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Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC), Solicitation of Nominees for 2019 Membership

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, February 22, 2019

States and local governments are ultimately responsible for the implementation of many public health and environmental programs that ensure that citizens have clean air and water, safe drinking water, and environmentally sound waste disposal.

EPA's Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA in developing stronger partnerships with local governments by providing critical advice on the development and implementation of Agency programs at the local level. The LGAC is an independent, policy-oriented advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations to the EPA to assist the agency in ensuring that its regulations, policies, guidance, and technical assistance improve the capacity of local governments to carry-out these programs. 

Additional background information is available from the LGAC Charter and LGAC Fact Sheet.

The EPA Director of Intergovernmental Affairs is soliciting nominations for LGAC members and for the Small Community Advisory Subcommittee (for communities under 10,000) by March 15th for consideration for Spring 2019 appointments. EPA will fill 10-12 vacancies in 2019.

EPA will consider candidates from local, state, and tribal government elected and appointed officials. Representation from diverse backgrounds (i.e., demographics, geographic, cultural, ethnicity and political) are encouraged to apply.

Nominees must be willing and able to attend 2-3 meetings a year and fully participate in the Subcommittee or workgroup activities (usually via teleconference). The LGAC has one standing subcommittee which is the Subcommittee on Small Communities (SCAS), focused on small communities under 10,000.

The credentials of all applicants/nominees will be fully considered, but viable candidates must – at a minimum – fall within the vocational/experiential parameters outlined above. In addition to experience in local and/or state government, additional criteria to be considered may include:

  • Experience with public-private partnerships; coalition-building and grass-roots involvement; implementation of environmental regulatory programs, whether federally-delegated, state-required or locally-mandated, including permitting programs;
  • Brownfields, Superfund clean-up, air and water quality, and solid waste management; and, rural and/or small community economic development;
  • Diversity in vocational/career background, including private sector/industry experience, agricultural sector experience, professional affiliations; and,
  • Demonstrated familiarity with local, regional and national environmental issues, also may be considered. 

LGAC members are appointed for 1-2 year terms and are eligible for reappointment. The Committee meets several times a year, and the Administrator may ask members to serve on Subcommittees and Workgroups to develop reports and recommendations to address specific policy issues. The average workload for members is approximately 4 to 6 hours per month. While EPA is unable to provide compensation for services, official Committee travel and related expenses (lodging, etc.) will be fully reimbursed.

Please send the requested information along with your nominees’ name, full resume, and short biography to Frances Eargle, Designated Federal Officer for the LGAC at Eargle.Frances@epa.gov with subject header of LGAC MEMBERSHIP 2019 by March 15th, 2019. 

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Britt Carter at (202) 564-6312 or Fran Eargle at (202) 564-3115.

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Monks Revenue Sharing Bill Up for Hearing Monday in House Revenue & Taxation Committee

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, February 22, 2019

House Bill 154, the revenue sharing bill sponsored by Rep. Jason Monks, R-Nampa, will be up for hearing the morning of Monday, February 25 in the House Revenue & Taxation Committee at 9:00 a.m.

Last Friday, the AIC Board of Directors voted to oppose House Bill 154.  To see the impact that the bill would have on your city's distribution please click HERE.

This spreadsheet shows what cities would have received under the current formula in FY 2018 versus House Bill 154 (column labeled 2018 Proposed Distribution). 

AIC asks city officials to contact members of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee (listed at bottom) to respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 154.

House Bill 154 would dramatically change how revenue sharing funds are allocated to cities and counties.

  • The bill establishes a base for every quarter, which is the amount the city received in FY 2019.
  • The bill also provides that each city’s revenue sharing dollars on a per capita basis are calculated annually.
  • If total revenue sharing funds decrease from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, then only cities with amounts in excess of the base would see a proportional decrease.  Once all cities have reached the base, then further reductions would be based on their percentage of population.
  • If all cities are below their base due to a decline in revenues and then revenues grow from the same quarter of the previous fiscal year, cities would receive a proportional increase until they return to the base.  At that point when all cities have returned to the base, then excess revenue would be allocated to those cities with a below average per capita amount.
  • Growth above the base over the same quarter of the previous fiscal year would mean cities that are at or above the per capita distribution would receive the same amount as the same quarter of the previous fiscal year.  Cities that have below average per capita distributions would receive new revenue in proportion to their share of statewide population.

