Monday, February 27, 2012

Mayors’ Coalition Provides Regional Forum for City Leaders

On February 16th, city leaders from as far south as Moscow and as far north as Ponderay came together to share concerns and discuss ideas to meet the challenges they all face as community leaders. The 2012 Idaho Legislative Session was the first item on the group’s agenda.

The topic that was mentioned first by Association of Idaho Cities (AIC) Executive Director Ken Harward was redistricting. He said there had been significant changes made, and that some very large districts had been formed. Some districts now include four (4) incumbents, and Ken said it would be interesting to see who would run, and who would decide not to run.

“It’s been great to have Ken at our meetings to keep us updated on legislative issues as well as other issues affecting our state and region,” said Mayor Sandi Bloem.

In past years, numerous legislative efforts to overhaul, restrict, or completely eliminate urban renewal agencies and/or their districts have been a constant concern to mayors. Urban renewal agencies are one of the most powerful economic development tools in Idaho. This year alone, HB 504 would change the way a URA board is selected;HB 506 would prevent URAs from exercising eminent domain; HB 507 too narrowly sets URA project parameters; HB 560 would repeal the authority to create urban renewal districts; and HB 580 would require 2/3 approval of qualified electors in a county for URAs to issue bonds. In concert with AIC, mayors are watching these bills closely.

Mayors from all over northern Idaho responded to an invitation from Mayor Sandi Bloem to participate in what was to be the first of many meetings to develop common goals for the region’s cities. At the end of that meeting in 2002, mayors decided to form the North Idaho Mayors’ Coalition (NIMC) and they elected Mayor Bloem its chair. The group meets regularly to discuss issues and to provide educational forums so they can make informed decisions.

In the years that followed, the North Idaho Mayors Coalition would have presentations on Idaho’s railways and the rails-to-trails program, the State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP), Water Conservation and Xeriscaping, The Idaho Rural Partnership, Affordable Housing, the Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer, the P.O.S.T Academy, and a Regional Public Planning Transportation Authority (RPTA), among many other subjects.

Bloem believes that the NIMC has really broadened the number of people from north Idaho who have involved themselves at the state level and who have a presence on state committees. She says it’s because they believe they now have a voice.

“These meetings are a time to come together and better understand our common opportunities and challenges,” said Bloem. “The best meetings are the ones when mayors get to share some good news.”
For more information about the North Idaho Mayors Coalition, please call 769-2204.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Surplus IT Equipment Available for Purchase

Please visit for a list of Surplus IT equipment available for purchase.

This list will remain advertised online until Thursday March 8, 2012.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February Film at Library is ‘The Lincoln Lawyer’

   “The Lincoln Lawyer,” will screen March 1, at 7 p.m., at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library as part of the “Moving Books” series of films based on literature.
   Sponsored by the Library Foundation, the film will be shown on the big screen in the library Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave. A $5 donation is suggested. Popcorn is free. Proceeds go to enhance the library’s DVD collection.
   The movie is based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Michael Connelly. This 2011 release was directed by Brad Furman and stars Matthew McConaughey. The film is 119 minutes long.
   Upcoming movies in the series are: April 5, (6 p.m. start time for family films) “Tangled;” and May 3, “Charlie Wilson’s War.” Unless otherwise specified movies start at 7 p.m.

   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.

Community Canopy Workshops Offered March 9th

Two workshops for people interested in landscape care will be offered Friday, March 9th. The topics will include “Pests & Pesticides” and “Caring for Young Trees.” They will be held at the Community Room of the Coeur d’Alene Library.

Not all tree problems are caused by insects and diseases. Scott Nielsen, Washington State Department of Agriculture, will start off the morning session with information regarding recognizing herbicide injury in trees. Scott is also well-versed in pesticides and the rules and regulations for their use, and will provide a question and answer period. Neal Kittelson, Idaho Department of Lands Forest Health Program, will cover the detection, prevention and suppression of some of the most problematic pests in our area—the balsam woolly adelgid, the spruce terminal weevil, the poplar and willow borer, and poplar scale. He will also address emerging pests, such as the emerald ash borer, gypsy moth, sirex woodwasp, and Asian long-horned beetle.

