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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, February 24, 2017  
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 Idaho Falls has been designated an “Official NASA Observation Site” for the total solar eclipse which will take place on Monday, August 21, 2017. This phenomenon occurs on average once every 375 years in any one location on earth and is being called the “Great American Total Solar Eclipse.”


The City of Ketchum is seeking qualifications from professional artists for installation of public art into city infrastructure projects. Selected artists will be included in a Prequalified Artist Pool for consideration to place art into a variety of public projects such as sidewalks, chain link fences, building walls and trash cans. Ketchum devotes 5 percent of public capital improvement budgets to the arts. This is believed to be the highest percentage of any city in the nation. The City previously devoted 1.33 percent to art. The higher figure makes larger projects possible. Artists will be selected by the Ketchum Arts Commission, whose mission is to integrate arts and culture into the community’s life.


The City of Ketchum is beginning preparations for the 60th anniversary of Wagon Days and is seeking artists to submit proposals for Wagon Days posters and memorabilia and for Art in City Hall. Wagon Days, celebrated annually on Labor Day weekend, pays tribute to the history of the city and its legacy as a mining town.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a $45,000 drinking water planning grant to the City of Lewiston. The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The remaining $45,000 of the $90,000 project will be funded by the City.


The City of Moscow, Moscow Urban Renewal Agency, and Gritman Medical Center have partnered on a Downtown Public Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvement Project to reconstruct Main Street between East Lewis Street and Seventh Street.  Work to be completed by Germer Construction will upgrade the roadway, sidewalks, lighting, and utilities, including the water line, along Main Street. As part of the project’s first phase, Main Street—from East Lewis Street to Eighth Street—will be closed from February 13 until June 1.


The 709 entries submitted from around the world for the City of Pocatello Flag Design Contest will be on display on the second floor of the Marshall Public Library starting February 28 and continuing through the month of March. After viewing the flag designs, residents and visitors alike are asked to select three flags and briefly describe why they like the flag, what they would change about the selected flag if anything, and how they think it represents Pocatello in their opinion. Following the comment gathering period, the Flag Design Ad-Hoc Committee will use the input from the public to help create and select 10 designs. Another public survey will then be conducted before a final design is presented to the City Council for adoption.


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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