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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Monday, December 7, 2015  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $7,410 drinking water planning grant to the City of Dover. The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the drinking water system and develop alternative plans to address growth and redundancy requirements. The remaining $7,410 of the $14,820 project will be funded by the City.

After managing the War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo—Idaho’s oldest rodeo—for many years, the American Legion Department of Idaho Post 56 recently transferred its control and management over to the City of Idaho Falls.  The War Bonnet Roundup Rodeo is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association. Over 15,000 people attend the rodeo every year. Last year the rodeo saw a record breaking 477 cowboys and cowgirls registered to participate in the event. The historic rodeo, which will celebrate its 105th anniversary in 2016, is held at Sandy Downs, a facility owned and maintained by the City of Idaho Falls. The Legion sold and transferred the rodeo to the city free and clear, with the agreement that the Legion operate grandstand concessions during the rodeo for three years with an option of a two year extension. The Legion will pay 15 percent of the rodeo concession to the City of Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $499,000 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the City of Ketchum. The funding will be used for planning, design, and construction to convert 200 existing water connections onto city service and install water meters for each new connection, and will also include the replacement of deteriorating distribution piping.

The Lewiston Public Works Department was awarded a prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Re-Accreditation Award. The APWA Accreditation program recognizes public works agencies that go beyond the requirements of the management practices established nationally in the public works industry, as contained in the APWA Public Works Management Practices Manual. The Lewiston Public Works Department received its original Accreditation in May 2011 and was awarded the Re-Accreditation on July 30, 2015.

The City of Meridian was named America’s Best City to Live in by 24/7 Wall St., a content contributor to USA Today. To determine America's best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability.

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