County commissioners lower speed limit on Pioneer Road

BLACKFOOT — When the speed limits signs get posted, the segment of Pioneer Road from Highway 26 to N. 400 W. will be designated as a 35 miles per hour (mph) zone.
Bingham County commissioners approved that change from 45 to 35 mph on Monday.
"People really do change their driving habits after they receive a speeding ticket," one person testified as he appeared before the county commissioners in support of the speed limit change.
Neighbors along that stretch of road agreed that the speed limit should be lowered for the safety of families in the area and because of the potential increase of traffic should homes be built in a previously approved subdivision.
Bingham County had submitted a Speed Study Report to the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council (LHTAC). LHTAC reviews roadway safety.
The LHTAC report stated, "This roadway has been operating safely without a posted speed limit. ... For continuity along Pioneer Road and with the support of this Speed Study, LHTAC recommends a 45 mph speed limit for the segment of Pioneer Road from Highway 26 to N. 400 W."
Commissioners also approved a fuel contract with the City of Blackfoot that allows city vehicles to fuel up county vehicles.
The fire department already fuels from the county gas tanks, said commissioner Whitney Manwaring. City vehicles from parks and rec, city police and street department vehicles will fuel from the county tanks.
In this contract, the City of Blackfoot agreed to pay two cents above the delivered cost to the county.
This will help cover the inspection fees, Manwaring said. The county's fuel is bid once or twice each month.
Commissioners also opened the county's budget and approved the use of $60,000 for the Regional Treatment Center (RTC) in Blackfoot.
"The money is already in the budget," County Clerk Sara Staub said. "The commissioners gave the RTC the authority to spend this money."
RTC Officer Claudon Lilya said about $9,000 is being used to build a shelter on West Pacific to protect the clients as they wait for services.
This money is from a dedicated fund, said Lilya. The money in this fund is not levied from the taxpayers.
This dedicated fund is used for specialty courts, he said. The county has four specialty courts. There are three drug courts—juvenile, adult misdemeanor and adult felony.
The mental health court court is for both the misdemeanor and felony populations.
"We mix the populations in mental health court," said Lilya.
Commissioners received bids for transportation of solid waste from the transfer station to the Bannock County Landfill. The commissioners made no decision.
Five companies submitted bids, however, the bid from PSI Environment was four minutes late from the stated 1:30 p.m. deadline and was not considered.
The four companies who submitted bids are:
° Eagle Rock Sanitation, Idaho Falls—$8.89 per ton
° Mill Creek Metals—$10 per ton
° Superior Transportation, Inc.—$9.50 per ton
° Ashport Sanitation—$7.60 per ton
Commissioners have turned the bids over to David Babbitt, Bingham County Public Works Director, to make sure everything is in the qualifying bid.
"You will be notified of our decision," said commission chairman Cleone Jolley.
The county has 60 days to examine the bids.
The requirements for bids on the operation of the transfer station are close to being completed, Babbitt said.