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Senate Committee Kills AIC-Opposed Annexation Bill

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee voted to kill House Bill 130, an AIC-opposed bill on annexation. 

We extend our appreciation to the many city officials who contacted legislators in opposition to the bill.

Excellent testimony was provided at the hearing by AIC Legislative Committee Chair Mayor John Evans of Garden City.

“The primary concern cities have with the bill is that railroad or Interstate highway rights-of-way should not become barriers to annexation,” Mayor Evans said.  “We are also concerned about the impacts of allowing a minority to veto an annexation under Category B.”

The committee members expressed appreciation to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jarom Wagoner, R-Caldwell for digging into a complicated policy issue, but expressed concerns about the bill’s provisions concerning shoe stringing.

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Contact Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to Oppose HB 130aa on Annexation

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Tuesday, March 19, 2019

On Tuesday, March 19, at 2:00 p.m. the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee will have up for hearing an AIC-opposed bill on annexation, House Bill 130aa (as amended).  We ask city officials to contact committee members and respectfully ask that they oppose the bill.  The committee members and their emails are listed at the bottom of this email. 

House Bill 130aa would restrict cities’ ability to annex, which is essential to cost-effective delivery of infrastructure and services in communities around the state.

  • Changes regarding enclaves may make it more difficult to fill jurisdictional holes, resulting in continued confusion over what local government is responsible for providing services.
  • The bill increases the percentage of property owners required to consent for Category B annexations, allowing a minority of property owners to have veto power over future growth and development of a community.
  • The bill’s right-of-way width requirement is new and would apparently prohibit a city from annexing lands across a road right-of-way greater than 150 feet, which includes most Interstate highways and even some local roads.  This would effectively turn highways into walls for cities that are growing rapidly.

The members of Senate Local Government & Taxation and their office emails and phone numbers are listed below.  

Sen. Jim Rice, Chair 
Email:  jrice@senate.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-1423

Sen. C. Scott Grow, Vice Chair 
Email:  sgrow@senate.idaho.gov
Phone: (208) 332-1334

Sen. Brent Hill 
Email:  bhill@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1300

Sen. Steve Vick 
Email:  sjvick@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1345

Sen. Kelly Arthur Anthon 
Email:  kanthon@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1327

Sen. Todd M. Lakey 
Email:  tlakey@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1328

Sen. Don Cheatham
Email:  dcheatham@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1338

Sen. Grant Burgoyne 
Email:  gburgoyne@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1409

Sen. Mark Nye
Email:  mnye@senate.idaho.gov
Phone:  (208) 332-1406

 

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Save the Date & Abstracts Invited: Northwest Regional Floodplain Managers Association (NORFMA) Conference - September 24-27, 2019 in Boise

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, March 18, 2019

Announcing the 2019 Annual NORFMA Conference, September 24-27, 2019, at the Grove Hotel, Boise, Idaho: 

"Fires, Floods, Mud & More: Integrated Processes"

Call for Abstracts - Come and share your work with fellow floodplain managers - the Call for Abstracts is now open.  We welcome your ideas for individual presentations or sessions. Abstracts must be submitted by June 15th!  Please note that this is earlier than previous years, so that we are able to build and publish the conference agenda in a timely fashion.  This helps those who must submit the agenda as documentation before booking any travel.

Scholarships are Available - To support jurisdictions with limited travel budget or capacity & to encourage student participation, scholarships are available which cover the cost of registration.  A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year. Applications are due by June 15th.

Conference Sponsors - We are grateful for the support of our Conference Sponsors each year!  We are continuing to grow, so if your organization would like to support this vibrant and educational event, please view the sponsorship form or inquire with a Board member. 

REGISTER TODAY!  NORFMA 2019 Conference Registration

Members, remember to log in to the website before registering, to receive the member rate.

Please share with your networks, and e-mail us at norfma@norfma.org with any questions. 

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House Kills AIC-Opposed Anti-County Planning Bill

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On Tuesday morning the House voted to kill an AIC-opposed bill that would have allowed counties to opt out of comprehensive planning.  House Bill 127 was defeated by a vote of 30-38-2. 

We greatly appreciate the help from city officials around the state who called their legislators to ask them to oppose the bill.  Your help really does make a difference!

Please reach out to the legislators who supported AIC by opposing House Bill 127 and offer your appreciation for their vote.  The no votes on the bill are listed below.

NAYS – Rep. Abernathy, Rep. Addis, Rep. Amador, Rep. Anderson, Rep. Anderst, Rep. Bedke, Rep. Berch, Rep. Blanksma, Rep. Chew, Rep. Clow, Rep. Collins, Rep. Davis (Goldman), Rep. DeMordaunt, Rep. Ellis, Rep. Erpelding, Rep. Gannon, Rep. Gibbs, Rep. Goesling, Rep. Green (Dist. 18), Rep. Hartgen, Rep. Kauffman, Rep. Kerby, Rep. Lickley, Rep. Mason, Rep. McCrostie, Rep. Moyle, Rep. Raybould, Rep. Raymond, Rep. Ricks, Rep. Rubel, Rep. Smith (Nye), Rep. Syme, Rep. Toone, Rep. Troy, Rep. Wagoner, Rep. Wintrow, Rep. Wood, Rep. Youngblood.

