Friday, October 28, 2011

‘Jane Eyre’ is Library’s Next ‘Moving Book’

The 2011 version of “Jane Eyre” is the next film in the “Moving Books” series sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation.
Based on the book by Charlotte Brontë, the movie will be screened Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 p.m., on the big screen in the library’s Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
A $5 donation is suggested. Free popcorn is provided. Proceeds will be used to enhance the library’s DVD collection.
This British romantic drama was directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga for BBC Films and Ruby Films and stars Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender, Jamie Bell, and Judi Dench. Rated PG-13, the film is 120 minutes long.
Coming attractions in the “Moving Books” series – movies based on books – are: Dec. 1 – “Polar Express;” Jan. 5 – “Sophie’s Choice;” Feb. 2 – “All the King’s Men;” March 1 – “The Lincoln Lawyer;” April 5 – “Tangled;” May 3 – “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Tree Care Workshops Offered November 4th

Two tree care workshops are scheduled for Friday, November 4th at the Finch Arboretum in Spokane. The topics to be covered are tree pruning and tree species selection for landscape and community use.

Linden Mead, Urban and Community Forestry Specialist with the Washington Department of Natural Resources, will instruct the pruning workshop in the morning session. This workshop covers tree biology fundamentals, the current industry standards for pruning, how to make pruning decisions, and how to develop an “eye” for identifying good branch structure in young trees. Tools and techniques will also be discussed briefly at the indoor session. During the follow-up outdoor session, participants will first observe a tree being pruned, and then have an opportunity to prune their own tree under supervision.

In the afternoon, tree species selection will be covered. Melissa Burtt, Landscape Designer with Pacific Design Center, will lead off this session with information on selecting the right tree for the right place and species information. As a landscape designer, she works for appropriate and pleasing composition of structure, color, and contrast in the landscape. The second portion of this workshop will be a panel of local urban and community foresters discussing what they consider to be their favorite and least favorite tree species for public tree settings. A lively discussion regarding selection and use of various species will follow.

These workshops are designed for anyone who supervises or performs any kind of turf or landscape maintenance activities. This includes in-house grounds maintenance crews, landscape and turf-care contractors, as well as volunteers who assist with maintaining church grounds, subdivision plantings, or any other community landscaping.
There is a $10 charge for each workshop to cover educational materials and snacks. The pre-registration deadline is November 2nd. Workshop and registration information can be obtained at or call the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department at 208/415-0415.

The workshops are sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care partnership program of the cities of Post Falls, Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District, in cooperation with the University of Idaho Extension and the Washington State University Extension.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Specialized Needs Recreation Holds Halloween Dance October 28th

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding a Halloween Dance on Friday, October 28th. This special dance/costume party will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline).

If you love to dance to great music, then this is the place to be. Come join us for a night full of great friends, great snacks, and great fun! We also will be having a costume contest and will be giving out prizes throughout the evening for creative costumes.

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities to individuals who have developmental disabilities or special needs. If you would like more information about this event, the program, or would like to volunteer, please contact Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or visit our website at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Pageturners Book Club Starts New Series

The Pageturners Library Book Club begins its third year at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library next month.
At its meeting Tuesday, the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library approved a $3,000 grant to the club to fund the purchase of books through January 2013.
Pageturners is organized by volunteers and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:15 a.m. in the Community Room. (The November discussion has been moved up a week due to Thanksgiving, and the club does not meet in December.) Discussions are open to all adult readers free of charge.
“Pageturners was designed to give people the opportunity to participate in a book club without having to buy the books,” said Katie Saylor, Library Trustee and a club organizer.
The library buys 20 copies of each of the books selected for the club and following its discussion bundles books along with discussion materials. This “book club kit” is then made available to other book clubs. A complete list of the kits can be found on the library’s computer catalog.
To check on the availability of book club selections visit the library’s Research and Information Desk.
Books selected for the coming year, discussion dates, and discussion leaders include:
“Memory Wall,” fiction by Anthony Doerr, Nov. 17, Fran Bahr.
“Where Men Win Glory,” nonfiction by Jon Krakauer, Jan. 25, Lloyd Duman.
“Little Heathens,” nonfiction by Mildred Kalish, Feb. 22, Denise Clark.
“Oranges,” nonfiction by John McPhee, March 28, George Ives.
“The Lost Painting,” nonfiction by Jonathan Harr, April 25, Virginia Johnson.
“The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” nonfiction by Oliver Sacks, May 23, Ernie Fokes.
“Summer reading: Best Beach Read,” a discussion of favorite books by club members, June 27.
“Brideshead Revisited,” fiction by Evelyn Waugh, July 25, Patrick Query.
“In the Garden of the Beasts,” nonfiction by Erik Larsen, Aug. 22, Beverly Moss.
“Fahrenheit 451,” Science Fiction Ray Bradbury, Sept. 26, David Townsend. (This is also the title selected by North Idaho Reads for 2012.)
The book for the Oct. 24, 2012, discussion will be selected based on the Idaho Humanities Council Distinguished Lecturer.

