Thursday, November 20, 2014

Leaf pickup tops 1,000 tons

As of Thursday, city street crews had removed 576 loads of leaves totaling 1,107 tons. On Friday, crews will head west to the Fairway Meadows area, then onto Indian Meadows and the Northshire subdivisions. All neighborhoods west of Ramsey Road to the western city limits and north of I-90 to Kathleen are scheduled for pickup.

Volunteers hand out 2,715 Thanksgiving meals

Renata McLeod, Municipal Services Director for Coeur d’Alene,
helps a woman with her free turkey meal out to her car.
Thousands of Kootenai County residents who may have otherwise gone hungry on Thanksgiving received free turkey dinners this week thanks to Community Action Partnership and Turkeys for All, a local nonprofit charity.

Carolyn Shewfelt, food bank program manager for Community Action Partnership, said the Holiday Box Program attracts about 120 volunteers that help with everything from sorting food, to helping carry meals to vehicles, and even directing parking for the masses who benefit from the program.

The turkey dinners included all the trimmings: stuffing, fresh potatoes, green beans, Jell-O, fruit cocktail, pumpkin pie mix, cranberry sauce and frozen blueberries.

This year, the city of Coeur d’Alene is again proud to have helped out with this worthwhile program. “To be able to take part in helping families in need is wonderful,” said Renata McLeod, Municipal Services Director for the city. “It’s a great opportunity for the city to give back.” Volunteering with Renata were city administrator Jim Hammond and library director Bette Ammon.

Community Action Partnership is the nonprofit, national organization representing the interests of the 1,100 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) across the country that annually help 17 million low-income Americans.

Founded by Jim Myers of Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai County-based Turkeys for All seeks to raise enough money year round to be able to supply the local food bank with enough birds to feed every family that registers for the Holiday Box Program. Despite the outstanding efforts of Turkeys for All, the need in Kootenai County was so great this year, 700 of the 2,715 meals did not include turkeys.

Sing Along With Mudgy & Millie, Santa

Coeur d’Alene’s Favorite Characters, St. Nick Available for Photos
Join the fun Saturday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library with a special family activity, the third annual “Holiday Sing-Along With Mudgy and Santa.”
The free program will be in the Community Room on the lower level of the library at 702 E. Front Ave. Easiest access will be from the lower parking behind City Hall and through the lower entrance.
Children's author Susan Nipp, creator of the “Mudgy & Millie” book and the nationally known “Wee Sing” series of books and music, will lead the children in singing some holiday favorites.
Mudgy Moose and Millie Mouse will be on hand along with Santa Claus and they will be available after the music for informal photos -- so be sure to bring your cameras.
Nipp and sculptor Terry Lee, who created the bronze statues along the Mudgy Trail, will also sign copies of “Mudgy & Millie.”
The book, which also features the illustrations of Charles Reasoner, was first published in 2008 with its royalties and those for “Mudgy & Millie” merchandise going to the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation. Its release coincided with the unveiling of Lee’s bronzes and the opening of the 2.5-mile trail in cooperation with the City of Coeur d’Alene.
Information: 208-769-2380.

Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208-769-2315. For more library information visit The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, Library Director, Bette Ammon. Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m./Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Brief City Hall phone system outage Friday

There will be an interruption in phone service to city of Coeur d’Alene offices on Friday, November 21, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. while the city changes phone service providers.

Affected departments include administration, building, engineering, finance, fire , legal, library, parks, planning, police, streets, water and wastewater. City offices will be open during this maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Leaf-Fest update

All leaves south of Best Avenue and Interstate 90 have been collected. Also Nettleton Gulch from 15th Street east to city limits and Nettleton to Thomas Lane from 15th Street to 19th Street.

Tomorrow: 19th Street east to city limits between Lunceford to Thomas Lane, including Thomas Hills. Also Thomas Hills to Shaddock Lance from 15th Street east to city limits including Miners Loop area. Best Avenue to Margaret Lane from 15th Street east to Fourth  Street will also be collected.

Totals to date: 515 loads of leaves weighing 981 tons. A map showing this update of will be posted later this evening or first thing in the evening.

When the snow flies, Cd’A plows will be ready

Although national weather experts are calling for a warmer and drier winter in the Pacific Northwest, which includes Coeur d’Alene, the city’s street department isn’t taking anything for granted.

Street superintendent Tim Martin on Tuesday presented the City Council with the 2014-15 snow plan and said his crews—as in year’s past—will be ready for whatever Old Man Winter brings.

“We are aggressive in how we plow,” Martin told the council.

Over the past seven years, the street department has made seven citywide plows per winter on average and 11 arterial plows. “Our plowing operations start when there are four to five inches on the road, or with two inches on the road and more expected,” Martin said.

Here is the plowing priority:
·         Hospital access routes
·         Major arterials (for example, Northwest Boulevard, Ramsey Road, Appleway)
·         Steep hills and curves (for example, Cherry Hill, Fernan Hill, Armstrong Park, Tubbs Hill)
·         911 center (Julia Avenue)
·         Major collectors (for example Seventh Street, Eleventh Street, Margaret Avenue, Thomas Lane)
·         Bus routes
·         Residential streets  and cul-de-Sacs
The city works closely with local media to keep the public informed on plowing efforts. Constant updates on the plowing process will also be provided on the city’s Facebook page and blog. To access either site, visit

Each year, the city names its storms with the help of local schools. This year, Canfield Middle School students Jared Harper and Noah Bell picked a sports theme for storms. The first storm will be called Aquatics.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Here's the latest leaf pickup map

As of Tuesday afternoon, street department crews had hauled 437 loads of leaves weighing 868 tons.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Leaf pickup on schedule

As of Monday afternoon, city street crews had filled 345 dump truck loads of leaves weighing in at 691 tons—that’s nearly 1.4 million pounds! Pickup has been completed Sherman Avenue to Harrison Avenue east of Government Way and in the area south of Forest Cemetery.

Tuesday, crews will be working in the area of Harrison north to Interstate 90 and 15th Street west to Northwest Boulevard. The northern neighborhoods of Sunshine meadows, Legacy Place and Heartland are also expected to be covered. “Things are running along smoothly and we’re on schedule,” said Terry Leigh, field supervisor with the street department.