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Urgent: Please Oppose HB 259 on Diversion of Sales Tax Revenue from Revenue Sharing

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Legislation introduced to facilitate collecting sales tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators like Ebay and Fulfillment by Amazon would negatively impact cities’ future revenue sharing distributions.  We ask city officials to contact their local legislators and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 259.  You can find your legislators here

House Bill 259 fulfills the positive purpose of collecting sales and use tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision, bringing new sales and use tax revenue to Idaho. 

However, the bill would dedicate this new revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund, which would not go through revenue sharing.  The legislation provides no specificity on what this revenue—amounting to about $30 million annually—would be used for.  The bill also provides that marketplace facilitators would not be required to collect local option sales taxes.

House Bill 259 would mean that local governments would not receive $3 million annually through revenue sharing.  Local governments face real challenges keeping up with growth and costs of maintaining their infrastructure, and this revenue is much needed at the local level. 

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Please Contact House Members and Ask They Vote Against HB 127 on County Planning & Zoning

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 8, 2019

House Bill 127 on county planning and zoning was completely amended a second time and will be up for floor debate and vote in the House soon.  We ask city officials to contact House members and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 127a (see current, amended version HERE). 

You can find your legislators HERE.

Planning and zoning exists to prevent conflicting land uses and to protect the value and use of private property. 

House Bill 127, as amended, would lead to increased conflict between property owners, hurting property values and impeding the use and enjoyment of property.

  • Farmers and ranchers depend on county planning and zoning to protect their land from residential subdivisions that find crop spraying, dust and noise objectionable.
  • Rural homeowners depend on county planning and zoning to protect their property from a gravel pit that wants to locate next door and operate 24 hours a day.
  • Manufacturing and commercial facilities need county planning and zoning to ensure that neighboring residential development doesn’t impede their operations.

Cities also depend on county planning and zoning to ensure that areas that are annexed in the future have the required infrastructure necessary for an urban community. 

House Bill 127, as amended, would undermine decades of managed growth in Idaho, leading to increased conflict and uncertainty for property owners.

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A New Roadmap for Environmental Sustainability: how to lessen climate impacts in farming and energy production

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, March 8, 2019

POLITICO hosted a high-level conversation on March 5th to discuss the environmental policies and practices that are gaining momentum, particularly around how to lessen the climate impact in farming and energy production while keeping these sectors economically viable.

Co-Sponsored by McDonalds "Scale for Good - Climate Change," the interviews and panel discussions provides some provocative examples of how partnership programs are taking off around the US. 

 

AGENDA

11:30 AM — Doors open & refreshments served
11:45 AM — POLITICO Welcome Remarks
11:50 AM — Sponsor Welcome Remarks

  • Robert Gibbs, Chief Communications Officer and Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations, McDonald's Corporation

12:00 PM — Keynote Interview

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Ranking Member, Committee of Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

12:15 PM — Keynote Interview

  • Matthew Lohr, Chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

12:30 PM — Panel Conversation

  • Suzy Friedman, Senior Director, Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Sec. Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Stewart Leeth, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Chief Sustainability Officer, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Matt Daily, Energy Editor, POLITICO Pro *Moderator
  • Liz Crampton, Agriculture Reporter, POLITICO Pro *Moderator

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Security & Emergency Preparedness: Opportunity to Participate in GridEx Exercise

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Thursday, March 7, 2019

Water sector utilities are invited to participate in GridEx V, an exercise to demonstrate how electric utilities would respond to cyber and physical attacks.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how an event impacting the electric sector would affect your utility.  Here are the main points to consider, with more detailed information from WaterISAC copied below:

  • GridEx V is a distributed exercise, meaning participants will play from their normal work locations. It will be held from November 13-14, 2019.
  • The recording and presentation from a March 4 webcast WaterISAC convened about GridEx V is available on WaterISAC's portal HERE. (Note: Information about WaterISAC and how to become a member is HERE, or contact support@waterisac.org.)
  • You can register as your organization's lead planner by contacting gridex_registration@bah.com (lead planner registration ends on May 30, 2019).


Also, please let Johanna Bell with AIC know if your utility or city decides to participate.

 

Background Information from the The WaterISAC Team:

GridEx V: Opportunity for Water Utilities to Participate in Electric Grid Security Exercise

Is your utility interested in participating in an exercise involving physical and cyber threats and incidents to electric utilities, with cascading impacts to the water sector and other critical infrastructure sectors?

If so, consider registering for GridEx V, an exercise planned and conducted by the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center (E-ISAC) and designed to provide electric utilities an opportunity to demonstrate how they would respond to and recover from cyber and physical attacks. Given the interdependencies between the electric and water sectors, incidents at electric utilities could also impact water utilities. Water utilities will have an opportunity to work with electric utilities to understand these impacts and coordinate their responses.

