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Water Quality: Idaho's 2016 Integrated Report Out for Public Comment

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking public comment on its draft 2016 status report on water quality in Idaho’s rivers, streams, lakes, and reservoirs.  Currently, the comment period is scheduled to close at 5:00 p.m. MDT, Monday, August 6, 2018.

The draft biennial 2016 Integrated Report includes information on policies affecting water quality assessment and reporting in the state, water bodies proposed for delisting from the state’s lists of impaired waters, current assessment efforts, and monitoring results. It also includes the categorized lists showing the current status of all state waters.

The draft report serves as a guide for DEQ to manage water quality in the state and prioritize its development of water quality improvement plans known as total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs, which are designed to restore beneficial uses and ensure compliance with water quality standards.

DEQ developed the report using data and information DEQ had collected as well as information from other agencies, organizations, and individuals, including data and comments submitted by the public during the past five years (2012–2016).

The draft 2016 Integrated Report, the draft overall map, the draft interactive map, and the public comment form to submit comments can be accessed HERE

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your DEQ regional or State office staff:


Amy Steimke, Federal Reporting Coordinator

DEQ State Office, Water Quality Division (208) 373-0153


Lance Holloway, Regional Water Quality Manager

Boise Regional Office

(208) 373-0550


Thomas Herron, Regional Water Quality Manager

Coeur d'Alene Regional Office

(208) 666-4631

Troy Saffle, Regional Water Quality Manager

Idaho Falls Regional Office

(208) 528-2650


Lynn Van EveryRegional Water Quality Manager

Pocatello Regional Office

(208) 236-6160


Kiley MulhollandRegional Water Quality Manager

Twin Falls Regional Office

Phone: (208) 736-2190


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Understanding Revenue Sharing Presentation Available on AIC Website

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, July 9, 2018

There has been considerable interest among city officials about the topic of revenue sharing and the AIC Task Force that is currently looking at the revenue sharing distribution.  You can check out the Understanding Revenue Sharing presentation from the task force's first meeting on the AIC website.  It provides a history of the revenue sharing formulas, revenue history and projections, as well as a summary of the legislation proposed by Rep. Monks that would change the formula.  

If you have thoughts on revenue sharing, please email Justin Ruen at


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Flags to Be at Half-Staff until Sunset July 3, 2018

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Annapolis, Maryland
Issued on: July 3, 2018
Our Nation shares the sorrow of those affected by the shooting at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.  Americans across the country are united in calling upon God to be with the victims and to bring aid and comfort to their families and friends.  As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on June 28, 2018, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, July 3, 2018.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this third day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.


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AIC Provides Model Resolutions for Designating Public Records Custodians to Comply with SB 1274

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, June 28, 2018

One of the more important new laws taking effect July 1, 2018 is a requirement that cities and other public agencies designate records custodians and alternates so that people know who to approach to request copies or viewing of public records. 

Senate Bill 1274 provides:

“Public agencies shall designate at least one (1) person as custodian to receive public records requests and shall provide an alternate custodian or alternate custodians for contingencies.”

How the city goes about this will depend largely on its size and how it normally responds to public records requests.  In smaller cities, typically the city clerk/treasurer is the records custodian for the entire city.  Larger cities may have separate custodians for different city departments.  Typically, police or law enforcement will have their own records custodian.

AIC has prepared model resolutions to help cities comply with SB 1274, including examples for smaller and larger cities that can be customized to fit your circumstances.  After consulting with our legal counsel, we recommend that the custodian be referred to by title as opposed to name, so that the resolution doesn’t have to be redone every time there is a change in personnel. 

The resolution can be downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

If you have questions about Senate Bill 1274, don’t hesitate to call the AIC office at (208) 344-8594.



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Sen. Jeff Siddoway receives Ken Harward Award for Exceptional Service to Idaho and its Communities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) honored retiring Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway with the Ken Harward Award at the 71st AIC Annual Conference in Boise, on June 21, 2018.

The Ken Harward Award was established by AIC to recognize exceptional contributions benefiting the State of Idaho and its communities. Harward was City Administrator and Finance Director for the City of Nampa, Idaho, for 24 years and his visionary planning was integral to the development of the Nampa Recreation Center, the Centennial-Ridgecrest golf complex, the Nampa Civic Center and the Idaho Center. Harward was also AIC’s longest serving Executive Director and worked tirelessly to build the credibility and effectiveness of AIC.

Jeff Siddoway graduated from South Fremont High School in St. Anthony and attended the University of Idaho. 

He served 6 terms in the Idaho Senate representing District 35, which includes Butte, Clark, Fremont and Jefferson Counties.  Jeff chaired the Senate Local Government and Taxation Committee and the Senate State Affairs Committee.

Jeff’s family settled in Eastern Idaho in the 1880s and has a tremendous legacy of public service to the City of Teton, Fremont County, and the Idaho Legislature.  

Jeff owns a sheep, elk and bison ranch and has served as president of the Idaho Wool Growers Association and served as a Fish & Game Commissioner. 

