Thursday, December 30, 2010

Notice of Public Comment Period on the City's CDBG Annual Action Plan

The City of Coeur d'Alene has drafted an annual action plan for the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for the plan year 2011. The City anticipates receiving CDBG funds of $309,469.00 for the plan year beginning April 1, 2011. The draft Annual Action plan is available for review and comment for a period of 30 days, January 3 - February 3, 2011.

Additionally, a public workshop will be held January 19, 2011 at 5:30 p.m., at Fire Station No. 3, located at 1500 15th Street, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814. The workshop will be held in a facility that is accessible to persons with disabilities. Special accommodation will be available, upon request; requests to be made five (5) days prior to the hearing. For more information, contact Renata McLeod at (208) 666-5741.

Written comments will be accepted beginning January 3, 2011 through February 3, 2011. Written comments should be submitted to Renata McLeod, 208-666-5741, City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814.
The draft documents are available for review by clicking here or hard copies are at the City Hall, Customer Service Center, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, 83814.

City Digging Out From Major Snowstorm

A fourth (4th) citywide plowing effort is underway in response to “Debbie Sue,” a major storm leading into New Year’s Eve. It has already dumped more than 10 inches of snow on the Lake City. Street Maintenance Department crews face a tough challenge managing such a great amount of snow falling in a short period of time.

The city's response will follow established priorities of focusing first on arterial streets, collector streets, and hills, and then residential streets. Experience has demonstrated that the city's snow gates are only effective in reducing, NOT eliminating, the large volume of snow received by this storm. Barring any equipment failure, by tonight all residential areas will be completed.

For more information, please contact the Street Department Information Line at 769-2233, or listen to KVNI 1080 AM. The department’s website http://streets.cdaid.org will also be updated regularly.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Library Closed Two Days for New Years

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library will be closed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, for New Years. Normal hours resume Sunday, Jan. 2, at noon.
The library’s databases, including a wide range of homework and research resources, can be accessed 24 hours a day from any Internet-enabled computer by going to the library’s website: cdalibrary.org.
To obtain necessary usernames and passwords visit the library or call 208/769-2315 during open hours.

Warm Up With Winter Reading Programs

Winter Story Programs will help to take the chill off beginning Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the Seagraves Children’s Library at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
Programs are free and no registration is required. Each session includes age-appropriate stories, songs, poems, crafts and other activities. The schedule is:
► Book Babies Lapsit: For children ages newborn to 2 accompanied by a parent or caregiver, Tuesdays 10:15-10:45 a.m. and Fridays 10:30-11 a.m.
► Tales for Twos and Threes: For ages 2-3, Tuesdays, 11-11:30 a.m.
► Preschool Storytime: For ages 3-5, Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. and 1-1:30 p.m.
► Game CafĂ©: For ages 8-12, Wednesdays, 4-5 p.m. Participants can try their hands at chess and checkers and other non-electronic board games.
► LEGO Club: Thursday, 4-5 p.m. Free building time for ages 5-10 with our giant tubs of LEGOs.
► Ocarina Club: Friday, 4-5 p.m. For ages 9-13. Participants learn about this ancient musical instrument and how to play it. Club size is limited. Contact the children’s library at 208/769-2315 Ext. 438 or visit the library to register.
Children under 6 visiting the library need to be supervised by an adult or a person who is at least 14 even during programs. Children ages 6-9 should be accompanied by someone who is at least 14 who will remain in the building.
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Computer Workshops Focus on Office Software