Revenue sharing needs to operate on a formula that is easy to understand and predictable for budgeting purposes.  House Bill 154 fails on both counts.  It is too complicated and there are too many moving parts to make the formula understandable.  It also fails to provide needed predictability required for local government budgeting. 

Over the past six fiscal years, if House Bill 154 had been in place:

  • Thirty-six (36) cities would not have received any increased revenue and the value of their revenue would be substantially diminished by inflation;
  • Of the 36 cities not receiving any increase, 19 would actually see their per capita amount increase over the six years due to declining population, meaning they would likely never see additional revenue;
  • Fifty (50) cities received additional funds every fiscal year, but to predict their revenue they would have to calculate each city’s population and per capita amounts; and
  • Some cities close to the per capita average would receive additional revenue every other year.

 

 Fiscal Year  # of Cities above the Average Per Capita 
 FY 2012 76 
 FY 2013 84 
 FY 2014 95 
 FY 2015 80 
 FY 2016 77 
 Fy 2017 100 
 FY 2018 91 



We encourage city officials to contact members of the House Revenue & Taxation Committee and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 154.  The committee members and their emails are listed below.

Rep. Gary E. Collins, Chair — gcollins@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Thyra Stevenson, Vice Chair — tstevenson@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Mike Moyle — mmoyle@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Robert Anderst — randerst@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Thomas Dayley — tdayley@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Greg Chaney — gchaney@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Terry Gestrin —  tgestrin@house.idaho.gov

Rep. James S. Addis — jaddis@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Sage G. Dixon — sdixon@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Rod Furniss — rfurniss@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Priscilla Giddings — pgiddings@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Tammy Nichols — tnichols@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Doug Ricks — dricks@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Mathew W. Erpelding — merpelding@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Jake Ellis — jellis@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Rob Mason — rmason@house.idaho.gov

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House Local Government Committee Sends Optional County Planning Bill to Amending Order

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

The House Local Government Committee voted to send to the House amending order an AIC-opposed bill that would have made planning and zoning optional for counties. 

House Bill 127 is sponsored by Rep. John Green of Kootenai County.

We extend our appreciation to AIC Counsel Jerry Mason; Leon Letson, Planner for the City of Boise who spoke on behalf of the Idaho Planning Association; Bellevue Mayor Ned Burns; and Bellevue Council President Kathryn Goldman for their excellent testimony to the committee. 

We also appreciate the help of the city officials who contacted members of the committee.

“The value of comprehensive planning is that there’s continuity over the long term,” said Rep. Brooke Green, D-Boise.  “What happens when after the next election we have a new set of county commissioners and they decide they don’t want to plan?”

Committee members expressed a desire to fix the language in the bill to greater clarify its scope and expressed concerns about the burdens of planning and land use regulation that are borne by rural counties. 

“The change of words has been described as simple, but the consequences are far reaching,” said AIC Counsel Jerry Mason.  “Changing the word ‘shall’ to ‘may’ relieves county commissioners of their duty to plan.  This provision has been in the law since 1975, was enacted on a bipartisan basis and has been in effect for 44 years.”

“This bill has the potential to introduce great instability for a county,” Mason said.  “This isn’t something you can just turn off and turn on.  Putting planning back in place once it is gone is practically impossible."

“Much of what happens on the fringes of existing cities will become part of that city in the future,” Mason explained.  “If planning is inadequate, that means that cities face the costs of fixing deficient infrastructure.”

AIC will be closely monitoring the progress of the bill in the amending order and will provide updates as soon as information is available.   

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FEMA Region 10 Training: ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) for Complex Incidents

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

Greetings!

