Gooding Community Newsletter

May 2021, #39

Who's ready for flip-flops, warmer weather, sunshine, blooming flowers, birds singing and green grass?

City Spring Clean Up Week

Spring Clean Up Week will be the 1st week of May. Please place tree limbs in your yard next to the street or alley. Please do not block you trash can, alley way or streets.

There are a number of properties that are accumulating items in their yards. These properties will be notified to have their properties cleaned up within a certain amount of time. Let's take pride in our beautiful town.

If you need a truck to haul off yard waste please call City Hall.

Please call City Hall if you have any questions (208) 934-5669.

Property Clean Up

The City will be sending out letters if an address is in violation of Gooding City Code Title 9, Chapter 6 which provides, in part, that it is unlawful for any owner or occupant of property in the city to permit nuisance weeds to accumulate and/or remain on the property.

The city code defines weeds as: (A) Brush, woody vines and volunteer trees; (B) Weeds and indigenous grass which may attain such large growth as to become, when dry, a fire menace to adjacent improved property; (C) Weeds which are located in an area which harbors rats, insects, animals, reptiles, or any other creature which either may or does constitute a menace to health, public safety or welfare; (D) Plants and indigenous grasses on or about residential property which, because of their height, has a blighting influence on the neighborhood. Any such plants and indigenous grasses shall be presumed to be blighting if they exceed eight inches (8") in height. (E) All noxious weeds as identified by state statute title 22 chapter 24. (Ord. 654, 11-20-2006).

The owner or occupant will be given 10 days from receiving the notice to cooperate.

If there is no removal of the nuisance weeds from the property within ten (10) days, the city is authorized to remove the nuisance weeds and assess the costs of removal. If the owner does not pay such costs, the costs will be added to their property tax as a special assessment. If the city does have to remove the nuisance weeds, no further notice will be given before such removal.

The City would like to work with everyone to resolve this matter in order to make a safe, clean neighborhood that will not infringe on the general public’s health, safety and welfare.

The City can provide a truck, free of charge, to haul off any of the weeds removed from the property. Trucks will be provided at a first come first serve basis. You may call City Hall (208) 934-5669 to request a truck for cleanup. Only yard waste may be deposited in trucks for removal.

Homeowners and business owners are responsible for their property to the middle of the street to the middle of the alley. Below is a picture for reference.

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New Payment System at City Hall

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Fun Events Happening This Month in Gooding

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Are You Buried In Old Papers?

Thanks to Pioneer Federal Credit Union for providing a shred bin free of charge for the community!

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Friendly Reminder from the Cemetery Crew

It's that time of year again that we are starting to mow and weed eat. This is a friendly reminder to please keep all decorations on the bases and out of the way of the mower/weed eater. We will be kind enough to move it up to three times for you but the fourth time we will discard it.

Thank you!

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Gooding Fire District Open House & Annual Fireman's Benefit BBQ

Saturday, June 26th, 11am-2pm

2155 Montana Street

Gooding, ID

The Gooding Fire District would like to invite the community to the Open House & Annual BBQ at the new Fire Station located at 2155 Montana Street on June 26th from 11 AM to 2 PM. We will be serving hamburgers and hotdogs with a side as we have done in the past. The cost will be $5.00 per plate. We will also be doing the raffle with prizes donated from local businesses.

If you cannot make it we would happily accept donations for the Fireman's Burnout Fund here at the station or you can mail it to the address above.

As always be safe and God bless.

Chief Covey

Word from Police Chief Fisher

Clearing Out Overgrown Vegetation and Junk

As we transition from spring to summer, and hopefully leave COVID behind us, there will be a lot going on this summer. Let’s take part in this New Year by clearing out overgrown vegetation and junk. The City is geared to a total city clean up with a renewed desire to remove junk, junk vehicles, and overgrown vegetation. You might expect to receive more notification than in the past, as well as more deliberate action to abate or eradicate problem properties. In essence, if the resident and / or owner will not take care of it, the city will do so, likely through the use of a private vendor or contractor, and pass the costs on to those responsible for the property or issue.

Current ordinances state the adjacent property owner is responsible for keeping rights of way clear of weed and junk. This extends property owner or resident care from the center of the alley to the center of the street. This is a means of maintaining those areas in a manner suitable to resident/owner, whether manually, with suitable chemical treatment, or by organic means. This limits the possibility of accidental kill of desirable vegetation and trees.

Tree maintenance is also required where they overhang public sidewalks and streets. Please contact the City before doing any maintenance on or surrounding a “Public Tree” which are located within the city right of way.

Where a tree overhangs a sidewalk, minimal clearance is required is: 7 feet.

Where overhanging a street, minimal clearance required is: 12 feet.

Truck route (Hwy 26, Hwy 46/Main Street, 3rd and 4rth Ave East ) Minimal clearance is: 14 ½ feet.

