AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips
Monday, November 23, 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 Idaho Falls was presented with the 2015 Redevelopment Award for the River Gardens at Taylor’s Crossing project at the 11th annual Idaho Smart Growth Awards celebration.
The Idaho Falls Police Department Property and Evidence Unit earned elite status n achieving an overall rating of “Above Standard (Minus)” from DB Consulting following a September audit. Only eight property units from more than 70 law enforcement agencies audited by DB Consulting have received this status. DB Consulting also noted the current operation of the IFPD Property Unit as one of the six best property units they have audited.
The City of Jerome held a dedication of Veterans Memorial Park and the Vietnam War Memorial on November 11.
The Jerome Fire Department celebrated National Fire Prevention Week October 12 to 16. Firefighters visited several Jerome area schools to talk to the students about fire safety and smoke detectors. Along with the education, the Fire Department hosted a coloring contest and activity sheet for students from each school and each grade level. Teachers from each school selected the top coloring pages, and the lucky winners were recognized in front of the Jerome City Council and received a “Ride to School” in a fire truck. At the conclusion on the week, the Jerome City Fire Department and the Jerome Rural Fire District hosted a free Pancake Breakfast.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $32,500 drinking water planning grant to the Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District. The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current drinking water system, plan for future growth, and develop alternative plans for needed improvements. The remaining $32,500 of the $65,000 project will be funded by the Mud Lake and Terreton Water and Sewer District.
The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $30,000 drinking water planning grant to the City of New Meadows. The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current drinking water system, plan for future growth, and develop alternative plans for needed improvements. The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development will fund $22,000 of the project and the remaining $8,000 of the $60,000 project will be funded by the City.
The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the City of Pocatello for its FY 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 11th year in a row. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.
GFOA awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Popular Reporting to the City of Pocatello for its FY 2014 Citizens’ Report for the 10th year. This report provides the highlights of the CAFR in a format that is easier to read.
The Post Falls Urban Renewal Agency (PFURA) dedicated the Greensferry Overpass Project on November 12. The overpass was dedicated to honor all men and women for their service to our country and the community. PFURA presented two American flags to the City of Post Falls to signal the ownership transition of the overpass from PFURA to the City and the Idaho Transportation Department. Color guards raised the flags to their permanent locations on the overpass.
The City of Preston has received a $58,000 hazard grant from the Department of Transportation to provide GIS mapping of all utilities within the city, including natural gas, water and sewer lines, among others.
Chobani announced that, through the Chobani Foundation, the company will offer a significant contribution to the City of Twin Falls for the development of the Downtown Commons—which will provide a new public area for concerts, festivals and other public venues.