 

FEMA Region X is pleased to announce an offering of the ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System (ICS) for Complex Incidents course in Bothell, WA on April 23-24, 2019.  For additional details, please click HERE.

 

Course Description: This course provides advanced training in the application of the ICS, expanding upon information covered in the ICS-300 course.

 

Target Audience: Federal, state, tribal, and local emergency management and response personnel who require ICS 400 training within their organizations.  Typically, required personnel include all mid-level management who will be involved in incident response or senior management who will be supporting the response.

 

For more information and instructions on how to apply, please contact Lisa.Davis2@fema.dhs.gov or at (425) 487-4623.

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Idaho Office of Emergency Management - Training Announcement

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

The Idaho Office of Emergency Management is offering new classes for spring of 2019.  Many of these classes are FREE and several classes are in jeopardy of cancellation.

 

Please share with those you think might be interested. Thank you!

 

FOR A CALENDAR VIEW PLEASE GO TO  https://www.idahoprepares.com

 

NEW COURSES

Register at https://www.idahoprepares.com

  • ICS-300 Intermediate ICS, April 9-10, Boise
  • AWR-136 Essentials of Community Cybersecurity, April 23, Bonners Ferry
  • AWR-136 Essentials of Community Cybersecurity, April 24, Lewiston
  • MGT-384 Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents, April 24-25, Lewiston
  • MGT-415 Disaster Recovery for Rural Communities, May 7, Kamiah
  • MGT-346 EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards, May 14-16, Lewiston
  • MGT-452 Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure, May 16, Pocatello

 

COURSES COMING SOON

  • February 20-22, ICS-300 Intermediate ICS, Kimberly
  • March 14-15, G290 Basic PIO, Hayden

 

The following classes are in danger of cancellation due to low enrollment. Encourage your qualified first responders and elected officials to sign up!:

  • February 27, ICS-402 ICS for Senior Officials, Shoshone
  • March 9-10, ICS-300 Intermediate ICS, Soda Springs
  • March 19, AWR-136 Essentials of Community Cybersecurity, Idaho Falls  (See attachment) (4-hrs) (Prerequisite for MGT-384)
  • March 19-20, MGT-384 Community Preparedness for Cyber Incidents, Idaho Falls  (See attachment) (12-hrs)
  • March 21, AWR-118 Biological Incidents Awareness, Bonners Ferry

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Save the date for classes coming to a classroom near you. Registration will open a few months prior to class and a formal announcement will be sent at that time:

  • July 22, PER 275 Law Enforcement Active Shooter Response, Caldwell
  • July 24, G291 JIS/JIC, Twin Falls
  • August 14, PER-294 Testing an Emergency Operations Plan in a Rural EOC, Lewiston
  • November 15-17, PER-340 Active Threat Integrated Response, Cottonwood
  • January 28-30 2020, MGT-346 EOC Operations and Planning for All Hazards, Coeur d’Alene

 

CDP, EMI, NEW MEXICO TECH & OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS:

    • Openings in Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings: March 4-7, March 5-8  
    • Openings in Prevention of and Response to Suicide Bombing Incidents: March 4-8, March 15 and later
    • L0190 ArcGIS for Emergency Managers, Bothell, WA on April 15-18, 2019

If you have any questions, please contact:

 

Natalie Lahti

Training Specialist

Idaho Office of Emergency Management

(208) 258-6543 Office

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Idaho Residential Energy Efficiency - New Report Provides Important Insights

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Friday, February 15, 2019
Updated: Sunday, March 10, 2019

Energy codes in Idaho have provided for significant energy efficiency gains within the built environment - benefiting building owners and communities across Idaho.  Energy codes for Idaho's buildings are the only codes that return money to their owners by paying dividends each month.

Benefits to homeowners in particular provide not only a more durable and resilient home, but also a cleaner, quieter, and healthier home!

