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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, May 4, 2018  
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 Indian Creek Musical Art Park Grand Opening was held in Caldwell on April 30.


The City of Caldwell hosted the Veteran’s Memorial Hall Grand Opening on May 1 with a ribbon cutting.


The City of Idaho Falls has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to receive a $600,000 Brownfield Grant designed to help communities and states clean and revitalize brownfield sites. The City will use the money for a variety of purposes including environmental assessments, land use planning, market analysis for future uses on impacted properties and to help encourage redevelopment and reinvestment in the areas identified within the grant.


The Community Planning Association (COMPASS) of Southwest Idaho recently announced that the City of Meridian, Idaho’s second-largest city, has reached a population of 106,410, a more than tenfold jump from the number of residents in 1990.


May 5-12 the City of Meridian celebrates Unplug and Be Outside. The Parks and Recreation Department put together a variety of activities for people of all ages—including a community garden tour, family night at Meridian HomeCourt, dance classes, introduction to outdoor photography, fishing, an introduction to flag football, and more! There are also some great prizes that participants can win.


The City of Meridian celebrating the community’s new Memorial Plaza in Kleiner Park. The plaza provides an opportunity for the community to honor loved ones with granite pavers with names included that will be part of the plaza.  The plaza is a result of the second year of the Participatory Budgeting program with the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council, which provides teen members the opportunity to direct city funds to projects deemed important to the community.


The City of Moscow hosted its 10th annual iCount event on April 26.  iCount is an event that focuses on collecting data about alternative transportation demographics. Data collected for the event is used for consideration in the development of plans regarding transportation and active modes of alternative transportation. This event is made possible by volunteer counters. Volunteers count the number of pedestrians walking and biking at predetermined locations throughout the City. The data, recorded by the volunteers, can then be compiled to create a visualization of the way in which citizens of Moscow utilize non-motorized transport. 


The City of Moscow and the Moscow Tree Commission held the first annual Moscow Tree Expo on May 5. The Tree Expo provided an opportunity to learn about selecting, planting, and caring for trees. Area exhibitors also had displays at the Tree Expo and were available to answer questions.


May is National Bike Month, and May 9 is National Bike to School Day and Safe Routes to School’s annual “Fill the Racks” events. Approximately 2,000 students from ten Moscow schools, kindergarten through high school, participated along with parents, teachers and community leaders.


As part of the City of Pocatello Water Department’s celebration of National Water Week May 7-10, staff hosted its 27th Annual Open House at the Water Operations Facility. Employees built displays on a variety of topics including water quality, aquifer protection, conservation, and more. Refreshments and reading material were provided to the attendees with the help of the Idaho Water Education Foundation’s “Idaho Water Awareness Week” program and local businesses. Representatives from the City’s Water Pollution Control, Sanitation Department, Science and Environment Division, and the Bannock County Landfill joined in this event to help educate the public on the importance of environmental issues such as protecting our surface water, treatment processes, and recycling. Since the open house’s beginning, more than 54,000 attendees have stopped by the event. This program has won the American Water Works Association Pacific Northwest competition in “Water Education” and an Association of Idaho Cities City Achievement Award.


The City of Sandpoint Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with many other local clubs and organizations, hosted Unplug and Be Outside May 8 through 10. The program featured a variety of free events for every age group designed to empower families to step away from TVs, computers, tablets, phones, and other devices and be physically active.


The Twin Falls Fire Department participated in Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, a fundraiser for Voices Against Violence and the shelter that this organization operates to assist women and children affected by domestic violence, by donning high heels and walking in them for a mile.


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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