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August 2017

Free Training for Young Drivers

McCall Police To Offer Free Training To Young Drivers

McCall, ID – The McCall Police Department has recently been certified, through the Idaho Transportation Department, to provide the Alive at 25 Defensive Driving program to Valley County and any surrounding counties.

Contact Sergeant Pete Rittenger with the McCall Police Department at (208) 634-7144, or email at

The Alive at 25 Defensive Driving program is an intervention program designed for drivers between the ages of 15-24 years.  Statistically, this group of drivers is most likely to be involved in fatal traffic collisions.

The no-cost, 4-1/2 hour program is limited to 20 students per class, and will be offered on Thursday, October 5th at the McCall Fire and EMS building (201 Deinhard Lane). The class will begin at 4:00 p.m.


This course is offered to young drivers in an effort to raise awareness about contributing factors that lead to traffic violations, traffic collisions, and/or fatalities through awareness training. This course places its focus on educating young drivers to adopt safer driving practices, take responsibility for their behavior in various driving situations, and to be aware of many of the typical driving hazards. Unlike traditional driver’s education courses that focus on the mechanics of driving, Alive at 25 addresses the behaviors of drivers.

If you are a young adult who is interested in improving your defensive driving skills and driver awareness, or have any questions about the Alive at 25 program, please contact Sergeant Pete Rittenger with the McCall Police Department at (208) 634-7144, or email at

Additional information regarding the course can be found at
Sergeant Pete Rittenger, 208.634.7144

McCall Parks and Recreation: Fall Youth Soccer

Don’t forget to register for Fall Soccer for grades K-3rd Grade. Visit or City Hall.

Fall Soccer

Special Downtown Core Design Event- Wednesday, August 30th

City hosts and open house to collect opinions on Downtown Core Design Themes from 3pm to 8pm August 30th in two locations.

The community’s vision for the look and feel will be a guide for final designs.

          SPECIAL DOWNTOWN EVENT            

***Open House / Come and Go / Drop By*** 3pm to 5pm – Legacy Park

6pm to 8pm – Downtown on Lenora St. & Second St.

As the “Heart” of the City, McCall’s Downtown is the gathering place for the community and a sense of arrival for visitors. The first glimpse of Payette Lake when entering Downtown McCall leaves a lasting impression on anyone who has visited. This project aims to increase the energy of the area and create a vibrant and  attractive destination for both residents and visitors. A healthy and attractive Downtown can become a symbol of pride for the community and establish its identity.

“a healthy and vibrant Downtown boosts the
economic health and quality of life in a community.”

Downtown McCall is an important economic catalyst for attracting new businesses, residents, and visitors to McCall. Having a unique Downtown character is an undeniable economic asset and well-worth the long term investment. Research shows that a healthy and vibrant Downtown boosts the economic health and quality of life in a community. Learn more about the project>

September is Library Card Sign –Up Month!

Sign up in September for your chance to win a Kindle! and other cool prizes!

McCall Library September Programs

Let’s Lego
Friday, September 15th  3:30-5:00
Participants can free-build or participate in our monthly Lego activity/challenge. Build anything you can imagine; we have the materials. We hope to see you there!

Doing Democracy
Tuesday, September 19th 6:30-8:30
The McCall Public Library invites you to join community dialogues on local issues and topics. Childcare will be provided.

Get Artsy
Friday, September 22nd   3:30-5:00
Introducing a new monthly after school program. Older elementary school aged kids (3rd-8th grade) will dabble in a variety of creative and artistic techniques. Supplies are limited, so monthly sign up is required. Younger students must be accompanied by an adult. The first program we will be making a wire self-portrait in the style of Picasso.

2017 Master Gardeners Plant Clinic
Wednesday, August 23rd  5:00-7:00 pm
Bring your plants and questions chat with a local master gardener!

Idaho Wilderness Considered
Tuesday, September 26th at 6:30pm
Several contributors to the book Idaho Wilderness Considered,
an anthology of essays, photos, and other reflections
exploring the history and meaning of wilderness in Idaho,
will make a presentation at McCall Public Library.
The event is free and open to the public.

Friday, September 29th  3:30-5:00
Makerspace is back! This month we will be making buttons with the library’s new button maker.  Join us after school and deck out your backpack with a fun new button.

Clase de Ingles Wednesdays at 3:30-5:30
All levels and ages, free English language classes. Drop-ins welcome!

September is Library Card Sign –Up Month!
Sign up in September for your chance to win a
Kindle! and other cool prizes!

Another short term Council seat opens.

Apply now for a McCall City Council Seat that expires December 2017.

The McCall City Council is seeking interested citizens who would like to join the City Council.

Interested citizens should submit a letter of
interest and resume by September 5th

This is an exciting opportunity to help shape the future of our community. The Council will be looking for a candidate who can work well with the existing Council members; can devote the necessary time, including at least three meetings per month; will make informed decisions in a participatory and public process; and is interested in the future of our community. The Council has 3 regular scheduled meetings per month with the possibility of two or more special meetings per month. The appointment will be for a term that expires in December 2017.