GridEx V is a distributed exercise, meaning participants will play from their normal work locations. It will be held from November 13-14, 2019. Participation in the exercise is open to all water and wastewater utilities; you do not need to be a member of either WaterISAC or E-ISAC to participate. However, water and wastewater utilities that wish to participate will have to be matched with an electric utility that is playing in the exercise. WaterISAC and E-ISAC can assist with facilitating these connections.

How do organizations register for GridEx V? Each organization that intends to participate in the exercise needs to designate one lead planner who would be responsible for liasing with GridEx staff and managing play at their organization during execution. You can register as your organization's lead planner by contacting gridex_registration@bah.com (lead planner registration ends on May 30, 2019).

Additionally, WaterISAC encourages any member of the water and wastewater sector playing in GridEx V to email analyst@waterisac.org. This is not required, but doing so will allow WaterISAC to coordinate with your organization prior to and during the exericse.

Want to know more about GridEx V? The recording and presentation from a webcast WaterISAC convened about GridEx V on March 4 is available on WaterISAC's portal here (accessible to WaterISAC members only - the presentation can be emailed to non-members upon request). Jake Schmitter, E-ISAC's lead planner for GridEx, provided an overview of the exercise and answered questions from the audience.

Questions? Please contact us at support@waterisac.org or 866-H2O-ISAC.

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Water Reuse Action Plan Announced

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2019

EPA is facilitating development of a Water Reuse Action Plan in collaboration with other federal agencies, states, tribes, and water sector stakeholders to enhance the availability and effective use of our Nation’s water resources.

The Water Reuse Action Plan will seek to foster water reuse as an important component of integrated water resource management. EPA will facilitate discussions among federal, state, and water sector stakeholders and form new partnerships to develop and deploy the plan. A draft of the plan is scheduled for release and public review this September at the Annual WateReuse Symposium in San Diego.

EPA’s actions are part of a larger effort by the Administration to better coordinate and focus taxpayer resources on some of the Nation’s most challenging water resource concerns, including ensuring water availability and mitigating the risks posed by droughts. This includes working closely with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other federal partners to collaboratively address western water supply, resiliency, and other resource management challenges.

More Water Reuse Resources and Updates:

SAVE THE DATE: 2019 Idaho Reuse & Operators Conference (IROC)

Federal News and Goods:

US House of Representatives Convene Hearings on Key Drivers for Water Reuse

The House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Water, Oceans and Wildlife heard from witnesses on the State of Water Supply Reliability in the 21st Century, while the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change. The Water Supply Reliability hearing included significant discussion of water recycling and the Climate Change hearing included testimony on the importance of investment in modern water reuse infrastructure and the need to encourage water use efficiency.

Bill Proposed to Increase Funding for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI Water Recycling Competitive Grant Program

Rep. Grace Napolitano, concerned that water-recycling infrastructure is underfunded, has introduced HR 1162 to increase funding authorization for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI water recycling competitive grant program to $500 million from $50 million. Witness Tony Willardson, Executive Director of the Western States Water Council, said that his organization supports Rep. Napolitano’s approach to diversifying water resources and supplies.

State Updates:

Legislation Introduced to Change Terminology for Recycled Water in California

California Assembly member Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) introduced a WateReuse California sponsored bill (AB 292) on January 28 that would remove the terms “indirect” and “direct” from sections of the California code that discuss potable reuse. AB 292 builds on previous legislation and recent work by the State Water Resources Control Board and WateReuse California to align the terms with how California water agencies are using recycled water. In 2017, Assembly member Quirk introduced AB 574, which was signed by the Governor, and requires the state water board to develop regulations for the safe use of recycled water through raw water augmentation. The legislation introduced last week is intended to ensure clarity in the uses of recycled water. In 2016, in a report to the Legislature the water board concluded it is feasible to develop and adopt regulations for using recycled water as drinking water, provided that certain research and key knowledge gaps are addressed.

Washington State - One Year Into Reclaimed Water Rule Adoption

On January 23, 2018 the Department of Ecology adopted a new rule, Chapter 173-219 WAC, Reclaimed Water. This rule addresses all aspects of reclaimed water; including permitting for the generation, distribution, and use of reclaimed water across Washington state. It applies to all existing and proposed facilities that are — or will be — designed, constructed, operated, and maintained in the state of Washington to generate, distribute, and/or use reclaimed water.

 

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FY 2020 City Budget Calendar Completed

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Monday, March 4, 2019

The FY 2020 City Budget Calendar has been completed and may be downloaded in PDF or Word versions by clicking the links at the bottom of this post. 

The first deadline is Tuesday, April 30, which is the deadline to provide written notice to the county clerk of the date, time and location of the city's budget hearing for the upcoming fiscal year. 

AIC is working hard to get the FY 2020 City Budget Manual completed and we hope that it will be ready next month.  We appreciate your patience!

Click HERE for a PDF version of the FY 2020 City Budget Calendar

Click HERE for a Word version of the FY 2020 City Budget Calendar

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