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McCall’s Transportation Master Plan interactive Story Map wins at AIC

A Digital Win for McCall’s TMP and GIS!

City Achievement Award for Public Works & Transportation for “McCall’s Transportation Master Plan (TMP) Story Map.” The award will be presented during the AIC Annual Conference in Boise on Thursday June 21.

Read the Narrative Submittal:

Municipal transportation plans are often weighty documents filled with statistics, road condition reports, project descriptions, multi-modal analysis, street sections, maintenance charts, engineering recommendations and more. Communicating these complex components in a way that allows members of the public to fully understand and respond to a transportation plan can be challenging but is essential to gaining community support for the implementation and long-term success of the plan. So, when the City of McCall launched McCall in Motion, the city’s first Transportation Master Plan, and did it in tandem with an update to the McCall Comprehensive Plan, city staff from multiple departments worked together to create and promote the Transportation Master Plan Story Map (TMP Story Map) with the goal of making the transportation plan easy to follow, engaging, and relevant to community members.

 

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McCall’s Story Map provides an excellent example of how the use of baseline GIS capacity and cross-department collaboration between Planning, Public Works, GIS and Communications staff can result in better understanding and support for transportation planning efforts and future streets projects twithought requiring additional funding.

 

McCall’s TMP Story Map is an online, web-based application that utilizes the McCall’s existing GIS capabilities (basic ESRI suite) to offer the public an interactive way to explore data using static graphics as well as interactive and searchable maps. The TMP Story Map follows the same format as the Transportation Master Plan and includes much of the information presented in the core of the Plan and its appendices but is presented in an easily-navigable format that allows users to view data and projects that are of most interest.  By choosing clearly labeled tabs, such as the “What is planned for your street?” interactive tab, the TMP Story Map allows users to search existing road conditions, crash data, parking capacity, road treatment and maintenance schedules, upcoming road reconstruction projects, and future street sections specific to streets near them. The TMP Story Map website also incorporates the McCall Area Pathways Master Plan and links back to the Comprehensive Plan update web page so that all data is automatically consistent between the plans. Once drafted, a small citizen focus group tested the online Story Map to ensure that it was comprehensive yet easy to navigate and understand. Use of the Story Map was encouraged throughout the planning process via the City’s main website, Facebook and blog posts, e-newsletter blasts, and ads in the local paper. To date, the TMP Story Map has been utilized 2,406 times, a considerable number for a community population under 3,000.

McCall’s Story Map provides an excellent example of how the use of baseline GIS capacity and cross-department collaboration between Planning, Public Works, GIS and Communications staff can result in better understanding and support for transportation planning efforts and future streets projects twithought requiring additional funding.

Screen shots from the McCall in Motion TMP Story Map are attached, but to experience the full interactive scope of the McCall Transportation Master Plan Story Map, please visit the City of McCall Web Site at http://www.mccall.id.us (click on Maps/GIS tab) or follow this direct link:

http://mccall.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=db9a51a795c54918946874aff4ff3c98

Mountain Bike Skills Park Chosen for Youth Award!

City Achievement Award for Youth and Youth Council for
“City of McCall’s Mountain Bike Skills Park.”

City Achievement Award for Youth and Youth Council for “City of McCall’s Mountain Bike Skills Park.” The award will be presented during the AIC Annual Conference in Boise on Thursday June 21.

Read the narrative submittal that won the award:

The Mountain Bike Skills Park located in the Harshman Skate Park area is a great example of how community partnerships can result in a wonderful public recreational facility. Mountain Biking weighs in as a significant share of youth sports in the McCall Area and continues to grow year to year. Beginning in 2009, with McCall Parks and Recreation’s first Mtn. Bike Camp at Bear Basin, fathers removed training wheels, kids fetched whatever bikes they had in the garage and Youth Mountain Biking in McCall began.

