting trees by the American Falls High School.

Building superintendent Jeff

Nelson addressed the council about the comprehensive plan for the city. The comprehensive plan presents a broad spectrum of the infrastructure the city would like to have in its future, Nelson explained.

The city's planning and zoning board has reviewed the comprehensive plan, as it does every seven years, and found there was a lot of repetition in the goals for the city. The new comprehensive plan will not have substantial changes, but will remove some of the repetitiveness the old plan had, Nelson said. The council gave the planning and zoning board the go ahead to make the changes to the plan.

Nelson and city animal control officer Judi Fehringer will have more responsibilities. The council approved both employees going out and watering hanging flower baskets that are part of the down town revitalization project.

Mayor Marc Beitia said the city had covered most of the additional maintenance cost associated with the downtown project, but had not found the funds to cover watering the plants. The two city employ ees said they could find time in their day to water the plants.

Members of the Boy Scouts of America also attended the meet ing, each of them asking a question about how the city was operated. Questions ranged from cracks in the sidewalks from the downtown project, to how many crimes were committed in the city on average.

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Original Publication Date: April 23, 2014

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