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Clean Water Act in Idaho - Emerging Opportunities Amid the Compliance Crisis

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, August 9, 2018
Updated: Thursday, August 9, 2018

The Association of Idaho Cities works hard to provide our members with the resources they need to protect public health and safety. 

Ensuring Idaho waters are protected for fisheries, recreation and clean drinking water is critical for communities’ wellbeing and economic development. As Idaho takes over Clean Water Act responsibilities in writing municipal water treatment discharge permits, attendees at the June 2018 AIC Annual Conference heard about important issues from around the state, and how AIC is assembling additional resources to help member cities grapple with the current opportunities and heightened scrutiny over compliance and funding.

Presentations provided include:

Treasure Valley & IPDES Effluent Limit Development Guidance Supplement - Tom Dupuis, HDR

Permit Renewal in Light of Total Maximum Daily Loads & Temperature - Kate Harris, City of Boise

North Idaho Issues in Light of Spokane River Total Maximum Daily Loads and Arsenic - Stephen James, J-U-B Engineers

Permit Violations in Light of Total Maximum Daily Loads & Water Quality Based Effluent Limits (a.k.a., Everything You Wanted to Know About Citizen Suits...) - Fred Andes, Barnes & Thornburg, and the Federal Water Quality Coalition (FWQC)

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Idaho City Management Association Senior Adviser Program: What You Need to Know

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Idaho City Management Association (IdCMA) has adopted the Senior Adviser Program in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).  

The ICMA Senior Adviser program (formerly Range Rider Program) is a joint activity of ICMA and IdCMA established by the ICMA Executive Board in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to members.  Senior Advisers are unpaid volunteers who pursue other activities while in retirement and thus are not "full time."  Expenses are shared by ICMA and IdCMA.

The Idaho Senior Advisers are:

David Childs - Districts 1 and 2

Phil Kushlan - Districts 3, 3a and 4

Dave O'Leary - Districts 5 and 6

What is the Senior Adviser  Program?  The ICMA Senior Adviser program (formerly Range Rider Program) is a joint activity of ICMA and state sponsors established by the ICMA Executive Board in 1974 to make the counsel, experience, and support of respected, retired managers of the profession available to members.  Currently almost 90 Senior Advisers in 22 states provide a highly valued service by volunteering their time to offer confidential professional and personal support and advice.  

Senior Advisers are selected jointly by the state sponsor and the ICMA Executive Director.  Although they are expected to be visible, accessible and responsive to members and association needs, Senior Advisers are unpaid volunteers who pursue other activities while in retirement and thus are not “full time.” Expenses are shared by ICMA and the sponsoring state organization.  The expenses allocated depend on the size of the state, the number of Senior Advisers and funds available from the sponsors. 

Senior Advisers are available to meet periodically with members in their states or areas to discuss the profession and their concerns as members. Discussion topics range from relations with elected officials, overall management questions, relations with ICMA, responses to local controversies such as referenda on the council-manager plan, to career development. 

Senior Advisers are friends, colleagues, and advisers to the profession—not consultants. The Senior Adviser program is designed to help with personal and professional issues, not to provide technical assistance or solve substantive problems in a local government.  However, Senior Advisers may consult with local governments as individuals, on a part-time basis, as long as the consulting does not impair the effectiveness of the Senior Advisers. Senior Adviser guidelines contain advice for those who do part-time consulting.


Senior Advisers may also help communities interested in creating a professional local government management position, including adoption of council-manager government. 

Link to the Senior Adviser information on the ICMA website.


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Register Today for ICCTFOA Institute in Coeur d’Alene

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The 2018 Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association Institute will be held in Coeur d’Alene at the Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn on September 19 – 21.  A draft agenda will be available soon on the 2018 Institute webpage

When making a room reservation be sure to ask for the Association of Idaho Cities group room block for the rate of $129 per night. 

The Institute provides valuable training for city clerks, treasurers and finance officers on accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, open meetings, public records, investing, utility rates, and many other critical topics.  Sending city staff to the Institute is an important investment in providing the training needed to do their jobs efficiently and effectively. 

Scholarships are available to cover up to $500 of travel, lodging and other expenses for attending the Institute.  Scholarship applications are due to Renata McLeod, City Clerk of Coeur d’Alene ( by August 10.  The scholarship application and other information can be found at the Institute website

See you at the 2018 ICCTFOA Institute!


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Idaho 2018 Revised Withholding Tax Tables are Effective Immediately, Special Requirements apply to Form W-4

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, July 26, 2018

From AIC Financial Coordinator Dara Von Lossberg:

The Idaho State Tax Commission has revised A Guide to Idaho Income Tax Withholding (rev. 6-20-2018), containing updated 2018 state income tax withholding tables adjusted for inflation and reflecting a reduction in the income tax rates.

Under recent legislation, personal and dependent exemptions have been eliminated and most itemized deductions have been eliminated or capped. The Commission recommends that all employees update their federal Forms W-4 for state withholding purposes. Idaho now uses an Idaho allowance count on the federal W-4, line 5 (see the 2018 W-4 Worksheet for Idaho in the appendix of the revised withholding tax guide) to calculate withholding. The Idaho withholding allowances are based on the number of children who qualify for the Idaho Child Tax Credit.

Although the revised 2018 withholding tables reflect significant retroactive changes due to new federal and state tax laws, employers are instructed to not adjust the withholding for the months prior to receiving the revised tables, but instead to begin withholding under the new tables now. (Notice, Idaho State Tax Commission, May 1, 2018.)

Supplemental wages

The supplemental withholding rate is reduced to 6.925% (down from 7.4%). Supplemental wages are those wages paid to an employee in addition to the employee's regular wages, such as bonuses, commissions, overtime pay, payments for accumulated sick leave, severance pay, awards, prizes, back pay, retroactive pay, expense allowances paid under a nonaccountable plan, payments for nondeductible moving expenses and other similar payments. Employers may choose to compute withholding on supplemental wages by combining the supplemental payment with regular wages and treating them as a single payment or by multiplying the supplemental payment by the supplemental withholding rate.


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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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