Citizen Review Committee Reports Available for Review

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The first round of Citizen Review Committee (CRC) reports is now available on the city’s website for review at www.idahofallsidaho.gov or by calling the mayor’s office at (208) 612-8235.

Last December, Mayor Casper called for applications from city residents to review basic functions and budget processes of city divisions to improve efficiencies and service delivery. Residents with various backgrounds, experience and areas of interest were selected as committee members.

Four of the city’s eleven divisions, including the Idaho Falls Library, Idaho Falls Regional Airport, Municipal Services, and Planning and Building were reviewed this year. The city’s remaining seven divisions will be evaluated over the next two years.

The committees began meeting in February and were asked to review each division’s priorities in light of Mayor Casper’s goals of maintaining fidelity to law, seeking solutions to city problems, promoting economic growth and enhancing city assets.

Members received a general orientation followed by more in-depth discussions, fieldtrips and budget reviews. Each committee compiled a report that was then shared with Mayor Casper and City Council members.

“These community volunteers have put in long hours over the course of many months as they became citizen-experts in the work of the particular division they were studying. I am continually surprised by the can-do attitude of Idaho Falls citizens. They were essentially asked to become subject matter experts in a few months’ time. And yet the quality of their results and recommendations is impressive. Many divisions have already begun implementing recommendations.  Others will require more study or must be approved and/or funded by City Council. This kind of action and dialog is exactly what I was aiming for,” states Mayor Casper.

The directors of the four divisions studied this year have been tasked with writing their responses to CRC recommendations. These responses will be posted on the city’s website as they become available.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

 

Demolition of Bank of Commerce Parking Lot

Idaho Falls, ID:HK Contractors will begin demolition work on the Bank of Commerce parking lot on Yellowstone Hwy on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

The southbound west lane from A Street to the W. Broadway intersection will be temporarily closed during demolition and construction activities.

A crane broke through the roof of the underground parking lot earlier this spring, resulting in the demolition of the underground parking facility. A new, above ground parking lot will be constructed. The project should be complete by mid-October.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and reduce speeds to posted limits.

See home page of the city’s website for a link to information regarding all construction projects and maps. For additional information on this project, contact the city of Idaho Falls public works division at (208) 612-8250.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Lava Street Officially Closes Oct. 6

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: On Monday, Oct. 6, Lava Street will be officially closed to vehicular traffic. The street department will remove the asphalt up to the railroad tracks. New curb, gutter, sidewalk and fencing will be installed on the Yellowstone side of the tracks.

In an effort to minimize the number of railroad crossings and increase safety to the traveling public, the city of Idaho Falls and Union Pacific Railroad agreed to permanently close the vehicular railroad crossing at Lava Street.

The agreement for the closure was included in the existing D Street Underpass Railroad Agreement which was approved by the city in December of 2012.

If you have any questions regarding the information above, please contact the public works division at (208) 612-8250.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Construction to Improve Drainage on Holmes Avenue

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: The street department will begin working on Holmes Avenue, south of Sunnyside, between Cranbrook Lane and White Pine Lane, on Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Crews will be working in the westbound lane removing asphalt, shaping slopes and installing a drainage ditch section to improve drainage in this area. The anticipated completion time is 5-7 days.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and reduce speeds to posted limits.

See home page of the city’s website for a link to information regarding all construction projects and maps. For additional information on this project, contact the city of Idaho Falls public works division at (208) 612-8250.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

South Tourist Park Access Closed for Final Phase of Construction

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Contractors will resume work in connection to the South Tourist Park overlay project on Monday, Sept. 29. The final phase of the project will take approximately 7 days. The park will be closed to all traffic during that time.

Construction activities include excavation, fabric and gravel placement, and asphalt paving.

Barring any unforeseen conditions, all local businesses will be accessible during construction.

Motorists are encouraged to use caution and watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

HK Contractors began construction on this project on Aug. 7, with the installation of curb and gutter and a concrete approach.

For additional information, contact the city of Idaho Falls Construction Inspection Chief, Gary Olsen at (208) 612-8265.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Fall Free Day at Idaho Falls Zoo!

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: This Saturday, Sept. 27, is Fall Free Day at the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park.  Admission is free to all zoo visitors.

“We love to offer this free day as a way of saying thank you to the community for their support of our wonderful zoo. This is a great time of the year to enjoy the animals and the cooler weather as we step into fall and near the end of our open season.” says Linda Beard, interim zoo superintendent.

Zoo hours are 9 a.m. with the last admission at 4 p.m. The zoo closes at 5 p.m.

For more information on educational programs or to register for classes, visit the zoo website at www.idahofallszoo.org and click on education programs or contact the zoo education department at (208) 612-8453 or zooeducation@idahofallszoo.org. Visitors are always welcome to visit the gift shop for additional information, open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

 

City Authorizes Grant for a Victim Witness Coordinator

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: During yesterday’s city council work session, Mayor Casper and city council members authorized the city attorney to move forward with the documentation for a grant for a victim witness coordinator.

