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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Monday, October 10, 2016  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.

 

SafeWise released its “10 Safest Cities in Idaho” report on August 22, 2016. The FBI’s crime data from 2014 was used to rank these cities, all with a minimum population of 3,000 people. The rankings are: 1) Rexburg, honored as the safest city in Idaho for the second year in a row; 2) Kimberly; 3) Hailey; 4) Fruitland; 5) Shelley; 6) Preston; 7) Emmett; 8) St. Anthony; 9) Meridian; and 10) Heyburn.

 

Twin Falls, Jerome, Burley, and the Southern Idaho Economic Development Organization (SIEDO) received the Community Partnership Program Excellence Award from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) at its annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri, on September 28, 2016.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $27,050 drinking water planning grant to the City of Athol. The funds will be used to prepare a planning study and environmental information document. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The remaining $27,050 of the $54,100 project will be funded by the City.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $23,750 drinking water planning grant to the City of Crouch. 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 water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The remaining $23,750 of the $47,500 project will be funded by the City.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $32,500 wastewater planning grant to the City of Culdesac. 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 identify needed improvements to address new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements. The remaining $32,500 of the $65,000 project will be funded by the City and a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

 

The City of Garden City held its first annual Pollinator Celebration on October 7, 2016. The family-oriented event was free of charge and included a movie (DisneyNature’s “Wings of Life”), poster contest awards, educational activity booths, greenbelt tours, guest speakers, and a native plant sale.

 

The City of Idaho Falls has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for the 27th consecutive year. This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

 

The City of McCall received a $2.2 million federal grant to rebuild a half mile of Mission Street. The design is programmed for FY19 with construction programmed for FY22. This Idaho Transportation Investment Program (ITIP) grant from the Federal Aid Incentive Program is allocated by LHTAC.

 

The 7th Annual Treasure Valley Youth Safety Summit presented by Idaho Power at Wahooz was hosted by the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC). The hugely successful event was attended by 230 young leaders who learned the dangers of distracted driving by texting while navigating the go-kart track in the “Just Drive” challenge, played mini-golf while wearing intoxicated vision goggles to show the effects of drugs and alcohol, participated in unfair laser tag to mimic bullying, and attended powerful workshops designed to give teens tools to address real issues they face in their respective schools.

 

The City of Meridian held its first annual Art Week celebration.  The week included an Art Drop, an Art Walk, a chalk art competition, and the unveiling of the City’s newest piece of art, Out on the Town which was installed in the City Hall plaza.

 

At the end of American Farmland Trust’s summer-long Farmers Market Celebration, the Moscow Farmers Market was rated the number one farmers market in the State of Idaho and one of the top 20 farmers markets in the nation. During the Celebration, market customers, family farmers, community members—anyone who believed they had the best farmers market in the country—were encouraged to endorse their market in four unique areas: Focus on Farmers, Healthy Food for All, Pillar of the Community and Champion for the Environment. As a top market, the Moscow Farmeers Market will receive a “Best in Class” flag, lapel pins and a “Best in Class” digital badge.

 

The Basic American Foods’ Giving Program presented the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department with a $10,000 grant to help fund the installation of a new sport-court playing surface in the Center’s multipurpose room. The space houses a variety of activities including basketball, fitness classes, and gymnastics to name a few.

 

Recently, the City of Pocatello Finance Department was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for their work on the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Fiscal Year 2015 by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This certificate is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting. This marks the 12th consecutive year the City has received the certificate.

 

The City of Post Falls has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Report (CAFR) for the Fiscal Year 2015. This is the 18th consecutive year the City has been honored with the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting.

 

The City of Post Falls received a GFOA award for the Popular Annual Financial Report for Citizens (PAFR) for the eighth year.

 

The City of Twin Falls was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2016 by the Government Finance Officers Association for achieving the highest principles of government budgeting.

 

If your city has done something noteworthy or received an honor and you would like it listed in City Clips, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail goyler@idahocities.org or fax 344-8677.


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