Friday, May 22, 2015

New Cd’A parking law goes into effect Saturday

Prompted by concerns with delinquent public behavior at the McEuen Park parking facility, the Coeur d’Alene City Council recently passed an ordinance restricting certain activity at the sub-level parking lot.

The new law, which applies to all city parking facilities, goes into effect on Saturday. Bottom line, city officials say, is that parking facilities are meant for parking—not playing.

“It’s really loitering and activities not related to parking that are being prohibited,” said Wes Somerton, the city’s chief criminal prosecutor who drafted the new ordinance. Among other things, the ordinance prohibits loitering, skateboarding, roller blading, and racing. The ordinance, Somerton added, gives officers more authority to restrict certain unlawful behaviors.

Coeur d’Alene Police Capt. Steve Childers said there will be an increased police presence at the downtown parking structure; however, he said the higher visibility also is in conjunction with the holiday weekend and approaching summer season.

Childers does not expect a lot of tickets to be issued at first as the new parking ordinance takes effect. “It will be very much educational to begin with,” the captain said. “But if folks do not comply, it could involve more heavy law enforcement.”

A copy of the new parking ordinance will be posted soon to the city’s website and shared on the city’s social media sites.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

East Sherman master planning efforts under way

Coeur d’Alene Community Planning Director Hilary Anderson records a public service announcement on East Sherman Avenue. CDA-TV director Jeff Crowe is also pictured.

The city of Coeur d’Alene is moving forward with formulating a master plan to revitalize East Sherman Avenue. But before any work is done, city planners want to hear from stakeholders and the community.

The city and CDA 2030 have scheduled two town hall meetings in June to kick off a visioning and master planning effort for the East Sherman Avenue corridor and we want you to be part of the conversation!  We are sending out postcards and asking businesses to hang posters with information about the town hall meetings in their storefront windows, and to help us in spreading the word through social media, email and word of mouth.  

Mark your calendars and encourage your neighbors and friends to join you at one of the town hall meetings.  The meeting on June 3 will take place at the City Library in the Community Room from 5-7pm and the meeting on June 18 will take place at the Harding Family Center from 5-7pm.  The conversation is already starting on Facebook, NextDoor and the CDAPress website. You can also get updates from the city’s Facebook page and website.

We want the businesses, property owners, and residents along East Sherman, other stakeholder groups and the greater CDA community to join the conversation.  Attend one of the town hall meetings and tell us what you like, what you don’t like, and what you envision as the future of the East Sherman corridor.  The information we gather will help us begin a master planning effort for revitalization of the city’s eastern gateway. 

Community planning director Hilary Anderson has already started the public information process. Hilary discussed the East Sherman master planning effort during presentations at Bike CDA’s “Bike Talks” meeting on April 4 and the North Idaho Building Contractors Association’s Government Affairs meeting on May 19. Additionally, Hilary recently taped an announcement on the East Sherman planning effort that will air soon on CDA-TV channel 19.

For more information contact the city’s planning department at 769-2240 or or CDA 2030 at 415-0112 or   Don’t miss out on this opportunity to provide your valuable input.

Sunshine and splashing at McEuen

Warm temperatures and blue skies prompted the opening of the McEuen Park splash pad on Thursday, just in time for the long Memorial Day weekend.

The water features will be activated daily through the spring and summer from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The splash pad re-opened nearly one year after the reconstructed park was dedicated on May 24, 2014.

“It’s a nice way to get out and enjoy not just the splash pad, but all the great amenities that McEuen has to offer,” said Coeur d’Alene Parks and Recreation Director Steve Anthony.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Coeur d’Alene police cars going black and white

In the coming months, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department will unveil a new look for its patrol cars. Already, the first new “black and white” is on patrol.

Chief Lee White said the new look will be phased in over time. Six new cars that were budgeted for last year will soon be received and wrapped with the new decals. New cars planned for next year will also have the new look.

“The design of our new police cars is steeped in tradition, provides for  better visibility for the public, and is a source of pride for our officers. We are pleased to share this new design with our citizens,” Chief White said.

New budget survey now available online

The city of Coeur d’Alene invites you to participate in the 2015-16 budget survey. Data collected from the brief survey will be reviewed by city staff and the City Council to help shape the budget planning process. We appreciate your participation and value your input. Click here to take the survey. Click here to take the survey.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Wellness Fair to promote healthy lifestyle choices

A crowd gathers at last year's Wellness Fair

A diverse group of health-conscious professionals will offer their expertise to the public at a free forum Thursday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.

Coeur d’Alene’s 7th annual Wellness Fair will offer health screenings and education, advice from local wellness experts, food and beverage samples and more. The goal of the fair is to empower citizens—regardless of age or abilities—to pursue healthy lifestyles.

Local wellness stores, dieticians, chiropractors, massage therapists, nutrition companies, oral health care and medical professionals, and fitness club representatives will be in attendance. The Inland Northwest Blood Center’s mobile unit will also be on hand.

“It’s really an awareness event to provide information that allows people to make healthier choices,” said Melissa Tosi, the city’s human resources director and facilitator of the wellness committee. “Our goal is to motivate people to make positive health behavior changes in all aspects of life.”

The Wellness Fair is hosted by the City of Coeur d’Alene and Helbling Benefits Consulting.