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Talking Trash - Household vs. Construction Solid Waste Guidance Under Review

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, May 3, 2018
Updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018

Last March the Senate Resources and Environment Committee directed the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and interested stakeholders to review the definitions of municipal vs. non municipal solid waste.  The Association of Idaho Cities and Idaho Association of Counties were invited to work on a stakeholder committee to develop a position to bring forward during the review.

These efforts resulted in a White Paper that outlines elements of an ongoing debate between solid waste industry professionals of Idaho as represented by the Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfill Committee (Committee) and the solid waste regulators of Idaho related to acceptable types of waste in Non-Municipal Solid Waste Landfills (NMSWLF).  

The Committee believes DEQ’s guidance prohibits certain types of wastes from being disposed
of in NMSWLF’s that are not prohibited by federal law. By being more restrictive than the
federal law, current Idaho NMSWL guidance does not allow residents of Idaho the full flexibility
of federal laws. 

DEQ held a stakeholder meeting was held on May 3rd to review the issues raised by the Committee in the White Paper.  Comments are due by May 10th.  Future meetings and input from stakeholders and DEQ staff will be posted prior to the next meeting, now scheduled for the afternoon of June 13th.



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U.S. Department of Commerce Announces Availability of $587 Million to Aid Communities Impacted by Natural Disasters in 2017

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, April 26, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) has published the Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) making $587 million available to eligible grantees in communities impacted by natural disasters in 2017.

“The Trump Administration and the Department of Commerce are working tirelessly to aid American cities and towns impacted by recent natural disasters,” said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. “The funding announced today will support the long-term recovery of countless local communities devastated by hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters in 2017.”

EDA disaster grants are made by its Regional Offices under the agency’s Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program (PDF), which enables EDA to make awards that support a wide range of construction and non-construction activities in areas which experience sudden and prolonged severe economic dislocation.

EDA encourages the submission of applications based on long-term, regionally-oriented, and collaborative development strategies that foster economic growth and resilience.

Eligible applicants under the EAA program include a(n): (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD); (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State. EDA is not authorized to provide EAA grants to individuals or for profit entities. Requests from such entities will not be considered for funding.

There are no application deadlines and the agency will accept proposals on a rolling basis until the publication of a new Disaster Supplemental NOFO, cancellation of this NOFO, or all funds are obligated. Disaster recovery projects must be consistent with the U.S. Department of Commerce Disaster Recovery Investment Priorities.

For more information, please visit the EDA and Disaster Recovery page.

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Spring District Workshop Presentation Available Online

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 20, 2018

We look forward to seeing you at the AIC Spring District Workshops over the next two weeks. 

The workshops will cover a recap of the 2018 legislative session, the basics of budgeting and revenue sources, crafting and using an effective personnel policy, and making sound land use decisions.  At lunch, there will be a caucus to select the district director to represent the district on the AIC Board of Directors. 

There is still time to register via the AIC webpage

The presentation for the workshop can be viewed and downloaded as a PDF on the AIC website.  There are three versions:

One slide per page (landscape).

Two slides per page.

Three slides per page with lines for notes.

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Half-Staff Notice for Passing of Barbara Bush

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 18, 2018

President Donald J. Trump Orders Flags to Half-Staff through Sunset on Saturday, April 21 for the Passing of Barbara Bush


Issued on: 

On this solemn day, we mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, an outstanding and memorable woman of character.  As a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family.  Mrs. Bush lived a life that reminds us always to cherish our relationships with friends, family, and all acquaintances.  In the spirit of the memory of Mrs. Bush, may we always remember to be kind to one another and to put the care of others first.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Barbara Bush, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, 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, on the day of interment.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period 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 seventeenth day of April, 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 District Directors to be Selected at Upcoming Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

District Directors representing regions of the state on the AIC Board of Directors will be selected at the upcoming Spring District Workshops in late April and early May.   You can register for the Spring District Workshops via the AIC website.

Training topics that will be covered at the Spring District Workshops include a review of the 2018 Legislative Session, the municipal budgeting process, crafting effective personnel policies and understanding planning and zoning. 

