McCall City Source


December 2016

Downtown Reconstruction Meetings

The City of McCall hosts Horrocks Engineers as they present project phasing and seasonal construction timelines to downtown business and property owners in Hotel McCall’s Library on, Wednesday, January 4, 2017. Meetings are organized by street interest with a public session beginning at 4 pm.


January at the Library

Let’s Talk About It
January 25th 6:00pm

McCall Public Library and McCall Arts and Humanities present this year’s “Let’s Talk About It”. The year’s theme is Pulitzer Prize winners.  This month’s discussion of All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr will be presented and led by Idaho Scholar: Wendy Green. Books provided with registration, no library card required.


McCall Winter Carnival January 27th – February 5th “1 Valley, 100 Years”
Look for the McCall Library float in the Winter Carnival Mardi-Gras parade!  January 28th at noon.

Friends of the McCall Public Library Book Sale
Friday, January 27 – February 5th – 10:00-6:00pm, Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm

Book Sale will be taking place in the McCall Public Library.


Library Closures – Monday January 2nd, and Monday January 16th

McCall Public Library searches for a Capital Campaign Fundraising Coordinator

DECEMBER 21, 2016
Contact: Meg Lojek, Director,

The McCall Public Library Board of Trustees plans to engage in a capital campaign to raise funds to increase the size of the facility located at 218 E Park Street, McCall Idaho. Based on a needs assessment, community input, City Council direction, and conceptual drawings developed by Humphries Poli Architects, the anticipated cost of the entire project will be up to $6 million to increase the library size from 4,800 to 12,000 square feet. The Library Board intends to raise the needed funds through fundraising and grants.
The Library Board seeks the assistance of an individual with the ability to develop and execute a campaign plan.  The Board believes the community is in support of this project and that there is great potential for giving. The Fundraising Coordinator will work together with all involved parties to keep track of the details and keep momentum moving forward.

The current building was built in 1972. Over the years, the Library’s most significant challenge has become space limitations for community meetings, children’s programs, lectures, films, 3D printing, and more. The shelves exceed the recommended load for books, there is very little leisure reading space, and the building is not up to current standards for ADA.

The Library ranks near the top in Idaho, according to state-wide statistics, in attendance and circulation for communities of similar size. An expanded library building is a part of the McCall Public Library’s Board of Trustees’ Strategic Plan. Library usage is up, and the popular programs are ever-more creative components of the community. With effective library expansion, members of the community will have a space to come together and enjoy each other and the library resources.

McCall Public Library Board of Trustees requests submissions from those with fundraising experience interested in guiding a 12 to 18-month capital campaign to raise money to finance an expanded, flexible library facility to meet the service needs of our community now and for future generations.
The purpose of this request is to retain a Fundraising Coordinator who will:

•    Who are the Library’s allies and who might oppose a campaign?
•    Identification of the amount of money that can be reasonably raised
•    Who might be leaders in the fundraising effort, both within the Library community and among other residents?
•    Names of potential major donors/funders and what might interest them?
•    Possible alternatives for raising funds?
•    What role should Board members, staff and the Friends of the Library take in the campaign?
•    What training would we need to ensure a quality, uniform approach by all involved in this team effort?
•    Identification of costs associated with managing the capital campaign

We consider applicants on the basis of qualifications and without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, gender identity, or any other legally protected status.


McCall lights up Christmas – Take a survey and enter to win LEDs

McCall’s downtown holiday tree lights are nearing the end of their lifespan.  The tree currently has warm-white lights.  The Parks Department will be replacing the lights for next winter season. We invite you and your family to take a look at our community holiday tree and let us know what you think.  Then enter to win a set of commercial grade LED lights for your house by completing the survey.

Which weighs more, a pound of courtesy or a pound of poop?

McCall is a recreational playground and we love walking our paths. Each year the community struggles with the problem of dog walkers not picking up after their animals. To walk your dog anywhere in McCall, including the McCall Golf Course, you are required to clean up after your pets and dispose of it in the proper manner.

We need to come together and urge each other to take pride in our paths. Show courtesy to other walkers and please, Scoop! Receptacles and bags are available on the course.

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Keep safe and Chill like a penguin in McCall this Winter.

The City of McCall would like to encourage 2016 winter visitors to take necessary precautions to stay safe and comfortable. Please plan ahead to dress appropriately for wet, cold weather and walking on ice and snow. Today, December 21, 2016, McCall has a high temperature forecasted of 27° F, a low of -1°F and typically ever changing snow shower possibilities ranging from light to heavy. Comfortable, warm, walking shoes with traction are recommended and as always, care should be used when walking on snow and ice.

Thank you to our City of McCall businesses doing a great job clearing their frontage sidewalks for the safety of our visiting friends!  We can’t forget our Parks and Recreation Department and Public Works Crew for keeping streets and public areas clear while everyone else is sleeping.

“Why Walking like a penguin is safer on ice,” Editors


Watch Mayor Aymon’s Capitol Christmas Tree Address in D.C.

‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Campaign Begins


‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Holiday Campaign Begins

As part of the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, Idaho State Police and

McCall’s local law enforcement will be out this holiday season to save lives by keeping impaired drivers off our roadways.


From December 18, 2016, to January 3, 2017, Idaho law enforcement agencies are increasing patrols to find impaired drivers.  During the same time period last year, agencies who participated in the holiday mobilization arrested 254 drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) over the legal limit of .08.

“This holiday season we are reminding drivers that Idaho law enforcement has zero tolerance for impaired driving, and if drivers make the choice to drive impaired they will face the consequences,” said John Tomlinson, with the Idaho Transportation Department’s Office of Highway Safety. “We hope that this warning will help drivers make the choice to never put themselves or others at risk by driving drunk.”

According to the Idaho Office of Highway Safety, Idaho had 87 deaths as a result of impaired driving in 2015, and impaired crashes increased 7.7 percent over the previous year.  Male drivers age 20-24 years old were over represented in impaired crashes, and weekend evening hours experienced the highest volume of impaired fatal and serious injury crashes.   The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 840 people lost their lives on the nation’s highways in drunk driving related crashes during the month of December 2015.

“Too often, drivers get wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and make the foolish decision to drive after drinking,” said Tomlinson.  “Always have a designated driver or get a taxi, use Uber, or Lyft.  Make the choice to never drive impaired.  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”


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Where can I park in the winter?

We hear you and we have outlined some guides to help.Take a look at the new parking and snowmobile parking guides.

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