City Clips June 24, 2015
Friday, June 19, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
All three golf courses in Idaho Falls—Pinecrest, Sand Creek and Sage Lakes—held a Free Golf Day on April 28 to encourage golfers to get back out and playing golf. The free golf included free greens fees only.
The City of Idaho Falls is celebrating 150 years this year. The City has teamed up with Idaho Falls School District 91 and the art students from Idaho Falls and Skyline High Schools to paint IF150-themed murals. The murals will be painted in the tunnel under the Pancheri Bridge.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the City of Kellogg a $4.98 million grant, the largest rural development grant administered in Idaho to date. The funds will be used for a wastewater improvement project. The remaining $4.41 million for the project will come from a 40-year low-interest USDA loan. The project will begin this spring.
The City of Ketchum has hired ZGA Architects to analyze space needs and prepare cost estimates for a possible new civic center, identified as a top priority by the City Council last year. The analysis will also evaluate the needs and location for city administrative offices, fire and police headquarters and council chambers that also could serve as a community meeting space. Funding for the $25,000 contract will come from the Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $39,930 wastewater system planning grant to the City of Malad. The funds will be used to evaluate the current collection system, possible lagoon leakage and plan for future growth. The City will fund the remaining $39,930 of the $79,860 project.
The City of Malad held its annual citywide Spring Cleanup April 28 through May 1.
The Pacific Northwest Section of the American Water Works Association awarded the City of Meridian’s Environmental Division’s "It Starts at Home" animation series an Excellence in Communications Award for "Best Video" .
The City of Meridian’s Historic Preservation Commission received an Orchid Award from Preservation Idaho for their Historic Walking Tour.
The City of Moscow and the Safe Routes to School program encouraged students, parents and teachers to bike, scoot, roll and/or walk to school on May 6 as part of Fill the Racks Day to celebrate National Bike to School Day. Those participating were encouraged to decorate their bikes, helmets, etc. Once they arrived at school, pictures were taken and community volunteers taught children how to check the "A, B, C’s" (Air, Brakes and Chains) on their bikes.
The new Orofino water plant held an open house in conjunction with the new terminal at the Orofino Airport on May 1. Staff was on hand to answer any questions the public might have.
The City of Orofino held its annual Community Cleanup and Arbor Day celebration on April 25. The city park was cleaned up by community volunteers. Bags were provided. Dump trucks were available to the public at the park for disposal of any trash. A home health activity, sponsored by the Nez Perce Tribe, involving the making of non-toxic cleaning supplies was part of the celebration. The Tree City USA Award was presented and an ornamental tree drawing was held. German dogs and hot dogs were served.
The City of Pocatello held its Fun Run Series during the month of May. The series is a set of five races including 2.5k, 5k, and 10k races with run and walk divisions. The series kicked off on May 2 with the Law Day Run, when participants under 18 can run 2.5k with the Mayor for free.
The City of Post Falls received its 18th Tree City USA Award from the Arbor Day Foundation.
The City of Potlatch was named a Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
On April 16 the Twin Falls Police Department honored the Communications Specialists in the City Communications Center by hosting a barbeque during National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
First Federal Savings Bank cut the ribbon on the first universally accessible playground in Twin Falls, which was the culmination of a partnership between First Federal and the City of Twin Falls.
The City of Twin Falls encouraged its staff to bike to work May 11 through May 15 for National Bike to Work Week. About 30 staff members participated, biking a total of 725 miles to and from work.