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City Administrator Appointment Announced



November 24, 2015

The City of Sandpoint is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer Pearson Stapleton as City Administrator.  Jennifer’s appointment will be on the agenda for City Council’s consideration and confirmation during Council’s December 16 regular meeting.

Jennifer is currently employed by the City of Spokane as Director of Grants Management and Financial Assistance and Interim Director of Community, Housing & Human Services.

She was previously employed by Spokane County as Grants Administrator, as Inland Northwest Community Foundation Director of Grants, Marketing and Technology, and as Executive Director of Spokane County Domestic Violence Consortium.        

A Montana native, Jennifer earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Gonzaga University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Eastern Washington University.  She is also credentialed as a Certified Grants Management Specialist.

Jennifer will meet with each of the City’s department heads on Tuesday, December 15, and with City Council members on Wednesday, December 16.  She will be available to meet the public on December 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in City Council chambers prior to the Council meeting.

Jennifer’s experience and skill set will be of great benefit to the City of Sandpoint.  She will be a terrific asset and a wonderful addition to our City staff.

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Traffic Notice - Second Avenue

South Second Avenue between Lake Street and Superior Street will be closed on November 25 from 8:30 a.m. until tree removal at 202 S. Second is complete. Road Closure signs will be placed at Lake and at Superior.  Contact Top to Bottom Tree Service at 946-3146 with any questions.

Traffic Notice - First Avenue

Vehicle travel on First Avenue between Pine Street and Church Street will be restricted to the east lane only beginning at 9:00 p.m. on November 29 until the sewer lateral is replaced. (This work was previously scheduled for Nov 19 and has been rescheduled to Nov 29.)  Please call the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns: 263-3407.

Highway 2/200 Corridor Planning

The City invites you to participate in crafting a vision for the Highway 2/200 Corridor.  Public open houses will be held on December 9 and 10, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the The Sandpoint Center at Columbia Bank, 414 Church Street in Sandpoint, and a 4-day workshop is also planned at the same location December 8 through 11.  Click here for the full schedule.  Daytime drop-in participation is welcomeFor additional information, please contact Sandpoint Planning and Economic Development Director Aaron Qualls:  aqualls@sandpointidaho.gov or 255-1738.

War Memorial Field Construction Schedule


11/13/2015 – for immediate release


The City is pleased to share that a meeting held today with the Memorial design team (local engineers and architects), City, School District, Festival, Friends of Memorial Field, and other interested parties resulted in a construction schedule.  It was the consensus of the group that the dates presented will least impact our community and best position the project for success.  Many participants have been at the table for years working together towards this exciting time.  We are unified.


Early March, 2016 - City Council reviews final bid documents

Early April, 2016 – Bid opening

Mid September, 2016 – Demolition / Construction beings

Mid May, 2017 – Completion


For more info, call Parks and Recreation Director Kim Woodruff at 263-3674.

Business Beware

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is warning businesses to beware of a scam targeting Idaho businesses. A firm called Division of Corporate Services, Business Compliance Division, is contacting Idaho businesses by mail in an attempt to collect fees. The false notice states “NOTICE OF POTENTIAL COMPLIANCE VIOLATION”. When contacted, you are instructed to be in compliance and that you must purchase a certificate of good standing. The Idaho Uniform Business Organizations Code does not require entities to purchase a certificate of good standing to remain compliant. Businesses should be on alert for this third party mailing. It is NOT required by the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State recommends that businesses who receive this mailing contact the local Better Business Bureau office for more information.

Downtown Traffic Changes and Road Work

Sep 21 - Church Street will be intermittently closed between First Ave. and Fifth Ave. over the next several weeks. Click here for more information.


July 2015 - In collaboration with the Sandpoint Urban Renewal Agency, the City of Sandpoint will move forward with frontage improvements along Church St. from First Ave. to Fifth Ave.  It is anticipated that this work will begin just after Labor Day and will be substantially complete prior to winter. The design of this project follows the “Downtown Streets Plan and Design Guide” adopted by Sandpoint City Council in 2012 (see link below). The work on Church will focus on sidewalks and storm water facilities. The road base is in good shape, so road closures will be limited to curb work and trenching for utilities. You may contact Bruce Robertson with any questions or concerns: brobertson@sandpointidaho.gov or 255-1877.



On February 11, 2015, City Council approved two agreements with ITD for converting Fifth Avenue to two-way operation between Cedar and Pine Streets and transferring ownership of downtown streets from the State to the local control.  ITD has also approved these agreements.

Downtown Traffic Changes / Fifth Avenue Two-Way Operation



On November 18, 2014, the Idaho Transportation Department held a public meeting in Sandpoint to provide information and solicit comments.  Click here to link to a copy of their presentation.



On July 16, 2014, Sandpoint City Council voted to endorse a plan to convert Fifth Avenue between Cedar and Pine Streets to two-way traffic.  See the link below or click here to view the specific changes at each intersection.  ITD prepared the plan following a request by Sandpoint City Council in June 2013.



In December 2012, Sandpoint City Council voted to adopt the Downtown Streets Plan.  This plan is available here for download.  The plan calls for two-way traffic on all downtown streets (except Main Street between Third and Fifth Avenues).

Sandpoint Awarded Walk Friendly Community Designation

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center has designated Sandpoint a Silver Walk Friendly Community for its walk-ability initiatives and programs.  Walk Friendly Communities is a national recognition program aimed at recognizing communities for their commitment to pedestrian safety. Sandpoint is among four communities recognized in the latest round of Walk Friendly Communities announced. The Walk Friendly Community designation, awarded from bronze to platinum, is given to applicant communities that have demonstrated a commitment to improving and sustaining walk-ability and pedestrian safety through comprehensive programs, plans and policies. To date, 50 communities in the U.S. have been designated as Walk Friendly Communities. Click here to read the press release and additional information about the designation and about Walk Friendly Communities.


Ordinance No. 1313

Feeding Big Game Animals Prohibited

adopted May 20, 2015


Ordinance No. 1313 makes it illegal to feed deer and other big game animals within city limits.


This law took effect when the summary was published in the Bonner County Daily Bee on May 27, 2015.

Ordinance No. 1319

Feeding Waterfowl and Other Activities Prohibited in City Parks

adopted October 21, 2015


Ordinance No. 1319 makes it illegal to feed waterfowl in City parks and also lists other activities that are prohibited in the parks.


This law took effect when the summary was published in the Bonner County Daily Bee on October 28, 2015.

The City of Sandpoint and USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form.  You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form.  Send your completed complaint form or letter by mail to U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20250-9410, by fax to (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

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