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AIC Highlights Noteworthy City Clips

Monday, March 11, 2019  
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 awarded a low-interest loan to the Boise Public School District to conserve water and reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. The School District detected lead in the drinking water of 27 schools constructed prior to 1986 and has undertaken a rigorous program to address the issue. The funds will be used to remove lead fixtures; install lead-free, water-efficient fixtures; and place charcoal filters at select locations to create water efficiencies by eliminating line and fixture flushing.


The City of Carey was awarded a $55,000 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) for construction of a new city park. The grant will aid in installation and construction of two handicap-accessible parking spaces as well as a sidewalk to connect the spaces to the existing park pavilion. The project also includes the purchase and installation of playground equipment.


The City of Coeur d'Alene has 80 street trees that need good homes! Street trees will be planted at residential locations within public right-of-way areas in the Coeur d’ Alene city limits through the Re-Leaf Coeur d’Alene program. The trees are valued at approximately $250 and are planted at no cost to the homeowner to enhance neighborhoods and provide many street-side benefits such as mitigating storm water and reducing pollution. This annual program helps to grow the city’s urban forest. Trees are available to homeowners residing within the city limits who are willing to provide care for the trees, including watering and protecting them from mowers and trimmers. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Tree species include Tricolor Beech, Tulip Tree, Flowering Pear, Bur Oak, and Silver Linden. Trees will be planted by a contracted tree planting crew in late April or early May.


City of Coeur d’Alene employees recently donated 30+ bags of food and a cash donation of $400 to the Salvation Army Kroc Center Families Feeding Families February Food Drive, which will help to restock local food pantries in North Idaho. 


The City of Kellogg was awarded $1 million in CDBG funding to assist in the design and construction costs to replace the aging and faulty sewer lines serving the city. The city’s citizens voted in support of an #8 million bond to replace the lines. These improvements will help the city meet the Clean Water Act and provide for the infrastructure foundation that allows for economic growth.


The City of Moscow and Safe Routes to School held the annual “Polar Walk” on February 6. Eight area schools participated in the event. Safe Routes to School strives to provide safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to walk to school. The Polar Walk, an event unique to Moscow, encourages active travel to and from school, even in winter weather conditions.


The fifth annual “Love Your Farmer, Love Your Food”– an evening of connecting community members to local producers and to their regional food system is sponsored by the City of Moscow, Moscow Food Co-op, Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition, Rural Roots, and the University of Idaho Extension. This event will be held in March. Featured in this year’s agricultural panel are vegetable, livestock, grain, and grape producers. Operators from Colter’s Creek Winery, Hands & Hearts Farm, Millhorn Farmstead, Ole World Oils, and Texas Ridge will share their stories about the abundance of food available year-round.  Guests will enjoy light appetizers from the Moscow Food Co-op and a no-host bar by Moscow Brewing Company.

A new Smithsonian traveling exhibit focusing on rural America titled Crossroads: Change in Rural America will visit six Idaho communities from August 2019 - June 2020 for six weeks at a time. The exhibit will visit the Moscow Chamber of Commerce (hosted by the Latah County Historical Society) August 23 – October 4, 2019, Burley Public Library October 11 – November 22, 2019, Lemhi County Historical Society in Salmon November 29, 2019 – January 10, 2020, LCSC Center for Arts and History in Lewiston January 17 – February 28, 2019, Museum of Rexburg March 6 – April 17, 2020, and Nampa Public Library April 24 – June 5, 2020. While on display, each community will develop around the exhibit its own local programming, ranging from local exhibits and school displays, to lectures, films, panel discussions, and other activities limited only by the imagination.

The Idaho Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $45,000 drinking water planning grant to the City of Mountain Home. 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 $74,386 of the $119,386 project will be funded by the City.


On February 9 the staff of Pocatello Animal Services hosted a dog-kissing booth. Residents were invited to stop by the shelter and get their pictures taken while smooching with one of the shelter’s dogs or to bring their own dogs in for a kiss. Pictures were available for a donation of $3 and could be picked up on February 14.


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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