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Flags at Half Staff on May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Flags are to be at half staff on Wednesday, May 15 for Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Proclamation on Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, 2019
 
Issued on: May 10, 2019
  
On Peace Officers Memorial Day and throughout Police Week, we express our unending gratitude to our Nation’s law enforcement officers.  Those brave men and women selflessly confront danger to protect our families and defend our communities.  We also honor those in blue who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty.  We are especially mindful of the tremendous sacrifices of the 106 heroes who laid down their lives last year while protecting their communities.

My Administration is working on several fronts to enhance the health and safety of our Nation’s law enforcement officers.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) continues to promote initiatives that provide funding for bulletproof vests, active shooter training, the National Blue Alert System, and other programs that bolster the physical and mental health of those who protect us.  We are making surplus military equipment available to law enforcement agencies.  We are implementing the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act, which I signed into law last year, to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services.  And when tragedy does strike, DOJ’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program stands ready and able to assist the families of the fallen and catastrophically injured.

The best way we can support law enforcement is to reduce violent crime.  My Administration has secured $50 million in funding for one of the most effective crime prevention strategies in America, the Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative.  This results-based and data-proven initiative is reducing violent crime nationwide by leveraging local law enforcement and community partnerships, along with strategic enforcement efforts, to arrest the most violent criminals in the most violent locations.  Through the combined efforts of all levels of law enforcement, violent crime in our country is falling.

Our Nation’s law enforcement officers serve with courage, dedication, and strength.  They fearlessly enforce our laws, even at the risk of personal peril, safeguarding our property, our liberty, and our lives.  We owe them, and their families, our full and enduring support.

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.”

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2019, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 12 through May 18, 2019, as Police Week.  In humble appreciation of our hardworking law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15.  I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities.  I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day.  I further encourage all Americans to display the flag from their homes and businesses on that day.

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

DONALD J. TRUMP

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-peace-officers-memorial-day-police-week-2019/

 

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AIC District Directors Selected for Upcoming Year

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 9, 2019

Over 300 city officials attended the 2019 AIC Spring District Workshops held in six locations throughout the state in late April.  The workshops provided outstanding training including an update on the 2019 legislative session, the basics of budgeting and revenue sources, and foundations of planning and zoning, annexation and area of city impact. 

At lunch a district caucus was held to select District Directors for the AIC Board.  These District Directors are listed below.  The District Directors will be formally elected at the AIC Annual Conference next month in Boise.

District 1:             Ashley Lounsbury—Councilor, Plummer

District 2:             Steve Odenborg—Mayor, Genesee

District 3:             Debbie Kling—Mayor, Nampa

District 3A:          Luke Cavener—City Council Vice President, Meridian

District 4:             Casey Andersen—Councilor, Burley

District 5:             Terry Larson—Councilor, Preston

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

Congratulations to our newly selected District Directors!  We greatly appreciate your service to AIC.

 

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Call for Nominations: AIC Third Vice President

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 9, 2019

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 AIC District 3A (cities in Ada County).

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 19. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers during the Breakfast General Session on Thursday, June 20 and the list will be posted at the registration desk.  The election of AIC Board Officers will then take place during the AIC Awards Banquet held the evening of Thursday, June 20. 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 2019 AIC Board Officers.

Nominating Committee Chair: Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden & AIC Immediate Past President.

Nominating Committee Members:

Jeri DeLange, Councilor, Hayden      

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

Those interested in being considered for the position of AIC Third Vice President should contact AIC Executive Director Jess Harrison via email (jharrison@idahocities.org).  Jess will then notify the Chair 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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2019 Campaign Finance Manual & Forms Ready

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

The AIC Campaign Finance Reporting Manual for the November 2019 city elections has been completed and is available to download, along with the reporting forms, by clicking the links at the bottom of this post.

Every city over 5,000 population will receive one free paper copy of the manual in the mail.  We strongly encourage city clerks to make copies of this manual for every candidate and campaign treasurer to help familiarize them with the requirements of the Idaho Sunshine Law.  

While it would be nice to assemble all the forms into a single PDF document, that's not a good idea because some of the form fields in the different documents are named the same, which causes problems when you put everything together in one document and then fill in the form fields.  So, while it's somewhat unwieldy to deal with 15 separate documents, that's the best way to do it. 

The Legislature did pass major campaign finance reform legislation in the 2019 session, but the law will not take effect until January 1, 2020.  So, campaign finance reporting for the November 2019 city elections will remain status quo: if your city is over 5,000 population, then all candidates must report; if your city is under 5,000 population, then no candidates are required to report.

 Attached Files:
c_1.pdf (54.07 KB)
C_4.pdf (488.42 KB)
c_5.pdf (72.56 KB)
c_6.pdf (71.3 KB)
c_7.pdf (488.6 KB)
c_8.pdf (233.03 KB)
c2_pg1.pdf (36.11 KB)
c2_pg2.pdf (39.38 KB)
c2_pg3.pdf (102.42 KB)
c2_pg4.pdf (94.05 KB)
c2_pg5.pdf (93.07 KB)
c2_pg6.pdf (61.34 KB)
C2_pg7.pdf (107.69 KB)
C2_pg8.pdf (89.64 KB)
C2_pg9.pdf (119.45 KB)

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Registration Extended to May 3rd: 2019 Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, April 29, 2019

Are you affected in some way or another by the threat of wildfire?

