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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, June 1, 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 Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $9 million low-interest wastewater construction loan to the City of Gooding. The funding will be used to replace headworks and improve treatment process by adding filtration, chemical treatment, and sludge drying beds.


The Idaho Falls Zoo recently added two golden lion tamarins, Tam and Madison, to their zoo family. The golden lion tamarin is the largest species of tamarin (a small monkey) and are named for the bright orange mane of fur surrounding the face. The species is endangered, found only in small, isolated areas of the rainforests along the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Only about 2% of their native habitat remains. All golden lion tamarins are owned by Brazil. In North America, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums(AZA) golden lion tamarin Species Survival Plan (SSP) manages the captive population on behalf of the Brazilian government. In order to obtain this species, Idaho Falls Zoo first had to complete a lengthy application which detailed staff’s experience working with similar primate species and sign a loan agreement with Brazil. After approval, the SSP identified two genetically compatible golden lion tamarins at separate institutions to send to Idaho Falls to form a new breeding pair. Hopefully, this pair will reproduce and contribute to the long-term survival of golden lion tamarins.


More than 400 people attended “A Fair on the Square” hosted by the City of Ketchum on May 25 at Ketchum Town Square. Food, refreshments, music and activities for kids were part of the fun. The event provided an opportunity to recognize some of the urban planning projects that have made Ketchum a better place to live, work and recreate.


A free Bike Rodeo, designed to teach bicycle safety to children of all ages, was held on May 26. The event was sponsored by the Ketchum Police Department and Higher Ground Sun Valley. Ketchum police officers conducted safety tests and monitored an obstacle course. Mechanics from local bicycle shops performed safety inspections on children’s bicycles. The police department provided helmets to children who did not have one. Snacks, juice and coffee were available, and there were prizes and safety items for bicycles awarded.

On May 25, the City of Meridian celebrated the Grand Opening of The Hill and Hillsdale Park.


The City of Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library hosted a free babysitting clinic on June 5. Designed for 11 to 14-year-olds, the class introduced caregivers to the basics of babysitting. Guest speakers covered topics that included personal and kid safety, an introduction to CPR and first aid for babysitting emergencies, proper foods for children, understanding the ages and stages of child development to name a few.


Construction is under way on a revamped bus stop in Pocatello, which will feature the addition of a passenger shelter, new sidewalks and crosswalks, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant ramps, landscaping, and a digital sign that will feature next bus information. Barring any delays due to unforeseen circumstances or inclement weather, the work is scheduled to be completed by July. The total cost of the project is $250,000 with $200,000 coming from an Idaho Transportation Department Elderly and Disabled Grant and $25,000 from the City of Pocatello’s Community Development Block Grant. The remaining $25,000 is in-kind labor by the City’s Engineering Department in the form of design, bid, and construction oversight.


The City of Pocatello’s Video Services Department, also known as Pocatello Community Media, livestreamed the May 25 high school graduations for Century, Pocatello, and Highland High Schools on their YouTube channel. The ceremonies will also be played back on the City’s Government Access channel throughout the month of June, as well as being available for video-on-demand on Pocatello Community Media’s YouTube channel.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $1,046,577 low-interest drinking water construction loan to the City of Preston. The funding will be used to replace aging distribution piping and extend a distribution line.


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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