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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Tuesday, July 19, 2016  
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 City of Boise has been selected as one of 50 cities across the country to participate in the Lets Move! Outside initiative, which encourages kids to get outside, eat healthy, and get active. The program, led by the Department of Interior, is designed to engage and inspire kids to play, learn, serve, and work in the great outdoors.


The City of Boise is profiled in Amazing Place, a new report that shows how six U.S. cities are using placemaking for economic development. The report was compiled by Smart Growth America, a national nonprofit organization. Idaho Smart Growth provided assistance with the report.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded an $8.5 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the City of Chubbuck. The funding will be used to evaluate and replace well #1; upgrade a booster station; construct well #6, a 1.5 million gallon storage tank, and a booster pump station (to include standby power and disinfection); replace distribution line; and improve fire flow.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $2.6 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the City of Hagerman. The funding will be used to purchase 100 acres of land for effluent reuse through land application, rehabilitate and existing lagoon, construct an additional lagoon, upgrade current lift stations, and install additional pressure and gravity sewer mains.


A male snow leopard, an endangered species, cub was born at the Zoo at Tautphaus Park in Idaho Falls on May 10. Mother, Sundarii, and cub are both doing well.


Ketchum’s “Happy Trails” project, designed to increase access to the Big Wood River, was featured on the American Rivers blog. In partnership with the Idaho Conservation League, the City received a grant for the project from American Rivers.


Signs alerting drivers to Ketchum’s ban on using handheld devices while driving have been installed at the entrances to the city, and police have begun enforcement. For the first year, warnings will be issued to drivers seen violating the law. However, if a handheld device is found to be the cause of an accident, the $100 fine will be imposed.


The City of Ketchum received a $10,000 grant from the Idaho Water Resource Board to conserve groundwater from city wells by upgrading irrigation systems in four city parks.


The Ketchum and Sun Valley Fire Departments hosted the annual Blaine County Fire Expo and free barbecue on June 25. Firefighters from the two cities demonstrated car extrication, rescue drills, training in extinguishing fires and fire safety planning at the family-friendly event. A junior firefighters race, designed for 4-to-8-year-olds was a new addition to the event this year.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $4.4 million low-interest drinking water construction loan to the City of Lava Hot Springs. The funding will be used to construct a new well and replace transmission and distribution lines and water meters.


The City of Meridian kicked off the inaugural Youth Farmer’s Market in June which will take place in the Meridian City Hall Plaza each week on Saturday until September 24.  Seventy five percent of the market vendors need to be area youth.  The City worked with a local promoter to organize the market with many startup costs funded by the Blue Cross High Five Children’s Collaborative Grant.


The Preston City Council recently approved a contract to lease Police vehicles. The contract provides for three new cars this year and new ones every year in the future over a five-year cycle.


With funding from a state Local Highway Technical Assistance Council grant of $100,000 and matching funds, the City of St. Anthony has completed seal coating many city streets this spring, aiming to maintain the roads to reduce the need to rebuild them.


If your city has done something noteworthy or received an honor and you would like it listed in City Clips, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.


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