 

The Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Firewise and the Boise Fire Department would like to invite you to participate in the annual Southwest Idaho Fire Adapted Communities Forum on Monday, May 6th at 8:30am at the Barber Park Education & Event Center in Boise. 

 

You can register HERE

 

Your registration fee of $20 includes lunch provided by Kanak Attack. 

 

The Forum is an opportunity to network with other practitioners and stakeholders around the idea of building communities more resilient to the real threat of wildfire.  This year we will have two guest presenters, Tim Weaver from Rapid City Fire Department and Alison Green from Central Oregon Cohesive Strategy Initiative.  Please register now, as seating is limited. 

 

Questions? Please contact Jerry McAdams, Wildfire Mitigation Specialist, Boise Fire Department at  (208)570-6576 or jmcadams@cityofboise.org.

 

SPECIAL GUESTS

 

Tim Weaver – “Fire Resistance and Aesthetics – Combining Beautiful Building Materials and Large Scale Fire Adaptation”

 

Lieutenant Tim Weaver has been with the Rapid City Fire Department for 19 years, the last 9 spent in the Fire Marshal’s office.   Tim has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Sioux Falls and an extensive construction and building background to compliment his 19 years of experience in wildland fire operations and mitigation training.  Tim started Rapid City’s Survivable Space Initiative in 2011 which focuses on wildfire mitigation assistance and fire adapted education for landowners in Rapid City with the help of several grant programs.  He is paving the path for new wildfire safety standards in Rapid City’s primary WUI hazard areas, and helped create a local cost share program with buy in from city leaders.   Larger wildfire mitigation projects on tracks of land in and surrounding Rapid City are accomplished through the Initiatives Veteran Fuel Mitigation Crew with the help of the Bureau of Land Management.  This program provides a good wage and training to veterans transitioning from active duty while mitigating large wildfire threats to Rapid City neighborhoods.  He has worked closely with the South Dakota Wildland Fire Suppression Division to provide grant programs and education to landowners and local Volunteer Fire Departments alike, and has recently worked with local stake holders to develop the Black Hills Resilient Forest Strategy for the Black Hill National Forest and surrounding communities.

 

Special Guest: Alison Green – “

 

Alison Green was the past Executive Director of Project Wildfire in Deschutes County, Oregon.  She is now head of a multi-county collaborative focused on the three tenants of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (1) effective firefighting response, (2) creating fire adapted communities, and (3) resilient landscapes.

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Governor Little Outlines Process to Keep Administrative Rules in Effect

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Governor Brad Little began laying out his plan today to ensure existing administrative rules remain in effect following the Idaho Legislature’s decision not to reauthorize the rules during the 2019 legislative session. 

“The efficient operation of state government is a priority of mine, and the people of Idaho expect it,” Governor Little said. “I have directed my administration to exercise necessary executive authority to minimize the impact on state agencies – and the public most importantly – as we work to address this unique circumstance.”

The Idaho Administrative Code has the full force of law. At the beginning of the year, it included 736 chapters and 8,278 pages of regulations and at least 72,000 total restrictions. The Idaho Legislature in the past has reauthorized all existing rules at the end of the legislative session but did not do so this year. As a result, Governor Little must use executive administrative action to ensure rules remain in effect after July 1, 2019.

The majority of existing rules will be reauthorized before July 1. Agencies will re-publish the rules as “temporary and proposed rules” concurrently in a special edition of the Idaho Administrative Bulletin in June 2019. Agencies will accept written comments in accordance with state law. All rules reauthorized through this process are subject to legislative review during the 2020 legislative session.

Governor Little’s administration will use the unique opportunity to allow some chapters of Idaho Administrative Code that are clearly outdated and irrelevant to expire on July 1, 2019. An agency must notify the Division of Financial Management (DFM) if it identifies a rule that could be eliminated. DFM will solicit public comment on any proposed rule elimination. Governor Little ultimately will make the decision before July 1 whether to let a rule expire.

“I did not ask for this and did not want this,” Governor Little said. “However, I will use all authority I have to ensure our state government continues to operate smoothly and the administrative rules remain in effect without interruption.”

Any new rules or significant modifications to existing rules must go through the normal rulemaking process, which traditionally involves a months-long process of negotiated, proposed, and pending rule stages with specific requirements for public comment.

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison, Press Secretary 

208-943-1686 or marissa.morrison@gov.idaho.gov

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Download the Presentation for the Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, April 19, 2019
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 2019 legislative session, the basics of budgeting and revenue sources, and planning and zoning, area of city impact and annexation.  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.

Two slides per page.

Three slides per page with lines for notes.

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2019 Legislative Session Finally Ends

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

After an unusually long and acrimonious session, the Legislature adjourned on Thursday, April 11th.  They convened with four main issues to tackle: Medicaid expansion, the public school funding formula rewrite, tax revenue shortfalls and prison overcrowding. They ended by punting on several of these issues. 