The Spring District Workshops will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday, April 23:            Chubbuck at Idaho Central Credit Union—District 5

Tuesday, April 24:           Idaho Falls at Hilton Garden Inn—District 6

Wednesday, April 25:      Burley at Best Western Burley Inn—District 4

Thursday, April 26:          Nampa at Nampa Civic Center—District 3

Tuesday, May 1:              Moscow at Best Western Plus University Inn—District 2

Wednesday, May 2:         Coeur d’Alene at Best Western Plus CDA Inn—District 1

The District Caucuses for selecting the District Directors will be held at 12:30 p.m. during the lunch break.

At the request of the elected officials in District 3A, their caucus will be held in May at a time that will be more convenient and the District 3A caucus is currently being scheduled.

In 2016, the AIC Bylaws were amended to provide that nomination and election of AIC Board District Directors take place at the Spring District Workshops.  The primary reason for the Bylaw change was to allow more AIC member cities to participate in the nomination and election of AIC Board District Directors.

Article IV, Section 5 of the AIC Bylaws states:

Candidates for District Director shall be elected at each Spring District Meeting.  The District Director whose term has not yet expired shall officiate at the Spring District Meeting and oversee the election of the new District Director.  In the event that the terms of both District Directors are complete, the President will appoint an official for the Spring District Meeting to oversee the election. Each elected official present at the District Caucus is allowed one vote.  Non-elected city employees are not allowed to vote.  The presiding board member shall call for nominations.  Elected officials not present, but eligible, may be nominated with prior consent of the nominee.  Self-nominations are also allowed.  After all nominations are made, each nominee may say a few words or may submit a brief written statement in support of his/her candidacy.  After each nominee has had an opportunity to speak, votes shall be cast, either by voice or in writing.  If there is a tie, the presiding District Director shall break the tie.

The AIC Board includes two elected officials from each district, with District Directors serving alternating two-year terms.  Normally, one District Director is elected each year, unless the other District Director position is vacant, in which case board members to fill both positions would be selected at the caucus.  The District Director whose term is not expiring serves as the Presiding District Director at the caucus.  In the event that both director positions are vacant, then an Acting Presider is selected to fill that role.

The process of selecting District Directors begins with the Presiding District Director calling for nominations.  People not present, but eligible, may be nominated.  Self-nominations are also allowed.  After nominations have been made, each nominee may choose to say a few words.

Voting may be either by voice vote or written ballots.  Each elected official present at the caucus is allowed one vote.  For example, if the mayor and four councilmembers from one city are present, they each may cast one vote for a total of five votes from that city.  Only elected officials are allowed to vote.  The candidate receiving the most votes is elected.  If there is a tie, the Presiding District Director shall break the tie.

2018 Presiding District Directors

District 1: Shelby Rognstad—Mayor, Sandpoint

District 2: Bob Blakey—Councilor, Lewiston

District 3: Darin Taylor—Mayor, Middleton

District 3A: Lauren McLean—Council President, Boise

District 4: Casey Andersen—Councilor, Burley

District 6: Robert “BJ” Berlin—Mayor, Roberts

2018 Positions Up for Election

District 1: Steve Widmyer—Mayor, Coeur d’Alene

District 2: Bill Lambert—Mayor, Moscow

District 3: Diana Thomas—Mayor, Weiser

District 3A: Genesis Milam—Councilor, Meridian

District 4: Bruce Hossfeld—Mayor, Paul

District 5: Kevin England—Mayor, Chubbuck

District 5: VACANT

District 6: Rebecca Casper—Mayor, Idaho Falls

For more information, please contact AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison at or AIC Policy Analyst Justin Ruen at


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Regional Budget & Levy Workshops Coming Up Soon

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Idaho Tax Commission has scheduled the regional Budget & Levy Workshops to provide training for local government officials on budgeting and levying property taxes.  The sessions for city officials start at 8:30 a.m. and run through Noon.   For more information you can email Gary Houde at




