City Lifts Snow Removal Parking Restrictions

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls has completed snow removal activities associated with the recent winter weather event.  As a result, the parking restrictions have been lifted.

The Public Works Department and the Idaho Falls Police Department would like to thank residents and the traveling public for their cooperation during this process.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Apartment Building Fire

Idaho Falls, ID:  On December 27, 2016 at 9:51 a.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 139 S. Water Street for a report of smoke coming from an apartment building.

Upon arrival, firefighters found a fire in the attic space. The building was searched and evacuated. The fire was quickly extinguished.

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Smoke did travel through several apartments. The power was cut to the entire building due to fire damage near the electrical services.

All tenants were displaced due to the fire. The Red Cross is working with the building tenants for sheltering needs for individuals and pets.

A total of 21 firefighters were on scene to include three engines, one ladder truck, three ambulances, two chiefs and a fire inspector.

The estimated damage is undetermined at this time.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

For additional information, contact Battalion Chief Cody Anderson at (208) 612-8495.

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About Idaho Falls Fire Department:  The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls. The department serves the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. In 2015, the department provided an unmatched level of service at 4,011 engine responses and 8,666 ambulance calls.  Learn more on our website.

Snow Event Triggers Parking Restrictions

Idaho Falls, ID –  The recent accumulation of snow has exceeded two inches which qualifies as a snow event according to the newly adopted Snow and Ice Control Policies and Procedures Manual.  Parking restriction are now in place. Vehicles should be moved off all City of Idaho Falls roadways to allow room for plows to clear the roads. The city will issue another release when the parking restrictions have been lifted.

A snow event is any occurrence in which more than two inches (2”) of snow accumulates on the roadway as measured by the Idaho Transportation Department’s I-15 Idaho Falls Weather Station. The weather station is located near the junction of I-15 and US-20.

It is dangerous and difficult to plow narrow streets that are congested with parked vehicles. Plowing around parked cars limits the effectiveness of snow removal activities. Some narrow streets may not be plowed if equipment cannot safely drive down them. The most helpful thing residents can do to facilitate snow removal is to move vehicles off the street and encourage their neighbors to do the same.

Any vehicles parked on streets within Idaho Falls after a snow event is triggered will be subject to ticketing and towing in accordance with snow removal parking restrictions (Idaho Falls City Code 9-5).

DOWNTOWN PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Parking restrictions in downtown have been changed to no parking on north & south streets during a snow event on any even calendar day between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m.  There will be no parking on east & west streets during a snow event on any odd calendar day between 12 a.m. and 8 a.m.

ZONE A PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Parking restrictions for streets within Zone A include no parking on north & south streets during a snow event on any even calendar day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. There will be no parking on east & west streets during a snow event on any odd calendar day between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

ZONE B PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Parking restrictions for streets within Zone B (majority of the city) include no parking during a snow event on any street at any time.

The new policy also defines how the city will conduct snow removal activities. Essentially, Priority 1, 2 and 3 streets have been established to dictate the order in which the streets are plowed.

  • Priority 1: Higher use arterial streets such as 17th Street, Hitt Road and Sunnyside Road.
  • Priority 2: Minor collector streets, including streets serving emergency response facilities and schools.
  • Priority 3: All streets not designated as priority 1 or 2.

A link to the revised ordinance, policy, maps, zones and additional information can be found on the homepage of the city’s website.  Community members are encouraged to review the webpage and/or call the Street Division at (208) 612-8490 for questions.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Festival of Lights at Freeman Park Extended to Dec. 31

Idaho Falls, ID:  Due to popular demand, the Idaho Falls Department of Parks & Recreation is excited to announce that the Festival of Lights at Freeman Park will remain open an additional week – December 25-31.  The display will be open the night of Dec. 25.

The hours will remain the same. Gates open at 6 p.m. and close at 10 p.m.

Santa will not be at the park during that time as he will be otherwise engaged and traveling back to the North Pole, but the light display featuring more than 100 animated scenes, light color-changing trees and music will be open.