The afternoon workshop is great for anyone who is trying to establish young trees in the landscape so that they will thrive. However, the concepts apply to any tree, no matter the age. Garth Davis, Forestry Program Manager for the Spokane County Conservation District, and Tim Kohlhauff, Horticulture Coordinator for the Spokane County Extension, will address the protection of trees from damage by turf equipment. They will also cover the topics of mulching, providing adequate water, fertilizing, root pruning, and root collar excavation.

The workshops are sponsored by Community Canopy, a tree care partnership of the cities of Post Falls, Hayden, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, and the Spokane County Conservation District. A $10 registration fee per person, per workshop, will cover handout materials and snacks. There is limited space, so pre-registration should be submitted by Wednesday, March 7th. More information about the workshop and a registration form can be found at or call Katie at 208/415-0415.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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 on Monday, February 20th, at the SNR facility in Coeur d’Alene (1323 East Sherman, Suite E). 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 $15.00 for the day. There are scholarships available for those who qualify.

For those of you coming from the Post Falls area, transportation is provided 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 Coeur d’Alene and Hayden will meet at the SNR facility at 9:00 a.m. and will need to be picked up by 3:00 p.m.

Please bring a sack lunch and dress warmly. Limited space is available so sign up today. Pre-registration is required. Unfortunately, SNR is not able to provide 1:1 assistance, but individuals who require 1:1 assistance are still encouraged to participate 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. Visit the website at

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

City Hall Closed for Presidents’ Day

On Monday, February 20, 2012, Coeur d’Alene City Hall will be closed for the Presidents’ Day 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 Tuesday, February 21st, at 8:00 a.m. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Police Department Launches New Information Service

By Sergeant Christie Wood
Public Information Officer
Coeur d’Alene Police Department

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) has launched a new Community Information Service designed to deliver important and timely information to residents using the latest technology. This service, created by Nixle, LLC, delivers trustworthy and important neighborhood-level public safety and community event notifications by web, e-mail, and cell phone. Nixle is available at no cost.

Wayne Longo, the department’s chief, has a reputation for embracing new technologies such as Nixle. The CDAPD was the first police department regionally to set up a Facebook account enabling it to interact with citizens and to solve crimes. Sgt. Bill Tilson, in partnership with the city’s IT Department, continually supports new communication efforts by identifying useful technological services and implementing them on behalf of the police department.

Nixle offers flexible, fast, and secure community information distribution. Nixle subscribers will receive alerts to public safety threats and community events via web, email, and cell phone. Simply sign up at to register.

"I am grateful to the Coeur d’Alene Police Department for implementing the Nixle system,” said Stacy Hudson, Public Information Coordinator, North Idaho College. “North Idaho College shared registration information campus-wide as well, so our students and employees could benefit from receiving alerts to supplement the college's NICAlerts system.” Hudson registered both her home address as well as the address of the college so she could help share major notifications with the NIC community. “In a fast-paced world, it's crucial to utilize technology like this to reach individuals who are on the move with messages of vital importance to our community's safety," Hudson explained.

Once you register at, feel free to share this new service with friends and neighbors. Nixle is the first authenticated and secure service that connects municipal agencies and community organizations to residents in real time, delivering information to geographically-targeted consumers over their cell phones (via text messages), through emails, and via web access. Nixle has secured a partnership with Nlets (the International Justice and Public Safety Network), allowing local police departments nationwide to send immediate alerts and advisories.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Still Time to Enter Teen Film Festival

There is still time for North Idaho teens to enter this year’s video contest sponsored by regional libraries.
The Community Library Network and Coeur d’Alene Public Library invite teens, ages 13 to 18, to enter the Teen Film Festival Video Contest. Video entries may be submitted as library public service announcements (PSA) or shorts using the theme “Own the Night.”
The official entry form is at “” and no entry fee is required. 
The winning entry will receive $150 in cash. The winner of the PSA contest will be eligible to compete statewide for a $250 cash prize.  Both categories will be judged on creativity, message clarity and relevance, motivation and inspiration, and overall impact.  The Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Friends of the Community Library Network, and Friends of the Post Falls Library are sponsors.
The deadline to submit entries is midnight Friday, Feb. 17. Winners will be showcased at the Red Carpet Event, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, Saturday, March 3, 7 p.m.
View last year’s entry at “”
For more information, visit CommunityLibrary.Net or CdALibrary.Org. 

