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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Friday, December 21, 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 (DEQ) recently awarded a $6,445,000 low-interest wastewater construction loan to the City of Council. The funding will be used to complete mix/partial mix lagoons, construct a headworks building with a mechanical screen and new lift station, add  a polishing reactor and disinfection system, and address leakage in collection lines.


The Idaho Falls Police Department was out in the community on December 19 looking for people driving with phone-in-hand, talking or texting in violation of city code. Residents spotted using their phones were pulled over, but were not yet given a $100 fine. Officers were specifically targeting phone-using motorists that day to help educate them about the new hands-free law and to remind them that if they are pulled over after December 31, they will not get a warning, they’ll get a ticket. The first offense is $100, the second $200, and a third violation is a misdemeanor citation.


To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving, the Moscow Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives. The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from December 13, 2018 through January 3, 2019. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving, as well as drug-impaired driving, which is on the rise. Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways. Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road: drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads. Drivers who are impaired by any substance—alcohol or drugs—should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Driving while impaired is illegal, period. The bottom line is: If You Feel Different, You Drive Different. Drive High, Get a DUI. It’s that simple.

Cadets from the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy in Pierce endured the cold rain and snow to protect tree seedlings planted on lands burned by wildfire in the Clearwater Basin. The 16- to 18-year-old cadets joined Idaho Department of Lands (IDL) foresters in maintaining protective sleeves called vexar tubes on young tree seedlings that were planted last spring. The planting project is part of reforestation efforts on private lands affected by the 2015 Clearwater Complex Fire. The IDL foresters taught the cadets about forest management practices, and the cadets used their newly acquired skills to scale steep slopes and hand inspect each seedling. Seedling protection is critical in the area in order to fend off life- threatening damage caused by foraging elk and deer. The vexar tubes are installed during planting and must be maintained biannually to ensure effectiveness. The cadets made sure the branches were protected and the bamboo stakes would withstand the coming snow load. Approximately 27,000 ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir seedlings were planted on 90 acres in the Lolo Creek drainage as part of a larger restoration project that will bring more than 130,000 seedlings to areas hardest hit by the catastrophic fires in the Clearwater Basin. The planting projects target burned private forestlands that are at extreme risk of landslides, insect and disease outbreaks, and weed invasions. The projects complement recovery plans and restoration work on nearby federal and state lands. The replanting project activities are funded by a USDA Forest Service Landscape Scale Restoration grant. The cadets’ assistance is part of the Service to Community opportunities offered by the Idaho Youth ChalleNGe Academy to benefit local communities.


The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality recently awarded a $23,000 drinking water planning grant to Pinehurst Water District. 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 $23,000 of the $46,000 project will be funded by the Department of Agriculture Rural Development.


Through the group’s annual campaign, City of Pocatello employees donated $21,593 to United Way this year. Since 2014, employees have pledged over $120,000 to the annual campaign.


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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