City Clips July 3, 2015
Thursday, July 2, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
A ribbon cutting for the new American Falls Wastewater Treatmant Plant took place on June 11.
The Bellevue City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that will project the civil liberties of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender citizens.
The City of Cottonwood has been awarded a grant to convert the lower level of the Community Hall into a Senior Citizen Center.
The Hailey and Ketchum Arts Commissions worked together to select local artists to display their work in the new terminal in Friedman Memorial Airport.
The Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department launched this season’s Movies in the Park on May 29. A local bike shop is giving away a free bike at every movie this year.
The City of Idaho Falls sponsored the 2015 Adventure Ride, a family bike ride mixed with a scavenger hunt, on May 30. The ride started from the Pier in Snake River Landing.
The City of Idaho Falls hosted its first annual Clean & Green Volunteer Day on June 13.
The City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring a new Big Hole Golf program, a fun alternative for adults and a great no-pressure way to introduce children or beginners to the game of golf. The new program launched on June 13.
The City of Idaho Falls is being recognized as a 2015 Playful City USA Community. KaBOOM! and the Humana Foundation are honoring 241 cities, towns and counties across the country for making their communities more playable.
The CHC Foundation awarded a matching grant for more than $14K to Idaho Falls Tautphaus Zoo to develop and produce new animal identification and conservation signage throughout the zoo. The new zoo signage will debut in 2016.
A Vietnam War Veterans Appreciation BBQ was held in the City of Jerome on June 13.
The sixth annual Ketchum Police Bike Rodeo, designed to teach bicycle safety to children of all ages, was held on May 23 in the Wood River Community YMCA parking lot. Police officers conducted safety tests and monitored an obstacle course, and mechanics from local bicycle shops performed safety inspections on children’s bicycles. The Police Department provided helmets free of charge for children who did not have one. Prizes and safety items for bicycles were distributed.
“Put a Lid on Every Kid” is the goal of the Ketchum Police Department’s efforts to see that all bicycle riders in the city wear helmets. The department gives away about 60 children’s helmets, as well as some adult helmets, every year. Many are distributed at the annual Police Bike Rodeo. In addition, officers carry children’s helmets in patrol cars, and if they see a child without a helmet, the stop and offer a free helmet, helping with the fitting. Families can also stop by the police station to request a helmet.
The Ketchum Wide Open, with miniature golf holes at locations around town, took place on May 30. Awards were presented that evening.
The Ketchum and Sun Valley Fire Departments hosted the annual Blaine County Fire Expo and barbecue on June 27. Firefighters from the two communities demonstrated car extraction, rescue drills, training in extinguishing fires, and fire safety planning at the family-friendly event.
The McCall Fire Department hosted its second annual Firewise Day on May 2. It was a successful event with more people in attendance the first hour than the entire day last year. Everyone went home with valuable information and energy to clean up their space to help prevent fires.
The City of Meridian held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony at Meridian’s Wastewater Resource Recovery Facility. The event highlighted the completion of the facility’s new Administration Building, Laboratory, Maintenance Facility and remodeled Controls Building.
Students, staff, and volunteers at five Meridian elementary schools—Pondersoa, Peregrine, Discovery, River Valley, and Sienna—participated in the first annual Mayor’s Walking Club during the school year. The students at the five schools ran or walked a combined 25,403 miles, just a little more than the circumference of the Earth at the equator.
The 86th Annual Meridian Dairy Days took place June 15-20, including a carnival, a princess pageant, car races, a pancake feed, a parade, fireworks, a cattle/goat show, the Warrior Milk Run, a pool bash, food, and more.
The City of Meridian’s Kleiner Park Live Concert Series kicked off on June 18.
The Meridian Independence Day Festival and Fireworks held on July 4 in Storey Park included food vendors, live music, inflatables, and other activities. The event was capped off by a great fireworks display.
The City of Moscow Parks and Recreation Department held design workshops for Indian Hills Park and Itani Park on June 2. The workshops included interactive sessions and gathering of public input for the designs of the two parks. Attendees reviewed and critiqued concepts generated from contributions from an earlier session of workshops held in May. Information from all workshops will be collected and included in design concepts for the parks.
In an effort to assist property owners in maintaining safe sidewalks adjacent to their property, the City of Moscow is offering its Property Owner Assistance Program, which provides a simplified process for owners to have their walks evaluated and repaired. Participating in this city-wide program allows both homeowners and businesses to take advantage of the same unit pricing that the City receives under its large volume, annual sidewalk construction contract. A two-year warranty is included for all work.
The City of Moscow, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Idaho are moving forward with the Community University Strategic Partnership (CUSP) by gathering feedback from the community about why residents love Moscow. The community branding project is the result of a Moscow Chamber of Commerce tourism grant aimed at identifying and facilitating the development and execution of a Moscow-specific brand.
The 239th celebration of the Fourth of July took center stage on Moscow’s Friendship Square. The event included free ice cream; patriotic readings (including the Declaration of Independence); patriotic songs; stories; and the “Mutt Strutt” which the canine population of the community decorated with red white and blue.
The Post Falls Q’emiln Park Boat Launch opened on June 12. The park features a swimming beach, boat launch, BBQ pits, picnic shelters, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts, concession stand, restrooms, and a 40-acre train system.
A large fish sculpture will soon be installed on Spokane Street in the median near the Post Falls City Hall. The 5-ft fiberglass fish is a community art beautification project sponsored by the Post Falls Chamber of Commerce, the JACC and the City of Post Falls. This public art project is funded by donations. To kick-off the project, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe donated the 5-foot fiberglass sculpture to the project. Major donors will have their names inscribed in a plaque at the base of the sculpture.
The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) awarded a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to the City of Post Falls for its Budget Book, which presents the City’s adopted annual budget, listing priorities, goals and challenges.
The City of Twin Falls hosted its annual Western Days Parade on May 30.
The City of Twin Falls is hosting its 6th summer of Movies in the Park.
The Twin Falls Police Department hosted its second annual Community Bike Rodeo on June 6.
The City of Ucon recently received a grant to restore its ailing tennis courts. The courts are now beautiful and both adult and children’s tennis lessons are being offered.