Friday, February 27, 2009
4th Street project improvements include: removal and replacement of all the paving, sidewalks, street trees, curbing, reconstruction of the storm sewer system, and upgrades to the water and wastewater facilities.
In addition, midtown place-making improvements include: pedestrian bulbs at selected intersections, accent paving at Foster, Roosevelt, Boise, Montana, and Miller, accent concrete on the sidewalks, widened sidewalks, accent street lights, and a narrower road section from Roosevelt to Boise. There will be trash cans, benches, and additional street lights.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The library – designed by Architects West of Coeur d’Alene and built by Leone & Keeble Inc. of Spokane – received the award for the Best Public Building Over $5 Million in Idaho. See the Intermountain Contractor article
An independent jury of industry experts judged nearly 100 submitted projects from Idaho and Utah. The winning projects were featured in the December issue of the magazine and will also be submitted for the National Best of ’08 Competition.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The Moscow Police Department expressed appreciation to Police Officer David Kelly for his assistance in serving on the interview board for Moscow’s Internet Crimes Against Children position. His specialized expertise was extremely helpful in the selection process. Thank you Officer Kelly for a job well done.
On February 20, 2009 Deputy City Attorney Ann Eckhart presented the Bill of Rights to the 5th grade class at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. Ann was participating in the 2009 Lawyers in the Classroom program which is a statewide project sponsored by the Idaho Bar Association. Ann’s interactive presentation excited the children and they had amazingly relevant questions. We are proud to once again support and congratulate Ann on a job well done.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Eight computer workshops will be offered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., during March and April.
The library’s workshops are offered on a first-come, first-served basis for up to nine participants and preregistration is not required. The free, 90-minute workshops are taught by Christopher Brannon, Information Technology Coordinator, in the library’s computer lab on the Terrace Level. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time.
Knowing that it did not have the resources to conduct a year-round, special needs program, the city started small with a 1997 summer camp, which served about 50 participants. It then solicited corporate donations to help with staff salaries and purchased a van with donations from Pepsi and the United Way. The first summer camp was very successful. It included camping trips and field trips to local areas of interest. What’s more, the structure of the camp allowed for focused work on specific social skills as well as unstructured, free time for young people.
Soon, it was obvious that a year-round program was needed, and that new and more expansive recreational opportunities were required. The Recreation Department and the Specialized Needs Recreation Board solicited United Way funds and were successful in their efforts. Later, when Coeur d’Alene recognized that about one third of its program participants were from Post Falls, the Post Falls City Council was contacted to assist financially and they gladly contributed. Now, the cities of Hayden and Rathdrum also contribute to the program.
Specialized Needs Recreation has grown to serve over 2,700 returning participants (those who may attend more than one function) and the program operates all year long. Activities now include a summer camp, Christmas Vacation camp, Spring Break camp, bowling, dances (“Proms”), a five-day camping trip, swimming, and horseback riding.
In 2008, Special Needs Recreation provided through its various programs 309 scholarships and was supported by 6,021 volunteer hours. “”It’s a very unique program,” said Steve Anthony, Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department Director. “Four cities and a non-profit agency collaborate to provide activities for our citizens with special needs and it shows the commitment of our elected officials to this segment of our population that sometimes gets overlooked. Specialized Needs Recreation not only provides recreational opportunities for program participants, but also for their families.”
As the population of the Coeur d’Alene area has increased, so has the special needs population and the need for recreational activities for them. By spearheading this collaborative effort, the City of Coeur d’Alene continues to meet the needs of its special citizens. For more information about Specialized Needs Recreation, call SNR Program Director Angie Goucher at 755-6781.
SNR is specifically looking for individuals who are able to contribute or have skills/experience in the following areas: Web Design, Marketing, and Public Relations. Your knowledge and contribution will benefit Specialized Needs Recreation in its quest to expand to meet the needs of this growing, special population. SNR is also seeking volunteers to serve on its fundraising committee.
If you have a passion for helping others, particularly people who have special needs, and you want to be part of making important decisions for a great organization whose main goal is to ensure that youth and adults who have developmental disabilities experience all the recreational opportunities they can, then please join the SNR team.
