City Clips July 31, 2015
Monday, August 3, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The National Institute of Justice awarded the City of Ammon the first place grand prize of $75,000, in a contest to get cities and agencies to use high-speed Internet to improve public service. Ammon’s award-winning idea was to use the city’s fiber network to improve school safety. Working with Bonneville County, Bonneville Joint School District 93, Databuoy LLC and Alphacorp Inc., Ammon developed software that could work in conjunction with gunshot detection sensors to better serve law enforcement responding to an active-shooter scenario.
The City of Blackfoot received a $10,000 grant from the Union Pacific Foundation for the beautification of the new south entrance to the Grove City Cemetery. The funds will be used for a new entrance sign and to beautify a two-thirds acre lot between the railroad tracks and the cemetery.
The Blackfoot City Council approved a bike lane plan. Bike lanes will extend from Judicial to Wooton Way, bringing more bicycle tourism through the city as bikers ride through on their way to Yellowstone National Park.
The City of Idaho Falls will host the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo July 30 – August 1. The rodeo, organized by the American Legion Bonneville Post 56, is the oldest rodeo in Idaho and has been a local tradition since 1911.
According to a recent article on Good Housekeeping’s website, Ketchum is one of the “50 Most Beautiful Small Towns in America.”
The City of Meridian Parks and Recreation Department hosted public meetings to discuss two future regional parks—one 77-acre located in south Meridian and a 47-acre one in west Meridian.
The City of Moscow Parks and Recreation Department hosted the grand opening of the Lillian Woodworth Otness Park, Moscow’s newest part, on July 24. Refreshments were provided. The park includes a small playground for children aged two to four years, landscaping, benches, and a path for those traveling through the site. Paradise Creek is also featured along the pathway, which has been planted with a variety of riparian and native plants. Grass will be planted in the fall. The park will provide the local neighborhood with a new recreational facility.
The City of Moscow will host a National Night Out on August 4, joining thousands of communities nationwide. The event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to the community that its neighborhoods are informed and prepared. National Night Out will involve 16,242 communities from around the world.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded an $11.1 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the City of Rexburg. The funding will be used to construct two new wells, a 2.5 million-gallon storage reservoir, a booster pump station, and to make control system and waterline improvements.
The Twin Falls Police Department is hosting its 5th Annual National Night Out event on August 4 at Twin Falls City Park. National Night Out is a fun opportunity for the community to visit with emergency responders and to develop partnerships that make neighborhoods safe places to live.