Press Release – August 1, 2011
On August 1st, construction will begin on Deinhard Lane between
Highway 55 and Thula Avenue. This project is a 100% ARRA funded
grant project and will consist of widening Deinhard Lane, installing
storm sewer, and curb, gutter and sidewalk along the north side of
the road. It is anticipated that a majority of construction work
will be completed by the end of August. All businesses will remain
open during construction. For additional information, please call
Public Works at 634-5580.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF
The City of McCall is proposing to undertake the following
improvements at the McCall Municipal Airport, as recommended by the
2007 Airport Master Plan and which are necessary to correct Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) design standard deficiencies:
- Relocate the parallel taxiway to meet runway centerline /
taxiway centerline separation standards.
- Acquire approximately 16 acres of land east of the parallel
taxiway for taxiway construction and protection from encroachment
by incompatible land uses.
These actions are necessary to bring the Airport into compliance
with FAA design standards for the Airport’s existing airport
reference code (ARC) of B-II, while complying with Federal and State
environmental regulations. The future ARC is projected to be C-II,
based on the Airport Master Plan, and the McCall City Council has
voted to construct the taxiway to the C-II separation standard of
300 feet. Construction of the taxiway to C-II standards will require
acquisition of approximately 8.16 acres. The City Council also voted
to retain the option to purchase an additional 7.91 acres for
airport protection from incompatible land uses.
The FAA, as lead agency, has determined that an Environmental
Assessment (EA) should be prepared for the proposed action.
There are no project-related impacts, but for these categories:
Biotic Resources, Construction, and Wetland. For the Biotic
Resources and Construction categories, it is not anticipated that
there will be significant impacts. The proposed action, including
best management practices and avoidance of environmental impacts
where applicable, has been developed in consultation with Federal,
State, and Local officials as appropriate. The project will involve
1.39 acres of impacts to jurisdictional wetlands, which will be
offset through the purchase of off-site wetland mitigation banking
The Draft EA was prepared under FAA guidelines for such
documents. The public comment period for this Draft EA is July 22 –
August 22, 2011. Copies of the Draft EA are available for inspection
at the McCall Public Library, the City of McCall (City Hall and
Airport Administration Office), and the Seattle Airports District
Office of the FAA in Renton, WA.
Comments should be sent to Rainse Anderson, at WHPacific, 9755 SW
Barnes Road, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon, 97225, or email@example.com
by August 22, 2011.
A hearing can be requested by the public, written notice stating
such must be submitted to WHPacific, Inc. and received by August 22,
Press Release - July 14, 2011
City of McCall Offers Opportunity for Public Input into FY12 Budget
Interested residents of the City of McCall are encouraged to join
the McCall City Manager and Department Heads for the annual Budget
Workshop on July 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm, in Legion Hall (216 East Park
Street). The meeting will focus on preparation of a draft McCall
Budget for Fiscal Year 2012, which begins on October 1 of this year.
The workshop with the public is part of the ongoing effort by the
City to encourage public comment during the budget development
process. All McCall residents are invited and encouraged to attend
this event and provide input on priorities for the next year and
beyond. The first part of the workshop beginning at 6:00 pm will be
a formal presentation by the City Manager outlining the City’s draft
budget for the coming fiscal year. At the end of his presentation,
citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions and to have
informal conversations with the City Department Heads regarding
their draft budgets and the services provided by their departments.
The City of McCall is also offering residents a chance to provide
input into the budget development process from home. In addition to
the scheduled budget workshop, the City has added the draft budget
to the City of McCall web site with a link to submit comments or
questions (www.mccall.id.us). Since the draft budget will continue
to evolve until final approval at the end of August, the most
current draft budget will be posted on the City web site.
The City Manager and Department Heads will respond to questions and
consider all comments as the draft budget is prepared for City
Council review and eventual approval.
