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2015 City Election Information

Click here to visit the City Clerk's page for 2015 City Election information.


Water Notice for Lower Woodland and Edelweiss Neighborhoods

If you live in the lower Woodland Drive or Edelweiss neighborhoods, please click here for a notice from the Public Works Department.


Road Construction Alert: Asphalt Overlay Project

Please note the following schedule for the asphalt overlay project Aug 24 – 28.

 

Monday, August 24

mill & rough grade Ontario

City crews tear out Jefferson

 

Tuesday, August 25

fine grade Ontario

mill Third Ave., Poplar and Fir

 

Wednesday, August 26

grade Third Ave, Poplar, Fir

pave Ontario

rough grade Jefferson

 

Thursday, August 27

pave Third Ave, Poplar, Fir

fine grade Jefferson

 

Friday, August 28

pave Jefferson

 

Also, paving on Woodland Drive either Monday, August 31 or Wednesday, September 2.

 

Please contact Bruce Robertson in the Public Works Department with any questions or concerns:  255-1877 or brobertson@sandpointidaho.gov.


Fire Danger - Open Burning Not Allowed

The City of Sandpoint would like all citizens and visitors to realize that we are in an extreme fire danger situation. In fact, your Sandpoint, Sagle and Schweitzer Firefighters fought a human-caused fire in the Sandpoint watershed on Friday, July 24th.  If you intend to take advantage of any of the recreational activities that are available in Bonner County, you will need to be aware that OUTDOOR FIRES ARE NOT ALLOWED. Additionally, due to the extreme fire danger and poor air quality, until further notice, no open burning is allowed within Sandpoint city limits. (BBQs are still allowed.)  Please call the Selkirk Fire, Rescue and EMS Department at 263-3502 or 263-3533 with any questions or if you need additional information.


Wildfire Management Planning Meetings

A research team from the University of Idaho and Washington State University will be holding focus groups with fire professionals, agencies and residents, which will revolve around discussions on current wildfire management success and the future of wildfire management in Sandpoint. 

 

They are looking for people - residents and professionals alike - in the Sandpoint area to participate in these discussions and ensure that local opinions on wildfire are heard. Your participation in these focus groups will be used to improve future fire policy and influence fire resource distribution both locally and in communities across the West. 

 

The focus groups will be held as follows:

 

Thursday, August 27 at 7pm

Friday, August 28 at 10am

 

The venue for these meetings has not yet been determined, but if you are interested in participating or have any questions, please call Cat Edgeley at (208) 596-7063 or email cedgeley@uidaho.edu.


Downtown Traffic Changes and Road Work

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).


Pine Street Park Baseball Field

Due to the tremendous volunteer effort of local resident Dr. Jeff Johnson, several of our town's young baseball players and their parents, along with some help from the Parks and Recreation Dept., the Pine Street Park baseball diamond is getting a much-needed facelift.  Thank you to Dr. Johnson and crew!


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.


Sandpoint Train Depot Reopening

Per Amtrak, the Sandpoint train station is now open during posted hours.  Check out the article in the April 30 Sandpoint Reader (page 7).

 

Thanks again to all who made this possible:

Idagon Homes

Suarez Engineering

Boden Architecture

Amtrak

BNSF Railway

Sandpoint Historic Preservation Commission

Idaho Transportation Department

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


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:

http://www.cityofsandpoint.com/PlanningZoning/downloads/raildiscussion.mp3

 

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


NEW CITY LAWS


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.


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.


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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