Monday, March 26, 2012

Citizens on Patrol Program Posts Impressive Stats in 2011

The Coeur d’Alene Police Department (CDAPD) Citizens on Patrol (COPS) Program, established in 2008 to enhance the relationship between the citizens of Coeur d’Alene and the CDAPD continues to be a success. Modeled after academies in Spokane, Kootenai County, and Post Falls, it is tailored to meet the needs of the CDAPD and is free to the public. Annual COPS training academies enable citizens of Coeur d’Alene to assist the Police Department with duties and services.

In 2011, there were 12 active members in the COPS program and they recorded some pretty impressive statistics. One of their assignments is to keep parking issues from becoming problems. They issued a total of 1,296 parking citations, logged 2,392 hours of patrol time, and handled a total of 1,093 abandoned vehicle calls. In all, they brought in approximately $19,440.00 in revenue to the City of Coeur d’Alene in 2011.

Chief Wayne Longo is a big supporter of the program. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for our citizens to assist law enforcement in the protection and safeguarding of their city by becoming a member of COPS,” he said. “I firmly believe that my officers and the COPS volunteers will be able to provide an increased level of protection to our community.” Longo added that, “It is our hope that this program continues to grow and provide continued service to our city.”

Each volunteer receives up to 40 hours of instruction during the COPS Academy. These training sessions are designed to inform and educate citizens about how the CDAPD operates. It also helps them to gain an understanding of the challenges which face law enforcement in the rapidly growing Coeur d’Alene community. Furthermore, the COPS Academy provides an opportunity for open discussions, and participants are encouraged to share their comments and ideas regarding possible solutions to the challenges facing the city.

Each COPS Academy applicant must be at least 21 years of age and have no misdemeanor conviction in the past year. Once they’ve completed training, COPS members patrol the Coeur d’Alene community in specially-marked COPS vehicles. COPS graduates do not have law enforcement powers and will not be armed. They will carry radios and wear a volunteer uniform.

COPS graduates assist the CDAPD with security checks, traffic control, and provide additional staffing at special community events (e.g., parades, firework displays, school events, etc.). Other duties include: MULE patrol of the Centennial Trail, radar patrol and issuing warning letters, and checking on handicapped parking violations and abandoned vehicles.

Our COPS Volunteers also patrol parts of the Centennial Trail and Prairie Trail in the summer in a utility vehicle identified as a police unit. They look for stranded or injured bicyclists, or any suspicious activity on the trails. For more information about the COPS program, please call 769-2320.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

CdA Arts Commission seeks Artists for Utility Box Beautification Project

The City of Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission is seeking artists for its Utility Box Beautification project. The utility boxes, which keep lights flashing and communications running, are undiscovered canvases for artists, graphic designers, photographers, illustrators and other individuals with the imagination to cover them with their artwork. Six (6) of these boxes have been designated to be enhanced in Coeur d’Alene using an artist’s design to be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the box.

Public art can be a change agent for the community. It creates and enhances neighborhood and community identity. It enhances the visual landscape and character of the city. It turns ordinary spaces into community landmarks and promotes community dialogue and, most importantly, it’s accessible to everyone.

Information packets are available online at City Hall, 710 E. Mullan Avenue, or online at http://www.cdaid.org/. Artist proposals are due by 5:00 p.m., April 20, 2012. Artists with questions are encouraged to contact Steve Anthony, Arts Commission Liaison, at 769-2249.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Humanities, Press to Host Program on Government Accountability at Library

