City Clips October 9, 2015
Friday, October 09, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a $20 million low-iinterest wastewater construction loan to the City of Coeur d’Alene. The funds will be used to construct additional primary and secondary treatment improvements (including new clarifiers), expand the tertiary filtration system to treat current and future plant flows, and modify the existing chemical system.
The Council City Council approved the purchase of 440 new remote read water meters and the installation of 500 (the City already had 60 meters that would work with the new system). Once installed, the new system will cut down on time spent reading the meters and will reduce water loss from undetected leaks. The meters can be read regardless of weather, as they broadcast a signal that is read remotely.
The Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department installed new high-tech playground equipment at the Equal Access Playground at Tautphaus Park. The new equipment combines the speed and fun of electronic games with the explosive movement of aerobic exercise to create the most exciting playground ever to hit play spaces. The equipment was paid for by insurance money recovered after prior playground equipment was stolen from the Equal Access Playground last year.
The Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) recently awarded the APA Outstanding Plan Award to the City of Idaho Falls for their 2013 Comprehensive Plan. This award honors a written plan that advances the science and art of planning or brings awareness of the benefits of good planning.
On September 19 Jerome area public safety personnel partnered with Idaho Special Olympics and the Jerome Maverik store for the annual “Fueling Dreams” event. For approximately six hours, members of the City’s Police Department and Fire Department and the county Sheriff’s Office pumped gas and washed windows in exchange for donations to benefit Idaho Special Olympics, raising about $1,600 for the organization.
To celebrate fire prevention month, Jerome City Fire and Jerome Rural Fire will host a free pancake breakfast on October 17.
Jerome Middle School was awarded a Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow rural Education grant for $10,000 that will be used to support the tech book implementation in the math department. This allowed the school to purchase 30 laptop computers with a cart to be able to have additional mobile devices.
Idaho Fish and Game plan to place a tracking antenna at the Orofino water plant to track the number of steelhead to make it past the city. The project will continue for two years.