The grant is part of the Idaho State Police Sexual Assault Set-Aside (STOP) grant request for proposal which is authorized by the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Grant funding will cover a full-time compensation package of three years.

The victims witness coordinator is responsible for making initial and continuing contact with victims of crime; advising victims of their statutory rights and available services; and coordinating and attending meetings with victims, both in and out of court.

The application for the grant will be coordinated through Bonneville County and the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Center (DVSAC) in Idaho Falls. The position will be housed within the city of Idaho Falls attorney’s office, with grant funding being reimbursed to the city from the county for the first three years.

If the program is successful and the city chooses to continue, then the city would be financially obligated to pay 25-50 percent of the position for years 4-6 and 100 percent for years 7-9.  City council can also choose not to continue the program after the third year.

“The DVSAC in Idaho Falls assisted over 800 victims of violent crime in FY2014,” states Teena McBride, executive director, DVSAC. “The grant will also assist local and regional agencies with outreach to Latino victims, as well as increase the number of sexual assault nurse examiners and increase long-term supportive services to victims of sexual assault,” adds McBride.

Media Note: For additional information about the grant and VAWA, contact Teena McBride, executive director, DVSAC at (208) 529-4352.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

About DVSAC: DVSAC is a private non-profit entity, located in Southeast Idaho that provides assistance to those who suffer the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault and other violent crimes. Their mission is to help society overcome the stigma associated with domestic violence and sexual assault. To educate, rehabilitate and support victims of all violent crimes and to prevent such crimes as being recognized as a general part of society but rather a crime that can be prevented by a society that takes a stand against such crimes by demanding stricter sentences for offenders, more public education/resources as well as more services available to the youth affected by these crimes. Together as a community we can change the way violent crimes are viewed and tolerated. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/pages/Domestic-Violence-Sexual-Assault-Center/123279711082925?sk=info.

Construction Notice – Pancheri & Yellowstone

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  Construction crews will replace the collar and lid on the storm manhole at the intersection of Pancheri and Yellowstone beginning Sunday, Sept. 21.

The contractor will remove the old collar and lid, raise the install grade rings and plate the hole which will take until Monday morning. They will then set up traffic controls as they pour the concrete ring and install the new locking lid. Construction should be complete by 12 p.m. on Monday.

Motorists are advised to take an alternate route during this time, if possible, and use caution and watch for crews and equipment.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

25 Years of Excellence

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho:  The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting has been awarded to the city of Idaho Falls by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This is the 25th consecutive year that the city has received this award.

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The Award of Financial Reporting Achievement was awarded to Craig Rockwood, municipal services director who was designated as primarily responsible for preparing the award-winning CAFR. However, Rockwood states, “This award is the result of the work that is expended by all the staff in the finance department as well as our outside auditors, Rudd & Company PLLC. It requires constant education to keep up with the requirements in governmental accounting and reporting needed to write and edit the financial report.”

The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standard of the program including demonstrating a constructive “spirt of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR.

“This award further demonstrates the financial stability of the city of Idaho Falls. Craig Rockwood and his staff should be recognized for professionally managing and maintaining the highest standards of the city’s financial operations,” says Councilman Ed Marohn.

The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals with offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, D.C.

For additional information about Government Finance Officers Association, contact Stephen Gauthier at (312) 977-9700.

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About Idaho Falls:  Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/

Idaho Falls Raceway Hosts Motocross State Championship

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho: Idaho Falls Raceway (Noise Park), located just west of Idaho Falls on the Arco Hwy, will host the Idaho MX State Championships for the first time this weekend, Sept. 13-14.

“This is the first time that Rocky Mountain Motocross Series has held a championship race at the Idaho Falls Raceway.  Although this race is the Idaho State MX Championship, there will be more than 200 riders representing Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Montana,” says PJ Holm, recreation superintendent for Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation.  “Rocky Mountain Motocross Series chose the Idaho Falls Raceway because of its central location to all participating states,” adds Holm.

Rocky Mountain Motocross Series also organized two prior races this summer.  In a newsletter sent by the group earlier this week the group stated, “The slate will be wiped clean Sept. 13-14 in Idaho Falls, ID as riders from across the region come together to showcase their talent and race for their shot at a title.”

Racers will begin practicing at the raceway on Friday evening. Gates will open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with amateur racing from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and professional racing beginning at 1 p.m.  Admission is $10 per day for ages 13 and up, $5 per day for ages 6-12 and senior citizens, and free for ages 5 and under.

For a complete event schedule or additional information, contact RMX at http://www.rmxseries.com/, (801) 444-3212 or by email at info@rmxseries.com.

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About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone.

As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more at http://www.idahofallsidaho.gov/