Tickets can be purchased upon entry into the park. The entrance fee is $10 per carload or $15 for oversized or commercial-sized vehicles. An active military discount is available at $5 per vehicle with a military ID.

Last year more than $9,000 of the proceeds from the event was raised for the City’s parks capital improvement fund.

For a map of the route, see our webpage or visit us at the Recreation Center at 520 Memorial Drive.

Freeman Park will remain open to sledding for the duration of the festival. The river walk adjacent to the Snake River will also remain open.

The event is sponsored by HK Contractors, Western State CAT, Westmark Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union, Riverbend Communications and KIFI Local News 8.

Sleigh rides and concessions will not be offered Dec. 25-31.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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Fall and winter recreation enthusiast can now learn about a multitude of recreation activities and facilities that are available throughout our community in the recently released 2016 Fall/Winter issue of the Discover Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Activity Guide.  Guides can also be found in local businesses and in our FREE distribution racks located in most city parks and facilities. 

About Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation: The mission of the City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities based upon cost efficiency and community needs. Learn more on our website.

Christmas Tree Disposal Sites

Idaho Falls, ID – Once again, the city’s Sanitation Division will assist residents with post-holiday cleanup efforts by offering Christmas tree disposal services.

Due to the procedure for handling garbage at the Bonneville County Transfer Station, discarded Christmas trees cannot be placed in with regular garbage. However, 17 collection sites throughout the city have been designated for Christmas tree disposal.

Residents have until Jan. 30 to dispose of trees in the designated locations. These sites are for city resident’s use only and not to be used by tree lots for disposal of trees not sold.

All ornaments and lights must be removed prior to discarding the trees as the trees will be chipped and turned into mulch.  The mulch will then be made available to residents next spring.

Tree Disposal Locations:

  1. Washburn & Michael (Reinhart Park)
  2. Grandview & Foote Drive
  3. Coachman & Broadway (behind car wash)
  4. Fremont Avenue (by recycling bin north of Science Center)
  5. Mound & W. Elva Street (Melaleuca Field parking lot)
  6. N. Water & Chestnut (NE corner)
  7. W. 13th & Placer
  8. 10th & Emerson
  9. 17th & Emerson
  10. S. Boulevard & Rogers Street
  11. Bennett & Waid
  12. Cleveland & Fanning (SW corner)
  13. Sunnyside Park (by Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center – SE corner)
  14. South of 1st Street (west side of Meppen)
  15. Sykes & Davidson
  16. Ashment & 12th Street
  17. Russet & Lincoln

A link to the list of disposal locations is on the home page of the city’s website. For additional information about Christmas tree disposal or mulching, contact the Sanitation Department at (208) 612-8491.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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About Public Works:  The Public Works Department consists of six divisions. The Engineering Division provides Survey, Design and Project Management services to the rest of Public Works and other city divisions. The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division coordinates Mapping and Informational Services with other city divisions.  The Sanitation Division provides solid waste collection and disposal. The Sewer Division provides sanitary sewage collection and treatment for the city and areas in Bonneville County; and storm water collection and treatment for the city.  The Street Division maintains the streets, bridges, alleys, and public parking lots. The Water Division provides and distributes potable water.

Heating & Electrical Safety Tips

Idaho Falls, ID:   The Idaho Falls Fire Department has responded to an increased number of heating and electrical fires recently and would like to take this opportunity to remind the community of some important safety information.

We all like to snuggle up to a warm fire or space heater during the cold winter months, but heating equipment is one of the leading causes of home fire deaths.

“I’ve responded to at least two fatalities over the years from people using propane tanks or construction heaters containing combustible fuel inside their homes,” states Idaho Falls Fire Marshal Scott Grimmett. “Heat sources such as these remove the oxygen out of the air and replaces it with carbon monoxide. They should only be used in ventilated spaces with air flowing through them. They are not to be used indoors,” explains Grimmett.

Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from the heat source, especially children and animals. Portable heaters should be operated according to the owner’s manual and shut off when leaving the area.

“We’ve seen several instances where people are using space heaters as a permanent heat source,” states Grimmett. “Space heaters should only be used as a temporary heat source and are unsafe for prolonged periods. Using them throughout the home as a permanent heat source, in place of regular utilities, may overload the system and is dangerous.” When using a space heater, it is recommended that only one heater be plugged into a GFI outlet at a time. The heaters should not be used with an extension cord.

Heat tape is a flat plastic tape with an electrical element inside it that is often times used under mobile homes or wrapped around other structures. This heat source should be checked frequently to ensure it is working properly, replaced periodically and used according to the owner’s manual.

Grimmett also recommends an uninterrupted flow of electricity through extension and appliance cords. “Coiling and zip tying cords causes resistance heating and pooling of the electricity and is unsafe.”

As far as fireplaces are concerned, making sure they are covered by a sturdy screen will prevent sparks from flying into the room.  Ashes should always be cooled before placing them in a metal container that is kept a safe distance from the home. Chimneys should be inspected regularly to make sure they remain clean of creosote and are structurally intact.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), Electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 47,000 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments in 2014. These fires caused 520 deaths, 1,250 injuries and $1.4 billion in direct property damage.

Here are some other important safety tips from the NRPA:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  • When you are buying or remodeling a home, have it inspected by a qualified inspector.
  • Only use one heat-producing appliance (such as a coffee maker, toaster, space heater, etc.) plugged into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home. Use a qualified electrician.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages and basements. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  • Test AFCIs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly.
  • Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.

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About Idaho Falls Fire Department:  The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls. The department serves the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. In 2015, the department provided an unmatched level of service at 4,011 engine responses and 8,666 ambulance calls.  Learn more on our website.

Chimney Fire

Idaho Falls, ID:  On December 23, 2016 at 4:08 a.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 787 S. 45th W. for a report of a structure fire in a single family private dwelling.

Engine 5 arrived to find a fire that had extended into the attic from the chimney and the wood burning stove. Crews aggressively exposed and attacked the hidden fire in the void spaces. Ladder 1 ventilated the roof to release the smoke and heat in the attic space.

The house was empty of people as the family self-evacuated prior to the department’s arrival. There were no injuries.

Firefighters were able to keep the fire confined to the area immediately around the chimney in the attic.

Two engines, one ladder truck, two ambulances, one water tender and two chiefs responded to the fire.

The damage is estimated at $45,000.

Fire escaping from the wood burning stove to the chimney and into the structure of the home is the reported cause.

Firefighters would like to remind homeowners of the importance of inspecting their chimneys to make sure they remain clean of creosote and are structurally intact.

For additional information, contact Battalion Chief Cody Anderson at (208) 612-8495.

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About Idaho Falls Fire Department:  The mission of the Idaho Falls Fire Department is to protect the lives and property of the citizens and visitors of Idaho Falls by providing the highest possible levels of service through fire prevention, public education, fire suppression, emergency medical services, and mitigation of the effects of natural and man-made disasters consistent with the resources provided as desired and dictated by the citizens and elected officials of the City of Idaho Falls. The department serves the City of Idaho Falls and the Bonneville County Fire Protection District. In 2015, the department provided an unmatched level of service at 4,011 engine responses and 8,666 ambulance calls.  Learn more on our website.

Wes Deist Aquatic Center Celebrates 30 Years!

Idaho Falls, ID: The staff at the Wes Deist Aquatic Center invites the community to join them for the Aquatic Center’s Birthday Bash on Monday, December 26th.  Admission is only 30 cents!

Join us anytime between 1-8 p.m. for gifts, cake, and water games for all ages. The Aquatic Center is located at 149 7th Street.

All of the Aquatic Center rules and supervision policies apply during the event.

For additional information, call the Aquatic Center at (208) 612-8519.

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About Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation: The mission of the City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities based upon cost efficiency and community needs. Learn more on our website.