     A town-hall style public lecture and discussion focusing on government accountability will feature a constitutional scholar Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave.
U.S. Constitution scholar David Gray Adler, director of the James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research at the University of Idaho, will be the featured speaker and discussion leader for “Holding Government Accountable.” The event is free and the public is invited to an evening of civic participation in a non-partisan discussion that explores the Constitution, the responsibilities of the media, and the role of the American citizenry.
The evening is made possible by the Idaho Humanities Council and the Coeur d’Alene Press, and is free and open to the public.
“The issue of governmental accountability is nothing new to the citizenry,” Adler says. “But recent events — security fears in the wake of 9/11, three wars, rising deficits, a high and prolonged jobless rate, and a sluggish economy — have spiked Americans’ frustration, resentment, and anger towards Washington. My presentation will offer an historical overview of some underlying issues that have absorbed the energies of concerned citizens, focusing on constitutional issues and theories of representation conducive to governance.”
Adler hopes to allow plenty of time for audience Q & A. The presentation is part of a series of programs the Idaho Humanities Council is sponsoring around the state of Idaho.
The author of numerous books and articles on the Constitution and the American Presidency, Adler has lectured internationally.  In 2010, after 25 years of teaching at Idaho State University, he accepted the challenge to direct the University of Idaho McClure Center. He’s a frequent commentator on political matters for Idaho Public Television, KTVB-TV in Boise, and newspapers and other media outlets throughout Idaho. Over the years, he has worked extensively with Idaho teachers exploring the Constitution, the history of the Supreme Court, and the many other topics and themes.
This presentation is funded by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that serves as the state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Information: David Townsend, Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 208-769-2315 Ext. 426, dtownsend@cdalibrary.org.
     
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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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, March 19, 2012

‘Ready? Set, Grow!’ at the Cd’A Library

     If you are anxious to get started with you spring gardening you first stop should be at “Ready, Set, Grow!” Thursday, March 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library.
     The event will offer informational displays about gardening, community gardens, and a new program to benefit area food banks with homegrown produce.
     Exhibitors will include Kootenai County Extension Office, Master Gardener Beckie Williams, and the Plant a Row for the Hungry program. Free seeds will be available.
    Gardening information is also included in the library’s blog, “Living at the Library,’ that can be accessed from the website: cdalibrary.org.
     For more information contact Sherry Bullard, 208-769-2315 or e-mail sbullard@cdalibrary.org.
     
 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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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.

Natural Open Space Management Plan Launches Web Site

The Natural Open Space Management Plan for the Coeur d’Alene Parks Department is now available on-line for review and comment at www.cdaidparks.org. The purpose of the Natural Open Space Management Plan is to set forth guidelines to acquire, protect, maintain, and manage significant natural landscapes for present and future generations. Natural open space enhances the urban environment and provides wildlife habitat while preserving valuable community assets and affording opportunities for public enjoyment through outdoor recreation.

The Natural Open Space committee invites you to review and comment on the plan prior to their next meeting. At their next meeting, April 11th, the Natural Open Space Committee will review comments and discuss a date and time to schedule an open house and a question and answer forum. You can review the plan and comment from the web site or contact us at 769-2252.

Street Maintenance Department Kicks Off Spring Clean-Up

By Tim Martin
Street Superintendent


With spring-like weather arriving, your Street Maintenance crews will begin their spring clean-up program. Once arterial and collector streets are cleaned, city crews will be working to complete initial sweeping of residential streets. Street sweeping is an activity that street crews continue until the winter snows fly. It reduces dust and creates an environment that benefits everyone whether we live here or are visitors. Residential streets are swept an average of four to six times annually and all arterials are swept bi-weekly.

The following tips will help us in our efforts to meet the goal of providing a high quality of life which is sustainable and which we have come to enjoy: fresh air, beautiful views, and clean water. Your continued assistance is appreciated.

• Sweep your sidewalks as soon as possible.
• It’s okay to sweep sidewalk sand debris into the street for sweepers to pick up during the Spring Clean-up, but please do not make piles in the gutter. Sweepers are not designed to handle excessive amounts of sand, gravel, dirt, or large rocks.
• Do not put debris such as sod, garden or wood waste, limbs, or branches, in the street.
• Try to move parked cars if you hear the sweeper operating in your neighborhood.
• Trim low-hanging branches and limbs from your curbside trees, shrubs, or plants to allow the sweeper to clean as close to the curb line as possible. Street sweepers have a higher profile than cars and pickup trucks. Damage to mirrors, antennas, and strobe lights are costly in terms of repairs and down time.
• Trying to schedule certain streets on certain days for sweeping is not a feasible option at this time.

Please listen to KVNI or visit the Coeur d’Alene Street Department Website for daily updates and to learn when the sweepers will be in your area.