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In that moment, the recreation team began to see the growth in youth participation first hand. The mountain biking movement in the McCall area has seen wide support from the start, boasting volunteer instructors, bike rodeo events, donations from major trail land owners like Jug Mountain Ranch and even the development of a youth mountain bike team. The completely volunteer coached Payette Area Youth Mountain Biking Team, a NICA-affiliate, hosts middle and high school athletes in and around the small City of McCall. Since its first year in 2015, team participation has grown from 6 to 63 athletes. Watching the skill and talent develop in these same small children from that first 2009 skills camp to competitive youth team athletes in 2015 was a sign that there needed to be even more biking opportunities. The decision was made by Parks & Recreation to cultivate the youth sport by providing a unique facility that encouraged even more growth, a mountain biking Skills Park.

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The skills park is a great resource for our community and another positive, healthy activity for our student-athletes to engage in.  It keeps more kids on bikes,” said Dean Cromwell Payette Area Youth Mountain Biking Team Director & Coach.

The Skills Park concept had been around for some time, but the opportunity to develop the park in McCall came with the release of the grant funding from the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation (IDPR).  The McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee agreed that the development of a pump track that was easily accessible and close to town would be a great amenity for beginning riders.  Thanks to the willingness to expand the use of district property for another public recreational facility by the McCall Donnelly School District School Board, the City of McCall was able to move forward with the application for IDPR grant funding. “The skills park is a great resource for our community and another positive, healthy activity for our student-athletes to engage in.  It keeps more kids on bikes,” said Dean Cromwell Payette Area Youth Mountain Biking Team Director & Coach. “The new Skills Park may even pave the way for McCall to see an advancement in the current IMBA Silver ranking status to a prized Gold ranking,” said Kurt Wolf McCall Parks and Recreation Director.

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Funding & Donations

The total project cost was just approximately $30,000 to include grant funding, donations, materials and labor.

The project was funded by an $11,994 Mountain Bike License Plate Fund grant from IDPR, along with City funding through materials and labor provided by the Parks Department.  Wayne Ruemmele of Epikos Design and Planning, a local business owner in McCall, did the conceptual design, and donated time for project oversight.  Kurt Wolf, McCall Parks and Recreation Director, worked closely with Jason Clay of McCall Donnelly School District (MDSD) in order to make sure the skills park was consistent with MDSD’s facilities.  Joe Weede and Jeremy McGlatherty of Single Track Sessions, a McCall Mountain Biking School, acted as the primary building contractor. The equipment necessary for project excavation was donated by Ben Gau of McCall Dirt Works.

 

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“The new Skills Park may even pave the way for McCall to see an advancement in the current IMBA Silver ranking status to a prized Gold ranking,” said Kurt Wolf McCall Parks and Recreation Director.

 

Quick Facts

  • City Staff hauled and transported to the site over 400 cubic yards of soil – an approximate value of $7,200
  • Tree removal was minimal as far fewer trees needed to be removed than originally expected.
  • Currently the McCall Parks Department has the primary responsibility for maintenance.

 

Lakeside Liberty Fest Events Released.

 3rd & 4th of July Events at Legacy Park


July 3rd
Legacy Park
MOVIE UNDER THE STARS
(Dusk)


July 4th
Legacy Park
SHANTI MORNING YOGA
Whitescarver
10:30am


July 4th
Legacy Park
CAR SHOW
11am – 6pm


July 4th
Legacy Park
BOUNCE, SLIDE & PLAY
11am – 6pm



July 4th
Legacy Park
BROADCASTING POPULAR MUSIC
1pm – 6pm


July 4th
Legacy Park
VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT
1pm – 6pm


July 4th
Legacy Park
Music by the Uku Club McCall
6pm- 7pm

July 4th
Legacy Park
FIREWORKS DISPLAY
McCall Area Chamber of Commerce
Presented at Dark


“Visit McCall”
for more area event information.

PARKING GUIDES

Looking for parking information? We have details for car and boat trailer parking.

Interactive web maps
link here>

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Enlarge the map here>

City of McCall restricts parking a recreational vehicle, bus, boat or any style trailer on any public roadway within any residential zone.

ROAD CLOSURES

Lake Street in front of Legacy Park will be closed
to parking and traffic beginning
July 3rd to July 5th.

VENDOR INFORMATION


Vendors are subject to a vendor
licensing fee and
must pay 1% local option tax collections.
Learn more about vendor fees>

PARK INFORMATION

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!

