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Youth & Youth Council Projects Recognized with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Three cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards in the Youth & Youth Council category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the award winners!

Garden City Boys & Girls Club & Future Public School Collaboration:

A partnership that will bring a new Stem Charter School for up to 585 students to Garden City and enhance the capacity of the Ada County Boys and Girls Club.

Meridian Do the Right:

A cooperative project with the Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council where everyone is encouraged to do something kind for the person on their right by writing a note, giving a gift, or providing an act of service.  Communities all the way to Texas have picked up on Do the Right and the message is spreading. 

McCall Mountain Bike Skills Path:

This $30,000 project was largely funded with grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation and provides McCall youth a place to develop their mountain biking skills.  

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Cities Recognized for Public Safety Projects with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

At the 2018 AIC Annual Conference, 15 cities were honored with City Achievement Awards.  Three of these were in the Public Safety Category.  Our congratulations to the cities on these outstanding projects.

Coeur d’Alene Active Shooter Integrated Response:

A cooperative project with Coeur d’Alene Police and Fire Departments providing special training and equipment to allow EMS responders to work closer to the scene of an active shooter, which will shorten response time and save more lives.  The ballistic and tactical EMS gear was purchased with a Department of Homeland Security Grant.

Idaho Falls PulsePoint App:

Idaho Falls Fire Department launched an app in partnership with Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to allow app users who are trained in CPR to be notified if someone nearby is having a cardiac emergency and may need CPR. 

Meridian Heartsafe:

A project by the Meridian Fire Department to deploy Automated External Defibrillators in police patrol cars, as well as city parks and train city employees on CPR, to help expedite response to heart attacks.


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Register Today for AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 11, 2018

There is still time to register for the AIC Annual Conference in Boise, June 20-22 at the Boise Centre. 

The highlight of this year’s conference will be the Thursday Annual Banquet at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place) in downtown Boise.  After dinner, we will present the Harold Hurst Award and Ken Harward Award, as well as recognize the efforts of outstanding city projects with City Achievement Awards.  The evening will conclude with the election and swearing-in of the AIC Board of Directors.

We have a great lineup of speakers and sessions this year, and a few examples are listed below.

Opening Luncheon General Session: Community Design for Economic, Environmental & Public Health

Mark Fenton, a nationally-recognized expert on pedestrian, bicycle and transit-oriented design, will share proven approaches being used across the country, as well as examples from right here in Idaho. 

Infrastructure, Workforce & Economic Development: How are they Related and Why do they Matter?

When a prospective business is knocking on your door, you are expected to have the right infrastructure and a skilled workforce.  Learn about state and federal grants and programs to bolster your infrastructure and workforce, as well as how to identify your community strengths, opportunities to improve, and the important role you play on the economic development team.

Avoiding Discrimination & Harassment Claims

Learn about recent trends in employment harassment and discrimination claims, and keys for protecting against these claims, including supervisor and employee training, ensuring your policies are up-to-date, and tips for reporting and investigating allegations.

Cyber Risk & Public Records in the Digital Age

Learn about the cyber liability coverage under the ICRMP policy, as well as how to respond and how NOT to respond in the event of a security breach.  You will also learn about policies and training to protect city employees’ privacy and protect the city from potential liability in the realm of electronic public records.

Better Together: Why Private Development & Public Interest are Not Parallel Universes

A panel of planning and development experts will discuss how the common objectives of developers and cities can be achieved.  Learn the steps in the development process, how the real estate cycle works and the impacts it has on development, and fundamentals of a pro forma or sensitivity analysis.

Talking Trash: Truth and Consequences of Recycling

The workshop will provide tools for strategic thinking on how to best develop and provide solid waste collection services, and what the current and emerging issues and opportunities are across Idaho for waste diversion/recycling. 

Setting Utility Rates for a Sustainable System

Learn key factors to be considered when setting utility rates and the importance of engaging with elected officials, staff and the community in building a sustainable utility.

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Clean Water Protection and Management: Idaho Enters a New Era

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, June 7, 2018
Updated: Thursday, June 7, 2018

Public awareness and concern for controlling water pollution is not new to Idaho.  But, assuming the responsibility to issue treated water discharge permits in compliance with the Clean Water Act is.  

On June 5th a celebratory signing ceremony was held at the State Capitol in honor of Idaho's BIG STEP to take on all of the various aspects of this unique permitting program. This sets the stage for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality to begin issuing most of the municipal surface water discharge permits required under the Clean Water Act starting July 1st of this year.  