“During his service in the Legislature, Sen. Siddoway has been a strong advocate for public school funding and for a fair and stable state tax system,” said AIC President Jeri DeLange, a City Councilor from Hayden, Idaho.  “He has also been an articulate defender of local government and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Idaho agriculture.  We are proud to recognize Jeff Siddoway’s outstanding legacy of public service to the State of Idaho.”   

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Mayor Diana Thomas receives Harold Hurst Award for Outstanding Contributions to Idaho Cities

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Mayor Diana Thomas of Weiser was honored with the Harold Hurst Award for her outstanding contributions to the Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) at the 71st AIC Annual Conference in Boise, June 21, 2018.

The Harold Hurst Award is given annually to a city official who demonstrates exemplary performance in city government and who has contributed to the accomplishments of the Association of Idaho Cities. The award is named for Harold Hurst, the mayor of Heyburn for 24 years and a Past President of AIC.

Diana Thomas has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Education from the College of Idaho and served as a teacher and school administrator for 35 years.

After leaving education, Thomas served as a Washington County Commissioner for over six years and was appointed by Governor Otter to fill a vacancy in the Idaho House of Representatives.

Diana has served two terms as Mayor of Weiser and also serves as a District 3 Director on the AIC Board of Directors, on the Weiser Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees, and on the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council.

Mayor Thomas’ leadership was instrumental in passing a revenue bond in 2012 with 74% voter approval for improvements to the city’s wastewater system.  The $6.6 million project leveraged funding from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and USDA Rural Development.

Mayor Thomas served as a member of the Work Group including representatives of cities, counties and courts that worked diligently to find a consensus policy solution for magistrate court funding, which passed the Legislature this session.

“We congratulate Mayor Thomas on her outstanding legacy of public service to the citizens of Weiser and the State of Idaho,” said AIC President Jeri DeLange, a Councilor from Hayden, Idaho.  “Diana has been a strong and articulate advocate for the interests of cities.”


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City Park & Recreation Projects Recognized with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards in the Parks & Recreation category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the winners!

Ashton Pocket Park:

A cooperative project with the Ashton Urban Renewal Agency to transform an empty downtown corner lot from a weed patch into an inviting greenspace with trees, flowers, benches and a sculpture.

Aberdeen Gem Trail:

A cooperative effort with the Aberdeen Gem Trail Foundation to extend the city’s greenbelt on the East side of Powerline Road.  The trail was partially funded with grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  


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Cities Recognized for Economic & Community Development Projects with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Three cities received City Achievement Awards in the Economic & Community Development category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the cities for these outstanding projects!

Idaho Falls Zoning Ordinance Outreach Videos:

The Idaho Falls Community Development Services Department created a series of YouTube videos produced in-house explaining the proposed changes in a comprehensive re-write of the city’s zoning ordinance that helped citizens and elected officials better understand the policy changes.

Kuna Downtown Revitalization:

This project has been awarded an Idaho Community Development Block Grant, as well as grants from ITD, the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, and Ada County Highway District, and is transforming Kuna’s downtown with attractive new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, pavement, irrigation, planters, art, ADA ramps and pedestrian bulb-outs that will bring visitors and new businesses downtown. 

Rexburg Center Street Project:

A cooperative project with the Rexburg Urban Renewal Agency, the city was able to significantly increase water capacity, and add upgrades to Center Street that make it inviting for community gatherings, safe for pedestrians, and an attractive place for business and commerce.  


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City Achievement Awards Presented for Public Works & Transportation Projects

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Four cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards in the Public Works & Transportation Category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the winners on these outstanding projects!

Kellogg Sewer & Road Infrastructure Project:

A $32 million sewer and road rehabilitation project that leveraged funding from EPA, USDA Rural Development and the Idaho Department of Commerce.  Kellogg residents passed an $8 million sewer bond with 76% of the vote in 2014 to fund revitalizing or replacing 61,000 feet of pipe and 238 manholes and replace 1,150 sewer services within the public right of way.

McCall Transportation Master Plan Story Map:

The city launched its transportation master plan by using an online story map relying on the city’s existing GIS capabilities to offer the public an easy, interactive way to explore data using static graphics, and interactive and searchable maps. 

Moscow Public Works Fair:

A community outreach event that started in 2007 that provides interactive displays, vehicles and equipment for people to view when participating in the City of Moscow Artwalk, helping to improve understanding of the role of public works in our lives and the importance of water conservation. 

Twin Falls Downtown Renaissance:

A cooperative project with the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency that transformed downtown with the reconstruction of Main Avenue, construction of a Downtown Commons for events, and renovation of the 50,000 square foot Banner Furniture building into a new city hall.  


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Community Engagement City Achievement Awards Presented

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Three cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference in the Community Engagement category.  Congratulations to the winners!

Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall:

A collaborative project with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans to renovate the city’s 1913 Carnegie Library to serve as a point of contact for veterans to access programs and services.

Pocatello Flag Design:

After being shamed for having the “worst city flag in North America,” Pocatello embarked on a 17-month process working with a Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee to winnow down over 700 proposed designs and get public feedback to pick the winning flag design that is now a source of community pride. 

Boise New Path Community Housing:

The first permanent supportive housing development in Idaho, New Path adopts a Housing First approach to quickly and successfully connect homeless people with permanent housing and on-site services.  


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