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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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City Park & Recreation Projects Recognized with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Two cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards in the Parks & Recreation category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the winners!

Ashton Pocket Park:

A cooperative project with the Ashton Urban Renewal Agency to transform an empty downtown corner lot from a weed patch into an inviting greenspace with trees, flowers, benches and a sculpture.

Aberdeen Gem Trail:

A cooperative effort with the Aberdeen Gem Trail Foundation to extend the city’s greenbelt on the East side of Powerline Road.  The trail was partially funded with grants from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation.  


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Cities Recognized for Economic & Community Development Projects with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Three cities received City Achievement Awards in the Economic & Community Development category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the cities for these outstanding projects!

Idaho Falls Zoning Ordinance Outreach Videos:

The Idaho Falls Community Development Services Department created a series of YouTube videos produced in-house explaining the proposed changes in a comprehensive re-write of the city’s zoning ordinance that helped citizens and elected officials better understand the policy changes.

Kuna Downtown Revitalization:

This project has been awarded an Idaho Community Development Block Grant, as well as grants from ITD, the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, and Ada County Highway District, and is transforming Kuna’s downtown with attractive new sidewalks, lighting, landscaping, pavement, irrigation, planters, art, ADA ramps and pedestrian bulb-outs that will bring visitors and new businesses downtown. 

Rexburg Center Street Project:

A cooperative project with the Rexburg Urban Renewal Agency, the city was able to significantly increase water capacity, and add upgrades to Center Street that make it inviting for community gatherings, safe for pedestrians, and an attractive place for business and commerce.  


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City Achievement Awards Presented for Public Works & Transportation Projects

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Four cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards in the Public Works & Transportation Category at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference.  Congratulations to the winners on these outstanding projects!

Kellogg Sewer & Road Infrastructure Project:

A $32 million sewer and road rehabilitation project that leveraged funding from EPA, USDA Rural Development and the Idaho Department of Commerce.  Kellogg residents passed an $8 million sewer bond with 76% of the vote in 2014 to fund revitalizing or replacing 61,000 feet of pipe and 238 manholes and replace 1,150 sewer services within the public right of way.

McCall Transportation Master Plan Story Map:

The city launched its transportation master plan by using an online story map relying on the city’s existing GIS capabilities to offer the public an easy, interactive way to explore data using static graphics, and interactive and searchable maps. 

Moscow Public Works Fair:

A community outreach event that started in 2007 that provides interactive displays, vehicles and equipment for people to view when participating in the City of Moscow Artwalk, helping to improve understanding of the role of public works in our lives and the importance of water conservation. 

Twin Falls Downtown Renaissance:

A cooperative project with the Twin Falls Urban Renewal Agency that transformed downtown with the reconstruction of Main Avenue, construction of a Downtown Commons for events, and renovation of the 50,000 square foot Banner Furniture building into a new city hall.  


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Community Engagement City Achievement Awards Presented

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Three cities were recognized with City Achievement Awards at the 2018 AIC Annual Conference in the Community Engagement category.  Congratulations to the winners!

Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall:

A collaborative project with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and Disabled American Veterans to renovate the city’s 1913 Carnegie Library to serve as a point of contact for veterans to access programs and services.

Pocatello Flag Design:

After being shamed for having the “worst city flag in North America,” Pocatello embarked on a 17-month process working with a Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee to winnow down over 700 proposed designs and get public feedback to pick the winning flag design that is now a source of community pride. 

Boise New Path Community Housing:

The first permanent supportive housing development in Idaho, New Path adopts a Housing First approach to quickly and successfully connect homeless people with permanent housing and on-site services.  


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Youth & Youth Council Projects Recognized with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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

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

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

Meridian Do the Right:

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

McCall Mountain Bike Skills Path:

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

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Cities Recognized for Public Safety Projects with City Achievement Awards

Posted By Justin Ruen, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

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

Coeur d’Alene Active Shooter Integrated Response:

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

Idaho Falls PulsePoint App:

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

Meridian Heartsafe:

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


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Register Today for AIC Annual Conference

Posted By Justin Ruen, Monday, June 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Avoiding Discrimination & Harassment Claims

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

Cyber Risk & Public Records in the Digital Age

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

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

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

Talking Trash: Truth and Consequences of Recycling

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

Setting Utility Rates for a Sustainable System

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

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Clean Water Protection and Management: Idaho Enters a New Era

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Deadline for City Achievement Award Applications Approaching

Posted By Justin Ruen, Thursday, May 24, 2018

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

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

Public Safety

Youth Council

Community Engagement

Public Works & Transportation

Economic & Community Development

Parks & Recreation

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

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