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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, August 10, 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 City of Caldwell has launched a new iPhone App that features activities that can be done downtown and along the Wine Trail. It is a great way to explore Caldwell.

On May 12, 2018, the City of Caldwell Stormwater Program, Caldwell seventh grade science classes, and the Deer Flat Fish & Wildlife Refuge personnel combined their equipment, monetary resources, and 44 environmentally-minded students to meet for the 2nd Annual Griffiths Park Cleanup Day in recognition of the importance of water quality. Teachers, students, parents, and government officials removed almost two dumpster loads of trash from a half-mile stretch of the Wilson Drain. Items removed included Styrofoam packing; camp chairs; a futon mattress; a refrigerator box; sewer pipe; and a lot of smaller, litter-sized debris.

The Coeur d'Alene Digital Archives is a new, free, online digital archive, funded by Coeur d'Alene Public Library, the Community Library Network, and North Idaho College's Molstead Library.  The library is currently adding public domain issues of the Coeur d'Alene Press (publications prior to 1964).  More text is added daily.  To use the archives, go to and click on "Explore."  

The Idaho Falls Zoo recently announced a new endangered African penguin chick has hatched, the first to hatch at the zoo since 2016.

The City of Meridian is using technology to make it easier for the public to sign up online to testify at City Council as well as Planning and Zoning Commission public hearings once the agenda for that meeting is published on the City’s website. The online system is also used at the meetings using IPADS. Cards with a QR code are also available to allow citizens to use their own smartphones to sign up at the meeting.

On August 3, the Meridian Firefighters hosted the popular Salmon BBQ at Kleiner Park where they also had free activities for all ages in celebration of the department’s 110 years.

On August 7, the Meridian Police Department, the Moscow Police Department, the Pocatello Police Department, and the Twin Falls Fire and Police Departments participated in National Night Out. More than 16,000 communities participate in National Night Out Events around the world. National Night Out events are designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness and generate support and participation in local anti-crime efforts in an effort to strengthen community policing efforts.

The City of Moscow and Moscow Volunteer Fire Department held an Engine 26 Dedication Ceremony on August 4 at the Moscow Farmers Market. The highlight of the ceremony was the dedication of the new Engine, a Pierce Saber FR engine, to Company 6, in recognition for the unwavering support from those volunteers and residents who staff the engine as part of their MVFD duties. New to the dedication of an engine in Moscow was an official push-in of the engine into the fire station bay. This traditional celebration activity dates back to the days before motorized engines, when horse-drawn hose carts would have to be pushed into the station.

Recently, crews upgraded the lighting fixtures in the parking lot and on the exterior of the Pocatello City Hall to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The updated fixtures are estimated to save over 29,400 kilowatt hours of electricity and a little more than $1,600 per year. The project was funded in part through incentives from Idaho Power. The total cost of the project was $8,417. Idaho Power’s incentive covered $3,530.35, with the remainder being paid by the City and other landowners adjoining the City’s property.

Recently, the City of Pocatello entered into an agreement with health and fitness program provider Tivity Health to offer the Prime® and SilverSneakers® programs. Free with qualifying Tivity Health plans, SilverSneakers® gives seniors unlimited access to thousands of fitness locations across the country, now including the Pocatello Community Recreation Center. Prime® Fitness is a commercial fitness program and is available to individuals in the 18 to 64 age group. Prime® Fitness is available to members of participating health plans and employer groups. Through the programs, eligible members can make use of the facility’s swimming pool, weight room, racquetball courts, and more for free.

The City of Twin Falls has commissioned needs assessment surveys to help create a comprehensive plan for the development of a Community Center. Online surveys were available on the City’s website through August 10 to provide feedback from residents on this project.

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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