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Sandpoint Train Depot Reopening

Per Amtrak, the Sandpoint train station will be open on Friday, May 1, to receive passengers coming off the late night westbound train. It will also be open for eastbound passengers arriving in the early morning hours on May 2 and will be open, during the posted hours, from that date on.  Check out the article in the April 30 Sandpoint Reader (page 7).


The train depot grand reopening dedication is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, at 2:30 p.m. as part of Preservation Idaho's Orchids and Onions Awards Ceremony & Luncheon, which will celebrate this year's award nominees from Sandpoint: Heartwood Center, Tanner-Nesbitt House, and the Sandpoint Amtrak Depot.  Tickets for the ceremony, with events on May 29 and 30, are $25 and available online at www.eventbrite.com (Orchids and Onions) or at the office of the Pend Oreille Arts Council, 302 N. First Avenue.  Click here for the event poster and information or call Melissa Bethel in the City Planning Department: 263-3370.


Thanks again to all who made this possible:

Idagon Homes

Suarez Engineering

Boden Architecture


BNSF Railway

Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission

Idaho Transportation Department

      ... and all those who value the history of our town




Celebration for Sandpoint High School Aerospace Program

The Sandpoint High School Aerospace Program is throwing a party in honor of its students and those who have helped to make the program possible.


Saturday, May 9, 2015

11 am - 3 pm

Granite Aviation FBO Bldg. at the Sandpoint Airport


BBQ, Music, Games, Aircraft Displays, Simulator Demos, Movies


All are invited! Meet the GAMA Design Challenge Team!


Questions?  Information? RSVP




Sponsored by Granite Aviation & Pilot Training Northwest, LLC

Lady Liberty at City Beach

Lady Liberty will be absent from her place at City Beach only temporarily.  She was in need of a little body work, and Allen and Karen Myers from A10 Auto Body in Sagle have offered to donate the repairs.  She was removed on April 21 and will return prior to Lost in the 50s weekend (mid-May).


Downtown Traffic Changes

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 City.


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.


Closely tied to converting Fifth Avenue to two-way is an agreement between ITD and Sandpoint to transfer ownership of existing US 2 (Pine Street, Cedar Street and First Avenue in the downtown core) to local control (Independent Highway District and City of Sandpoint).


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).


Downtown Traffic Changes / Fifth Avenue Two-Way Operation


Downtown Streets Plan

SEEP Classes

Stormwater erosion and control education will be available this spring to anyone in the construction industry and related disciplines who wants to improve their skills, understanding, and marketability in the stormwater and erosion control field, particularly for projects that require permitting from the EPA under the Construction General Permit (CGP).

Topics covered in a SEEP class include:

Water quality


Pollutant discharges

Regulatory requirements

Site planning

Implementing erosion and sediment control plans

Watersheds and the water cycle


Stormwater and controls

Site assessment

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Hands-on BMP installation


Class Schedule:

Kootenai County  March 24-25

Bonner County  April 7-8

Latah County  April 15-16

Shoshone County  April 21-22

Kootenai County  April 28-29


SEEP will also offer a one-day re-certification class on May 6 in Bonner County ($150 – 8 hours).


Visit the SEEP website for more information:  http://www.uidaho.edu/cda/seep.

Forum on Coal and Oil Train Traffic

The City of Sandpoint sponsored a community forum on coal and oil train issues on January 14, 2015, at Sandpoint City Hall. It was an opportunity for citizens to hear current information about coal trains, oil trains, safety for our citizens and communities, and actions that may be taken.


Here is a link to the audio file from the meeting:



Click here for the list of resources and contacts that was provided at the meeting.


Ordinance No. 1309

Removal of Parking Enforcement Marks on Tires Prohibited

adopted December 3, 2014


Ordinance No. 1309 makes it illegal to wipe off marks that have been placed on the tires of parked cars by parking enforcement personnel.


This law took effect when the summary was published in the Bonner County Daily Bee on December 9, 2014.

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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