For more information, please call 769-2233.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Family Activities Coming Up at Cd’A Library

     Special activities have been added to the extended schedule for Winter Reading Programs at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library this month and the Library Foundation will feature a family film in early April.
     Winter library programs continue in the Seagraves Children’s Library through March 30 with the regular schedule of activities for ages newborn and up. Call 208-769-2315 Ext. 438 for details.
     Special activities include:
     ► Movie Mania: “Rango,” Monday, March 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free.
     ► Movie Mania: “Cars 2,” Tuesday, March 27, 3-5 p.m., free.
     ► Groundwater Festival: Thursday, March 29, 11 a.m. to noon and 1-2 p.m. Please register in advance for this school-age activity exploring the aquifer with Environmental Health Specialist Ellen Mueller from the Panhandle Health District. Interactive activities include making an “edible well in a cup.”
     The Library Foundation’s “Moving Books” film series continues on Thursday, April 5, with a special family movie beginning at 6 p.m. in the Community Room at the library, 702 E. Front Ave.
      See the Disney movie “Tangled,” a retelling of the story of “Rapunzel,” on the library’s big screen while you enjoy free popcorn. A $5 donation is suggested with proceeds going to enhance the library’s DVD collection.
      “Tangled” stars the voice talents of Mandy Moore, Zachery Levi, and Donna Murphy. The animated film is 100 minutes long.

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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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.

McEuen Park Project Launches New Web Site

A new site called ‘McEuen Park Currents’ has been created and it is located at www.cdaidparks.org. Just scroll down the Parks Department home webpage and you will find the ‘McEuen Park Currents’ link. The former McEuen website has been removed.

The information on the web site at this time is the power point presentation that was given at the City Council Meeting on March 6th. A historical review/recommendation sub-committee is also being created to help capture the changes that have occurred in the McEuen Park area over the past 100 plus years so that historical signs can be incorporated into the park plan.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Teen Film Festival Winners for 2012 Named

     Winners in the 2012 Teen Film Festival include, left to right, Leo Schnepf and Josh Allred, second-place winners; Courtney Biggs, Nick Pratt, and Bryan Rankin, first-place winners; and Stephen Byrum, third-place winner. Pratt holds the Teen Film Festival Traveling Trophy to be displayed at the Coeur d’Alene library for the next year.

   The 2012 winners of the Teen Film Festival sponsored by area libraries received their prizes Saturday at the Hayden Library.
    The winners received certificates and cash prizes donated by the Friends of the Library from Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Community Library Network libraries. Videos were based on the theme “Own the Night,” that is also the Summer Reading theme for Young Adults.
    The winners were:
  • First Place: Nick Pratt, Bryan Rankin, and Courtney Biggs.
  • Second Place: Josh Allred and Leo Schnepf.
  • Third Place: Stephen Byrum.
    The Teen Film Festival Traveling Trophy recognizing the first-place win will be displayed at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library for the next year.
    The winning videos and runners-up can be seen at: http://www.youtube.com/user/2012TeenFilmFest?ob=0&feature=results_main

Friday, March 9, 2012

Specialized Needs Recreation Presents St. Patrick's Day Dance!

On Friday, March 16th, Specialized Needs Recreation (SNR) will hold a St. Patrick’s Day Dance at the Prairie View Elementary School in Post Falls from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The address is 2478 East Poleline. There is a $5.00 entry fee per person. There will be snacks provided, prizes awarded, and a D.J. present. Come on out for a night of fun! Don’t forget to wear green!

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 Angie Goucher at 208-755-6781. Or 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 disabilities.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Free Street Trees Available

The City of Coeur d'Alene is happy to announce the availability of free street trees for new neighborhoods. The trees are available to Coeur d’Alene homeowners or residents who are willing to provide care for these young trees.

Funding for the trees has come from a street tree fee collected on residential building permits. The owners of the homes whose street tree fees have been forfeited are the first choice for using these funds. The city has already contacted those property owners regarding the planting program. However, there are still some trees unclaimed. These street trees are now being offered to any Coeur d’Alene homeowner who is willing to make sure the trees are watered and protected from string trimmers and mowers.