SNR is a non-profit organization, and the SNR Board meets every other month for approximately two (2) hours to plan, to discuss events, and to make decisions about the organization. If you are interested in finding out how to become a board member for Specialized Needs Recreation, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
The distribution of paper copies of tax forms was discontinued three years ago in an effort by the library to reduce paper waste because of the amount of forms leftover after the tax season.
Paper forms and other tax publications can still be obtained at the Internal Revenue Service office, 1221 Ironwood Drive, 1-800/829-3676, and at the Idaho State Tax Commission, 1910 Northwest Blvd., 208/769-1500. More news and information about the library is available online at http://www.cdalibrary.org/.
Shannon Industrial $188,398.00
TML Construction $192,551.00
General Industries $213,980.00
Safco Inc. $222,400.77
Polin & Young $239,528.00
Westway Construction $245,000.00
Star Construction $249,846.00
S & L Underground $304,657.00
The bids are being reviewed for responsiveness to the bid specifications and it is anticipated that staff will make their recommendations for awarding the bid at the Public Works Committee meeting on February 23rd with Council awarding the bid at their March 3rd Council meeting.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Run Your Heart Out!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “School Day Off” Day Camp, February 16th, at Sorenson Elementary in Coeur d’Alene. If you have nothing to do on your school day off, come and have some fun with us. You will not need to bring a lunch, we will be going out for lunch and then off to the Spokane Valley Mall.
Camp All-Stars Day Camps are filled with six hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. Camp will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The cost is $12.00 for the day. There are scholarships available for those who qualify.
Transportation is provided for Post Falls participants from the Trading Company. Morning pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop offs will be at 3:30 p.m. Campers coming from the Coeur d’Alene area will meet at Sorenson Elementary at 9:00 a.m. in the gymnasium.
Unfortunately, SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance. Nonetheless, individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to join us with their care provider or assistant.
Specialized Needs Recreation also offers summer, winter, and spring break day camps as well as school days off throughout the year and after school programs. If you would like more information about Specialized Needs Recreation and all the wonderful programs and activities we offer, please call 755-6781 or check out our website at www.snr.bz.
Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities.
The Police Department hosted a meeting of Block Watch Captains at the department’s training room on the evening of February 9th. Approximately 10 captains attended and listened to a presentation on gangs by School Resource Officer (SRO) Mark Todd. Updates on the Block Watch program and the Citizens on Patrol Academy (COPS) were also presented. A question and answer session followed. Mayor Bloem, Captain Childers, Sergeant Christie Wood, and I attended as well. The next meeting will be held in late spring.
I was contacted by a reporter from the Spokesman-Review interested in doing an article on our Radio Read meter conversion project and invited our new Service Division Supervisor, Rob Stark, to participate. We met briefly with the reporter and photographer and discussed the program’s purpose: reducing reading time and producing more accurate monthly billing. We demonstrated the basic unit and explained its various capabilities. Rob then took the photographer for a ride to demonstrate how efficiently it works. They read a route that would have normally taken five-to-six hours to read manually. It only took eight minutes to complete with the radio read system. Needless to say, they were very impressed.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Throughout the State of Idaho there are seven Regional Advisory Committees on substance abuse. These committees annually select a community member to recognize for their outstanding dedication and service to substance abuse prevention and treatment in the community. The award is presented in conjunction with the Patricia Kempthorne Legislative event each year in Boise.
Chief Longo was nominated by Tammy Rubino with Kootenai Alliance for Children and Families, for his work in the area of substance abuse prevention. Tammy stated in her nomination letter “Chief Longo has long recognized the importance of enforcing alcohol and drug laws to prevent our youth from becoming dependant on illegal substances. He has been at the forefront of enforcing underage drinking laws in North Idaho.”
Chief Longo was a pioneer in promoting the Meth is my Neighbor Project across the State and recently developed a “Turn in Prescription Medicine” program that is being replicated by other law enforcement agencies in the Panhandle.
The Department of Health and Welfare works very closely with local law enforcement and is happy to recognize Chief Longo for his dedication to our community.
Friday, February 6, 2009
It all started when Roger Young, an old friend of the Mayor's, made a request. It seems Roger's grandfather and subsequently two of his uncles had managed the Coeur d'Alene (Tubbs Hill) Fish Hatchery starting around World War I. One of the few remaining pieces of material evidence of the hatchery was fixed on top of the city's Water Department screen well on the east side of Tubbs Hill.