Idaho cities have long supported Idaho's acquisition of these responsibilities and look forward to the State of Idaho taking the reins into our hands to craft the best paths forward.  We all need to keep our eyes on the future; towards ensuring our beautiful rivers and precious ground water resources are protected.

Idaho cities represent over 70% of the 1.72 million Idaho residents.  Municipal water utilities play important roles as providers of drinking water, sanitary water treatment and recovery, and as the primary implementers of the Clean Water Act. 

The Association of Idaho Cities is actively engaged in water quality issues through the work of our Environment Committee, chaired by Boise City Council President Pro Tem Elaine Clegg and our Municipal Water Users Group, chaired by Jerome City Council President Bob Culver.

The Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) serves to advance the interests of the cities of Idaho through legislative advocacy, technical assistance, training, and research.  

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Deadline for City Achievement Award Applications Approaching

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 24, 2018

The deadline for submitting applications for City Achievement Awards is May 30, 2018.  Cities can find more information, including the application form and flyer on the AIC website.   

The City Achievement Awards recognize innovative programs and services of Idaho cities.  This year there are six categories:

Public Safety

Youth Council

Community Engagement

Public Works & Transportation

Economic & Community Development

Parks & Recreation

The awards are announced and presented at the Awards Banquet on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the AIC Annual Conference in Boise.

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Register Today for AIC Annual Conference in Boise!

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 24, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the AIC Annual Conference in Boise, June 20-22 at the Boise Centre.  There is still plenty of time to register via the AIC website before the early bird deadline of May 31.  

The conference will feature many great workshops and knowledgeable speakers.  A few of the workshops are listed below.

Update Your City's Personnel Policy
Jim McNall and Mary Kummer of ICRMP will demonstrate how you can prepare a draft personnel policy update for your City and identify important decision points for the Mayor and Council in the update process.  You will also learn who might need to be involved at various stages in the process. Remember to bring your city’s current Personnel Policy to the workshop!

Understanding the Basics of City Budgeting
Shelly Enderud and Jason Faulkner from the City of Post Falls will cover the basics of the city budgeting process.  This will be an interactive discussion of the steps required to prepare for the current budget cycle, develop budget requests, and adopt the final budget.

Setting Budget Priorities Through Goal Setting and Citizen Engagement
A continuation of Understanding the Basics of City Budgeting from which Shelly Enderud and Jason Faulkner from the City of Post Falls will discuss the importance of citizen engagement during the budget cycle which creates transparency and buy-in.

Urban Renewal: From Plan Creation to Termination
This session will cover the life cycle of a revenue allocation area, including pitfalls, best practices and the importance of sharing success stories.  You will also learn the steps to create a plan and revenue allocation area, issues that arise during the life of the project area, and the necessary steps to close out a revenue allocation area.  Presented by Ryan Armbruster of Elam & Burke and Alan Dornfest of the Idaho Tax Commission.


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May 2018 Post-Election Wrap-Up

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, May 21, 2018

There were several city bonds and other measures on the ballot for the May 15 election and we will briefly summarize the outcome of these votes.

The most watched city ballot measure this election was the $165 million sewer bond in Nampa, which passed with over 86% of the vote.  The bond will fund sewer plant improvements required to comply with new temperature and phosphorous limits under the Clean Water Act.  Revenue bonds must pass by a simple majority.

Residents in Victor overwhelmingly approved Local Option Taxes of 3% for hotel occupancy, 1% on alcohol by the drink, and 1% on retail sales.  The revenue will be used to fund law enforcement, snow removal, street maintenance, park maintenance, and capital projects.  Local option taxes are authorized for resort cities under 10,000 population and must pass by a 60% majority at an election in May or November in any year.

Voters in Spirit Lake approved a wastewater revenue bond with 60% of the vote.  The $1.8 million bond will finance expansion of the lagoon storage capacity through adding a fifth lagoon cell and other related improvements.

Burley voters approved a $165,000 two-year override levy for street repairs with 57% of the vote.  The override levy required a simple majority to pass.

Troy voters approved a $1.7 million water revenue bond with 72% support.  The project will replace two miles of 80-year-old transmission main, upgrade the Hammond Addition Booster Station for reliability, and build a new 400,000-gallon storage reservoir near the existing reservoir to improve system reliability. 

The City of McCall passed a Local Option Tax of 3% on hotel occupancy with 85% support.  The revenue will be used to fund street, sidewalk and pathway maintenance, public transportation, construction and maintenance of cultural and recreational facilities, parks maintenance, and a local housing program.