While the ReTool Box help sessions (see article below) focus on basic computer literacy, the Coeur d’Alene Public Library continues to offer free workshops offering opportunities to learn more about the Microsoft Office suite of programs.
The free 90-minute workshops are taught by Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon in the Gozzer Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave. No registration is required. Participants should arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled starting time.
The workshops for January and February are offered on Mondays and include:
► Basics in Excel (Spreadsheets): Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Have long lists of numbers or information that need taming or calculating? A spreadsheet can help. Explore and understand the parts of the spreadsheet, basic formulas, basic formatting, and editing.
► Basics in Word (Word Processing): Jan. 10, 5:30-7 p.m., and Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m. to noon. This workshop provides a basic understanding of how to create, edit, and format documents in a word-processing program.
► Basics in Publisher (Desktop Publishing): Jan. 24, 10:30 a.m. to noon, and Feb. 7, 5:30-7 p.m. Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing program which makes creating signs, cards, banners, brochures, business cards, and other types of documents a quick task, not a chore.
► Intermediate Excel (Spreadsheets): Jan. 31, 5:30-7 p.m. Spreadsheets do much more than crunch numbers. Learn about Excel's database functionality, creating charts and graphs, and creating more effective formulas on the run. Previous spreadsheet experience necessary.
► Basics in PowerPoint (Presentations): Feb. 14, 5:30-7 p.m. Workshop will provide the basic skills to begin creating visual presentations through slide manipulation, object use, and transitions with helpful hints for creating an effective presentation.
Patrons who need accommodation to participate in library programs or services are asked to contact the staff. Information about computer workshops is available by contacting Brannon at 208/769-2315 Ext. 456.
More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

City Hall Closed for New Year’s Holiday

On Friday, December 31, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the New Year’s holiday. Other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Please Recycle Cereal & Cracker Boxes, Junk Mail

Gift Wrap, Ribbons & Bows are not Recyclable

Partners Blue Bird Recycling and Kootenai County Solid Waste have noted that they have been surprised that more items were not being recycled in the city’s single-stream recycling program, now available through Waste Management. They weren’t seeing cereal boxes, cracker boxes, and junk mail – all items which are recyclable in the program. Please be sure to add these items to your blue cart.

As a reminder, since the holiday season is upon us, gift wrap, ribbons, and bows are NOT recyclable.

The recycling program itself is 17 years old, but the new carts, which have lids, make the process a great deal easier because they roll out – they don’t have to be carried. In addition, with the new program Blue Bird Recycling has gone from accepting seven to 17 items for recycling. Glass and plastic bags are two of the only regular household items the program does not accept. Although infrequent, such items slow the process. Plastic bags can, however, be dropped off at the Kootenai County Transfer Station on Ramsey Road.

For more information, please call Waste Management at 765-4968.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Presentation followed by Open House for Proposed McEuen Park Project to be Held

January 6th, 6:00 p.m., North Idaho College Student Union Building; Lake Coeur d’Alene Room.

A Presentation and Open House for the proposed McEuen Park Project will be held Thursday, January 6th, at 6:00 p.m., at North Idaho College, S.U.B., Lake Coeur d’Alene Room. The various elements of the plan will be presented and there will be opportunities for public input and discussion with the Design Team and the Steering Committee immediately after the presentation.

In May of this year, the McEuen Steering Committee began meeting to discuss the possible visions for the McEuen Field area. In July 2010, they selected Team McEuen to express and articulate that vision. Team McEuen is comprised of an architectural firm, landscape architect and engineering firm. The Steering Committee and Team McEuen have been meeting regularly since that time and are ready to present the plan and solicit input for the proposed reconstruction of the McEuen Field Project.

For more information, you can access our web site at www.mceuenpark.com or contact Parks Director Doug Eastwood at 769-2252. (The web site will be accessible as of December 27, 2010)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Santa Is Coming to Town

This week kids in Coeur d’Alene will get to see Santa in the streets of our community, and yes, his sleigh will be a big, red fire engine. Santa and members of the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Local 710 will be around town every evening this week collecting food and cash donations for the food bank. Below is a schedule and geographic region they will be each evening:

December 19th West of 7th St, South of Appleway Ave

December 20th East of 7th St, South of Appleway Ave

December 21st East of Highway 95, North of Appleway Ave

December 22nd West of Highway 95, North of Appleway Ave and South of Dalton Ave

December 23rd West of Highway 95, North of Dalton Ave and South of Prairie

When you see flashing Red Lights and Hear Christmas Music come out and donate a can of food, let the kids say hello to Santa and the firefighters and get a candy cane or other surprises from Santa. Santa’s journey will last from 4:30 – 8:30 each evening.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Library Will Close Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas

The Coeur d'Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., will be closed Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25, for Christmas.
Normal hours resume Sunday, Dec. 26, at noon.
The libraries databases, including a wide range of homework and resarch reasources, can be accessed 24 hours a day from any Internet-enabled computer by going to the libary's website: cdalibrary.org.
To obtain necessary usernames and passwords visit the library or call 208/769-2315 during open hours.

Learning Express Back on Cd’A Library Website

GED, other practice tests part of available online resources
Online practice testing, job search skills, and career resources are as close as the nearest Internet-linked computer with the return of Learning Express to the website for the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
A link to the service has been made available at www.cdalibrary.org by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.
The site can be found on the left side of the library’s website, cdalibrary.org. The link is labeled “Test Prep – GED, etc.” A user name and password are not required to access the site, but users are asked to create a free account and create their own user names and passwords for future access.
Learning Express can be accessed during regular hours from Internet and database computers at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., or anytime from any Internet-enable computer. The site includes interactive skill-building courses in math, reading, and writing as well as a broad range of practice tests based on official exams such as the ACT, SAT, GED, ASVAB Core, and EMT Basic, firefighter, police officer, paramedic, Allied Healthcare, U.S. Citizenship, postal worker, cosmetology, and real estate agent and broker exams.
In addition, job-skills tutorials are available to assist in creating a resume, honing interviewing techniques, using computer software, and improving business communications. Patrons also have the option of selecting from more than 130 e-Book titles to help learners of all ages prepare for success. This platform includes self-paced study, instant scoring, and diagnostic feedback.

City Hall Closed for Christmas Holiday

On Friday, December 24, 2010, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the holiday. Most other city offices and facilities will be closed as well. Emergency calls for Police, Fire, and Streets can be made by dialing 9-1-1. Other city facilities have emergency numbers and can be reached if the need arises: Sewer Back-up 769-2241 and Water 755-9729.

City Hall and other city facilities will open Monday, December 27th, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Housing Needs Assessment

NOTICE: The City of Coeur d'Alene is updating its Fair Housing Plan and its Housing Needs Assessment. The City is requesting its residents to take a few moments and fill out the survey located here no later than January 15, 2011. If you would prefer to print a copy of the survey and mail it in, a copy is available by clicking here. For more information, please contact Rachel Thompson, Associate for BBC Research & Consulting, at 303-321-2547, ext. 224, or email her at rthompson@bbcresearch.com.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Camp All-Stars "Winter Break" Day Camp!

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “Winter Break” Day Camp, from December 20th to December 31st, Monday-Friday, at 1323 East Sherman Suite E. Due to the holiday, there will be no camp on December 24th or 25th.

Camp is filled with six (6) hours of meaningful and memorable activities such as community outings, crafts, and games. The day camp is provided to young people ages 4-21 who may have special needs and or developmental disabilities.

Camp is held from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $12.00 a day. There are limited scholarships available for those who qualify, provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation will be provided for participants living in Post Falls. Morning pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and afternoon drop off will be at 3:30 p.m. The pick-up and drop-off location is at the Trading Company. Campers who live in the Coeur d’Alene area will meet at the SNR facility at 9:00 a.m. and they will need to be picked up at 3:00 p.m.

Participants will enjoy activities such as crafts, Christmas caroling, going to the mall to see Santa, a sleigh ride, bowling, movies, and going to Triple Play’s Raptor Reef Indoor Water Park. Call to ensure your spot today – there are limited spots available.

