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Emergency Relief Fund Update from Idaho Office of Emergency Management

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, August 4, 2017

There have been many questions from applicants regarding status of Emergency Relief Funds (ERF).  The following is a brief overview of where we are at and what you can expect going forward. 
The process to fund projects can be longer than expected because of the potential for many projects to be eligible for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding.  It is important that state ERF funds not be used on projects where federal funding is available.
To review, ERF funding is awarded on a conditional basis pending review of FEMA and FHWA eligible projects. We have identified those projects that are eligible for funding through FEMA or FHWA at the surface level, and are now working to identify which projects have been approved. Unfortunately, we are unable to release ERF funds until a final determination has been made. Once determined, projects will be awarded as follows: 

Ineligible for FEMA or FHWA – 90% funded by ERF, 10% match by jurisdiction

FEMA approved – 75% funded by FEMA, 15% funded by ERF, 10% match by jurisdiction

FHWA approved – generally 100% funded by FHWA
Those projects currently identified as not eligible for FEMA or FHWA will be getting ERF Project Agreements and Worksheets within the next week. We are working with LHTAC and have requested a list of approved/denied projects from FHWA. Once we have that information we can continue to finalize eligible ERF projects.
Projects that have been obligated funds from FEMA will be receiving letters with next step information in the next 1-2 weeks. If you have received a denial letter from either FEMA or FHWA, please forward that to us so that we can get started on your project. 
Please feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns.
Best Regards,

Jesse-Kay Cole 
Administrative Specialist
Idaho Office of Emergency Management
(208) 258-6591 Office
(208) 859-5501 Cell


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Supreme Court Ruling on Grocery Tax Repeal Means Status Quo for Now

Posted By Justin Ruen, Friday, July 28, 2017

In a ruling last week, the Idaho Supreme Court upheld Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter’s veto of a bill repealing the sales tax on groceries.  This means that the status quo prevailed and the sales tax on groceries will continue for the immediate future.

The case was brought by a group of 30 legislators who sued Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to challenge the Governor’s veto of House Bill 67, passed by the 2017 Idaho Legislature.  The lawmakers argued that the Governor’s veto should be struck down because he did not return the vetoed bill to the Secretary of State within ten days (excluding Sundays) after the Legislature adjourned.

Article IV, Section 10 of the Idaho Constitution provides:

“Every bill passed by the legislature shall, before it becomes a law, be presented to the governor. If he approve, he shall sign it, and thereupon it shall become a law; but if he do not approve, he shall return it with his objections to the house in which it originated…  …Any bill which shall not be returned by the governor to the legislature within five days (Sundays excepted) after it shall have been presented to him, shall become a law in like manner as if he had signed it, unless the legislature shall, by adjournment, prevent its return, in which case it shall be filed, with his objections, in the office of the secretary of state within ten days after such adjournment (Sundays excepted) or become a law.”

The Idaho Supreme Court interpreted this constitutional provision in Cenarrusa v. Andrus in 1978, holding that after the Legislature has adjourned, the Governor has 10 days from the time the bill is presented to him to act, not 10 days from the end of the legislative session.  The 3-2 ruling in Cenarrusa went unchallenged for nearly 40 years. 

The legislators challenging Otter’s veto wanted the Court to strictly interpret the constitutional provision and give the Governor 10 days from the Legislature’s day of adjournment to act on bills, as opposed to 10 days after presentment. 

The Court overturned the Cenarrusa decision and held that all bills must be presented to the Governor before the Legislature adjourns for the year, which will be a major change as bills have been presented to the Governor after adjournment since 1967.  The Court also held that the 10-day period for the Governor to decide on bills when the Legislature has adjourned for the year begins the date of adjournment, not when the bill is presented to the Governor.  The Court’s ruling applies prospectively, so any bills that have already been passed could not be challenged.