View park guidelines on our
Parks Overview Page

We still have food/beverage vendor space available at Legacy Park for the 3rd and 4th. Click here to inquire.

After the passing vote L.O.T. processes begin! Funding-Workshops-Commission

time for LOT

Submit letters of interest and forward L.O.T. funding questions to:

McCall City Clerk, BessieJo Wagner
216 E. Park Street McCall Idaho 83638
208-634-7142
email: cityclerk@mccall.id.us

Fire Hydrant Flushing begins May 29th

The City of McCall’s Water Department will be conducting our Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing Program  beginning  May 29, 2018  through June 15, 2018, weather permitting.

Flushing activities well be done between the hours of 7:30 am 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

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As a result of this procedure, you may experience:

  • May experience reduced water pressure at your residence or place of business.
  • Discolored water from sediment in the water main.

After flushing operation is completed:

  • Open a cold water faucet and let the water flow until it is clear, then close it.
  •  Open a hot water faucet and let the water flow until it is clear, then close it.
  • When both hot and cold water are clear, the water is ready for normal use.
  • You can also check the faucet screen for trapped particle.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING PUBLIC WORKS REPRESENTATIVES:SUE DEVERE,  ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT   208-634-8945,OR
LEVI BRINKLEY, WATER DISTRIBUTION SUPERINTENDENT 208-634-1011

 

NOXIOUS WEED CONTROL

Noxious weeds are non-native invading plants designated “Noxious” by the State of Idaho.

Noxious weeds are non-native invading plants designated “Noxious” by the State of Idaho.  Noxious Weeds impair land productivity and value.  They outcompete and displace native vegetation because they have no innate controlling agents in their new environment and/or they have growth characteristics that inhibit survival of native vegetation.  Unfortunately, McCall is home for several of these unwelcome invading guests.

Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on
May 30th starting at 6:00 pm

Visit McCall’s website to read an overview of designated noxious weeds needing control in McCall. There will be a Noxious Weed Seminar at the McCall Public Library on May 30th starting at 6:00 pm.  At this seminar you will learn about the noxious weed problem, McCall noxious weed species eradication needs and control method alternatives.

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McCall City is a member of the Upper Payette Cooperative Weed Management Association.  Each year Cooperators work together with combined resources to complete effective weed control needed in a member’s land area responsibility.  UPCWMA Members include Valley County, Idaho Department of Lands, Gem County, Boise County, Boise and Payette National Forests. The Cooperators treated over 53 acres noxious weed infested land in McCall.

State Idaho Noxious Weed Code 22-2407(1) states; “It shall be the duty and responsibility of all landowners to control noxious weeds on their land and property.”  This code is enforced by Counties on behalf of the State of Idaho.

There is a lot of private land that are heavily infested with noxious weeds (mostly spotted knapweed) in McCall.  State Idaho Noxious Weed Code 22-2407(1) states; “It shall be the duty and responsibility of all landowners to control noxious weeds on their land and property.”  This code is enforced by Counties on behalf of the State of Idaho.  An effort is made to notify landowners of noxious weed infestations found on their land.  Despite the City’s work and some responsible landowners “The weeds are currently winning the battle!” said Al Becker, McCall City’s seasonal employee implementing the Noxious Weed Control Program the last several years.  Becker stated; “I am encouraged landowners are becoming increasingly aware and are following up with action to control their noxious weeds.”

McCall City and Valley County will hold a ‘Pull Together’ City Noxious Weed Control Day, scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

There will also be a trial pilot program this summer where McCall City and Valley County will hold a ‘Pull Together’ City Noxious Weed Control Day, scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, 2018.  On this day, mixed herbicide, limited spray equipment, personal protective gear and safe use instructions will be provided to pre-registered landowners within the City for their use.

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Chemicals are not the only control method that day.  Scout groups, hiking clubs and other organizations are also invited to help for prizes provided by local merchants in numerous categories!  Plastic garbage bags, registration and safety instruction will be available at McCall City Parks Shop on Park Street.

