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Wednesday, September 11, 2019  
Posted by: Payton Grover
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City Clips September 11, 2019


Check out noteworthy things done and honors received by cities around Idaho as they work to create quality cities.


The City of Franklin received a $12,000 gift. Mike Hansen, past president of the Franklin Lions Club, presented Franklin Mayor Todd Hawkes with a check for $6,000, at a short and sweet Aug. 14 Franklin City Council meeting.

 David Woodward from Ritewood Eggs joined Hansen with an identical check for $6,000. They were accompanied by Hansen’s wife Farahlyn, Ralph West, and current Franklin Lions’ Club president, Sandra Hubbard.

Hubbard reported that $4,520 was raised in conjunction with West Motor’s sponsorship of “Drive a Ford Day,” and the rest was donated from club savings. The total amount received by the city will go towards paying for the fence surrounding the new sports court in the park which had not been covered by the original grant. Appreciation was expressed to both contributors, by the mayor and council.


Following a national trend to make libraries more accessible to users, beginning this month, the Idaho Falls Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines.

All past overdue fines will be forgiven and patrons who have not been able to borrow items from the library are encouraged to return to the library and renew their library cards.

 “The intent of this change it to encourage everyone in the community to use the library.  We don’t want additional fees to become a reason for people not using the library,” said Library Director Robert Wright.  “Rather than worrying about an overdue book or a late fee, we just want them to enjoy and use the beautiful library that the community has established.”


The Idaho Falls Fire Department received recognition this month. Prompt response times, high-quality of care, and effective coordination of patient care with receiving centers resulted in the American Heart Association presenting the Idaho Falls Fire Department (IFFD) and Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center (EIRMC) with several Mission:Lifeline recognition awards at a press conference earlier today.

The Mission: Lifeline initiative provides tools, training and other resources to support heart attack care following protocols from the most recent evidence-based treatment guidelines. The program recognizes hospitals, emergency medical service agencies and other supporting agencies for their efforts in improving systems of care to rapidly identify suspected heart attack patients, promptly notify the medical center and triggering an early response from the awaiting hospital personnel.

 “Our department is dedicated to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Eric Day, EMS Division Chief for the Idaho Falls Fire Department. “We are pleased to once again be recognized for our dedication and achievements in emergency medical care efforts.  Thank you to the 911 dispatchers, our first responders and a special thank you to Tammy Coffel, Quality Management Specialist at EIRMC for her commitment and expertise.”


The Pocatello Fire Dept. and Bannock County Ambulance were recognized by the American Heart Assoc. for the 5th Year.

For half a decade, the Pocatello Fire Department and Bannock County Ambulance have been leaders when it comes to cardiac care.

For the second year, the department and district received the Mission: Lifeline® EMS Gold Plus Award from the American Heart Association for their quality of care for heart attack patients. The past four years Pocatello Fire Department and Bannock County Ambulance received Gold recognition.

 “I am very proud of the members of the Pocatello Fire Department and the Bannock County Ambulance District for their dedication and professionalism as well as for the pursuit of excellence they continue to demonstrate,” said Pocatello Fire Department Chief David Gates. “The standards necessary to achieve the award are rigorous. They have achieved those standards for five straight years, which makes this extra special.”


 The City of Moscow and the Human Rights Commission are proud to announce the Voices of Moscow project, a survey designed to determine what, if any, groups are underrepresented or misrepresented in the City of Moscow. “Discovering what people think about the issues they believe are important is a major step in the City’s future,” said Ken Faunce, Human Rights Commission Chair. “The information gathered here will truly help us discover how our community feels, what our members believe are important for us as a City.”


 Citizens of Moscow approved the City of Moscow's proposal to issue municipal bonds to construct a new police services facility, remodel the current police facility on Fourth Street and remodel the Paul Mann Building on Second Street. The authorized sale of the bonds for the project was finalized on August 20, 2019, and City received an exceptionally low-interest rate of 1.27%, which was significantly lower than the original estimate of 2.21%.

This lower rate results in a total savings of more than $500,000 in interest expense over the 10-year term of the bond and will provide direct cost savings to the City's taxpayers.   Original estimates at the 2.21% interest rate indicated an approximate cost of $85 per year per $100,000 of taxable property value.  With the lower interest rate of 1.27%, the estimated cost can be as low as $73 per year per $100,000 of taxable value.

 Mayor Bill Lambert notes of favorable rate, "The City's credit rating is a direct reflection of the strong financial policies and practices the City employs. I am very excited that with this news, we can keep dollars in the taxpayers' pockets. Our commitment to maintaining a fiscally responsible approach to all financial decisions, through strategic planning and priority-based budgeting has certainly paid off in this project."


Post Falls Finance Director Jason Faulkner announced the City of Post Falls received a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the fifth time. The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented the award for the City’s Annual Budget FY 2018. The Award is the highest form of recognition in governmental budgeting and recognizes the significant achievement by government agencies meeting the highest standards for preparation of state and local government financial reporting.

The City prepares three major financial documents for the City Council and citizens each year. The Budget Book presents the City’s adopted annual budget, listing priorities, goals and challenges. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) communicates the City’s financial story in depth, and the Annual Report to Citizens (PAFR) is designed to communicate the City’s financial story for the general public who may not have a financial background.

The City has received excellence awards from GFOA for the CAFR for 20 years, and the PAFR for 11 years.


 If your city has done something noteworthy or received an honor and you would like it listed in City Clips, send the information to Payton by e-mail or fax 344-8677.

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