May 9, 2018

Latah County Fair Grounds

Exhibit Building

1021 Harold

Moscow, Id

May 8, 2018


Kootenai County Administration Bldg

451 Government Way

Coeur d’Alene

May 1, 2018

Idaho Falls

College of Eastern Idaho

1600 S. 25th E

Morning Session

Alexander Creek Bldg (#5) Rm 541

Afternoon Session

Health Care Ed Bldg (#6) Rm 6164

Idaho Falls

May 2, 2018


Clarion Inn - Pocatello

1599 Bench Rd

Pocatello Id 83201

(208) 237-1400

May 3, 2018


College of Southern Idaho

315 Falls Avenue,

Herrett Center

Twin Falls

May 17, 2018


College of Western Idaho

5500 E. Opportunity Way

Room 102E

Nampa, ID 83687

above link for map of location

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AIC City Budgeting Manual for FY 2019 Completed

Posted By Justin Ruen, Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The City Budgeting Manual for FY 2019 has been completed and you can download the PDF by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.  The manual includes useful information on the basics of the city budgeting process, city revenues, an FY 2019 budget calendar, and spreadsheets with revenue history and projections. 

AIC will mail one paper copy of the manual to each city likely next week.  Additional paper copies can be ordered from the AIC office.

For those who would like more training on budgeting, I strongly recommend registering for the AIC Spring District Workshops that will be coming up in late April and early May.  These will include training on the basics of the city budgeting process and city revenue sources.  You can register for the Spring District Workshops via the AIC website.

There are also excellent regional workshops on property taxes for local government officials by the Idaho Tax Commission (you can download the flier at the bottom of this post).

There is one major new law that will impact city budgeting—House Bill 643—which is discussed in length in the section on new laws on city revenue sources starting on page 32 and also on page 74 in the section on the state liquor account.  This legislation dedicates future revenue from the state liquor account for magistrate court funding, so city officials will want to carefully consider the impact of the legislation on your projections for state liquor account revenue going forward.

If you have any questions on budgeting, don’t hesitate to call the AIC office at (208) 344-8594 or email


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New Laws to Take Effect on Open Meetings & Public Records

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 6, 2018

Two important bills on open meetings and public records passed the Legislature this session and will take effect July 1 of this year.

House Bill 611 was sponsored by Rep. Gayann DeMordaunt, R-Eagle and makes changes to the Idaho Open Meetings Law.  The bill requires:

·         Meeting notices and agendas must be posted online if the state agency or local government has a website or social media account, in addition to physical posting at the office of the government entity;

·         Action items must be identified as such on the meeting agenda, but identifying an action item does not require a vote to be taken at that meeting; and

·         Final action cannot be taken on an item added to the agenda after the start of the meeting unless an emergency is declared that requires action at that meeting.  The declaration and justification must be approved by motion of the council and recorded in the minutes.

We recommend that the action item designation be as clear as possible and actually use the words “action item,” which are specified in the law.  The following mock agenda item is a good example:

Resolution 2018-36: A Resolution Supporting Enhanced State Transportation Funding for Local Highway Jurisdictions.  ACTION ITEM.

Senate Bill 1274 was sponsored by Sen. Mary Souza, R-Coeur d'Alene and deals with the Idaho Public Records Law.  The bill requires state and local governments to:

·         Designate a records custodian for each city department and an alternate that will respond to public records requests, which should be done by council resolution;

·         Provide that bonuses, severance packages, other compensation, and vouchered and unvouchered expenses for reimbursement of current or former public officials are public record; and

·         Provide that social security numbers and driver's license numbers of public employees or applicants are exempt from public disclosure.

If you have questions about this new legislation, please contact the AIC office at (208) 344-8594 or email me at

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Learn More about AARP Community Challenge Grants

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, March 29, 2018

AARP will be accepting applications for Community Challenge grants up until the deadline of May 16, 2018.  The AARP Community Challenge website has all the necessary information, including application forms and deadlines.   

The grants can be used to fund projects that:

  • Deliver a range of transportation and mobility options in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase connectivity, walkability, bikeability and/or and access to public and private transit.
  • Create vibrant public places in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that improve open spaces, parks and access to other amenities.
  • Support the availability of a range of housing in the community through permanent or temporary solutions that increase accessible and affordable housing options.
  • Other community improvements. We want to know the most important needs in your community and the best quick-action ideas you have to address them.


