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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, November 9, 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 Ammon received an honorable mention for its comprehensive plan at a recent meeting of the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association.

 

Caldwell’s Indian Creek Festival, which took place earlier this month, was a huge success. The event included a dog parade, entertainment, cardboard kayak races, a chalk art contest and much more.

 

The Caldwell Police Department K-9 program hosted a Corn Hole Tournament on October 13 to raise funds to build a new K-9 facility for training.

 

Canyon County awarded $30,000 to the Caldwell Historical Society to pave three display pads in the expansion area of the Van Slyke Museum. Once these areas are paved, agricultural equipment will be arranged and grouped for public exhibition.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a $25,000 drinking water planning grant to the City of Clifton. 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 $25,000 of the $50,000 project will be funded by the City.

 

The City of Idaho Falls received the 2018 Outstanding Plan Award for the City’s Downtown Master Plan and Implementation Strategy from the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association at its recent meeting. The award honors a “written plan that advances the science and art of planning or brings awareness of the benefits of good planning.”

 

City of Idaho Falls employees are part of a state team of ten emergency responders and others deployed to Florida on October 17 to help provide relief assistance in the hurricane-ravaged state. The team will be in Florida for approximately two weeks helping with recovery efforts as the state digs out from the devastation caused by Hurricane Michael.

 

On October 12 the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission hosted a scavenger hunt at the Mountain View Cemetery from 6 to 8 p.m. The scavenger hunt began at the Brady Chapel. Participants collected images for the hunt with digital cameras or cell phone cameras. Proceeds from the event go toward restoration of the Brady Chapel.

 

On October 16-18, the Idaho Conference on Recreation and Tourism (ICORT) was held in Pocatello. Over 100 Idaho lodging property owners and managers, outfitters and guides, tourism industry professionals, and recreation providers attended the conference to share ideas and learn about new opportunities and methods to market themselves.

 

On October 18, City of Pocatello employees participated in the 2018 Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. The drill allows participants to practice the “Drop, Cover, and Hold On!” technique to protect themselves in the event of a real earthquake. After employees practiced the earthquake protection techniques, the exercise featured a mock evacuation of City Hall. The building was closed for roughly 10 minutes while the drill was conducted. Citizens conducting business at the time of the drill were escorted out of City Hall, just like a real emergency and then brought back in after the drill was over.

 

Pocatello’s Marshall Public Library kicked off its annual “Food for Fines” food drive on November 1. The month-long event allows patrons to have their fines forgiven by a dollar for every nonperishable food item they donate.

 

Post Falls residents will see some major changes this winter due to the City’s updated Snow Response Operations Plan. The updated plan is the result of months of planning by the snow management committee and a community engagement effort, which included a public survey. The City is investing in four new loaders, all equipped with snow gates, and other equipment to improve the department’s ability to manage snow. The Streets Division will be adding snow gates to their winter fleet. Snow gates won’t eliminate driveway berms, but they do reduce the size of berms. Residents can expect extended plow times as the use of Snow Gates will slow plow teams. The City is also cancelling the Snow Berm Reduction Program, which was for Seniors or those with disabilities who were unable to remove the snow. That program is no longer needed as the new snow gates will now reduce snow berms for all residents.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a $65,000 wastewater planning grant to the City of Preston. The funds will be used to prepare a wastewater planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the current wastewater system and identify any needed improvements. The remaining $65,000 or the $130,000 project will be funded by the City.

 

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) awarded a $37,500 drinking water planning grant to the City of Shoshone. The funds will be used to prepare a drinking water planning study and environmental review. The purpose of the project is to evaluate the water system’s deficiencies and identify necessary improvements. The remaining $37,500 of the $75,000 project will be funded by the City.

 

The City of St. Anthony participated in National Drug Take-Back Day on October 27. DEA Take-Back events aim to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted medications. The City has installed a secure drop box for anyone with prescription medicine which needs to be disposed of in a safe and secure manner. The drop box was funded by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators.

 

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 goyler@idahocities.org or fax 344-8677.


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