If you have any questions or need more information contact Lindley
Kirkpatrick, City Manager or Linda Stokes, Treasurer at City Hall
For Immediate Release – July 11, 2011
Contact: Sergeant Pete Rittenger, (208) 634-7144
Trash Enclosure Reminder
McCall – The City of McCall would like to remind citizens of the
City’s trash enclosure requirements. A trash enclosure is required
for all commercial and industrial trash collection containers.
Properties, such as multi-unit residential developments, that have a
community trash collection area or facility must also have an
The design of commercial and industrial trash enclosures must be
submitted to and approved by the City’s Community Development
Department prior to the enclosure being constructed.
The Police Department’s Code Enforcement officers will be assessing
trash enclosure compliance in the upcoming weeks. Code Enforcement
officers will be working with properties identified as needing an
enclosure, or having a non-conforming enclosure, in order for those
properties to be in compliance with the City Code.
The City Code regarding trash enclosures (3.8.09) can be found on
the City of McCall website http://www.mccall.id.us/.
For questions regarding trash enclosure compliance and enforcement
please contact a Code Enforcement Officer at 634-7144.
For questions regarding trash enclosure design standards or the
approval process please contact Community Development at 634-7052.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2011
City of McCall
Committee Members Needed
The City of McCall is seeking civic-minded individuals to fill
open seats on the Local Option Tax Commission.
The current vacancies on the Local Option Tax Commission are for
a city resident representative and a current City Committee Member.
The Local Option Tax Commission is responsible for making
recommendations to the City Council for the use of the revenues
collected under the Local Option Tax. Persons who are interested in
the use of the Local Option Tax revenue are encouraged to apply.
If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit
a letter of interest to BessieJo Wagner, City Clerk, 216 E. Park
Street, McCall, ID 83638 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by June
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2010
2010 SNOW REMOVAL PRESS RELEASE
Once again winter is rapidly approaching and the City of McCall
would like to remind our residents that we need your help in
assuring that the City is able to safely remove snow and ice from
our roads. This year the National Weather Service has predicted a
colder and wetter winter than normal which should translate into a
normal to above normal snowfall season. The City of McCall would
also like to remind residents to carry in their cars a winter
survival kit for their safety.
The City of McCall has a few additional reminders:
- City right-of-ways need to be kept clear of vehicles, garbage
cans, and any other obstructions. If obstructions are located
within the right-of-way, the City of McCall is not responsible for
any damage that occurs.
- Snow from your driveways and sidewalks should not be deposited
onto the city roads and rights-of-ways. For those residents
employing the services of private snow removing contractors,
please make sure that they are in compliance of this requirement.
- Under city code it is the responsibility of the business or
homeowner to keep the sidewalks and walking paths in front of your
business or home clear of snow and ice.
- Home and business owners are encouraged to “adopt” a fire
hydrant near their homes and assist in keeping them clear of snow
It is important to understand that snow removal crews typically
begin work at 4:00 am or earlier if there has been a recent snowfall
of 3” or more. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may
cause, but it is necessary. The Streets Superintendent monitors the
weather, and calls in the crew early for plowing as needed. Crews
work seven days a week, and the threshold on weekends is 4” of new
snow. The City has a web cam for monitoring snow accumulation, and
it can be viewed at our web site,
www.mccall.id.us under Public Works.
The City uses three graders, four loaders, two plow trucks, two
sanding trucks, and a crew of nine operators. They remove snow from
more than 40 miles of streets in the City limits, as well as, two
public parking lots downtown, and at Rotary Park. Each route is
designed and timed to clear school bus and McCall Transit routes
before the buses arrive, as weather permits Separate crews remove
the snow at the Airport, within parks and along some bike paths.
Crews attempt to clear streets to 25’ wide. Following larger
snowfalls, and as the season progresses, it may take several days to
reach this goal. The Public Works Department asks for the residents’
cooperation and understanding during this winter season. The crew
also cuts ice build-up, and periodically “wings back” the banks of
snow on the side of the streets to allow for future snow storage.
The crew also removes snow from fire hydrants between storms, when
not clearing streets.