The tree species still available are honeylocust, hackberry, London planetree, white ash, black tupelo, and baldcypress. The trees will be planted by contract tree planting crews in May. Since there are a limited number of trees, interested homeowners and residents are encouraged to contact the Urban Forestry division of the Coeur d'Alene Parks Department to sign up for a street tree. There are a limited number of trees and they will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information and a response form are available on-line at http://parks.cdaid.org/. Follow the links to the Urban Forestry “What’s New” page. You can also send an email to kkosanke@cdaid.org, or call the Urban Forestry division of the Parks Department at 415-0415 or 769-2266.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Town Hall Meeting to be Held March 10th

Legislators to Discuss 2012 Session

The City of Coeur d’Alene’s Legislative Committee will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting this Saturday, March 10th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in the Library Community Room, 702 E. Front Avenue.

North Idaho Senators John Goedde and Jim Hammond, and Representative Frank Henderson will be available to talk about and answer questions regarding this year’s legislative session. Other north Idaho legislators have been invited as well.

This will be the sixth (6th) year that the city has hosted a Legislative Town Hall Meeting. In past Town Hall Meetings, subjects discussed ranged from daycare legislation and Public Infrastructure Districts (PIDs), to Transportation Funding and Education Reform. In the past few years, the main topic has been Idaho’s budget.

Important topics for cities this year include banning texting while driving, legislative efforts to overhaul, restrict, or completely eliminate urban renewal agencies, legislative redistricting, video franchising, and funding for State Alcohol Beverage Control, among many others.

Everyone is welcome and the event will be broadcast on CdA TV Channel 19. For more information, please call 769-2204.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Photo Safari from South African Park

   Writer and photographer Joan Budai will share her photos from South Africa as part of the Novel Destinations series at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library, 702 E. Front Ave., on Thursday, March 15, at 7 p.m.
    The free program on the big screen in the Community Room features wildlife photos from the Kruger National Park.
    Novel Destinations is sponsored by the Coeur d’Alene Public Library Foundation to provide regional residents an opportunity to share their stories of world travel. Anyone with a program to share is asked to contact the foundation at 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 cdalibrary.org or cdacity.blogspot.com. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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.

Reception at Library for Author/Volunteer

    For many years Dorothea Maley has volunteered at the Coeur d’Alene Public Library surrounded by books. Now she has written a book herself.
    The Friends of the Library will host a reception for the author Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. where she will read from and sign copies of her book, “Shadow of Rainbows.”
    A longtime North Idaho resident, Maley achieved success in the fields of graphic arts and publishing. This is her first full-length book.
   “Shadow of Rainbows” is a fictional adaptation of a true story. The central character, Ann Marie Duvall, is determined to visit Egypt and its historic sites. But with cancer spreading through her body it appears unlikely she will be able to fulfill her dream. But with courage, faith, and laughter she fights to overcome the challenge.
              
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 cdalibrary.org. The library is a department of the City of Coeur d’Alene and a member of the Cooperative Information Network, cinlibraries.org. 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.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Government Way Project Breaks Ground March 5th

The cities of Coeur d'Alene and Dalton Gardens are preparing to break ground on the Government Way, Dalton to Hanley Project. The contractor is expected to start work on the first phase of this project Monday, March 5th. The first phase includes installing a sewer main in:

• Government Way between Dalton and Hanley avenues.
• Dalton Avenue east of Government Way about one-half block.
• Hanley Avenue east of Government Way about one-half block.

Although two-way traffic will be maintained on Government Way, the driving public may experience delays. At times, drivers will be diverted to a gravel shoulder. Sewer installation on Dalton and Hanley avenues will require one-way traffic with flaggers.
Following installation of the sewer main, the roadway will be reconstructed to create a five-lane roadway with sidewalks on both sides. During this time, additional water and storm sewer utilities will be installed.

Sewer work is anticipated to begin on Monday, March 5th, and be completed by April 30th. Reconstruction of the roadway is scheduled to begin on May 1st with an anticipated completion date in September. For more information, please contact 769-2228.