Yard Sales

Another summertime issue is yard sales. Please keep in mind the following: City Code 6-9-1

"Garage/yard sale" shall mean and include all general sales open to the public, by any definition, conducted from or on any residential premises for the purpose of disposing of personal property.

“Personal Property" shall mean property that is utilized, owned, and maintained by an individual or by members of a family owning or residing on the place where the sale takes place and acquired in the normal course of living or maintaining a residence. There shall be no yard sale allowed for merchandise purchased for resale or obtained on consignment. No property offered for sale shall be displayed on any public right of way.

Donated items for yard sales are not considered private property. Proceeds or money from sales of personal property may be retained by the owner or donated however they see fit. By definition, benefit sales or fundraisers are not generally permitted as a yard sale or conducted from residential premises.

Garage Sale Laws

  • May not be more than 3 days in length and held during daylight hours only.
  • No more than 4 yard sales within the year at any one address.
  • Signs may not be posted more than 48 hours prior to the sale, nor remain posted 24 hours after the sale.
  • Yard sale items must be removed from display or stored indoors within 24 hours of the end of the sale.

All violations are a misdemeanor with a minimum fine of $25 or $50 plus court costs.

Gooding Lion's Club Essay Winners

Gooding Lion’s Club

The Lions club recently sponsored an Essay Contest on “Patriotism” for 4th, 5th and 6th grades in our local Schools. We are extremely proud to announce the following winners of the contest! The winners in the 39W group are among our local schools and the those moved on to the State level, where we had two more winners! The winners in the 39 MD group will move on to compete nationally.

Winners in 39W

Caiden Lee 1st. Place 5th. Grade

Kayleh Claxon 1st. Place 6th. Grade

Theadore Barthlomew 2nd Place 4th. Grade

Traegon Dayley 2nd. place 5th. Grade

Jaylynn Patton 2nd place 6th. Grade

Winners in 39 MD

Caiden Lee 1st. Place 5th. Grade

Kayleh Claxon 3rd. Place 6th. Grade

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Fly Idaho

Idaho’s “Fly Idaho” specialty license plate program will end this July unless at least 400 more vehicle owners buy the plates (200 have already been bought since February to bring that number down from 600)—or unless the Legislature amends a law it passed last year.

Please encourage your friends and family to buy the Aviation license plates online at

There is no need to wait for your plate renewal month. Sign up now and the cost is prorated.

For more information on the license plate program and what you can do to help contact IAA member Larry Taylor at 208-484-2153 or

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Gooding Senior Center to Reopen

The Gooding Senior Center will reopen the beginning of May! Per Governor's current direction capacity will be capped at 50 persons. Please cell the center if you have any questions (208) 934-5504.

Here's What's Happening at Gooding Schools

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Thank You To All The Gooding Music Program Sponsors!

Gooding Senator Music Program students, Gooding AMP (Association of Music Parents) and Gooding's Director of Music, Mitchell Tilley, would like to thank all of our sponsors for the 2020-2021 school year! These sponsors make so many opportunities available to our young musicians! These donations make the AMP Scholarship Program, large instrument/equipment purchases, travel opportunities and so much more possible for the Gooding Music Program. We would also like to thank all of the parents and community members who donated in-kind items throughout the year. These donations were used for Red Thunder Athletic Band performances, class incentive parties and much more. The fun and exciting things happening in the Gooding Music Program would not be possible without the support of these sponsors and individuals!

Gooding Senator Music Program is excited to announce that our groups will be having live performances this spring! We welcome all community members who would like to attend to celebrate the hard work of these students this school year. All concerts begin at 7:00 PM and will be held in the GHS Multi Purpose Room. Performance dates are:

  • Friday, May 14th: Rock Group & Symphonic Band (Advanced Band Groups)
  • Monday, May 17th: Senator Singers & Vocalise (Choir Group)
  • Tuesday, May 18th: Red & Gold Bands (Beginning & Intermediate Bands)
  • Symphonic Band, along with NVA Orchestra, will also be performing at graduations for North Valley Academy on May 20th and GHS graduation on May 25th.

GHS band student Emily Pereira had the opportunity to travel to Twin Falls earlier this month and learn more about playing trumpet from professional musician Alan Vizzutti. Emily is one of just a handful of Magic Valley students to receive a personal clinic from Mr. Vizzutti and she will be bringing that experience back to share with the rest of her team. We are proud of Emily and her dedication to musical excellence!

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This is a Publication of the City of Gooding

The Gooding Community Newsletter is a publication designed to share the positive happenings in our community. If you have an event or news item you would like to share, please send along you information to the email address listed below. Should you have an idea you think could improve our community, we encourage you to bring those ideas to the city council with plans on how we can work together to make our city even better. Thanks for listening and sharing!