City streets are sanded after snow removal, on an as-needed
basis. The crew monitors the road conditions and distributes sanding
material when needed. During a snowstorm, it is not always practical
to sand streets, as the new snow covers the sand and it becomes
ineffective. Busy intersections will be sanded as needed while it is
The City also would like to encourage residents to consider what
they need to do to get ready for winter. Among other things,
- Make sure they have adequate snow supplies at home--shovels,
along with sand or de-icer is a good start.
- Ensure that vehicles are equipped for snow. Tires should be
aggressive enough for winter weather and throw a winter survival
kit in the trunk, including at least a blanket, shovel, traction
sand and basic supplies.
- Check with neighbors who might need assistance keeping their
driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. Offer to help them
throughout the winter season.
The Public Works Department wishes you a happy and safe winter
season and thanks you for your cooperation and patience.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2010
The City of McCall and the Payette Lakes Recreational Water and
Sewer District are pleased to announce a resolution of the
long-standing dispute between the two entities. The agreement was
reached after three days of mediation and the terms will be made
public during a court appearance in Cascade next Tuesday.
McCall honored at America in Bloom awards
McCall's gardens, landscapes, and community members were honored
during the 2010 America in Bloom annual awards ceremony held in St.
Louis on October 2nd. During the awards ceremony, McCall was
especially recognized for its community involvement efforts.
Specially trained judges visited towns of similar populations and
spent two days touring the town in July, meeting municipal
officials, residents, and volunteers. Each city was judged for
tidiness, community involvement, environmental awareness, heritage,
urban forestry, landscape, floral displays, and turf and
McCall also was one of three cities nominated for an award for
landscaped areas, with the award going to Westfield, N.J. America in
Bloom, based in Columbus, Ohio, is an independent, non-profit
organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification
programs and personal and community involvement through the use of
flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle
enhancements. Each participating city received a "Bloom Rating" of
one to five blooms for overall effort. McCall was awarded a Bloom
Rating of four blooms, which is outstanding for the first year of
McCall’s participation was sponsored by the McCall Improvement
Committee, and supported by the City of McCall, local businesses,
garden groups, area nurseries, and residents. Community members and
organizations are encouraged to get involved for next year’s
competition. Contact Carol at 634-3504 or email@example.com for
Full 2010 America in Bloom Evaluation for McCall, Idaho
Cities of McCall and Donnelly Receive $132,500 Recovery Act Funds
from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2009
OER Announces Grant Award to McCall to Boost-Start Them on
Becoming a Solar City
The Office of Energy Resources (OER) has announced awarding the
City of McCall nearly $172,000 for the development of a Renewable
Energy Enterprise Zone (REEZ) in the McCall area. The City is
working with a private renewable energy provider, Idaho Solar Power,
to take the first steps to making McCall a sustainable community by
installing several solar systems.
Funding for this project will go towards installing solar
electric panels on public, non-profit, and private commercial
properties within the REEZ area to generate electricity which will
connect to Idaho Power’s electrical grid system through the net
metering program. The property owners will be able to off-set their
electricity usage. The off-set will allow the City and non-profits
to use energy cost savings for other needs. Project partners would
provide a cash match, and the total project cost is estimated to be
“The City has received considerable support from the community
for this effort” said a VIP from the McCall area.
City staff also consulted with representatives of Idaho Power and
a renewable energy and building analyst regarding the development of
this solar energy proposal. City leaders plan to examine its current
zoning and development codes to insure that viable renewable energy
efforts do not become stalled due to the development approval
process. Currently, McCall does not have any restrictions on the
installation of solar technology on buildings in its jurisdiction,
which is the corporate City limits and the McCall area of impact, a
total of 27.7 square miles.
This funding opportunity was designed to spur economic growth and
job creation by encouraging renewable energy development
collaboration between local authorities and energy developers.
Although $1.5 million was earmarked from the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act for this competitive grant program OER had over
$5.5 million in requests. A total of 26 grant requests were received
and 12 grant awards were offered including the McCall project.
More information about the state energy stimulus projects and the
Office of Energy Resources is available at