This means that, for the immediate future, the status quo prevails and the sales tax on groceries continues without changes.  AIC is aware of two cities—Sandpoint and Driggs—that have local option retail sales taxes that apply to food that would have been impacted had the Governor’s veto been struck down. 

Revenue sharing funds to cities will likewise see no changes because of the Court’s ruling.  House Bill 67 protected revenue sharing funds and even if the Court had struck down the Governor’s veto, cities’ revenue sharing funds would have been preserved.

However, the issue looms large in the 2018 governor’s race and grocery tax repeal is supported by candidates Lieutenant Governor Brad Little and former emergency room physician and developer Tommy Ahlquist.  It is not clear if 1st District Congressman Raul Labrador supports repeal.  Given the overwhelming support in the Legislature, the issue could gain a lot of traction once a new Governor takes office in January 2019.  

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City Achievement Award Winners Recognized at AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Eleven cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards at the AIC Annual Conference on June 22 at the Annual Banquet at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place).

The City Achievement Awards recognize the work of cities around Idaho that have implemented pioneering approaches to improve quality of life, address community challenges, and enhance service delivery in cost-effective ways.

This year, awards were given in six categories: Community Engagement, Economic & Community Development, Parks & Recreation, Public Safety, Public Works & Transportation, and Youth Council.

Ammon was a winner in the Economic & Community Development Category for its Fiber Optic Utility Project, which is bringing broadband to residents throughout the community using an innovative city local improvement district.

Bancroft was a winner in the Parks & Recreation Category for the Lighting of Teuscher Square, which brought the community together for a holiday celebration in the festively decorated square in downtown.

Boise was recognized in the Public Works & Transportation Category for its Dixie Drain Phosphorous Removal Facility, an innovative project that is helping the city meet stringent new phosphorous limits in a cost-effective way and improve water quality in the lower Boise River.  Boise also received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Police Liaison Program, which is helping the department to improve communication and build trust among LGBTQ, Hispanic, African American, and refugee communities.  

Caldwell received an award in the Community Engagement Category for the Downtown Plaza Project, which is an outdoor venue for hosting concerts, movies in the park, festivals and farmers markets, that continues the revitalization of downtown Caldwell.

Coeur d’Alene won an award in the Community Engagement Category for the Lake City Public Library, which is a partnership between the city and school district to open a public library branch at Lake City High School.  Coeur d’Alene also received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Community Action Team, which is partially funded through a federal COPS grant and proactively works with the community on crime prevention, relationship building and problem solving. 

Glenns Ferry Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council was recognized for its alley clean-up project, which brought together youth from the community to clean city alleys of overgrown brush and debris. 

Iona Mayor’s Youth Council won an award for its outstanding work in community service, building youth leadership skills and opening lines of communication between city elected officials and youth. 

Lewiston was a winner in the Public Works & Transportation Category for the Downtown Lewiston Infrastructure Repair & Replacement Project, which replaced a variety of aging infrastructure in downtown Lewiston with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Transit Administration, Port of Lewiston and Lewiston Urban Renewal Agency.

Meridian was recognized in the Economic & Community Development Category for its Idaho Avenue Placemaking Project, a collaborative effort aimed at creating a sense of place that will enhance pedestrian traffic and attract new businesses in downtown Meridian.

Pocatello received an award in the Public Safety Category for its Assisted Living Facility Protocols, which aim to reduce unnecessary 911 calls by providing guidance for assisted living facility staff.

Twin Falls was a winner in the Parks & Recreation Category for the Connecting the Canyon Rim Project, which acquired the final piece of property required to complete the 7.5-mile trail along the scenic Snake River canyon. 

Twin Falls Youth Council was recognized for its Hula Hoop for Health Project, which provided education to 4th and 5th grade students about healthy, active lifestyles, including hula hooping.

Congratulations to all the 2017 City Achievement Award winners!  If your city or youth council has an outstanding project that deserves recognition, we hope you will consider filling out the City Achievement application next year.

