City of Ashton

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Member Phone: 
208-652-3987
Address: 
714 Main Street
Ashton, ID 83420

The City of Ashton is proud to provide Ashton with quality water, sewer, garbage, and street services. 

“Albert Einstein said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.”

Earlier this year, the City of Ashton successfully applied for a community review by the Idaho Rural Partnership and other participating agencies.

Community reviews have energized community improvement and economic development efforts in over 40 rural Idaho communities since 2000.

Ashton Mayor Teddy Stronks said, “We want to find a way to grow and sustain our community without sacrificing the traditional identity that means so much to us.”

My goal is still the same, to concentrate on Economic Development in the Ashton Area. We will continue to do our best for the citizens of Ashton by following what General Collen Powell said, “There are no secrets to success. It comes from preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”

So, keep up the good work! —Mayor Teddy Stronks

Other items that fall under the City’s jurisdiction are the Visitor’s Center, Planning and Zoning, Urban Renewal, and the Ashton Archives. The Archives are open Monday and Thursday from 1-4pm.

It takes many to help us have a great City of Ashton, where we call home. We at the Ashton Area Chamber of Commerce are grateful for the association we have with the City of Ashton and the many volunteers and employees that help make it great! Thank You!

The City Building is open M-F 8am-4pm or you may call them at

(208)652-3987

www.cityofashton.com

January 14, 2019

             State of the City Address

Charles F. Kettering said, “you never stub your toe standing still. The faster you go, the more chance there is of stubbing your toe, but the more chance you have of getting somewhere.”

We started 2018 with a new Councilman and old friend taking office. Tom Mattingly took office for his first term as a City Councilmember. Tom, as you all know, served as Police Chief for the City for many years. It is good to have him as well as Councilman Atchley, who was re-elected, on the Council.

2018 was a year of projects. The City had already started the Wastewater Project but added a Park Project and assisting with a Sidewalk Project into the mix.

We, as a City, are moving along on the sewer project. Phase I is in the final phase with just a few items left until completion. The plan was to start Phase II in the summer of 2018 but it has been moved back to this coming spring. Phase II will be replacing sewer lines in the City that need repair.

The Park Project bid out late in the summer and will be paid for by a $150,000 Idaho Community Development Block Grant. It will include the re-plastering of the swimming pool, the addition of parking with curb and gutter on the south side of the pool as well as on the east side of the park, a pad for portable restrooms and a walking path. Work has begun and the project should wrap up early in the summer so that everyone can get a lot of use out of the City Park.

The Ashton Urban Renewal Agency came to the City in 2017 to ask if the City would participate in a grant application to add sidewalks on Main Street to help keep the school children safe as they walk to school. The City agreed to administer the grant if/when it was received. A $250,000 LTHAC School Safety Program Grant was received. After bidding, costs had gone up and it was looking kind of bleak, but the Ashton Urban Renewal Agency was able to put in some more funds to complete all but the new street lights and crossing lights. Next year we hope to be able to complete those items.

A new chlorinator was installed at the City’s water treatment facility and the generator has been working really well through the power outages that we have had. The garbage fee was raised in November 2018 to offset costs from the new fees at the Fremont County Landfill. The chip sealing on the streets was delayed until the end of the Wastewater Phase II so that the streets will look great. The police have been helping out our citizens in more ways than we all know. The City staff has had a busy but satisfying year.

This past October, I as Mayor, took a challenge with the other mayors of the State of Idaho. I walked an average of 15 miles a week by myself and with the grade school kids. By so doing, I was given a $1,000 check to put towards repair of the City tennis courts as well as an additional $10,000 grant to help out. The CHC Foundation has also given the City a $13,000 grant for the project. The City will be applying for an Idaho Parks & Recreation Department grant to help complete the $150,000 project.

I am looking forward to 2019 with bright hopes. As Mayor and City Council, we will continue to do our best. It has been said that “there are no limitations to what you can do, except the limitations of your own mind as to what you cannot do. Don’t think you cannot; think you can.”

Mayor Teddy Stronks