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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, November 9, 2018  
Posted by: Gay Dawn Oyler
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Check out noteworthy things being done and honors received by people in Idaho cities around the state.


Roger Lemrich is retiring from the Caldwell Water Department after 11 years of service.


Darr Johnson is retiring from the Caldwell Fire Department after 29 years of service to the community.


Mary Hawker is retiring from the Caldwell Street Department after 36 years of service.


Keri Smith-Sigman, formerly the Economic Development Director for the City of Caldwell has been hired as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Destination Caldwell.


Don Munkers has been appointed to the Cottonwood City Council. He replaces Lynn Guyer who recently resigned.


Idaho Falls City Clerk Kathy Hampton has received the designation of State of Idaho Certified Municipal Clerk from the Idaho City Clerks, Treasurers and Finance Officers Association (ICCTFOA).


On October 17, Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd presented the 2018 Meridian Stars Awards to a group of deserving individuals and businesses within the community. She was joined by Councilmember Genesis Milam as she handed out the awards during a public ceremony and reception. The annual award recognizes Meridian residents and businesses that demonstrate a commitment to preserving, maintaining and improving the quality of life and safety in neighborhoods, as well as the community. “It’s no secret we’re ranked as one of the top places to live in the country. The real reason for that ranking is how our people care for one another - as shown by the Meridian Stars recipients and nominees,” said Mayor Tammy. Award recipients are nominated by a community member. The 2018 recipients were Youth of the Year: Randy-B Funk; Senior of the year: Don Kugler; Neighbor(s) of the Year: Mike Harmon, Billie Bowles, and Julie Bokenkamp; and Business of the Year: Brick House Recovery (Small Business) and The Village at Meridian (Large Business)


The City of Moscow Mayor’s Arts Awards Ceremony was held October 25. The annual event is a celebration of local artists. Award recipients were: Kelly Eviston Quinnett for Outstanding Achievement in Arts Education, Robert Caisley for Individual Excellence in the Arts, Lynne McCreight for Arts Advocacy, and Palouse Folklore Society for Lifetime Achievement.


On October 13 the Pocatello Historic Preservation Commission hosted a Stones to Stories Historical Tour. During the tour, participants were taken to gravesites and actors, playing the parts of the people buried there, told a bit about their life. The tour was for those ages 8 and up. Participants met at Brady Chapel ten minutes prior to the tour departure. “The stories of those interred in our cemeteries are fascinating,” said Terri Neu, Staff Liaison. “…[and] give attendees the chance to learn so much about the city and area we call home.” Proceeds from the event go towards restoration of the Brady Chapel.


October 18 the City of Pocatello officially opened the bus stop at the corner of East Sherman Street and North 7th Avenue with a ribbon cutting ceremony and the help of the Pocatello Chiefs. The stop features new sidewalks and crosswalks, Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps, a stormwater retention area, and a new fence. “This bus stop provides our community with a centralized, fully accessible stop within our transit system,” said Skyler Beebe, Pocatello Regional Transit Director. “It provides a wonderful blueprint for future improvements to our system.” “This project was a collaboration between several City departments, Bannock Transportation Planning Organization, and Harper Construction,” said Maggie Clark, Project Manager. “This group effort contributed to the overall success of the project by addressing issues of design, construction, operation, and maintenance.” The total cost of the project was $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 program. The remaining $25,000 was in-kind labor by the City of Pocatello Engineering Department in the form of design, bid, and construction oversight.


City of Sandpoint officials and citizens and LHTAC representatives gathered to celebrate the completion and success of the Ella Avenue rehabilitation project with Mayor Shelby Rognstad cutting the ribbon on the project.


If someone in your community has done something noteworthy or received an honor that you feel should be highlighted in the People section of the newsletter, send the information to GayDawn by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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