Fall and winter recreation enthusiast can now learn about a multitude of recreation activities and facilities that are available throughout our community in the recently released 2016 Fall/Winter issue of the Discover Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Activity Guide.  Guides can also be found in local businesses and in our FREE distribution racks located in most city parks and facilities. 

 

12th Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund Applications Now Available for Grades 8-12

Idaho Falls, ID – At least $60K in scholarships for local students is the goal for the 12th Annual Mayor’s Scholarship Fund.

Applications are now available for 8th-12th grade students and can be found by visiting school counselor or the District 91 or District 93 administration offices. A link to the applications can also be found on the homepage of the City of Idaho Falls’ website.

To qualify for the scholarships, students must be residents of Idaho Falls, attend an Idaho Falls School District 91 or Bonneville School District 93 school, or be enrolled in one of the programs of the Eastern Idaho Professional/Technical High School District 571.

The deadline for applications is February 1, 2017, and applications can be submitted to school counselors or dropped off at the District 91 or District 93 administration offices.

The Scholarship Awards Ceremony will be held at the Idaho Falls Colonial Theater at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29 to honor the recipients. The ceremony is free and open to the public. A private reception for recipients, parents, sponsors and school administrators will be held prior to the ceremony.

The Mayor’s Scholarship Fund was established to support Idaho Falls students who plan to pursue a post-high school education. Funds for these scholarships and awards are made possible through generous voluntary contributions from local citizens, corporate and business sponsors.

Two areas are offered to area students. The Promise Award is a $250 scholarship available for students in grades 8-11. These awards can be used during the students’ senior year to help cover college preparation costs including, but not limited to, standardized testing, college application fees, campus tours, etc. Scholarship monies may also be applied to tuition costs at an accredited post-secondary school or training program within the State of Idaho or for US military education programs.

The award may also be applied toward the cost of approved dual credit coursework while still in high school. Twenty Promise scholarships were awarded in 2016. The number of Promise scholarships awarded in 2017 is dependent upon funds received through annual contributions.

The Senior Scholarship is a $1,500 or $2,500 scholarship for graduating seniors. These awards must be used for education-related expenses incurred at accredited Idaho education institutions. Twenty Senior Scholarships were awarded in 2016. The number of scholarships awarded in 2017 is dependent upon funds received through annual contributions.

“There’s no doubt that Idaho’s youth will need training and opportunities for learning beyond high school,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “This program is one tremendous effort to give Idaho Falls students the advantages higher education offers. We thank the many generous sponsors who make this program possible.”

Sponsorship levels start at $250 for individual and family donations. Corporate sponsorship levels range from $500 to $10,000.  Contact Susan Hulse, Executive Director of the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund for additional information at mayorsscholarshipfund@gmail.com.

HISTORY

In 2006, then Idaho Falls Mayor Jared Fuhriman, in partnership with District 91Education Foundation, helped to establish the Mayor’s Scholarship Fund. Since inception, the fund has grown to include District 93 students. The fund has provided nearly 330 scholarships totaling more than $330K to area students.  The Mayor’s Scholarship Fund is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Amendment/Modifications to Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation Improvement Program

Idaho Falls, ID – The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) which provides transportation planning for the Cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona, Ucon, and the urbanized portions of Bonneville County, in conjunction with the Targhee Regional Public Transportation Authority (TRPTA) and the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), announces an amendment to the Fiscal Year 2017 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

It is proposed to adjust the FY 2017 TIP for the purpose of adding new projects and minor program adjustments.

A list of new projects and minor adjustments to the TIP will be available to the public for review during normal business hours (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.) at 1810 W. Broadway, Suite 15 in Idaho Falls.  The list can also be viewed on the BMPO website: www.bmpo.org under the Public Involvement (Public Notice) section.

Comments will be taken from Thursday, December 22, 2016 through Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Comments can be made via phone at (208) 612-8530 or email at bmpo@bmpo.org.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with city staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.