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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Abandoned Vehicles to Receive Special Care

During the week of November 7 – 11, 2011, Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) personnel will be looking for abandoned vehicles. Vehicles in violation will be tagged for 48-hour removal. If the vehicles are not moved in the allotted time, they will be towed. Prior to towing, attempts to locate the owners will be made. In the event owners cannot be located, not only will the vehicle be tagged, there will also be a letter left on the vehicle explaining the importance of removal. If a citizen reports an abandoned vehicle, all those reports will be followed up by the PD.

Why all the special attention for abandoned vehicles now? As the winter season approaches, these vehicles can be a problem. Not only are they an eyesore, they can cause traffic problems and collisions, and make it difficult for ambulances and fire engines to access portions of neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. With some experts predicting heavy snow accumulations this winter, it is hoped that these pro-active measures for addressing abandoned vehicles will provide positive outcomes for the community.

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department wants to reduce the number of abandoned vehicles on the road by 11/14/2011, the same day that Leaf Fest starts. If you have an abandoned vehicle, please secure it off the roadway. This includes all inoperable vehicles, parts cars, boats, and RVs that have been parked long term, and/or vehicles that have been on the road without moving for more than 24 hours. Voluntary compliance will save the owner a minimum of $125 in towing fines along with other possible city / state code violations.

If you know of a vehicle that needs attention, please call 769-2320 or e-mail Please include the location, the vehicle description, the plate number (if it has one), and anything else known about the vehicle.

We look forward to working with you to make the streets of Coeur d’Alene safe and passable.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Cherry Hill Dog Park to be Dedicated October 30th

On Sunday, October 30th, at 1:00 p.m., the city’s second off-leash dog park will be celebrated. A barbeque is being planned for the opening day and fun is on the agenda for people and their dogs.

This project was completed in cooperation with the Kootenai County Dog Park Association and the City of Coeur d’Alene. The new dog park is located on 15th Street just north of I-90, behind the fire station and tennis courts.

For more information, please call 769-2252.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Turn in Old Medications at CdA Library, October 29th

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the city’s Enough is Enough Committee are sponsoring a “Prescription Drug Turn-in Day” as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s third National Pharmaceutical Drug Take Back Day, October 29th. The Prescription Drug Turn-In will be open from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in front of the Coeur d’Alene Library, 702 E. Front Avenue. Coeur d’Alene Police will be on hand during that period to receive and destroy outdated or unused prescription medication.

School Resource Officers (SROs) and School District 271 administrators have reported increased cases of students accessing prescription medications that belong to a family member and selling or abusing them at school. The risk is that individuals may use medications that are not prescribed for them. Use of outdated medications is equally dangerous. The most common medications sold or distributed are narcotics such as oxycontin and vicodin. Prescription and over-the-counter cold remedies, as well as antidepressants and anti-anxiety medications, are also passed on to other students.

The purpose of “Prescription Drug Turn-in Day” is to stop the diversion of medications at the “source” and to help citizens dispose of outdated medications or medications that are no longer needed. By disposing of the items safely, it also helps our environment because they won’t be flushed into the wastewater system. “There is growing concern that personal care products and pharmaceuticals can pass through a wastewater treatment plant and end up poisoning aquatic life in our rivers and streams,” said Wastewater Superintendent Sid Fredrickson. “We ask our citizens not to flush these products down the drain.”

PLEASE NOTE: Only medications will be accepted – do not bring syringes or biohazards. Please do not bring, for example, allergy needles or needles used for injections.

