AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips
Monday, November 9, 2015
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.
The City of American Falls recently purchased a combo vacuum truck to help the wastewater department clean and flush the city sewer main lines and camera system to inspect and collect data from the sewer main lines. The purchases were made using wastewater capital improvement funds. This equipment will help reduce sewer backup and flooding.
The Cascade City Council awarded the contract to reroute utility lines installed under Highway 55 so they run along the side of the highway.
Garden City recently became a Bee City USA—the first in Idaho. Bee City USA is a national nonprofit that advocates for city leaders to raise awareness of been and other pollinators and adopt practices to support healthy pollinator communities. A public pollinator habitat will be planted behind City Hall, which will include a native bee observation booth, butterfly houses, bat houses and more. The garden will act as an outdoor classroom. As a Bee City, Garden City will take on the responsibility of hosting public awareness activities and an annual celebration.
The Meridian Road Interchange Ribbon Cutting took place on October 29.
The City of Meridian was ranked as the Number 1 best city to live in by 24/7 Wall St., after a recent study. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, America’s 50 best cities to live in were identified—Meridian topped the list.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $30,000 wastewater planning grant to the Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District. The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and develop alternatives to address compliance issues and NPDES permit requirements. In addition, the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will provide $30,000 and the Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District will provide $10,000 of the $70,000 project