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AIC Highlights Noteworthy People

Monday, March 11, 2019  
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.


The Coeur d’Alene Public Library will host a Chinese Culture Experience Class during February, March, and April. Eazel Cai, University of Idaho Chinese Language and Culture Instructor, will teach the class. The course will be based on the culture and Story of Chinese festivals, relate some traditional history, and how the festivals are celebrated now. Students will do some Chinese-style practice in class, including Chinese Calligraphy, Chines paper cutting and Chinese painting.


Anne Boisvert was recently hired as Human Resources Administrative Assistant for the City of Coeur d’Alene.


Garden City Mayor John Evans attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony by the Garden City Chamber for a new business, Ackerman-Estvold Architecture, on February 7, 2019.


Recently, the City of Pocatello released its new mobile app, “Pocatello Connect.” The app features a streamlined service request process, allowing residents who see a concern to immediately report the issue to the City. Residents are also able to upload a picture or video with the request. “Citizens are our eyes and ears many times,” said Mayor Brian Blad. “If you see a pothole, a blocked/clogged storm drain, or weeds on a property, just pull out your phone and let us know. Pocatello Connect is going to make it easy for everyone to help make our city an even better place to live.” Once a service request is received, users will be notified via email or through a mobile push notification as the City processes the request. Residents are also able to see nearby requests for service on a map. The app should not be used to report emergencies—all emergencies should be reported by calling 911. Beyond just service requests, the app also allows people to register for Parks and Recreation Department programs, apply for City jobs, receive notifications, and more. “We’ve taken some of the most popular sections of the website and rolled them into the app,” said Chief Information Officer Chis Sorenson. “We’re living in a mobile world and the services provided by ‘Pocatello Connect’ reflect that.”


Recently, Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad donated the $1,000 he earned through the Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho’s Mayor’s School Walking Challenge to the Hitting Hearts Foundation. The money will go towards the purchase of adaptive physical education equipment for Pocatello High School students with special needs. “I’m beyond excited for the special needs kids at Pocatello High School to be included in this Physical Education gift,” said Christian Colonel with the Hitting Hearts Foundation. “This equipment is a great reward for them for all of their perseverance throughout their lives. They deserve it, and much, much more!” “As everyone knows, I’m always on the go, so I was more than happy to put my steps to good use competing in the Mayor’s School Walking Challenge,” said Mayor Blad. “Part of the challenge is to help local students be healthier and this equipment will do just that.” In order to be eligible for the $1,000 challenge money, the Mayor had to walk at least 10,000 steps per day for the entire month of October 2017.


Two Idaho State University students will have a chance to see the inner workings of local government with Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad. Freshman Mikayla Morgan and Senior Trevyan Marley will job shadow the Mayor. During their time with him, some of the items on their schedules include meeting with residents and City Department Heads, attending the Pocatello-Chubbuck Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Committee meeting, taking part in a meeting of the Pocatello City Council, and more. “I’m excited to work with Mikayla and Trevyan,” said Mayor Blad. “Idaho State University’s Signature Experiences Program is a great way for students to see real life applications of the issues they are studying. The City is excited to participate.” Mikayla will join Mayor Blad Monday, March 18 from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday, March 19 from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Meanwhile, Trevyan will be working with the Mayor Thursday, March 21 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, March 22 from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Mikayla is a political science major with a concentration in pre-law. Trevyan is a political science and global studies major. Another student, finance major and freshman John Lancaster, will be shadowing the staff at Pocatello Regional Airport. During his time at the airport, John will be learning about grant reimbursement requests, the passenger facility charge program, and general airport operations. Idaho State’s Job Shadowing Program “connects students with organizational, industry, and agency partners in our community relevant to the students' major and/or long-term career goals. These flexible, short-term opportunities give students practical experience in their area of interest.” 

Post Falls City Engineer Bill Melvin was recently named the 2019 Engineer of Merit by the American Society of Civic Engineers (ASCE) Inland Empire Section at its annual banquet in Spokane. Bill was selected from 500 engineers in the Pacific Northwest Region. Among the factors considered in awarding the Engineer of Merit are to an individual who has substantially contributed to the status of the civil engineering profession through a distinguished career in civil engineering, service to the ASCE, significant contributions toward improving conditions under which professional engineers serve in public and private practice. For the past 23 years, Bill has helped plan and manage the infrastructure of Post Falls as the city grew from 5,000 to over 37,000 today. City Administrator Shelly Enderud said, “While Bill, many years ago chose to take on the task of ‘building a City,’ it really is so much more. His quiet dedication and indispensable skills have provided a quality of life for our citizens that enable them to enjoy the many facets of our daily lives and all its modern conveniences. He is truly one of the unsung heroes of our community.” Former City attorney, Jerry Mason, said of Bill, “He’s one of the best engineers I know. To take these complex projects and to be able to break them down into terms that we can understand is amazing. He makes incredibly important decisions on behalf of the City and hones in on the little details that can have tremendous impact with long term outcomes.”

Sandpoint City Clerk, Maree Peck will be retiring at the end of March 2019.


At its annual Education Institute in January, Idaho Association of Building Officials (IDABO) awarded the 2018 Building Inspector of the Year award to Raub Owens, with the Twin Falls Building Department.


Twin Falls Building Department’s Wendy Thompson was awarded the 2018 Permit Technician of the Year at the IDABO annual Education Institute in January.


On January 22 five new firefighters—Kile Larsen from Filer, Ross Sanders from Twin Falls, Lane Barker from Twin Falls, Garrett Hutsell from Washington and Andrew Merriman from Oregon—started their careers with the Twin Falls Fire Department. Chief Les Kenworthy stated, “The addition of these five members will allow us to utilize and deploy resources in a new way, increase our effectiveness, and improve service to our community.”


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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