As the Idaho Building Code Board looks into updating the current Idaho Residential Energy Conservation Code by adopting the 2018 codes for Idaho, we now have some additional resources to inform our discussions and training priorities.  Utilizing Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) dollars for field work, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) dollars for analysis and reporting, an Idaho residential energy code field study was undertaken during calendar year 2018. The purpose of the study was to assess potential statewide compliance with the Idaho Energy Conservation Code (effective from January 1, 2015), so that energy code training and technical assistance can be customized to help contractors and trades construct more energy efficient and cost‐effective new homes for Idaho home buyers.

The final Idaho Residential Energy Code Field Study, and supporting Idaho Memo, outline how new homes in Idaho use less energy than would be expected relative to homes built to the minimum Idaho Energy Conservation Code requirements.

For example, the collected data indicates an average energy use intensity of 34.62 thousand Btu’s are used per square foot whereas, the code would allow 40.51 thousand Btu’s of energy per square foot. This is a whopping 15% difference! If looked at like a mpg standard for cars and the minimum standard was 20 mpg, the Idaho car would be averaging about 24 mpg. As for compliance with current codes, the study showed that new residential buildings have a 97% energy code compliance rate, up from the 90% rate documented in a 2013 study, also funded by NEEA.

All‐in‐all, Idaho residential building professionals and trades are doing great at achieving energy efficiency - including more than is required by the current Idaho Energy Conservation Code.  This suggests that Idaho homeowners can feel assured that they are receiving what they are paying for, plus some!

Looking closer at the report results, there are still some important areas where improvement is needed:

First, the work force needs education on insulation installation. The quality of wall insulation installation (including basement walls) and floor insulation, across the state were at a Grade II level in over 60% of homes. A Grade I level of installation would provide greater home owner comfort and energy savings.

Second, duct leakage in one of Idaho climate zones (i.e., climate zone 5, located in southwest and north central Idaho) is higher than allowed by the Idaho Energy Conservation Code. This makes a big difference in homeowner comfort as ducts deliver the air that heats and cools occupants. If conditioned air is leaking into building cavities like roof and floor assemblies, it’s not doing as thorough a job of making the home comfortable. And, it ends up costing the home owner more for heating and cooling.

Third, many homes did not meet the prescriptive Idaho Energy Conservation Code even as they delivered savings greater than minimum code. For example, not all insulation met 2009 levels, but overall, buildings performed better than code in the models because some code requirements such as the air tightness were surpassed. It should be noted that either a performance (energy modeling) or U‐factor (REScheck) analysis are acceptable compliance approaches and both are deemed as alternatives to the prescriptive methodology. 

Fourth, although Idaho homes are beating the current Idaho Energy Conservation Code by 15%, it is important to note that current code uses 2009 IECC values for insulation. Products, insulation standards, and codes have not remained static in the past nine years. The current 2018 IECC has cost‐effective requirements that would increase comfort and efficiency over the current Idaho code.

The full study can be found on the DOE website energycodes.gov; Look under Highlights and Energy Code Field Studies on the front page of the site.

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Flags to be at Half-Staff until Sunset, Saturday, February 9

Posted By GayDawn Oyler, Friday, February 8, 2019

Flags are to be at half-staff until sunset Saturday, February 9 to commemorate the life and public service of former Congressman John Dingell of Michigan.

 

Presidential Proclamation on the Death of John David Dingell, Jr.

Issued on: February 8, 2019

 

As a mark of respect for the memory and longstanding service of former Representative John David Dingell, Jr., of Michigan — the longest-serving Member of Congress in our Nation’s history — I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, February 9, 2019.  I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half‑staff for the same period at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

 

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighth day of February, 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/presidential-proclamation-death-john-david-dingell-jr/

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Substance Abuse Prevention Funds Available

Posted By GayDawn Oyler, Tuesday, February 5, 2019

The Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP) will begin accepting online applications on Friday, February 1, 2019, for fiscal year (FY) 2020 Substance Abuse Block Grant (SABG) Primary Prevention Programs.

 

The grants support substance abuse prevention efforts at both state and local levels. The program empowers communities to design solutions to specific drug and alcohol problems experienced locally.

 

Public entities and non-profit organizations are eligible for funding and encouraged to apply.

