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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Friday, November 30, 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.


LaLisa Thomason retired as the City Clerk for the City of Cragimont on August 31, 2018. Kayleen Canup has been hired as the new City Clerk.


The City of Ketchum has completed the first conversion phase of the antiquated, leaky Ketchum Springs Water System.  The city is served by two water lines; the newer municipal system and the failing Ketchum Springs System. This first phase abandoned 3,000 feet of old, substandard Ketchum Springs Water lines. Once the old system was turned off and water was flowing from the city’s municipal water system, measurements determined approximately 100 gallons of water per minute were being saved. This equates to a reduction of 50 million gallons of water per year and $6,000 in annual energy savings. There are three phases to the project. Four miles of Ketchum Springs pipes are scheduled to be converted in the next two years. “The water and energy savings from this first phase are remarkable,” said Ketchum Mayor Neil Bradshaw. “Converting the Ketchum Springs Line is one of the most significant conservation projects undertaken by Ketchum,” he added. “The water and energy savings reduce our costs and furthers our commitment to preserving and protecting our natural resources.” The Ketchum Springs System has pipes that are more than a half-century old and constructed from steel and wood pipes.  The system is not metered, making it impossible to track individual water usage and leakage. It was originally a private water system that the City acquired in the 1980s. The pipelines are very prone to breaks and leaks, which cause water interruptions for customers and considerable costs for repairs. When the entire project is completed, it is estimated Ketchum could reduce water production by 300 million gallons annually, reducing power demand costs by $36,000 annually.


Holy Spirit Catholic School eighth-grader Marko Milovanovic was Pocatello’s Mayor for a Day on November 2. During his time in office, he met with city officials and joined Mayor Brian Blad at the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce’s General Membership meeting. Milovanovic was selected after writing a letter where he expressed his interest about local government and what a Mayor does in the community. The city’s middle and high schools choose a new Mayor for a Day once a month. The school makes the selection, and a different school is represented each month.


At a recent meeting, the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce presented the Beautification Award to Tom Kirkman, Deputy Public Works Director with the City of Pocatello, for the Street Operations Department’s work on the Center Street Underpass. The honor recognizes “an entity that makes a significant improvement to the exterior of a building or other physical structure or landscaping.” “This project was made possible thanks to the Street Operations Department crews and many local companies who worked so hard to successfully complete this project on time and under budget,” said Kirkman. “It means a lot to have their efforts recognized in this way. I am honored to accept the Chamber Beautification Award for the work done to the Center Street Underpass.” From August 6 to September 7, the underpass was closed while crews repaired the façade on the east and west sides of the structure, reconstructed the medians, upgraded the vehicle tunnel lights to light-emitting diodes, and recoated the pedestrian railings. 

Recently, more than a mile of Sacajawea Park’s trails were repaved. In addition to the revitalized surfaces, the trails were widened to 10 feet where possible. The total cost of the project was $75,000 with $60,000 coming from an Idaho Parks and Recreation Department grant that was secured by the Portneuf Greenway Foundation. The remaining $15,000 was in the form of in-kind work by the City of Pocatello Street Operations Department who provided the equipment and labor to install the asphalt as well as Parks and Recreation Department staff who cleared vegetation and restored streambanks along the Portneuf River. “The Sacajawea Park trails are situated in a beautiful, natural setting along the Portneuf River,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “They are a favorite for walkers, joggers, bikers, and skaters in the community and are heavily used.” “The City of Pocatello and the Parks and Recreation Department have been great partners in not only helping to grow the Greenway trail system, but also maintaining it too.  We couldn't be more pleased with the support and assistance we get as a not-for-profit from the City and its employees,” said Rory Erchul, Greenway Board President.


Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad issued a proclamation encouraging citizens to support the area’s local, small businesses. At a recent City Council meeting, Councilwoman Linda Leeuwrik read the edict establishing November 24 as Small Business Saturday in Pocatello. The proclamation was requested by the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce and Old Town Pocatello and urges Pocatellans to “support small businesses and merchants on Small Business Saturday and throughout the year.” According the United States Small Business Administration’s 2018 Small Business Profile, 99.2 percent of Idaho firms are considered small businesses and employ more than 300,000 people.


Robert Seale has been  hired as the new Community Development Director for the City of Post Falls.


The Twin Falls City Council appointed Shayne Nope as the City Attorney at its council meeting on November 5. Nope was sworn into office by Mayor Shawn Barigar at that meeting. He replaces Fritz Wonderlich, who retired after 31 years of service to the City.


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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