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2017 City Candidate Elections: Frequently Asked Questions

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, June 29, 2017

This Q&A covers the basics of the 2017 city candidate elections for both candidates and city clerks.  If you have any questions about the election process, please call the AIC office at (208) 344-8594.

Question: Will AIC be sending an election manual for the 2017 general city election?

Yes, the manual will be completed in the coming weeks and AIC will email the manual and filing forms to all city clerks.  We will also mail one paper copy of the manual to every city clerk.  The manual will also be available for free download on AIC’s members only website, and additional paper copies may be ordered for a fee.

Question: What is required to change the compensation for elected officials?

Ordinances changing the compensation for elected officials must be passed by the council and published at least 75 days prior to any general city election (Thursday, August 24, 2017).  The salary change takes effect January 1 following the election—Idaho Code 50-203.

Question: Are term limits in effect for the 2017 general city elections?

No.  Idaho’s term limits statute was repealed by the 2002 Idaho Legislature.  There are no restrictions on the number of terms city mayors and councilmembers may serve.

Question: Are candidates for mayor or council required to report their campaign contributions and expenditures?  Are campaign contributions limited to a specific dollar amount?

Idaho’s Sunshine Law, which requires reporting of campaign contributions and expenditures by candidates for state and local office and sets dollar limits on contributions, only applies to cities over 5,000 population―Idaho Code 50-420.  There are no requirements for reporting and no contribution limits in cities with less than 5,000 population.  For more information on the requirements of Idaho’s Sunshine Law, see AIC’s Campaign Finance Reporting Manual.

Question: Is the city clerk responsible for publishing any legal notices associated with the 2017 city election?

The only legal notice the city clerk is required to publish is the notice to potential candidates (see Appendix B of the 2017 Election Manual for City Clerks for a model form), which must be published once as a legal notice in the official city newspaper between Friday, August 25 and Friday, September 1, 2017.  The notice must include: the name of the city, the date of the election, the offices up for election, that filing forms are available from the city clerk, and the filing deadline—Idaho Code 50-411.  The notice of election and sample ballot are published by the county clerk.

Question: How does a candidate get their name on the ballot? 

To get their name on the ballot, a candidate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy (see Appendix D in the 2017 Election Manual for City Clerks for a model form) specifying the office and term for which they are running and affirming they meet the following legal qualifications to run as of the date their Declaration of Candidacy is submitted to the city clerk:

•     At least 18 years of age,

•     A U.S. citizen,

•     The candidate’s primary residence must be within the city,

•     The address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and

•     The candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.

The Declaration of Candidacy must be accompanied by one of the following:

•     A Petition of Candidacy (see Appendix E in the 2017 Election Manual for City Clerks for a model form) signed by at least five qualified city electors.  Before filing the petition with the city clerk, the candidate must have the signatures verified by the county clerk, who attaches a certification to the petition indicating the number of signatures that are of qualified city electors.


•     A nonrefundable filing fee of $40—Idaho Code 50-406. 

For the 2017 general city election, candidates are required to submit their Declarations of Candidacy (with the requisite fee/petition) between Monday, August 28 at 8:00 a.m. and Friday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m.—Idaho Code 50-410.

Question: A candidate signed her name as Mildred C. Fisher on the Declaration of Candidacy, but is known as Catherine Fisher.  How will her name appear on the ballot?

The name on the ballot must appear exactly as the name is written on the candidate’s Declaration of Candidacy.  The city clerk should advise candidates that how their name is written on the declaration is how their name will appear on the ballot.  If the candidate has a nickname, then it should be in quotes between their first and last names: James “Scooter” Johnson.

Question: Can a candidate sign his or her own Petition of Candidacy?

Yes.  There is nothing in the law that prohibits a candidate from signing their own Petition of Candidacy.

Question: Is the city clerk required to check the signatures on a Petition of Candidacy against the signatures on the voter registration cards?