Interested citizens should submit a letter of interest and resume to BessieJo Wagner, City Clerk, 216 East Park Street, or via email to Applications are being accepted until 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017.

Candidate Filing Deadline Approaches

If you are planning to run for City Council you need to act now!

That the general election to be held in and for the City of McCall, Idaho, will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.  The election will be held for the purpose of electing the following offices for the specified terms:

Council Member – four year term – 3 seats

Council Member – Two year term – 1 seat

The deadline for filing Declarations of Candidacy
is Friday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. 

Candidates for city elected office are required to file a Declaration of Candidacy specifying the office sought and affirming that the individual is a qualified city elector, meaning: at least 18 years of age, a U.S. citizen, the candidate’s primary residence must be within the city, the address of the candidate’s voter registration must match the residence address provided on the candidate’s declaration, and the candidate must have resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to submitting their declaration.  The Declaration of Candidacy must be accompanied by: (1) a nonrefundable filing fee of $40 or (2) a Petition of Candidacy signed by at least five qualified city electors with the signatures verified by the county clerk’s office.  The deadline for filing Declarations of Candidacy is Friday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m.  Declarations of Candidacy are available at City Hall in the office of the city clerk at 216 East Park Street from the hours of 8:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday.

Transitioning Wastewater Service to Payette Lakes Recreational Water and Sewer District

Wastewater Annexation mailer went out last week explaining an overview of your new service and billing procedures.

In May 2017, City of McCall and Payette Lakes Recreational Water and Sewer District (PLRWSD) wastewater customers voted to approve a two-part proposal to: 1) combine City of McCall customers with the PLRWSD (annexation), and 2) pass a $22.07 million bond to fund three goals:

A) $11.7 million – fund necessary upgrades to the reuse water disposal system required to implement the new Reuse Permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality. This new permit is necessary for continuing disposal of reuse water.
B) $3.3 million – fund improvements to the wastewater treatment facility.
C) $7.07 million -finance the acquisition of the system assets by restructuring the City of McCall wastewater system debt.

In May 2017,
a proposal passed of a
two-part proposal approving
annexation and a $22.07 million bond.


BILLING PROCEDURES  for Current City of McCall Customers:


  • Receive last monthly bill from City of McCall for wastewater services for August.
  • Continue receiving water services bills monthly from City of McCall.

October – December

  • Receive first PLRWSD bill for September and October services at new rate.
  • Auto-pay customers must sign up with PLRWSD to continue having payments deducted on the first working day of every month.
  • Continue to be billed monthly by PLRWSD through December 2017


  • Starting January 2018, can continue paying monthly, or can sign up to pay annually or semi-annually by contacting the PLRWSD Office.

BILLING PROCEDURES  for All Customers (after annexation on Aug. 31 ):

  • To change billing frequency, or sign up for auto pay contact the PLRWSD Office.
  • Customers can pay:

» Online starting Sept. 1, 2017.*
» By mail with check.
» In person with cash, check or credit card.*
» By phone.*
» Auto pay through direct withdrawal.

* $1.50 will be charged per e-check payment, and 3 percent per credit card transactions.

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Still have questions? Call 208-634-4111


With money from the bonds, projects to upgrade and improve the wastewater systems will be ongoing over the next several years.

New Reuse Pipeline

  • The first project is a new reuse pipeline along Norwood and Maki Roads west of State Highway 55. Construction will take place between fall 2017 and spring 2019.

    More information about this and other projects will be provided in the coming months.

Review McCall’s Future Plan for a limited time

Comprehensive Plan up for comment and review until September 1st.

Draft Comprehensive Plan Now Online!
Read, dream and take the survey! >

A draft of the McCall In Motion Comprehensive Plan update is now available online for public review and comment. The City has been working tirelessly on an update to the 2007 Comprehensive Plan. Throughout August, we would like your comments and feedback to make this Plan even better!

To submit comments you can use the online survey available on

You are also welcome to submit comments in writing (by mail or email) to the Community Development Department at:

Michelle Groenevelt, Community Development Director Or by mail to: Michelle Groenevelt, City of McCall, 216 East Park Street, McCall, Idaho 83638

Projected Curbside Recycling Costs are in – City Council would like to hear your opinion.

If approved by City Council, a curbside service fee
would be added to current Lake Shore trash removal.


In past years, City staff and Lake Shore Disposal have been in conversations about the costs and processes related to recycling along with the possibility of initiating curbside recycling service in the City of McCall. After discussions and combined efforts toward problem solving, including collaboration with Valley County Commissioners, a projected cost has been developed. If approved by City Council, a curbside service fee would be added to current Lake Shore trash removal customer invoices within city limits and charged at a per haul rate. See the projected rate and give an opinion>


The Environmental Advisory Committee will use this data as well to further the recycling education in the community and advise the City Council.

Please click here> to give your opinion on the proposed cost and affects on the current waste and recycling conditions in the community.

Recycling would be charged at a per haul rate by Lake Shore to existing customers.




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