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Letter from Your Elected Official: Ernie Moser

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Commissioner Press Releases, Highlights, Letter from Elected Official, Newsroom | 0 comments

Dear Residents of Bannock County,

            Many developments are happening in the County, and 2024 is shaping into a unique year. One of the most exceptional items this year is the progress we are making through the use of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. The United States Treasury Office requires these funds to be allocated to specific projects or expenses by the end of this month. With that in mind, my fellow Commissioners and I, along with our other Bannock County Elected Officials, have been hard at work identifying projects that would be generational and provide added value for Bannock County residents for years to come, ensuring the long-term needs of our community.

            I stressed the importance of adding value to the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Downey last year and continued to do so this year. In that vein, we allocated $1.6 million in ARPA funds to construct two barns, an office, a meeting room, and an exhibit building at the Fairgrounds. If you traveled there recently, you’ve probably noticed some changes. The footings and foundation for one of the two upgraded barns I proposed have already been installed and poured. The investment into these facilities is a generational investment that will support years of agriculture education and celebration.

            Another project I’m excited about and advocated for is constructing a new facility for our Youth Development Center, which will be relocated to the Bannock County Event Center. Bannock County offers an intensive educational program for our highest-risk youth who may not be thriving in a standard high school or alternative school environment. The YDC collaborates with School District 25 and offers high-intensity educational and behavioral support and modification. This facility will move them out of the old jail building (above the Elections Office) and into a more conducive environment geared toward making the youth feel encouraged and that people are invested in their futures. Being housed in an old jail building does not convey the proper message to these youth. Although our employees have done an excellent job making the current building more conducive and comparable to a classroom setting, it still has negative connotations and was not built to be a school environment. The Event Center will offer recreational and community service opportunities, and we expect to incorporate vocational learning opportunities as well.

            This facility will also provide updated office space for our Event Center staff, which has been needed for years. It will give the public a more professional setting to do business with us, whether renting facilities or meeting with our employees.

            This new facility will be of tremendous assistance to our Juvenile Probation staff. I want to take this opportunity to point out the exemplary job they have done and will continue to do with proper housing. It is very intense work that takes special people to perform effectively. We are confident, as elected officials, that this facility will transform the experience of the YDC youth in a positive way, as The Village has done over the last year. I’m very excited about investing in this program and offering generations of children a safe, supportive classroom in which they can thrive.

            Next, we have committed to updating our Courthouse’s 6th Street entrance. We are making our Elections Office more ADA-friendly, redoing the roadway (which will provide additional parking), and updating the courthouse’s north ADA entrance. We will renovate the entrance to provide protection from the elements and add a nice gazebo for patrons waiting for the bus. The courthouse and street will be under construction for the next four months or so, and we ask that you remain patient with us as we navigate the renovations together.

            Finally, I want to express my gratitude to the community for your support in the recent primary election and reassure all Bannock County residents that I ran for this office to serve you, regardless of who you voted for. I will continue to do so in the most honorable way that I know how and will strive to keep Bannock County a place you are proud to be from and call home.

Thank You,

Commissioner Ernie Moser, Chairman, District 1


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