No.  Petition signatures must be verified by the county clerk before the petition is submitted to the city clerk.  The county clerk will attach a certificate to the petition indicating the number of signatures that are of qualified city electors—Idaho Code 50-410. 

Question: May a registered city voter sign petitions for two candidates running for mayor?

Yes.  The law no longer requires a person to sign only one candidate’s petition for each office up for election.  Now, a registered city voter is free to sign as many petitions as they want.

Question: Must the city clerk notarize a candidate’s declaration and/or petition, or can the candidate have it notarized elsewhere?

Any notary duly authorized by the State of Idaho can notarize a candidate’s declaration and petition. 

Question: Is there a deadline for candidates to withdraw from the election? 

Nominated candidates (those listed on the ballot) have until Friday, September 22 to withdraw from the election by filing a notarized statement of withdrawal with the city clerk (see Appendix G in the 2017 Election Manual for City Clerks for a model form)—Idaho Code 34-1405A. 

Declared write-in candidates may withdraw at any time up to the election by filing a notarized statement of withdrawal with the city clerk (see Appendix G for a model form).

Question: Which council positions will be up for election to two-year terms?  

Idaho Code 50-704 provides that councilmember vacancies “shall be filled by appointment made by the mayor with the consent of the council, which appointee shall serve only until the next general city election [held in November of each odd-numbered year], at which such vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the original term.”  

An appointed councilmember serves until the next general city election in November of an odd-numbered year, at which point:

•     If the normal four-year term of office concludes at the end of December of that year, the position is up for election to a four-year term.

•     If the normal four-year term of office has two years remaining at the end of December of that year, the position is up for election to the remaining two years of the term.  At the end of the two-year term, the position is up for election to a four-year term.

Two-year terms ensure that the city stays on cycle with half of the council positions up for election to four-year terms at the general city election in November of each odd-numbered year—Idaho Code 50-701. 

In the November 7, 2017 general city election the only council positions up for election to two-year terms are those filled by appointment in 2016 or 2017, which have a four-year term of office expiring December 31, 2019.    

For example, John Smith was appointed on May 5, 2017 to fill a vacant position on the city council that has a term of office expiring December 31, 2019.  This position will be up for election on November 7, 2017 for a two-year term.  Mr. Smith may choose to run for the two-year term, or may choose to run for another office, including a four-year council position or mayor.  Regardless of who is elected, the position will be up for election again in November 2019 for a four-year term. 

If Mr. Smith were appointed on May 5, 2017 to fill a vacancy on the city council with a term of office expiring December 31, 2017, the position would be up for election at the November 7, 2017 general city election for a four-year term.

Question: Our mayor was appointed since the last election.  Is the office up for election this year, and if so, is it for a two or four-year term?

Idaho Code 50-608 provides that “When a vacancy occurs in the office of mayor by reason of death, resignation or permanent disability, the city council shall fill the vacancy from within or without the council as may be deemed in the best interests of the city, which appointee shall serve until the next general city election, at which election a mayor shall be elected for the full four (4) year term.” 

If a person was appointed mayor in 2016 or 2017, the office is up for election at the 2017 general city elections for a four-year term of office. 

Question: What is the deadline for write-in candidates to file?

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 is the deadline for write-in candidates to file their Declaration of Intent with the city clerk indicating the office and term for which they are running and affirming their qualifications to hold the office, if elected.

Write-in votes are only counted when cast for a person who has filed a Declaration of Intent with the city clerk at least 28 days prior to the election.

Write-in candidates are only required to file the Declaration of Intent with the city clerk—they are NOT required to submit a petition or $40 fee.  

See Appendix F of the 2017 Election Manual for City Clerks for a model Declaration of Intent for write-in candidates.

Write-in candidates are required to meet the following qualifications as of the date their Declaration of Intent is submitted to the city clerk: 

·         At least 18 years of age,

·         A U.S. citizen,  

·         The candidate’s primary residence must be in the city, 

·         The candidate must be registered to vote, and the address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and 

·         The candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.

