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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, April 7, 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 Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $4.9 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the City of Ashton. The funding will be used to repair or replace the collection system and to make improvements to the treatment system. Treatment improvements include replacing aerators, constructing a lined storage pond and pump station, repairing a chlorine contact basin, and implementing land application.


The City of Caldwell in partnership with the Caldwell School District and United Way of Treasure Valley was recently awarded a technical assistance grant through the National League of Cities (Youth, Education and Families Council). The grant invites mayors and community leaders to participate in a Mayors’ Institute to be held in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 2-4, 2017. The Institute seeks to address factors that influence health outcomes where residents live, learn, work, and play through the Community Schools Strategy program. Sacajawea Elementary School in Caldwell is scheduled to launch plans as a community school in 2017. The community school concept is new to Idaho and Caldwell was chosen as a demonstration location for successful collaboration for other school districts around the state. The grant award was based on the innovative and successful youth initiatives which have been put in place by the City of Caldwell, the Caldwell School District, and United Way Treasure Valley. More than 300 nonprofit organizations, faith, health, and civic organizations have come together to support the ongoing success of the “cradle to career education initiative” which commenced in 2010 by the Caldwell School District.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $15,150 drinking water planning grant to the City of Harrison. 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 $15,150 of the $30,300 project will be funded by the City.


The City of Idaho Falls, in partnership with the Greater Idaho Falls Association of Realtors, recently received a $15,000 Idaho Smart Growth Action grant from the National Association of REALTORS®. The funds will assist with future planning for the development of the area south of downtown. Referred to as the Warehouse District, the identified area is a sub-area of the city’s downtown. The area is located in one of Idaho Falls’ oldest neighborhoods and is home to the Idaho Falls Public Library, Idaho Falls Power, the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, State of Idaho offices, as well as a part and River Walk along the Snake River.


The aluminum casting company, Japan-based Sakae Casting, has selected Eastern Idaho’s City of Idaho Falls in which to open its first U.S. office.


The Jerome City Fire Department & Jerome City Firefighters Association changed their uniforms for the month of November to show support of local veterans. The shirts were sold to the public to raise money for the Northside Military Museum. In early February the Jerome City Firefighter Association attended the monthly meeting of the Museum and presented them with a check for $1,200.


The Los Angeles Times has named the City of Ketchum one of the best places to view the 2017 total solar eclipse taking place on August 21.


The Ketchum Urban Renewal Agency (KURA) transferred ownership of 4,112 square feet of property to the City of Ketchum on March 22. This property represents a large portion of the south side of Ketchum Town Square, including the stage, seating areas, public information kiosk, planter boxes, and public art areas. Transferring ownership to the City ensures that Ketchum Town Square will remain a public asset in its current configuration. KURA is making the transfer without consideration, so there is no cost to the City.


The City of Meridian launched an open data platform call OpenGov, a cloud-based software that makes it easy for the public to explore the City’s budget with improved reporting, operational intelligence and comprehensive transparency. The new site allows anyone to search through Meridian’s open datasets and interact with that data through preview, filters, and visualization tools.


After two decades, thousands of feet, and even more paws, the 20th Annual Run with the Big Dogs returns on April 22 in Pocatello. This yearly event sponsored by The Friends of the Pocatello Animal Shelter features a 2K walk, 5K walk, and 5K run with proceeds supporting the many adoption programs at the shelter.


On March 30, the City of Pocatello hosted members of the Youth Advisory Council for Youth in Government Day. The event allowed the students to visit three of the City’s departments for a look at their day-to-day operations. The departments visited were chosen by the members of the Youth Advisory Council.


In a new analysis of federal employment data from the Associated General Contractors of America, the Pocatello metro area is third in the nation for number of construction jobs added by percentage. The “Gate City” added 400 construction jobs from January 2016 to January 2017, an increase of 29 percent. The report looked at 358 metro areas across the country.


The City of Pocatello African Sister Cities Subcommittee will be hosting the fifth annual “Pocatello to Africa” 5K Run/Walk on April 29. The race helps to raise money for one of Pocatello’s sister cities—Kwaremenguel, Kurkina Faso. This year, the run will help fund the purchase of an ambulance for the city. Currently, the residents of Kwaremenguel are over 50 miles from the nearest hospital.


Alumni from the Pocatello High School and Highland High School Classes of 1971 banded together to purchase a granite bench for the City of Pocatello. The bench was officially presented to the City by the classes on April 7 during Old Town Pocatello’s First Friday Art Walk. The design, engraving, and installation of the bench was donated to the classes by Thomas Marble and Granite. 

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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