Voters in Crouch approved a $1.3 million water revenue bond to fund a new well and other system improvements.

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Half Staff Notice

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, May 18, 2018

Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff
Immediately until Sunset on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas






Office of the Press Secretary


May 18, 2018


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Our Nation grieves with those affected by the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas. May God heal the injured and may God comfort the wounded, and may God be with the victims and with the victims' families. As a mark of solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated on May 18, 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, May 22, 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 eighteenth day of May, 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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Call for Nominations: AIC Third Vice President

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, May 18, 2018

The AIC Nominating Committee will convene at the upcoming AIC Annual Conference to interview and nominate a candidate for AIC Third Vice President. To be considered for the position of AIC Third Vice President, candidates must be an elected city official from an AIC member city. Eligible candidates should also be from either AIC District 1 or 2 (cities in Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Shoshone, Benewah, Latah, Clearwater, Nez Perce, Lewis, or Idaho Counties).

Nomination Process

The nomination process begins with the establishment of the AIC Nominating Committee, the structure of which is set forth in the AIC Bylaws. The Nominating Committee will interview candidates for Third Vice President on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 20. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers during the Breakfast General Session on Thursday, June 21.  The election of AIC Board Officers will then take place during the AIC Awards Banquet held the evening of Thursday, June 21. At that time, the AIC President will call for any further nominations from the floor. After nominations are made, the AIC President will then preside over the election of 2018 AIC Board Officers.

Nominating Committee Chair: Brian Blad, Mayor of Pocatello & AIC Immediate Past President.

Nominating Committee Members:

·         Mayor Brian Blad, Pocatello

·         Councilor Greg Lanting, Twin Falls

·         Mayor Tammy de Weerd, Meridian

·         Mayor John Evans, Garden City

·         Mayor Mac Pooler, Kellogg

·         Council President Mitch Hart, Soda Springs

·         Mayor Garret Nancolas, Caldwell


To achieve a quorum, the Nominating Committee must have at least three AIC Past Presidents in attendance.  If a Quorum cannot be established the President will appoint three sitting AIC District Directors to serve with the available Past Presidents on the Nominating Committee.

Nomination of Officers: The Nominating Committee is required to select candidates according to a geographic rotation to ensure each of Idaho’s major geographic regions are represented. The AIC Bylaws have established the geographic regions to be:

North: AIC Districts 1 and 2

South: AIC Districts 3 and 4

East: AIC Districts 5 and 6

West: AIC District 3A

For the upcoming year, the AIC Officers are (by geographic region):

President: Council President Pro Tem Elaine Clegg, Boise (West)

First Vice President: Councilor Suzanne Hawkins, Twin Falls (South)

Second Vice President: Council President Tom Jenkins, Malad (East)

Third Vice President: Open for Nomination (North)

Those interested in being considered for the position of AIC Third Vice President should contact AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison via email (  Jess will then notify the Chairman of the AIC Nominating Committee of your interest and assist in scheduling an interview at the appropriate time.

About the AIC Board of Directors

The association is governed by a Board of Directors elected annually by the membership. The Board is charged with conducting the affairs of the association on behalf of member cities. Specifically, the Board is responsible for:

·         Advancing the public interest of cities,

·         Building democracy and community within cities, and

·         Strengthening the capacity of municipal government by providing research, education, and training to city elected officials and staff.

The Bylaws establish three types of Board membership: Officers, District Directors, and Past Presidents.

Officers: The Officers of the association consist of a President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, and Third Vice President. Officers are nominated by the Nominating Committee (chaired by the Immediate Past President and consisting of all Past Presidents serving on the Board) and elected by the full membership at the Annual Conference. Officers are nominated to maintain balance between Idaho’s four geographic regions. The Officers of the association also serve as members of the Board Executive Committee.

District Directors: Two District Directors are elected from each of the seven AIC districts at regional spring district workshops. Each District Director serves for staggered two-year terms.

Past Presidents: Past Presidents of the Association who have served continuously in city elective office may continue serving as voting members of the Board. The four most recent past presidents also serve on the AIC Board Executive Committee.

Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has general supervision over the affairs of the Association between Board meetings. The Executive Committee is also responsible for overseeing and evaluating the performance of the Executive Director.

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Half Staff Notice for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, May 14, 2018

Fly the United States Flag at Half-Staff
on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Honor of
Peace Officers Memorial Day 2018





Peace Officers Memorial Day

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the law enforcement officers who serve for their dedication and service to our communities.


In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week."


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