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AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison Reviews Productive 2018 Legislative Session

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, March 29, 2018

The 2018 legislative session was a busy one for local governments. AIC was actively involved in supporting cities and stopping harmful preemption on a variety of issues. Overall, it was a successful session.   

First, I would like to thank all of you for your strong support of AIC’s legislative agenda this session. The grassroots involvement of city officials throughout the state is critical to our legislative advocacy efforts and your help is greatly appreciated. 

The biggest issue for AIC this session was magistrate court funding legislation that concluded decades long controversies between cities and counties. A workgroup of Idaho’s counties and cities met with the administrative arm of the state court system throughout 2017 to seek a stakeholder driven solution for local court funding.  At the heart of the issue for cities was finding a way to address Idaho Code Section 1-2218 which allows judges to determine that cities will be responsible for building, staffing and equipping magistrate court facilities with no sideboards or parameters. AIC strongly asserted throughout the workgroup meetings and the legislative session that there is a significant problem with one interested branch of government being able to order another branch to fund its operations.

After considering a wide range of options, the workgroup decided to support a proposal dedicating a portion of future revenue growth from the State Liquor Fund to provide additional court funding. AIC and the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) then engaged in months long negotiations with leadership in the House to come up with a final proposal that could get through both bodies and gain the Governor’s approval. The legislation, House Bill 643, involves both cities and counties foregoing a portion of liquor revenue and the State diverting court fees from the state general fund to magistrate courts. This consensus legislation satisfies the need for court funding as well as preventing future litigation between cities and counties. Idaho’s counties will benefit by receiving needed revenues to provide support for the state’s unified judiciary. Idaho’s cities will benefit by the removal of Idaho Code 1-2218. Limited property tax dollars will remain available to cities and counties and the State will provide support for magistrate courts through fee diversions.

AIC believes that this legislation is a model for local government cooperation and problem solving. Rather than fighting battles in the legislative arena and having a solution imposed upon us, we brought stakeholders to the table and came up with a proposal we could all live with that solved a critical court funding problem. AIC is committed to continuing this model on other issues and to staying engaged with our local government and other partners.

AIC also worked with other local government stakeholders to support legislation that prevents the use of the initiative and referendum process to overturn land use decisions as well as ensuring that legislation regarding notice to water delivery entities in the planning process was not burdensome to city staff.  

Most of the other work this session was to prevent legislation that was detrimental to cities. AIC stopped proposals to limit annexation authority, reject rules regarding important backflow device testing, disclaim forgone revenue outside of the budget cycle, preempt cities’ regulation of e-bikes, and a last-minute amendment that would have prevented the use of revenue sharing dollars for cooperative agreements between public entities. Additionally, AIC opposed legislation to allow county commissioners to exempt business personal property tax for all taxing districts and to prevent local governments from rerunning bond and levy elections in the same year. With the support of our members and other stakeholders we were successful in stopping all of these proposals from becoming law.

AIC also actively opposed legislation to restrict cities and counties from amending building codes. Because of our combined efforts, House Bill 547 was amended in the Senate to maintain much needed local flexibility in key areas of the residential building codes.

As with most legislative sessions, there are several items that were introduced that we believe will be brought back next session. One that would likely be welcomed by cities is alcohol license reform and one that is likely to be opposed vigorously again is the perpetual battle over business personal property tax exemption.

Two issues we know for certain will come up next year are campaign finance reform and changes to the local revenue sharing distribution. There were several campaign finance related bills proposed this session resulting from a legislative interim committee that studied the issue over the summer. None of the legislation was enacted, but the interim committee was re-authorized and the Secretary of State’s office received an appropriation to upgrade technology that would support consolidation of all reporting online.

AIC was key in preventing changes to the revenue sharing formula this year. However, that was based upon an agreement by the Association and the legislative sponsor that AIC would form a workgroup to study the issue in the interim.  AIC committed to form a workgroup to study the issue and determine if changes should be made to the revenue sharing formula.  We welcome any feedback you have on the current distribution formula and proposed alternatives.

Thanks again for your support this legislative session!

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