Sharpies will be provided for the public to mark out any personal information on the prescription bottle. Chief Longo encourages the public to turn in unused prescription medications. For more information, please call 769-2320.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Area Libraries Open New Digital ‘Branch’

Patrons can download e-books, e-audiobooks to devices

Libraries in the Cooperative Information Network (CIN) have added a new online “branch” providing downloadable digital books and audiobooks available 24-hours a day.
This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for patrons with a resident library card. Patrons can browse the available books by visiting their library’s website where they will be directed to the “CIN Digital Downloads” page. Users will need to install free software on their computers or wireless-equipped reading devices.
The system is compatible with most popular devices including Kindle, iPad, iPod, Nook, and others. In addition, audiobooks can be downloaded to computers and burned to a CD or transferred to an MP3 player. The system is designed for use with patrons’ devices rather than with Internet computers in area libraries.
The checkout time for digitally downloaded items will be up to two weeks. As with library books, only one copy of a digital item may be checked out at a time.
Instructions on using the OverDrive system are available online and printed instructions are available at participating libraries.
CIN startup costs for the program were provided by the Library Network and through grants from the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library. Libraries in CIN can budget or seek additional grants to expand the digital collection in the future.
Coeur d’ Alene Public Library Director Bette Ammon said, “We’ve been working on getting eBook content into the hands of our users for the past several years. The partnership with the Library Network has made it happen.”
John Hartung, Director of the district library system, agreed. “A soft launch at the beginning of October indicates how popular this service will be. We have already seen more than 50 percent of the collection checked out.”
For more information visit a participating library or its website.

Fiber & Fabric at Cd’A Library for November

The Coeur d’Alene Public Library is collecting quilts, knitting, crochet, weavings, spinning, and other fiber and fabric arts for its annual exhibit during November.
Fiber & Fabric, a celebration of handcrafted art by area artists, will be on display from Oct. 31 to the end of December.
Pieces for display must be handmade (machine quilting is acceptable) and need to be delivered to the library by Oct. 28.
Registration sheets for Fiber & Fabric are available at the library’s Research and Information Desk or by e-mail by contacting David Townsend at

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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Teens Invited to ‘Brawl’ at Cd’A Library

Come to the library for a brawl.
As part of Teen Read Week the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., is sponsoring a “Super Smash Brothers Brawl Tournament” for ages 12-16 using the library’s gaming systems.
The free tournament will be in the Community Room Friday, Oct. 21, 4-6 p.m. No registration is required – just show up. Refreshments will be provided.
Win a gift certificate to Lightning Comics and your first celebrity endorsement gig: your face on a READ poster in Teen Central.

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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Bloem Receives Planning Leadership Award

Coeur d’Alene Mayor Sandi Bloem received the Planning Leadership Award from the American Planning Association – Idaho at their 4th Annual Conference awards ceremony held last Thursday in Moscow. The award recognizes those who have publicly advanced or promoted the cause of planning.

Since the 1980s, Bloem has been involved in Coeur d’Alene area planning efforts. Starting with the Sherman Avenue downtown core to broader, regional concerns, each project demonstrated an expanding curiosity in planning as a tool for creating great communities. In the late 1980s, she forged partnerships between business and property owners to develop a vision for the downtown and was instrumental in the research for and shepherding of a Business Improvement District (BID) to implement downtown streetscape and management principles. Later, working in collaboration with the city as the lead contact representing the downtown, Bloem gathered and compiled building square-footages by land use for the creation of the Coeur d’Alene Downtown Economic Strategy 1997 report by Hyett Palma. She was also a partner in the development of the city’s first Downtown Design Regulations (2002).

Bloem served in various roles during the development of the Downtown Public Spaces Master Plan, a major effort to involve the community in the future landscape of significant downtown waterfront public parks. The McEuen Project, now in a detailed planning and implementation phase, demonstrates Bloem’s commitment to the planning process and the difficult, often controversial, decisions that are made.

While a member of the Planning Commission (1998-2002), Bloem chaired a diverse group of citizens to develop a 20-year vision for the Coeur d’Alene area (Cd’A 2020). One of the chief community needs which emerged from that planning process was a community center. In 2004, that process started in earnest when Joan Kroc’s $ 1.5 billion award to The Salvation Army was publicly announced for the specific purpose of building community centers. After three, challenging grant proposal processes, funding was guaranteed to build The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center (RJKCCC) in Coeur d’Alene on May 1, 2006.