Question: Can candidates campaign on Election Day?

Candidates can campaign on Election Day—however, candidates should be aware that campaigning within or near a polling place on Election Day (known as “electioneering”) is a criminal offense.  On Election Day, campaigning or distributing candidate materials within the polling place or in any building in which an election is being held are prohibited.  Campaigning or distributing candidate materials are also prohibited within 100 feet of a polling place, whether on public or private property—Idaho Code 18-2318.  It is also important to remember that the prohibition on electioneering applies while voting is occurring at the in-person absentee polling place or early voting facility.

Question: Our city does not have enough candidates for the council positions up for election.  What should we do?

If there are not enough nominated and declared write-in candidates for the council positions up for election, then the vacancies are filled by mayoral appointment and confirmation by a majority of the council.  This can be done at the first council meeting in January, assuming there are enough councilmembers to constitute a quorum (a majority of the full council).  If not, then the Governor will appoint as many councilmembers as required to constitute a quorum (Idaho Code 59-912) and the remaining vacancies are filled by the normal process of appointment and confirmation.

Question: Can a bar sell liquor by the drink on Election Day?  Can liquor stores be open on Election Day?

Bars can sell liquor by the drink during city elections unless the city has an ordinance prohibiting the sale of liquor by the drink during city elections—Idaho Code 23-927. 

State liquor stores and contract liquor stores are allowed to be open and sell package liquor on Election Day—Idaho Code 23-307.

Question: Who canvasses the votes from a city election: the city council or the county commissioners?

The county commissioners will canvass the results of all city elections within 10 days after the election—Idaho Code 50-412.  At a council meeting in late November or December 2017, the council must approve a motion to formally accept the canvassed election results, and the canvassed election results are then included in the meeting minutes (with the results by precinct, if the city has multiple precincts).

Question: A currently serving councilmember wants to run for mayor at this year’s election.  The councilmember’s position is not up for election until November 2019.  Must the person resign from their council position to run for mayor?

No, the councilmember is not required to resign from the council to run for mayor.

Question: Can a person file more than one Declaration of Candidacy and run for multiple offices at the same election?

No.  Idaho Code 50-410 provides that “A person shall not be permitted to file a declaration of candidacy for more than one (1) office in any city election.”

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Total Solar Eclipse Emergency Planning Workshops

Posted By Administration, Monday, June 5, 2017

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) is offering emergency operations planning opportunities related to the upcoming solar eclipse. IOEM has scheduled a series of workshops to help communities prepare to deal with any incidents that may arise from the large number of visitors the eclipse event is predicted to draw into Idaho.

The workshops are designed to help communities recognize and plan for the most likely issues they may face when a large event like this happens. In addition to IOEM, representatives from the Idaho Department of Commerce, Idaho Transportation Department, Idaho State Police, US Forest Service, and local Public Health Districts will be available to discuss their planning efforts and what impacts they are expecting.

Community leaders, emergency management personnel, and first responders are all encouraged to attend. Workshop dates and locations are as follows:

June 20 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
343 E Street
Idaho Falls


June 21 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
The Community Campus - Minnie Moore Room
1050 Fox Acres Rd
Hailey, ID 83333


June 22 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Crouch Community Hall
342 Village Circle
Garden Valley, ID 83622


Please contact Jesse Cole at (208) 258-6591 or with any questions or to RSVP

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June 15 Deadline for Round 2 Emergency Relief Fund Applications

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 1, 2017

The deadline for submitting project applications for the second round of funding from the Emergency Relief Fund is quickly approaching. All applications for Round 2 need to be submitted no later than midnight June 15, 2017. You can access the original launch letter announcing the Emergency Relief Fund by clicking this link ( 

IOEM received 180 applications with a total of nearly $32 million in requested funds for Round 1, application scoring is in the final stages.  The ERF Panel will meet next week for final review and to award funds. Once this process is complete and all applicants have been notified, any eligible applications that did not get funded during Round 1 will be automatically moved to round 2 for reconsideration.  Any applications that the scorers deemed short of necessary information will be returned to the applicant to allow project applications to be updated and resubmitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do I keep getting an error screen when I am trying to submit my application on the website?