Unfortunately, SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance, but individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to join us with their care provider, parent, or assistant. If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars, would like to register, or want to volunteer, please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781. Please also visit 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.

Fire Department Food Drive

The Coeur d’Alene Fire Department collected 935 pounds of food and $100 in cash donations during the Santa Photo Drive on December 4, 2010.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Food for Fines Sets Record With 892 Pounds

Patrons participating in an overdue-fine amnesty at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library donated a record amount of food to a local food bank.
From Nov. 15 to Dec. 4, patrons gave 892 pounds of food as part of the Fa La La La La Food for Fines. A donation of nonperishable food for people or pets could be donated at the library in lieu of payments for late fees. The amnesty did not apply to charges for lost or damaged items.
Since the periodic Food for Fines program was introduced, the largest donation to date was in March 2008 when 510 pounds was collected.
Food was given to the Community Action Partnership Food Bank. A box of pet food was also given to Kootenai Humane Society.
More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Celebrate the Holidays at the Library


Give your family a break over the Christmas break with holiday activities at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
On Saturday, Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m., come to the library Community Room for the second annual Merry Moose-tletoe – a celebration of Coeur d’Alene’s own Mudgy the Moose and Millie the Mouse.
Beginning at 1 p.m. children’s author Susan Nipp will read from the “Mudgy & Millie” book and lead the “Mudgy & Millie” song. Along with sculptor Terry Lee – creator of the statues on the Mudgy Trail – Nipp will sign copies of the book during the event.
Copies of the book will be available to buy and you can bring in copies for a special holiday sticker. The royalties for “Mudgy & Millie” support the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
Bring your cameras for photos with Santa Claus and Mudgy and Millie.
The Foundation will also have free Christmas movies for the kids and lots of fresh popcorn.
In other activities, special Holiday Reading programs for ages newborn to 13, continue in the Seagraves Children’s Library through Dec. 17. Call 208/769-2315 Ext. 438 for times and details.
On Wednesdays, Dec. 22 and 29, beginning at 1 p.m. the children’s library will have free full-length movies for the children. The Dec. 22 film will be “The Tale of Despereaux” based on the children's book by Kate Dicamillo. The movie on Dec. 29 with be the animated adventure science fiction “The Iron Giant.”
Anyone who needs accommodation to participate in a library program is asked to contact the staff prior to the activity by calling 208/769-2315. More news and information about the library is available online at cdalibrary.org.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Slushy Snow Slows Street Crews

Operators Working Round-the-Clock

Wet, slushy snow conditions are causing delays for Street Department personnel plowing residential areas. Crews are working 24/7 with four (4) loader snow gate & grader residential plow teams on days, and three (3) loader/snow gate & grader plow teams on nights.

The department has truck plows, but they are used on arterials, hills, collectors, and emergency routes, and DO NOT have snow gates. Snow gates only reduce berms in driveways – they do not eliminate the berm. Unfortunately, in this weather, even with the snow gates driveways are receiving slushy, wet snow or large pieces and clumps of the frozen snow floor.

When it first snowed before Thanksgiving and was so cold, that first “floor” never completely thawed. With warming temperatures, it is thawing and it’s ready to be plowed.

Subdivisions in the north part of the city generally receive more wind and drifted snow, and have some streets that are narrower. Street crews hope to have all residential areas plowed by today, but equipment does break down and this process is slow.

Please be patient and know that operators are doing their best!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Alley Trash and Recycling Services Suspended

Waste Management of Idaho just announced that trash and recycling services provided in alleys will be suspended in Coeur d’Alene beginning December 2, 2010. Until otherwise notified, please place your trash and recycling materials in front of your home on your service day.

Alley trash and recycling services have been suspended due to persistent, heavy snow storms which have made it impossible for Waste Management trucks to safely navigate in alleyways.

A SPECIAL REQUEST: After pick-up, please remove your garbage container from the street so city plows can do their job.

For additional information, please call 765-4968.