Bloem formed unique and long-lasting collaborations to address an education goal of Cd’A 2020. On May 23, 2002, the city entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with North Idaho College, the University of Idaho, and the Lake City Development Corporation to develop a master plan for an education corridor along the Spokane River. Lewis-Clark State College later joined this planning effort. The Education Corridor Project received Idaho Grow Smart’s 2011 Award in the Redevelopment Category.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Winterize Irrigation Systems Safely

By Greg Schrempp, Cross Connection Program

City of Coeur d’Alene water customers will soon be starting to prepare their lawn and garden irrigation systems for the coming, cold weather.

In our area, the most common practice is to use compressed air to blow out the leftover water in the irrigation piping. When performed correctly, this can be an efficient method to prevent expensive damage to irrigation systems caused by freezing. If performed incorrectly, however, costly damage to backflow assemblies can occur. You also run the risk of contaminating not only your water, but that of your neighbors.

The following guidelines will help provide protection to you and other community members from irrigation system contamination.

1) Make sure that the blow-off port where air is introduced into the irrigation system is downstream of your approved backflow assembly. Blow-off ports installed upstream of the backflow assembly can allow oil and contaminated air from the air compressor tank to be back-pressured into your potable water service as well as the city water main. High pressure air introduced upstream of the backflow assembly can also damage the internal parts of the assembly, resulting in the assembly not properly protecting our drinking water supply, as well as costly repair/replacement of the assembly.

2) If your irrigation system is protected by a Pressure or Atmospheric Vacuum Breaker, then it must be removed before the introduction of compressed air because these assemblies can be damaged if subjected to air from either upstream or downstream of the assembly.

3) City of Coeur d’Alene code requires the backflow assembly to be installed with unions so it can be removed before the introduction of compressed air, and stored inside for the winter. If the assembly was installed without unions and it cannot be removed to prevent freezing, then it must be thoroughly drained.

4) Perform your required annual backflow assembly test at spring start-up no later than July 1st to make sure the assembly is operating correctly.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the Water Department, 676-7408 or Gary Nolan, 769-2220, ext. 818.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Pageturners Book Club Reading 'Mockingbird'

The Pageturners Library Book Club is reading "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee and will discuss it Oct. 26, at 10:15 a.m., in the Community Room. Pageturner discussions are open to any adult reader. Check on the availability of the book at the Research and Information Desk. Click on the photo for a video update of activities at the Coeur d'Alene Public Library produced by Jeff Crowe for CDA-TV. Cable Channel 19 provides live and recorded coverage of public meetings and other information of interest to the residents of Coeur d'Alene.

Cd’A Library Offers Computer Education

You can do more with your computer when you learn about the options available to users. Free workshops and help sessions at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., are designed to offer that information.
Information Technology Coordinator Christopher Brannon will lead free workshops through November in the library’s Gozzer Room. Workshops are for up to eight participants and are offered on a first-come basis. No preregistration is required. Participants should plan to arrive 15 minutes before the workshop begins.
Current workshops have been updated to include information about the Windows 7 operating system and are based on the Microsoft 2007 Office Suite of software.
Upcoming workshops include:
► Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m.: Basics in Word (word processing).
► Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m.: Basics in Publisher (desktop publishing).
► Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m.: Working With Facebook. Participants will need to have created Facebook and e-mail accounts before participating in the workshop. If you need assistance creating these accounts brochures are available at the library.
► Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Basics in PowerPoint (presentations).
► Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m.: Basics in Excel (spreadsheets).
► Nov. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Intermediate Excel (spreadsheets).
Each workshop is 90 minutes long. Participants should have a basic understanding of computers and typing skills.
People with little or no experience with computers can take advantage of the ReTool Box, computer literacy help sessions. A joint project of the Coeur d’Alene Library Foundation and North Idaho College, help sessions are designed for those who need to acquire basic computer skills for job opportunities or just to improve communication skills.
Seating is limited. Reserve space by calling the Library Foundation at 208-7692380.
Upcoming ReTool Box sessions include:
► Oct. 11, 12:30 p.m.: Basic Computer Operations 1.
► Oct. 13, 6 p.m.: Basic Computer Operations 2.
► Oct. 18, 12:30 p.m.: Online Searches/Applications.
► Oct. 20, 12:30 p.m.: Resumes/Saving Documents.
Workshops and ReTool Box sessions are taught using the mobile laptop lab, funded through a major grant from the Women’s Gift Alliance and with additional support from the Idaho Community Foundation and Waste Management of Idaho.