 

The session began in January with state tax revenues coming in approximately $100 million dollars behind forecasts. This was attributed to under withholding on personal income taxes triggered by tax reductions at the federal and state level. While some of this shortfall was recouped January through March, the month of April will ultimately determine whether the state will be able to meet its revenue projections.  This uncertainly had negative consequences for cities in regard to transportation funding. The Legislature hesitated to reauthorize the surplus eliminator legislation that will sunset in July. However, we were able to get approximately $3 million in additional funding to the highway distribution account by moving the Idaho State Police’s portion to the general fund. After full implementation over 5 years, the total will be over $15 million in new dollars flowing through the distribution formula.

 

Unfortunately, as is increasingly becoming the trend, the majority of our time with the Legislature is spent opposing legislation harmful to cities.  In working with other local government stakeholders, it is clear that we all now have to use most of our political capital to prevent bad legislation.  This leaves little bandwidth and legislative will to devote to enacting legislation beneficial to locals.  

 

AIC spent a great deal of time working to kill legislation that would be harmful to cities, including a bill to preempt local ordinances banning cellphone use while driving, two annexation bills that would have substantially altered city annexation authority, legislation that would have significantly changed the sales tax revenue sharing distribution formula, legislation that would have prevented severance pay for public employees, and a bill that would have allowed counties to opt out of land use planning. 

 

We were successful in preventing the passage of every single bill that we actively opposed except for two pieces of legislation, both of which we were able to get amended. One bill radically reduced the ability to utilize urban renewal dollars by requiring a vote any time tax increment financing is used on a project. We were able to get significant amendments to add back in a threshold before a vote is required and remove the emergency clause, so the bill won’t go into effect immediately.  We were also able to get a sunset clause on the sections of a bill that direct the sales tax collections by online marketplace facilitators into a tax relief account rather than through the sales tax distribution formula.  The fact that these bills did not go through as originally drafted were significant victories especially since both passed the House unamended by large margins.

 

We were also able to help shepherd through several pieces of legislation beneficial to cities.  AIC supported legislation that ensures exclusive jurisdiction to locals to determine overweight truck routes and fees to support engineering grants for route evaluation, a bill to simplify overly burdensome permits for beer and wine in city plazas, and legislation that modernizes and streamlines cooperative purchasing among others.

 

There is broad agreement that this was one of the most hostile and least productive sessions on record.  However, we were able to prevent the most egregious bills from passing and get through some legislation that will be helpful to cities.  Our legislative success was due to the engagement of city officials in contacting their legislators.  We want to express our gratitude to all of you who followed our bill tracker and reached out to your local legislators on issues that would impact your city. We cannot be effective without your efforts and they are greatly appreciated!

 

To get a complete overview of this year’s session, we invite you to attend the Spring District Workshops being held at various locations around the state. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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IHFA Southern Idaho Housing Roundtable Meetings - Registration Open

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Registration for the Idaho Housing & Finance Association's Spring 2019 Housing Roundtable Meetings in Southern Idaho is now open.

"Join us as we continue the dialogue among housing and community stakeholders at our upcoming Housing Roundtable meeting. Participants often announce new initiatives and funding opportunities or gather stakeholder feedback for planning and reporting."

"We hope to have you in attendance as we further the dialogue among housing and community stakeholders."

Please click the link below the meeting in your area to register.

Twin Falls

May 15, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. 
Holiday Inn Express and Suite
1554 Fillmore, Twin Falls, ID 83301
Register for Twin Falls Meeting

Pocatello
May 16, 2019 | 2:00 p.m. 
Hampton Inn & Suites
151 Vista Drive, Pocatello, ID 83201
Register for Pocatello Meeting

Treasure Valley
May 21, 2019 | 2:00 p.m.
Silverstone Amenity Center
3405 E. Overland Road, Meridian, ID 83642
Register for Treasure Valley Meeting

 

We look forward to connecting with long-term partners and meeting new stakeholders this year. Contact Shelby Hammond (shelbyh@ihfa.org) with questions. 

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Still Time to Register for AIC Spring District Workshops

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

There is still time to register for the regional AIC Spring District Workshops in late April via the AIC website

The workshops will cover a review of the 2019 legislative session, basics of budgeting and city revenues, and planning and zoning best practices.   There will also be a caucus to select the district director to represent the district on the AIC Board of Directors.

The dates and locations of the Spring District Workshops are listed below.

Monday, April 22: District 5—Idaho Central Credit Union, 4400 Central Way, Chubbuck

Tuesday, April 23: District 6—Shilo Inn Convention Center, 780 Lindsay Blvd., Idaho Falls

Wednesday, April 24: District 4—Best Western Burley Inn, 800 North Overland Ave., Burley

Thursday, April 25: District 3—Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa

Monday, April 29: District 2—Best Western Plus University Inn, 1516 Pullman Rd., Moscow

Tuesday, April 30: District 1—Best Western Plus Coeur d’Alene Inn, 506 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene

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