Framing the Future of Downtown Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls is working to create a clear and innovative guide for development and redeveloping in the downtown area and would like the community’s input and ideas.

In an effort to improve the downtown area, the guide will address such topics as streetscape design, housing, parking and more.

The city will host an open house on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Idaho Falls Library, 457 W. Broadway.

For those unable to attend the meeting, a project website is also available for comments at www.ifdowntown.com or by calling the Idaho Falls Planning Division at (208) 612-8187.

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.

Snow Event Triggers Parking Restrictions

Update: January 26, 2017, 7:50 p.m. The City of Idaho Falls has completed the majority of snow removal activities associated with the recent winter weather event. As a result, the parking restrictions have been lifted. Crews will continue with previously scheduled clean-up activities, including addressing cul-de-sacs, problem areas and berms in the middle of priority streets.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.

Update: January 25, 2017, 4:53 p.m. Zone A east/west & north/south streets are now complete. The night crew will continue to address residential areas in Zone B tonight and into the morning. Parking restrictions are still in place.

Update: January 24, 2017, 4:00 p.m. Zone A north/south streets are now complete. Zone B and priority streets are still being addressed. Crews will begin plowing Zone A east/west streets tomorrow morning (Jan. 25) at 8 a.m. Parking restrictions remain in place. We will notify the media and the public when the restrictions have been lifted.

Update: January 24, 2017, 1:03 p.m.  Two snow removal crews continue to plow priority 1 streets. The following streets have been plowed:  Anderson, Science Center, Lincoln, Lomax, 1st Street, Northgate, Yellowstone, Channing Way, 17th Street (although it needs to be done again), Hitt Road, Pancheri Drive, the north portion of Holmes Ave., 25th Street (Hitt to Channing). Crews are currently plowing Sunnyside Road.

Three residential crews are working through north/south streets around the numbered streets and lettered streets within Zone A. One crew is working through St. Clair Estates and the Dunes Subdivision and will continue moving west as these subdivisions are completed.

Right now, our focus is on getting the streets plowed. Snow loaders will beginning picking up snow pushed to the center this evening.

Update: January 24, 2017, 9:00 a.m.    Crews were called in at 1 a.m. this morning to begin plowing priority 1 and 2 streets and are now beginning to plow Zone A, north/south streets as planned yesterday. We are advising people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

City of Idaho Falls offices will not be closed today. However, some non-essential services may not be available until later in the morning due to delays with personnel arriving on time because of the heavy snowfall.

Emergency and other dispatch numbers for city departments can be found on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov

Update: January 23, 2017, 4:25 p.m.    Parking restrictions continue to be in place. Please move all vehicles off city roadways or risk towing. Crews are plowing Zone B now & will continue until completion.  Zone A, north/south streets, will be plowed from 8am-5pm on Tuesday, January, 24. Zone A, east/west streets, will be plowed from 8am-5pm on Wednesday, January 25.  Zones, maps and other information, click HERE.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

Idaho Falls, ID –  The recent accumulation of snow has exceeded two inches which qualifies as a snow event. 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.

City Invites Public Input on Short-Term Rentals, Holds Public Open House

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls is inviting public input on short-term rentals within city limits.  Residents, property owners and business owners are invited to complete an online survey and/or attend a public meeting on January 25, 2017.

A short-term rental is where a property owner rents out their property or a part of their property such as a bedroom to a guest for a short (less than 30 days) period. Usually this is done through an on-line company such as AirBnB or VRBO.  For additional information on short-term rentals, please see the FAQ link on the homepage of the city’s website or call Community Development Services at (208) 612-8276.

The city has developed a short survey for Idaho Falls residents, property owners and business owners to provide comment and feedback. The survey can be found on the homepage of the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov. The deadline for survey responses is February 1, 2017.

The City of Idaho Falls will be hosting a public open house regarding short-term rentals on January 25, 2017 at the Idaho Falls Public Library, 457 W. Broadway, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.  Employees will be available to address questions and concerns. Residents will also have the option to complete the survey at the open house.

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.

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.

Crews will continue with previously scheduled clean-up in certain areas next week.

With the exception of essential services, city offices will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observation of the holiday.

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.

Structure Fire at East Idaho Elite Wrestling

Idaho Falls, ID:  At approximately 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 12, the Idaho Falls Fire Department responded to East Idaho Elite Wrestling, 243 Gladstone, Idaho Falls for a structure fire.

Crews arrived on scene to find fire coming from the roof of the building. The fire was determined to be burning around a roof-mounted HVAC unit after a rooftop natural gas line sheared off and ignited. It is suspected that the gas line sheared off due to the snow load on the roof.

Roof Fire at East Idaho Elite Wrestling, Idaho Falls
Roof Fire at East Idaho Elite Wrestling, Idaho Falls

The ladder truck was utilized to access the roof and extinguish the fire. Shutting down the natural gas to the building was difficult for firefighters due to a large amount of snow and ice pushing around the gas meter.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public to make sure their natural gas meters and fire hydrants are clear of snow and debris to help first responders in emergencies.