 

The online application and instructions can be found at:   https://app.wizehive.com/apps/fy2020  

 

Additional information about the SABG can be found on the ODP website:  https://prevention.odp.idaho.gov/  

 

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact Marianne King with the Idaho Office of Drug Policy at Marianne.king@odp.idaho.gov

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AIC Asks City Officials to Contact Legislators to Oppose Binding Fact-Finding Bill

Posted By GayDawn Oyler, Monday, February 4, 2019

The Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee will soon be considering a bill that would make the decision of the fact-finding committee in collective bargaining with firefighters’ unions binding upon the city or fire district.

Senate Bill 1038, sponsored by Sen. Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, would upend the collective bargaining process where cities are required to bargain in good faith over wages, working conditions, and other terms and conditions of employment. 

AIC is joining with the Idaho Fire Chiefs Association and the Idaho State Fire Commissioners Association in opposing Senate Bill 1038 because it obstructs the ability of local elected officials to make crucial decisions about budgeting and service delivery. 

These elected officials have the responsibility to weigh the competing demands and interests: fairness to firefighters and other city employees, determining the levels of service that will be provided, and how to fund these important services. 

Binding fact finding effectively puts an unelected three-member panel in the driver’s seat, which is contrary to the role of local elected officials who are elected by and accountable to their constituents. 

The question raised by Senate Bill 1038 is: what part of the current collective bargaining system that has been in place for decades is broken or needs fixed? 

We ask city officials to contact members of the Senate Commerce & Human Resources Committee to respectfully ask that they oppose Senate Bill 1038.  The committee members and their emails are listed below.

Sen. Jim L. Patrick, Chair—jpatrick@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Jeff Agenbroad, Vice Chair—jagenbroad@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Fred S. Martin—fmartin@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Todd M. Lakey—tlakey@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Jim Guthrie—jguthrie@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Steven P. Thayn—sthayn@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Mary Souza—msouza@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking—jwardengelking@senate.idaho.gov

Sen. Grant Burgoyne—gburgoyne@senate.idaho.gov

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City Officials Urged to Ask Legislators to Oppose Bill Banning Severance Payments

Posted By GayDawn Oyler, Monday, February 4, 2019

City Officials Urged to Ask Legislators to Oppose Bill Banning Severance Payments

Legislation that would prohibit cities and other local governments from paying severance to their employees will be up for hearing soon in the House Commerce & Human Resources Committee.

House Bill 41 is sponsored by Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, and provides: “Upon termination from service, no public employee shall be eligible for severance pay, and no public employer shall provide or pay severance pay to a public employee or former employee.”

The AIC Board of Directors is joining with the Idaho School Boards Association and the Idaho Association of Counties in opposing House Bill 41.  The bill would remove a vital tool that local governments need to manage their employees. 

It is relatively common for city administrators and city managers to negotiate severance provisions in their contracts, which makes sense because there are relatively few of these jobs in Idaho and job openings in these areas occur infrequently. 

While legislators have expressed concern about the cost of severance pay, it is clear that paying severance is often less expensive than a local government going to court to defend a wrongful termination case.   Paying severance is often the least expensive way of resolving personnel disputes.

House Bill 41 would put legislators in Boise in control of one of the most fundamental and important personnel decisions that need to be made locally. 

We ask city officials to contact members of the House Commerce & Human Resources Committee and respectfully ask that they oppose House Bill 41.  The committee members and their emails are listed below.

Rep. James Holtzclaw, Chair—jholtzclaw@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Neil A. Anderson, Vice Chair—nanderson@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Steven Harris—sharris@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Mike Kingsley—mkingsley@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Scott A. Syme—ssyme@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Chad Christensen—cchristensen@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Priscilla Giddings—pgiddings@house.idaho.gov

Rep. John Green—jgreen@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Tony Wisniewski—twisniewski@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Sue Chew—schew@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Chris Abernathy—cabernathy@house.idaho.gov

Rep. Jake Ellis—jellis@house.idaho.gov

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