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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, May 5, 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.


Sixty-seven cities in Idaho achieved Tree City USA status this past year. Nine of these cities—Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Falls, Lava Hot Springs, McCall, Moscow, Nampa, Post Falls, and Priest River—also earned Tree City Growth Awards. This special award is for activities beyond the four basic Tree City USA requirements.


McCain Foods USA, a division of McCain Foods Limited, the world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, recently announced their plans to expand production capacity in Burley for frozen French fries. McCain plans to invest over $200 million to expand its state-of-the-art production facility, and expects to create over 180 new jobs.


The City of Caldwell, in partnership with Destination Caldwell, has been awarded $50,000 from Together Treasure Valley for creation of the Indian Creek Musical Art Park.


The Chubbuck City Council recently voted to join Regional Economic Development for Eastern Idaho (REDI). The City will also continue its membership with Bannock Development Corporation. Chubbuck joins REDI members Idaho Falls, Ammon, Ucon, Blackfoot, Shelley, Rexburg, Bonneville County and Bingham County.


The Idaho Falls Earth Day Celebration was held April 22 at Tautphaus Park.


For the second consecutive year, the Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA) passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Safety Inspection with zero discrepancies—the highest rating a commercial airport can receive. The FAA requires all U.S. airports providing commercial airline services to comply with Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR) Part 139, which serves to ensure safety in air transportation and defines the standards within which an airport must operate on a daily basis. The annual inspection is required for an airport to renew its operating certificate.


The City of Idaho Falls will host an Arbor Day planting project on May 9. The purpose of the project is to bring awareness to the many efforts the city takes to protect its trees and woodlands. Approximately 60 third grade students and 20 advisors/teachers from Ucon Elementary School graciously volunteered to assist with the project. They will plant 45 trees along the River Walk on Memorial Drive, including autumn blaze maples and columnar oak, cherry and pear trees.


The City of Lewiston celebrated Arbor Day on April 29 by planting an Armstrong Maple Tree in the Ceremonial Ring of the Veterans’ Grove Arboretum. This annual planting ceremony has been held the first Saturday after Arbor Day since 1996.


The City of Meridian hosted a Recycle a Bicycle event which was designed to teach people how to repair bikes destined for the landfill, and in turn take the bike home with them.  This event was part of the City’s Unplug and Be Outside events and was done in partnership with the City’s solid waste contractor Republic Services.


 In support of the month-long (April) Earth Day celebration activities, the City of Moscow hosted two downtown events in Friendship Square on April 21, 2017. In the morning, the City, the Moscow Chamber of Commerce, and Buy Local Moscow headed up the annual Downtown Moscow Cleanup Day in Friendship Square   The City provided trash bags and tools for participants and teams for the cleanup of the community in preparation for graduation, the kickoff of the 2017 Moscow Farmers Market Season, and to celebrate Earth Week.  In the early afternoon, the City and volunteers from the University of Idaho and Moscow High School installed “Drains to Stream” placards near storm drain catch basins. These placards help citizens identify connections to the storm sewer system.  Storm sewers route water directly to creeks and rivers with no treatment, making public awareness imperative in order to preserve water quality and protect aquatic life.

At a recent City Council Meeting, councilmembers voted to approve a memorandum of agreement between the City of Pocatello and the Bannock County Historical Society, which turns over day-to-day operation of the Fort Hall Replica and Pocatello Junction from the City’s Parks and Recreation Department to the Historical Society. The Society is already responsible for the Bannock County Historical Museum, located in the Historic Complex at Upper Ross Park next to the Replica and Junction.

The City of Pocatello Water Department is hosting its 26th Annual Open House in conjunction with National Drinking Water Week.


Two spring clean-up events where hosted by the City of Post Falls on April 29. First, Residential Spring Clean-up was held, with Post Falls Sanitation doing a city-wide pickup for one day only. Second, E-Recycling Day at City Hall, where TVs, computers, cell phones, and any electronic items were dropped off to be recycled by Urban Mining Depot; Mountain West Bank hosted document shredding; and the Police Department accepted old, unused prescription drugs for the National Drug Take-Back Day.


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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