‘Annie’ and Friend Visiting Cd’A library

   The title character from the musical “Annie” will visit the Seagraves Children’s Library at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 1 p.m., and will bring her partner – the dog cast as “Sandy.”
   “Annie” will perform the song “Tomorrow” from the play to be performed by the Christian Youth Theater troupe at the Kroc Center Feb. 24 through March 4.
   During the program at the library, 702 E. Front Ave., “Sandy’s” owner will also talk to the children about caring for dogs and other pets. Two tickets to the CYT performance will be given away as a door prize.

Library Closed for Presidents Day
   The Coeur d’Alene Public Library – along with other departments of the City of Coeur d’Alene – will be closed Monday, Feb. 20, in observance of Presidents Day. Regular library hours resume Feb. 21 and 10 a.m.
   Whenever the library is closed the catalog and databases can still be accessed through the website: Patrons can access their library records using their library card number. For database user names and passwords call 208-769-2315 or visit the library during open hours.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents Valentine’s Day Dance!

On Friday, February 10th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a Valentine’s Day Dance at the Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls (2478 East Poleline) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 entry fee per person. Snacks will be provided, prizes will be awarded, and a D.J. will be present. Come on out for a night of fun!

Please call and register for this event. If you have any questions about the dance, want to volunteer, or would like more information about SNR’s programs please call Executive Director Angie Goucher at 208-755-6781 or visit the website at

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

Monday, February 6, 2012

Wagner Elected President of Idaho Association of Building Officials Board

Coeur d’Alene Building Services Director Edward Wagner was elected President of the Board of the Idaho Association of Building Officials (IDABO) at their annual business meeting in Idaho Falls on January 31, 2012. The organization meets monthly by either teleconference or meetings located throughout Idaho.

The purpose of the organization is to support uniformity of building regulations at all levels of government, and to develop, maintain, and support consistency and enforcement of the International Codes and other related documents. They also sponsor, support, and participate in nationally recognized educational seminars and training programs for personnel and elected officials involved with the enforcement and administration of the International Codes. A voluntary Contractors Licensing Program is also available through IDABO for all contractors throughout the State.

Wagner’s election to this prestigious leadership position reflects his outstanding professionalism and reputation throughout the state as a Building Official, as evidenced by his receipt of Building Official of the Year honors in 2010.

For more information, please contact 769-2204.

Adopt-A-Street Program Removes 16 Tons of Trash from Roadways in 2011

In a recent report from the Kootenai County Solid Waste Department, city officials learned that for the calendar year 2011, the City of Coeur d’Alene’s Adopt-a-Street program delivered from its roadways a staggering total of 16.02 tons of trash to the County Transfer Station. This impressive figure illustrates the effectiveness of the program as well as the dedication of the 34 volunteer groups that make such an accomplishment possible.

Authorized by the City Council in June 2000, the Adopt-a-Street Program was originally intended primarily for the city’s more rural streets (e.g., Atlas, Kathleen, North 15th, etc.). The program is a partnership between the city and the citizen who adopts the street. The “adopting” individual, family, or group picks up the trash, while the city provides signage, vests, and orange litter-bags. The city also collects the bags the next working day after they have been filled.

For each Adopt-a-Street group, the city asks that a leader is chosen. That person is responsible for each participant’s “Hold Harmless” Agreement. In addition, the leader schedules and announces the litter pick-up outings, makes sure that a minimum number of participants are available to complete the task, and also receives and stores the group’s safety vests and the trash bags provided by the Street Maintenance Department. Once litter pick-up outings are completed, the leader calls the department to collect the filled, trash bags.

Adopt-a-Street volunteers are encouraged to patrol their areas a minimum of two times per year. Shared areas are coordinated by leaders to increase the frequency of garbage pick up to meet the needs of their adopted street.

Special thanks go to all Adopt-a-Street volunteers, past and present, for their service. For more information about the Adopt-A-Street Program, please call 769-2235.