A. In many cases, this happens when you are trying to submit a large amount of attachments with your application. Although there is no size limit to what you can attach, different users may get different results depending on which browser version they are using and how good their connection is. The best work around we have found is to email your attachments separately (please note jurisdiction and project name) to and they will be attached to your application.

Q. Can I apply for ERF even if my county did not file a local disaster declaration?

A. Yes, however, those applications will have less priority than applicants that did have a declaration.

Q. If my project is eligible for funding under a federal disaster declaration am I still eligible for funding from ERF?

A. Yes, projects eligible for funding under an approved federal disaster declaration will be first priority for ERF funding.

Q. Do I still have to apply for funding from the emergency relief fund if I have already applied for assistance from FEMA under a federal disaster declaration?

A. Yes, the funding from ERF is separate from any federal grant money and will need to be applied for separately.

Q.  My jurisdiction is under a federal disaster declaration, will I still have a cost share?

A.  Whether under a federal disaster declaration or not, the cost share to the local jurisdictions will always be 10%

Q. Do cities need to file an application separate from the county, or does the county need to include the cities in their application?

A. Cities, counties, local highway districts, etc. are all eligible to apply. Whoever is legally responsible for repair and upkeep of the road/bridge should be the applicant.

Q. Can I still apply for this funding if my project meets the criteria but work has already been completed?

A. Yes, as long as work can be justified with documentation.

Q. If my project was denied in the first or second round, can I make updates to my application to correct any errors that may have affected my score and resubmit?

A. Yes, applications can be updated and re-submitted as needed.

Q. Does the application have to come from an emergency management office, or can it come directly from a public works office?

A. The application should be completed by whoever is legally responsible for the project.

Q. Is there a deadline for use of funds once they have been awarded?

A. ERF funding will follow PAPPG guidelines for completion of permanent work, which is 18 months from the date of declaration.  The state will have authority under these guidelines to grant extensions due to extraordinary circumstances.

Q. Will it be possible to get additional funding after a project has been awarded funding from ERF if damages and cost of project are found to be more than initially estimated on the application?

A. Applicant will need to submit an amended application to address and identify the increased scope and cost of the project for re-consideration of increased funding. This will not change what has already been awarded, however, there is no guarantee of additional funding.

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Join us for the 70th AIC Annual Conference June 21-23 in Boise

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

On behalf of the AIC Board of Directors, AIC invites you to attend AIC’s upcoming Annual Conference June 21-23 at the Boise Centre. Please join us and approximately 400 city officials and partners from across the state as we explore current challenges and opportunities facing Idaho’s 200 cities.

The AIC Annual Conference is structured to provide a mix of general sessions, concurrent workshops, hot topic policy discussions, roundtables, mobile tours, and social events on timely topics designed to address current needs of Idaho cities.

Registration information can be found on the AIC website at the following location:

Early bird registration is $295.00. Please be sure to take advantage of the early bird pricing prior to May 31, 2017 as registration prices increase on June 1st.

A conference brochure, including a list of conference general sessions, workshops, roundtables, and tours can be found at: 

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Federal Highway Administration Announces $1.25 Million for Emergency Repairs to Flood-Damaged Roads and Bridges in Idaho

Posted By Seth Grigg, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced the immediate availability of $1.25 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help begin repairs on flood-damaged roads and bridges in Idaho.