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, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m./Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For regular updates follow the library on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Fall is Ideal Time for Tree Care

Fall is the time that trees are most famous for going ‘dormant’ by losing their leaves. Many people give no further thought to trees until spring brings them “back to life,” but fall and winter are actually ideal times to do some essential tree care.

Provide Adequate Water: Some advice withholding water in early fall so that the trees will go dormant. Dormancy is actually triggered by things such as day length. As long as trees have functioning leaves, you should provide them with adequate water for their needs. This is especially true of new trees that still have small roots.

Remove Infected Leaf Litter: This year saw a lot of fungal infections due to our prolonged cool spring. Primary among these was powdery mildew, a powdery growth on leaves and other succulent tissue. Powdery mildews seldom seriously harm trees and moderate amounts of infection can generally be ignored. However, this disease can be quite unsightly and repeated infections can sap tree energy. Raking up infected leaves and disposing of them off-site reduces the spores available for infection next spring. More information about powdery mildew can be found on our web site:

Mulch: Using organic mulch has many benefits year-round, including improving soil structure, improving soil oxygen, and preserving soil moisture. If your trees are not mulched, consider doing it this fall. It will help to moderate soil temperature over the winter. Apply 2 to 4 inches in depth and keep it at least 3 inches away from the tree trunk.

Remove Stakes: The function of stakes is to allow roots to get established in the surrounding soil without the stress of root ball movement. However, once that objective is achieved, the stakes need to come off so that the tree trunk can benefit from laying on wood under normal environmental wind stresses. If the stakes have been on for over a year, they should be removed unless you observe that the tree is still not well anchored and/or will be exposed to extraordinary winter winds.

Tie up Arborvitaes: To keep the weight of snow from splaying out the upsweeping branches of this and similar shrubs, use wide strapping or ties to encircle the shrubs from bottom to top.

Mark Tree Locations for Snow Plows: This could be important if it is a big snow year and you have small trees on the side of the street, or even close to your own driveway, walkway, or deck.

Break Down Tree “Wells”: Building up a berm around the roots of newly-planted trees is a good way to provide them with a quantity of water that will slowly soak into the root zone. However, in the winter it can cause problems if snow builds up in the wells, melts, then re-freezes. Unless you want a root “popsicle”, create a break in the berm so that excess water can drain off. It will be easy to restore the berm in spring.

For more information, please contact Urban Forester Karen Haskew at 769-2266.

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Camp All-Stars “School Day Off Day Camp”

Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) is holding Camp All-Stars “School Day Off” Day Camp, October 7th, at the SNR Facility, 1323 East Sherman. If you have nothing to do on your school day off, come enjoy the fun. We will be taking a field trip out to Mead, Washington to visit some of the farms around Greenbluff. Camp All-Stars Day Camps are filled with 6 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 if you qualify.

Transportation is provided from the Trading Post in Post Falls. 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 SNR at 9:00 a.m. Please bring a sack lunch and dress warmly. Limited space is available so sign up today!

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 or assistant.

If you would like more information about Camp All-Stars or would like to register your child for camp or if you are interested in volunteering please call Angie Goucher at 755-6781 or e-mail her

Specialized Needs Recreation is a non-profit organization that provides recreational opportunities for youth and adults who have developmental disabilities.

City Hosts Development Forum October 6th

Coeur d’Alene staff members have been planning a Development Forum to provide an opportunity to gather input from its partners in development and construction to help improve its development processes. The meeting has been scheduled for October 6th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the CdA Library Community Room.

One of the city’s most important goals is to provide excellent customer service. The development process engages many of our customers in activities including zoning, platting, and permit approvals. The city hopes to make the development process more streamlined, consistent, and easy to understand. Larry Jeffres, Executive Director of NIBCA, will be the forum moderator.

If you plan to attend, please be sure to RSVP Amy Ferguson at 666-5754 or email her at