The City of McCall welcomes ideas on ways to improve Noxious Weed control. You are encouraged to contact Erin Greaves, Communications Manager 634-8966 and/or visit McCall City’s Web Site at www.mccall.Id.us.  If you have noxious weeds needing treatment, you are encouraged to contact Al Becker at 208 315-3627 or Eddie Heider at 208 634-6609.

Local Option Tax Election Approaching – May 15th.

Vote on the Local Option Tax paid by tourists for local improvements.

Here are some quick facts to help guide you in your decision.

  • McCall voters will vote again May 15th 2018 to renew the 3% local option tax for a period
    of 10 years.
  • Voters have approved this tax by majority in both 2005 & 2011.
  • The tax is paid by visitors staying in hotels, motels, & other accommodations.
  • The money collected is distributed into the community for purposes benefiting our public.
  • The tax helps to offset stress on McCall’s budget therefore helping to reduce the burget-involved-grphic

    den on property tax payers.

  • Since in inception in 2005 $3,806,752 in L.O.T. Funding has been collected and put back into our community reinvesting in McCall Community Projects.
  • The ordinance has some newly added categories such as:
    • the a local housing program as explained in the Housing Strategy
    • tourism mitigation funding for items that cannot be supported by the general fund
  • As well as some minor changes to language in an effort to more closely adhere to Attorney General Requirements.
  • The ordinance is available for review here> , at our website mccall.id.us or for pick up in City Hall.

May means it’s time to get firewise!

Saturday May 5th,  bring your woody debris to the Firewise Event.

Firewise info, fun giveaways, interactive displays, leaf bags, agency info, food and kids interactive experiences and activities.

May 5th is Community Wildfire Preparedness Day! The day revolves around Wildfire education and awareness and encouraging homeowners to take measures to reduce their risk and improve their chances of surviving a wildfire. Hours will be 10:00am to 2:00pm at the McCall Fire Station.

 

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McCall Parks & Recreation getting rid of that woody debris!

 

 

Join participants from the Valley County Fire Working Group, U.S. Forest Service – Payette National Forest, Southern Idaho Timber Protective Association INC., McCall Fire & EMS, City of McCall, Boy Scouts, McCall Public Library, City of McCall Parks and Recreation, and others. A roll-off dumpster by Tony & Brant Meckel Excavating, Inc. will be across the street from 08:00 AM- 6:00 PM. Firewise info, fun giveaways, interactive displays, leaf bags, agency info, food and kids interactive experiences and activities.
We will also be giving the proze to the coloring contest winner!

McCall Public Library May Programs

Seed Swap
May 3rd at 6:00pm

Join us for our 3rd annual seed swap! Bring extra seeds, plants and experience to swap with other local community gardeners. Live music, snacks, and doorprizes will be available.  All are welcome, free admission!

 

Screening of “McCall Idaho, An Early History”
May 7th 6:30pm

As a part of Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month, the McCall Historic Preservation Commission will host the first screening of a new documentary showcasing the early history of McCall. “McCall Idaho, An Early History” will be shown at the McCall Public Library, May 7th, at 6:30pm.

The documentary is a 30-minute compilation of historic photographs with a narrative that describes the founding and development of McCall beginning with the first Native American inhabitants.

The screening is free and members of the McCall Historic Preservation Commission will be there to answer your questions regarding the making of the documentary, and other efforts to preserve the heritage of our community.

 

Bike to School Day

May 9th 3:00-4:30pm

Visit us on your bike after school for a spoke card and some snacks!

 

Doing Democracy
Tuesday, May 29th  6:30-8:30pm

The McCall Public Library invites you to join community dialogues on this month’s topic of:
Are we a culture of violence?

 

Noxious Weed Awareness Program
Wednesday, May 30th 6:00—8:00pm
Join us for an informative lecture by members of the City of McCall and the Upper Payette Cooperative Weed Management Association. Participants will learn about the variety of noxious weeds affecting the McCall area, and control efforts. There will also be time for Q&A and discussion following the lecture.

After School Fridays
This will be concluding After School Fridays this month, and picking it back up in September. See you in June for the Summer Reading Program! 

 

Clase de Inglés
Our ESL classes are taking a break for the summer, see you this Fall!

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