Beginning on March 10, heavy rains caused intense flooding, landslides and avalanches across numerous counties in northern and central Idaho.  State Highway 5 experienced significant damage after a section dropped more than 4 feet, 6 miles east of Plummer in Benewah County, within the Coeur d’Alene Indian Reservation.  Additional damages occurred on more than 20 highway segments that need immediate attention. Grangemont Road in Clearwater County, Central Ridge Road in Lewis County, and Deep Creek Loop Road in Boundary County suffered the greatest damage.   

The $1.25 million in “quick release” funds will be used primarily to restore emergency access and to initiate the most critical repairs.

“Today’s funding represents a down payment toward completing all the repairs on highways that travelers in Idaho rely upon,” said Acting Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Walter “Butch” Waidelich. “Additional resources will become available as the state continues to assess the damage.”

This initial installment will go toward the costs of short-term repairs now, which can help long-term repair work begin more quickly. The FHWA’s ER program provides funding for highways and bridges damaged by natural disasters or catastrophic events.

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Call for Nominations: AIC 3rd Vice President

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 22, 2017

The AIC Nominating Committee will convene at the upcoming AIC Annual Conference to interview and nominate a candidate for AIC 3rd Vice President. To be considered for the position of AIC 3rd Vice President, candidates must be an elected city official from an AIC member city. Eligible candidates should also be from either AIC District 5 or 6 (cities in Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, or Teton Counites).

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 perspective officers on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 21st. The Nominating Committee will announce their nomination for AIC Board Officers during the Breakfast General Session on Thursday, June 22nd. The election of AIC Board Officers will then take place during the AIC Awards Banquet held the evening of Thursday, June 22nd. 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: Greg Lanting, Councilmember, Twin Falls, AIC Immediate Past President.

Nominating Committee Members: Greg Lanting (Twin Falls Councilmember), Tammy de Weerd (Meridian Mayor), John Evans (Garden City Mayor), Mac Pooler (Kellogg Mayor), Mitch Hart (Soda Spring Councilmember), Garret Nancolas (Mayor, Caldwell).

Nominating Committee Quorum Requirements: Minimum of three AIC Past Presidents. 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 FY2018, the AIC Officers are (by geographic region):

President: Jeri DeLange, Hayden Councilmember (North)

1st Vice President: Elaine Clegg, Boise Councilmember (West)

2nd Vice President: Suzanne Hawkins, Twin Falls Councilmember (South)

3rd Vice President: Open for Nomination (East)

To conform with Section 6, Article IV of the AIC Bylaws, the Nominating Committee is tasked with nominating a candidate for 3rd Vice President from the East Region of AIC (AIC Districts 5 or 6).

Those interested in being considered for the position of AIC 3rd Vice President should contact AIC Executive Director Seth Grigg via email ( Seth 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 of the 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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AIC Board District Directors Elected for FY2018

Posted By Administration, Monday, May 22, 2017

Over 300 city officials attended 2017 AIC Spring District Workshops held around the state. At the workshops, AIC staff provided training on recent law changes affecting cities, municipal budgeting, and bidding and procurement. District caucus meetings were held after each workshop for purposes of electing new district directors to the AIC Board of Directors. The following individuals were elected by their peers to serve two year terms:


District 1: Shelby Rognstad, Mayor, Sandpoint

District 2: Bob Blakey, Councilmember, Lewiston

District 3: Darin Taylor, Mayor, Middleton

District 3a: Lauren McLean, Councilmember, Boise

District 4: Casey Anderson, Councilmember, Burley

District 5: Paul Loomis, Mayor, Blackfoot

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


The following individuals have one year left in their current term:


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

District 2: Bill Lambert, Mayor, Pocatello

District 3: Diana Thomas, Mayor, Weiser

District 3a: Genesis Milam, Councilmember, Meridian

District 4: Bruce Hossfeld, Mayor, Paul

District 5: Kevin England, Mayor, Chubbuck

District 6: Rebecca Casper, Mayor, Idaho Falls


Congratulations to the recently elected AIC Board District Directors!

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