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Preventing Frozen Waterlines

Idaho Falls, ID – Temperatures for the next few days are expected to drop well below seasonal averages.  As sub-zero temperatures hit the Idaho Falls area, make sure that you have taken appropriate precautions to protect your home or business from experiencing frozen waterlines.

  • Homes and Businesses:
    • Keep interior doors open to ensure that heat is circulated into basements and mechanical rooms with exposed waterlines.
    • Cover indoor waterlines with pipe insulation if the waterlines are in contact with exterior walls.
  • Mobile Homes:
    • Protect the waterline in the crawl space beneath the mobile home with heat tape. (This heat source should be checked frequently to ensure it is working properly, replaced periodically and used according to the owner’s manual.)
    • Ensure that all skirting is in place around the base of the mobile home and insulated, if possible.
  • Vacant Homes and Businesses:
    • Keep heat on to protect waterlines.
    • Have water shut off to prevent flooding should waterlines freeze and break.
    • Winterize the waterlines by draining the water from the building.

Outdoor connections should be protected by disconnecting water hoses from outdoor hose bibs and installing insulated covers over the hose bibs.

If you discover that you have no water flow and believe your waterlines are frozen, consider the following:

  • Are you current on your City utility payments?
    • If you are overdue on your bill, water service may have been disconnected for non-payment status.  Contact the City’s Credit Office at (208) 612-8285 to make arrangements to have service restored.
  • Have you checked all valves within your home or business to ensure that they weren’t turned off?
    • Many times valves can be accidentally placed in the off position by children or maintenance personnel.
  • Do you have water to any other rooms of the home or business, or is the water off everywhere?
    • If water is only off to a portion of the home or business, it is possible that a valve is shut off or that a waterline is frozen inside the building.

If there is no water to the entire building and you are current on utility payments, contact the City Water Division at (208) 612-8471 to ensure that your water service wasn’t disconnected at the street for another reason.

If waterlines are frozen, contact a plumber for assistance in restoring water service.  For additional assistance, view the winterization brochure on the Water Division’s webpage.

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.

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.

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. 

 

“Dive in Movie” at the Aquatic Center

Idaho Falls, ID: A “dive” in movie?  That’s right! Why choose between two fun activities when you can do both at the same time?

The Wes Deist Aquatic Center, located at 149 7th Street, will be showing Disney’s Frozen on the big screen on Friday, December 16 from 6-8 p.m.

Join the Aquatic Center for this uniquely fun experience. Bring your pool floats and play in the pool while watching Princess Elsa, her loyal reindeer and quirky snowman journey across the frozen tundra.

Admission is only $4 (ages 13 & up), $3 (ages 4-12), $2 (ages 3 and younger) or $10 for a family.

Concession will be available for purchase.

All of the Aquatic Center rules and supervision policies will 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. 

Idaho Falls Zoo Hosts Annual WILD Winter Break Classes

“Cool Zoo School” back in session this month

Looking for a fun and wild place to send your kids during the holiday break? The Idaho Falls Zoo will host its 16th annual Winter Break Classes for ages 5-13 on Dec. 20-22.

Kids will learn all about the science of snow, find out which animals like cold weather, explore the funny world of penguins and much more!

“The classes are a great opportunity for kids to see what happens at the zoo after we close the doors for the winter,” says Education Curator, Sunny Katseanes.

Also, be sure to check out the monthly Zoo Tots programs for ages 2-4 (with an accompanying adult). Tots will explore a variety of educational topics each month through reading, crafts, songs and fun.

Registration is now open for the Winter Break Classes and monthly Zoo Tots programs, but space is limited so register soon!

Visit the zoo’s website or call (208) 612-8418 for additional information and registration.

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

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:   With more than 330 individual animals representing 130 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. 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. 

Public Invited to Fire Department Recruit Academy Open House

Idaho Falls, ID: The Idaho Falls Fire Department invites the community to a Fire Department Recruit Academy Open House on Friday, October 28 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This FREE, family-oriented event will be held at Fire Station 4, located at 3180 S. Woodruff Avenue.

The community will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with the newest members of the Idaho Falls Fire Department. The event will include a baked potato bar, Halloween games and a costume parade for the kids!

Bring the entire family out for an evening full of entertainment on October 28!

Don’t forget to follow the Idaho Falls Fire Department on Facebook!

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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.

Residential Auto-Load Collection Phase Two Implementation

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls’ Sanitation Division is excited to announce the second of three phases to convert residential refuse collection to an auto-load system beginning this month. The first phase, completed in 2015, converted approximately 4,500 residential homes and phase two will add another 5,000 to automated refuse collection.

A map of subdivisions and addresses included within this implementation phase is available at the city’s website , and a list of the neighborhoods impacted is listed below.

Delivery of new carts will begin the week of October 24th. The Sanitation Division requests that residents involved in phase two begin using the city-supplied refuse carts on their regular pick-up day of the week following cart deliveries.

The following neighborhoods are included in the phase set to begin Monday:
Alice Dickson Estates
Anderson-Jeppson Addition
Andrew Addition
Baywood Park Estates
Bel-Aire Addition
Bonavista Addition
Canterbury Park
Christensen Garden Subdivision
Columbia Heights Addition
Edgemont Gardens Addition
Fenway Park Subdivision
Golden L. Clark Addition
Home Ranch Addition
Jennie Lee Addition
John Adams Heights
Jossie Hughes Addition
Kelsey Estates
Legends
Linden Park Addition
Lorin C Anderson
Maplewood Subdivision
Melbourne Park Addition (south of John Adams Pkwy)
Orlin Park Addition
Parkwood Addition
Parkwood Meadows Subdivision
Pine Acres Subdivision
Prestwich Country Estates
Raders Tara
Skyline Terrace
Squire Barlow Addition
Stonebrook
Sunny Heights Addition
University Manor
Victorian Village
The Village
West Jennie Lee Addition
Westridge Addition

Further questions can be answered by calling the Sanitation Division at (208) 612-8491.

Project Update: Grandview Drive Widening

Idaho Falls, ID – The project to widen Grandview Drive from Skyline Drive to Saturn Avenue is set to be complete by the end of November, weather permitting.

The project dates to mid-April when the City began relocating waterlines along the project limits. The waterline relocation effort ended in early June and the reconstruction and widening of Grandview Drive began Aug. 1.

The federally funded project calls for a number of roadway improvements, including reconstruction of the roadway, widening of Grandview to five lanes, the addition of a 12-foot-wide shared-use pathway on Grandview’s south side, and a sidewalk on the north side between Skyline and Saturn.

Remaining work includes retaining wall construction on the south side of Grandview; curb, gutter and sidewalk installation; roadway excavation and paving on the south side of Grandview; and utility adjustments/striping. Paving is scheduled to be complete in November.

The speed limit through the work zone has been reduced to 25 MPH, and motorists should expect periodic lane closures. Motorists are also advised to watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

Work that has been completed to date includes:

  • Waterline relocation
  • Phone relocation on the north side of Grandview
  • Construction of a storm water infiltration system that will hold 900 cubic yards of water at a depth of 16 feet beneath the roadway
  • Construction of the storm sewer lines
  • Construction of the north roadway retaining wall
  • Roadway base and paving (bottom lift) on the north half of the roadway

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE. For questions, call Public Works at (208) 612-8250.