Two fire engines, one ladder truck, three ambulances, a battalion chief and two incident safety officers responded to the fire.

There were no injuries reported.

Damage is estimated at $5,000.

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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.

Structure Fire on Summit Run Trail

Idaho Falls, ID:  On January 11, 2017 at 11:17 a.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 3612 Summit Run Trail in Idaho Falls for a structure fire.

A total of 17 personnel, including three engines, three ambulances and two chiefs responded.

Upon arrival firefighters found smoke coming from the basement of a single story home. Engine 4 made initial fire attack while Engine 2 and Ambulance 1 provided back-up. Engine 1 secured a water supply and rapid intervention crews.  Ambulance 6 performed primary search of the home which was determined to be clear. Ambulance 7 was on scene to provide emergency medical services, if needed.

The fire was extinguished and salvage and overhaul were completed.

There were no injuries reported. The residents were able to exit the home in a timely manner due to early notification by working smoke detectors. The fire was also held in check by an in-home fire sprinkler system.

Damage is estimated at $30,000. The cause is still under investigation.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department would like to remind all citizens to make sure they have working smoke alarms in their homes.

For additional information, contact Battalion Chief Paul Radford at (208) 612-8413.

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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 –  Last night’s accumulation of snow has triggered a snow event.  Although a vast majority of the snow has melted, the slush and ruts have prompted the need to plow residential streets.  All vehicles should be moved off all City of Idaho Falls roadways to allow room for plows to clear the roads or risk towing at the owner’s expense.

Zone B plowing will begin at 9:00 p.m. tonight, January 11, and will continue until complete.

The north and south streets in Zone A will be plowed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 12.   The east and west streets in Zone A will be plowed from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 13.

The city will issue another release when all parking restrictions have been lifted.

Crews continue to address issues with drainage. While standing water should be expected, major drainage issues should be reported to the city.   To report a drainage issue during regular working hours (8am-5pm, Monday-Friday) please contact the Wastewater Division at 612-8108. During non-working hours please contact dispatch at 612-8430.

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.

Mayor Rebecca Casper to Give Annual State of the City Address, City Employees Recognized

Idaho Falls, ID – Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper will give her annual State of the City address during the Regular City Council meeting on Thursday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m., in City Council Chambers inside the City Annex building located at 680 Park Avenue. The public and media are invited to attend.

Immediately following the State of the City address, an awards presentation recognizing city employees who have dedicated twenty, twenty-five, thirty and thirty-five years of service to the City of Idaho Falls will take place.

Online streaming of the meeting will be available for those who cannot attend. The link can be found under the City tab on the city’s website at www.idahofallsidaho.gov. The meeting will also be archived for later viewing.

City of Idaho Falls Service Awards

Twenty Years of Service

Cherise Frei, Community Development Services

John Tenerowicz, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Rich Brown, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Scott Grimmett, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Barbara Sanderson, Municipal Services / Controller’s Office

Bruce Dilley, Municipal Services / Equipment Maintenance

Richard Lainhart, Idaho Falls Police Department

Malin Reynolds, Idaho Falls Police Department

Twenty-Five Years of Service

Jimmy Rowberry, Public Works / Street Division

Richard Rogers, Idaho Falls Police Department

Lynn Billman, Idaho Falls Police Department

Rhonda Newman, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation / Aquatic Center

Joseph Hansen, Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation

Lisa Bush, Municipal Services / Controller’s Office

Kent Stommel, Idaho Falls Power

Randy Westergard, Idaho Falls Power

Thirty Years of Service

Rusty Gerdes, Public Works / Water Division

Darrin Lords, Public Works / Wastewater Treatment Facility

Mike McCarthy, Public Works / Street Division

John Graham, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation / Sandcreek Golf Course

Don Frongner, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation / Pinecrest Golf Course

Brent Martin, Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation

Chandra Witt, Municipal Services / General Services

Julie Lacey, Idaho Falls Fire Department

Kelly Shaw, Idaho Falls Power

Thirty-Five Years of Service

Jeffrey Pratt, Idaho Falls Police Department

Van Ashton, Idaho Falls Power

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.

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.

House Fire on 23rd Street

Idaho Falls, ID:  On January 2, 2017 at 4:46 p.m., the Idaho Falls Fire Department was dispatched to 294 E. 23rd Street, Idaho Falls, ID for a report of a structure fire in a single story private dwelling.

Firefighters arrived to find flames coming from the front room window.  The house was not occupied at the time of the fire. The homeowner returned home to find the fire and called 911.

Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire and searched the home to ensure all occupants were out.

There were no injuries.

The front room of the home was heavily damaged. The remainder of the home had smoke damage.

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

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The estimated damage is $60,000.

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.

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